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NFL Sunday Ticket, Brought To You By Google?

NFL Sunday Ticket, Brought To You By Google?

What is America’s favorite sport?  Nope, not baseball, it’s football.  According to Harris Interactive’s poll earlier this year, 34 percent of adults surveyed stated that football is their favorite sport, while only 16 percent chose baseball. These findings really aren't that surprising given all the craze happening with the NFL, especially during this year's Super Bowl.  Thousands of people flocked either to watch the game, tailgate, or hold their own Super Bowl parties at home with their buddies. Some are excited to watch all the Super Bowl ads while others just watch it because of the half-time performance. And so, what might... more »
Military Judge Sentences Manning to 35 Years in WikiLeaks Case

Military Judge Sentences Manning to 35 Years in WikiLeaks Case

On Wednesday morning Pfc. Bradley was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.  The military judge, Army colonel Denise Lind, sentenced him after Manning’s conviction on multiple charges just last month.  He faced up to 90 years in prison. These charges included violations of the Espionage Act for copying and distributing the documents during his service as an intelligence analyst at a forward operating base in Iraq. Manning would become eligible for parole after serving just one-third of the sentence.  Government prosecutors had requested a 60 year sentence in... more »
Key VMware Executive Shakeups in 2013 : New CEO + Other Fresh Faces

Key VMware Executive Shakeups in 2013 : New CEO + Other Fresh Faces

Last year, VMware welcomed a new CEO, Pat Gelsinger, who replaced Paul Maritz.  At the time, Maritz exited the company and will not serve in any position under the EMC umbrella.  Lo and behold, Maritz is now Pivotal’s head.  Pivotal is the latest EMC/VMware spinoff. But this isn't the only executive level shakeup we've seen amongst EMC and its subsidiaries in recent months.  As we gear up for VMworld, several questions remain for the virtualization firm regarding its staying power in a rapidly transitioning market.  C-level shuffles are often indicative of internal changes, impacting company culture, products and public perception. So... more »
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Privacy + Security : Top Priorities in Hadoop Era

The Edward Snowden saga has dragged the issue of privacy into the limelight, and shed new light on the importance of individual freedom. Curt Monash, a well known industry analyst, shared his take on this topic in an interview on theCube at the recently concluded HP Vertica Big Data Conference. “Privacy is hugely important,” Monash said, because it is among the principal values that have to be upheld in every society. He highlighted that the implications of privacy abuse can be “extremely dangerous”  because users’ physical location, transaction history and license plates are all tracked in today’s increasingly connected world. Monash believes... more »
Nokia Deploys 2nd Gen 3D Mapping System: Can HERE Maps Finally Rival Google?

Nokia Deploys 2nd Gen 3D Mapping System: Can HERE Maps Finally Rival Google?

When you need directions or you want to see what a place looks like, you'll more than likely turn to Google Maps because of its Streetview feature.  No doubt about it, Streetview's really cool, especially when you’re visiting a place for the first time.  With Streetview, you can familiarize yourself with the place even before you get there so you won’t look so much like a tourist. It's precisely because of this feature that Google Maps is the most dominant, all powerful mapping service around. Quite simply, there's nothing to compare with it, and that's why it has virtually no competition... more »
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4 Ways Gold iPhone Will Succeed : Elitism, Corporate Appeal + More

You’ve probably already heard that Apple will be launching two iPhones by September.  Apple hasn’t confirmed it yet, but sources stated that there will be a high-end iPhone dubbed as the iPhone 5S, and a low-cost iPhone dubbed as the iPhone 5C. Apple is said to be replacing the iPhone 4 and 4S with the iPhone 5C and it will be directed at emerging markets, specifically in Asia.  Apple has a knack of knocking down older iPhones’ price by a couple hundred dollars, so instead of doing that, they will just remove the two older iPhones and replace them with a... more »
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NaviSite Announces Advanced IaaS Powered by vCloud #VMworld

Managed service and cloud computing provider NaviSite this morning has announced NaviCloud Director, an advanced IaaS service built around VMware's vCloud Director and designed to support advanced applications and hybrid computing environments. It gives customers access to VMware's APIs and development environment and supports customer customization of their networking architecture to map specifically to their technology philosophy. It also provides users with access to the native vCloud Director user interface for further flexibility. The new offering was developed in cooperation with VMware and features: Easy access through AppCenter, vCloud Director, and APIs; Mix-&-match billing models for fixed cost or pay-as-you-go; Flexible network architectures allowing... more »
Facebook's Mission To Connect The World: Noble, But It's All About The Money

Facebook's Mission To Connect The World: Noble, But It's All About The Money

Facebook stole the headlines this morning with the announcement of its new master plan to connect the more than five billion people living in the world who're stil unable to access, or only have limited access, to the internet. The drive, which was announced by Mark Zuckerberg in a blog post and the New York Times in a separate exclusive, will go by the simple banner of Internet.org. Facebook won't be going it alone – it's being backed by six other high profile tech businesses in the form of Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung. The initiative will see the... more »
Germany Acceptance of Bitcoin Sets Standard for Other Countries

Germany Acceptance of Bitcoin Sets Standard for Other Countries

The story of the German Finance Ministry stating essentially Bitcoin is “legal tender” has been making the rounds all over the virtual currency and technology world. The German government recognizes the digital currency as a “unit of account” that can be used in Germany. This makes them a kind of “private money”, which can be used in multilateral clearing circles. The German Ministry of Finance has issued an official statement recognizing Bitcoin as “Rechnungseinheiten,” a legal designation that translates to “units of account”. This type of money is also referred to as “artificial currency” or “side payments.” “We should have competition in... more »
SimpliVity Announces Deep Stack Converged Infrastructure Alternative

SimpliVity Announces Deep Stack Converged Infrastructure Alternative

Startup SimpliVity has announced a set of converged infrastructure products designed for multiple-box scalability that goes beyond competing offerings from the large vendors, writes Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Stuart Miniman. Specifically, SimpliVity's OmniStack include backup/dedup, WAN optimization, cloud gateway functionality, and both SSD and flash caching on top of the normal integrated storage, network, compute, and management software. Typical OmniStack deployments start with three to four cubes at a single site. It can scale to 12 cubes at six sites, and SimpliVity is talking about testing up to 512 cubes at 64 sites. The update to its portfolio includes  refresh of... more »

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