LinkedIn employees work at the company's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters.

Why LinkedIn's data science reorg actually makes a lot of sense

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Yes, it’s true that some data scientists have left LinkedIn following a recent reorganization of these highly prized workers inside the company. But a few people holding these roles believe the moves have sped up decision-making, benefited the hiring process, and brought together people who perform similar functions.

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3 years after opening up to Chinese developers, Tencent eyes global partnerships

Tencent’s annual business partner conference has been rebranded as its “Global Partner Conference”. The two-day meeting started yesterday, with some interesting foreign faces in attendance. What’s even more interesting, chipmakers Intel and Broadcom showed up as partners of Tencent, a business long known as a software company.

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Can Amazon and Microsoft be beat in IaaS?

Cloud services’ main gatekeepers are now playing a no-win game that limits the value you get from using their services. Businesses are getting smart to this game, but how did we end up here?

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Why Twitter launched Fabric, in 5 devastating charts

Yesterday Twitter unveiled Fabric, a semi-integrated suite of tools for mobile app developers. The company somewhat grandiosely refers to it as a “modular mobile platform,” but while it’s definitely modular and certainly focused on mobile, it’s not a platform in any commonly understood sense of the term.

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VentureBeat Webinar: Private versus public cloud showdown

One of the common misperceptions about public versus private clouds is that going with a public cloud provider will save money. In reality, many companies experience significant operational cost savings and a positive ROI going the private route. Find out how.

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Microsoft brings Outlook, OneDrive, & Office Online under one launcher

You no longer need to open a bunch of browser tabs to start using online applications from Microsoft like Office Online, Outlook.com, and OneDrive. Today Microsoft has word of an application launcher for its myriad services for consumers, where it will be easy to start using apps at the click of a button.

Building 42 on Microsoft's Redmond, Wash., campus, one of many buildings where company engineers work on the Microsoft Azure public cloud.

More open-source at Microsoft? You'd better believe it

REDMOND, Wash. — Following Microsoft’s announcement today about new partnerships with operating system startup CoreOS and big data company Cloudera, it’s clearer than it’s been in years the tech giant is committed to working with lots of partners and open-source technologies.

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Google releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus preview images

As promised, Google today released the full Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK, along with updated developer images for Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), ADT-1, and the Android emulator. The latest version of Android isn’t available just yet, but the company is giving developers a head start (about two weeks), so they can test their apps on the new platform.

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Best game ads respond to players' real-time gaming experience

According to Diana LaGattuta, VP of Corporate Marketing for Native X, the best-performing gaming ads are less about ad format, or whether a character from the game is pulled into the ad frame, it’s about what’s happening for the player in real time.

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Heroku founder: Y Combinator developer tools request is a very big deal

While it might not seem so to outsiders, Y Combinator’s new Developer Tools Request for Startups (RFS) is a big deal. (Editor’s note: The deadline to apply is tomorrow.) This is a request from one of the biggest tech incubators for startups that make developer tools, and it’s an important sign of the increasing value and prominence of developer products and the companies behind them. And I’m thrilled about it.

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3 reasons to be proactive about going reactive

The sharing and instant gratification economies are booming, and the companies leading these movements share at least one thing in common: They’re providing reactive applications.