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The Zynga-Facebook Question Looms with Game Platform Launch

In 2010, Zynga acquired Newtoy, a company that focused on building high-quality entertainment experiences for mobile platforms and responsible for the Games With Friends franchise.  The company was incorporated into Zynga and naturally the beginnings of platform were born.  It gave birth to games such as Hanging With Friends and Words With Friends on Facebook and is currently brewing up more titles. This week Zynga launched Zynga With Friends as a social networking platform, moving beyond the status of a game developer.  Zynga has been struggling since going public as stocks continue to decline.  The launch of the social platform intends to... more »
Google Takes On All Rivals at I/O: Nexus 7 Tablet, Nexus Q and Siri Clone

Google Takes On All Rivals at I/O: Nexus 7 Tablet, Nexus Q and Siri Clone

Google kicked off their annual I/O developer conference today and really rose to the occasion, touching on just about every speculation and expectation we had for the event.  Running the gamut from Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to a new tablet, a connected home device and even a live demo of Google Glass by Sergey Brin himself, there’s little to complain about for Google I/O 2012.  They set out to at least address the looming questions circling Android and Google+, and showed just enough leg regarding long-term plans to synthesize their many projects. Indeed, Google had a lot riding on today’s keynote,... more »
Google Glasses at Google I/O 2012: Capture and Share Your World

Google Glasses at Google I/O 2012: Capture and Share Your World

Google has been riding a wave of hype related to their Google Glasses (called “Project Glass”) and they’re not shy about this product—in fact, they interrupted their own G+ product keynote portion to demo the glasses and provide the astonished audience with a multitude of uses for the new social- and Internet-enabled glasses. The first part of the demonstration showed off how small and how light this wearable device is. Certainly, they’re substantial enough to get noticed (who can miss a bit of white and metal up there near a person’s eyebrow?) but that they don’t get in the way while... more »
Scientists Open Up RSA SecurID 800 and Steal Cryptographic Keys in Under 13 Minutes

Scientists Open Up RSA SecurID 800 and Steal Cryptographic Keys in Under 13 Minutes

An exploit revealed in a paper [PDF] at the CRYPTO 2012 conference shows a flaw in some of RSA’s products that can allow the rapid extraction of secret symmetric secret keys. According to researchers, it could be done as quickly as 13 minutes against a device such as RSA’s SecurID 800—a widely used product that enables companies to secure physical-access and remote access using mathematically powerful cryptographic keys to sign e-mails and validate authentication. The SecurID 800 device is designed to protect the keys from prying eyes by keeping them within a secured dongle (a USB key in this case) so... more »
Google Glass Gets Gutsy Demo by Sergey at I/O 2012

Google Glass Gets Gutsy Demo by Sergey at I/O 2012

During Google I/O's keynote this morning  Google co-founder Sergey Brin interrupted the Google+ product demo to run a demo of his own: Google Glass.  The connected spectacles first made their appearance when Brin wore them to an event party several weeks ago, and they've raised all sorts of questions about Google's plans for connected devices ever since.  In a surpsingly bold move on day 1 of the I/O event, Brin had a team of sky jumpers, equipped with Google Glasses, literally fly into Moscone Center for a live demonstration of how these glasses work. The keynote is now going into detail... more »
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DailyCandy CEO Puts Analytics to Work for Publishers with LinkSmart

LinkSmart is existing stealth today with a new product and $4.7 million in venture capital to finance its near term growth.  It’s backed by the Foundry Group, Sutter Hill Ventures, and Costanoa Venture Capital, and deservingly so.  LinkSmart is the brainchild of former DailyCandy CEO Pete Sheinbaum, who sought out to address a very specific pain point in the web publishing industry. LinkSmart does for links what vendors are doing for online ads: its platform makes them smarter, and boosts advertising indirectly rather than the other way around. Once a publisher embeds the app in their sites it tells them the number of... more »
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VMWare Makes Its Move in the Big Data Market

VMware is making progress on its goal to become a player in the big data market. Back in February, Richard McDougall, Application Infrastructure CTO and Principal Engineer in the Office of the CTO, blogged about the company’s plans for expansion into the big data market. Big data is definitely a growth area, but is it a smart investment for VMWare? VMWare is striving to create a leading platform for “big, fast and flexible data in the cloud.” VMWare released Spring Hadoop to help developers create applications with Apache Hadoop and the Spring framework to. Then in April, VMware purchased of online... more »
Five Years of iPhone Love - A Birthday Celebration for Apple

Five Years of iPhone Love - A Birthday Celebration for Apple

June 29th may just be an ordinary day for some - perhaps a typical Friday.  But that date is significant for others as it very well could be someone’s birthday, anniversary, or the day that changed the entire world of tech. For me, June 29th marks my first anniversary here at SiliconANGLE and that's awesome in itself.  But I’ll be sharing this special day with a huge company’s product launch: the Apple’s iPhone.  This date marks the fifth year anniversary of the first widespread, touchscreen smartphone. It was the 29th of June, 2007 when fanbois lined up to get their hands on... more »
75 Million Dollar Cyber Bank Robbery

75 Million Dollar Cyber Bank Robbery

Breaking this morning from Sky News is a report that a massive cyber fraud scheme has been uncovered on over 60 banking institutions around the world.  The scheme has pilfered an estimated 75 million dollars from a number of high balance accounts from the various institutions.  Automated software has infiltrated server systems and utilized a system of mule accounts in staged events.   Apparently the system was enabled by “an insider level of understanding” and was able to avert detection methods built in place for suspicious actions.  The attack is suspected to be infiltrating North and South American banking institutions. The study by McAfee... more »
New Partnership Harnesses Big Data for Citizen Engagement

New Partnership Harnesses Big Data for Citizen Engagement

Initiatives to harness Big Data to serve the public good are gaining momentum with increased partnerships and financial support. In the spirit of “Data for the Greater Good,” Civic Impulse is joining with LegiNation to exchange data that will provide individuals, advocacy groups, businesses and legislative professionals access to information to better engage with government. GovTrack.us, a 2006 Webby Award nominee, is a tool by Civic Impulse, which helps the public monitor activities in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures, promoting and innovating government transparency and civic education through novel uses of technology. LegiNation developed BillTrack50 a tool that tracks... more »

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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