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Sqrrl Appoints New CEO to Spearhead Big Data Security Push

This morning, sqrrl announced that Mark Terenzoni will be taking over as company’s chief executive officer. The newly appointed CEO brings twenty years of experience to the Cambridge-based startup, which was founded in 2012 by the team behind Apache Accumulo. Terenzoni joins sqrrl from F5 Networks, where he served as the senior vice president of its Traffix unit. Before his stint at F5, the executive was the COO of Acopia Networks. Sqrrl’s flagship offering is an Accumulo-based solution that delivers cell-based security controls in a way that makes sense for enterprise buyers. The company claims that its software can scale to tens... more »
Itanium Damage Done, HP Wants $4 Billion from Oracle

Itanium Damage Done, HP Wants $4 Billion from Oracle

Prior to the acquisition of Sun, Oracle entered into a long term agreement with HP to develop software for Intel’s Itanium chips, which can be found in a large percentage of the latter’s high-end enterprise boxes.  Everything went according to plan until 2011, when Larry Ellison’s firm declared that it will prematurely stop supporting the chip. HP filed suit in June of that year. A judge ruled in favor of HP last August and ordered Oracle to fulfill its part of the contract, but that wasn’t the end of the story. In a hearing this week, an expert witness representing the hardware giant... more »
Hijacking Vulnerability Discovered in EA’s Origin Gaming Service

Hijacking Vulnerability Discovered in EA’s Origin Gaming Service

A vulnerability has been discovered in Electronic Art’s Origin game distribution service that allows attackers to remotely execute malicious code on players' computers. Demonstrated at the Black Hat security conference in Amsterdam, the hijacking vulnerability of the game takes just a few seconds to execute and takes the gamer’s PC under control. It works by manipulating the uniform resource identifiers EA's site uses to automatically start games on an end user's machine, without any interaction by the victim. "The Origin platform allows malicious users to exploit local vulnerabilities or features by abusing the Origin URI handling mechanism. In other words, an attacker can craft... more »
"Weev" Sentenced to 41 Month in Prison and 3 Years Supervised Release

"Weev" Sentenced to 41 Month in Prison and 3 Years Supervised Release

Andrew 'weev' Auernheimer was sentenced to 41 months imprisonment due to finding a security flaw in AT&T’s website.  The security flaw enabled weev to collect personal data of 114,000 iPad owners on AT&T’s network. Aside from the more than three years jail time, upon his release, he will be subjected to three years of supervised release. Weev and co-defendant Daniel Spitler, who plead guilty in 2011, were both ordered to pay $73,000 in restitution to AT&T. Weev who previously served as president of the “Gay Niggers Association of America,” a group famous for web trolling and Goatse Security, which is known for... more »
The Revolution Will Be Augmented: OWS Should Embrace Google Glass

The Revolution Will Be Augmented: OWS Should Embrace Google Glass

The newest threat to public privacy is barely out of the gate and already speculation is wild about how Google glass will be used. Thoughts on how it will lead to a black eye or being banned from a bar have already been leveled; but its certainly not the first wearable, streaming camera to be invented--it’s just the best-case for one to end up in the consumer market. Niche cases for the use of Google Glass instantly spring to mind--from anthropologists to journalists to activists--and it’s the latter that have been stewing amidst all the examples. Modern day protest and activism... more »
Atlassian Offers SourceTree Git Client for Microsoft Windows

Atlassian Offers SourceTree Git Client for Microsoft Windows

Atlassian, a leading Australian provider of the popular products like issue tracking application, JIRA, and its team collaboration product, Confluence, is making a major move with SourceTree, a free desktop client for Git and Mercurial distributed version control systems (DVCS). With this announcement, SourceTree will be offering all developers a solution that is not currently available through any other provider. SourceTree is a significant addition to Atlassian’s popular Git solutions, and is now available for download on the Microsoft Windows platform (previously only available for Mac). SourceTree for Windows allows developers to interface with distributed Git source repositories through a simple... more »
10gen Adds Search, Other Necessary Perks for Enterprise Appeal : MongoDB 2.4

10gen Adds Search, Other Necessary Perks for Enterprise Appeal : MongoDB 2.4

As Big Data's influence continues to show in the datacenter, the platforms making things smarter at every level of the stack grow in distinction and support.  In another play for the enterprise, 10gen launched new versions of its flagship NoSQL database and its commercial offering.  MongoDB Enterprise brings several new features to the toolbox, wooing corporate clients.  One key update is the search component, a high-demand feature for the enterprise as it looks for usable Big Data installations.  Sweetening the pot, 10gen's also added fresh analytics features and broader reporting capabilities. Bait developers, hook the big fish . The 2.4 release of MongoDB introduces: hash-based... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for March 19, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for March 19, 2013

IBM Completes Acquisition of Star Analytics IBM today announced completion of the software portfolio of Star Analytics Inc., a privately held business analytics company centered in Redwood City, California. The purchase will further advance IBM’s business analytics initiatives, allowing clients to easily access financial information stored in their applications, allowing them to make more informed decisions faster. Financial terms were not disclosed. More   IBM Develops Plan for Nigeria’s Ekiti State for Improved Governance and Education A team of IBM specialists completing a month-long pro bono consulting assignment have presented recommendations to Nigeria’s Ekiti State Government (EKSG) for strategies that will help improve efficiency... more »
Brainception: Filmmaker Jason Silva Mindf*cks Us Again

Brainception: Filmmaker Jason Silva Mindf*cks Us Again

Given our interest in Big Data, we were excited to see the latest project, The Mirroring Mind, from theCube alum, Jason Silva.  The filmaker is one of our genereation's best messengers telling the promise of Big Data as it pertains specifically to the individual, proving its case in the enterprise and moving its way down to the consumer.  In Silva's most recent film short, he explores the mind-blowing potential of data's ability to improve our self-awareness.  That's powerful stuff, as servers create a global network of synapsis, all able to learn from each other and teach us more about our culture,... more »
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The Lenovo Balancing Act - Taking on Smartphone, PC Makers at Once

Pioneer PC maker Apple is now world’s most popular company for computers, phones and tablets. We may say the same for the Chinese giant Lenovo one day, but not yet. Lenovo had made some in-roads in the smartphone market, but it is also competing with HP and Dell to be the world’s biggest PC maker. With record stock prices and consumer appeal amidst PC pricing wars, strategic mergers and acquisitions in recent years, along with the home-grown support of the Chinese market, Lenovo only continues to gain ground. According to IDC data, Lenovo’s worldwide PC market share is ranked second at 14.9... more »

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