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British Lords Fight Piracy & Google Street View Goes Offroad - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

British Lords Fight Piracy & Google Street View Goes Offroad - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

English Anti-Piracy Efforts   After a month of UK police threatening torrent sites, today the British government announced the creation of a brand new unit dedicated to cracking down on intellectual property offenses. The Intellectual Property Crime Unit will be funded with 2.5 million in public funds and is set to launch in September. Their work will be targeted at those said to be illegally profiteering on the back of content creators’ work. Earlier this month the City of London police began sending out letters to file-sharing sites warning their operators to shut down or face legal consequences. Intellectual Property Minister, Lord Younger announced... more »
Oracle Presents Database 12c, Coming in Two Weeks

Oracle Presents Database 12c, Coming in Two Weeks

Oracle recently announced that its latest generation of the world’s most popular database, Oracle Database 12c, will be available within next two weeks. With pluggable database as USP, Oracle Database 12c will enable customers to make more efficient use of their IT resources while continuing to improve their users’ service levels. The ‘C’ in Oracle Database 12c stands for pluggable database, which reportedly is a better way to achieve multitenancy for cloud applications. We all understand the complexity of database consolidation as well its importance for business efficiency. There are several critical issues involved in consolidation process such as database workload... more »
MapR Addresses Many Issues Limiting Hadoop's Implementation In Production Data Centers | #hadoopsummit

MapR Addresses Many Issues Limiting Hadoop's Implementation In Production Data Centers | #hadoopsummit

John Furrier and Jeff Kelly, theCUBE co-hosts, sat down with Jack Norris, CMO of MapR, for a chat revolving around issues such as the adoption of Hadoop, the improvements in clients' performance and the Enterprise-grade efforts. What seems to have changed in this year's event compared to the previous year, is the mentality, notes Norris. It's no longer "if" we should use Hadoop, but "how". At least that is his impression, because enterprises have now become very interested in adopting new technologies, once they realized the way it could impact their production scale. MapR + Fusion-io MapR is future-proofing the Hadoop cluster for... more »
Facebook Host Chat Looks Like a Blast from the Past

Facebook Host Chat Looks Like a Blast from the Past

Do you still remember silly online chat rooms were about the most entertaining thing to do online?  When AOL chat rooms were your haven, where you could pretend to be whoever you want in the hopes of meeting someone special (or just getting laid)? If you're yearning for those days to come back, Facebook just might be the answer to your prayers. It's been revealed that the social media giant is testing a new feature called “Host Chat.”  Host Chat will function like Google Hangouts, allowing people to set up chat rooms and invite others to join. Wait, but doesn't Facebook already... more »
BlackBerry on Life Support as Earnings Disappoint, Losses Reported

BlackBerry on Life Support as Earnings Disappoint, Losses Reported

Investors and enthusiasts looking at BlackBerry to turn around their fortunes in the smartphone industry found some dire news today. The company’s fiscal first-quarter results produced a quarterly operating loss and expectations of zero profits for the current quarter. Stock in the company had previously gained over 20 percent in value but dropped around 28 percent early today. There have been concerns about its BlackBerry 10 line of devices and their penetration into corporate and consumer markets. Despite some signs and good reviews of the products, this news has surprised few as they are taking on giants in an Android... more »
This Week in Storage: From Xbox to Marketing, Storage + Security

This Week in Storage: From Xbox to Marketing, Storage + Security

Storage played party to a number of running themes this week. From Xbox getting a boost from a new data center in Iowa, to Dropbox trying to compete more with Box for the enterprise...this week in storage was a lot like the second act of Romeo and Juliet -- you were hooked after Act One.   Here is a round-up of the storage news for the week of June 24th:   Xbox One Up-Time Gets Boost With Microsoft’s $700 Million Iowa Data Center   Project Mountain’ turned out to be Microsoft's, and the company is plowing $700 million into a data center that will power Xbox... more »
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CIOs Need to Become More Active, Visible to Fix IT

Bridging the gap between a company’s IT organization and business users is a daunting task, but not an impossible one. Scott Lowe, the founder of The 1610 Group, argues that it is within the CIO’s power to prove that IT is an “equal and capable business partner” so long as he or she receives a little help from peers on the other side of the technology spectrum. In Lowe’s experience, transforming the image of the IT department starts at the help desk. CIOs must ensure that their organization is hiring qualified professionals, or alternatively, outsourcing frontline support to a third party. Shadow... more »
eHarmony Refines the Science of Love : Hadoop + Machine Learning | #hadoopsummit

eHarmony Refines the Science of Love : Hadoop + Machine Learning | #hadoopsummit

For our flagship broadcast program theCUBE, Jeff Kelly interviewed Vaclav Petricek, Principal Data Specialist with eHarmony, live from Hadoop Summit 2013, talking about long term compatibility and the underlying architecture that makes it possible. Petricek runs machine learning applications at eHarmony, in order to decide who they should introduce to whom, and when. For that, they use Hadoop and logical machine learning. "eHarmony is a bit different than your typical dating site,'' brags Petreicek. Those are search-based, with results generated by certain search criteria. The founder of eHarmony is Neil Clark Warren, a marriage counselor. After years of counseling couples in... more »
DuckDuckGo Goes Mobile with !bangs and Stories

DuckDuckGo Goes Mobile with !bangs and Stories

The private search engine DuckDuckGo’s traffic may have increased dramatically in the last couple of week's, but that doesn’t mean that everyone is quick to jump ship and abandon Google’s watchful eye.  There are still billions more Google Searchers than those who rely on the duck, but that may change as more people come to realize just how much data Google collects about them. Don’t Track US:   DDG has a brilliant page dedicated to informing people how Google and other search engines like Bing track their searches to deliver those annoying targeted ads.  Essentially, the page details how every query you perform... more »
Weekly Cloud Review:  Amazon Hot on the Heels of Microsoft

Weekly Cloud Review: Amazon Hot on the Heels of Microsoft

This week, Microsoft announced that a leading provider of cloud-based automation software added its solution to the Azure marketplace, and Amazon revealed that it has allied with GE to analyze sensory data from a wide range of devices in AWS. WANdisco also got a spot in the limelight after it launched its S3-enabled analytics platform, and Dropbox and Certify announced a partnership to make the cloud more secure for business users. Microsoft and Engine Yard made the latter’s popular Ruby on Rails automation solution available for Windows Azure users. The agreement is a major victory for Microsoft because it evens the... more »

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