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Microsoft Loses Trademark Dispute Over Skydrive

Microsoft Loses Trademark Dispute Over Skydrive

Microsoft found itself on the receiving end of copyright law enforcement on Friday after a London judge ruled that its popular Skydrive service is in violation of the “Sky” trademark owned by British Sky Broadcasting Group. Sky is the largest satellite television provider in the UK and Ireland with over 10 million subscribers. Microsoft argued that that the broadcaster’s trademark should not apply to Skydrive because consumers can easily distinguish cloud storage solutions from pay-TV packages on “grounds of descriptiveness,” but Judge Sarah Asplin would have none of that. Asplin said although “there was no use of the Sky get up or... more »
Big Data Goes Green: How Data Analytics Is Saving the World's Forests

Big Data Goes Green: How Data Analytics Is Saving the World's Forests

Big Data's going mainstream and at the same time it's rewriting the rules of forestry management. Tree farmers, logging companies, plantations and conservation groups tasked with managing forestry assets can use Big Data analytics to dig up all kinds of insights that can help them achieve their goals of sustainability. Predictive modeling is nothing new to the forestry industry. For years, its been used to forecast the impact of controlled burns, harvests and other forest management strategies. But until recently it's been a slow and cumbersome process, involving thousands of man hours spent pouring over custom-made spreadsheets, with a whole lot... more »
Zynga Wins A New CEO & Bing's Copyright Filter - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Zynga Wins A New CEO & Bing's Copyright Filter - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Zynga's New Chief   In a major effort to keep the company from going under, yesterday, Zynga announced the hiring of former president of Microsoft Interactive, Don Mattrick as the company’s new CEO. Current CEO and founder Mark Pincus spoke about on the topic, “If I could find someone who could do a better job as our CEO, I’d do all I could to recruit and bring that person in. I’m confident that Don is that leader.” With 61% of Zynga’s voting power, Pincus was key in the hiring of a new CEO, and it would appear that he made the right choice. Since Mattrick... more »
NetApp, Internet of Things + Consumer Cloud : Interview with Val Bercovici

NetApp, Internet of Things + Consumer Cloud : Interview with Val Bercovici

NetApp is the last pure play “storage company” standing. Storage as we’ve known it for the past twenty years is over. When it comes to Big Data and cloud computing there isn't a slam-dunk winner right now. NetApp, Cloudera, Hortonworks, Amazon, Google, EMC -- wherever Wall Street places its bets by no means is a guarantee. Not only is the storage space in the middle of a titanic shift right now, but there happens to be a Hollywood-Summer-Blockbuster-worthy "Perfect Storm" rumbling in: the Internet of Things. NetApp forges on, though. Recently its Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 release introduced a number of... more »
Double Trouble: Malware 'Tag Team' Creates Unending Malicious Infection Loop

Double Trouble: Malware 'Tag Team' Creates Unending Malicious Infection Loop

Security experts from Microsoft have stumbled across an interesting phenomenon - two unique malware programs that 'collaborate' with each other in an effort to outfox antivirus software by automatically downloading the other virus should it be removed from the host computer. The existence of the deadly duo was revealed by Microsoft's Hyun Choi in a blog post earlier this week. Writing on Technet, he explained how the two malicious programs belong to a family of 'worms' known as Win32/Vobfus. One of the two malwares, which was first identified in 2009, goes by the name of “Vobfus”, and plays the role of... more »
LIVE: Tales From the Road, A Summary of the Spring Tour with Jeff Kelly

LIVE: Tales From the Road, A Summary of the Spring Tour with Jeff Kelly

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Tuesday July 2, 2013. Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Jeff Kelly has had a busy two months on the road with The Cube covering SAP Sapphire, HP Discover, GE Industrial Internet, MongoNYC and Hadoop Summit among others. This morning he catches up with us to share what he’s found from his adventures on the road. See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand. Jeff's had a very busy couple of months, and he's here to tell us about his experiences of SiliconANGLE's Spring Tour. On today's show, you'll hear Jeff discuss what he discovered over the... more »
Wow, Xbox's Don Mattrick Joins Zynga as CEO: Even Sony's CEO Thinks it's Hilarious

Wow, Xbox's Don Mattrick Joins Zynga as CEO: Even Sony's CEO Thinks it's Hilarious

Zynga’s stocks has risen as much as 12.7 percent after news of change in leadership at the online games company broke out. A report from AllThingsD stated that Zynga has succesfully tapped up Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment unit, which is responsible for the Xbox and all of the company’s gaming and entertaining efforts. As of today, he will now serve as the Zynga’s CEO and will work closely with former CEO Mark Pincus. Soon after rumors broke out, Zynga made an official announcement, formally naming Mattrick as CEO of Zynga and a member of the company’s Board.  As for... more »
HP Seeks Android Alternatives to Re-Enter Smartphone Race

HP Seeks Android Alternatives to Re-Enter Smartphone Race

According to Yam Su Yin, HP’s senior director of consumer PCs and media tablets for Asia-Pacific, the tech juggernaut is once again eyeing a share in the heavily crowded smartphone market. The executive told The Indian Express that the company is looking to double down on all segments of the mobile market, including tablets, notebooks and all-in-ones. When asked if HP has a smartphone in the works, Su Yin replied that “the answer is yes but I cannot give a timetable. It would be silly if we say no. HP has to be in the game." He added that "being late... more »
The Chinese Just Found Out About Bitcoin

The Chinese Just Found Out About Bitcoin

A couple of months ago the Bitcoin community went silly with excitement as its value rose spectacularly against the US dollar, reaching the heady heights of around $250 for one Bitcoin, only to crash back down to around $80 within a couple of weeks. Such was the excitement during that roller-coaster that more than a few 'outsiders' who'd never even heard of the cryptocurrency suddenly had their curiosity piqued, and nowhere was this more true than in China – a nation that's well known for its sharp business acumen. You might think that the currency's fluctuating valuation would give investors cause... more »
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The Future of Flash For Storage Solutions

Earlier this year, SiliconANGLE's own Maria Deutscher penned an article on QLogic’s FabricCache and how it could be well positioned for the flash storage revolution. This new adapter bridges the chasm between servers by allowing direct-attached storage, typically unable to be shared between servers, to connect embedded SSDs with SAN. According to Wikibon analyst Stu Miniman, “QLogic is an arms supplier to the storage world. It makes adapters, and this is really another adapter. While it is related to flash, QLogic is not making flash, not getting into the flash business.” Miniman goes on to offer the prediction that flash will,... more »

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