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Dell, EMC customers love the pending merger (EMC)
Posted November 18, 2015 0:19 AM
Dell, EMC customers love the pending merger (EMC)

An overwhelming number of EMC and Dell customers surveyed like the idea of a merger between the companies, according to research analysts Enterprise Strategy Group.

ESG surveyed about 200 senior tech professionals working for mid-sized companies (100-999 employees – 32% of respondents) and large enterprises (1,000 or more employees – 68% of respondents) and discovered:

75% thought that a Dell/EMC combination would benefit their companies.   60% of respondents would increase their spending (with 32% saying they would spend about the same) with the combined company.

Most of them (65%) said they liked the idea because they thought the combined company would create better technology for them, a more complete catalog for their data center needs, if you will.

Playing these 6 video games could help improve your problem-solving skills

Jane McGonigal, a world-renowned designer of alternate reality games who has a PhD in performance studies, wants to change people's conception of video games as "just escapist, guilty pleasures."

"My number one goal in life is to see a game designer nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize," McGonigal writes on her website

She tells Business Insider she wants people to realize that games can be "powerful tools to improve our attention, our mood, our cognitive strengths, and our relationships."

And research is on her side. 

Studies suggest that mainstream games like "Call of Duty" may improve our cognitive abilities significantly more than games specifically designed to do so by designers like Luminosity.

Some of SoundCloud's most loyal users are starting to lose faith in the site

SoundCloud is undergoing a shift in its identity from a hangout for DJs and radio hosts to a commercial platform for established artists to share their music. But not everyone is happy.

Business Insider has spoken to multiple users and independent record label owners who feel that the music streaming app and website has strayed from its earlier focus of supporting DJs. Instead, they feel that it is now unfairly removing content and focusing on high-profile users and licensed music. SoundCloud did not respond to a request for comment on this story.

Liana Rosenberg is a London-based DJ who has been using SoundCloud since 2009. The way she used the site was typical of SoundCloud's original users.

Apps are going to get a lot smarter with help from Microsoft Office (MSFT)

Today, Microsoft officially released the Microsoft Graph, a nerdy solution that opens the doors wide for developers to do a lot more with Microsoft Office.

The critical idea here is the "application programming interface," or API. Programs use APIs to talk to each other — popular fitness app Runtastic, for example, uses the Google Maps API to display a real-time map on the app.

The Microsoft Graph, first announced in beta back in April, is a set of APIs that blow open the Microsoft Office 365 productivity cloud to developers, letting them build apps that take a user's data and put it to use in cool, new ways. 

Here's the doomsday scenario where Yahoo loses money spinning off its stake in Alibaba (YHOO)

Yahoo's stake in Alibaba is turning into a headache. 

In a note to clients on Wednesday, analyst Bob Peck at SunTrust examines a scenario in which Yahoo's tax bill for spinning off its stake in Alibaba — which at one point was assumed to be 0% — could be more than 100%. 

To quickly review, back in January Yahoo announced it would spin-off its remaining 15% stake in Alibaba in a transaction scheduled to be completed during the fourth quarter of this year.

In this new SpinCo, Yahoo will include its Yahoo Small Business unit to meet the requirement that Yahoo have some actual business in the new unit. But so the question is whether that unit actually meets IRS standards. 

As the IRS' Isaac Zimbalist

The CEO of Tinder just gave a cringeworthy interview

Tinder CEO Sean Rad has been doing a bit of a press circuit in advance of his company's IPO this week.

And in an interview with the Evening Standard, Rad had some pretty interesting things to say.

"You can’t deny Tinder is what the world wants," Tinder CEO Sean Rad told the Evening Standard in an interview this week, adding that Tinder has managed to solve "the biggest problem in humanity: that you’re put on this planet to meet people."

Flanked by Tinder's VP of communications, Rosette Pambakian, Rad put his foot in his mouth discussing his affinity for smart women:

One of London's hottest fintech startups is downsizing

Algomi, the hotly tipped startup behind a bond trading platform, is cutting around 10% of its global workforce.

Financial News reports that the company, which is headquartered in London but has offices in New York, Hong Kong, San Francisco and Chicago, is reducing headcount from 150 to "around 140". Algomi confirmed the cuts to Business Insider over email.

News of the cuts comes after Business Insider revealed earlier this month that the head of Algomi's US business, Stephen Gallagher, recently left the company after nearly 2 years.

A top Silicon Valley VC firm is investing $200M in health software startups

Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen wrote in 2011 that "software is eating the world." Now, his firm Andreessen Horowitz wants software to heal the world.

The Silicon Valley venture capital firm announced Wednesday it plans to invest $200 million in software companies involved in biology and healthcare. The firm also announced Vijay Pande as its newest general partner.

"What used to be impossible, now is cheap," Pande told Business Insider, referring to the Moore's law of doubling of computing power and other resources. "What’s left to do? Build software companies together to transform healthcare and transform the world."

Computer-driven medicine

Obama's tech guru on the TalkTalk hack: 'I put that on the corporation, not the teenagers'

Harper Reed knows about hacking.

As a kid, Reed explored hacker forums and entertained himself by messing around with code as part of his self-confessed "punkness."

He now credits that experience with helping him land the high-profile role of CTO for Barack Obama's successful 2012 Presidential re-election campaign.

Reed was responsible for Project Narwhal, the highly praised tech infrastructure that got voter information to Obama campaign workers across the country.

Now he's joined PayPal, after his mobile payment startup Modest was acquired by the company earlier this year.

Given his hacker-done-good credentials, I thought I'd ask Reed what he makes of

The father of 'disruption' theory explains why Netflix is the perfect example — and Uber isn't

Clayton Christensen popularized the term “disruptive innovation” in his iconic book, "The Innovator’s Dilemma," published in 1997.

The phrase describes a specific way that smaller companies can outcompete and eventually destroy their bigger rivals. And it has become an obsession for entrepreneurs, particularly in Silicon Valley.

But the Harvard Business School professor says the way his theories are thrown around in the tech industry is often just plain wrong, and he’s taken the time to set the record straight in the Harvard Business Review.

To explain, Christensen points out two big tech companies: one that is disruptive (Netflix), and one that is not (Uber).

Let's look at Netflix first.