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Amazon gets serious about Cloud analytics with PostgreSQL, stream processing

After diving into the desktop-as-a-service market and tackling mobile UX on Day 2 of re:Invent 2013, Amazon is going after cloud analytics in a two-pronged offensive against enterprise vendors. On the relational database front, the firm is upgrading its RDS service to support PosgreSQL, an open source MySQL rival with roots stretching back to the early ‘80s. Using the AWS Management Console, customers can deploy the software in minutes, configure an isolated virtual network with custom firewall policies, and copy snapshots of their instances to different Availability Zones for increased uptime. By eliminating the bulk of the administrative work associated with setting... more »
Microsoft unleashes Cybercrime Center

Microsoft unleashes Cybercrime Center

Microsoft yesterday posted the announcement “Digital Detectives” to publicly herald its seriously cutting-edge Cybercrime Center.  We’ve seen Microsoft help shut down botnets and other cybercrime in the past, but this fascinating new effort will be taking this on at a whole new level.  The facility looks like something out of “24”, a science fiction or action movie, and it’s based in Redmond, the company’s headquarters.  There’s no Jack Bauer here, but inside, the area puts together the company’s security research teams, cybersecurity experts, and even legal personnel such as from Microsoft’s Digital Crime Unit (DCU).  The facility is also designed... more »
Google crushes Authors Guild in long-running book scanning dispute

Google crushes Authors Guild in long-running book scanning dispute

For almost a decade, the Authors Guild has waged a bitter war against Google and its massive book search engine project, accusing it of violating copyrights on an industrial scale by scanning the pages of millions of books and uploading these to the web. Google fought back hard, arguing that it's Books project is actually performing a service to society, whilst respecting author's rights at the same time. And now, that war has finally been settled. So who's right? According to U.S. Circuit Court Judge Denny Chin, Google is. Google's problems began almost eight years ago, when it first conceived the idea... more »
TeleSign gives your phone its own 'reputation' with PhoneID Score

TeleSign gives your phone its own 'reputation' with PhoneID Score

Ever wonder what your phone number can tell about you?  What if one day, instead of being asked for your social security number to check your background, you were asked for your phone number? TeleSign is a company that helps service providers authenticate people.  Not a clue what that means?  That’s simple, if you are using Facebook, Google or Twitter, and use two-factor authentication to login and make sure you are not easily hacked, TeleSign is one of the companies that help make that possible.  It sends you a code to your mobile which you then enter into the website. “The tide... more »
What’s yours is mine – Symantec study highlights intellectual property risks

What’s yours is mine – Symantec study highlights intellectual property risks

Who owns what in the employee-employer relationship? It’s an interesting line within these relationships, where definitions, boundaries and ownership intersect. We’re talking about the information and intellectual property that an employee produces while working for an employer. In an era where there is so much fluidity of data, it’s a question that brings up other questions and technologies that can help. Still, technologies aside, there is a struggle and inherent challenge to be faced in this era of social media, mobile phones, tablets, BYOD and open source software. Companies have shown great concern over this as technological advances have made... more »
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Partners make AWS more transparent, Big Data friendly @ re:Invent

There’s been no lack of excitement at Amazon’s re:Invent conference this week, with the IaaS titan announcing two new services for streaming apps and desktops from the cloud. Further fueling the buzz, the company pulled back the curtains on CloudTrail, a free tool that lets customers track API calls to their AWS deployments. CloudTrail aims to provide deeper insight into resource usage and configuration changes, but it delivers this information in the form of JSON files that can become too cumbersome to analyze for large organizations with hundreds and potentially thousands of end-users. Luckily for corporate IT departments, a firm called... more »
AWS out of the box solutions, the best for PCI compliance | #reinvent

AWS out of the box solutions, the best for PCI compliance | #reinvent

Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly, theCUBE co-hosts,  chatted with Tim Saunders, Co-Founder and CTO at CardFlight, during Day 3 of the AWS re: Invent 2013 conference in Las Vegas. On the agenda: the trends of the mobile payment industry, the disruptions in the market and their own journey and predictions. CardFlight is New York-based, and sports a talented team of seven. "Part of our push is the PCI compliance, because we process credit card data. Some of the AWS sessions have really helped around security, encryption, and making PCI compliance easy and simple for us to run," said Saunders. For those unfamiliar with... more »
What AWS Kinesis launch means for Cloudera + rivals | #reinvent

What AWS Kinesis launch means for Cloudera + rivals | #reinvent

Wikibon analyst Jeff Kelly and theCUBE hosts John Furrier explored the shifts in the Big Data industry that Amazon is now creating with it's existing and new cloud services and tools, live at the AWS re:Invent conference. "AWS pretty much has the entire Big Data workload taken care of," Kelly said, explaining that Redshift successfully takes on the traditional data warehousing world, EMR is taking on the open source Hadoop world, while DynamoDB is growing fast in the database segment. "If they close the loop with Kinesis, who can take on Amazon? Who can provide social on top of the infrastructure," Furrier... more »
New payment processing security guidelines outlined in PCI 3.0

New payment processing security guidelines outlined in PCI 3.0

The PCI Security Standards Council has released a new version of the Payment Card Industry standard known as PCI 3.0 which will take effect as of January 1, 2014.  If you’re an organization who accepts or processes payment cards, here’s what you need to know about PCI 3.0. PCI scope: What is it?  PCI scope refers to the method of penetration-testing required to demonstrate that the portion of the network assigned to store or process payment cards is inaccessible to the rest of the network. This is a new requirement based on the assumption that there hasn’t been enough testing of the... more »
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Who will lead Pinterest in Japan? Local love required

The Japanese version of the popular scrapbooking site Pinterest is now live.  Those using Rakuten Connect, the nation’s version of Facebook Connect, can now use their Rakuten login to use the Japanese version of Pinterest. This is the first time a Rakuten login will be used on a non-Rakuten service, but it's still in Rakuten's interest.  The Japanese e-commerce site initially invested $50 million into Pinterest last spring, making up half of a $100 million round of funding used for Pinterest’s global expansion. This new version of Pinterest is beneficial for both parties. Aside from adding more Pinterest users, this can be... more »

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