What you missed in Cloud: Microsoft ups the ante against competitors

Maria Deutscher | December 22nd

Microsoft pulled the curtains back on a landmark update for Azure that takes direct aim at the workloads organizations keep behind the firewall. Coming just over a month after “human error” took down the infrastructure-as-a-service...»

Uber faces more woe in Taiwan, Chinese city of Chongqing

Duncan Riley | December 22nd

Another day, another tale of woe for Uber Inc. with news out of Taiwan and China that it's once again in trouble with authorities. The Taiwan Government said Monday that Uber is not licensed to provide transport and is...»

What you missed in Big Data: Google prospects for cloud analytics gold

Maria Deutscher | December 22nd

It was an unusual week in the analytics ecosystem as Hadoop monetarily stepped aside to let Google occupy the spotlight when it opened its cloud-based alternative to developers with the release of an open-source SDK designed...»

Facebook blocks anti-Putin page in Russia

Eric David | December 22nd

Facebook Inc. has seemingly complied with an order from the Russian government demanding that the social network block access to a page supporting one of President Vladimir Putin's most vocal critics. The page in question calls for demonstrations to...»

BlackBerry confirms its working with Boeing on ‘self-destructing’ smartphone

Collen Kriel | December 22nd

BlackBerry Ltd. announced on Friday that it is working with Boeing Co. on a high-security Android-based smartphone which can self-destruct if meddled with. “We're pleased to announce that Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry...»

Report: Apple Pay claimed 1% of all digital payment dollars in November

Collen Kriel | December 22nd

Apple Pay, a mobile payments service in relative infancy, is showing impressive early adoption numbers according to a new ITG Investment Research Report on Mobile Payments. The report indicates that Apple Pay...»

Flash storage about to hit “hockey stick” growth curve, says HP exec | #HPdiscover

Maria Deutscher | December 22nd

With some forecasters now expecting the cost of flash storage to fall below that of spinning-disk storage within the next couple of years, adoption is starting to rise in what Craig Nunes of Hewlett-Packard Co. described...»

Elemental Technologies raises $14.5 million Series D in round led by Telstra

Duncan Riley | December 22nd

Online video solutions and distribution company Elemental Technologies Inc., has raised $14.5 million in series D financing in a round led by Telstra Corporation Ltd. Other investors in the round included Sky PLC, General Catalyst Partners, Norwest Venture...»

Crowdfunded comic Bitcoin: The Hunt for Satoshi Nakamoto goes on sale

Duncan Riley | December 22nd

The English-language version of the world's first comic about cryptocurrency Bitcoin: The Hunt for Satoshi Nakamoto has gone on sale following a successful crowdfunding effort that attracted a number of noted contributors. The comic book, first announced at CoinSummit...»

Microsoft dumps third party Snapchat apps from Windows Phone Store

Duncan Riley | December 21st

Microsoft Corp. has removed all third party Snapchat apps from the Windows Phone Store after Snapchat Inc. previously announced that it was cracking down on them to increase security. The removal of apps, including the popular 6snap according ...»