DailyDose: Cloudwars heat up. Windows Azure storage drops price by as much as 28 %
DailyDose of tech news from around the world. Today: Dropbox announces links, an easier way to share files on the web. Citrix acquires Zenprice for BYOD play. 4G auctions in the US. Windows Azure Storage drops pricing and more.
Cloud storage company Dropbox has announced Dropbox Links for anyone to share files or folders even if they aren’t using Dropbox. You dont need to compress, attach and upload files. All you need to do is to do is hoever over a file on Dropbox.com and click the share link. Try it here.
Facebook Inc’s recently acquired photo-sharing service Instagram removed a key element of its integration with Twitter, signaling a deepening rift between two of the Web’s dominant social media companies. [Source]
Citrix Acquires Zenprise
The company has acquired Zenprise, a mobile device management company for an undisclosed amount. Citrix said the deal will help the company in its effort to develop a complete mobile suite that includes GoToMeeting, Podio and Sharefile. Read more here.
4G Auction in UK. £3.5B expected from sale.
The U.K. government has already put a price on the sale of 4G spectrum frequencies — due to kick off in January next year. Chancellor George Osborne is factoring into his policy decisions the sum of £3.5 billion which he expects to be raised by next year’s 4G spectrum sale. More here.
US Visa for skilled labor
The proposal to allow 55,000 more high-skilled visas for brainy graduates of American universities got stuck on a provision that would have dissolved the Diversity Immigrant Visa program for underrepresented nations. Even if the Senate had voted on STEM Jobs, the President had vowed to veto the legislation, citing the need for comprehensive reform. [Source]
Windows Azure Storage Drops Pricing
Windows Azure Storage has entered the cloud price wars with a drop in pricing that could be as much as 28 percent for some customers. The pricing goes into effect December 12th. The price drop, which follows two price decreases last week from Google and one from Amazon Web services, reflects a price war that is emerging, as the big giants of the cloud fight for market share in the emerging cloud market. [Source]
Indiegogo expands internationally
Kickstarter rival Indiegogo is expanding its international presence by offering support for foreign currencies and languages and providing new localized sites in the UK, Canada, France and Germany. It’s way to stay ahead of Kickstarter, which is also expanding globally. [Source]