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Will this be the year the startup bubble bursts? | #theCUBE

Will this be the year the startup bubble bursts? | #theCUBE

Another day, another startup promising to change everything -- that's been the climate in technology for the past few years, and analysts wonder how much longer it can last. The way to avoid the bubble burst some see as inevitable is to get real about profitability, according to Steve Herrod, managing director of  General Catalyst Partners. He said his venture capital firm is becoming more shrewd about sussing out profitability in the startups that approach them for seed money, because, "That's how you go from being a technology to being a business." Herrod told John Furrier, cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media... more »
DataGravity axes key staff as flash storage competition heats up

DataGravity axes key staff as flash storage competition heats up

Organizations are buying more flash storage than ever before, but the fierce competition in the market is forcing some vendors to make difficult changes to their growth strategies. The latest victim of the squeeze is DataGravity Inc., which reportedly laid off a significant portion of its engineering team in the past few weeks. Former insider Michael White shared the news in a post on his personal blog that was picked up by The Register this morning. Before parting ways with the startup, he headed up the team that was responsible for ensuring DataGravity’s flash arrays work well with third party solutions... more »
What you missed in the Smart World: Super Bowl holo table and more

What you missed in the Smart World: Super Bowl holo table and more

A futuristic vision of the Super Bowl, a freshly launched security platform for the connected universe, and a strategic acquisition are only some of the recent developments from top industry players towards the Internet of Things (IoT). Every week we round up the latest developments in the Smart World, from new developer platforms to smart city initiatives around the world. Here’s what you missed in the Smart World: Nokia launches new IoT security platform Nokia Corp. launched NetGuard Security Management System, the company’s Internet of Things security platform. The service combines monitoring and configuration of different systems into a single platform, allowing operators to... more »
Docker 1.10 doubles down on container security

Docker 1.10 doubles down on container security

Docker Inc. pushed the latest version of its container engine technology late last week. Docker 1.10 comes with a strong focus on security, with the main updates being the addition of secure computing features and user namespace technology. Secure Computing, called “seccomp” by Docker, is a new piece of code integrated into the Linux kernel that offers admins granular security control over their containerized applications. Docker runs atop of Linux, and version 1.10 adds a new default seccomp profile that should help to address some of the persistent security concerns that have dogged containers since they first started making waves in... more »
Foxconn to acquire Sharp in $5.6bn deal

Foxconn to acquire Sharp in $5.6bn deal

Troubled Japanese electronics manufacturer Sharp Corporation is set to be acquired by Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., better known as “Foxconn”, at the end of this month. Unlike similar multi-billion dollar acquisitions that are usually leaked to the press first, news of this particular deal came straight from the horse's mouth. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou told Reuters that the two companies had agree on a price of ¥659, or $5.6 billion at today's exchange rate. “We have a consensus”, Reuters quotes Gou as saying. “The rest is a process … I don't see a problem completing this process”. This isn't the... more »
Inside the Dark Net episode 1: Isn’t that technically virtual pedophilia?

Inside the Dark Net episode 1: Isn’t that technically virtual pedophilia?

Showtime’s new eight-part documentary series Dark Net begins unsurprisingly disconcerting. For those of us that have lived sheltered lives, even with Google around to lead us astray, episode one of the series, Crush, delivers some amusing, frightening and provocative examples of what goes on in the deep web. Things you probably knew existed, but still, it’s educative to actually see what a penis looks like in a male chastity device – a “cage”, as the penis’s online admirer likes to call it. Crush moves back and forth between three stories: an online BDSM (bondage, dominance, submission, sadomasochism) relationship featuring the aforementioned... more »
What you missed in Big Data: Taming the Internet of Things

What you missed in Big Data: Taming the Internet of Things

The industry effort to bring the vast amounts of machine-generated data coming off the connected universe under control received a significant boost last week after not one but two major vendors joined the fray. The first to jump aboard was Microsoft Corp., which launched a managed service for aggregating transmissions from the sensors and other new devices that are appearing on the the corporate network. The Azure IoT Hub allows data to be sent in the opposite direction well, thus providing a two-way communications channel that organizations can use to carry out maintenance tasks like rolling out security updates to employee-owned... more »
What you missed in Cloud: Value-added functionality

What you missed in Cloud: Value-added functionality

While other leading cloud providers like Amazon Inc. regularly undercut the competition to try and attract new users, Salesforce.com Inc. hopes to set itself apart by moving in the opposite direction of the price curve. Last week saw the customer relationship management giant introduce a new iteration of its platform that offers a host of value-added features for organizations willing to pay a premium. The roster includes the invoicing automation functionality that the company obtained through its acquisition of partner SteelBrick Inc. last year and an analytics tool for estimating the chances of converting a lead into a paying client. But... more »
Master these 9 features in Apple's Notes app for a more organized life

Master these 9 features in Apple's Notes app for a more organized life

With the updated version of the Notes app released with iOS 9, users got access to a whole variety of new features including the ability to add checklists, links and photos to notes. Below we take a look at how to use 9 Notes' features to take better notes and organize your life: Create checklists in your notes The updated Notes app for iOS 9 allows you to create interactive checklists to ensure you stay on track with your to-do-list. Read the full steps in our tips and tricks for creating checklists in your Notes app. Add images and photos to your notes To add... more »
Bitcoin scammer Ryan Kennedy arrested on rape charges

Bitcoin scammer Ryan Kennedy arrested on rape charges

Ryan Kennedy, the head of former Dogecoin exchange Moolah, has been arrested in the United Kingdom on rape charges. According to local reports, Kennedy stands accused of raping five women over the course of eight years and faces a total of 14 charges, 11 of rape, two of assault by penetration and one of causing a woman to engage in sexual activity without consent. The offenses are alleged to have been carried out in Gloucestershire between late 2007 and last year, all during the time Kennedy was defrauding people through his various online schemes. This is not the first time Kennedy has appeared... more »
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