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IBM Acquires Wireless-Analysis Company Now Factory

eyebeeem-featureComputing services giant IBM said today that it will acquire the Now Factory, a privately held company based in Dublin, Ireland, that creates software used to analyze wireless network usage. Financial terms were not disclosed.

IBM said Now Factory’s capabilities will be added to its MobileFirst Analytics portfolio of services that analyze business data and seek to optimize the experience customers have online.

Service providers are straining under the load of data demands as consumers try to use more video, gaming and other online data on their phones and tablets. The Now Factory adds capabilities to analyze how consumers interact with various services on their phones, and to yield faster insights on their behavior, Big Blue said.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work