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* A beta version of iTunes Match became available last night, and while only developers can currently get at it, the limited software release sheds more light on what the service will be like once it officially rolls out this fall. For the $25 annual fee, music can be streamed and/or downloaded from iTunes Match onto any iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac computer. Songs in users' collections that are already available on iTunes won't need to be uploaded -- they'll be streamed from Apple's master copy. Check out this video preview, courtesy of Insanely Great Mac, of how it all works. (MacRumors and Insanely Great Mac)
* Verizon Wireless (VZ), AT&T (T), and T-Mobile USA will invest more than $100 million in a mobile payments venture called Isis, a move intended to capitalize on a market that Juniper Research says could reach $670 billion by 2015. (Bloomberg)
* How has Google (GOOG) CEO Larry Page performed since taking the reins earlier this year? The Wall Street Journal does a deep-dive. (The Wall Street Journal)
* How new HTC design head Scott Croyle thinks the company's products will change. (VentureBeat)
* Six ways retailers are using mobile to supplement the store. (Ad Age)
* A wide-ranging interview with Box.net CEO Aaron Levie on everything from Google + (fail) and Steve Jobs (irreplaceable) to why most startups are so consumer-focused. (Business Insider)
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Andreessen Horowitz and others send a big signal that web-based enterprise software startups are gaining clout with their latest investment.
Back in 2005, Aaron Levie and Dylan Smith were college dropouts with a collective $11,000 and a not-so-sexy startup idea for an online storage and collaboration service. Today, the entrepreneurial duo announced that their company, Box.net, has closed a whopping $48 million series D funding round.
The large investment is the latest sign MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Feb 24, 2011 12:19 PM ET
Cost-conscious businesses are looking online for IT
By Aaron Levie, CEO and co-founder, Box.net
Something is clearly happening in the cloud. Two major juggernauts – the government and Microsoft – have both recently made cloud-related announcements. The government (hardly ever considered an early adopter) is planning to launch a cloud computing 'Storefront' to ease the federal deployment of these online services, with the ultimate goal of streamlining operations and saving money. MOREAug 4, 2009 9:00 AM ET
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