Top Stories

EFF lawsuit argues DRM copyright rules are unconstitutional

EFF lawsuit argues DRM copyright rules are unconstitutional

It has been nearly two decades since the passage of the (DMCA) , which criminalized the act of copying protected digital content such as DVDs or video games. The DMCA also criminalized the act of circumventing the systems put in place to protect that content, such as digital rights management (DRM) software, and this week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has challenged that rule as a violation of the First Amendment in a lawsuit against the US government. Here's an excerpt from the EFF's lawsuit explaining its argument: This lawsuit challenges the “anti-circumvention” and “anti-trafficking” provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), 17 U.S.C. §§ 1201(a),... more »
Apple, Facebook and Coinbase involved in takedown of KickassTorrents

Apple, Facebook and Coinbase involved in takedown of KickassTorrents

On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 30-year-old Ukrainian Artem Vaulin, the alleged operator of torrent directory website KickassTorrents (KAT) was arrested in Poland. He has been charged with copyright infringement and money laundering; domain names related to KAT’s operation have also been sized by the United States government. In order to discover and capture Vaulin, the U.S. government used its power of subpoena to compel Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Coinbase Inc. to release information that led to his arrest. KickassTorrents is one of the most used torrent directories on the entire Internet in spite of numerous censorship attempts by world governments—including... more »
CEO nuggets: Specialties and industry expertise move Infor forward | #GuestOfTheWeek

CEO nuggets: Specialties and industry expertise move Infor forward | #GuestOfTheWeek

Infor, Inc. is one of those unique tech companies that creates end-to-end digital transformation solutions for its customers in many different verticals. Under the leadership of CEO Charles Phillips, for the past five years, the company’s growth trajectory has skyrocketed through strategic acquisitions and using a philosophy of growing its very own ecosystem one vertical at a time. For his contributions to technology, education and diversity, theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, chose Phillips as its Guest of the week. During theCUBE’s coverage of Inforum 2016 at the Javits Center in New York City, Dave Vellante (@dvellante) and George Gilbert (@ggilbert41), cohosts of theCUBE,... more »
"Clash of Kings" forum hacked, user data stolen

"Clash of Kings" forum hacked, user data stolen

Mobile gaming is a big industry, which also makes it a big target. Combine that with the peculiar human tendency to ignore security patches, and you have the latest data breach, where the official forum for “Clash of Kings” was hacked and robbed of around 1.6 million accounts. The stolen player database was recently posted on LeakedSource.com, a breach notification site. In it, ZDNet reports, one can find usernames, IP addresses, and information such as Facebook data for those signed in through their Facebook accounts. While there are passwords in the database, they’ve been hashed and salted for security and protection. Following... more »
Workday picks up BI startup Platfora to boost analytics chops

Workday picks up BI startup Platfora to boost analytics chops

A month after acquiring Zaption Inc. for its online learning platform, Workday Inc. is making another strategic startup buy. The HR automation giant this week signed an agreement to purchase a venture-backed analytics provider called Platfora Inc. that sells Apache Spark-powered business intelligence software. The outfit harnesses the open-source analytics engine’s performance to help organizations quickly identify patterns in their massive information troves. Platfora claims that the functionality lends itself to a wide range of use cases. The software can be used to map out customer buying patterns, find areas of improvement in a company’s marketing campaigns and expose operational inefficiencies. The... more »
Salesforce buys monitoring startup Coolan to optimize its internal infrastructure

Salesforce buys monitoring startup Coolan to optimize its internal infrastructure

Providing cloud services on the kind of global scale that Salesforce.com Inc. does involves a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes. To try and ease the load on its IT division, the company this week acquired Coolan Inc., a San Mateo startup focused on automating data center monitoring operations. The outfit has developed a managed diagnostics platform that promises to provide a centralized view of infrastructure behavior. Its arguably most distinguishing feature is the ability to highlight what specific components are responsible for a malfunctioning server’s technical woes. The functionality was created based on the lessons that Coolan founder Amir Michael... more »
Will it integrate? Blendtec taps connectors for data mash-up

Will it integrate? Blendtec taps connectors for data mash-up

“Will it blend? That is the question.” Those words by Blendtec Inc. founder Tom Dickson (above) have kicked off each of the 146 (and counting) videos in the high-end blender maker’s phenomenally successful “Will It Blend?” video series. Each segment features Dickson pulverizing items ranging from golf balls to smart phones with the company’s flagship product. Launched in 2007, the series is considered a nearly perfect example of viral marketing: funny, short, repeatable and a perfect product showcase. Will It Blend? segments have notched nearly 300 million views on YouTube alone. Not surprisingly, business has grown, but it wasn’t until 2013 that hypergrowth... more »
A glimmer of hope for Pokémon Go fans using Windows Phone

