Cloud Tech, Docusign, Internet, Marissa Meyer, Salesforce, Yahoo

2014 – The Year Mobile Won

In an appearance on Bloomberg TV, Google CEO Eric Schmidt outlined his thoughts on 2014, general tech trends and Google’s biggest mistake that it plans to correct in 2014. Among other topics, a major sticking point was that if 2013 was to be the year of the mobile, then 2014 will be the year that mobile has won.

Mobile has been on a sharp rise for the last few years, and in 2012 many predicted that 2013 would show the best has mobile has to offer but other tech giants seem to agree that the best is yet to come.

Cloud giant Salesforce.com and CEO Marc Benioff dedicated their famed cloud convention Dreamforce to highlight the release of Salesforce1, a condensation of their business suite onto mobile. Benioff and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer continued to have a keynote on how going mobile-first was the way of the future.

In a lot of ways Salesforce is cloud, with no other true competitor in sight and cloud has always been about digitizing technological function to make it more fluid. Taking cloud services to mobile seems to be a logical extension of that.

Many important cloud based companies have either already endorsed Salesforce1 by supplying apps for the platform, made their own mobile improvement efforts or both in the case of companies like Docusign (whose CEO Keith Krach already collaborates with Salesforce) and their recent announcement of their 2014 Winter release and a focus on improving the mobile experience.

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Business, Marissa Meyer, Yahoo

Marissa Meyer Wants To Buy Imgur

Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer has already overseen the acquisition of a multitude of start-ups under Yahoo’s banner, and she seems to have set her sights on imgur, the famous image hosting website associated with reddit. The news comes from an informed but unnamed source and Yahoo has so far declined to comment.

The Atlantic recently published a lengthy, article/narrative on the founding of imgur and its current state today. While initially designed for reddit, imgur has overtaken the ubiquitous social media site and currently boasts 100 million unique monthly users.

Yahoo also made headlines earlier this year with its $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr, though Meyer was quick to reassure users that Yahoo would not be branding on the site and Tumblr would largely continue to function as normal. Despite this the reaction of sister site reddit to the news is largely hostile with discussion of simply making a new imgur and relocating rather than support a change in management.

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