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  • Apple buying Yelp makes perfect sense – in 6 months or less?

    Apple has been firing all cylinders, in every business they have been in past few years. In fact, almost a decade. This is unprecedented. Not even Google could do that.

    One thing that stands out for Apple compared to others in its size and magnitude is that it has not acquired any in the web space. Sure they did buy a chip company here and there, but web space? None. They are a big player on the web with its mobileme, in-house apps and third party apps. They also have 30 billion$ waiting in their wings. Steve Jobs himself made a mention that the cash cushion can be of use for good buyouts late last year, especially in this economy.

    Yelp. It is a fantastic story of linking local businesses to people, with location awareness. It absolutely fits Apple’s way of doing its micro-payment style business.  Add Apple’s solid micro-payment scheme, its huge itune user base, Yelp’s phenomenal growth and content of almost every business information with reviews around the block wherever you are, Apple will have another multi-billion$ solid winner. It could make yelp as critical as maps and have it on its prime real estate – the iPhone’s home page.

    Why it fits Apple more than anyone else? Consider other possible suitors. Facebook? They won’t pay as much or won’t be able to monetize it as much as Apple can although Robert Scoble seems to think Facebook is the right one. Google? Same story. The best fit for Yelp is the company with best web reach and device on the mobile platform. It can only be Apple. No one else. Google does not even come close with its Android platform way behind iPhone, nor is Facebook. With Yelp, Apple can add on-demand local businesses to its on-demand suite of music/videos/applications in an integrated way that could be a blockbuster.

    I predict Apple will buy Yelp in 6 months or less.

    Raghu Kulkarni, IDrive.com

  • Twitter MacBook Pro 13” Contest

    ** CONTEST UPDATE: August 10th, 2009 — Our contest has ended. Congrats to @matthewmedina25 (our grand prize winner) and @TheHenry, @emptynestegg, @rwillsey, @charlief (our secondary prize winners)! **

    IDrive Online Backup is having its BIGGEST and BEST Twitter contest yet. Enter to win a MacBook Pro 13” (Grand Prize) or 320GB IDrive Portable USB hard drives (Secondary Prizes). This contest will run Monday 8/3 to Friday 8/7.

    Entry is simple. Just include the #IDrive tag in any tweet on Twitter. Be as creative as you want with your tweet or just retweet our message below. Oh and don’t forget to follow @IDriveBackup to see if you’ve won!

    MSG: “MacBook Pro 13″ Giveaway from IDrive Online Backup! Be Creative! http://bit.ly/ZiMkM #IDrive”

    Click Here to Tweet this!

    Follow @IDriveBackup on Twitter

    There is no limit to how often you can tweet #IDrive so go crazy and have fun with it! Each time you tweet it, you will be entered into our drawing (no automated scripts or bots, this contest is meant to be fun). The winners will be chosen at random each day.

    Rules

    To be eligible, you must be over 16 years of age and have a Twitter account. Employees of IDrive Online Backup or any family members of said employees are not eligible. The contest will run from 12:01am Monday 8/3 to 11:59pm Friday 8/7.

    Winners will be selected at random and notified the following day (i.e. Monday’s winner will be notified Tuesday). Since there are no limits to the number of times you can tweet #IDrive, we’ll count ALL tweets as eligible for each prize. However, tweets that are found to have come from automated scripts or bots will be disqualified.

    The grand prize (1 in total) is a brand new MacBook Pro 13″ which we will purchase on your behalf and have delivered right to your doorstep (anywhere in the world). We will ship out the grand prize within 31 days of the contest closing date.

    The secondary prizes (4 in total) are 320GB IDrive Portable USB hard drives (see http://www.idrive.com/portable/). We will ship these within one week of the contest closing date, delivered right to your doorstep (anywhere in the world).

    IDrive Online Backup shall not be held liable for (a) any technical failures of any kind, (b) technical or human errors which may occur during the administration of the contest; (c) any malfunction of or damage to the prizes; or (d) any restrictions or delays imposed by any customs authorities or any import or other taxes imposed by any taxation authority in respect of the prizes.

