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On June 6, 2013, another of Google's tools will be kicking the bucket, but not because no one uses it. Instead, the search giant has just decided to favor its Google+ Sign-in more. Meebo, the service that started as a browser-based instant messaging program which supported multiple IM services such as Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, AIM, ICQ, MySpaceIM, Facebook Chat,Google Talk, CafeMom etc., is bidding its users farewell as of June 6. The announcement was made on Meebo’s page, with users receiving e-mails regarding the service’s demise. The Meebo Bar farewell letter read: "Five years ago, we launched the Meebo Bar to... more »
SiliconANGLE.tv’s premier video production, theCube, will be at Stanford University on April 30, 2013 for the 17th Stanford-Accel Symposium. The annual event is brought to you by Accel Partners and Stanford and will be hosted this year by MediaX. This year’s theme is "The Re-Imagining of the Modern Enterprise," which aims to understand the drivers behind today's enterprise IT renaissance, while uncovering the vast opportunities on the horizon. The symposium will be held at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center at Stanford University. Those who weren’t able to register early can still register for the wait list, and will be informed if... more »
Developers comprise a hot commodity amidst the Cloud Wars currently taking place between AWS and the whole of the industry, as Amazon makes its mark in the enterprise. Infrastructure-as-a-Service is a byproduct of a rapidly evolving datacenter, and open source technology is powering the revolt against Amazon. The appeal to developers in this case is increasingly important, considering software's emerging role in the evolved datacenter. And given the recently concluded OpenStack Summit and the upcoming AWS Summit 2013, April's been an especially radical month for the Cloud Wars, presenting theCube a unique opportunity all the same. The AWS Summit 2013 kicks off this week... more »
Tableau Software has finally hit the big time, with reports suggesting that it's about to hold its initial public offering (IPO), following a trend among Big Data companies looking to benefit from public stock markets and the investments they bring. Tableau's move comes just weeks after similar moves by Splunk, which announced its IPO last April, and Workday, which IPO'd in October and has more than doubled its initial $28 price since. A Big Data visualization company that boasts more than 10,000 customers, Apple, Coca Cola and Facebook among them, Tableau's S-1 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission reveals that... more »
Mark Terenzoni, the recently appointed CEO of sqrrl, stepped into theCube this week to give one of his first video interviews to Wikibon co-founder and chief analyst Dave Vellante. The executive provided some background about his company and talked about the disruptive technology that the security firm introduced to the market. Sqrrl sells tools and services for Apache Accumulo, a security-centric value store that its founders originally developed for the NSA. The agency has been using the system for a good number of years by the time it graduated from Apache incubation in March 2012, just a few months before Sqrrl... more »
Yahoo!'s Chairman of the Board of Directors Fred Amoroso recently announced that he will be leaving the company in June, with rumors suggesting that Marissa Mayer’s appointment as CEO triggered his departure. Amoroso had previously voiced his support for Ross Levinsohn to take that position, and reportedly wasn't too happy when Mayer was appointed over his head. Does his departure signify distrust in the leadership skills of Mayer? Joining Kristin Feledy once again in last week's Live NewsDesk Show is SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto to give his Breaking Analysis on Amoroso’s sudden decision. “Officially, on the record, Mayer had said, in... more »
Last week we learned that Facebook has acquired Parse, a mobile-backend-as-a-service (mBaaS) company that allows developers to build mobile applications for iOS, Android, Windows and the mobile web, to promote mobile app development, for an undisclosed amount which experts are pegging at around $85 million. Joining Kristin Feledy in last week's Live NewsDesk Show is SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto to give his Breaking Analysis on the acquisition and what the deal means for Facebook. Parse was founded by a group of former 'Googlers' and Y Combinator alumni to build a useful set of back-end tools for mobile developers. In this new... more »
Mobile carriers should be afraid. Very afraid. The reason? Because free mobile messaging apps like WhatsApp, MessageMe, WeChat, Kik and Viber are slowly but surely eating away their profits, overtaking SMS's in their popularity for the first time last year, according to fresh data from telecom and media consultancy firm Informa. Now this trend probably doesn't come as much of a surprise to those who haven't been living in a cave for the last three years. Recently, we heard that Nokia is even going as far as to include a dedicated WhatsApp button on its phones. Nevertheless, the news will come... more »
Taking a brute-force approach to managing large data centers is impractical, a fact Google, Facebook, and other web-scale giants discovered first-hand several years ago. To overcome this, these firms have pioneered hyperscale as a way of keeping their mega-services running efficiently, and now enterprises are following in their footsteps to address their growing Big Data workloads. ServicesAngle editor Bert Latamore writes in Wikibon that the transition to hyperscale is inevitable, and advises vendors and CIOs to climb aboard the train before it leaves the station. Hyperscale eliminates the need for embedded management capabilities in each device by moving this functionality up to... more »
Amazon’s role in transforming the cloud into the megatrend it is today has enabled it to secure a dominant position in the marketplace. Wikibon estimates that Amazon Web Services (AWS) raked in nearly $2 billion in 2012, and predicts that the platform will generate over $3 billion in revenue by end of this year. AWS is immensely popular among developers and SMBs, but the value proposition that established the company as a leader in these markets is not nearly as attractive from an enterprise standpoint. Wikibon’s Stu Miniman says that Amazon’s one-size-fits-all approach leaves plenty of room for the competition. In one... more »