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Facebook Offers officially started rolling out today so local businesses can use their Facebook pages to promote their brand and new products directly to their customers, sending items straight to users' news feeds. Facebook Offers is free to create and any business with a Facebook Page can create Offers.  Facebookers just need to click on the “Get Offer” button to redeem it.  Though it may seem risky for small businesses, Facebook stated that Offers will only reach a limited number of people. This is Facebook’s second attempt in entering the daily deals market.  Their first entry was when they introduced Facebook Deals back... more »
Cybersecurity Roundup: Encryption Nose-dives and Botnets Burn

Cybersecurity Roundup: Encryption Nose-dives and Botnets Burn

This week in the SiliconANGLE cybersecurity round up, the government is tightening up  more and more recently to avoid encryption fiascos in the future. Apple and Microsoft, on the other hand, are putting up individual battles against malware. The Federal Trade Commission has passed down its verdict on RockYou following the hacking cockup that had happened back in 2009 and decided to fine the game developer $250,000. The incident happened because RockYou failed to encrypt user data and stored them in plain text which got their flagship website on an unsmiling SQL injection flaw and had the information published online. The... more »
FBI Staying “Abreast” of Hacker Case Leads to Capture

FBI Staying “Abreast” of Hacker Case Leads to Capture

For anyone who watches TV shows about mystery or criminality, we usually realize that it only takes one mistake to take down a would-be criminal. In the hacker world it can work exactly the same way, however that mistake is often something entirely mundane such as bragging in a chat room, or not obfuscating the origin of an attack—this time it happened to be an image taunting authorities that included a photograph of his girlfriend’s breasts. The hacker, Higinio O. Ochoa III was charged last week by the FBI for several hacks that involved breaking into US law enforcement agencies and... more »
Microsoft Experiences Executive Shakeup as China Head Quits

Microsoft Experiences Executive Shakeup as China Head Quits

Microsoft Corp.’s European and Chinese operations experienced an executive shakeup when Microsoft China’s CEO Simon Leung quit for “personal and family reasons.”  Leung will leave his position at the end of the month and will stay on as an adviser until August. Ralph Haupter, currently vice-president at Microsoft Germany, will take on Leung’s role in combating software piracy and boosting sales of Windows Phone smartphones in China.  Haupter was a former executive at IBM. Gordon Frazer, managing director of Microsoft U.K., and Michel van der Bel, chief operating officer for greater China, will be trading places.  It wasn’t clear why Frazer and... more »
Placeme: Ingenious App that Makes You Think Twice About Privacy

Placeme: Ingenious App that Makes You Think Twice About Privacy

There’s a relatively new Android and iOS app that’s creating a lot of buzz because of how awesome the app is, but also because of its controversial privacy issues. Placeme is the app that remembers every place you visit without having to check-in.  It was developed by Alohar  Mobile - the company that offers an ambient location platform for mobile app developers that automatically understands a mobile user's behavior by analyzing the data collected using persistent sensing technology with long battery life. Placeme works by accessing all your smartphone’s sensors to track your location, activities and environment.  The app also learns stuff... more »
VMware COO on State of PaaS, Cloud Foundry and Its Momentum

VMware COO on State of PaaS, Cloud Foundry and Its Momentum

Early SiliconANGLE contributor Robert Scoble stopped by  VMware just in time for the Cloud Foundry’s one year anniversary to talk with Tod Nielsen, the virtualization giant’s chief operating officer. The video was posted on his Google+ page. SiliconANGLE interviewed Nielsen on several occasions at VMWorld 2010, and one particular session was dedicated to how the cloud is picking up momentum in the enterprise (see video below). Two years ago the cloud was second on the CIO’s to-do list and has just started to build up critical mass, in his words, while his company was still developing the “next generation platform.” Fast-forward to... more »
Netflix to Open Source Chaos Monkey and More

Netflix to Open Source Chaos Monkey and More

Netflix will open source Chaos Monkey and the rest of its Simian Army the company's Director of Cloud Architecture Adrian Cockcroft told Wired Enterprise. In fact, according to Cockcroft, Netflix will release "pretty much all" of its platform in bits and pieces through the summer and fall. Chaos Monkey is a program that randomly kills instances and services throughout the Netflix architecture. The idea is to make all of Netflix's components more robust - no one service should have any unnecessary dependencies. If the service that calculates a star rating for a user crashes, the user should still be able... more »
Where's the Data Fit into Social TV Platforms and Ads?

Where's the Data Fit into Social TV Platforms and Ads?

While the social element of television is not new, Social TV is a relatively new concept used to describe the emerging generation of television services that integrate with other communication platforms like voice, chat and social media on the web.  Social TV leverages the power of social networks to create a new type of highly interactive user experience. According to a report from Nielsen, 86 percent of U.S. smartphone owners and 88 percent of tablet owners use their devices to watch TV.  Moreover, about 69 percent of tablet owners use two screens regularly each week, and more than 26 percent use... more »
YouSendIt Seeks to Expand Enterprise Presence with New Partnership

YouSendIt Seeks to Expand Enterprise Presence with New Partnership

Despite all the news and speeches about Web 2.0 and advanced collaboration platforms, there’s a dirty little secret occurring right under the noses of the technical elite – most document collaboration and sharing is occurring via email. Most vendors attempt to discourage this wildly problematic practice with fancy screens and long lists of features - not YouSendIt. In March, the company primarily known for its online file sharing platform, introduced Workstream - an enterprise collaboration tool that allows users to share documents securely with people outside of their company right from Microsoft Outlook or SharePoint. YouSendIt has taken a step to... more »
Fusion-io Sees Real-Time and Small Analytics as Drivers in 2012

Fusion-io Sees Real-Time and Small Analytics as Drivers in 2012

2011 was a very successful year for a lengthy list of companies, including flash storage solutions maker Fusion-io. Reflecting on 2011, the company outlined three key areas of disruption related to its industry in a blog post late last month. The first area of growth Fusion highlighted is its own contribution to the flurry of developments that appeared around real-time trends. The demand for real time is increasing on both the consumer end, in the form of speedier web services and content streaming, and among vendors in the form of analytics. Real-time equals performance, and Fusion plays a big role here. “Aggregate... more »

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- 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.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.