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Here's why the intelligence community bought a stake in MemSQL

You probably haven't heard of the newest database startup in In-Q-Tel's investment portfolio, but if history is anything to go by, there's more than a good chance you will. Consisting almost solely of big names such as Cloudera Inc. and MongoDB Inc., the exclusive club of analytics vendors to have acknowledged receiving funding from the intelligence community's venture capital arm now includes MemSQL Inc. as well. The three-year-old Y Combinator graduate offers a unique database that combines an in-memory row store with a columnar system to enable heavy-duty transaction processing and real-time analysis of unstructured streams in the same environment. Since other... more »
Facebook knows why you just bought that sex toy

Facebook knows why you just bought that sex toy

Facebook, Inc. is relaunching Atlas, the ad service it purchased from Microsoft Corp. at the beginning of the year, and its new and improved capabilities could prove to be a threat to Google Inc.'s online ad market dominance. The announcement is expected to be made this week , during the 11th annual Advertising Week conference in New York. The rebooted Atlas service will reportedly combine its sophisticated ad and purchase tracking features with Facebook's rich user data. The original Atlas service was appealing to marketers because it tracked online purchases, and provided information about how online ads may have influenced those... more »
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3 years and 180-degrees later, Oracle turns to cloud | #OOW14

Oracle Corp. has made some big transformations in the three years since it decided to focus on cloud offerings. theCUBE co-hosts Jeff Frick and John Furrier discussed the changes on which Oracle has been focused in their kickoff of SiliconANGLE's live event coverage at this week's Oracle OpenWorld conference. Furrier explained that he is "seeing meat on the bone" as Oracle amps up its cloud offerings. With 29 new Software as a Service (SaaS) products, a focus on data security, mobile, social media, and Big Data, Oracle is seeking to disrupt competition at an infrastructure level, Furrier suggested. Offering low cost services and... more »
Rackspace boasts 99.99% uptime and adds containers to OpenStack with private cloud upgrade

Rackspace boasts 99.99% uptime and adds containers to OpenStack with private cloud upgrade

Rackspace Inc. is upping the ante in the race to bring OpenStack into the enterprise mainstream with a new version of its private cloud offering that implements the latest release of the project with a production-grade uptime guarantee and value-added capabilities for large environments. The scope of the update should dispel any remaining doubts that the veteran hosting company isn't in it for the long haul. The new release of the Rackspace Private Cloud comes with an enhanced service-level agreement ensuring that the APIs used to access a deployment are available 99.99 percent of the time, which leaves about 52 minutes... more »
Oracle extends its single pane of glass to the database with Enterprise Manager for MySQL

Oracle extends its single pane of glass to the database with Enterprise Manager for MySQL

Oracle Corp. is bringing the capabilities of its unified management and monitoring system to MySQL environments as part of an update meant to make the open-source database more competitive against non-relational alternatives that are better at handling modern analytic workloads. The company hopes to make up what its software lacks in flexibility with more of the kind of features that can help CIOs preserve their existing technology investments, a hallmark tactic from the days when Larry Ellison was still at the helm. Yet while it may have the not-quite-retired founder's signature all over it, the move to integrate Oracle Enterprise with... more »
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What you missed in the Smart World: TV that tracks health, battery-free chips

Today's Smart World recap features a miniscule battery-free chip, a TV that tracks your health, expectations for Big Data powering the erection of smart buildings, and upgraded platforms for the Internet of Things developers. For those who missed last week’s Smart World Series, here’s a chance to catch up on the exciting developments in the connected world.  Each week, SiliconANGLE rounds up the top news trends regarding smart homes and cars, smart data centers and IT, smart infrastructure and all things related to the Internet of Things(IoT). IoT gets battery-free chips, smarter cars and tags The Internet of Things continues to gain interest with innovations like the ant-sized,... more »
With iOS 8, Apple is bringing sexy back to app development

With iOS 8, Apple is bringing sexy back to app development

Unveiled at the opening of the Apple 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, iOS 8 is launched in parallel with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The big story is that iOS8 makes the development way more accessible for developers now. Currently, iOS 8 is big for developers because of all the new widgets, health apps, passbook app, HealthKit, HomeKit, iCloud Drive, NFC, AirDrop and other additions Apple has made. Developers can build on these and the additional APIs that Apple has provided and give users much more control and customizability. Developer centric with more than 4000 APIs   The SDK features... more »
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Opinion: theCUBE covers Oracle OpenWorld at critical time

Today theCUBE kicks off three days of coverage of Oracle OpenWorld 2014 at a critical time in Oracle Corp.'s history. Like many of the old-line vendors, Oracle is seeing its markets shift radically beneath it. Once-stable business foundations are cracking under the pressure from open source, Big Data, mobile and cloud. To remain a strong and viable company, Oracle needs to evolve rapidly. So far it has introduced new directions each year in response to some of these pressures while resisting others, particularly open source. Today Oracle is still a highly profitable company, but increasingly those profits are coming from... more »
Circle out of beta, opens up to international audience

Circle out of beta, opens up to international audience

Circle, a Bitcoin wallet and payment service, has been a very long time in coming and has carried with it a great deal of hype. The seemingly secretive service went through a recent closed-beta round where invites where at a premium; now the service has come out of beta and is now available to the general public. Sign up on the Circle.com website. The product behind Circle is a sleek, well built web page with a strong eye towards user experience and this leads with mission of the company and website. “When we set out to build Circle, we imagined a new... more »
Take the ultimate selfie thanks to Nixie, the wearable drone

Take the ultimate selfie thanks to Nixie, the wearable drone

The drone craze meets the wearable tech craze. Meet Nixie, a prototype wearable quadcopter drone equipped with a camera that you can use to capture the ultimate selfie. A finalist in Intel Corp.'s ongoing competition to inspire new wearable technology ideas, the project is the brainchild of Christoph Kohstall (a physics researcher at Stanford), and is built in collaboration with team members Jelena Jovanovic and Michael Niedermayr. If you are looking for an alternative to sticking your arm out to take yet another selfie, then Nixie is aimed at you. Essentially a wristband with a built in drone, Nixie will fly off... more »

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