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Microsoft Increases Transparency with New Patent Tracker Tool

Microsoft Increases Transparency with New Patent Tracker Tool

About a month ago, Microsoft’s general counsel and executive vice president Brad Smith made a pledge to publish the details of each and everyone one of the patents held by the company, so that anyone could research them online. Today, the company has fulfilled that promise, with the release of its new Patent Tracker Tool online. Writing in a blog post on Technet earlier today, Smith cites Microsoft’s belief in patent transparency as the reason behind the move: “Transparency around patent ownership will help prevent gamesmanship by companies that seek to lie in wait and “hold up” companies rather than enable a... more »
Facebook Phone Will Finally be Revealed on April 4th

Facebook Phone Will Finally be Revealed on April 4th

In today’s mobile and social news roundup: Facebook phone will be revealed on April 4; Amazon acquires Goodreads; Windows 8 tweaked for smaller tablet compatibility; Softbank and Sprint to abandon Huawei products; and Apple patent hints at flexible screen technology. Facebook phone will be revealed on April 4 After years of rumors and speculations, it looks like the Facebook phone is finally coming.  In a cryptic invitation sent to the press, the social networking giant wrote, “Come See Our New Home on Android.”  The event is set for Thursday, April 4th at 10AM Pacific Time in 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA. The... more »
Bitcoin Under Attack? Dwolla & Mt. Gox Both Hit With DDoS Attacks Overnight

Bitcoin Under Attack? Dwolla & Mt. Gox Both Hit With DDoS Attacks Overnight

Another day, another DDoS attack. This time round, it’s the turn of alternative online payments provider Dwolla, which saw its website taken offline for a brief period of time. The site has since come back online, but the company said in a statement that the some users may still experience issues as the attack remains ongoing. So far, we don’t have any details on who is attacking Dwolla or why it may have been targeted. All the company would say is that it’s working with security companies to fix the problem, whilst its notified third-party developers that use the service for sending and receiving... more »
Social Media Fallout: Adria Richards and #Donglegate

Social Media Fallout: Adria Richards and #Donglegate

It’s the era of Internet drama as much as it’s the Information Age; that series of tubes presents a whole new way for rumors and recriminations to spread and it provides a platform for voices that otherwise wouldn’t know about any given event. By now, most people are aware of the fallout from a situation that arose at this years Pycon--a Python developers conference. Developer evangelist Adria Richards was in attendance of a presentation when a pair of men behind her started telling jokes using technical jargon that have sexualized innuendo--such as references to “forking” and “big dongles,” giving rise to... more »
Magic Quadrant Sapped of Its Powers - Storage Market Has a Complex Future

Magic Quadrant Sapped of Its Powers - Storage Market Has a Complex Future

We're caught in a transition where the datacenter is concerned.  The enterprise is reworking datacenter infrastructure from the inside-out, shaking up traditional  concepts around software and automation.  The same transition must take place for the analysts responsible for contextualizing the IT industry.  Given the rapid changes in the storage market in particular, Gartner may have fallen victim to traditional stagnancy -- its well-read Magic Quadrant report on 2012's storage industry doesn't take into account the high level of convergence that characterizes today's datacenter. SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier calls Gartner's report "boring and irrelevant" in his review, citing another industry analyst Dave Vellante, Wikibon chief... more »
NetApp and Equinix, Unveil Private Cloud Solution for AWS

NetApp and Equinix, Unveil Private Cloud Solution for AWS

Amazon is putting the heat on traditional data center vendors with its quest to becoming a force to be reckoned with in the enterprise IT market.  In view of the company’s success in accomplishing this goal, NetApp has adopted a new strategy: if you can’t beat 'em, join 'em. The storage vendor announced a new private cloud offering that enables organizations to leverage on-demand cloud services without giving up control of their mission-critical data. NetApp Private Storage for AWS is available in all Equinix International Business Exchange data centers that have AWS Direct Connect deployed – there are currently multiple suitable... more »
Google Makes Patent Pledge, Promises It Won't Sue Open-Source Developers

Google Makes Patent Pledge, Promises It Won't Sue Open-Source Developers

Google has come out with an interesting promise that might just be the start of something big. It’s made a public pledge not to sue any user, developer or distributor of open-source software on ten specified patents, unless it falls under attack first. For now, the pledge relates to a mere 10 patents linked to MapReduce, its core Big Data technology that has since spawned dozens of open-source versions that are widely used in the IT industry today. Writing in a blog post announcing the commitment, Google’s Duane Valz says that the first ten patents are just the start, with company intending... more »
Cloud Wars Episode II: Return of the VMware - Breaking Analysis

Cloud Wars Episode II: Return of the VMware - Breaking Analysis

According to recent reports, PayPal is abandoning VMware for OpenStack, an open-source cloud platform that has picked up a lot of steam in just a couple of years.  Senior Analyst  Stu Miniman appeared on the this morning's NewsDesk show to take an in-depth look at the story and what is means for VMware in the long run (full video below). He kicks things off by providing some extra background on the news: eBay, which acquired PayPal in 2002, adopted OpenStack last year. The e-commerce firm  is now following suit, but Miniman says that it’s highly unlikely the company will simply replace... more »
Did CloudFlare Lie To Us About The Spamhaus Cyberattack?

Did CloudFlare Lie To Us About The Spamhaus Cyberattack?

The headlines yesterday were earth-shattering, with tech blogs and news agencies screaming in unison about how the “Largest ever cyberattack slows the internet for millions”, or the “Global Internet slows after biggest attack in history”. Even I was caught off guard with my own report, “CyberBunker Launches World’s Largest DDoS Attack, Slows Down the Entire Internet”. But in actual fact, it seems that not a lot actually happened. Could it be that yesterday’s top story was nothing but a clever PR stunt that had us all hooked? It sure looks that way now. The hype all began with a company called CloudFlare, which... more »
The Magnificent Seven: Benefits of Private PaaS

The Magnificent Seven: Benefits of Private PaaS

Enterprises are often disappointed when they move to the cloud. They expect efficiency, flexibility, and productivity gains from virtualization, and it doesn't happen. They still run into the same IT roadblocks. That's why they come to us. Private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a critical component for companies wanting a complete cloud solution and to fully extract the value from their cloud. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you what I think are the seven key value propositions for private PaaS as our customers have told us. Virtualization is not the problem. The real issue is that enterprises don't take their... more »

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