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In just the past few years, high-performance computing has awoken to a new era in the enterprise. Today's hyper-connected knowledge workers have access to cloud-enabled social tools. Martha G. Russell, Executive Director of Media X at Stanford University, talked to SiliconAngle’s Founder John Furrier on SiliconANGLE.tv’s premier video production, theCube, on the new trends of innovative ideas from students and researchers at the 17th Stanford-Accel Symposium event. Russell briefed us on the importance of the Media X as it connects businesses with Stanford University’s world-renowned faculty to study new ways for people and technology to intersect. She said Media X, a... more »
Intel announced today that the board of directors has unanimously elected Brian Krzanich as its next chief executive officer (CEO), succeeding Paul Otellini. Krzanich will assume his new role at the company’s annual stockholders’ meeting on May 16. Intel has been rebooting internally since the market is transforming to lower power processors and low latency real time mobile applications. Intel didn't miss the cloud but many analysts are saying they could have been faster with ARM in the datacenter. Wikibon's analyst Dave Vellante told me "Intel is fighting many key battles one being the ARM in the datacenter while having many... more »
Sprint is the third-largest wireless carrier in the U.S. The bidding war for control of Sprint is turning into a ego-driven and heated duel between Dish Network and SoftBank. In an interview with USA Today yesterday, Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen called his shot pointing to left-field and swung back at Japan's SoftBank. The gist? Dish Network's bid to buy Sprint Nextel is financially superior. He further questioned SoftBank's ability to grow a U.S. wireless carrier from an ocean away. (Which, despite the stench of Americanism, does hold some water.) Sprint trails AT&T Wireless and Verizon Wireless in customer count... more »
Updated with full video - see below. Facebook released its Q1 financials yesterday and there were two very clear takeaways: (1) Facebook is heavily investing in mobile and mobile advertising (2) mobile app install ads are a risky proposition but are the main culprit to Facebook's successful quarter with mobile advertising. Facebook said revenue rose 38 percent to $1.46 billion and that mobile advertising climbed to 30 percent of ad revenue from 25 percent of ad revenue in the prior quarter; analysts had expected revenue growth of just 36 percent. Monthly active users viewing the site on mobile devices came in... more »
Aditya Agarwal, VP of Engineering at Dropbox, and Sameer Gandhi at Accel Partners, discussed the consumerization of IT and Dropbox' move into the enterprise with theCUBE host John Furrier (Founder, SiliconANGLE) at Accel Partners Symposium 2013. Pinpointing the Dropbox recipe for success, Agarwal said "we have managed to hire the best." The toughest spot for a company to hire great talent is when it is in hyper-growth mode and his team managed that well. Asked about Accel Partners' decision to invest in Dropbox in 2008, Gandhi stated the company was already considering the possibility of someone solving "the problem of how to move data to the... more »
Negotiations between IBM and Lenovo over the sale of the former's x86 server business have apparently come to an abrupt halt, with reports suggesting that the two parties have failed to agree on a price. The Wall Street Journal reports that talks have broken down due to "valuation concerns", though it states that the two companies might still return to the negotiating table at a later date. So far, neither Lenovo or IBM have made any comment on the news. As SiliconANGLE revealed last month, IBM is reportedly seeking around $5 billion to $6 billion for its server business, while Lenovo separately... more »
Forward-thinking retailers are tapping into Big Data to streamline operations and gain a competitive edge over rivals. Wikibon analyst Jeff Kelly discussed this trend in a recently published article. Kelly gives Wal-Mart credit for pioneering data-driven merchandising long before the term Big Data was even coined. The brick and mortar giant started analyzing internally-generated data in the 90s to gain insights about its complex supply chain, insights that it used to lower the costs associated with excess inventory. These savings enabled it to boost its margins, lower prices and undercut the competition. Wal-Mart's project can be considered the spiritual predecessor of SmartOps, a provider of real-time... more »
It's no secret that Microsoft is dissatisfied with the reception of Windows 8, and to rectify that Redmond's designers have been planning to introduce some big changes with the up-and-coming "Windows Blue" update later this year. Windows Blue is rumored to contain a number of new features, including extended menus in 'Metro mode' and the ability to boot 'straight to desktop', but could there be even more radical changes in the offing? According to ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, there almost certainly will be, though we won't be seeing them in Windows Blue. Instead, Microsoft is believed to be working on a... more »
Do you think your government has absurd internet censorship laws? If you are reading this, probably not, so good for you! But as for our brothers and sisters from Turkmenistan, they aren’t quite so lucky. In the latest example of Turkmenistan's extreme take on internet censorship, a viral video of a man falling off a horse after crossing the finish line during a race has been banned from being shown or mentioned in news articles and on websites based in the country. Meanwhile, to stop the spread of the video on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, which they have... more »
Flash behemoth Fusion-io has appointed Pankaj Mehra as its new worldwide chief technology officer and senior vice president. Mehra has been advising to Neil Carson, the vendor’s previous CTO and current technology chief of Asia Pacific, for the last few months. Mehra joins Fusion-io from Whodini, a Big Data analytics firm he co-founded in 2010. He previously served as the chief scientist of HP Labs Russia, head of persistent development at Compaq, and the chair of the InfiniBand Trade Association's Management Working Group. Mehra holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois. He co-authored 20 patents and three books... more »