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The patent war rumbles on, just don't go thinking Google is innocent

The patent war rumbles on, just don't go thinking Google is innocent

Steve Jobs may not have lived to make good on his promise of a "thermonuclear" war against Google, but the company he left behind is determined to keep up the fight. In one of the biggest stories from the weekend, Rockstar Consortium, of which Apple and Microsoft are key members, caused a stir when it filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas court, alleging that Google has infringed on seven of its patents. The story was first broken by Reuters, which reports: "The group that owns thousands of former Nortel patents filed its first patent lawsuit on Thursday against a... more »
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The human edge of Big Data | #BigDataNYC

The Big Data market is on the verge of a new era, with information becoming more accessible through a combination of self-service capabilities and advanced visualization features. Edd Dumbill, the vice president of strategy for Silicon Valley Data Science, appeared on theCUBE at SiliconANGLE’s recently concluded Big Data NYC 2013 event to share his unique perspective on the cutting-edge technologies that are making analytics practical for business users. When it comes to Big Data solutions, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Nowhere can this been seen more clearly than in Hadoop, which Dumbill says is a batch... more »
Anonymous hacks The Straits Times, threatens war against Singapore government

Anonymous hacks The Straits Times, threatens war against Singapore government

Singapore's leading newspaper, The Straits Times, became the latest victim of hacktivist group Anonymous this morning, after the collective hacked its website to announce the start of an all-out war against the country's government. A member of Anonymous posted the following message onto The Straits Times' blog, in retaliation for a 'misleading' article written by one of its journalists, Irene Tham: "Earlier today upon discovering the existence of a YouTube video of ours, a [Straits Times] correspondent by the name of Irene Tham chose to publicize an article distorting our words and intentions," the post said. "Ireme Tham, since you had the ignorant... more »
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The digital landscape in China [Video]

China is often viewed as a secluded place, favoring local trade over Western involvement.  Not that Western brands aren’t accepted in China, but in many cases the Chinese people prefer known and familiar brands. It's a cultural divide that can be difficult to comprehend in a world that's seemingly shrinking due to established globalization trends. The same can be said about China’s Internet-based ecosystem.  Though most of the world has no problem with interconnection and making services available from one place to another, China tends to keep foreign online services off its network.  But as China eases its restrictions on the... more »
Nokia gets new lease of life, renews patent licensing agreement with Samsung

Nokia gets new lease of life, renews patent licensing agreement with Samsung

Samsung and Nokia’s current patent licensing agreement was set to run out by the end of the year, but the Finnish company has just extended the deal for another five years. “This extension and agreement to arbitrate represent a hallmark of constructive resolution of licensing disputes, and are expected to save significant transaction costs for both parties,” Paul Melin, chief intellectual property officer at Nokia, said in a statement. No information has been divulged as to what patents covered in the agreement are, nor is there any information about how much Samsung will be paying for the renewal. All we do know... more »
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Weekly Cloud Review: Converged infrastructure + developer outreach

With the consumerization of IT sweeping through the enterprise, organizations are increasingly embracing the private cloud in an effort to keep up with the fast-evolving expectations of their end-users. The path to addressing the needs of today’s workforce leads to converged infrastructure, a modular approach to managing data centers that aims to simplify deployment and operations and accommodate future data growth. Cisco and NetApp are leading the charge with FlexPod, a jointly developed converged reference architecture series that competes with VCE’s Vblock and and EMC’s VSPEX. Celebrating the third anniversary of their partnership this week, the pair revamped the lineup in... more »
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Hadoop mythbusting and other things MapR gets right #BigDataNYC

Continuing their ongoing coverage of SiliconANGLE's own Big Data NYC Conference, John Furrier and Dave Vellante spoke with Jack  Norris, MapR CMO in theCUBE. The three discuss three myths associated with Hadoop and how MapR innovates. Myth 1 –  Norris challenges the idea that there is a vicious competition across Hadoop distributions. “In reality,” he says, “all distributions share same open source apache code.” Norris suggest this early stage must combine open source code with additional innovations to meet customer needs. There are diverse approaches in this area because there are aggregators taking open source, others that are taking open source... more »
Salesforce's still chasing Oracle, but it needs Oracle's help to do it

Salesforce's still chasing Oracle, but it needs Oracle's help to do it

With Salesforce's annual Dreamforce conference set to kick off later this month, the spotlight once again falls on its ongoing love/hate relationship with Oracle, and what each company is doing to wrongfoot the other. Dreamforce will take place from November 18-21, with more than 120,000 attendees set to turn up for the annual event, making it Salesforce's biggest conference to date. The size of the show reflects the massive growth of Salesforce.com, which has become one of the undisputed kings of cloud software. This year's event is expected to focus on Salesforce's strategy in marketing software, which CEO Marc Benioff has... more »
Internet of Things review: Cisco’s new IoT + Google Glass accessories

Internet of Things review: Cisco’s new IoT + Google Glass accessories

It’s go big or go extinct for Cisco, which seeks to adapt its enterprise networking franchise to the burgeoning Internet of Things in a push to capitalize on the coming wave of connected devices. This week at the Internet of Things World Forum in Barcelona, the company announced that it’s consolidating its efforts under a dedicated business unit led by veteran executive Guido Jouret. The newly formed Internet of Things Group brings together several existing units, including Cisco’s Connected Industries, Connected Energy and Physical Security businesses. The division will focus on networking embedded sensors and customizing the vendor’s products for use... more »
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Weekly security review: MongoHQ goes into lockdown

MongoDB hosting company MongoHQ has suffered a breach of its systems on Monday, forcing it to go into lockdown to minimize the damage to users. The attackers reportedly gained access to the firm’s network through a compromised account on an internal employee support application. MongoHQ promptly published a security notice in which it promised to audit all employee accounts, add two-factor authentication to its internal applications, and limit access via secure VPN connections. The company also said that it will implement more granular access control and have its apps checked for security flaws by a third party before bringing them back... more »

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