Bitcoin Weekly 2016 February 10: Steam getting Bitcoin payments, Simplex $7m Series A, Coin Center raises $1m, Hyperledger expands membership
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One of the welcome surprises that came out of last month’s BlackBerry 10 announcements was how the company had embraced the enterprise need for a scalable, secure BYOD management solution. BlackBerry rose to the occasion with the launch of the BlackBerry Balance product – an ecosystem of separation of work and personal data, apps, and management that has raised quite a bit of intrigue. One of the most interested sectors had to be government, where RIM, now BlackBerry, enjoyed a unique position based on its functional management and security features in its day. Given BlackBerry and all its well-known challenges,... more »
LG Electronics signed a definitive agreement with Hewlett-Packard to buy webOS, the mobile operating system the latter obtained through the acquisition of Palm in 2010. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a release stated that “HP and LG do not expect this transaction to have a material impact on either company’s financial statements.” What is LG getting out of the deal? The webOS source code, documentation and brand, plus the engineering talent that developed it. The Korean manufacturer also said that it will license a number of Palm patents in HP’s possession. “WebOS and its associated community deliver market leading... more »
Last week’s spate of high-profile Twitter account hijackings has once again raised the issue of security on social media sites, particularly where it concerns well-known brands and businesses. In case you missed it, last week saw the Twitter accounts of Burger King and Jeep compromised by unknown hackers, alongside (rather amusingly) the @Anon_CentralNF account belonging to the hacktivist collective Anonymous. For Burger King, the hacker’s mischief was particularly embarrassing for the company, swapping its logo for that of MacDonalds and tweeting that the company had been bought out by the rival fast food joint. Burger King later recovered its account, and even... more »
Rackspace has just stepped up the pressure on Amazon Web Services by slashing its cloud storage rates by a whopping 33 percent last Friday, while announcing plans to roll out tiered pricing for its open cloud services. The cuts will see the cost of Rackspace’s Content Delivery Network, which routes traffic around the web to reduce latency and page load times, slashed by 30 percent, down to $0.12 per GB from its previous price of $0.18. This newly reduced rate matches the per-GB pricing of Amazon’s CloudFront CDN for the first 10 TB per month of out-bound data transfer. After that,... more »
One of the world’s leading augmented reality technology developers, Augmented Pixels, formerly known as AR23D, has attracted investments from AVentures Capital. The amount of investment was not disclosed, but the deal for the fund will own AVentures 25% of the company. AVentures Capital, a Ukrainian venture capital fund that invests primarily in the information technology sector, might have invested from $300,000 to $3 million in Series A deal. According to the founder and owner of AR23D Vitaly Goncharuk, negotiations were conducted for six months, and the deal was closed for 2 months. The company plans to use the money to further... more »
EMC Introduces Pivotal HD Apache Hadoop Distribution EMC has announced what it says is the world's most powerful Apache Hadoop distribution, Pivotal HD, the integrated EMC Greenplum massively parallel processing (MPP) database technology natively with the Apache Hadoop framework. The EMC Greenplum-developed HAWQ technology brings a decade of large-scale management research and development to the platform to provide more than 100X performance improvements compared to existing SQL-like services on top of Hadoop, EMC says. More RSA Announces Three SOC Systems to Manage Security Incidents RSA, the Security Division of EMC, has announced three software systems for Security Operations Centers to manage security incidents... more »
HP’s Predictive Security Announcement at RSA - The Big Data Formula that Introduces Sentiment Analysis Using Hadoop, Autonomy, and ArcSight
Once upon a time the limits of security were based on a reactive approach, relying heavily on signature-based methodologies, the industry would react to the latest and greatest threats out there to secure and protect the business. It suited the times, but as the security realm became more business standardized, the approach of proactive security entered the picture, bringing forth centralization, reporting, forensics, vulnerability management and other measures designed to prevent attacks. Today's threats are rapid, persistent, and adaptive. HP has announced a platform at this week’s RSA conference that changing the game altogether with Predictive Security. What this means... more »
The petition of making phone unlocking legal has reached the White House with all 10,000 signatures mark. The deadline of the same was 23 Feb 2013, but the petition reached two days before the cut-off date, which means that the White House is now bound to issue an official response. The petition was started by a San Francisco resident Sina Khanifar, who once faced a five-year prison sentence and a $500,000 fine for “circumventing protection measures of Motorola phones” while he was an undergraduate college student. “I was 20 years old and terrified; my immediate reaction was to shut down the business,”... more »
DevOps has kicked off a lot of discussion in IT management. Some love it, some hate it. But even that reaction is far too binary. The fact is that DevOps is not an all-or-nothing proposition. There is a measured approach you can take, emphasizing small experiments validated in short, low-risk bursts. Here, we’ll take a look at a few areas where DevOps can start making a difference for you relatively quickly. First a disclaimer. We could get into a religious debate over whether moving toward DevOps can be called DevOps. Let’s put that to one side for this discussion. The idea... more »
As many viewers may be aware, every year the big names in the smartphone and tablet industries make their annual pilgrimage to Spain, home of the Sagrada Familia, world-class soccer, and most importantly, the Mobile World Congress. There's a lot that's already happened this week, and it's got quite a few of us (especially those of us who can't wait for our Verizon contract to end in June) quite excited about the phones that will hit the market this year. So without further ado, let's jump into the fray! Hewlett-Packard is first up in today's news, as they're set to release a tablet to... more »