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Big Data is the New Natural Resource: New IBM Tool Powers Decision Making

Big Blue finally revealed the fruits of a four-year R&D initiative involving hundreds of IBM engineers, along with resources provided by 200 partners and 100 clients. The initiative aims to realize a motto of being the new enterprises ‘natural resource,’ an observation that is by all means true based on some of the data in this infographic (see below). In addition to quantifying social media activity and the growth of data in what the company refers to as the digital universe, IBM’s researchers also pulled some other interesting statistics. Companies leveraging big data in their decision making are over two times more... more »
Is China Involved in Cyber Espionage? Luckycat Trojan Strikes Hard

Is China Involved in Cyber Espionage? Luckycat Trojan Strikes Hard

Once again, China is in the middle of hacking incidents that use malware to acquire sensitive information from various industries in several countries.  Researchers now believe that China is involved in “cyber espionage” or cyber spying. Symantec’s Luckycat Symantec, the largest maker of security software for computers, recently published a document regarding “Luckycat”--an operation that attacked Indian and Malaysian military research and south Asian shipping organizations as well as defense, academic, and manufacturing industries. According to Symantec, the attack begins with a carefully tailored e-mail that makes it hard to ignore and a malicious document is attached to it.  When the attached document... more »
Massive Credit Card Breach Exposes 1.5 Million Customers

Massive Credit Card Breach Exposes 1.5 Million Customers

Monday, Atlanta-based Global Payments disclosed that hackers accessed their systems and stole credit and debit card account information for almost 1.5 million customers. Although spokespeople form their outfit have been claiming the event has been “contained” others see this as a shakeup for the financial security sector.  News is coming out from USA Today and The Wall Street Journal and it looks a bit grim for the payment processor. In a press conference about the incident, Global Payments CEO Paul Garcia said, “it is reassuring that our security processes detected an intrusion,” also referencing that only a handful of their North... more »
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More Probing From The SEC and EU for MoMo, Groupon

You’d probably think that in this day and age, giant tech companies can pretty much do whatever they want, like acquire other companies, or alter their terms of service.  But no, there are regulators who constantly keep an eye on them to make sure that their actions won’t harm consumers, disrupt the balance of the industry and of course, ensure that they still abide by the fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms.  So let’s take a look at how regulators are hard at work in maintaining balance in the tech industry. EU’s Motorola Mobility Probe Motorola Mobility is in the middle of two... more »
Are You Available? Cloud Uptime a Year After the Great Amazon Web Services Outage

Are You Available? Cloud Uptime a Year After the Great Amazon Web Services Outage

"Can we take availability off cloud concerns list?" Krishnan Subramanian, principal analyst at the newly formed Rishidot Research, asked at the beginning of last year. Google had just announced a new SLA that removed exemptions for planned maintenance and was bragging about 99.984% uptime. Then just a few months later came the Great Amazon Web Services Outage. Some AWS customers experienced multiple days of downtime. In response, Subramanian wrote on Twitter that perhaps it was a time for some introspection on the part of cloud computing advocates, though once the dust had settled it didn't take long for him... more »
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Pinterest Executive Shakeup One of Many Recent Growing Pains

It's been confirmed that Pinterest CEO Paul Sciarra is leaving the company and will be replaced by co-founder Ben Silbermann. This move follows Sciarra’s decision to take a 6-week break. While Sciarra was the company’s CEO on paper, it was Silbermann who unofficially took the role and who the media acknowledges as such. Meanwhile, the company’s third co-founder Evan Sharp has his hand on product and design. Sciarra was initially unclear on what he’ll do following the departure but recent reports reveal that he’ll work for Andreessen Horowitz as an entrepreneur-in-residence. Pinterest has raised $35.7 million in funding to date with investors such... more »
HVD: Cloud Desktops Come Of Age

HVD: Cloud Desktops Come Of Age

It's almost funny. Virtual desktop infrastructure, or VDI, was supposed to be a panacea for what ails the modern IT department. Properly built, configured and deployed, VDI can boost agility, save energy, and enable a mobile workforce to do business with their existing devices. But that's easier said than done, and many organizations find themselves buckling under the strain. But another option is emerging: hosted virtual desktops, or HVD, and the market is catching up to VDI. HVD is more or less what it says on the tin. Much like VDI delivers a virtual desktop from a data center, HVD enables... more »
6 Infrastructure Automation Tools at a Glance

6 Infrastructure Automation Tools at a Glance

"Infrastructure as code" is one of the primary mantras of the DevOps movement. Virtualization and the elastic provisioning of resources via cloud computing are two important ingredients of a fully programmable infrastructure. Automation tools are the other key component. These are the tools that actually execute your code. There's a growing selection of automation tools available and in a session yesterday at DevOps Days Austin, six provisioning tools were introduced. After the introductions, moderator John Willis helpfully went back over each tool, asking both the audience and the presenters what the key differentiators are for each one. Here's a quick... more »
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Will Apple Release the iPhone 5 in June?

Today’s mobile roundup features the EU antitrust probe on Motorola Mobility, iPhone 5 in June, more news regarding the Android platform and more. iPhone 5 by June? During an interview in a Japanese TV show, a Foxconn recruiter let slip that they are now hiring more workers in preparation for the June launch of the iPhone 5.  Well, if this is true, Apple must be pissed at the Foxconn recruiter since the company is known for keeping everything in lockdown until the time is right.  But, in the recruiter’s defense, it looks like he was oblivious that he was being interviewed. Motorola under scrutiny from... more »
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Six Years In the Making: Can Google Drive Compete with Dropbox?

Like many other stealth projects from the search giant, Google Drive has summoned a great deal of attention even before its official launch date is announced. It was reported that in a few weeks time, the public will be able to access this cloud storage service—Google’s answer to the unprecedented growth of internet-connected devices like smartphones and tablets, alongside the boom of the cloud computing industry. The primary idea that runs through the core of the service will be to empower users to access their files anywhere, anytime and with the use of any device, since these files are stored... more »

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