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Super Bowl 50 turned-out to be a streaming record breaker, but that’s not surprising

Super Bowl 50 turned-out to be a streaming record breaker, but that’s not surprising

It turns-out that this year’s Super Bowl featuring the Broncos and Panthers, some amount of drama, and the usual avalanche of highly expensive advertising, also broke some records. According to CBS this year’s competition was the most streamed ever, with 3.96 million people streaming Super Bowl 50 across various devices. This works out at a total of 402 million minutes of coverage being watched, with each consumer watching on average 101 minutes. 1.4 million viewers was the average watching one full minute at a time. Last year NBC broke the record when 1.3 million became the highest-ever number of concurrent viewers streaming... more »
Memories: Internet Archive's new Malware Museum lets you relive viruses of old

Memories: Internet Archive's new Malware Museum lets you relive viruses of old

Before BitTorrent, Limewire and Napster piracy had a different form, and that form was the floppy disk; first actual floppy disks (8 inch then later 5 1/4 inch), then later the not so floppy 3 1/2 inch disk. Back in the 1980's and well into the 1990's, if you wanted to pirate software you obtained a copy of a software from a friend, and you then copied that software onto your own blank floppy disk; it may seem archaic in the age of online downloads, but it was widespread. What many may forget about that first golden age of software piracy though,... more »
Bitcoin stolen from lending startup Loanbase in alleged hack

Bitcoin stolen from lending startup Loanbase in alleged hack

Bitcoin lending startup Loanbase, Inc. is claiming to have been hacked, although fortunately for customers and the company alike the amount stolen was not huge. Loanbase advised customers of the hack via email and its Facebook page on Sunday, explaining they had first detected unauthorized access early in the morning of Saturday, February 6. The company says the hack came via a hole in a WordPress blog, and gave the hackers access to their SQL database, meaning that sensitive user information may have been accessed including e-mail addresses, phone numbers, names, and other sensitive information. It's not clear at this point what occurred... more »
AngelList raised $163m for early stage startups in 2015 as investors diversify portfolios

AngelList raised $163m for early stage startups in 2015 as investors diversify portfolios

Online fundraising site for startups AngelList LLC has published its annual year in review report, and despite a perceived slowdown in the venture capital space late in the year, 2015 turned out to be another big year in angel funding. If you're not familiar with AngelList, the site caters to early stage startups by providing a service where they're are able to seek connections with early-stage "angel" investors, while also providing a board for companies to advertise positions available. For the year 2015 AngelList raised $163 million for 441 startups funded by 3,379 investors, with a total of 770,000 companies now listed on... more »
Hacker uses social engineering hack to access DoJ, releases employee files from DHS, FBI

Hacker uses social engineering hack to access DoJ, releases employee files from DHS, FBI

A hacker has released details of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees following a successful social engineering attack against the Department of Justice (DoJ). The files so far released include a DHS Staff Directory that has the name, title, email address, and phone number for some 9,355 employees ranging from security specialists, program analysts, InfoSec and IT, all the way up to director level, and 20,000 similar records from the FBI; the hacker claims to also have a trove of data from the DoJ but at the time of writing has not made this data... more »
Is there a new networking solutions provider du jour for cloud architects? | #CUBEconversations

Is there a new networking solutions provider du jour for cloud architects? | #CUBEconversations

How does a young company compete against a behemoth competitor with an 80 percent enterprise marketshare? "We look for the agents of change," said Plexxi, Inc.'s CEO Rich Napolitano, referring to the company's strategy for attracting customers looking for novel IT Solutions. Despite speculation that Cisco Systems, Inc. will eventually acquire Plexxi, Napolitano seems quite confident steering the company on its own path to success. He told Dave Vellante and Paul Gillin, cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, that there is a new kind of developer who thinks very differently about infrastructure -- the cloud architect. According to Napolitano, cloud... more »
How the software-defined storage explosion is giving data legs | #CUBEconversations

How the software-defined storage explosion is giving data legs | #CUBEconversations

The explosion of software-defined storage has been crucial to the converging or leaning of IT in the past few years. What these new storage methods make possible for businesses and organizations is an area of increasing interest. "The role of hardware has changed," said Chris Farey, cofounder and CTO for StorMagic, a software-defined storage provider. The need for expensive external boxes and loads of disks no longer prohibits companies that desire high-performance data storage, Farey told Stu Miniman, cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team. Now, he said, "You can put together some pretty impressive high-performance systems with maybe just a small amount of... more »
Blizzard's game design philosophy is "easy to learn, hard to master," says CEO Mike Morhaime

Blizzard's game design philosophy is "easy to learn, hard to master," says CEO Mike Morhaime

Warcraft and StarCraft creator Blizzard Entertainment Inc turned 25 years old this week, and in a recent interview with GamesBeat, co-founder and CEO Mike Morhaime looked back on how the studio got to where it is today, as well as the design philosophies it has always tried to follow. When asked whether Blizzard intentionally set out to make accessible games in traditionally hardcore genres, Morhaim explained that the studio wants its games to be easy to pick up yet also full of complexity. "We do always approach our games from a standpoint of—We’re trying to make these games for everyone, even if they’re not already familiar with... more »
To build or to buy? The clouding of IT | #CUBEconversations

To build or to buy? The clouding of IT | #CUBEconversations

As cheap, efficient, public cloud offerings continue to whet people's appetites for plug and play IT, companies are rushing to meet the demand. "It's going to be on like Donkey Kong" for ready-to-use infrastructure this year, said VCE Co., LLC President Chad Sakac. Owned by EMC, VCE provides converged infrastructure and solutions. Sakac told Stu Miniman, cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, that the company is striving to offer the best in both departments. He said that buildable infrastructure blocks, racks, and appliances are extremely important to VCE's business model, but that buyable, turnkey infrastructure is an area of intense interest... more »
Will software-defined revolutionize data protection? | #CUBEconversations

Will software-defined revolutionize data protection? | #CUBEconversations

Add data protection to the list of IT areas where software-defined is reducing bulk and boosting usability. Loss of large data sets can be disastrous for organizations. The latest software technology offers new ways to ensure against it without taking up physical space or hiring more staff. Joseph King, chief technology officer and VP of technology services at CAS Severn, Inc., spoke about the strides his company is making in software-defined data protection. He told Dave Vellante, cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, the shift away from purpose-built hardware to hardware has allowed the company to refine and target a streamlined... more »
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