Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was a very bright guy and capable CEO who also had a very bad habit of casually brushing off competitors who actually deserved to be taken very seriously. Recall his infamous dismissals of the iPhone and of Android, for example, to see how Ballmer ridiculing a product became a reverse-kiss-of-death — in other words, Ballmer trashing a rival offering was almost a guarantee that it would become a success. More →
An anonymous user posted on Pastebin hundreds of Dropbox usernames and passwords, teasing that he has access to login credentials for as many as 7 million Dropbox accounts. However, it’s not clear where the person got the list, The Next Web reports, and Dropbox says its security hasn’t been compromised. More →
Cloud syncing and storage service Dropbox has become one of the biggest cloud backup solutions in the world by providing users with a remarkably simple solution that just works. All users have to do is save any files in a folder within the Dropbox directory on their computers, and those files are automatically backed up and synced across all of their other computers. What’s more, anytime any of those files are updated in any way, Dropbox automatically saves the changes and syncs them across all connected PCs.
It’s a wonderfully intelligent and useful service, but what happens when things go wrong and a serious bug starts deleting people’s files? More →
With so many viable options on the market, it can be difficult to settle on a single cloud storage solution. Not only does each service offer its own unique set of perks, the prices are dropping so quickly that it’s tough know how to get the best deal. Dropbox has made that decision even more difficult by matching Google Drive’s offering of 1TB for $10 a month for Pro users. More →
In a blog post early Tuesday morning, Dropbox revealed a vulnerability with its shared links. The popular cloud storage company said that shared links to some documents could be unintentionally revealed to “unintended recipients.” Thankfully, Dropbox says it doesn’t think the vulnerability has been exploited, and it has already been addressed. More →
Mailbox is a fantastic app. It’s so great, in fact, that Dropbox spent $100 million to acquire it last year. The Mailbox app helped me destroy email, and for that I will forever be grateful — but there has always been one huge problem with it: there’s isn’t any desktop or Android client. As Dropbox announced on Wednesday, however, that won’t be the case for much longer. More →
A tweet this weekend generated quite a lot of attention, as a Dropbox user was surprised to discover “DMCA takedowns in personal folders, TechCrunch reports. However, Dropbox isn’t actively searching through the files shared by its customers in order to remove copyrighted content. What the company actually does is employ an automated system that prevents users from sharing known copyright-protected files with others. More →
It looks like Steve Ballmer wasn’t the only famous tech CEO who underestimated Dropbox’s staying power. ITBusiness.ca reports that Dropbox CEO Drew Houston this week recounted how late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs tried to buy out his company a few years ago and then vowed to kill off Dropbox when Houston refused to sell it to him. Jobs then took his best shot at Dropbox when he unveiled iCloud back in 2011 as Apple’s own cloud storage service that was deeply integrated with its popular iTunes software. More →
Earlier this year, we predicted that cloud storage company Dropbox would be guaranteed massive success after receiving the reverse-kiss-of-death from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who dismissed the company as a “little startup.” Given Ballmer’s history of predicting that both the iPhone and Android would flop, we thought it was safe to say that his dismissal of Dropbox would look similarly ill-advised given enough time. And sure enough, The New York Times reports that Dropbox is making a move into Microsoft’s territory with a business-centric version of its popular cloud storage service. More →
It’s too bad that Dropbox isn’t a publicly traded company, because it would be a great time to buy its shares now that Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer has given it his patented reverse-kiss-of-death. Ballmer, who previously predicted the iPhone would flop because it lacked a physical keyboard and that Android would fail because Google wasn’t slapping OEMs with any licensing fees to use it, told BusinessWeek on Tuesday that the cloud storage company was just a “little startup” that posed no threat to Microsoft’s own SkyDrive cloud service. More →
Besides getting used to the Metro user interface, one of the most common complaints about Windows 8 is the operating system’s lack of available applications. Dropbox on Monday released its highly anticipated Windows 8 and Windows RT app, bringing one of the most popular cloud storage services to Microsoft’s (MSFT) new platforms. The application was originally showcased at Microsoft’s developers conference in October, however it seemed to have disappeared since then. Dropbox for Windows 8 includes support for the Share Charm, which allows users to share any photo, file or folder, and lets users open, edit and save files from other Windows 8 apps. Dropbox is available now for free in the Windows Store.
Dropbox and Samsung (005930) on Friday announced that anyone who buys the new Galaxy Note II and Galaxy Camera will get 50GB of free online storage for two years. The Dropbox app will come pre-installed on both devices and the Galaxy Note II will automatically sync photos and videos to the service. The two companies had previously offered a similar deal for Samsung’s popular Galaxy S III, but AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) both decided to opt out of the promotion. Dropbox’s press release follows below. More →
A couple of weeks ago, Dropbox users began to complain about receiving spam in email accounts created exclusively for the service. After investigating the issue, Dropbox confirmed that a small number of accounts were affected by a recent security breach. “Our investigation found that usernames and passwords recently stolen from other websites were used to sign in to a small number of Dropbox accounts,” the company wrote on its website. “We’ve contacted these users and have helped them protect their accounts.” More →