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Casascius coins shuts down after notice from the Federal Government

Casascius coins shuts down after notice from the Federal Government

Back in 2011 when the amazing and beautiful Casascius coins came to my attention it seemed obvious that the minted “coins” could be considered anything more than novelty. However, seeing as the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (or FINCEN) has sent Mike Caldwell a nastygram regarding his business of minting the bitcoin-wallet holding coins citing his operation as engaging in money transfer he is shutting down while consulting a lawyer. According to an article in Wired the news came from FINCEN just before Thanksgiving and Caldwell says that the letter told him the Treasury Department considered him to be money transmitting. And,... more »
Valve Steam Machines will start shipping from Friday, but only to 300 lucky beta testers

Valve Steam Machines will start shipping from Friday, but only to 300 lucky beta testers

Valve has taken another step in its quest to conquer the living room gamers. The company has announced that the prototypes of the Valve Steam Machine including SteamOS and the associated Steam controller will be shipped on 13 December to 300 beta testers. The supporter of Linux operating system first showcased the machine last month. Valve started notifying those who had been selected to receive the hardware at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday. The SteamOS will be activated and available for download only in the US by individual users and commercial OEMs. The news was given by Greg Coomer of Valve on Steam... more »
Margaret Dawson on HP cloud strategy: Open, enterprise ready, and hybrid

Margaret Dawson on HP cloud strategy: Open, enterprise ready, and hybrid

Wikibon’s Chief Analyst Dave Vellante sat down with VP of Marketing, Cloud Evangelist, HP Cloud Services Margaret Dawson to talk about HP’s current cloud solution and how it impacts the current outlook for enterprise. Right now, theCube is at HP Discover Barcelona 2013 separating the signal from the noise and speaking with a multitude of executives about big data and cloud. Dawson began speaking about how cost may be a factor in using cloud infrastructure, but really what’s driving adoption is agility and the plasticity of using cloud services (SaaS and others) in order to replace legacy IT with something nimble... more »
YouTube cracks down on Let's Play videos for copyright claims

YouTube cracks down on Let's Play videos for copyright claims

Gamers love checking out Let’s Play videos on YouTube, either to decide if they should buy a game, or to get tips, walkthroughs, and cheats they already have.  These videos feature games being played, together with a commentary from the player.  But gamers may soon find themselves Let’s Play-less, as YouTube has recently begun flagging some of these videos for copyright infringement. "We recently enabled Content ID scanning on channels identified as affiliates of MCNs [Multi Channel Networks]," a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement. "This has resulted in new copyright claims for some users, based on policies set by the relevant... more »
HP mantra : Building, Backing + Servicing | #HPDiscover

HP mantra : Building, Backing + Servicing | #HPDiscover

Broadcasting all the way from Barcelona, theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante intercepted Seamus Dunne, VP of Technology Services with HP, to talk about the hybrid cloud hype and the financial implications of owning versus renting technology. Introducing their line of work, Seamus declared: "Largely, in our services business we've been focusing on data center, doing a lot of stuff dealing with the flexible capacity service, taking the public cloud agility and flexibility and, using financial instruments and service capabilities, offer you the same capability in your own data center." From Dunne's experience, a lot of customers wonder why is it... more »
Coinbase secures $25M in funding : Proves quality Bitcoin services rule the market

Coinbase secures $25M in funding : Proves quality Bitcoin services rule the market

Coinbase is proving the Bitcoin is here for the long haul.  The cloud-based Bitcoin service raised a $25 million Series B funding in a round led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from existing investors Union Square Ventures and Ribbit Capital.  With this round of funding, two new members will join Coinbase’s board, Andreessen Horowitz’s Chris Dixon and Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson. “The designers of the Web built placeholders for a system that moved money, but never successfully completed it. Bitcoin is the first plausible proposal for an economic protocol for the Internet,” Dixon stated. Aside from Dixon and Wilson, Gavin Andresen,... more »
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3PAR is the gift that keeps on giving : HP unveils Converged Storage | #HPDiscover

SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE streamed live broadcasts from the HP Discover show that took place this week in Barcelona. theCUBE host John Furrier was on the show floor at HP Storage’s booth when they announced their new HP Converged Storage offerings. Before Patrick Osborne, Director of Product Management & Marketing at HP Storage spoke, Furrier provided theCUBE viewers with some background on HP Storage, stating how “HP Storage has been a real big success story for HP.” Furrier said it has enjoyed 47 percent growth as of last quarter, year over year. “3PAR is the gift that keeps on giving,” Furrier continued, explaining how HP... more »
Wearable Tech that points you in the right direction

Wearable Tech that points you in the right direction

This week’s WearableTech roundup features a jacket that gets you to your destination, a bracelet that regulates your temperature, and head gear that helps you read while on the go. NAVIGATE Jacket . Created by Wearable Experiments, the NAVIGATE Jacket is smart piece of clothing that lets people know if they’re going the right way, without having to look at their smartphone or memorize addresses or directions. The jacket uses integrated LED lighting and haptic feedback to tell you where to go. It has a companion app store where you can get directions that can be directly uploaded to the jacket. The LED lighting is... more »
HP Converged Systems : Swimming with Sharks | #HPDiscover

HP Converged Systems : Swimming with Sharks | #HPDiscover

theCUBE co-hosts traveled to Barcelona for the HP Discover 2013 event, broadcasting several keynotes live and interviewing some of the biggest names in the tech world. One of them was Kevin Garrison, Director of Go to Market with HP Converged Systems, whose role at HP is to supervise the converged system route to market, building out the regional business unit structure, focusing on the channel for the HP Converged Infrastructure group. Channel Objectives and Sharks?   Vellante informed the viewers that Garrison was brought in to sharpen and emphasize the channel focus, then asked: "What are your main objectives with the channel?" "Before the... more »
Spotify literally rocks the world : New, free features for iPhone + Android

Spotify literally rocks the world : New, free features for iPhone + Android

Spotify made a few important announcements this morning that would make any audiophile drool. First off, Spotify can now be accessed on mobile devices for FREE.  This means you can now listen to millions of songs, from your own playlist, playlists of people you follow, or just look for your favorite artist or type of genre you want to discover new songs. “Today we’re giving people the best free music experience in the history of the smartphone and the tablet,” said Daniel Ek, CEO & Founder at Spotify, during the announcement in New York. “Whether you're going to the gym, or having... more »

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