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iOS Devices Infected by Malware with Power Chargers - Black Hat 2013 Preview

iOS Devices Infected by Malware with Power Chargers - Black Hat 2013 Preview

The yearly BlackHat event that caters to those in the infosec community is still some weeks away, but the anticipation surrounding some of the topics is already starting.  Every year we’re treated to a variety of research that is announced at the event.  Much of it goes largely unnoticed by the public, but lately we hear more and more about something in the mainstream news that really catches public attention.  This year’s lineup promises a bunch of new interesting briefings.  One of the several that caught my eye is a briefing to be presented by Billy Lau, Yeongjin Jan, and... more »
Guild Wars 2 API Released: Web/Mobile, JSON, Gamers and Developers Jump Into the Fray

Guild Wars 2 API Released: Web/Mobile, JSON, Gamers and Developers Jump Into the Fray

Guild Wars 2, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), recently had its API released in its API Development forum. The game maker, ArenaNet, LLC, has created a dedicated thread document on its forum to give information about all available APIs for Guild Wars 2, which are currently in beta form. Nowadays, MMORPG games pull in millions of players and as a result, there's not just a community, but an audience of potential consumers of the data that is produced within them--for the most part, the clients of much of that data has been the business running the MMORPG itself and... more »
What Nutanix and Nimble Tells Us About Flash: Invest in Flash, or Fall Behind the Pack

What Nutanix and Nimble Tells Us About Flash: Invest in Flash, or Fall Behind the Pack

The combination of the decreasing cost of flash memory, along with the growing demand for high-performance storage, has created quite the market cap for a few companies. Nutanix and Nimble Storage are two such companies seeing phenomenal growth. Nutanix, which makes data center appliances that combine compute and storage in one box, announced that last quarter it sold $20 million worth of gear. Nimble storage, which makes storage devices that combine hard disks and flash drives, announced that in the last quarter of 2012 it had $25 million in bookings (via WSJ). Nutanix is a year-and-a-half old, while Nimble Storage is... more »
If Mt. Gox Can Change Public Opinion, Bitcoin Market Wins

If Mt. Gox Can Change Public Opinion, Bitcoin Market Wins

Bitcoin used to be a currency you could use almost anonymously, and that has been one of its greatest assets.  Unfortunately, with the Department of Justice’s take down of Liberty Reserve, MT.Gox, the most used Bitcoin exchange market, changed its policy and will now require valid identification for transactions. The government is concerned that exchange markets are being used by cybercriminals or for Black Market transactions, since it’s pretty hard to trace where the money comes from.  By installing verification methods, MT.Gox is making it known that they do not condone money laundering, and it’s willing to go out of its... more »
SuccessFactors Founder Lars Dalgaard Signs Up with Andreessen Horowitz

SuccessFactors Founder Lars Dalgaard Signs Up with Andreessen Horowitz

Andreessen Horowitz snagged SAP’s famed cloud boss to inject more synergy into its investment operations and boost entrepreneurs’ leadership mojo. Ben Horowitz blogged the news on Thursday. Lars Dalgaard has an impressive resume. SAP brought him on board to head its Cloud Business and serve on its Executive Board and Global Managing Board after it acquired SuccessFactors for $3.5 billion, the most anyone ever paid for a software-as-a-service firm. Dalgaard is credited as the mastermind behind the cloud HR vendor: he founded it in 2001, took the reins as CEO and led it to earnings of $364 million in annual revenue. Before... more »
Putting Virustotal to Work with Bro and Splunk

Putting Virustotal to Work with Bro and Splunk

Virustotal, Splunk, and Bro are different tools, but all aimed at monitoring and analyzing swaths of data. While all three tools are good individually, we've come across a decent example of using all these tools together. In a blog post, Keith Tyler told about an experiment using Virustotal's API to search md5's gathered from Bro logs on Splunk to suss out viruses and malware lurking in the network. Tyler does malware analysis on a regular basis and sought to ease the sifting through reams of data seeking these bugs in the system without having to grind through sweat and tears to get... more »
Git 1.8.3 Releases with Better Triangular Work Flow Support

Git 1.8.3 Releases with Better Triangular Work Flow Support

Git is a version control system in the distributed source code management applications category for managing projects. Every Git working directory is a repository with complete history and full change tracking, without a central server or network access. Git is used in the open source scene often as a development platform, including the Linux kernel, Ruby on Rails, or Wine. Unlike the operators of centralized version, the distributed nature of Git enables greater flexibility in how developers collaborate in projects. To ensure the integrity and stability, Git releases version 1.8.3 distributed source control system. Every Git version released so far has... more »
Lars Dalagaard Joins Andressen Horowitz & Pepsi Puts-Out for Likes - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Lars Dalagaard Joins Andressen Horowitz & Pepsi Puts-Out for Likes - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Andressen Horowitz is boosting its investing team today with the addition of Lars Dalagaard as their newest general partner. Dalgaard was the founder of SuccessFactors, a human-capital management software firm that was purchased by S-A-P in 2011 for a whopping $3.5 billion. According to Horowitz, that buyout was “by far the most important acquisition in the history of software as a service.” After deciding to move to the investor side of the entrepreneur equation, Dalagaard considered joining many venture capital organizations. He ultimately decided on Andreesen Horowits after visiting the firm. Dalgaard has niche startup investment interests. When describing the kind of deals... more »
In Europe: If Your IT Startup Fails, You're Done | #fluentconf

In Europe: If Your IT Startup Fails, You're Done | #fluentconf

Ozana Giusca, Founder and Director of Romanian startup Tooliers.com, discussed her company's offering and the differences between the European and the US IT&C market with theCube co-hosts John Furrier and Jeff Frick at the O'Reilly Fluent Conference 2013. Giusca stated that there are many skilled developers in Europe, especially in Romania, as there are many great technical schools, but they lack management skills, and this is the issue Tooliers.com addresses. Tooliers products are actually self-diagnosis tests that evaluate the personality of the business, not the individual. Their product looks at 16 different dimensions of the analyzed businesses, starting at strategy and... more »
Hart Hoover of OpenStack Says "Closed Cloud Days Are Numbered"

Hart Hoover of OpenStack Says "Closed Cloud Days Are Numbered"

In their ongoing coverage of the O’Reilly fluent conference, John Furrier and Jeff Frick spoke with Hart Hoover in theCube. The three discussed the evolution of OpenStack, its agility across multiple platforms and common concerns for OpenStack customers. Furrier also describes Rackspace as pioneers of the DevOps movement and concludes by reviewing its overall contribution to the ecosystem. OpenStack has allowed users to incorporate what Furrier calls “real software engineering” that goes beyond front-end development with pretty websites to more server side scripting. Hoover notes that OpenStack is evolving to meet demand.  He suggests that Rackspace has launched developer support, helping... more »

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