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Origins of Malware Revealed

Origins of Malware Revealed

Malware has a nasty habit of popping up just about everywhere we dare to tread on the World Wide Web. In fact, it’s pretty much a given that so long as you have a computer and an internet connection, there will be worms, Trojans and viruses attempting to worm their way inside your computer. But have you ever wondered where these nasty little things come from? According to AlienVault, the majority of it hails from China. Based on 95,249 email addresses analyzed, it seems that the PRC is the world’s epicenter for malicious programs. That China comes out on top might have... more »
Node.js vs. Ruby on Rails: How They Fare in the Community

Node.js vs. Ruby on Rails: How They Fare in the Community

Both Ruby and Node.js are gaining a lot of traction but for different reasons, and the ecosystem is a huge factor when comparing the two. That was one of the main points Brilliant.ly Will Nathan made in an article a couple months ago. On the technical side Nathan notes that Rails has a much better set of built-in functions than Node, but the latter also has its advantages over the framework. The biggest and historically most buzzed-about trait of the language is that it’s based on JavaScript, and as result eliminates some of the hassle of server-side scripting. You can reuse... more »
EA Sues Zynga For Infringing The Sims Social

EA Sues Zynga For Infringing The Sims Social

Back in June, Zynga launched “The Ville” as part of their “Ville” franchise of games.  The game is like any other Zynga game which requires you to do tasks and interact with other players to gain experience points, coins, or rewards.  But that’s not the only thing The Ville is similar to, according to Electronic Arts, the game is an infringement of their popular game: “The Sims Social.” According to EA, Zynga copied every aspect of their game from the ski-time palette which is available in eight tones, the personality traits that ranges from  athlete to villain greatly mimics The Sims’... more »
Facebook and Twitter Abandon Kim Dotcom as Fraudster

Facebook and Twitter Abandon Kim Dotcom as Fraudster

Ever since the Megaupload debacle started, Kim Dotcom has been facing a series of problems. Adding to his woes, Facebook and Twitter have disabled Kim’s social media accounts, considering him a fraudster. Kim is facing the problem of celebrity impersonation as Google search takes users to another Twitter account bearing the Kim Dotcom name, which is fake. Surprisingly, the fake account has nearly 9300 followers, which further creates the problem for Kim. He even faxed his official government-issued ID--a driver's license--but still can’t get Twitter to believe he’s the real Kim. Moreover, Facebook won’t accept ‘Dotcom’ as a valid surname... more »
Pro-Assad Hackers Make Reuters Look Stupid

Pro-Assad Hackers Make Reuters Look Stupid

Oh dear. It seems that Reuters have lots to learn about security if they’re going to be taken seriously in future… The news agency has been left reeling after being hacked not once, but twice in the space of 24 hours, apparently by pro-Bashar Assad propagandists who posted a number of fake stories in support of the incumbent regime in that embattled country. Last Friday, it was revealed by several sources that Reuters ‘blogging platform’ had been illegally hacked, with RT News displaying screenshots that showed at least three fake stories had been posted onto the agency’s website. Following this embarrassment for... more »
As Cloud Products Compete, How Do We Choose One for Our Operations?

As Cloud Products Compete, How Do We Choose One for Our Operations?

Google is battling head-to-head with Amazon to project its cloud services as the superior choice. With its newly launched IaaS Cloud, Google is trying to grab share in the market, and especially to steal attention from Amazon's product that is well established in the market for its web and cloud services. Amazon Web Services' Elastic Compute Cloud has been going strong for the last 4 years, and offers ample features to a variety of customers. So, what is Google boasting about its IaaS Cloud? Let’s find out by making a quick comparison of both of them. Google uses Xeon E5-2670 chips,... more »
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At The Pool Founder Alex Capecelatro Talks About Improving Real Life Social Experiences

Alex Capecelatro describes himself as a "programmer, designer, builder, and thinker" on At The Pool, the new social network he founded. At The Pool blends elements from Meetup, Match.com and Facebook to connect you like-minded people who love what you love. In the vein of recent social media services like Google+ and Highlight, At The Pool is all about the interest graph, and it enables interest-based connections through "pools," proximity to others, and daily email recommendations. In this interview, Alex talks about his startup and the unmet need that he wants to solve for, as well as his thoughts on social network... more »
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Cool Cases and Accessories for Your Nexus 7

The Google Nexus 7 is already available for purchase on Google Play for the low price of $199.  Though it's not as accessible for in-store test runs as the iPad and other iDevices are, SiliconANGLE’s Alton Wahlman believes that it is a better buy than Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which comes in at the same price.  To read more about his review on the Nexus 7, see here. Should you decide to go with the Nexus 7, here's some early and very cool accessories to make your experience even better. Out-of-Print eBook Jackets This is a Kickstarter project that aims to give people the option... more »
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This Week in Big Data: Social Analytics, the Olympics & DDN Roll Out

Social networks represent a huge source of unstructured data, and Thismoment is among the vendors that help marketers make use of all that information to improve their brand image. The firm is one of the leading solutions providers in this field with over $33 million in funding raised to date, and it’s DEC platform is going to receive a big update that will unlock a lot more of Facebook’s potential. The company said that a future version of the software will be support Open Graph, an advanced API that the social network makes available to developers that want to go beyond... more »
Dropbox Gets Hacked, Box Gets Funding: This Week in the Cloud

Dropbox Gets Hacked, Box Gets Funding: This Week in the Cloud

Two of the biggest names in file sync had big updates this week – one disclosed more details about a recent security breach, and the other announced a massive round of funding that reaffirms just how big a phenomenon cloud lockers have become. Last month Dropbox users started seeing more spam in their inboxes, including many who have opened e-mail accounts exclusively to sign up for a service. That led to an internal investigation and eventually the company found out how hackers got a hold of users’ email addresses:  an employee with access to that information apparently fell victim to a... more »

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- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

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- Stuart Miniman

Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

- David Floyer

Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

- George Gilbert

Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.