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RIM Fined $147M in Milestone Patent Infringement Case, Could Affect All Smartphones

RIM Fined $147M in Milestone Patent Infringement Case, Could Affect All Smartphones

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has been asked by the court to pay $147 million in damages to Mformation Technologies for patent infringement. In 2008, Mformation sued RIM for allegedly infringing two of their patents used in the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) - a service used by corporate enterprise customers to manage and secure their BlackBerry devices.  Mformation was able to prove in court that they disclosed information about the technology to RIM during licensing discussions which RIM declined to take.  RIM allegedly included Mformation’s technology in the modified software they used in BES. "Mformation created the mobile device management category in... more »
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Safe Skouting Kids: Flirting App Overhauls Security for Teens

The popular flirting app Skout has welcomed back teens to its mobile social network, after having barred them for almost one month following three high profile rape cases in which teenage users were abused by adults they’d met through using the app. Christian Wiklund, CEO and founder of Skout, said that the company had no choice but to lock out its teenage users, in order to fulfil its responsibility of protecting them. Even so, keeping younger users away hasn’t been easy or popular – Skout reportedly blocked more than 2,000 attempts by teenagers to sign up for the service over the... more »
Yahoo! Mail App Used in Android "Botnet" Spam E-mails

Yahoo! Mail App Used in Android "Botnet" Spam E-mails

A Microsoft engineer, Terry Zink, recently stated in a blog post that there’s a possibility that an Android botnet truly is in existence, evidenced by spam e-mails coming from different countries with a “Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android” signature at the end of the message.   The spam e-mails contained ads for viagra or weight-loss pills.  If it's true, it would be the first botnet originating from a mobile device. Google was quick to refute Zink’s allegations, stating that attackers may just be using infected computers to send the spam e-mails and just altered the signature to make it appear that... more »
Dell, Internet2 Reaches Milestone in Networking Project

Dell, Internet2 Reaches Milestone in Networking Project

Internet2 is a joint venture between about two dozen universities in the US that was started in the 90s’ with the goal of delivering the academia a better IP network. It raised about $100 million in funding to date and right now, the construction of an OpenFlow based software-defined network is the number one item on the of the priorities list. Some 300 engineers working on the project will meet at this week’s 012 ESCC/Internet2 Joint Techs meeting at Stanford University to discuss plans for the nearly completed network, which will be used to power – among other things – the data... more »
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Future Big Data: Troubling Changes for Big Business

Big data is set to pose some seriously big challenges for businesses in the next few years, as the issue of storing all of this information comes to the fore. So massive is the tidal wave of big data that for many, switching over to cloud-based data management systems is set to be the only viable option to avoid being crushed. A new (admittedly self-serving) infographic from ViaWest, one of North America’s largest privately held data centers reveals how the staggering, exponential growth of big data is set to overwhelm many of today’s businesses unless they start to act now. Big data... more »
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Microsft-NBC Divorce: A 16 Year History

After 16 years of marriage, Microsoft Corp. and NBC are divorcing. Comcast, the parent company of NBC, has acquired Microsoft’s stake in MSNBC.com and the website will now be known as NBCNews.com.  Users of the site will be automatically redirected to the rebranded site. Sources say that Microsoft is getting $300 million for the sold stake and operations for the online news portal would be relocated from Microsoft's corporate campus in Redmond, Wash., to NBC News' longtime home in New York. The rebranding of the site is to eliminate the confusion between the website and the cable channel.  Comcast revealed that by 2013, they will... more »
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Monday Mobile Roundup: AT&T Halves Nokia Lumia Price

Today’s mobile news roundup features Nokia Lumia’s price drop, Fujifilm suing Motorola over a patent infringement, smartphones being used to diagnose ear infections, Korea’s battlefield apps, and more. AT&T drops Lumia price AT&T halved the already cheap price of the Nokia Lumia 900, from $99.99 with a two-year contract, to now only $49.99 with a two year contract.  The price cut may sound like good news for consumers wanting to purchase the Lumia 900 but if you take into consideration that it won’t be able to support Windows Phone 8, and no hope for support or additional updates other than the Windows... more »
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Former EMC Employee Steals $220,000

EMC, which has been flying high since the wild success of their annual conference in Las Vegas experienced some misfortunes this week when a former employee was charged with theft totaling $220,000. Madeline Vinton on Wednesday pleasd not guilty to five counts of larceny in Woburn Massachusetts and was held on $7,500 cash bail for her crimes.  According to the Middlesex District Attorney, Gerard Leone Jr., it is alleged that Vinton stole more than $220,000 from EMC, which was spent on luxurious vacations, plastic surgery, limo rides, and tickets to the Boston Celtics basketball team. Vinton was an administrative assistant at EMC... more »
This Week in Big Data: VCs, Cloud All Over the Place

This Week in Big Data: VCs, Cloud All Over the Place

This past week featured a big push into the cloud by Kognitio, new from Fujitsu and Datameer and a couple of funding rounds. We can start with those. Clustrix offers database appliances that run the company’s distributed database on hardware that, among other things, includes a lot of flash. This combo makes for a big data solution that’s easy to setup and easy to maintain, and thanks to that Clustrix is now worth $6.75 million more than just earlier this month. Sequoia Capital, USVP, and ATA Ventures all chipped in, raising the amount of capital that the company received since its... more »
Cyberthreat Weekly: A $75 Million Cyber Bank Job, Anonymous Mars Japanese Websites, and Spammers Aim for London Olympics 2012

Cyberthreat Weekly: A $75 Million Cyber Bank Job, Anonymous Mars Japanese Websites, and Spammers Aim for London Olympics 2012

Looking at the cybersecurity goings-on last week, it’s safe to assume that hacking is taken to new heights. Cybersecurity is not just an issue of stealing personal information and defacing websites, it can cause very serious financial and political damage as well. Cyber Bank Job Compromises $75 Million Perhaps the most alarming known cyber security nose-dive recently, Sky News reported a cyber fraud scheme that affected high-balance accounts from 60 banking institutions worldwide. The casualty amounted to an estimate of 75 million dollars. Investigators strongly believe that the crime was carried out with “an insider level of understanding,” therefore marking the biggest... more »

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- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.