  • PC as your personal Cloud?

    This is not a new concept. But we think our version of PC as a personal cloud is easier and more usable than the rest. Cloud Storage will play in several ways, and one way would definitely be your PC as the centralized server or the cloud and your mobile device as the client. RemotePC, one of our sister services has just launched RemotePC Lite, a service to view your data on your PC from anywhere, including iPhone.

    You can now view Pictures and Documents, and even your Outlook Emails residing on your PC via your iPhone. You never have to sync or upload your pictures, ever. Your PC is your cloud, and, did we say it is a free service?

  • TechCrunch Wrap Up

    The 4th Annual TechCrunch August Capital Summer Outting and TechCrunch Real-Time Stream CrunchUp was a huge success for IDrive Online Backup. We had a chance to meet and listen to in-depth discussion panels from major industry leaders in the Real-Time space, such as the founders of Twitter, Facebook and FriendFeed, among many others. With the emergence of so many “Cloud” and “Real-Time” technologies and companies, there is a tremendous and ever-growing need for Secure, Reliable Online Backup. Below are a few pictures from our TechCrunch trip.

    Robert Haines (Business Development Manager, IDrive Online Backup) and Michael Arrington (Founder, TechCrunch)

    Michael Arrington and Robert Haines

    Robert Haines (Biz Dev Mgr, IDrive Online Backup) and Katie J. (Intern, IDrive Online Backup)

  • IDrive Lite and Referral emails

    We sincerely apologize for the referral emails sent out from IDrive Lite. They were sent to a limited number of users and have been stopped. Please note, however, we do indicate during the IDrive Lite signup process (when you install the app on your iPhone)  that referral emails may be sent out to the contacts in a short EULA. To reiterate, we have stopped this process and we apologize for any distress this may have caused.

  • 4th Annual TechCrunch August Capital Summer Outting – July 10th

    IDrive Online Backup is going to the 4th Annual TechCrunch August Capital Summer Outting and TechCrunch Real-Time Stream CrunchUp tomorrow in Menlo Park, CA and Redwood City, CA. We have some great new things to demo and discuss via IDrive’s parent company Pro Softnet Corporation. We will have a booth at both TechCrunch events, so please stop by and say hello if you happen to be attending the events as well.

    Robert Haines
    Business Development Manager
    IDrive Online Backup

  • Twitter $120 DAILY Freebie Contest!

    ** Update: This contest is on hold until further notice, as of June 24th, 2009. No new winners will be selected until after this contest resumes.**

    Contest begins June 13th, 2009 at 12:01am Pacific Time. Each and every day* we will give one really lucky @IDriveBackup follower a FREE 1-Year 150GB IDrive Pro for Personal Use account ($50 value!) AND a FREE 320GB IDrive Portable USB drive ($70 value!)

    Here are the contest rules –

    1. Follow @IDriveBackup on Twitter

    2. Sign up for a FREE 5GB IDrive Online Backup account **. VERY IMPORTANT: your account must be created BEFORE entering the contest. If you are chosen as a winner, but have not created an account prior to entering, you will be disqualified.

    3. Retweet the following message each day to enter…
    Entered IDrive Online Backup $120 DAILY Freebie Contest! *IMPORTANT: SEE RULES B4 RETWEETING!* http://bit.ly/nkEN8 #120DFC

    4. Winners must provide the email address used to sign up for the FREE 5GB IDrive Online Backup account, so that we can upgrade it to a FREE 1-Year 150GB IDrive Pro for Personal Use account. Winners must also provide their shipping address, so that we can mail the 320GB IDrive Portable USB drive.

    * Special Rule: On days where contest participation is low (<5 eligible contestants), we will not announce anyone as a winner.

    ** Special Note: Previous winners are ineligible to win again, whether they had won in this current contest or won in previous IDrive contests.

    This contest will run every day, so keep playing until you win! Mon-Thurs winners will be tweeted the following day, while Fri-Sun winners will be tweeted the following Monday. Good luck!

  • “IDrive Twitter Free Account DAILY” Contest!

