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Hortonworks Co-Founder Jumps Ship

Hortonworks chief executive officer Rob Bearden confirmed the departure of co-founder and CTO Eric Baldeschwieler in a Tuesday entry on the company’s blog. He did not disclose the reason behind Baldeschwieler’s resignation, but instead took the opportunity to recap on the former Yahoo executive's contributions to Hortonworks and the Hadoop ecosystem. “It’s hard to believe it’s been over two years since Hortonworks was founded by over 20 engineers from the original Yahoo! Hadoop development and operations team,” the executive wrote in his post. “That team’s origins came in 2005 when Eric assembled engineers to solve a really hard problem: store and... more »
Tyranny Through Surveillance Could Affect Exercising Ordinary Freedom | #HPBigData2013

Tyranny Through Surveillance Could Affect Exercising Ordinary Freedom | #HPBigData2013

For the last day of HP Big Data Conference 2013, theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante managed to persuade a couple of iconic figures to sit down and discuss the hottest topics of the moment. One of these high profile guests was Curt Monash, President of Monash Research and "a long time industry analyst, blogger and opinion-maker"- as Vellante introduced him. Monash was quick to sanction the term "Big Data" because it's overused and misused. There are a lot of things called Big Data that have indeed a lot of reality to them - the size of the databases (large... more »
iOS 7 Update Will Track & Display Your Every Move

iOS 7 Update Will Track & Display Your Every Move

Will Apple face a new privacy storm when it launches iOS 7? It feels like the dark clouds are looming above, for it's been revealed that when it's rolled out, iOS 7 will keep track of and display all of the locations that iPhone users have visited in the past. The new feature hasn't been officially announced, but a spokesperson has apparently confirmed it in a statement to BuzzFeed. If true, there's likely to be a lot of sensationalist reporting about the 'feature' playing on consumer's unfamiliarity with how location-technology featurs work. As Charlie Wazel of BuzzFeed reports: "For iOS 7 (expected... more »
Good Technology Sets their Sights on Mid-Market

Good Technology Sets their Sights on Mid-Market

Good Technology emerged with an announcement yesterday that is designed to help clients of all sizes progress in their mobile maturity capabilities.  Their popular flagship product Good for Enterprise has been made available to companies of any size for $5 per user per month on an annual basis.  In a competitive Mobile Device Management (MDM) market, Good stands out for their containerized, easy management feature-filled product.  With this quick-start ability to get their product in the hands of practically any organization, they stand to build a base of clients that were previously not as reachable before. Good’s price announcement is a... more »
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That's A Wrap: Summarizing the HP Vertica Big Data Conference #HPBigData2013

SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE has been covering the HP Big Data Conference being held in Boston. It is interesting to note, as this was HP Vertica’s first Big Data conference, they were able to achieve maximum attendance, selling out the event. Dave Vellante of Wikibon pointed out the attendees were almost equally split between current HP customers and their partners. This fact, he noted, speaks to the broad adoption of Big Data analytics. Overall, John Furrier commented this event provided the most comprehensive software vision from HP, a company whose main line of revenue is typically supported by hardware and compute products. Perhaps... more »
Yodo1 Announces Global Publishing Platform for Worldwide Game Distribution

Yodo1 Announces Global Publishing Platform for Worldwide Game Distribution

Yodo1, a leading publisher of Western smartphone games to Chinese iOS/Android market, recently officially announced a Global Publishing Platform for Worldwide Game Distribution. This means that besides China, the company will publish the games to the global mobile market as well. Very soon this fall, Yodo1’s first global title: Cavemania will be commercially available. Cavemania is an innovative “match three meets Age of Empires” game created by BonusXP, the Dallas studio led by renowned game developers Dave Pottinger, John Evanson, and Jason Sallenbach. “We designed Cavemania’s irreverent style to pull people in, but the strategic depth and replay value seal the deal.... more »
Winning the Elections with Big Data : Obama’s Team of Newbies

Winning the Elections with Big Data : Obama’s Team of Newbies

During the last day of the HP Vertica Big Data Conference in Boston, theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante had a very interesting talk with Chris Wegryzyn, Director of Data Architecture, Democratic National Committee, talking about the impact of Big Data in political campaigns. Talking from his personal experience, Wegryzyn was able to provide valuable insight from his previous work on the Obama campaign, explaining the role Big Data and how analyzing large data sets contributed to winning the elections. Vellante wanted to know how the data was used, and its impact. It turns out that the campaign manager wanted to... more »
Text-based Amber Alerts: Doing More Harm than Good?

Text-based Amber Alerts: Doing More Harm than Good?

If you live in Southern California, you might have experienced an untimely text message or call in the middle of last night, just as you’ve gotten to sleep. You’ll have cursed the person who disturbed your peaceful slumber and swore to take their head off if it wasn’t important. But what if the text messages you received was a matter of saving someone’s life? Would you still be pissed? Ignore the message or do the right thing and take action? On Sunday night, a gruesome crime occurred in San Diego. Christina Anderson’s remains, along with a dead dog, and an unidentified... more »
White House Incentive List : First-Step to Real Cybersecurity?

White House Incentive List : First-Step to Real Cybersecurity?

The White House has released a preliminary set of incentives that will be offered to companies that operate critical infrastructure, such as power plants and companies, in exchange for joining a cybersecurity program chaired by the Homeland Security Department. The document, published on Tuesday, states that these critical infrastructures are increasingly networked are are vulnerable to a wide range of threats, thus protecting them is the number one priority. The program, dubbed the Cybersecurity Framework, is “a set of core practices to develop capabilities to manage cybersecurity risk. These are the known practices that many firms already do, in part or across... more »
What IBM #OpenPOWER Consortium New Chips for Datacenters Could Mean for Developers

What IBM #OpenPOWER Consortium New Chips for Datacenters Could Mean for Developers

The datacenter has become the metropolis of cloud computing and a space where a lot of things come together for Internet and networked and while the field is constantly changing a group of servers is a massive investment for any outfit from enterprise to small business. As a result, looking at the IBM OpenPOWER Consortium news it brings to mind a story of putting that same metropolis to work for the people who work in it streets, its fiber cables, and its racks. The announcement of the OpenPOWER Consortium via IBM came out recently and there’s a lot of interesting commentary... more »

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- David Vellante

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- Brian Gracely

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