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Dropbox adds six languages to its repertoire, throws in photo improvements for Android app (Original)

Dropbox adds six languages to its repertoire, adds photo improvements to Android app

Dropbox's gone a little bit more global, adding Russian, Polish, Indonesian, Malaysian, and Traditional and Simplified Chinese language support to its file sharing service. The translated versions are available across Mac, PC, Linux and Dropbox's web interface, with an iOS version apparently in the works and "coming soon." Alongside those language credits, the Android app has also improved how it shows off the entirety of your photo collection, which should make the most of all those instant uploads.

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YC-Backed Kippt, An “Evernote For The Web”, Lures Developers With New API, App Gallery (Original)

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Kippt, which lets you collect and share content from across the web, is looking to attract developers with a brand-new API and gallery of apps.

The two-person startup has relied on outside developers to have a mobile presence on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Kippt just returned to San Francisco from Helsinki, almost a year after graduating from Y Combinator’s summer batch.

“An API is not only good for us, but it’s good for our users,” said Karri Saarinen, who co-founded Kippt and leads design. “There are some companies that fear this kind of openness will somehow harm the company, but we feel it brings value.”

He pointed to more than a dozen third-party apps that bring Kippt to the iPhone or turn it into an elegant mobile reading list. Popular reading app Pocket added support for Kippt recently, too. Saarinen said that some developers have already organized hack days around the API.

It’s steady progress for the product, which started as a side project while Kippt’s other co-founder Jori Lallo was collaborating with Leah Culver on message board app Convore.

Over time, however, Kippt started to take on a life of its own. Like a more evolved version of early social bookmarking site Delicious, Kippt is a tool that lets people save and organize links into lists and share them with friends and work colleagues.…

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Dropbox Can Find Your Stolen Computer (Original)

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Lost or stolen tech produces a sickening feeling. In the moment you realize your laptop is gone for good, you feel helpless.

But should you find yourself the victim of computer theft, Hack College has your back

There are a number of ways to track down your property, such as apps that take webcam pics and screenshots when a device is stolen. But did you know Dropbox can help your quest for justice, too?

Got any other cool tricks for reclaiming lost or stolen tech? Let us know in the comments

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Building on the Cloud: Gehry and Box Overhaul Architecture With New Paperless Service (Original)

Gehry Technologies has spent the last several decades developing a digital system for sharing and working on architectural plans and diagrams and other types of building information modeling, and now he's trying to share it across the industry, with the help of a new collaboration with cloud-based storage service Box.

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Rackspace Rolls Out Its Mobile Plan As Vendors Get Giddy About Backend Data Pipes And Spigots (Original)

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Suddenly all this backend stuff is hot. Who would have ever thought that data pipes and the spigots would get so much attention? Salesforce is getting into the game and now so is Rackspace with the launch of its mobile push. Rackspace does not call its new offering backend as a service (BaaS). Instead they call it a “mobile-ready” stack that pre-packages the backend for developer so they do not have to reinvent the wheel every time they start a mobile project.

Rackspace CTO John Engates wrote in an email that the company is packaging its expertise and experience to cut deployment time from days to minutes. The goal is to let developers focus on building the frontend of the apps, like user experience, while Rackspace deploys and runs the backend for them. Engates said Rackspace has also built in its own reference architectures that developers can use to optimize the development process. Engates said the first stack is for a LAMP PHP based deployment with MySQL, Varnish acceleration service, memcache and other components that optimize for a mobile backend deployment.

All of this brings me back to a conversation online about the meaning of BaaS and the connections to platform as a service (PaaS).…

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Enterprise Cloud Data Management Startup ParElastic Raises $5.7M From General Catalyst And Others (Original)

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ParElastic, a startup in the cloud data management space, is announcing $5.7 million in funding led by General Catalyst with CommonAngels, Point Judith Capital and Launch Capital, as well as angel investor Jit Saxena (founders of Netazza Software) participating. This brings the startup’s total funding to $8.7 million.

The company develops a scale-out technology for scaling SQL databases for cloud data and applications. As CEO and co-founder Kenneth Rugg explains, enterprises that move into the cloud have to scale out these databases across Amazon EC2. But one of the challenges in this is that these databases do not distribute across these systems well, and it’s a challenge for many developers.

As Rugg explains the simplicity behind ParElastic is based on the premise that database architecture should be flexible, scalable and cost-effective without sacrificing one workload for the optimization of another.

How does ParElastic accomplish this simplicity? Multiple relational database servers operate as one and appear to an application as a single database server, supporting workloads that exceed the capabilities of a single database server, while only provisioning, consuming, and paying for the resources needed at any given instant.

Larry Bohn, managing director of General Catalyst, will be joining ParElastic’s board. As he explains, the relational database industry is a $30 billion market, and ParElastic is in prime position to disrupt this industry with both its talent and product.…

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Beijing finance bureau adopts unified cloud storage (Original)

Overhaul requires sustainable unified cloud storage for both structured and unstructured data

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ProfitBricks Shows It Can Take On AWS With 2.0 Infrastructure (Original)

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The infrastructure-as-a-service-providers (IaaS) market is starting to exhibit a deeper diversity. Call it the “Cloud 2.0″ era if you will. ProfitBricks is one of these companies showing its muscle in this new arena with the announcement of the world’s largest instance size.

These large instance sizes scale to 62 cores and 240GB of RAM and reflect how the company is trying to differentiate against reigning cloud giant AWS. ProfitBricks pairs these giant, flexible instances with pricing granularity and super-fast InfiniBand networking technology.

The new instances are designed for companies that run large databases and multiple compute nodes in a cluster, or those that are looking for compute power to help run big data implementations. ProfitBricks U.S. CEO Bob Rizika said it offers high-performance networking by combining the large instance sizes with the InfiniBand networking that can run at 80 gigabytes per second.

ProfitBricks Cloud Platform Evangelist Pete Johnson likens IaaS to a game of Tetris – in which you are trying to fit various sizes of virtual machines on top of physical hardware to maximize utilization. This is particularly critical for a public cloud provider. With InfiniBand, ProfitBricks can rearrange the pieces, and at 80 Gbits/sec, its hypervisor can move a VM from one physical machine to another without the VM ever knowing.…

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AWS Drops Prices For Windows On-Demand EC2 Instances Up To 26% As Competition Intensifies (Original)

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is dropping the price  of Windows On-Demand EC2 instances up to 26 percent, which is another clear sign of the price wars in the cloud computing market. The news follows Google’s announcement earlier today that it is dropping instance prices by 4 percent.

AWS says the drop in price continues its tradition of  exploring ways to reduce its costs:

This reduction applies to the Standard (m1), Second-Generation Standard (m3), High-Memory (m2), and High-CPU (c1) instance families. All prices are effective from April 1, 2013. The size of the reduction varies by instance family and region. You can visit the AWS Windows page for more information about Windows pricing on AWS.

AWS has extended its support for AWS in the last month with support for SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groupsa beta of the AWS Diagnostics for Microsoft Windows Server, and new drivers for our virtual instances that improve performance and increase the supported number of volumes.

Earlier today, Google opened Compute Engine to developers who subscribe to Google’s $400 per month Gold Support package. The package includes 24/7 phone support. Users can access Compute Engine without the need to talk to sales or an invitation.…

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Google Ramps Up Its Amazon Cloud Rival (Original)

Anyone can now use the Google Compute Engine -- the web giant's answer to Amazon's seminal EC2 cloud computing service. Well, anyone who's willing to pay Google $400 a month for customer support.

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