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Twitter loses more users in Q4, but makes more money from those remaining

Twitter loses more users in Q4, but makes more money from those remaining

The problems at microblogging come messaging service Twitter, Inc. have continued with the company reporting that it lost even more users in the fourth quarter of 2015. Twitter reported that its Monthly Average Users (MAU) remained stable in the quarter compared to the Q3, however once SMS-only customers are subtracted the MAU fell to 305 million, down from 307 million in Q3. Providing that it is possible to milk a sinking ship, the company reported revenue of $710 million for the quarter, up 48 percent for the same quarter in 2014, with advertising revenue coming in at $641 million, also up 48... more »
GitHub thinks BIG with clustering support for large enterprises

GitHub thinks BIG with clustering support for large enterprises

Amid the rumblings of discontent over at GitHub, which reportedly stem from internal debates over whether the organization should focus on large businesses instead of smaller developers, it's just rolled out a number of new features aimed at its biggest users. GitHub Enterprise 2.5 offers improvements geared towards organizations with “tens of thousands of developers”, the organization said. Writing about the release in this blog post, Matt Colyer said the marquee feature of GitHub Enterprise 2.5 is the introduction of support for clustering, which means large businesses can now set up a “cluster” of servers that act like a single installation,... more »
Cisco beats Wall Street estimates but bemoans stock market jitters

Cisco beats Wall Street estimates but bemoans stock market jitters

Cisco Systems Ltd. managed to beat analyst's estimates with better-than-expected second quarter profits and $15 billion in new buybacks that saw its share price rocket in after-hours trading. Cisco reported net income of $3.1 billion for the quarter, equating to $0.62 per share. Non-GAAP earnings were $0.57 per share on $11.8 billion in revenues, a two percent increase year-over-year. This compares to Wall Street's expected earnings of $0.54 per share and $11.76 billion in revenues. For the next quarter, Wall Street analysts said they're looking for Non-GAAP earnings of $0.55 per share on revenues of $12.02 billion. Cisco responded by saying it... more »
ESA exec refutes SuperData CEO's claim that the organization is "irrelevant"

ESA exec refutes SuperData CEO's claim that the organization is "irrelevant"

Earlier this month, SuperData Research Inc CEO Joost van Dreunen wrote an opinion piece criticizing the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), saying that the organization is becoming increasingly irrelevant and unhelpful to the video game industry as a whole. This week, Rich Taylor, the ESA's Senior VP of Communications and Industry Affairs, wrote his own opinion piece refuting van Dreunen's statements. "Last week, SuperData CEO Joost van Dreunen authored a misinformed, gratuitous critique of the Entertainment Software Association and our place in the video game industry," Taylor wrote in his piece for GamesIndustry.biz. "For someone who purports to trade on industry facts, it is remarkable that Mr. van Dreunen's opinion... more »
IoT can't save you from Big Brother

IoT can't save you from Big Brother

If there was any doubt that the Internet of Things could be used to spy on people, the head of National Intelligence has admitted that it can. As part of the assessment with regards to threats faced by the U.S., James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, delivered a testimony to the Senate revealing that connected devices can be used for surveillance. “In the future, intelligence services might use the [Internet of Things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials,” Clapper said. Clapper did not specify which agencies could be involved... more »
Bell Canada, IBM partner on hybrid cloud services

Bell Canada, IBM partner on hybrid cloud services

Canadian businesses have a simpler way to adopt and build out hybrid clouds thanks to a partnership between BCE Inc. (Bell Canada), Canada’s largest telecommunications company, and IBM. The partnership, which expands the cloud computing services available through Bell Business Cloud, will give businesses across Canada access to the IBM Cloud via a secure, high-speed private connection from Bell Canada. “IBM Cloud supports Bell’s new client offerings to help companies gain more control of their data, improve application performance and efficiencies with enhanced collaboration, centralize IT management, reduce costs and achieve greater efficiencies,” said Nevil Knupp, Vice President of Cloud at IBM... more »
Google plays catch-up as it rolls out cloud triggers

Google plays catch-up as it rolls out cloud triggers

In an effort to work its way back into the top tier of cloud providers and match Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS) features, Google yesterday rolled out Google Cloud Functions. The new Google Cloud Platform tool, which is similar to AWS’ Lambda, lets developers set up functions that get triggered in response to certain events. “Google Cloud Functions is a lightweight, event-based, asynchronous compute solution that allows you to create small, single-purpose functions that respond to cloud events without the need to manage a server or a runtime environment,” according to Google’s documentation for the tool. Google Cloud Functions run as Node.js modules.... more »
Pre-order Oculus Rift PC bundles touchdown February 16: Are you VR ready?

Pre-order Oculus Rift PC bundles touchdown February 16: Are you VR ready?

February 16, pre-order bundles including the Oculus Rift VR headset and PCs capable of running the overwhelming entertainment peripheral, will touchdown at retailers such as Best Buy, Amazon and the Microsoft Store. These bundles feature the powerful PC hardware needed to run a VR headset as well everything needed for the VR experience: the Rift headset, sensor, remote, Xbox One controller and games EVE: Valkyrie Founder’s Pack and Lucky’s Tale. The moniker “Oculus Ready PC” has been coined because PC hardware requires a particular minimum spec in order to drive a VR experience. The minimum specs, as listed on Oculus’s website require at... more »
100K taxpayers compromised in latest IRS hack

100K taxpayers compromised in latest IRS hack

Some changes are clearly in order at the cybersecurity department of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Less than six months after admitting that hackers pilfered personal information about more than 300,000 individuals from its website, the agency has revealed that another 101,000 accounts were compromised in a similar attack a few weeks ago. The breach occurred shortly before a mysterious outage disabled electronic tax return filing for two days. To dispel potential concerns, the IRS clarified in a statement that the two incidents are believed to be unrelated. The alert goes on to detail that the hackers employed Social Security Numbers... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2016 February 10: Steam getting Bitcoin payments, Simplex $7m Series A, Coin Center raises $1m, Hyperledger expands membership

Bitcoin Weekly 2016 February 10: Steam getting Bitcoin payments, Simplex $7m Series A, Coin Center raises $1m, Hyperledger expands membership

Bitcoin may be getting a boost with a potential unfolding partnership between Valve Corporation and BitPay, Inc.! Redditors have discovered payment code in Valve’s video game distribution platform Steam that will allow bitcoin payments for US customers. In Bitcoin finance, credit card processing company Simplex announced $7 million in Series A funding to assist Bitcoin exchanges with accepting credit cards without fear of back charges. The Linux Foundation Hyperledger Project, a blockchain project with a number of large banks on board, announced new members increasing the count to 28. In Bitcoin regulation and law news, Coin Center announced $1 million raised for... more »
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