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Bitcoin Weekly 2013 October 16: MtGox Upgrades Its Game, Economist Predicts Backlash, Dwolla Throws in the Bitcoin Towel

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 October 16: MtGox Upgrades Its Game, Economist Predicts Backlash, Dwolla Throws in the Bitcoin Towel

Bitcoin value has seen a banner week with a remarked recovery from a sudden dip in value during the Silk Road raid to see value soar from $140 before to hover around $150 now with peaks near $160. With the SR takedown almost two weeks ago, it appears that the whole affair only had breif effect on the market and little impact on its current growth. Meanwhile, MtGox looks to upgrades to make its trading engine tougher and stronger to encourage more trades than before and will finally be rolling out new trading capabilities with the project code named Midas. An... more »
See What the Future Holds for Automobiles at the Connected Car Expo

See What the Future Holds for Automobiles at the Connected Car Expo

As we anticipate a future where self-driving cars traverse the earth, let's take a look at how companies are planning to make that sci-fi dream a reality, in this week’s Smart Car roundup. Connected Car Expo   Connected car enthusiasts will be making their way to Los Angeles on November 19-21, 2013 for the LA Auto Show’s Connected Car Expo. The event is a one-day conference and three-day expo for automotive and technology companies to showcase their designs and innovations for the future of connected cars.  Attendees will have access to personalities, key players and top media constructing the future of the connected car. Exhibitors... more »
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Hangups with Keeping Track of the "Quantified Self"

With the increase of mobile technology and applications, we have also witnessed an increase in data tracking and the “quantified self” trend. Put simply, the “quantified self” involves associating metrics with personal tracked information. There are food logs used to track one’s diet, applications that track running/walking activity, and wearable hardware that tracks other physical activities. SiliconANGLE has covered several of these trackers (you can find some of them here, here, and here.) But what, if any, are the downsides to this tracking and self-quantifying trend? These trackers and apps are all designed with the consumer in mind. They deliver timely... more »
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Mobile Payments Are More Secure than Web : Tips from Braintree CEO

Today's debut of Square Cash introduced one of the simplest ways to send money to friends, via email, adding to a string of business-ready apps to Square's growing portfolio.  But in its efforts to simplify the exchange of cash through the use of technology, could Square intimidate average users with a service that requires no passwords, no bank account numbers, and no accounts whatsoever? It seems Square Cash raises more security concerns in the cloud-based money exchange market, concerns Square does not directly address on its new Cash website.  While Square ensures your data's privacy, there's little information the company provides... more »
VMware Brings vCloud Hybrid Service to Europe with First UK Location

VMware Brings vCloud Hybrid Service to Europe with First UK Location

First unveiled at VMworld 2013 in September, vCloud Hybrid Service is an IaaS solution that competes with AWS over the 60 percent of organizations that utilize VMware software in their IT environments. The virtualization giant is now launching a new data center in Slough, 20 miles west of London, to make the platform available for customers in the UK. Select clients will be able to participate in a private beta for vCloud Hybrid from the fourth quarter until the service becomes generally available in early 2014. VMware hybrid cloud services head Bill Fathers, who stopped by the theCUBE at VMworld to... more »
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Square Cash Raises Security Questions : Too Simple for the Masses?

Ever looking to simplify the mobile payments arena, Square launched a new feature today allowing users to send money with little more than an email address.  Called Square Cash, the update is targeted at debit card holders in the US, now able to send money using any email service.  While simplicity is at the heart of Square Cash, such easiness raises a slew of security concerns already plaguing the mobile payments industry.  For all its forward-thinking, Square tends to push for a revolution that sometimes requires patience as the rest of us play catch up. How Square Cash works   Here's how Square... more »
HP Boosts SDN with New SDK and App Store

HP Boosts SDN with New SDK and App Store

The allure of software-defined networking's ability to deliver automated technology has once again caught a tech giant’s eye. Last month, Hewlett-Packard unveiled on of the industry’s first enterprise-class SDN open ecosystems with the HP SDN Developer Kit (SDK) and the HP SDN App Store.  The hope is for the creation of new business opportunities for HP’s partners, as well as providing a simple way for customers to purchase and deploy network services. “With SDN the networking industry has an opportunity to disruptively innovate and is now primed for a monumental leap forward,” said Bethany Mayer, senior vice president and general manager, Networking,... more »
Apple Turns to the Fashion Industry to Boost Sales as iPhone 5c Struggles

Apple Turns to the Fashion Industry to Boost Sales as iPhone 5c Struggles

Apple has hired Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts to runs its retail division, which means she'll be leading both its online and physical retail stores.  Though some may question the wisdom of hiring someone from the fashion industry, Ahrendts has been very successful in making the once iconic Burberry brand into something the younger generation wants. Before joining Burberry in 2006, the company was trading at £4.30, or $6.87 a share - but  this has by 268 percent during Ahrendts’ tenure, and the company's stock is now trading at £15.85, or $25.32 a share. Ahrendts’ official title at Apple will be senior vice... more »
Backup and Recovery in the Spotlight with New Funding, Innovation

Backup and Recovery in the Spotlight with New Funding, Innovation

Historically a pain point, backup is quickly becoming an asset for many enterprises as vendors push the envelope on security and bring analytics into the mix. The Sunnyvale, California-based Druva is a leader in realizing the potential of data protection as a source of tangible business value. Established in 2008, the startup offers a device-independent backup and governance platform that ensures the availability of mission-critical information through file sharing, encryption and audit capabilities. Druva claims that its software supports nearly two million computers and smartphones across 76 countries. The company announced this week that it has raised $25 million in a Series... more »
Music Industry Shoots Itself In Foot Over Illegal Downloads

Music Industry Shoots Itself In Foot Over Illegal Downloads

So, perhaps the music industry should take a long hard look at itself. Always moaning about the widespread availability of illegal downloads online, and wondering why piracy continues to persist, well here's one possible reason why that's the case – apparently, most people don't have the option of downloading content legally online anyway. At least, that's the findings of a recent report by the Mercatus Center think tank, which analyzed the weekly top ten most pirated media on file-sharing site TorrentFreak, before comparing this with the availability of said media from legal sources online, and publishing its results on Piracydata.org. Their findings... more »

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