Monthly Archives: October 2013

Uber leads the way as VC deals jump 12% in Q3: $7.8B invested in 1,005 startups

Hybrid Data Storage And Backup Company Nimble Storage Files For $150M IPO


Nimble Storage, the developer of flash-optimized, hybrid storage and backup solutions for the enterprise, has filed its S-1 with the SEC today. The company aims to raise as much as $150 million in the offering, but this is just a placeholder amount and could change.

Founded by former Data Domain and NetApp executives Varun Mehta and Umesh Maheshwari, Nimble Storage offers enterprise-grade data storage and backup appliances for small and medium businesses. Nimble’s suite of four appliances combines storage, backup and disaster-recovery into a single solution, with each box offering different levels of raw storage capacity (up to 24 terabytes), flash capacity and connectivity speed.

Additionally, Nimble offers flash-accelerated primary storage performance, instant backup and restores, application-integrated data protection, and offsite disaster recovery, all from a single iSCSI system. This helps lower equipment costs and streamline storage management. The company has raised $98 million in funding from Sequoia, Accel, Artis…

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Soccer against commodification: Eric Cantona


Eric Cantona was an extraordinary player not only because of his skills and charisma. More importantly, he embodied the opposition to the total commodification and sanitization of soccer—its transformation in pure entertainment, reassuringly void of any real emotional commitment and of any collective display of cultural solidarity. Cantona understood that play, irony, and the carnivalesque are inherently subversive acts, that could and should undermine—or at least resist—the construction of a passive audience and a society of docile consumers, paralyzed by fear of imagined threats and willing to accept widening inequality.

[Video montage by Francesco Erspamer]

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Xiaomi has beat Apple in China, but can it win over the rest of the world?

I due livelli della comunicazione

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La comunicazione funziona a due livelli principali: 1) subliminale, ossia con ricezione communicationautomatica, archetipica; 2) cosciente-razionale, ossia con ricezione interpretativa, critica. La prima è istantanea, la seconda differita. Sentiamo un ringhio e ci spaventiamo; poi capiamo che è un amico che ci fa uno scherzo e ridiamo. Le due forme di ricezione non sono però necessariamente sfasate: possono anche sovrapporsi e opporsi l’una all’altra. In un discorso politico o in una pubblicità commerciale vanno tenuti presenti entrambi gli elementi. Il pubblico è composto di persone attente (che recepiscono il messaggio criticamente) e di persone distratte (che lo recepiscono archetipicamente). Per di più, mentre le persone distratte lo recepiscono solo archetipicamente, le persone attente lo recepiscono criticamente e archetipicamente. D’altra parte, se troppo evidente, l’aspetto archetipico può risultare fastidioso all’utente attento, in quanto contrasta marcatamente con la sua interpretazione cosciente. In sostanza, è opportuno dosare bene in due elementi.

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How IBM’s Michelle Zhou figured out my personality from 200 tweets (interview)

Verbase Is A Search Startup Using ‘No Ads’ To Lure Users To Fire Its Crowdsourced Engines


Has Google done enough annoying stuff to drive users elsewhere in search of other, less privacy-trampling search engines? Security focused rival DuckDuckGo apparently got a post-Snowden bump, as some users switched to punish Google for participation in the NSA’s Prism data collection program. So there would seem to be a degree of scope for user churn away from search category leaders. Perhaps more scope for alternative search engines than in a long time.

Add to that, privacy-trampling isn’t the only complaint people have about Google either. Its penchant for self-focused spam by seeding organic search results with its own vertical services has drawn ire in Europe. The European Commission is currently undertaking an antitrust probe to consider whether Google’s search results are biased — i.e. by the company injecting its own content at the top of results, and pushing down rivals’. ‘Don’t be evil’ never looked so sardonic.


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