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From Blogs to Social Objects - How SXSW Has Changed Since 2006

From Blogs to Social Objects - How SXSW Has Changed Since 2006

The discussions at SXSW are more about data this year than in years past. Social is a topic of discussion but the influencers are now putting more attention on the data layers built on top of applications and the new ways to identify and manage the flow of "social objects" from apps and social networks.  Scaling and automation are what's in vogue. Social media, per se, is not. In 2006, the talk was about blogging. Podcasting became a catalyst for a new generation of services that were best realized with such new devices as the iPod. Twitter came onto the scene... more »
Quest Software Spending $2 Billion To Turn Private

Quest Software Spending $2 Billion To Turn Private

IT service provider Quest Software announced on Friday that it's entered into a deal with private equity firm Insight Venture Partners that will see the company pay a total of $2 billion to purchase its stock back from outside shareholders and return to being a private company. This move was unanimously approved by Quest's board of directors. That $2 billion figure represents a per-share purchase price of $23, a 19 percent premium to Quest's March 8th closing price. Current Quest Chairman and CEO Vinny Smith will retain both his executive leadership of and his financial stake in the privately-owned entity that... more »
Nirvanix Announces Latest High-Profile Client: National Geographic Society

Nirvanix Announces Latest High-Profile Client: National Geographic Society

Cloud storage startup Nirvanix is one of the fastest-growing companies in the industry, and SiliconANGLE has been following them closely throughout the past couple of years. The latest update is that the National Geographic Society, which deals with very large unstructured files, moved its backup and archival processes to the Nirvanix Cloud Network. “Given the growth of our unstructured content files, we had to find an alternative to the traditional approach of continually buying physical storage capacity for our archival needs,” said Dan Backer, Director of Infrastructure Systems, National Geographic Society. “The Nirvanix Cloud Storage Network gives us the on-demand scalability... more »
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Visual.ly Launches DIY Infographics at SXSW 2012

SXSW 2012 lived up to the hype of being a springboard for the coolest technological revelations of the year, and Visual.ly is the latest to jump into the pool. The data visualization expert launches Visual.ly Create—a tool that allows users to build and customize infographics to tell a story. Co-founder and CEO of Visual.ly, Stew Langille sees a very bright future with the tool and data visualization, saying "we launched Visual.ly because we believe infographics are the future; and now there's no question that we are right; the demand and rate of production has accelerated more than we could have hoped.... more »
Viddy Video Rocks Facebook and the iPhone with Linkin Park

Viddy Video Rocks Facebook and the iPhone with Linkin Park

Viddy is bringing its Video App alongside the launch of Facebook’s Open Social Platform. The popular mobile video app will be one of the first ventures to take advantage of Facebook’s big update. There are very few elements that are revealed as what the world’s largest social network newest adventure is all about. This is the total opposite of how the public and pundits are fleshing out facts about their massive $100 billion valuation post-IPO debut. But Viddy is generous enough to share what to expect with the Video App. Viddy will capitalize on the inherent social element of watching videos with... more »
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The jQuery Replacement Has Arrived: AppMobi's New HTML5 Framework

AppMobi released version 1.0 of jqMobi, an HTML5-based alternative to the jQuery JavaScript framework that was specifically developed for mobile. We covered the original launch in January, and the mobile development solutions maker made a big point of comparing the two platforms, demonstrating some figures that show why jqMobi is the best option for mobile app makers. Performance was one of the areas where the latter managed to beat jQuery in tests commissioned by the company, and it also takes up less memory. Today the first official version is rolling out, introducing a host of improvements to the existing code. For one, jqMobi’s... more »
AntiSec Christmas Stratfor Hack Cost $700,000 in Credit Card Fraud

AntiSec Christmas Stratfor Hack Cost $700,000 in Credit Card Fraud

Remember last year when Anonymous and AntiSec breached the FBI think tank Stratfor and made news by making off with 200 gigabytes of personal and finical data and 60,000 credit card numbers? It was about Christmas time and Anonymous decided to make some rather large donations at the time described a sort of Santa Robin Hood move for #LulzXmas. Well, thanks to statistics released from the source and reported by SecurityWeek’s Steve Ragan: it comes out to nearly $700,000 total from the entire escapade: It was in December of 2011 that AntiSec supporters targeted Stratfor, walking away with 860,160 usernames (email addresses)... more »
The Sina Problem: Verifying Social Media User IDs is a Matter of Validating Data

The Sina Problem: Verifying Social Media User IDs is a Matter of Validating Data

Sina Corp.’s Weibo, China’s Twitter, has until March 16 to acquire all their users information to comply with the government’s standards. Back in December, the Chinese government ordered the microblogging site to obtain users’ name and mobile numbers and verify them.  If users aren’t able to provide them, they will no longer be able to post stories and have to settle with just reading other people’s posts. “In order to standardize the management of the development of the micro-blog service, to maintain the order of the network communication, information security, and protect the legitimate rights and interests of the users of Internet... more »
Microsoft Cuts Azure Pricing Following Amazon

Microsoft Cuts Azure Pricing Following Amazon

Redmond-based Microsoft has cut the price of Azure storage as you go service and some of its cloud computing offerings. The announcement and cuts went into effect Friday, which is only a few days following Amazon Web Services storage price slash. The decrease is on par with an apparent trend that it may not be too long before cloud computing rates par electricity rates. As to the particulars of the pricing that Microsoft released, Windows Azure Storage Pay-As-You-Go pricing has been reduced by 12 percent ($0.14 to $0.125); 6 Month Plans for Windows Azure Storage have been reduced across all tiers by up... more »
Valve Denies PC-Console Rumors Amid Hot Cloud Gaming Trend

Valve Denies PC-Console Rumors Amid Hot Cloud Gaming Trend

The cloud was a key driver in last year’s phenomenal PC video games sales. And, it is showing no signs of slowing down as more companies head to its direction. This booming space is also fast-becoming a battleground for startups and veterans alike. Valve Valve started 2012 strong with smartphone Steam app beta. The app permits users to access their social-gaming and delivery Steam service on both Android and iOS and purchase games from mobile phones, anytime and anywhere. With expansion and improvements, many thought they are already setting up to battle gaming giants like Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation in the hardware... more »

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