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NSA Goes Social - Collecting Social Network Data of US Citizens

NSA Goes Social - Collecting Social Network Data of US Citizens

Another week, another revelation about the NSA.  This time the New York Times has reported that the NSA is collecting social networking data about US citizens.  Here’s what they’re collecting: Who your friends are, who your contacts are, location information, and more.  This isn’t a spreadsheet, but a massive sophisticated graph of all this social information about you, your family, and everyone you may know.  The revelation comes from interviews with various officials and a batch of newly revealed documents. The policy shift was intended to help the agency “discover and track” connections between intelligence targets overseas and people in the... more »
Weatherproofing The Data Center: Early Innovators Look for Warning Protection Systems

Weatherproofing The Data Center: Early Innovators Look for Warning Protection Systems

Today you can find data centers in the most unusual places, from an old military base at the South Pole to a Spanish chapel. McMurdo is a scientific research center for the U.S. and it's located at the South Pole, ideal to keep data center cooling. An old Japanese coal mine, 100 meters underground, is home to 30 containers with 250 servers each. The containers can withstand an earthquake of 6.7 on the Richter scale. That data center is cooled by groundwater. These centers survive odd and harsh conditions, but if an extremely powerful tornado or hurricane drops down a datacenter... more »
Your Complete Guide to Splunk .conf2013 : Where to Watch, What to Expect

Your Complete Guide to Splunk .conf2013 : Where to Watch, What to Expect

Splunk .conf2013 kicks off today at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV, and will run through until October 3, 2013.  Though the event begins today, sessions will not start until tomorrow, leaving attendees time to mingle with like-minded professionals.  Our premier production program, theCUBE, will be there live, broadcasting exclusive interviews from top executives in the industry. Watch live coverage of Splunk .conf2013 here! On SiliconANGLE.tv This is the 4th Annual Splunk Worldwide Users' Conference and this year’s theme is “Your Data, No Limits.”  The event aims to deepen attendees’ practical knowledge of Splunk, learn best practices and check out new solutions, apps... more »
Unhappy About Ads in Gmail's App? Here are Some Alternatives

Unhappy About Ads in Gmail's App? Here are Some Alternatives

Last week, Google Search celebrated its 15th year in the industry and with that came a number of updates for its apps and services.  The Google Search app now streamlines the experience even if you’re using different devices using different platforms, and search is now more intuitive. Aside from that, Google also updated its Gmail app with darker UI icons, alerts for unsent messages, the cancel button has been removed so you only have to tap on the “Back” button of your device to cancel sending a message, and contacts and notifications without pictures are given one - usually the first... more »
Looking for Bigfoot with Big Data? Infographic Shows 3,313 Sightings of Bigfoot in Last Century

Looking for Bigfoot with Big Data? Infographic Shows 3,313 Sightings of Bigfoot in Last Century

Big Data have been used to explore a range of unusual items, but the latest research might be a unique on its own - the hunt for Sasquatch. Josh Stevens, a PhD candidate at Penn State University, has compiled 92 years worth of data on Bigfoot, exhibiting where the legendary creature has reportedly been wandering and how a visualization of nearly a century of Sasquatch sighting reports in the US and Canada. Stevens used data compiled by the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO), which tries to document “the presence of an animal, probably a primate that exists today in very low population... more »
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SAP’s Kevin Chew Talks In-Memory Analytics and Business Value at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 | #oow13

During his stint as a Venture Investor at EMC, Kevin Chew tracked cloud computing and Big Data as they began to take root in Silicon Valley. Now the group vice president of Managed Cloud as a Service and Technology Alliances for SAP, Chew is responsible for helping customers and partners leverage these technologies to boost the bottom line. The veteran executive stopped by theCUBE at the recently concluded Oracle OpenWorld 2013 conference to discuss how SAP is addressing the changing landscape of corporate IT. Where Oracle is aiming to dominate the entire stack, the BI giant is pursuing an ecosystem-oriented strategy... more »
Breaking Analysis: Syncsort's New Acquisition Primes Partners for Real-Time Big Data

Breaking Analysis: Syncsort's New Acquisition Primes Partners for Real-Time Big Data

Syncsort, a global maker of Big Data software, is moving fast under the direction of Lone Jaffe.  His first acquisition as CEO of Data Integration is UK-based Circle Computer Group, kicking off the acquisition-heavy growth strategy he revealed earlier this year. Circle offers a portfolio of software products that allow organizations to make valuable, previously "locked away" mainframe data securely available for new enterprise-wide Big Data initiatives without requiring any changes to existing applications, reducing software costs in the process. "We're looking to acquire fast-growing companies with extraordinary talent and highly differentiated software that will advance our strategy and easily snap... more »
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Google Glass vs. Recon Jet : Rival Gets Funding from Intel

Recon Instruments, the Canadian company that delivered the world’s first consumer Heads-up Displays (HUD) for sports, must be doing something right to gain the attention, and investment dollars, of Intel.  The HUD company recently announced that Intel Capital will be making a significant investment to fund its product development, marketing and global sales expansion.  Aside from the cash infusion of an undisclosed amount, Recon will benefit from Intel’s expertise in manufacturing, operations and technology to further the Internet of Things revolution. “Wearable computing is a major, accelerating phenomenon that re-defines how we use and interact with information,” said Mike Bell, Vice... more »
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VCE’s Jay Cuthrell on Oracle, Vblock + Everything In Between | #oow13

Jay Cuthrell of the VCE Office of the CTO dropped by theCUBE at the recently concluded Oracle OpenWorld 2013 conference to share his take on databases, DBAs and the developer-driven data center. Cuthrell begins the interview by highlighting that Oracle is a “workload of interest” for VCE, which made it a priority to help customers achieve greater returns on their database investments. The joint venture recently introduced a Vblock Specialized System for High Performance Databases that is geared specifically for Oracle deployments. The purpose-built cloud appliance utilizes Cisco C-Series rack servers and XtremIO flash cache to address the performance, price-performance and latency... more »
Oracle’s In-Memory Fast but Expensive, Say Partners

Oracle’s In-Memory Fast but Expensive, Say Partners

Oracle’s announcement of its In-Memory offering was welcomed by many who were impressed by its amazing speed. CEO Larry Ellison described the In-Memory Database processing as having “ungodly speed”, but it is also in a market that is “ripe for the picking” by open source competitors. Actually, the general reaction to Oracle’s announcement seems to be that many customers would prefer less-expensive and more customer-driven (rather than technology driven) solutions. The benefit of an in-memory database is that admins can move application sets or “hot data’ to the system memory, accelerating applications. They can use tiered data as a platform for... more »

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