Article of the Week
AppFog lets you pick your cloud, (almost) any cloud (Gigaom)
Big Idea: Are you interested in moving to the cloud but concerned about vendor and platform lock in? Consider AppFog. They have built a simple model based on standard Cloud Foundry to interface with the major cloud vendors like Amazon, Microsoft, Rackspace and HP.
Editor’s Choice Articles
The Future Belongs to Cloud-Networked Companies (Wired Cloudline)
Big Idea: Beyond the total cost of ownership change that cloud systems provide to enterprises, the shift to the cloud is much more. There is a shift from enterprise applications that were built for isolation to be more networked and connected in a cloud environment.
NextDoor, the social network for neighborhoods, raises $18.6M (Gigaom)
Big Idea: Ever feel like social networks have actually drawn you further away from your neighbors and what is going on actually around you? NextDoor is trying to change that by bringing the broader social network to what is going on right next door (no pun intended). But will there enough interest?
What the mainstream media could learn from BuzzFeed (Gigaom)
Big Idea: BuzzFeed, founded in 2006, has become the perfect blend of social content, real-time reporting and traditional editorial content selection. And they are growing a tremendous rate.
Pinterest, Tumblr and the Trouble With ‘Curation’ (NY Times)
Big Idea: A different point of view on curation. Is it truly a creative process or just the act of collecting content that has deep psychological problems that will lead people to be on the show “Hoarders”?