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Yahoo! acquired Summly this week, an iPhone app that delivers news fast, easily and beautifully by providing users with concise summaries of online content. According to reports, the acquisition totaled to $30 million, which involves the Summly team moving in with Yahoo as the app will be abolished and the algorithm used by Summly incorporated in Yahoo’s mobile experience. As for Summly creator Nick D’Aloisio, he will only be joining Yahoo for 18 months as he still have a lot of creative years ahead of him, and we’ll probably see more revolutionary apps from him in the near future. Summly summary In March... more »
Google has been successful in its efforts to make the phrase “ungoogleable”, well, um, effectively ‘ungoogleable’ in the Swedish language, forcing that country’s language officials to drop the term from its most recently published list of Swedish words. The unlikely spat came about following our Swedish friend’s recognition that not everything can be found so easily on the world’s favorite search engine, which led to the term “ungoogleable” (which translates as “ogooglebar” in the Swedish language) entering everyday usage. To reflect the new word’s morphing into every day usage, Sweden’s Language Council originally decided to include the phrase in the new edition... more »
SiliconAngle’s Kristin Feledy went over today's biggest consumer tech and enterprise news on this morning's NewsDesk segment, discussing the latest updates from Spotify, Yelp and others. Spotify partnered with Microsoft and Echo Nest to launch Mixshape, a data-driven tool that enables users to manipulate their playlists visually. There’s also rumor of another offering, an upcoming video streaming feature that the company plans to offer along music subscriptions, but CEO Daniel Ek said in a statement that “right now, we're focused on music.” Yelp announced a new number crunching feature of its own. The new widget estimates the profitability of listings by identifying leads and... more »
DevOps. DevOps. DevOps. This was a buzz word in IT/ITeS enterprises for most of 2012, and will remain this year too. Perhaps, for the coming few years as well. While we all are eager to know and implement the best practices of DevOps, here comes an interview from Etsy’s Sam Haskins who shared his experience on how DevOps is done in the handmade stuff marketplace. Haskins handles a team of 15 developers at Etsy, handling responsibilities like database access layer, developing code for photo storage system, asynchronous job management, and fixing things. Etsy uses Git for source control, along with an in-house developed... more »
New drug development is one of the most expensive and risky activities that any business undertakes, writes Wikibon Big Data Analyst Jeff Kelly in his latest Wikibon Professional Alert. Taking a new drug from discovery to market takes 12 years and costs about $4 billion on average. And that is if the drug makes it all the way, only 10%-12% do. The others drop out of the process for any of several reasons, including that the drug fails the trial -- either because of adverse side-effects, or it turned out to be less effective as a treatment than hoped --... more »
Computing technology has come a long way from mainframes that took up entire floors of buildings and now what was once mammoth huge fits in my pocket. This is the crux of wearable computing: making the big small and giving mobility to big data and big information. Much of the mobile environment has been focused on pulling data out of the cloud into the hands of interested parties, forming windows into the Internet and the vast sea of human knowledge. Mobile devices talk; but they can also listen. Smartphones are small, powerful information devices that are becoming audio-visual labs, capable of... more »
PayPal has just announced its intention to embrace OpenStack cloud architecture, ripping out software from rival VMware in more than 80,000 servers to make room for the open-source solution, according to a report in Business Insider this morning. The plan was revealed by the OpenStack Foundation’s board member Boris Renski, one of the co-founders of OpenStack consultant company Mirantis, which is backed by Intel and also has ties with PayPal. To begin with, PayPal will replace VMware on around 10,000 of its servers, with this first phase of the new deployment set to be up and running by the summer. But... more »
American University of Kuwait Chooses EMC for IT Transformation The American University of Kuwait (AUK) has chosen EMC and VMware virtualization and cloud infrastructure technologies to transform its IT infrastructure and manage mission-critical applications, including Microsoft Exchange 2010, Oracle, Luminis Portal, and LMS Moodle. It is using EMC VNX unified storage and Fast Suite and VMware vSphere. More Google Global Impact Awards Hunt for U.K.’s Top Social Entrepreneurs As the next step in its year-old Impact Awards, Google has announced its first Global Impact Challenge in the United Kingdom, inviting British nonprofits to submit proposals for using technology to transform lives. The... more »
Quora, the question and answer service that lets you post questions or answer questions, rolled out a new feature last week that enables people to perform full-text search, much like what users are doing on Google Search. Quora users are no longer confined to searching only keywords, enabling users to query full questions. Also, if you’ve noticed, users previously had to navigate individual pages one by one so search topics, questions or people. Now, when something comes to mind, just type it in and you’ll see results from all of Quora’s content, including answers and blog posts. “Enter any keyword into the... more »
In today’s mobile news roundup: T-Mobile phones will now cost more; Summly team only staying for 18 months at Yahoo!; Facebook adds reply to comment feature; and Apple’s new iPhone promo. T-Mobile phones will now cost more T-Mobile announced it’s UnCarrier plans, which abolished the two-year contracts that allowed the company to sell phones at affordable prices. But with the “no plan” plan, phones will now cost more. Before, you can get an iPhone 5 for only $199 with a two year contract. Now, without the contract, consumers will need to purchase a phone, like the iPhone 5 at full price, then choose which... more »