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Can Ethereum kill Bitcoin with self-executing contracts?

Toronto programmer Vitalik Buterin was just a kid and 17 when he started getting involved with Bitcoin. Now 20, he's created a Bitcoin competing cryptocurrency called Ethereum. Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies) make it possible to send and receive money outside of the traditional banking system. Well Ethereum wants to take it a step further by making it possible to set up binding contracts outside of the legal system. In addition to its virtual currency called Ether, Ehtereum includes a programming language that makes it possible to encode binding agreements embedded in the same transaction on the ledger. Sometime in the next... more »
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Mozilla has just sold its soul: Get ready for ads in Firefox

Mozilla is going to sell advertising inside its Firefox browser. Yep, you read that right – the non-profit organization that became public enemy number one for all internet marketers when it set Firefox to block third-party ad technologies by default last year, is now launching its very own advertising business. The initiative is called “Directory Tiles”, and will see Firefox offer up a number of 'suggestions' for users, including sponsored sites, sites that are popular in the user's geographic location, and also a few items from Mozilla's ecosystem. The tiles will appear on the New Tab page where user's most frequently visited... more »
Lithium Technologies rumored to be acquiring Klout in $100M deal

Lithium Technologies rumored to be acquiring Klout in $100M deal

Lithium Technologies, a company that provides social customer experience management software for the enterprise, is said to have struck a deal to acquire Klout, a service that lets people know how popular they are based on their interactions with various social media platforms. According to a report from re/code, the deal has been signed but not yet closed, with the value of the acquisition estimated to be at least $100 million, though neither company has so far commented on the report. The acquisition may be a perfect fit as both companies deal with the social aspect of things. Klouts’ social ranking can... more »
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10 of the best data center infographics online today

Emerson Network Power’s “2013 State of the Data Center” illustrates that global dependence on everything digital is pushing IT to the forefront of the organization.  In fact, a recent Data Center Knowledge article reports Google’s unprecedented level of spending ($7.35 billion in capital expenditures) on data center expansions in 2013.  And, according to IO’s George Slessman, 2014 is the year the data center will rule. Indeed, the innovative future of data storage involves creating bigger, better, and more efficient information storage facilities.  To help parse out relevant statistics and information on data storage, we’ve put together a collection of the... more »
Twitter's quietly testing a new design after its recent refresh

Twitter's quietly testing a new design after its recent refresh

In January, Twitter rolled out a refreshed look that resembles its iOS and Android apps. The redesign brings a more streamlined and less confusing experience for users, especially those who are new. The change came just months after Twitter changed its login page in an attempt to make the site more enticing for non-Twitter users. It’s kind of like what Facebook has, a section to login for those who already have existing accounts, and a section for those who want to sign up. We're now rolling out a refreshed http://t.co/eNvqKTup1d reflecting the look & feel of our iOS & Android apps.... more »
Brocade reiterates support for Gen 6 FC + adds flash qualification program

Brocade reiterates support for Gen 6 FC + adds flash qualification program

Storage switch and router maker Brocade has started developing SAN solutions based on the sixth-generation Fibre Channel (FC) standard, which was officially announced on Tuesday by the FICA industry association. Fully backward compatible with the previous two releases, the specification doubles the throughput of Gen 5 FC to 32Gbps and can be configured to provide up to 128 Gbps or quadruple the throughput. In addition to enabling higher data rates, the Gen 6 Fibre Channel includes the addition of forward error correction (FEC) that improves the reliability of links by facilitating automatic detection and recovery from bit errors. It also introduces... more »
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Bing's Chinese-language censorship balls-up is huge PR disaster

Microsoft has been accused of censoring Bing's Chinese-language search results for people in the US, in the same way that it does for those based in China, according to activists. The claims were made by The Guardian newspaper, which said that several activist blogs had reported seeing very different results on Bing for queries made in Chinese, as opposed to those made in English. Searching for controversial terms such as “Dalai Lama”, “June 4 protests” and “Falun Gong”, among others, throws up pages for organizations and groups that are allied with the Chinese government, whilst similar searches in English are very... more »
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Couchbase updates NoSQL database with new enterprise features | #BigDataSV

Couchbase, the startup behind the open source database of the same name, released a new version of its commercial offering that better addresses the availability requirements of mission-critical workloads. The announcement comes less than six months after the company raised $25 million in Series D funding from Adams Street Partners and existing investors to drive NoSQL into the enterprise. Couchbase is a document database that can handle structured, semi-structured, and unstructured information at the same time while providing superior performance at a lower cost than traditional alternatives, according to its creators. Couchbase co-founder and chief mobile architect J. Chris Anderson told... more »
Sufficiently disrupted: theCUBE day 1 wrap-up | #BigDataSV

Sufficiently disrupted: theCUBE day 1 wrap-up | #BigDataSV

Wrapping up day 1 of SiliconANGLE’s coverage of #BigDataSV, Jeff Kelly joined theCUBE hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante for a spirited conversation on where the industry is today and where it is headed in the not-too-distant future. Furrier kicked it off by commenting on how much of the talk on theCUBE today alluded to how Big Data has finally figured prominently in Enterprise conversations around both budget and deliverables. Additionally, Vellanted noted there was increased focus on industry partnerships, distributors and the ecosystem as a whole. And while 2014 looks to be a great year for Big Data, Kelly, who recently... more »
Hadoop is not a static data repository, says Splice Machine CEO | #BigDataSV

Hadoop is not a static data repository, says Splice Machine CEO | #BigDataSV

Strata Conference 2014 kicked off today in Santa Clara, California. The event aims to "make the database more accessible to users", bringing together the biggest names in the analytics industry for a three day gig. Webcasting during the event, theCUBE co-hosts, John Furrier and Dave Vellante persuade Monte Zweben, CEO of Splice Machine, to comment on their recent $15 million series B financing round. "It feels great. Our company is now on its second stage of financing, growing significantly. Everybody who is working with SQL and Hadoop is so focused on Analytics and having a repository for data science, whereas Splice Machine is really looking to power real-time applications... more »

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