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The Amazon Web Services booth at Strata Hadoop World in San Jose, Calif., on Feb. 19.

Amazon Web Services adds more fine-grained controls for provisioning cloud infrastructure with Auto Scaling

Market-leading public cloud Amazon Web Services today announced an improvement of its Auto Scaling feature that could prove useful to companies that depend on Amazon to keep their applications running, no matter what happens. Now it’s possible to set fine-grained policies for what to do with underlying cloud infrastructure under certain circumstances, like when CPU utilization reaches a certain threshold.


Facebook to open its newest data center in Fort Worth to support its global infrastructure

Facebook announced that it has chosen Fort Worth, Texas as the home for its next data center. It will be the fifth data center in the world the social networking company has built and will support other facilities in Altoona, Prineville, Forest City, and Lulea. Facebook says that the Fort Worth center will help manage Facebook’s growing global infrastructure, as well as its initiative.

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In 2015, to win in mobile is to win, period

Business is about winning. Of course, most startups lose, but the goal of each is to win — to build something new and innovative and worthwhile that will grow, acquire users, find customers, and increase in value.


SurveyMonkey appoints former HP COO Bill Veghte as new CEO

Online survey platform SurveyMonkey announced today the person who succeeds Dave Goldberg as CEO. Bill Veghte, Hewlett-Packard’s former COO and lead of the company’s enterprise group, will take over SurveyMonkey starting August 3 and has also been named as a board member, joining newly installed directors David Ebersman and Goldberg’s wife Sheryl Sandberg. Goldberg died in a treadmill accident in May.


Shyp expands Goodwill partnership from SF to LA, NYC, and Miami

Are you interested in giving away all your stuff to those in need? On-demand shipping company Shyp has revived its partnership with Goodwill, and over the next month, it will do pick ups of donated items in not only San Francisco but also Los Angeles, New York City, and Miami. Donate all you want with no pick-up fees.