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GitHub is rolling out a major redesign over the next few days with the intent of putting more emphasis on content, speed and interactivity. Jottacloud, a cloud storage service based in Norway, is promoting itself as a safe and secure haven, free of the NSA's long reach that it has with services such as SkyDrive, Dropbox and iCloud. As we continue to see more details brought to light in how the government requests and uses information about what we do on the web and on our mobile devices, an ex-Googler and a consumer rights attorney, who have dedicated themselves to helping users remain private, have raised some funding to do this better and in more places.
This coming Friday night, I’ll be at the API Days conference in San Francisco to talk for a few minutes about my perspectives of the API economy.
Elastic Path has raised an $8 million debt round to fuel the development of its "commerce everywhere," API -- a hypermedia platform that abstracts backend complexity for the front-end developer and business person. Here's another interesting implementation of the $35 Raspberry Pi microcromputer -- or rather a stack of 56 Pis, linked together to form a model web platform called PiCloud, using LEGO bricks as bespoke racks for the Pi stacks. GoodData has raised $22 million in a Series D round, with funding led by Sao-Paulo-based TOTVS Ventures, the investment arm of TOTVS S. The ability to visualize geodata as a map is the latest feature GitHub is offering developers. The new capability adds to GitHub's family of visualization tools that now includes the ability to render 3D models on the code-collaboration platform. As high-profile sites like Twitter, Google, and most recently Evernote and LinkedIn turn to two-factor authentication to help their users protect themselves from malicious hackers and security breaches, Encap, a startup based out of Norway, has created an alternative it says is better and safer, using an app on a person's mobile device. Thought Yahoo's acquisition spree would culminate with its $1.1 billion Tumblr purchase? Well, not so much.