A glimmer of hope for Pokémon Go fans using Windows Phone

The Pokémon Go game, turned global phenomenon, just keeps picking up speed, mesmerizing fans in now more than 30 countries, sending madding crowds this way and that in search of cutified monsters. Some fans aren’t happy though, and those people are the owners of a Windows Phone. That could all change soon, according Microsoft Portugal. Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella might have mentioned the possibility of Pokémon Go coming to the augmented reality headset, HoloLens, but talking about the game’s instant success, Nadella didn’t say anything about the game coming to Windows Phone. The absence of Pokémon Go on Microsoft’s phone has caused... more »
Bitcoin Savings & Trust Ponzi scammer Trendon Shavers gets 18 months

Bitcoin Savings & Trust Ponzi scammer Trendon Shavers gets 18 months

Trendon Shavers, the mastermind behind the disgraced Bitcoin Savings & Trust Ponzi scheme, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison on one count of securities fraud. In addition, Shavers was ordered to forfeit $1.23 million and to pay restitution in the same amount to victims of his scam. Shavers, who ironically went by the name "pirateat40" online, was arrested in November 2014 following the ruling by a Texas judge for him to pay $40.7 million in a civil suit that alleged that in running Bitcoin Savings & Trust he used "deceptive and misleading tactics such as the promise of high profits... more »
Microsoft Surface Hub smashes sales forecast, plus tips to get the most out of yours

Microsoft Surface Hub smashes sales forecast, plus tips to get the most out of yours

Microsoft launched the Surface Hub at the Windows 10 Preview event back in January 2015. Regardless of the fact that it was delayed twice and eventually went on sale for $2,000 more than the expected price, sales have still exceeded expectations. The collaborative device, which starts at $8,999 for the 55 inch and $21,999 for the 84 inch, started shipping in March this year and has been purchased by more than 500 customers worldwide. With regards to availability, Microsoft told Petri, “Demand for Surface Hubs is very strong and exceeded initial forecasts. To date, we’ve shipped to over 500 customers... more »
1 2 3 4 3,387

Premium Research

- Brian Gracely

As the trend towards greater adoption and usage of open source expands, Wikibon looks at how open source software and public cloud are reshaping the business models of VCs, Startups, Enterprise IT vendors and Cloud Providers.

- Peter Burris

HPE visited theCUBE for a conversation about IoT edge processing. We excerpt that conversation, adding our insights into evolving IoT architectures.

- David Floyer

Next generation datacenters with all-flash for active data will require much higher performance system networks. These networks will need to be integrated into converged systems, and be completely separate from long-distance networks.

- George Gilbert

The software, hardware, and professional services markets for big data are still in formative stages, with packaged applications emerging only slowly. But the demand for solutions is sufficiently large and growing fast enough to support a number of large vendors with a variety of packaging and go-to-market approaches. Users should identify their big data starting point -- services, application platforms, or converged infrastructure -- and establish the strategic relationships they need to progress with big data investments.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at several examples of IT organizations that are actively engaged with open source software communities to help evolve how their business undergoes a digital transformation.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon and theCUBE attended Red Hat Summit 2016 in San Francisco. Get analysis of the announcements, partnerships and community programs from Red Hat.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon and theCUBE attended DockerCon 2016 in Seattle. Get analysis of the announcements, partnerships and community programs from Docker.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the evolution of PaaS and Container platforms, and evaluates the critical architectural criteria that should be considered by CIOs, Enterprise Architects, Developers and Operational teams.

- Ralph Finos

Based on market conditions that we have observed over the past year and the recent public cloud revenue results of Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and IBM, we expect that public cloud spending will continue to accelerate rapidly, growing from $75B in 2015 to $522B by 2026 (19% CAGR). Each public cloud segment will have rapid growth rates: SaaS (19% CAGR), PaaS (33% CAGR), and IaaS (18% CAGR) during this period. How big will public cloud be? By 2026, cloud will account for nearly 50% of spending related to enterprise hardware, software, and outsourcing services.

- David Vellante

Leading CIOs are changing the way they communicate to their boards about cyber security by emphasizing response, not infiltration. Rather than solely focusing on how to thwart penetration, CIOs are treating cyber security as an integral part of business/service continuity and risk management agendas, with a priority on rapidly responding to critical breaches. This research note is based on data gathered through proprietary social analytics, extensive collaboration with CIOs, CTOs, CISOs and business executives; and is designed to assist CIOs in advancing security agendas with boards of directors.