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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), reddit, Mozilla, FreedomWorks, and the American Civil Liberties Union have joined an 86-strong coalition of civil liberties organizations and Internet companies that oppose the NSA’s recently exposed data gathering operation. SiliconAngle’s Mike Wheatley called PRISM a “massive, warrantless government surveillance program.” The coalition went a step further and denounced PRISM as illegal in an open letter sent to Congress. Here’s the relevant snippet: “This type of blanket data collection by the government strikes at bedrock American values of freedom and privacy. This dragnet surveillance violates the First and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, which protect citizens’... more »
Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Wednesday June 12, 2013. (See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand.) Facebook’s first annual Shareholder’s Meeting took place yesterday and tensions were running high. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg faced his shareholders for the first time yesterday, and not everyone's thrilled with how the young CEO has navigated Facebook's IPO. Facebook's stock is nearly 40 percent lower than the price of last year's initial public offering, leaving Zuckerberg with dozens of questions from angry investors at the social network's first annual shareholder's meeting. "We're disappointed with the performance of the stock over the last year," Zuckerberg said... more »
Having been angered at revelations of the NSA's pervasive spying program PRISM, a group of high-profile rights advocates have stepped forward to demand that lawmakers take action against government spying. Led by the Mozilla Foundation, Reddit, the Electronic Freedom Foundation, the Internet Archive, and other organizations, a new movement called StopWatching.Us has created an online petition, calling for the government to give "a full accounting of the extent to which our online data, communications and interactions are being monitored". So far the petition has been backed by more than 80 organizations, as well as several high-profile individuals in the Tech world,... more »
NetApp is pushing into the software-defined storage marketplace with Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2, the latest release of its storage operating system. The platform was designed with software-led Big Data environments in mind: it facilitates non-disruptive maintenance and load balancing, supports a wide variety of modern technologies, and can reportedly scale up to 69 petabytes and 24 controllers per deployment. SiliconAngle Assistant Editor Ryan Cox believes that ONTAP 8.2 will help NetApp get closer to realizing its vision of software-defined storage. The vendor is embedding intelligence into its solutions in an attempt to address CIOs’ evolving Big Data needs. Analytics is one of... more »
What with the NSA and PRISM hogging the headlines lately, Bitcoin appears to have slipped off the radar somewhat. Yet the cryptocurrency has seen a fairly dramatic drop in its value since the spying allegations emerged, falling from a high of $118 on June 7 to just $89 on June 9, prompting some BTC watchers to suggest that it could be linked to last week's revelations. The geeks over at CoinDesk were the first to notice the correlation. In their report, they point out that Sundays are typically the quietest day of the week as far as Bitcoin trading goes, but... more »
We're at inflexion points in mobile, cloud and Big Data. Andy Monshaw, GM, PureFlex, IBM stopped by #theCUBE at IBM Edge to chat with the hosts Wikibon Senior Analyst Dave Vellante and Wikibon Analyst Stu Miniman. Monshaw discussed how he thinks the industry is driving levels of requirements for infrastructure and applications we haven't see in a long time. The industry is driving complexity points, and we can't move fast enough to the new because the old is a boat anchor, says Monshaw. IBM introduced PureFlex into the market 10 months ago to solve the -as-an-integrated-Infrastructure solution, the PureFlex System combines... more »
Antonio Neri, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Technology Services at HP, discussed his company's new announcement around Big Data services, cloud and data management with theCUBE co-hosts Jeff Frick and John Furrier, live at HP Discover 2013. Converged cloud and Big Data are the main areas of focus, Neri said. On the Big Data front, "we are announcing a new set of services around Advisory services." The goal is to bring customers into an environment and have them define their value proposition around Big Data. The new services also help them define the strategy for Big Data and help them implement... more »
Patrick Stewart, VP & GM, Avnet Technology Solutions, discussed Avnet's collaboration with HP from a channel partner's perspective with theCube host John Furrier, live at the HP Discover 2013 conference today. "HP is a great company to work with," Stewart said, explaining Avnet collaborated with HP's software side of the business. HP's channel programs are really friendly and they drive a lot of business to the channel partners. Asked to point out the advantage of HP as a channel partner, he mentioned "the depth and scale that HP brings." "We think HAVEn is a radical approach and an awesome approach especially for... more »
We witnessed game after game at the Microsoft E3 press conference. Now it is the turn of Sony. Sony finally drew the curtain back on the PS4 console. The new PlayStation 4 will feature services like Music Unlimited on the first day of the PS4’s availability just a day before the E3 event. When the Sony conference was held in pre-opening of E3 2013, Sony started with the PS Vita. Sony revealed that along with changes to PS4 and PS3, PS Vita will be seeing a massive push by the company. What is Sony going to do with PS Vita? Sony Computer... more »
The Xbox One, the new console from Microsoft, will be available from November 21. This has been one of the big announcements by Microsoft at the E3 conference, one of the largest in the industry. The device will be available for $499.99 in the U.S., 499 euros in Europe and 429 pounds in the UK. Microsoft also released an improved and sleek edition of the Xbox 360 with a design in line with the new Xbox One, a model that will be available from Monday. Microsoft wants to make one thing clear with their new Xbox: they haven't forgotten about the games.... more »