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No sales? No problem. Docker reported close to $40M+ venture deal

Red-hot startup Docker, Inc., the creator of the Docker open-source container project, is on the verge of clinching between $40 million and $75 million worth of funding, according to unnamed sources cited by GigaOM. The article says the investment round slaps a massive $400 million valuation on Docker, which is a lot for a company whose revenue plans are unclear. But investors are clearly looking at longer-term potential. While no one expects Docker to usurp VMware' Inc.  virtualization lead, containers are expected to significantly cut into the virtualization market. Docker is working on the revenue issue. Major players like Google and Red Hat,... more »
Scared of Russian criminal hackers? Try these 5 password tips

Scared of Russian criminal hackers? Try these 5 password tips

Hold Security, LLC. reports what it claims to be the “largest data breach ever” from a group of south Russian hackers who trawled the web using a vast botnet of hijacked computers to identify sites that are vulnerable to SQL injection attacks. The attack resulted in the breach of 1.2 billion user credentials, about 500 million email addresses and logins, from over 420,000 websites across the world. The problem is, affected sites have yet to be named, as Hold Security is bound by a non-disclosure contract. There's also the assumption that letting the public know which websites are at risk for... more »
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Honey, I shrunk BlackBerry: CEO signals growth stage of bold restructure plan

After three years marked by wave after wave of aggressive cutbacks, employees at BlackBerry Ltd. can finally catch a breather, according to an internal memo from CEO John Chen that fell into the hands of the press on Tuesday. The news hold broad reaching implications for the struggling phone maker that extend far beyond just the immediate job security of its remaining workers. The email, which was originally sent out last Friday, signals quite clearly that BlackBerry has reached a position from which management is more or less comfortable moving forward on its growth plans. The company shed approximately 60 percent... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2014 August 6th: Thomson Reuters Eikon adds Bitcoin to index, Overstock.com to pay bonuses in BTC, Wikipedia and Twitch to accept bitcoin payments

Bitcoin Weekly 2014 August 6th: Thomson Reuters Eikon adds Bitcoin to index, Overstock.com to pay bonuses in BTC, Wikipedia and Twitch to accept bitcoin payments

Step aside Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters Eikon is adding Bitcoin to its market index—and citing popular customer demand as well as expanded interest in the cryptocurrency as reasons why. This last week, Overstock.com also consolidated its Bitcoin-friendly position when its CEO mentioned expanding BTC payments to international customers; and the company is also planning to offer bonuses in bitcoin to employees. On the adoption front, The Wikimedia Foundation, parent of the Wikipedia project, will start accepting bitcoin donations in the near future; and Twitch.tv, dominant video game streaming website, already takes bitcoin for subscriptions. The past few weeks saw Bitcoin market price fall... more »
Middle East, Africa and Asia will win the Smart City market

Middle East, Africa and Asia will win the Smart City market

This week’s Smart City roundup features the projected growth of the smart city market, an expanded partnership to deliver smarter city and energy solutions, and a new cloud-based center for the Internet of Things. Smart city market projected at $1.3 billion by 2019   Research and consulting firm MarketsandMarkets, Inc. released a new report entitled “Smart Cities Market - Worldwide Market Forecasts and Analysis (2014 - 2019)” which defines and categorizes smart cities into various sub-segments of technologies, solutions, services and regions with in-depth analysis and forecasting of revenues. The report discussed how the global smart city market is projected to grow from $654.57... more »
From chore to value: How HP analytics transformed data protection| #HPdiscover

From chore to value: How HP analytics transformed data protection| #HPdiscover

To say that Hewlett-Packard Co.’s acquisition of Autonomy didn’t go smoothly would be a tremendous understatement, but three years, an $8.8 billion writedown and several lawsuits later, the deal is paying dividends. That  accomplishment didn’t come for free: it’s the result of HP overcoming the many potholes that sprung up on the road to the acquisition and successfully incorporating the British analytics powerhouse into its organizational structure, according to Jeff Veis, the vice president of marketing for the division. Veis dropped by SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE for his first time at the company’s recently concluded Discover conference together with repeat guest Stephen Spellicy,... more »
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Not even if they paid us! Globalfoundries turns down $1B from IBM to take over chip biz

IBM has reportedly hit its first major bump on the road to rid itself of the low-margin chip business after long-time supplier Globalfoundries Inc. refused a $1 billion offer to take over its struggling semiconductor operations. If true, the collapse of the negotiations with the chip maker marks a setback for CEO Virginia Rometty, who is aggressively trimming corporate fat as part of her efforts to refocus the enterprise technology stalwart on fast-growing areas such as cloud computing and  analytics. The attempt to  unload its fabrication business is merely the latest in a series of drastic moves IBM has made over... more »
UK Chancellor wants to turn London into the Bitcoin capital of the world

UK Chancellor wants to turn London into the Bitcoin capital of the world

George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Second Lord of the Treasury in the United Kingdom, has commissioned the Treasury to launch a program that will scrutinize the potential risks and benefits of digital currencies such as Bitcoin. The result of this research will be published this fall, and will be used to determine how Britain can make a new regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies. “It’s only by harnessing innovations in finance, alongside our existing world class knowledge and skills in financial services, that we’ll ensure Britain’s financial sector continues to meet the diverse needs of businesses and consumers, here and around... more »
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Equinix cements position in hybrid cloud with Blue Box support

The promise of a hybrid cloud that makes it possible to shift workloads between on- and off-premise environments based on the specific business requirements at hand is certainly compelling, but what it has in allure it lacks in practicality. The ability to provision and move applications across geographically distributed requires meeting a host of difficult conditions, chief of which is interoperability among the different components. Equinix, Inc. now counts itself among the growing number of vendors that view OpenStack as the hope of delivering that standardization. The co-location giant revealed on Tuesday that it has entered an agreement with Seattle’s Blue... more »
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HP unveils low-cost virtual private cloud

Hewlett-Packard Co. has just expanded its HP Helion portfolio with the launch of a new, low-cost virtual private cloud offering. Called HP Helion Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Lean, the new infrastructure-as-a-service product touts enhanced workload performance and better service delivery at a significantly reduced cost compared to HP's other cloud services. Helion VPC Lean is aimed at mid-to-large sized enterprises and focused on workplace collaboration solutions and application development and testing. It sports many of the basic features found in traditional managed clouds - including virtualization, clustering and backup and recovery - as well as additional management services from SAP HANA.... more »

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