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Seems everyone's getting hacked these days. Just this week Microsoft revealed that the Xbox Live accounts of several high-ranking employees were hijacked using the same method that hackers used to bully Brian Krebs, a security expert turned blogger who recently uncovered an underground hacker marketplace. SiliconAngle founding editor Mark “Rizzn” Hopkins discussed the latest news on this morning’s NewsDesk segment with Kristin Feledy. Hopkins kicks off the interview by reflecting on LulzSec’s 2011 cyber campaign against Sony, the other major player in the game console market. The now defunct hacker group carried out over a hundred attacks on the company’s various... more »
If all the reports are to believed regarding the success or failure of the Blackberry and Windows Phone 8 platforms, well you wouldn’t know what to believe quite frankly. That’s because information is coming in that tells a bunch of different stories and bits here and there. In the end, we are left to guess how well some of these devices are selling and whether they can sustain and ideally increase any measures of success in a market dominated by Android and Apple. Let’s take a look at BlackBerry. Wall St. analysts have come forward with a variety of statements that... more »
Data analysis in this era of Big Data is certainly not easy, but Google is determined to make it simple by adding new capabilities to Google BigQuery that will give your business new ways to work effectively with large amounts of data. Google has introduced three major updates to BigQuery to help simplify the large data analytics for enterprises: Big JOIN: use SQL-like queries to join very large datasets at interactive speeds; Big Group Aggregations: perform groupings on large numbers of distinct values; Timestamp: native support for importing and querying Timestamp data. "Joining terabyte-sized tables has traditionally been a challenging task for data analysts, requiring... more »
San Jose-based Collegefeed is announcing its beta launch today. The new social platform for college students, new graduates and job-hunters is the brainchild of Google's longtime Head of Products, Sanjeev Agrawal. Created as an early career marketplace, Collegefeed has been designed to solve two problems: 50 percent of college grads can't get hired Yet every sized company still struggles to attract the right candidates “With over half of recent college grads stuck unemployed, we saw an opportunity for social and real-time technologies to play a part in solving this very serious problem,” said Sanjeev Agrawal, founder and CEO of Collegefeed. “That’s how we... more »
IHS Jane’s has responded to the series of articles regarding the data leak executed by an Iranian hacker group known as Parastoo, we present this update. The hacker group leaked information belonging to the security intelligence and analysis group and made a number of significant threats and claims. An email that was received from Ed Mattix, Vice President of Corporate Communications gives a description of the stolen information: Based on our investigation to date, the stolen information on CBRN is content from books, magazines and websites previously published in the public domain as part of normal IHS publishing activities. Since it is... more »
There are plenty of advocates touting the potential that Big Data has in healthcare, whether its helping us to fight flu epidemics, manage asthma and diabetes, or prevent disease epidemics at mass gatherings. Few doubt that Big Data will eventually be able to prolong our lives, but there are quite a few hurdles to overcome before we reach that point - with one of the biggest being the age-old problem of how to harness all of that data in the first place. Healthcare leaders appreciate that Big Data can make a big difference, but it's no secret that many are struggling... more »
Recently, EA came out with the most recent installment of SimCity--a game that didn’t classically contain multiplayer and spoke to more or less a core solo-player audience. However, in EA Maxis’s infinite wisdom SimCitty 5 was launched to be always-online and multiplayer only. Hence the name of this sort of game “always-connected” referring to the need for an Internet connection to the game publisher’s servers in order to allow people to play a game that is ostensibly solo. We’ve seen this before when the most recent offering of Blizzard’s popular singleplayer Diablo series saw the release of always-connected Diablo III. Unfortunately, gaming... more »
EMC Announces “Heritage Trust” Grant Recipients EMC has announced grants to three local organizations -- the Centro de Documentacion de las Artes Escenicas (Chile), Help Georgie Go Digital (Canada), and Caffe Lena History Project (New York) -- from the EMC Heritage Trust Project. The grants will support projects that practice and encourage the stewardship of cultural information in local communities. To date, the EMC Heritage Trust Project has awarded grants to 35 projects, and through the larger EMC Information Heritage Initiative program the company has donated more than $35 million to advance the conservation of heritage information globally. More Circulo K Chooses... more »
Knowing your sensitive data is in the hands of an unknown source can be a terrifying experience for anyone. IT security professionals do their best to defend and protect their organizations’ intellectual property from a myriad of threats, including hackers, insiders, and even simple misconfigurations that can leave sensitive, or regulated data inadvertently exposed. Today, the dangers surround us from both an internal and external perspective, so the need for proper security is becoming more important than ever. Ideally, we would like to prevent breaches from happening – they are costly, time consuming to clean up, embarrassing and detrimental to our... more »
We live in incredible times. Jeff Bezos' crew has found the Apollo 11 booster at the bottom of the sea and now they have recovered two of the enormous F-1 engines which hit the ocean in 1969 going 5000 MPH. This is the thrust chamber section on its way back to Cape Canaveral today. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwlkFAZYKVg&feature=youtu.be Jeff writes: "We on the team were often struck by poetic echoes of the lunar missions. The buoyancy of the ROVs looks every bit like microgravity. The blackness of the horizon. The gray and colorless ocean floor. Only the occasional deep sea fish broke the illusion." "Each piece... more »