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Also covered: Microsoft's purchase of a messaging startup, Samsung's purchase of a cloud infrastructure provider, Finisar's strong FQ4 report, and Salesforce's reported interest in Linked In prior to the Microsoft deal.
China's chip facility construction spree, Uber's remarks about its profitability, Twitter's attempts to use emojis to boost ad sales, and a wearables sales forecast also get attention.
One more step in the app's evolution from a mere chat tool to a communications and content hub - one that's about to be finally monetized.
There are some tie-ins with Samsung's consumer hardware ops: Samsung plans to migrate its cloud services to Joyent's platform, and to have Joyent act as a back end for its Io T solutions.
Joyent has received high marks among open-source developers for its services, but (even with Samsung now acting as a big client) remains at a major scale and feature disadvantage relative to public cloud giants such as Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Microsoft, IBM, and Google.
You might see a cute, driverless bus roaming the streets of Washington DC starting today.
It's called Olli, and it's an autonomous electric minibus designed by Local Motors, which you might remember as the company that's planning to sell 3D-printed cars this year.
That allowed total revenue to only be down 1% Y/Y (beating consensus estimates) in spite of a 12% drop in traditional software license revenue (still ~4x as large as Saa S/Paa S revenue) and a 9% drop in hardware revenue.