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CrunchWeek: Alibaba’s IPO, Minecraft, And Sarah Gets A ManServantview story

http://techcrunch.com – Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek. This time around the table, TechCrunch’s Sarah Burh, Ryan Lawler and myself discussed Alibaba’s massive IPO, Microsoft picking up Minecraft for a few dollars, and why Sarah had someone hold an umbrella for her. Read More (IT news)

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Meet the Chiefs: Paul Bay, Ingram Microview story

http://thevarguy.com – Meet the Chiefs shines the spotlight on the channel’s head honchos and offers an opportunity to learn a little bit about the person beyond his or her company profile. Click on each photo to learn more about the channel chief you’re viewing. read more (IT news)

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Oracle Chief Ellison Steps Down as CEOview story

http://thevarguy.com – Oracle’s (ORCL) iconic leader Larry Ellison, who founded the company in 1977, is stepping down as chief executive, handing the helm to current de-facto bosses Mark Hurd and Safra Catz, both of whom will be officially elevated to CEO as Ellison becomes chief technology officer and board executive chairman. read more (IT news)

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Red Hat to Acquire FeedHenry for $84 Millionview story

http://thevarguy.com – Open source solutions provider Red Hat (RHT) signed an agreement to acquire enterprise mobile application platform provider FeedHenry, the company announced today. (IT news)

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Dice Wants To Be The First Gig Ticketing Giant That Music Fans Adoreview story

http://techcrunch.com –  UK music ticketing startup Dice, launching today in London on iOS and Android, is looking to tear up the traditional ticket buying process by ripping out booking fees and sending the middleman up in virtual smoke. The KLF would surely be proud. Read More (IT news)

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Verizon to launch WiFi calling in 2015view story

http://www.talkandroid.com – A few carriers have announced plans for WiFi calling on their devices, and it looks like Verizon will follow suit. Unfortunately, the feature won’t be coming to the carrier anytime soon. (IT news)

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Xpire’s App Makes All Your Social Media “Ephemeral”view story

http://techcrunch.com –  Dallas-based computer science college student Jesse Stauffer wants to make social media more private. (IT news)

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Cisco Buys Metacloud As Big Companies Suddenly Hot For Cloud Startupsview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Cisco announced this morning it intends to buy Metacloud, a startup with OpenStack chops. (IT news)

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Microsoft Shakes Up Its Board, Boosts Its Dividend 11%view story

http://techcrunch.com –  Microsoft has announced two coming board departures, two board additions, and a boost to its dividend. Leaving the board are Dave Marquardt and Dina Dublon. Marquardt is best known for his work in venture capital, and Dublon for her work at JPMorgan Chase. Taking their places are the appointed Teri List-Stoll from Kraft and Charles Scharf of Visa. Read More (IT news)

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Google rebrands Maps Engine to My Maps on mobile devices and desktopview story

http://www.talkandroid.com – While most users of Google Maps make use of the normal Google Maps product, whether on the desktop or on their mobile device, other users tap into Google’s Maps Engine product to create custom maps. Starting yesterday, Google started rolling out an update to the Maps Engine mobile app that included a change to the name of the app. It is now known as My Maps and even got a new logo. (IT news)

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Smart Shopping Tool PoachIt Scores An Additional $1.8 Millionview story

http://techcrunch.com –  One of the challenges with online shopping is worrying that you’re not getting the best deal. Customers abandon shopping carts regularly, thinking they’ll spend just a few more minutes researching the product in question, but then never return. (IT news)

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KDE Developer Says Community Managers Are a Fraud and a Farceview story

http://news.softpedia.com – The community managers play a very important role in the open source community and they usually shape up the projects they work on, but it looks like not everyone agrees with their function. KDE developer Aaron Seigo is a very outspoken person and he is known for his strong opinions. (IT news)