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Cyberthreat Weekly: CISPA Passes House, New Hacker Group, Android Malware on the Rise, and More

Cyberthreat Weekly: CISPA Passes House, New Hacker Group, Android Malware on the Rise, and More

The cyberspace isn’t going to run out of surprises for us; not back then, not now, not ever. Here’s SiliconANGLE’s cybersecurity roundup for the week. Twitter and 55,000 Usernames Leaked First among our myriad of stories, Twitter is dealing with one of its major blows with 55,000 Twitter usernames and passwords leaked to Pastebin. Who did it is yet to be identified but the story first broke out in a blog called AirDemon.net. So large, it took five Pastebin posts to cover the width and breadth of the data leak. Twitter looked into the matter and found out that 20,000 of the compromised... more »
HP Cloud Services Now Covers DB-as-a-Service, Too

HP Cloud Services Now Covers DB-as-a-Service, Too

Hewlett-Packard is obviously doing something right, given the impressive number of third party developers that announced integration with HP Cloud Services yesterday, when the newest challenger to AWS’s throne entered public beta. Among those companies is EnterpriseDB, a database firm that is now offering its PostgreSQL  DBaaS via HP Cloud Services. Postgres Plus Cloud Database was rolled out just a few months ago and even back then EnterpriseDB had its money on HP, with the difference being that now the company may finally start seeing the return on its investment. PPCD gives devs a web-based database to fiddle around with using a... more »
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Samsung Unveils Windows Phone, Challenges Apple's Pinch-to-Zoom Claim In Court

Today’s mobile roundup features Samsung challenging Apple’s claim, the latest safety app for iPhones, and more gift ideas for Mother’s Day. Samsung challenges Apple’s pinch-to-zoom claim The Regional Court in Mannheim Germany was supposed to hand down its ruling regarding Apple’s case against Samsung for allegedly infringing utility model for "List Scrolling and Document Translation, Scaling, and Rotation on a Touch-Screen Display," but postponed ruling. Samsung is challenging Apple’s pinch-to-zoom claim, and now the Mannheim court is waiting for a validity verdict from the Federal Patent Court before it goes through with its own verdict. In other Samsung news, the South Korean company announced... more »
What to Expect from SAP SAPphire 2012: HANA a Major Focus

What to Expect from SAP SAPphire 2012: HANA a Major Focus

SiliconANGLE is a regular at the SAP SAPphire NOW event – we attended the conference last year and we'll be there again this year, live broadcasting news and analysis from theCube.  Held in Orlando, SAPphire 2012 will be held from May 14-16. Even before the event kicks off there are a few early developments that hint at what we can expect this year, and it seems that HANA will be a huge focus again, as it's been a full year since the platform was launched at last year's event. ZDNet’s Dennis Howlett shared a small preview of the topics that will be covered... more »
RewardLoop Nabs $1M to Roll Out Real Time Purchase Data Tools

RewardLoop Nabs $1M to Roll Out Real Time Purchase Data Tools

Vancouver, Canada based startup RewardLoop has attracted $1 million in Series A funding from Madrona Venture Group, a private investor funding across early-stage startups in the information technology spectrum including consumer Internet, commercial software and services, digital media and advertising, networking and infrastructure, and mobile. RewardLoop is the developer of a unique mobile loyalty platform. The program is installed in stores and enables businesses to identify their most profitable customers on the basis of purchase data, tracking real time dollars spent and items purchased based.  The idea is to helps businesses better understand transactional data and optimize their loyalty programs accordingly. RewardLoop’s... more »
HP Cloud Services Sees Massive Adoption Just in Time for Beta

HP Cloud Services Sees Massive Adoption Just in Time for Beta

Hewlett-Packard’s HP Cloud Services have officially entered public beta – exactly as promised a month ago, when SiliconANGLE’s Alex Williams analyzed the news to see how the hardware giant plans to take on AWS. Cloud Services is fairly new and offers a very limited product line that reflects HP's progression at this stage.   HP Cloud Compute, HP Cloud Object Storage and HP Cloud Content Delivery Network are based on an hourly billing model, and provide exactly what the titles specify: virtual servers, object storage and a CDN to optimize the speed in which a web page or application is delivered to... more »
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New Nokia Developer Music Video Proves Brogramming Is Alive and Well

In a new music video, "Dev City" - parodying Tyga's club hit Rack City - two meathead programmers spread stacks of floppy disks in a club as scantily clad women in Elvis Costello glasses writhe suggestively. Just another would-be YouTube viral sensation gone wrong, right? Except that this video is officially sponsored by Nokia Developer as a promotion for its conference, and if it's a mirror of programming culture circa 2012, then it might be time to burn it all down and start fresh. How bad is it? Here's a sampling of the lyrics, as performed by Sixx and the Product: Hot... more »
Will Axcient Become a Super SaaS with it's Apple Like Time Machine?

Will Axcient Become a Super SaaS with it's Apple Like Time Machine?

There are a number of companies that have taken a big chunk of market share from incumbent legacy giants. These are the super SaaS providers. The ones like Salesforce.com, NetSuite and Workday that have succeeded in building significant businesses by focusing on the weak spots of the slow moving titans. I run across a few that have the potential to become "Super SaaS" companies.  They are the ones with just the right technology mix, savvy business sense and great timing. Axcient is one of the few this year that I have run across that I think can leap to the super SaaS category. How... more »
Study Confirms QLogic’s Position in Fibre Channel Market (Again)

Study Confirms QLogic’s Position in Fibre Channel Market (Again)

Networking equipment provider QLogic is showing off a new report by the Dell’Oro Group that concludes that the company is the biggest fibre channel adapter vendor by market share in Q1 2012. That’s the 33rd consecutive quarter through which QLogic retains the title it has been sporting for the past eight years. The research firm found that the company accounted for 57 percent of all fibre channel revenue in the first quarter, adding that it has taken share ‘directly from its closest competitor.’ QLogic has a lead of about 20 percent over the said rival, and it gained 3.6 percentage points... more »
Leaked FBI Report Shows Concern Over Bitcoin’s Attractiveness to Criminals

Leaked FBI Report Shows Concern Over Bitcoin’s Attractiveness to Criminals

The FBI is apparently wary of the virtual cryptocurrency Bitcoin due to its applicability for criminals to use it to hide transactions from law enforcement—or, as they see it, use the currency for money laundering and scams. All of this was revealed in a leaked internal document outlining the Bureau’s concern about the virtual currency and all the mayhem that could arise from its use. The report is titled  “Bitcoin Virtual Currency: Unique Features Present Distinct Challenges for Deterring Illicit Activity,” [Scribd] and was published by the Feds on April 24 only to be leaked to the Internet on Wednesday. In the... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.