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Firefox Add-On Lightbeam Tracks Who's Tracking You Online

Firefox Add-On Lightbeam Tracks Who's Tracking You Online

Mozilla has been feasting on the cookies, and now it wants to share them. The non-profit organization behind the popular Firefox web browser has announced the release of a new add-on called Lightbeam, that lets users track the cookies that track them across the web. With the add-on, users will be able to identify each cookie that's placed on their machine, see what companies put them there, and what kind of information they're gathering. If you don't know what a 'cookie' is, essentially its a file stored on your web browser that's used to track your browsing history as you traverse... more »
Pentaho Sets Big Data Priorities for 2014

Pentaho Sets Big Data Priorities for 2014

With Big Data continuing an upward trend in the enterprise, decision makers are increasingly looking beyond traditional BI for operational visibility and competitive advantage. Not to be left in the dust, open source business intelligence firm Pentaho is shifting its focus to making information more consumable for end-users. The company hit its first major analytics milestone in April with the acquisition of Webdetails, a Portuguese design studio that had contributed tools and dashboards to its ecosystem. The deal bought Pentaho a 20-strong team with the know-how to create rich visualizations and to integrate its software with emerging Big Data platforms. Over the... more »
The Internet Archives Delivers A Blast From The Past

The Internet Archives Delivers A Blast From The Past

If you ever find yourself yearning for the days machines like the Intellivision console and Spectrum ZX first bought computing to the masses, well, you're in for a treat. This weekend, the Internet Archive announced the "Historical Software Collection," a curated set of noteworthy games, productivity software, and more from the 1970s and 1980s. From the website, its possible to access dozens of historically significant software programs via an emulator through your web browser. This is believed to be the largest project of its kind on the web, and all of the software is entirely free to use. The Historical Software... more »
Weekly Cloud Review: On-Demand Hybrid Hosting and APIs

Weekly Cloud Review: On-Demand Hybrid Hosting and APIs

As data volumes continue to grow, the hybrid cloud becomes an increasingly attractive proposition for enterprises. Integrating on- and off-premise infrastructure enables CIOs to safeguard sensitive information behind the firewall while taking full advantage of the affordability and flexibility of the public cloud. But with most hybrid platforms, provisioning resources, enforcing policies and managing data across disparate IT environments is much easier said than done. Emil Sayegh‘s Codero is tackling this challenge with a new offering called On-Demand Hybrid Cloud Hosting. The solution lets customers run dedicated servers and cloud systems behind a highly configurable private network that automates administration with... more »
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Weekly Big Data Review: From HDP to Next Gen BI

Hortonworks became the center of attention this week after upgrading its Hadoop distribution with a YARN-based architecture that lets enterprises store and manage all of their data in one place. HDP 2.0 achieves this by providing support for stream processing and rapid ad hoc analysis via Hive 0.12, a faster and more feature-rich fork of the widely used SQL-like interface for Hadoop. Wikibon Principal Analyst Jeff Kelly says that these improvements transform HDP into a “true multi-application platform” that delivers a wide range of capabilities for storing and interacting with different data types. Nonetheless, there is still a lot of work... more »
Internet of Things Review: Tablets Are All the Rage

Internet of Things Review: Tablets Are All the Rage

It’s been an exciting week for mobile enthusiasts on both the Apple and Microsoft camps, but it was the former that stole the stage with the iPad Air. The fifth generation tablet sports a cutting edge 64-bit A7 processor that provide twice the performance of its predecessor and 72 times the graphical horsepower of the original iPad. Measuring only 7.5 millimeters thick and weighing only one pound, the iPad Air is the slimmest tablet on the market. It made its debut alongside a Retina-equipped iPad mini 2 and new MacBook Pro Retina models that come with OS X Mavericks pre-installed. Apple CEO... more »
Weekly Security Review: Aaron Swartz’s Legacy and the Cyber Grand Challenge

Weekly Security Review: Aaron Swartz’s Legacy and the Cyber Grand Challenge

Before his untimely death in January, hacktivist Aaron Swartz was working on an open source dead-drop tool that would enable journalists to securely accept documents from whistleblowers without exposing their identities. Continuing his legacy, the Freedom of the Press Foundation has recently taken over the project in an effort to solve the technical issues that have deterred news organizations from adopting the tool. As part of the initiative, the group hired cybersecurity expert James Dolan to maintain the code and provide comprehensive technical support for users. Dubbed SecureDrop, the software is billed as the safest tool for communicating with anonymous sources. While... more »
DataStax Snags Former Fusion-io CFO

DataStax Snags Former Fusion-io CFO

Apache Cassandra distributor DataStax announced today that it has appointed Dennis Wolf as chief financial officer. The Silicon Valley veteran joins the company from flash storage solutions maker Fusion-io, which posted a first-quarter loss of $27.9 million, or 28 cents a share on Wednesday. Wolf brings more than 30 years of experience to the company. He is credited with leading Fusion-io through its hugely successful IPO, and laying the groundwork for the $1 billion Sun-MySQL deal before that. He is currently a director and chair of the audit committee of Codexis, having previously served in similar roles at data protection giant... more »
How poor DevOps culture led to a $465M trading loss for Knight Capital

How poor DevOps culture led to a $465M trading loss for Knight Capital

On August 1, 2012, Knight Capital Americas LLC experienced a significant error in the operation of its automated routing system for equity orders, known as SMARS. While processing 212 small retail orders that Knight had received from its customers, SMARS routed millions of orders into the market over a 45-minute period, and obtained over four million executions in 154 stocks for more than 397 million shares. By the time that Knight realized the error, and stopped sending the orders, the company had assumed a net long position in 80 stocks of approximately $3.5 billion and a net short position in 74... more »
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NetApp Making More Friends to Extend Channel Reach

Storage vendor NetApp is expanding in all directions with an aggressive partnering strategy that earned it two new alliances and a major channel victory in the past week alone. The most notable of these is the partnership with Verizon to make Data ONTAP available for the carrier’s cloud users. Data ONTAP is a storage operating system that represents the core pillar of NetApp’s plan to reposition itself at the center of the enterprise cloud ecosystem. Verizon customers will be able to leverage the platform to simplify data management across their off-premise ONTAP deployments and abstract physical storage into VSAs that simplify... more »

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