CEOs love iPads, and other things you need to know about the cloud

Last week, VentureBeat hosted its first ever CloudBeat conference. It was a huge success (if we do say so ourselves), with more than 400 executives from cloud startups, leading cloud service providers, and various Fortune 500 companies coming together to talk shop. You can check out complete coverage of panels, talks and sessions here.

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Box.net ramps up HTML5 app development

Cloud storage provider Box.net announced today that it is launching a web-based HTML5 version of its mobile application that will bring the company’s tools to any mobile device running an HTML5-powered mobile web browser.

Breaking free: Yammer announces embeddable activity feeds

Users of Yammer, a social networking service for enterprises, can now embed Yammer feeds and activity streams into just about any business application through the use of embed codes, the company announced today.

Notable’s relaunch aims for simplicity in Web design collaboration

Zurb, interaction design and strategy firm that specializes in online and mobile applications, has gone back to the drawing board for its Web-design collaboration tool Notable. By stripping away unnecessary features, lowering its pricing, and removing storage and user limits, the company is aiming to shine a new light on Notable.

Google adds comment streams to Docs

Google has introduced a new comment stream feature in its online document sharing and editing program, Google Docs, in an effort to promote the service as an online collaboration tool.

DEMO: HBMG launches a network in a tiny box

HBMG 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.

Cisco launches lite collaboration service Jabber

Cisco announced today that it is launching a small number of collaboration services from its enterprise social network, Quad, as a separate, lite service called Jabber.

Salesforce’s enterprise-style Facebook Chatter.com goes live Monday

Chatter.com, customer relationship management software provider Salesforce’s enterprise-style social network, is going live on Monday and the company is sparing no expense to try to capture a market that has mostly jumped on board with other collaboration startups like Yammer and Box.net.

Salesforce investor: Set Chatter free to compete with Yammer

Salesforce.com missed an opportunity when it marketed its collaboration application Chatter, opening the door for collaboration startups like Yammer, a social network for enterprise users, to come in and take over the collaboration sector, said Kevin Spain, a partner with Emergence Capital Partners.

Xobni gives Microsoft Outlook users more enterprise options

Xobni, which provides users with a customized version of Microsoft Outlook with advanced search options, announced today it is launching a new line of plugins for Microsoft Outlook users that will let them see previews of images, videos and other information feeds from Flickr, Yelp, Huddle and YouTube without leaving their email inbox.

SlideRocket takes on PowerPoint with Web-based interactive presentations

Chuck Dietrich, CEO and founder of SlideRocket, has a problem with PowerPoint and other presentation platforms: They haven’t fundamentally changed in 25 years. Enter SlideRocket, an online presentation platform that brings interactivity and collaboration to a market otherwise dominated by Microsoft’s PowerPoint.

As business goes virtual, collaboration and communication need consolidation

Picture this: Your sales support is on the East Coast while your business development is on the West Coast. Some of your corporate information is stored in the cloud, while the rest is on a server humming away in a closet in your headquarters. And a $10 million deal you’re about to pitch is about to fall apart because you can’t share ideas and files effectively.