5 tech deals that need to happen

Facebook’s $1 billion purchase of Instagram was the topic on everyone’s lips at Mega Startup Weekend last Saturday and Sunday. The world’s most expensive “Like” has clearly gotten tech entrepreneurs buzzing about who will be next. While there’s no way to know which big deal will be next, here are five tech deals that make sense and need to happen:

SocialFolders backs up your Facebook photos & Google Docs on your hard drive

With cloud computing all the rage these days, we often have files and bits of data that live exclusively on a server far away from our hard drives. And while that’s often really awesome, sometimes you want and need a backup of that information on your computer. Enter SocialFolders, a service that backs up your social and cloud data to your hard drive.

Box releases 3 new security features, partners with Intel to close out 2011

The cloud is a very useful place to collaborate and share projects, photos and files, quickly. It offers the kind of speed and productivity that businesses are always after, but a lot of IT administrators are concerned about security. While attending a conference for chief information officers in Scottsdale, Ariz., Box’s director of enterprise product marketing, Robin Daniels, saw that fear. The CIOs reported that a lot of their employees were starting to use personal clouds, which put proprietary information at risk for discovery.

Box spruces up iOS apps with photo and search functions

Box has seen people using mobile devices to access the company’s file storage grow 30 times in the last year, and they blame that increase on the mobile workforce. Our whole culture around communication has changed. Once upon a time, we called house and work landlines and happily left voice messages if the person was unavailable. Now we’re smash-guitars-against-the-wall-mad when someone doesn’t pick up their cell phone. Don’t even get me started if you’ve tried them twice with no success. It’s a game of convenience, which businesspeople of all kinds are taking advantage of, be it while traveling or simply to check that presentation before they’ve tossed back the comforter.