    ** Update: This contest ended June 12th, 2009. **

    Late last year we started paying close attention to Twitter as a way to interact with our users, reach out to new prospective customers, provide immediate support, announce our new features, press mentions, new partnerships and blog posts for IDrive Online Backup. So, in that light we’re announcing our newest special promotion, the “IDrive Twitter Free Account DAILY” contest!

    Starting tomorrow (May 27, 2009) at 12:01am PDT, the contest begins. Each day we will give one lucky @IDriveBackup follower a FREE 1-Year 150GB IDrive Pro for Personal Use account! This contest is only for NEW IDrive Online Backup users who have a FREE 5GB account. Existing IDrive Online Backup customers are not eligible.

    Here are the contest rules –

        1. Follow

    @IDriveBackup

        on Twitter

    2. Create a FREE 5GB IDrive Online Backup account. Account must be created AFTER 12:01am PDT, May 27, 2009 and BEFORE you enter the contest. If you are chosen as a winner, but have not created an account prior to entering, you will be disqualified.

    3. Re-Tweet the following message each day to enter. Entered IDrive Online Backup DAILY CONTEST to win 1YR 150GB account ($49.50 value). RT! SEE RULES http://is.gd/FGet #ITFAD

    4. Winners must provide us with their email address so that we can upgrade their FREE 5GB IDrive Online Backup account to a FREE 1-Year account.

    This contest will run every day, so keep playing until you win! Mon-Thurs winners will be tweeted the following day, while Fri-Sun winners will be tweeted the following Monday. Good luck!

  • Daily Twitter “IDrive Portable Giveaway” Contest!

    ** Update: This contest ended April 28th, 2009. **

    With Twitter’s popularity growing, we decided to start paying attention and join the fray. Twitter has given us a great new outlet to announce new features, press mentions, new partnerships and blog posts for IDrive Online Backup. Not to mention it gives us a unique way to network with our customers to provide support, offers tips and advice, and offer special promotions.

    In that light, we are happy to announce our new Daily Twitter “IDrive Portable Giveaway” Contest! Here’s how to enter and win…

    Each and every day, we will select an IDrive Twitter follower at random and give them a free 320 GB IDrive Portable. Contestants need to follow http://twitter.com/IDriveBackup and ReTweet the following message between the hours of 12:01am and 11:59pm each day to enter: Just entered IDrive Online Backup Daily Giveaway! Win by following @IDriveBackup and RT! http://is.gd/o4Wr #IOBDG. This contest will end Tuesday, April 28th, 2009.

    This contest will run every day, so keep playing until you win! Mon-Thurs winners will be tweeted the following day, while Fri-Sun winners will be tweeted the following Monday. Good luck!


  • What’s the Perfect Backup Strategy?

    When it comes to Backup, it’s always best to have dual approach… backup all your important files locally, and then backup your most critical files online where you’ll have access to them from anywhere. Then, as time permits, you can backup the rest of your important files online, which does take some time… based on your bandwidth, number of GBs being backed up, etc.

    This dual approach has been widely adopted and praised by companies and consumers world-wide. In this recent article from Accounting Web: “10 steps to the CPA’s perfect backup plan”, this approach was highly recommended. The main reason being… in the event of a disastrous data loss where restoration of all your files is absolutely imperative, you can restore your filesimmediately from your local backup vs. having to slowly restore them online, based on those same limitations of bandwidth, number of GBs being restored, etc.

    For this reason, we are proud to introduce the IDrive Portable; the thinnest and lightest USB-powered portable hard drive ever in its class.

    In addition to a great sleek and stylish form factor, IDrive Portable offers a software element that allows for a one-click backup of all your important files (like ‘Documents’, ‘Pictures’, ‘Videos’, ‘Music’, etc.). In addition, it provides an option to easily integrate with IDrive Online Backup using the same data-set (assuming you choose the defaults), but of course the data-sets and schedules are customizable. Other great features include multiple PC backup, 320 GB of storage, open/locked file backup, and more. For details, please see the “IDrive Portable Features” on our website.

    Written by,

    Robert Haines
    Business Development Manager – IDrive