RIM and Microsoft: cloudy with a chance of collaboration

Microsoft announced it is partnering with RIM on BlackBerry cloud services. Is this just two weak players trying to reinforce their positions against the onslaught of Android, Apple and others? Certainly both companies have been feeling the pressure of late. But contrary to what many believe, this partnership actually is a pretty significant win-win for both companies, as well as enterprises.

Cyber security investments gain momentum with rising threats

Cyber security isn’t as sexy as social media among venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. But it’s a critical technology sector that has been gaining momentum with the economic recovery and the rising threats from cyber criminals.

Japanese earthquake rocks online games

Square Enix, developer of video games like the role-playing Final Fantasy game series, will shut down its servers for its online games Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV to conserve power following a massive earthquake in Japan.

DEMO: Start chatting with customers with Workface

Workface is one of 53 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2011 event taking place this week in Palm Desert, Calif. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

DEMO: AboutOne creates a digital hub to organize families

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Gmail implodes for 150,000 users (updated)

Around 150,000 Gmail users woke up to a nasty surprise over the weekend: their Gmail accounts — including email, chats, attachments and contacts — had disappeared into the cloud, the Huffington Post reports.

Cloud storage provider Box.net’s iPad app gets a makeover

Box.net chief executive Aaron Levie might have a soft spot for Android, but he has to go where the money is. So his company is unveiling a slew of new features for its iPad application today before it gets to work on pumping up its Android application.

Qualys debuts its next-generation security-as-a-service

For a decade, Philippe Courtot, chairman and chief executive of Qualys, has been singing the praises of cloud-based security. Many people were skeptical of security-as-a-service, where the security for a company or an application resides in a web-connected data center.

Web radio service Pandora files for $100M IPO

Pandora, an online radio station, has filed to go public to raise $100 million, according to a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Silicon Valley VCs reach highest confidence levels in two years

Venture Capitalists are increasingly optimistic about the immediate future of investing in Silicon Valley. Their confidence registered 3.75 on a 5 point scale, with 5 indicating high confidence and 1 indicating low confidence, according to the quarterly Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index released today.

Where the Valley’s hottest incubator nests its companies

A new report shows that most companies developed at Y Combinator, the much-watched Silicon Valley incubator known for both the geeky prowess of the startups it grooms and the Hollywood glitz of the investors it draws to its Demo Day events, launched on the cheap. The Y Combinator graduates, including much-discussed stars like travel site Hipmunk and online-storage service Dropbox showed a strong preference for cost-saving cloud-computing services for storage and processing and Web-based software like Google’s Gmail for internal communication.

Ifbyphone snaps up $8M to modify phone calls in the cloud

Ifbyphone, a provider of web-based services that interact with phone calls, has raised $8 million in its second round of funding from Apex Venture Partners, Origin Ventures and Spring Mill Ventures.

VCs say they’ll invest, hire and sell more in 2011

Venture capitalists say they will invest more in 2011 as hiring in the sector heats up and selling begins to shake off the lingering woes of the financial crisis, according to a study released today by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Dow Jones VentureSource.

Nasuni nets $15M to smooth sailing into cloud storage

Nasuni, a provider of software that streamlines data transfer to cloud storage outlets, announced today that it has raised $15 million in its second round of funding led by Flybridge Capital Partners.

Spoken Communications gets $4M for call center voice recognition

Spoken Communications, a provider of speech recognition software for call centers and the like, announced today that it has picked up $4 million in its most recent round of funding to help promote its virtual call centers.

Goldman Sachs: Tablets will hurt Microsoft’s growth

An analyst at Goldman Sachs, the investment bank, said in a report that Microsoft would see slowed revenue growth next year as long as it “maintains the status quo” with its current attitude toward tablet computers.

Bill Clinton: Cloud computing will lead to a smarter, better world

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Facebook CIO: Salesforce’s database.com won’t replace Oracle

Salesforce’s newest product, a cloud-based database called database.com, isn’t going to unseat Oracle’s database products any time soon, according to Facebook’s chief information officer Tim Campos. He made the comments at a media luncheon at the Dreamforce 2010 conference in San Francisco today.

Salesforce picks up Ruby on Rails web-app provider Heroku for $212M

Salesforce announced today that it has acquired Heroku, which develops and deploys web-based applications that rely on the programming language Ruby on Rails, for $212 million as part of its Cloud 2 suite of cloud applications. The company made the announcement at the Dreamforce 2010 conference in San Francisco.