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Marissa Mayer "Passed Over" at Google: Ambition Trumps Loyalty

Yahoo! surprised everyone yesterday when they announced their new CEO - Marissa Mayer - a former Google executive. Mayer was responsible for a lot of the design aspects, as in the look and feel of Google and its products throughout the years, and that’s what Yahoo is banking on when they hired the former Google exec. "I am honored and delighted to lead Yahoo, one of the Internet's premier destinations for more than 700 million users," Mayer said in Yahoo's news release announcing the appointment. "I look forward to working with the company's dedicated employees to bring innovative products, content, and personalized... more »
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iPhone 5 Already in Production, BitCoin Caught in Apple's In-App Hack Wars

Today’s mobile news roundup features word of Apple’s next gen iPhone already being in production, Symantec's update across its entire mobile portfolio, and the new Twonky Beam button now available for download. Apple iPhone 5 in production The Wall Street Journal reports that the iPhone 5 is already in mass production.  Apple commissioned Japanese liquid-crystal-display makers Sharp Corp. and Japan Display Inc.—a new company that combined three Japanese electronics makers' display units—as well as South Korea's LG Display Co., in mass producing the in-cell touch panels, which provides the touch functionality of the screen without adding another pane of glass, essentially making the... more »
Guess What Facebook? Users Actually Prefer Google +

Guess What Facebook? Users Actually Prefer Google +

Facebook's IPO has turned out to be a bit of disappointment for its investors since its launch on NASDAQ back in May, but one thing we didn't expect was that its customers are also feeling dissatisfied with the service. According to the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) E-Business Report, Facebook, which was already the lowest rated e-business in its survey, has seen its customer satisfaction fall by a margin of 8% to just 61%. This represents not just the lowest score for any e-business but it means that Facebook now drops into the bottom five of all 230 companies that ACSI... more »
Paul Maritz Out as CEO - Pat Gelsinger in CEO of VMware - Video: What Pat Gelsinger Would Do At VMware

Paul Maritz Out as CEO - Pat Gelsinger in CEO of VMware - Video: What Pat Gelsinger Would Do At VMware

Update:  Here is what I’ve confirmed so far:  1) Maritz was not ousted as CEO and this was his decision according to sources close to Maritz, and 2) Maritz will not be the CEO of any spin out. The story is now breaking that Paul Maritz is stepping down as CEO of VMware and Pat Gelsinger might be taking over for him.  I have been tracking the story for months and there is more going on then people know. We have been following Pat Gelsinger moving over as CEO for over three months now and we have confirmed through our sources that... more »
Over 1 Million Accounts Compromised and $350k Stolen by Hackers in One Week

Over 1 Million Accounts Compromised and $350k Stolen by Hackers in One Week

In the past week hackers managed to infiltrate no less than four major websites; and while users of three of these four sites only have to worry about more spam in their inbox and potentially someone else posting forum messages on their behalf, the users of Bitcoinica have taken some serious financial losses. The bitcoin bank was hacked back in May, and according to this forum post the site’s operators apparently failed to patch things up properly since then. Long story short, a total of $40,000 and another 40K bitcoins fell into the hands of the perpetrators– a total of about... more »
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EMC Releases First Major Update to NetWorker in Almost a Decade

EMC has often been criticized for leveraging an outdated code in its storage arrays. The company clearly seems to be a proponent of the “if it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it” mantra, but the storage leader has finally decided it’s finally time to update its backup and recovery software, NetWorker. EMC has made significant updates to Networker since it released NetWorker 7 almost a decade ago in 2003. Entire companies are conceived, formed and disbanded within the time it has taken EMC to update NetWorker 7 to Networker 8. Networker 8 features an updated architecture with better performance and scalability.... more »
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Objectivity Pushes Big Data in the Channel with InfiniteGraph Certification

Database software vendor Objectivity unveiled a new initiative today that’s meant to introduce partners to InfiniteGraph, a graph database that is known for being highly scalable. On top of that it’s written in Java, which means it can be used not just with modern NoSQL solutions, but also in legacy environments. The company released a number of case studies that detail how select resellers and SIs can achieve better results by coupling Objectivty’s flagship platform, Objectivity/DB, with InfiniteGraph. Among the new options is this one: "With demands to manage millions of objects in real time and in mission critical business environments, HM... more »
Alternatives for Spool Now That Facebook's Bought and Crushed It

Alternatives for Spool Now That Facebook's Bought and Crushed It

Facebook has hired the mobile team behind the startup application development provider, Spool, in what appears to be the latest acquisition for social network.  This talent buy is largely in part to expand its technical staff. Although the social network is hiring all of Spool’s employees, the company didn’t comment on whether it has acquired whole of the company or only hiring the mobile team. “The Spool team has deep expertise in mobile software development and a passion for making content easy to consume,” Facebook said in a statement over the weekend. “We're excited for the team to join and accelerate their... more »
Surprise! Marissa Mayer is Yahoo’s new CEO

Surprise! Marissa Mayer is Yahoo’s new CEO

Marissa Mayer is now the CEO of Yahoo.  The move is a surprising catch and major coup for Yahoo, which for years has been struggling to stay alive and losing market share in the search engine business. The former Google executive is a well-recognized and very public presence in Silicon Valley.  Her history at the company goes back to the very beginning.     The move puts her in ranks with other current and former female technology CEOs,  such as Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman, to name a couple. Mayer has a lasting and significant presence at Google as much of the... more »
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Microsoft Office 2013: Cloud at the Core or Cloudwashing?

Microsoft has finally taken the lid off Microsoft Office 2013, letting consumers get its first crack at the completely redesigned suite of industry-standard productivity applications, including new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more, with a publicly available preview. And to reflect Microsoft's recent reorientation towards software-as-a-service, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer used a live webcast event to demonstrate how Office 2013 has cloud at its core and multi-device enablement as a priority. But Microsoft is also spending a lot of time and effort hyping how Office 2013 may have the cloud at the core, but "really lights up" when paired with Microsoft Windows 8.... more »

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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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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.

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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.