Heroku Growth Tells Cloud Story, Not Sidekick Data Losses

Despite all the criticism being bandied about in the IT press, cloud computing appears to be doing just fine. Yes, it needs to be more secure, reliability needs to improve, it needs a better definition and Microsoft definitely should not have lost all that Sidekick data (even though it eventually was recovered), but there are plenty of users who do not view the cloud as the pariah it is made out to be.

Microsoft: Most Lost Sidekick Data Almost Restored

Old-fashioned folks would call it closing the barn after the horse has bolted. Young people are going to call it “whatever.” I just call it too little, too late. Microsoft (s MSFT) says it has restored recovered most, if not all, of the data of the Sidekick-using customers of T-Mobile. Last Friday a data wipeout left thousands of Sidekick users without any access to their data that was stored in Microsoft’s data centers.

In a statement, Roz Ho, corporate VP of premium mobile experiences at Microsoft, said that company is about to start restoring people’s personal data, starting with personal contacts. Why is it too little, too late? There has been an exodus of customers away from the Danger’s Sidekick device and many class action lawsuits have been filed against Microsoft. I believe Microsoft’s $500 million purchase of Danger has gone up in smoke. Read More about Microsoft: Most Lost Sidekick Data Almost Restored

Today in Social

Between the recent loss of Sidekick data and outages (and some data loss) from Facebook and Twitter, the public’s comfort level with online data storage continues to be tested, and companies continue to climb a data security learning curve.

Today in Mobile

The industry is still buzzing about the weekend’s news that T-Mobile USA and Microsoft managed to lose the data of T-Mo’s Sidekick users. The Sidekick’s automatic-syncing function is one of the device’s most attractive features — at least, in theory — allowing users to compile personal data and record their communications simply by using the device. But the astonishing fumble illustrates the danger (pardon the pun) of leaning too heavily on cloud-based services.

When the Cloud Fails: T-Mobile, Microsoft Lose Sidekick Customer Data

If you’ve ever been curious about what would happen when a cloud service fails, then you don’t have to wonder any longer. Earlier today, customers of T-Mobile and Sidekick data services provider Danger, a subsidiary of Microsoft, lost access to all their data. Some believe that this data wipeout is because of a botched upgrade. Why it happened matters little to those who are unlikely to get their data back, according to a note posted on T-Mobile forums. Read More about When the Cloud Fails: T-Mobile, Microsoft Lose Sidekick Customer Data

Smartphone Sales Up, But Mobile Startup Funding Down

siliconvalleyinvestmentmobiles.gifThe booming sales of smartphones such as the iPhone and the growing popularity of mobile app stores has prompted a renaissance in the mobile industry and of course a big surge in startup activity. It’s reflected in the growing investments in mobile companies based in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to a report released by industry group Mobile Monday Silicon Valley. Read More about Smartphone Sales Up, But Mobile Startup Funding Down

3G Sidekick LX to Debut With Twitter, Facebook Support

sidekick_lx_colorApple’s iPhone and RIM’s BlackBerry might have all the developer attention, but there are still a lot of people who love their Sidekicks. T-Mobile is going to introduce their new Sidekick LX on May 13. I like what this device has to offer: It integrates Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. This is a smart move, for T-Mobile says nearly two-third of the web traffic generated by the Sidekick web browser goes to social networking, to the tune of 15 million requests a day. Social networking apps are proving to be big catalysts for consumer web usage, in turn helping to boost the data revenues for mobile carriers. The iPhone, BlackBerry and ground-breaking phone startup INQ1 have all seen big bumps from social networking sites. Microsoft (s msft) bought Danger, maker of the Sidekick, in February 2008, so it makes perfect sense that the device will support Exchange and Exchange Active Sync support.