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The $550M Patent Trade Off: From AOL to Microsoft to Facebook

The $550M Patent Trade Off: From AOL to Microsoft to Facebook

Microsoft and Facebook have reached an important agreement today that gives the social network access to a large number of strategic patents. Microsoft is selling a portion of the patents to Facebook that the software company recently acquired from AOL. AOL announced in early April their plans to sell most of their patents for around $1 billion. Per the agreement, Facebook will obtain ownership of about 650 patents, and AOL-appropriated applications and license applications will remain the property of Microsoft. Microsoft will continue to retain the ownership of the remaining 275 AOL patents. In addition, Microsoft and Facebook have granted each... more »
Understanding CISPA: How the Internet Must Take its Privacy Back

Understanding CISPA: How the Internet Must Take its Privacy Back

Today legislators in the House of Representatives will vote on HR 3525 aka CISPA amidst a small groundswell of protest from grumbling arenas of the Internet. After watching the climatic battle over SOPA, which also had extremely compelling reasons to be concerned about it, the prickling against CISPA has been extremely subdued. Part of this is due to the lack of corporate interest in stopping the legislation and a dearth of public recognition of its dangers. “[It] is threatening the rights of people in America, and effectively rights everywhere, because what happens in America tends to affect people all over the... more »
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Ben Horowitz and Dalton Caldwell Speak Out on NYT Instagram Post

Ever since the Instagram acquisition was announced, everyone's been more than willing to give their piece of mind about the deal. Many Instagram users were pissed about Facebook's acquisition, stating that the massive social network would just ruin the beauty of the popular mobile app for photo-sharing.  Some even threatened to quit the service because of the deal.  Though there’s an online petition to stop the acquisition, but that didn’t stop Instagram from becoming the most downloaded app on Apple’s App Store and equally as popular on Google Play.  But as we all know, any press is good press.  It's no... more »
Is There a Bright Side to Internet Censorship? WildPackets' MacLeod Tells All [Q&A Series]

Is There a Bright Side to Internet Censorship? WildPackets' MacLeod Tells All [Q&A Series]

WiFi's often hailed as the savior of crappy mobile networks, their hotspots keeping us from bleeding out our data "minutes" and luring in the lost and weary souls of mobile workers seeking refuge in cafes, hotel lobbies and airport hubs.  As a network analyzer, WildPackets sees the good, bad and evil of WiFi trends on a global scale, leveraging big data techniques to determine the needs of networking's future. In today's Snapshot Series we hear from Jim MacLeod, Product Manager at WildPackets. He discusses the "bright side" to Internet censorship and other challenges networking faces when it comes to privacy, WiFi's... more »
IT Security Survey Reveals Concerns About Anonymous, China, and Disclosure Expectations

IT Security Survey Reveals Concerns About Anonymous, China, and Disclosure Expectations

According to a survey plied recently in 2012 by Massachusetts-based Bit9, a company dedicated to providing trust-based security services for malware and breach detection, much of the IT industry is concerned about hactivists. Expectations form IT professionals have Anonymous/ hacktivists” leading the survey at 61 percent, “cyber criminals” follows, and “nation states” rank third, with China ranking as the most likely actor. It’s not surprising to see Anonymous high on the list, especially because the hactivist collective is constantly making the news for hitting poorly secured websites and other low-hanging fruit—the collective and other hactvists are constantly involved in acting as... more »
Mobile Browsing Trends: Opera Mini Reemerges as a Top Tool

Mobile Browsing Trends: Opera Mini Reemerges as a Top Tool

Despite the iPad producing the most activity across mobile devices, according to a recent report from Chitika, don’t count out RIM just yet, at least not as far as mobile browsing goes.  They're seemingly rising from the dead as BlackBerry Opera Mini browser bested iOS counterparts in speed tests based from the recent New Relic study.  Blackberry Opera Mini 6.5 tipped the scale with a 2.6 seconds loading time to snatch a convincing win in mobile browsing from the likes of the iPhone Safari series, iPad Safari 5.0, Android and Symbian Opera Mobile.  This could be redeeming news for a... more »
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The Google-MoMo-Huawei Rumor and the China Holdup

It’s been a while since we heard anything about the Google-Motorola Mobility deal.  We all know that regulators from the US and EU already approved the deal but that doesn’t mean Google-MoMo's already in the clear.  They still need to get the approval from regulators in China, Taiwan and Israel. Chinese regulators are still scrutinizing the deal and it doesn’t look like they’ll be handing down a decision anytime soon. “We continue to work closely with regulators in China on their review of our planned acquisition, which will enhance competition, bringing consumers faster innovation and more choice,” Google spokesman Taj Meadows told... more »
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HP Updates Private Cloud Stack, Adds Microsoft

Hardware maker Hewlett-Packard updated its private cloud portfolio according to a blog post by Brad Kirby, the manager of HP’s Microsoft relations. Specifically the largest VirtualSystem stack, the 6,000-virtual machine sized VS3 edition, now comes with new technologies. First and foremost, the all-in-one private cloud supports System Center 2012, Microsoft’s newly launched hypervisor management platform which supports both Hyper-V and, more notably, VMware’s competing offering.  It is integrated into VirtualSystem via HP software. “This is where HP Insight Control for System Center comes into the picture," writes Kirby.  "HP Insight Control for System Center links the server and storage management functions of... more »
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Early Amazon Cloud Marketplace Rivals

Amazon continues to strengthen its offering in cloud with an app store for cloud applications, the AWS Marketplace. The new portal allows customers to buy the Amazon’s cloud applications as well as third party software towards the development of their business. The Marketplace has pre-configured software and technical services, and a shopping cart and list feature.  Amazon made it easy and fast with its proprietary 1-Click purchases for software, and will use the monthly payment structure for customers. The available software ranges from general applications designed to manage servers and databases, to software applications specifically designed for the business world, and developer tools... more »
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Latest Samsung Teaser Targets Apple Fanboys with Philosophy

As the Samsung Unpacked event draws near, more juicy news about the next Galaxy device surface the web. First, it was rumored that Samsung will be unveiling a range of new Galaxy smartphones, then came the news that they’ll be unveiling the official Olympic phone partner at the event on May 3 in London’s Earl’s Court.  Then, news came that South Korean company will be unveiling not only a Galaxy smartphone, presumably the Galaxy SIII, but a Galaxy tablet as well.  Then came the news that aside from the smartphone and tablet, Samsung will also be launching their cloud service S-cloud,... more »

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- David Floyer

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.