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Saavn partners with Twitter to crowdsource song requests

South Asian Audio Visual Network (Saavn), an India-based streaming radio service similar to Spotify, is teaming up with Twitter to create a tweet-powered playlist. If you are not a fan of Bollywood musicals or Indian music in general, then you might not have heard of Saavn, but the Indian company owns the rights to several million songs and other media such as films and music videos. Like Spotify, Saavn offers both a free service supported by ads and a subscription service without ads. Saavn claims that their service receives about 10 million monthly active users, roughly 20 percent of Spotify's numbers, and their streaming... more »
HP anoints Mendix as preferred rapid development partner on Helion cloud

HP anoints Mendix as preferred rapid development partner on Helion cloud

Mendix, Inc. got an important endorsement for its rapid application development technology this week as Hewlett-Packard Co. named the company's rapid application development platform a preferred technology for HP's Helion cloud. However, the non-exclusive, non-binding relationship is something short of a commitment on either side. Founded five years ago in Rotterdam and now based in Boston, Mendix sells an application platform-as-a-service based on OpenStack that uses model-driven visual programming and rules-based development to generate applications quickly for multiple platforms. The 200-person company, which has raised $38 million in two funding rounds since 2012, has about 500 paying customers and thousands of users... more »
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ThreatStream snags $22 million for security early warning system

Startup ThreatStream Inc. bagged $22 million in fresh funding on Wednesday to develop its Big Data-driven approach to information security. The Redwood-based team launched last year and hit the industry radar this January after appointing Hugh Njemanze as CEO. The executive is one of the most prominent figures in the security industry, having previously co-founded ArcSight Inc., the pioneering network analytics powerhouse that was bought by Hewlett-Packard Co. in 2010 for $1.5 billion. ThreatStream is the brainchild of a former cybercrime adviser to the FBI and Secret Service. Its platform - called OPTIC - funnels real-time data from every corner of the... more »
SoftBank plunks down $250M to fund Uber rival in Asia

SoftBank plunks down $250M to fund Uber rival in Asia

Japanese telecom giant SoftBank might become a target for Uber Inc's aggresive executives after it invested $250 million into the citizen taxi service's biggest rival in Southeast Asia – a startup called GrabTaxi. The GrabTaxi app has seen massive growth in Southeast Asia, and is now Uber's biggest rival in the region. With SoftBank's backing, the company is likely to try to expand its service further, hampering Uber's own plans to establish itself in the region. Although they're rivals, the two services are also quite different. While Uber has its own network of drivers that offer “lifts” to passengers, GrabTaxi works with registered taxis... more »
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Juniper leapfrogs rivals with first commodity switch

Juniper Networks Inc. has pulled the curtains back on a commodity switch for hyperscale data centers that marks a historic shift in the old guard's approach toward the software-defined wave sweeping through the enterprise today. The move is not entirely unexpected, however. Incumbent vendors have steadily been warming up to the new commodity-based approach to networking. A group of Juniper's top rivals launched an initiative called OpenDaylight in April in a bid to create a common standard for software-defined networking (SDN). The project has attracted dozens of additional backers and recently marked its second stable release, only eight months after the... more »
2014 geeky holiday gift guide: 5 high-tech gadgets for geeks

2014 geeky holiday gift guide: 5 high-tech gadgets for geeks

Welcome to the eighth installment of SiliconANGLE Media’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide series. In this series of gift guides, we’ve suggested some of the best high-tech gift ideas for your friends and loved ones this holiday season. So far we've given you techie gift ideas for golfers, tennis players, dog lovers, new parents, runners, better sleep and skiers. In this gift guide, we give you five techie gadgets that any self-respecting geek would love to receive this holiday season.   See our golfers gift guide here. See our tennis gift guide here. See our dog lovers gift guide here. See our new parents/new... more »
20M businesses face Windows Server 2003 end of support risk

20M businesses face Windows Server 2003 end of support risk

About 20 million businesses will face a major security risk in the next 221 days that could leave their IT systems wide open to vulnerabilities and threats from cyberattackers. That's the assessment of Dell Inc. anyway, which this week took the opportunity to warn businesses that Microsoft will be ending support for its Windows Server 2003 operating system in July 2015. Once that date has passed, Microsoft will no longer be able to patch the software against newly discovered vulnerabilities, which means that anyone still running it faces a much higher risk of having their systems compromised. 221 days might seem like... more »
Missing in action: T-Mobile cancels LTE Nexus 9 launch

Missing in action: T-Mobile cancels LTE Nexus 9 launch

T-Mobile has done it again, cancelling the planned launched of the LTE Nexus 9, despite promising availability for "early December." The company previously delayed the release of the Nexus 6. The news unsurprisingly came via a leaked internal memo picked up by TMONews, which reads: Updated: Google Nexus 9 Launch Postponed (Retail, TPR, TPRi, EDPC) Update: The launch of the Google Nexus 9 has been postponed. This article will be updated with the launch date once it is confirmed. T-Mobile will launch the Google Nexus 9 on a date to be determined, which will be available on the web or through Ship-to (Direct Fulfillment) in... more »
Harvard based XFund closes $100 million second fund

Harvard based XFund closes $100 million second fund

Harvard based Xfund, a venture group that focuses on graduate startups closed its $100 million second fund Thursday. The fund, previously known as the Harvard Experiment Fund, is a joint venture between NEA, Breyer Capital, Accel Partners and Polaris Partners, with advice but not control coming from Harvard University. Xfund focuses on investing in early stage startups that have a "grounding in the liberal arts," claiming that graduates in this area "make more insightful innovators and entrepreneurs." Since it began operations in 2012, over 3,500 founding teams from around the world have sought Xfund’s help, and the first fund of $10 million funded five startups: Kensho, a global... more »
HP brings agility to data centers with Infrastructure Automation | #HPDiscover

HP brings agility to data centers with Infrastructure Automation | #HPDiscover

Seamus Dunne, Vice President of Datacenter Services at HP, talked about the some of the latest developments of  HP Datacenter Care in his live interview with theCUBE at HP Discover Barcelona. "What we focused on is helping you better operate what you have today," said Dunne. "We're going to help take you on the journey to whatever stage of the new style of the IT you want to be on." Dunne explained that over the last two years, HP has noticed that "IT is not as agile as it needs to be, and it's holding back business." To make IT more agile, HP has been working on Datacenter... more »

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