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Bitcoin Weekly 2015 May 6: Gavin Andresen and max block size, FinCEN fines Ripple Labs, Wozniak joins Planet Capital board

Bitcoin Weekly 2015 May 6: Gavin Andresen and max block size, FinCEN fines Ripple Labs, Wozniak joins Planet Capital board

Ripple Labs found themselves on the wrong side of FinCEN this week and has been subject to a $700,000 fine for failing to keep up with regulations as a money exchanger. Most notably the fine also comes with requirements that Ripple Labs comply better with anti-money laundering regulations, including better tracking of money transfers. Gavin Andresen, Bitcoin luminary and core developer, has come out with a series of arguments why Bitcoin’s max block size needs to be increased (he proposes to 20MB by March 2016). This has generated a great deal of talk in the community, see below for links to... more »
EMC at the forefront of facilitating digital transformations | #emcworld

EMC at the forefront of facilitating digital transformations | #emcworld

Dave Vellante spent some time with Paul Conway and Tom Roloff of EMC Corp. to talk about transforming businesses with the new IT technologies. Conway is the Global Services Lead, while Roloff is the Senior VP of EMC Global Services. EMC provides products and services that help clients manage the transition from legacy IT technology to the new cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) models. "The whole digital world and the mobile world...that's absolutely where everyone wants to put their money," Roloff said. However, companies face many challenges during a transformation to the digital world. These challenges include legacy applications, freeing... more »
Cloudera cracks $100M in revenues | #emcworld

Cloudera cracks $100M in revenues | #emcworld

Cloudera, Inc. revealed this past February that it was the second Open Source company in history to crack $100 million in revenues. And according to Mike Olson, Cloudera's chief strategy officer, the company is thrilled with it growth. "I’m very pleased and confident in our strategy and execution," he said in an interview with theCUBE during EMC World 2015. "And, in addition, Big Data is genuinely transforming the industry and is creating an enormous opportunity for everyone — us, our tremendous partner, EMC, and the rest of the industry." New workflows emerge   As CSO, Olson has to keep a sharp eye on the... more »
Simplifying and automating with the EMC Core Technologies group | #emcworld

Simplifying and automating with the EMC Core Technologies group | #emcworld

As part of the biggest and most profitable division of EMC, Jonathan Siegal and Peter Smails of the Core Technologies Division were excited to share all of the new innovations EMC has to offer in an interview with theCUBE at EMC World 2015. Siegal, the VP of Product Marketing in the Core Technologies group, said many of their changes come down to making things easier for customers. “At the end of the day, what we’re helping customers do is simplify and automate their existing applications so they can start to transfer a lot of their time, if you will, and their... more »
SAP launches a one-click app store for the enterprise

SAP launches a one-click app store for the enterprise

When it comes to downloading new apps the process for consumers is so easy they barely even think about it. Simply click on 'download', wait and while and, voilà! There it is, ready to be played with. If only it were that easy in the enterprise, where buying software is often a laborious process involving complicated invoices, purchase orders and requests for proposals that can often take days to complete. Which is why the SAP Store is such a cool idea. Unveiled by SAP SE yesterday at its Sapphire Now conference in Orlando, the SAP Store has followed the lead of consumer... more »
Oculus Rift consumer version will finally arrive in early 2016

Oculus Rift consumer version will finally arrive in early 2016

It has been a long road from Dallas-based Oculus VR's initial Kickstarter campaign in 2012 to its $2 billion acquisition by Facebook Inc and eventual partnership with Samsung. Now, after nearly three years the company has finally announced that the consumer version of its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will be hitting the market in early 2016. "Since the earliest days of the Oculus Kickstarter, the Rift has been shaped by gamers, backers, developers, and enthusiasts around the world," Oculus said in an announcement on its blog. "Today, we’re incredibly excited to announce that the Oculus Rift will be shipping to consumers in Q1... more »
Hearthstone's mobile version pushes it past 30 million users

Hearthstone's mobile version pushes it past 30 million users

It is hard to believe that a card battling game has become one of the most successful video games on the market today, but somehow Blizzard Entertainment's Heathstone: Heroes of Warcraft has managed to reach over 30 million players and reportedly earns $155,000 a day. "BY THE POWER OF RAGNAROS, 30 million players have joined us by the hearth! Thanks for pulling up a chair!" the game's official Twitter account announced today. Hearthstone was released a little over a year ago for Windows and OS X, and it received an iPad version a month later. While the game has been a success for the... more »
Dell's new storage systems highlight a delicate balancing act

Dell's new storage systems highlight a delicate balancing act

More and more organizations are buying their storage with servers and networking equipment included, but Dell, Inc. is keeping its focus on the majority still scaling their capacity independently with new arrays that bolster both ends of its traditional product range. Taking over as the new entry-level model is the SCv2000 at a starting price of $14,000. The system is promised to provide the biggest bang for the dollar in its category thanks to the inclusion of advanced data services previously only available in Dell's more expensive systems, which falls into step with the broader trend of vendors standardizing their lineups... more »
EMC just open-sourced its software-defined storage platform

EMC just open-sourced its software-defined storage platform

The biggest bombshell of EMC World 2015 dropped Tuesday morning when the storage giant pledged to release the code for its software-defined management stack under a free license that will enable unrestricted use and modification. The move represents a bold attempt by EMC to differentiate itself from rival vendors with similar technologies for decoupling capacity and the underlying infrastructure. Opening up ViPR, which launched in 2013 with the promise of providing such abstraction across the full gamut of enterprise storage systems, promotes that goal in two ways. It first and foremost creates a channel to the development community, the driving force behind... more »
3 must-have Apple Watch apps to keep you shopping savvy

3 must-have Apple Watch apps to keep you shopping savvy

An app that will make shopping easier is likely to be a favorite among everyone. The Apple Watch and its latest shopping apps have changed the way we look for flights, compare products or find the latest sale. It is no longer necessary to pull your iPhone out to find your shopping list or search the Internet for products; it is all conveniently available on your wrist thanks to Apple Watch shopping apps. These are three of our favorite shopping apps for your Apple Watch. Fetch     With the availability of the Fetch Apple Watch app, making travel reservations or buying products has... more »

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