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An Open API Debate: Pragmatism v. Federation

An Open API Debate: Pragmatism v. Federation

The open API debate burst into the GigaOM Structure conference this morning with a theme emerging that represents the paradox of today's open systems. It's now more about the pragmatists' view of connected systems, versus the advocates for federation and distributed power across a number of players that "shift the monopoly from the service providers to the platform," as Rishidot Founder Krishnan Subramanian wrote in a blog post last year. The players in the debate today at Structure included Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus, Chris Kemp, CEO of Nebula and Sameer Dholakia of Citrix. All three of those on stage today have intertwined... more »
Why Do So Many Big Data Companies Have Jungle Animals for Logos?

Why Do So Many Big Data Companies Have Jungle Animals for Logos?

Have you noticed that many logos of big data companies feature jungle animals?  Have you ever wondered why?  I have.  Logos aren’t there just for fun--they signify something and often have an interesting back story.   Take Amazon’s logo for example; notice the arrow that points to the letters A and Z?  It means that they have everything from A-Z and deliver from A-Z.  Clever, huh? So let’s look at some of the interesting logos on big data companies and find out what these animals have to do with big data in particular. Hadoop Hadoop’s logo has an elephant pushing the word Hadoop.... more »
Conversations Too Sensitive for email: How SaaS Improves Your Company’s Info Security

Conversations Too Sensitive for email: How SaaS Improves Your Company’s Info Security

From greater efficiency and dramatic cost savings, to anywhere, anytime access to applications and data, the advantages of cloud computing are well documented. Yet enthusiasm for the cloud is often tempered by security concerns: theft of data, unauthorized access, loss of data, and compliance issues. We are flooded with articles and discussions about the security risks associated with cloud computing. While organizations do need to consider security implications carefully, a successful migration to cloud computing can actually reduce risk – particularly for small to mid-sized organizations. Legacy doesn’t always equal safety A common rationale given by those who are resistant to change is... more »
LinkedIn Breach Leads to $5M Class Action Lawsuit

LinkedIn Breach Leads to $5M Class Action Lawsuit

A LinkedIn user affected by the massive 6.46 million password breach is spearheading a class action lawsuit against the company for allegedly violating their own user agreement and privacy policy. Katie Szpyrka, a LinkedIn user since 2010, claimed that the company “failed to properly safeguard its users’ digitally stored personally identifiable information including email addresses, passwords, and login credentials.” Earlier this month, it was reported that a hacker bragged in a Russian forum that he acquired millions of LinkedIn passwords.  Though LinkedIn did not verify the breach at first, they urged users to change their passwords as a precautionary measure. A representative from... more »
HP Has a Solution for BYOD Security. It's All About the Storage

HP Has a Solution for BYOD Security. It's All About the Storage

It looks like the small-to-medium businesses segment found its way onto Hewlett-Packard’s to-do list. The company debuted a number of new offerings this week, including mobile solutions, a NAS box and an enhanced storage system, all scaled-down to accommodate SMB needs. The most notable additions are the new BYOD solutions. HP came up with a way of giving workers access to business applications while removing some the associated security risks at the same time. Client Virtualization SMB is a collection of reference architectures for Gen8 deployments running visualization software from VMware, Citrix or Microsoft – it works by storing user profiles... more »
dotCloud Enhances PaaS Platform, Joins the World of Use-based Pricing

dotCloud Enhances PaaS Platform, Joins the World of Use-based Pricing

One year old platform as a service (PaaS) provider dotCloud announced the second round of enhancements for the year to its cloud-based service. The company as introduced three new environments: dotCloud Sandbox – a free, fully supported, unlimited use environment for development, testing and experimentation dotCloud Live – a deployment environment designed for live/production applications dotCloud Enterprise – a customized environment  that comes with white glove support and in-depth monitoring by dotCloud’s Each of the environments supports the 12 technology stacks and databases offered by dotCloud. In addition to the new environments, dotCloud also introduced a use based pricing. The company’s CEO and co-founder... more »
IBM Looks to Raise Analytics Benchmark with New Platform

IBM Looks to Raise Analytics Benchmark with New Platform

IBM’s new Analytical Decision Management software was unveiled this week as an enterprise-ready, decision-oriented big data platform that’s tailored for Big Blue’s core customer base. It falls under the IBM Smarter Analytics umbrella and offers a number of capabilities that the vendor hopes will appeal to companies that want to freshen up parts of their internal and outbound strategies. For one thing, insight that the platform produces can be leveraged by other applications, even if they’re running on legacy mainframes. Integration is one of the biggest selling points, and this also covers the fact that Decision Managements is connected to the InfoSphere Streams... more »
Intel's Journey to Mobile Picking Up Steam

Intel's Journey to Mobile Picking Up Steam

Intel just spent $375 million to acquire 1,700 patents for wireless networking technology from Interdigital. The patents should help Intel gain a foothold in the mobile device market that ARM currently dominates. Intel plans to integrate it newly acquired 3G and 4G LTE intellectual property and its Atom microprocessor into smartphones and tablets. Intel began its journey to becoming a player in the mobile space by purchasing Infineon Wireless in late 2010. Last year Intel officially entered the mobile space with its Atom chip. Intel has spent much of this year acquiring intellectual property, purchasing both InfiniBand from Qlogic and high-performance... more »
Samsung Investigates Spontaneously Combusting Galaxy SIII

Samsung Investigates Spontaneously Combusting Galaxy SIII

Today’s mobile news roundup features a burnt Samsung Galaxy SIII, Foxconn bragging about the next iPhone, and Nokia being left out of the Windows Phone upgrade. Samsung responds to burnt Galaxy SIII Samsung Electronics is currently investigating a burnt Galaxy SIII.  In a forum, a consumer reported that “suddenly a white flame, sparks and a bang came out of the phone.”  Upon inspection, the user learned that the phone burned from the inside out, burned through the plastic and melted the case.  The burnt phone was placed in a car mount which had no power supply that could’ve caused the burning. Samsung is... more »
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Yahoo! Asks Court for Extension in Facebook Patent Dispute

Yahoo! Inc. is out to settle their patent dispute with Facebook Inc.  Lawyers for the largest web portal asked U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White in San Francisco for a two-week extension for filing replies in the lawsuit while the companies hold discussions.  They’ve also asked for a two-week delay in a motion hearing set for August 10. “The parties are currently engaged in settlement negotiations to resolve this dispute,” Kevin Smith, a Yahoo lawyer, said in the filing. “The parties believe that a further extension will facilitate settlement.” Back in March, Yahoo filed a case against Facebook for allegedly infringing 10-20... more »

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