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Hobbit, Game of Thrones Spur Hollywood's Latest War Against YouTube

John Casaretto appeared on NewsDesk earlier to discuss the latest copyright infringement news from Hollywood with our host, Kristin Feledy (full video below). Earlier this week, Warner Brothers Studios sent Google a takedown notice for an app called “Hobbit 3D Wallpaper HD." The application, as the name would suggest, contains unauthorized snapshots from the studio’s hit Tolkien movie. Casaretto deems the move an “evolution” in the way content providers are handling piracy today’s tech savvy market. He explains that there are multiple reasons Warner Bros doesn’t want its content distributed illegally: the company has to make money, it has to maintain its image,... more »
Hadoop Overdose @ Strata: This Week in Big Data

Hadoop Overdose @ Strata: This Week in Big Data

The OReilly Strata Conference was this week’s big data epicenter.  Several noteworthy companies attended the gathering, a few of them launched new Hadoop distributions, and many others announced specialized solutions designed to either run or supplement all this new software. Cloudera unveiled a new version of its flagship enterprise management suite, Cloudera Enterprise. The bundle ships with the company’s distribution, the latest release of its admin platform, a data management layer, and backup and recovery solution that eliminates the need to use a third party solution. The latter two additions make the offering more viable for large enterprise customers that prioritize... more »
The FCC in Favor of Jailbreaking, Against DMCA

The FCC in Favor of Jailbreaking, Against DMCA

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA, bans consumers from jailbreaking their phones – or at least, that was the plan.  According to SiliconAngle contributing editor John Casaretto, the law is not only ineffective but also harmful to both consumers and innovation. He shared his take on the legislature during a Thursday NewsDesk segment with Kristin Feledy (full video below). Casaretto uses the word “overreaching” to describe DMCA. “I would agree with the critics,” he says. “We need more freedom, not more restrictions.”  These restrictions bar consumers from taking full advantage of a product they paid for, and at the same... more »
Groupon CEO Fired & More "Good" News - SocialANGLE News Roundup

Groupon CEO Fired & More "Good" News - SocialANGLE News Roundup

Just As We Predicted – Groupon CEO Fired   Groupon CEO Andrew Mason has been fired. We reported yesterday on NewsDesk that an underwhelming fourth quarter financial report caused Groupon stock to take a beating after analysts had expected higher revenues, and the company fell short of its goals. Some speculated that the dismal report would result in the firing of CEO Andrew Mason. Yesterday afternoon Mason wrote a letter to Groupon employees saying “After four and a half intense and wonderful years as CEO of Groupon, I've decided that I'd like to spend more time with my family. Just kidding -- I... more »
Iranian Hacker Story Gaining Momentum - Drone Threats, CBRN Data Leak

Iranian Hacker Story Gaining Momentum - Drone Threats, CBRN Data Leak

The Iranian Hacker story is gaining national momentum.  Today I was on the American Adversaries Drive Time show as a guest to talk about the story.  I followed Congressman Ron DeSantis on the WORL radio program, based out of Orlando, FL. For our new readers - Welcome to the franchise - the "ESPN of Tech" - SiliconANGLE! The link to the original article is here - http://siliconangle.com/blog/2013/02/28/iran-hackers-threaten-vice-president-domestic-u-s-drone-attack-leak-ihs-janes-cbrn-documents/ I also mentioned the "Dark Web" - the fun 99% of the internet regular people don't even know about and where hackers buy/sell/trade company, personal, and national data - Here's the article - http://siliconangle.com/blog/2013/02/18/one-world-labs-takes-on-data-leaks-in-the-dark-web/ This story is just beginning... more »
Vint Cerf Talks About the Security Needs in the "Internet of Things" at RSA 2013

Vint Cerf Talks About the Security Needs in the "Internet of Things" at RSA 2013

Vint Cerf, better known as one of the fathers of internet, recently addressed at the 2013 RSA conference reinforcing the requirement of a rigid authentication system that could provide public and private keys to help consumers authenticate their presence on multiple devices, platforms and services easily. There are so many devices and appliances available in the market, which are internet-enables, for example refrigerators, air conditioners, light bulbs, toasters, and coffee machines. Though these devices certainly make our life easy, the matter of concern is the potential danger that could arise out of them. Particularly if we talk about use of internet-equipped... more »
PlayStation 4 Could Go All-in on Social, Cloud-Streaming

PlayStation 4 Could Go All-in on Social, Cloud-Streaming

Sony has huge ambitions for the PlayStation Network and the next generation PlayStation 4. Although Sony talked at length about the PlayStation 4’s philosophy, the company managed to leave out details such as specs and price. It didn’t even showcase the PS4 system’s main body, opting only to reveal the controller. Sony talked about its eight-core AMD Jaguar CPU, PC-style graphics processor, and eight gigabytes of RAM during the new console’s unveiling. But PlayStation 4 is characterized by a large opening to social and mobility and to a large extent cloud streaming. PS 4 Future Lies In the Cloud The key feature of... more »
Four Issues Keep CIOs from the Cloud

Four Issues Keep CIOs from the Cloud

While CIOs express numerous concerns when discussing trusting mission-critical applications to the Cloud, they really boil down to four primary issues, writes Wikibon Analyst Scott Lowe.  As a consultant and former CIO himself, he writes from experience. Those issues are the risk of outages, the lack of skills and understanding of how Cloud services work, concern over maintaining SLAs, and the difficulty in developing a good handle on the cost of the service over time. Outages certainly happen to in-house systems. But they are not common, and a system failure in an average company is usually kept private within the company’s walls.... more »
PaaS on the Rise, webOS Dumped on LG: This Week in the Cloud

PaaS on the Rise, webOS Dumped on LG: This Week in the Cloud

This past week Rackspace announced two major updates, Continuuity intrudes the market with new software, and Hewlett-Packard finally got rid of webOS. Rackspace lowered its storage rates by 33 percent and promised to roll out tiered pricing for its OpenStack services. Wikibon’s Dave Vellante believes that the cloud host is “trying to turn the crank” on Amazon by striking its Achilles’ heel: AWS is known for its complicated pricing and high bandwidth costs. The discount will hurt Rackspace’s margins, but may have a very positive effect on its customer base. Also this week, Rackspace acquired a NoSQL startup called ObjectRocket. The Boston-based... more »
Bitcoin Value Reaches All Time High, Exceeds $32 USD and Continues Upwards

Bitcoin Value Reaches All Time High, Exceeds $32 USD and Continues Upwards

This week, the value of a Bitcoin reached its all time high and is continuing a slow rise upwards. According to Bitcoin Magazine, Wednesday saw Bitcoins exceed it’s previous all time high of $31.9099 USD set on June 9, 2011. Today that USD value has continued to soar on MtGox to $34.41. This is a notable increase since even the very end of 2012 when the value hovered around $13.50. Trading volume in Bitcoins continues also to rise as media attention has turned a spotlight towards this entirely Internet-based cryptocurrency. Popular vendors in the social sphere have also started to come... more »

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

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OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

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The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

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