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ServicesAngle News Briefs for April 3, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for April 3, 2013

IBM Honors Eight New IBM Fellows on 50th Anniversary of Program IBM marked the 50th anniversary of its Fellows program by elevating eight employees to IBM Fellow for their innovations in areas including cloud and mobile computing, big data, and business analytics. Only 246 individuals have earned this designation in the companies history. The new fellows are: Chandu Visweswariah, Distinguished Engineer, Senior Manager, Timing and Circuit Analysis, Heike Riel, IBM Research -- Manager, Nanoscale Electronics, John Ponzo, CTO, IBM Mobile First, Monte Denneau, IBM Research Scientist, Computer Science, Dinesh Verma, Manager, IT & Wireless Convergence, IBM Research, Jason McGee, Distinguished Engineer, Chief Architect, PureApplication System, IWD and... more »
What If Angel Investment Market Crashes?

What If Angel Investment Market Crashes?

By Kevin Dick, Founder Right Side Capital Management. In my last post, I showed how diversification helps an angel portfolio get closer to the true underlying return of the market.  Based on the AIPP's historical sample of angel-backed startups that meet my RSCM's investment criteria, we saw that 70 investments would have given you a ~90% chance of doubling your money and 200 would have given you an ~80% chance of tripling your money. Of course, almost everyone has heard the disclaimer, "Past performance is no guarantee of future results."  We don't really know that angel investments made today will have the... more »
IBM's New Big Data Solution Could Hurt Oracle's New Sales

IBM's New Big Data Solution Could Hurt Oracle's New Sales

IBM spent $16 billion on Big Data acquisitions to assemble what Wikibon analyst Jeff Kelly calls the “broadest and deepest Big Data product and services portfolio in the industry.”  The sheer scope of the vendor’s line-up enabled it to outsell everybody else in this market for the last several years, but Kelly stresses that diversity alone won’t be enough to sustain this competitive edge in the long run.  In his latest article, the Wikibon analyst writes that the sheer scale of IBM’s Big Data portfolio has made it difficult for the company to unify it and come out with “distinct, compelling... more »
Live Streaming for Gaming Heats Up with YouTube and Twitch.tv

Live Streaming for Gaming Heats Up with YouTube and Twitch.tv

Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2013 has been showing us a lot of interesting things, and the recent one is the live streaming from YouTube and Twitch.tv. A new API developed by YouTube allows game developers to live stream gameplay from directly within their games, with some of the popular titles already offering the service, such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. This new API will create a stream based on live gameplay, transcode the stream in real-time, and handle sending the correct resolution to viewers. The streams will now be available on Android and iOS. Looks like YouTube has expanded... more »
Big Data Startup DeepDB Grabs $10M Funding For Transactional Database

Big Data Startup DeepDB Grabs $10M Funding For Transactional Database

Investors just can’t get enough of Big Data startups at the minute, with the latest beneficiary of this goodwill being Deep Information Sciences. The Portsmouth, N.H-based startup has just acquired $10m in series A funding from sources including Stage 1 Ventures, Robert Davoli and others to help develop its ‘high-performing transactional and analytic database’. Readers might have heard about Deep before. Previously, the company was known as CloudTree, but the name change reflects a switch in focus towards Big Data and its flagship product DeepDB, which enables simultaneous transactions and data analytics in real-time on the same data set, bringing unprecedented... more »
IBM Big Data Announcements Move in Right Direction but More Must be Done

IBM Big Data Announcements Move in Right Direction but More Must be Done

IBM has a tremendous portfolio of Big Data products and services, including both acquisitions and technologies developed in house like Watson, writes Jeff Kelly in his Alert “IBM Accelerates Its Big Data Portfolio”. And it has embraced the Open Source Big Data community, at least at the foundational level, particularly with its BigInsights Hadoop platform. But IBM has problems as well. That huge portfolio is fragmented and sometimes confusing, and IBM’s approach, which is heavily dependent on its services arm,  is expensive, geared to large enterprises, and too costly for most mid-sized companies.  IBM needs to unify its portfolio and... more »
Bitcoin’s Big Week: Value Reaches $140; BitcoinStore Sells $500,000; BitPay Hits $5.2M for March

Bitcoin’s Big Week: Value Reaches $140; BitcoinStore Sells $500,000; BitPay Hits $5.2M for March

Bitcoin had an extremely exciting month of March with the explosive growth of the value of the cryptocurrency—with it approaching and exceeding $140 in early April—and there’s so much news that there’s just not enough time to cover it in individual articles. Not to mention that March represented the first ever near-crisis for Bitcoin when a fork happened to the blockchain; an event that went largely unnoticed by the community due to how aptly it was smoothed out. Bitcoin Value Approaches and Exceeds $140 It was in fact only late March when we last reported that Bitcoin had exceeded $70—March 20 to... more »
Big Data Traffic Jam: Smarter Lights, Happy Drivers

Big Data Traffic Jam: Smarter Lights, Happy Drivers

Los Angeles’ reputation for being an absolute nightmare for drivers is well-deserved, but a new traffic control system might just be able to ease some of their suffering. Almost three decades in the making, the city’s newly completed Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control System will synchronize all 4,500 traffic lights in the metropolis, with the goal of not just reducing drive times, but cutting down on pollution as well. It’s a truly admirable goal, but achieving it has been no easy feat. The project is totally unique with regards to its size and its scope, and is reputed to have cost... more »
Two iPhones Coming This Year, Google Readies New Nexus 7 for July

Two iPhones Coming This Year, Google Readies New Nexus 7 for July

In today’s mobile news roundup: Revamped iPhone production slated for Q2 ; Second generation Nexus 7 coming in July; Vodafone shares drop after Verizon denial; and Android Jelly Bean getting traction with Google’s new math. Revamped iPhone production slated for Q2 According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Apple is already planning on producing a revamped version of the iPhone 5 in the second quarter of 2013, slated to come in the summer as the company’s flagship smartphone.  The Cupertino company is still collaborating with Asian manufacturers for the cheaper iPhone version, which Apple aims to release as early as... more »
IBM “Big Data at the Speed of Business” Announcement Challenges Oracle DW with Advanced Comprehensive Big Data System, 25X DB2 Analysis Acceleration

IBM “Big Data at the Speed of Business” Announcement Challenges Oracle DW with Advanced Comprehensive Big Data System, 25X DB2 Analysis Acceleration

IBM has taken up the Big Data Challenge with a multilayered announcement promising fully integrated, enterprise-grade Hadoop/PureData systems that are orders of magnitude simpler to set up and manage and provide up to 25X performance increases. The announcements include a fully integrated Hadoop appliance incorporating the complete new IBM Big Data stack that one Beta tester had set up and running in its shop 89 minutes after the system rolled off the truck.  The “Big Data at the Speed of Business” stack includes: BLU Accelerator: a set of technologies based on more than 25 patents developed by IBM Research in 10 laboratories... more »

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