Adobe Creative Cloud for Educators, Senate Forces Net Neutrality Vote, and Square Acquisitions

On Episode 401 of The Waves of Tech, we are hitting you with some technology news and notes that matter.  Adobe is offering the suite of Creative Cloud to educators for an absurd discount – $5 per student per year.  Students will have access to Lightroom, Audition, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and more. In net neutrality news, the United States Senate has forced a vote on the floor to reinstate the 2015 Open Internet Order.  The ongoing battle over net neutrality between the FCC, the federal government, states, general public, and the tech industry is quickly coming to a boil. Square, the popular payment services company, recently acquired Weebly.  The companies form a solid partnership providing a comprehensive solution for business owners and individuals growing their brand, business, and income.

Adobe Offers Creative Cloud at Massive Discount for Educators

Adobe announced last week an incredible discount for the educational industry – the entire suite of Creative Cloud for only $5 per student per year.  Creative Cloud includes Lightroom (photography), Illustrator (vector), Audition (audio editing), Dreamweaver and Muse (website creation), XD (design), and other programs.  Adobe’s chief product officer and leader of the Creative Cloud products stated, “This makes it accessible to everyone.”

  • The license would allow students and kids to use the software at home
  • Adobe is training the next generation of kids to use their tools and branding
  • It’s a move to make students the next long term customer base
  • Training, cost, access, and time are all barriers to still using a discounted product

Restoration of Net Neutrality – Senate Vote

In an effort to restore the 2015 Open Internet Order, the United States Senate (made up of 100 elected individuals) expects to vote next week on a new resolution drafted by the Democratic branch of politics.  If the resolution passes, the 2015 rules will be reinstated and will place the FCC and Ajit Pai in a particularly tough spot.

  • The vote is garnishing major support in the tech industry and the activist arena
  • Tumblr, Reddit, Etsy, and other site have bannered their sites to show support
  • Net neutrality may be the biggest threat we face to having a open, free, and fair internet
  • Shortly, we will have a clear idea on where each Senator stands – pro or anti neutrality

Square Buys up Weebly & Food Service Companies

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square, has been busy buying of companies to provide a more comprehensive and value-added addition to Square.  A few weeks ago, it was announced the popular payment system company acquired Weebly. The web hosting service and website builder has a growing base of 625,000 paying subscribers with over 40% of that being international.

  • Square and Weebly provides users “one cohesive solution to build their business”
  • An integrated business model should drive interest in using the website services
  • Square can leverage international markets in Canada, UK, Australia, and Japan
  • The acquisition of Zesty & Entrees On-Trays boosts their corporate catering branch

Resources & Links

Discounted Adobe Suite for Educators

Senate Forced Vote to Restore Net Neutrality

Square is Buying Up Businesses

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