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WSJ Report Claims NSA Snooping at 75% of Everything

WSJ Report Claims NSA Snooping at 75% of Everything

75% - Wow, that’s a lot isn’t it?  We’re talking about the latest reveal here in the capabilities of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance program.  The revelation come from the Wall Street Journal today and it is getting lots of attention because it now seems the volume of their reach is like nothing we ever dreamed of before and the public acknowledgement from the agency hadn’t even suggested anything on this scale.  The report cites former and current NSA officials on that figure.  If true it seems to indicate that the NSA has the ability to observe a significant... more »
Splunk App for VMware 3.0 Provides Businesses with Granular Visibility Into Virtualized Environments

Splunk App for VMware 3.0 Provides Businesses with Granular Visibility Into Virtualized Environments

Virtualization delivers both the benefits of more efficient use of resources, but it also brings with it the disadvantage of complex management of a dynamic environment. Traditional monitoring tools are often not able to handle resources properly. One good example is security monitoring (user access, user activity, adjustments of rights, who is logged in, etc.), which can still often be difficult in a virtualized environment. Splunk, the leading provider of real-time operational intelligence software, has released Splunk App for VMware 3.0 to provide deep operational visibility into granular performance metrics, logs, tasks and events and topology from hosts, virtual machines and... more »
How A Smart Key Can Save Your Kid's Life

How A Smart Key Can Save Your Kid's Life

In this week’s SmartCar roundup, we’ll be featuring how Google Glass is transforming navigation, the future of public transportation, and a smart key to keep teen drivers safe. Mercedes Benz gets Google Glassified   When Google released the developer version of Google Glass, Mercedes Benz made sure to get a couple of these high-tech glasses.  Not because they just want to play with the promising new gadget, but because they see Google Glass as a perfect companion for vehicles. Mercedes already has a working app called “Door-to-Door Navigation.  When you want to go somewhere, plot your destination to your Google Glass, connect your phone... more »
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Data Quality is Key to Effective Analytics

Data quality and business value were the focal points of this year’s MIT Chief Data Officer and Information Quality (CDOIQ) conference. Dat Tran, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Data Governance and Analysis at the Department of Veterans Affairs, was among the bigwigs who stopped by SiliconANGLE’s theCube to share their insights into these topics. The VA is tapping into new data sources as part of a cross-agency initiative to improve service levels for veterans. According to Tran, data quality is essential for the analysts and data scientists who are working to determine the “priority of how we approach the customer data... more »
Can US Cloud Companies Can Put A Stop To The NSA's Spying?

Can US Cloud Companies Can Put A Stop To The NSA's Spying?

Yet more evidence has emerged about how damaging the NSA's PRISM program has been for US tech firms since Ed Snowden first revealed its existence, but the question is now, do these same corporations have enough power to put a stop to it? One undeniable fact about the United States of America, since it booted out the British all those years ago, is that most of the major political decisions have been made with an eye to furthering its corporate interests. That's not the case with the government's decision to start snooping on its citizens. Rather, it was more of a panic-stricken,... more »
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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