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Google 'Drives' Up Encryption, But Can It Be Trusted?

Google 'Drives' Up Encryption, But Can It Be Trusted?

With privacy concerns over cloud storage services at an all time high, Google is reported to be experimenting with new methods of encrypting files stored within Google Drive. Though Google has yet to confirm or deny the story, the move is likely one that's aimed at easing user's fears that the US government might have access to their confidential data. Ex-NSA contractor Ed Snowden claims that various government agencies have been given direct access vast swathes of data being stored by companies like Google and Microsoft, so these privacy concerns are pretty valid in spite of the companies' denials. This is... more »
ICANN Awards Four New Internet Domains, But .amazon Is Up The Creek

ICANN Awards Four New Internet Domains, But .amazon Is Up The Creek

It's been an interminably long road, but the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has finally taken its first concrete steps towards changing the way the world wide web will be navigated in future. Yesterday, it awarded contracts for the first four new top level domains. Till now, we've hardly used any top level domains (TLDs) – just .com, .org, .net, .edu and one or two others. But the web is fast becoming a very crowded place (just try finding a decent .com domain these days), and that has spurred ICANN open things up a little, creating 2,000 new... more »
HP Turns Up the Big Data in ArcSight Security Update

HP Turns Up the Big Data in ArcSight Security Update

Earlier this week, HP announced updates to its enterprise security portfolio tailored to better address the threat of advanced persistent threats (APT’s).  By unifying security analytics for Big Data with expanded identity monitoring, they are accelerate an organization’s ability to detect and mitigate these APT’s.  The suite is built to answer the challenges of today’s diverse environments in cloud, mobile, and virtual, it is also built to capitalize on the three V’s of Big data - velocity, volume, and variety – all in an answer to threats that come from within a business and outside its boundaries as well. At the... more »
Faster Analytics and Improved Information Quality With Hadoop   #MITIQ

Faster Analytics and Improved Information Quality With Hadoop #MITIQ

Scott Howser, vice president of marketing for Hadapt, joined Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly of Wikibon on theCUBE this afternoon, broadcast live from the MIT Chief Development Officer Information Quality Symposium. Before discussing the Hadoop ecosystem that is being widely adopted, Howser reflected on the early days of Hadoop and the authentication challenges which themselves have evolved as the ecosystem has been maturing. For the full interview, watch it below: Early data practitioning required performing triangulation on an individual user in order to engage them and determine their authenticity. As Howser noted, utilizing a single sign-on was the Holy Grail. However, this method... more »
Video the New Focus for Yahoo! in 2013 as Apple, Google + Dish Further their Efforts

Video the New Focus for Yahoo! in 2013 as Apple, Google + Dish Further their Efforts

It was reported yesterday that Apple has a few tricks up its sleeve, as it aims to revolutionize home entertainment, and maybe even replace your cable box. First there was the idea of teaming up with cable providers such a Time Warner Cable to make Apple TV its set-top box with a software interface designed by Apple.  Then there’s the interest in acquiring PrimeSense, the company responsible for building the original Kinect technology used by Microsoft in the Xbox, possibly to make Apple TV gesture-controlled. And finally, Apple wants to introduce an ad-skipping feature, but this would come at a price, most... more »
TD Ameritrade Chief Data Officer Discusses Appointment #MITIQ

TD Ameritrade Chief Data Officer Discusses Appointment #MITIQ

In their ongoing coverage of MIT Data Quality conference, Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly spoke with Derek Strauss, Chief Data Officer, TD Ameritrade. The three discuss his responsibilities as CDO and the importance of data science to the financial services industry. Strauss was actually sought after to be TD Ameritrade’s CDO, a position created for him. He ventures that the percentage of people carrying the title CDO is small, perhaps less than 10%. Vellante suggests, presumably, financial services would be an area that would adopt that role sooner. Strauss explains that the need for a CDO was “enterprise wide.” The company had... more »
Cloud Computing Still In the Early Innings, Despite the High Score

Cloud Computing Still In the Early Innings, Despite the High Score

While "software-defined everything" is currently demanding a lot of attention, the journey to the cloud is still a dominant mega-trend. Wikibon Senior Analyst Stu Miniman explains that cloud computing is still in its early days, though it’s been greatly talked about for over five years. “It is by no means, kind of a steady state market.  There’s logic turn going on, lots of changes, lots of players coming into the market, lots of companies radically changing their environment, and  most enterprises have some play in the cloud.  But it’s definitely [the] early, early days still despite the fact that we’ve been talking... more »
What The Healthcare Industry Can Learn From Baseball #MITIQ

What The Healthcare Industry Can Learn From Baseball #MITIQ

SiliconANGLEs theCUBE welcomed the co-chair of this year’s MIT Chief Development Officer Information Quality Symposium, Peter Anlyan of Anlyan Consulting. Wikibon’s Jeff Kelly and Dave Vellante spoke with Anlyan about his involvement with MITCDOIQ, his background and how to most effectively work with your team to maximize their productivity. Anlyan joined the MITCDOIQ team a few years ago after having attended in previous years. Currently, Anlyan’s firm consults in the healthcare industry and he immediately recognized parallels between challenges faced in his own industry and the field of information science. Prior to starting his consulting firm, Anlyan worked for two decades as... more »
Using Information as a Core Strategic Tool | #MITIQ

Using Information as a Core Strategic Tool | #MITIQ

On their never-ending quest for knowledge, Dave Vellante and Jeff Frick arrived at the MIT campus for the MIT CDOIQ Symposium, where they broadcasted live for theCube interview sessions, talking with several key people in the industry. The theme of the Symposium was "Big Data Demands Good Data" and, to elaborate on that, they caught up with Richard Wang, Former Army Deputy CDO & Director of the MIT Information Quality Program. Wang organized the first edition of the International Conference on Information Quality in 1996 and, since then, has published a number of books which helped establish the term "Information Quality". Soon after... more »
Wearable "Wow" Overshadows Smartphones, Slows Sales

Wearable "Wow" Overshadows Smartphones, Slows Sales

According to analysts at UBS AG, interest in upgrading smartphones has significantly declined as the “WOW” factor wears off in anticipation for flashy wearable devices. Last year, about 68 million people upgraded their smartphones. Though the number is still impressive, it's down by 9 percent compared to the year before. "They haven't thrown anything out that's just like, 'Wow,' " said Conner Green, a consumer who won’t be upgrading his Samsung Galaxy S2 anytime soon.  "There is a cycle every four or five years. It will be a few years before a breakthrough and people buy phones like when Apple first introduced... more »

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