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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 »
Brace yourselves people… The hacktivist collective Anonymous has made a fresh call to supporters for a new operation targeted against Facebook, in order to protest against the social media network’s alleged censorship policies. The call, which was posted at Anonnews.org, urges members of the collective to “band together” and bombard Facebook with “uncensored material”, reasoning that the social media site’s admins will be overwhelmed by the attack. The protest date has been set for April 6, which coincides with the anniversary of the beginning of Mahatma Gandhi’s famous Dandi Salt March protest back in 1930. “It is time that Anonymous band together... more »
Gartner’s new Magic Quadrant for midrange and high-end storage arrays is out, and according to a blog post from Wikibon’s chief analyst Dave Vellante, it’s a mashup of different protocols, formats, sizes and shapes. In a word describing this report - Boring. Ok one more word - Irrelevant. Here’s the issue in my opinion – in emerging disruptive markets like storage is today, these kind of "pure play segmentation" reports are just not relevant to the what is going on in the IT community. Gartner is looking in the rear view mirror and is becoming passé in the process. I’ve had several conversations with... more »
Though Spotify came on the scene with gusto and rapid adoption, it has yet to fully revolutionize the music industry. Now Spotify could be after the streaming video sector, competing with the likes of Netflix and HBO GO. The streaming music cloud service once set out to make labels dependent on the service, but Spotify is in fact more dependent on record labels, not the other way around. Record labels earn more since Spotify pays up every time someone listen to their songs using the music cloud service. Striving for Apple-level influence, Spotify hoped that one day licensing deals could... more »
After a six-month private beta, Platfora’s BI solution of the same name is now generally available. The platform eliminates need to use data warehousing and ETL software in conjunction with Hadoop by taking a “fundamentally different approach to Big Data analytics” that makes it possible to extract insights within hours rather than days. Platfora partnered up with all of the major Hadoop distributors, including Cloudera, MapR, Hortonworks and EMC Greenplum, to deliver support for the most widely-used commercial versions of the analytics framework. The startup is offering its product as an on-premise solution or as a subscription-based service that is priced... more »
Data: Silicon Valley Startup Scene Getting Squeezed at the Series A Level Says Fenwick & West Law Firm
Fenwick and West, a Silicon Valley law firm, put out data from 2012 that describes the state of the seed financing landscape. This is the firm's third survey and it is mainly focused on Internet, software, and media startups. Read : Seed Financing Survey 2012 Of the companies funded in 2011, 27 percent had raised a Series A financing by the end of the following year (2012), while 45 percent of the companies funded in 2010 had raised a Series A financing by the end of the following year (2011). Conversely, 23 percent of the companies funded in 2011 raised follow-on seed... more »
CloudCheckr says that the overwhelming majority of AWS subscribers have failed to address at least one major configuration issue in their deployment. The cloud management solutions firm reached this conclusion after conducting a survey that compared assessments of 400 client accounts with over 125 internally used best practices. According to the study, 98 percent of Amazon cloud users are coping with a serious cost, availability and/or security exception. CloudCheckr says that 96 percent of the participants in the survey are paying more than they should for their environment, 98 percent have experienced problems maintaining uptime, and 44 percent left their data... more »
Saudi Arabia is threatening to block access to Skype and other Voice over IP (VoIP) communications platforms, apparently because its officials are upset at not being allowed to spy on people’s communications, according to various local reports. Officials from Saudi’s Communication and Information Technology Commission are reportedly demanding that service providers such as Skype, WhatsApp and Viber give them the means to monitor such applications. The providers have been given until this Saturday to come up with a satisfactory response, reports say, otherwise the Saudis will “take measures” to block the apps. Banning Skype and other free video call apps would cause upset to millions... more »