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Scribd Emulates Amazon and Apple to Make E-book Subscriptions Mainstream

Scribd Emulates Amazon and Apple to Make E-book Subscriptions Mainstream

Scribd, the document sharing service for the Internet, announced a new subscription service for digital books, in a model similar to Netflix (movies and TV) and Spotify (music). Through a monthly fee, the user can access a collection of “thousands of books” stored on the site without having to buy every copy of the book before reading. The key selling point of the subscription service is a partnership with HarperCollins, one of the major publishing partner and big five publishers. The partnership allows access a majority of the HarperCollins US and HarperCollins Christian backlist catalog for Scribd’s digital book subscription service.... more »
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For Microsoft CEO: Marissa Mayer, not Alan Mulally

Alan Mulally has an outstanding track record from Ford Motor and Boeing , but most likely wouldn't be the right guy to lead Microsoft  to success. Rather, what Microsoft needs to become relevant in the consumer space again are Marissa Mayer and Yahoo! The new frontiers in the great ecosystems war are shifting very quickly. Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook  are playing an ever-higher-stakes game across an ever-wider battlefield of frontiers. In this battle of the giants -- Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon -- it is not a matter of optimizing and fine-tuning an assembly line of steel and plastic-based boxes.... more »
IBM + The Economics of Data : #dataeconomy CrowdChat

IBM + The Economics of Data : #dataeconomy CrowdChat

In partnership with IBM yesterday, SiliconANGLE held a #dataeconomy CrowdChat on the economics of data. The goal was to discuss how data value is contributing to organizations. Specifically, they discussed how to measure value, what metrics matter, what types of organizations are taking action with the data, and some creative examples of data monetization - like ad serving, LinkedIn, Google, and financial services. The #CrowdChat also discussed the balance between information as an asset versus a liability, when to delete data and information governance, and whether the notion of a data czar or a chief data officer (CDO) is warranted. Furthermore,... more »
ADP Says "Splunk is Critical" to Its Success | #splunkconf

ADP Says "Splunk is Critical" to Its Success | #splunkconf

Jigesh Saheba, the CTO, VP and Chief Architect and Mobile Strategist at ADP, was interviewed by theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at the Splunk.conf 2013 in Las Vegas. Because many people don't yet associate ADP as a technology company, or an apps company, Vellante invited his guest to talk more about ADP's Innovation Lab. "Innovation Lab was started a few years ago and our mission is to create relevant, consumable, cutting-edge technology solutions for our clients, so that they can manage their most important assets, the people," Saheba explained. The ADP offering today is a mobile one, but they have a... more »
Here's Two Silk Road Alternatives Where You Can Still Score Drugs

Here's Two Silk Road Alternatives Where You Can Still Score Drugs

The Deep Web was shook to its core last night when news of the FBI's operation to shut down the notorious online black marketplace Silk Road hit the headlines. The feds announced that following a months' long investigation, they'd finally arrested Silk Road founder Ross William Ulbricht, better known as Dread Pirate Roberts, charging him with narcotics trafficking, computer hacking, conspiracy, and money laundering, whilst seizing the site's domain and taking it offline. The consequences of Silk Road's shutdown could be massive, with many talking about how the FBI's operation has finally shattered the myth of the Tor network's anonymity, while... more »
Systems Engineer Excited for Splunk 6: "Sky's the Limit" | #splunkconf

Systems Engineer Excited for Splunk 6: "Sky's the Limit" | #splunkconf

Jeff Kelly and Dave Vellante, theCUBE co-hosts for this segment, welcomed Ant Lefebvre, a senior systems engineer with Middlesex Hospital, to talk in depth about his application of Splunk in the healthcare business at the Splunk.conf 2013. Today Ant is also leading a presentation at the event, called "HIPAA and Meaningful Use Audit Reports Using Splunk." The Middlesex Hospital in Connecticut uses Splunk to create audit reports, to trigger alerts and gain better visibility into the EMR and other networked systems. Learning from your peers   At one of the conferences Lefebvre was pleased to see someone running Splunk in a total virtual environment.... more »
SAP Launches $650 Million Startup Fund

SAP Launches $650 Million Startup Fund

The frontier of Big Data innovation, startups have become a key focus for business intelligence giant SAP. The company’s independent investment arm recently launched a $650 million direct investment fund, SAP Ventures Fund II, which will focus on late stage technology companies. Taken together with the SAP HANA Real Time Fund, a recently bolstered fund-of-funds that invests in early stage startups, SAP Ventures has raised more than $1 billion in the last 12 months. This figure underscores SAP’s efforts to address the rapid adoption of analytics, cloud computing and mobile among the traditional enterprises that constitute its customer base. "We believe that... more »
Splunk is Tailoring New Trends in Retail | #splunkconf

Splunk is Tailoring New Trends in Retail | #splunkconf

Aleem Cummins, Release Manager with John Lewis, joined John Furrier and Dave Vellante inside theCUBE, during day two of the Splunk.conf13 in Las Vegas, describing how a huge UK department store with a major online presence benefits from using the data management platform. Retail business is going through some massive transformations, noted Vellante, and Cummins provided the context: "When the company started some 150 years ago, it was all about customer experience, trust and the responsibility we have. What's changed since then is how people buy from us. Back then we had the shop. Now we have shops, people can buy by... more »
The Lavabit Story: The Real Reason Why The Private Email Provider Was Forced To Shut Down

The Lavabit Story: The Real Reason Why The Private Email Provider Was Forced To Shut Down

Ever wonder what really happened to Lavabit, the private email service provider that shut down last August?  You might have heard of Lavabit, as the service was famously used by Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who since been accused of cyber espionage against the US government. Lavabit shut down just weeks after Snowden's NSA spying revelations hit the headlines, but until now its reasons for doing weren't entirely clear. Thanks to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where the Lavabit case is being argued, court documents were unsealed and have now shed some light on why the private email service... more »
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ScaleOut Unveils Real Time In-Memory Analytics Engine

ScaleOut Software has revamped its in-memory data grid platform to deliver a twentyfold increase in MapReduce performance while eliminating some of the costs associated with traditional Hadoop clusters. The newly launched hServer V2 is specifically geared toward ad hoc analysis of operational data. While not designed to compete with offerings from distributors such as Cloudera and Hortonworks, the latest release of hServer utilizes select Hadoop components to greatly reduce deployment times and provide native support for “most” Java-based MapReduce applications. The solution can be implemented with ScaleOut’s integrated in-memory data grid or external data repositories such as HDFS. The company claims that... more »

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