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On the heels of the iCloud security mess, Duo Security raises $12M for its two-factor authentication service

Apple’s iCloud recent security issues occurred as the company was readying to announce the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch — ill timing, considering customers won’t buy any product that doesn’t keep our data safe. Thanks to this episode, one of the proposed Band-Aid solutions known as two-factor authentication has been getting some new attention. Now companies such as Duo Security are reaping the benefits.

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CloudBeat 2013: A new round of speakers announced

Now in its third year, our highly acclaimed enterprise cloud event will track the growing maturity of the cloud through two days of case studies, breakout sessions, and exclusive announcements.

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With Zlango icons, words are so yesterday

Striking just the right tone in a text message or conveying complex ideas via tweets can be quite a challenge, which must be why Zlango, an app that enables users to communicate with images rather than words, just hit the 1.25 billion text mark.

The DeanBeat: Will your game company survive the zombie apocalypse?

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) video game trade show in Los Angeles was full of glitzy press conferences (like Ubisoft’s, pictured above). So many big companies were acting like it was business as usual. They showed games that were the third or fourth in the series on the same generation of game consoles. One very well-known game developer came up to me and said, “I wonder if any of this is going to matter. There is so much change happening in the industry that is going to make this all irrelevant.”

Instagram CEO just made $400 million, or $725,000 per day

Instagram chief executive Kevin Systrom just netted $400 million for selling his two-year-old startup to Facebook for $1 billion. That’s according to a report by Wired, which cites sources indicating that Systrom holds 40 percent of the company he founded.

The DeanBeat: GamesBeat 2012 in July will focus on disruption, change, and innovation

We’ve unveiled our first speakers and other details for our fourth annual game conference, GamesBeat 2012. Our roster of speakers includes Will Wright, creator of blockbuster video games from Sim City to The Sims and Spore. Wright is now the founder of transmedia think tank called Stupid Fun Club. His next big project is based on what he calls “personal gaming,” where a game can be customized to the tastes and habits of an individual player.

Klip version 2.0 brings even more goodies to its video-sharing iPhone app

More than 115 million smartphones were sold during Q3 of 2011, according to the latest Gartner report, and almost all of them have some video capability. But with the spike in video creation comes a new problem: what to watch. Startup Klip tackles this problem by making it easy to track and sort videos from your friends on your iPhone.

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Lights, camera, Klip: Social video startup raises $8M

As people’s pockets fill with camera-enabled smartphones the rush is on to be the top dog in social video sharing. Palo Alto video startup Klip announced today that it has raised $8 million in a second round of funding,  just two months after launching and raising $2 million.