Overhauled: AOL Injects Cool Twists to Classic IM

Cherr Aira | November 17th

Before you could even “Skype” or “BBM” your friends, or even use Facebook chat, there was AIM. Now, the AOL Instant Messaging (AIM) system that pioneered web chat back in the 1990s hopes to once...»

Mark Himelstein Joins Hortonworks as VP of Engineering

Maria Deutscher | November 17th

Hortonworks, a Hadoop startup that was spun off from Yahoo, has hired Mark Himelstein as its new vice president of engineering. Hortonworks is amidst some rapid expansion thanks to a couple of recent initiatives, which...»

How Google Music Compares to iTunes, Spotify

Mellisa Tolentino | November 17th

There are so many music services available today that you’d have to ask why Google Music is such a big deal.  I’ll tell you why, because Google Music takes on two giants: Apple and Facebook....»

Hadoop Gets Another Vote of Confidence From Microsoft

Jeffrey Kelly | November 16th

It appears Hadoop has yet another fan: Microsoft. ZDNet is reporting that Microsoft is putting LINQ to HPC, its distributed runtime and associated programming model for unstructured data analysis at scale, on ice. Codenamed Dryad, LINQ to...»

Cisco and Vyatta: Competitive or Compatible?

Alex Williams | November 16th

Earlier this week, Vyatta raised another $12 million for its virtual network security technology. In an interview with Vyatta executives on Monday I asked about their competitors. Vyatta CEO Kelly Herrell said they are far...»

DDN Storage Fusion Gets Boost from IBM, New Offerings

Maria Deutscher | November 16th

Data-aware storage systems maker DataDirect Networks has expanded its big data appliance strategy with a new team-up with IBM. The Big Blue is consolidating its clustering solutions under a new name, the IBM Intelligent...»

Informatica Rolls Out Cloud 2012

Klint Finley | November 16th

Today Informatica announced the pre-release of its new data integration platform called Informatica Cloud 2012, which should be generally available in January 2012. Among its features is a contact validation service that verifies postal addresses and...»

New Relic Gets $15M for Performance Monitoring App

Maria Deutscher | November 16th

Software-as-service provider New Relic announced it has closed a $15 million round of funding led by DAG Ventures and Four Rivers Group. Investors Allen & Company, Benchmark Capital, Tenaya Capital, and Trinity Ventures also participated...»

Digital TV Gains Investor Interests on a Global Scale

Mellisa Tolentino | November 16th

We can’t deny the fact that digital TV is a quickening trend.  It is estimated that at the end of 2011 there will be more than 35 million connected TVs and by 2012, over 65%...»

Occupy World of Warcraft: The Allure of Virtual Gold

Kyt Dotson | November 16th

With the Occupy Wall Street protests reaching the hearts and minds of millions and raising the specter of the difference between the haves and the have-nots, the economy of many nation-states come into question. Much of the wealth...»