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3D Printing and the Upcoming Cultural Crisis in Gun Control

3D Printing and the Upcoming Cultural Crisis in Gun Control

3D printers represent a technology that may have great implications for the culture of prohibition--that idea that “things” can be controlled by regulation. Certainly this has become true for questions of copyright when it comes to the ease-of-copying and the digital era; but now 3D printers are bringing the ability to produce tangible objects into the hands of consumers--and, with the introduction of the physible, the ability to download plans for those objects from the Internet. In the United States, gun control is a very big issue due to the lethal potential of the weapon and extremely active media coverage of... more »
VMware Takes Up the SLI Torch, Lights Up Skeptics

VMware Takes Up the SLI Torch, Lights Up Skeptics

It's a great feeling to be in the lead.  VMware is one company that had the foresight to develop virtualized systems for the enterprise early in the game, gaining a significant head start.  But the rivals are beginning to catch up and VMware has shifted its outlook for 2013 as a result of an equalizing market.  The resulting drop in stock was damning for VMware, but it's not the complete picture.  Perhaps in an effort to regain investor support, VMware made a strategic acquisition with the Virsto buy to boost its efforts in software-led infrastructure. There's actually quite a few avenues for... more »
Google Files Lawsuit Against "Russian SOPA" Law

Google Files Lawsuit Against "Russian SOPA" Law

Google is launching an appeal with a Russian court in what it describes as a test case against a new law that some critics say could lead to censorship of the internet. The internet giant announced today that it’s filed a lawsuit in a Moscow court against Russia’s consumer protection and public health and safety agency Rospotrebnadzor, after it blocked a video on YouTube demonstrating a theatrical make-up effect that makes it appear as if a razor blade is stuck in someone’s wrist. It’s essentially just a trick that would go with a cool Halloween costume, but Russia’s consumer regulator says... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for February 14, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for February 14, 2013

KPMG Survey Finds Cloud Adoption More Complicated than Anticipated Companies are reporting higher-than-expected costs from Cloud use as well as challenges with implementation, operations, and governance, according to a new survey by KPMG International. The survey, “The Cloud Takes Shape”, polled more than 50 business and IT leaders across 16 major global markets and found more than half are already working in the Cloud. However, one-third said the costs of moving to the Cloud were higher than expected, and a similar number reported significant implementation challenges. More   KPMG to Donate 5,000 Books to Children in Need for each Phil Mickelson and Stacy... more »
The Forgotten Security Risk: Data Sharing

The Forgotten Security Risk: Data Sharing

Data breaches come in many varieties, from hacked servers to stolen laptops, but one risk that people tend to forget about is the danger of having a shared file go AWOL. Inadvertently send an email to the wrong recipient, upload private data to a public server, or use a consumer-grade cloud file sharing service, and your company may find itself in both media and regulatory purgatory for months on end. The California Department of Health Care Services recently learned this the hard way, when it mistakenly posted Social Security numbers for nearly 14,000 Medicaid providers to a public website. Chevron encountered... more »
HStreaming's Hadoop Framework Funded for Hybrid Analytics

HStreaming's Hadoop Framework Funded for Hybrid Analytics

HStreaming just announced that it has received funding from Atlas Venture, a high-profile Boston-based VC that owns a stake in sqrrl, Nimbus and dozens of other early-stage tech startups. The company did not disclose how much capital it received in the round. HStreaming is a San Francisco-based Big Data developer that specializes in streaming analytics, as the name would suggest. Its flagship offering is a patented analytics engine that processes and analyzes live streams of multi-structured data to allow users to make and execute on real-time decisions. It is compatible with the Hadoop framework, including all major commercial Hadoop distributions, allowing... more »
Senate Proposes New Legislation to Woo Entrepreneurs Abroad

Senate Proposes New Legislation to Woo Entrepreneurs Abroad

Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) is leading a bipartisan group in the introduction of a new bill that would encourage foreign entrepreneurs to bring their new businesses to America. Named Startup Act 3.o, the legislation would allow said entrepreneurs to reside in the Unites States for three years, provided they employ five full-time workers who are not family members.  The new program would be available to up to 75,000 immigrants with an H-1B or F-1 visa who have registered a business that employs at least two full-time workers, and invests or is raising funding of at least $100,000.  The bill contains various... more »
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HP Returns to Mobile, Apple Challenges iPhone Trademark Loss in Brazil

In today’s mobile news roundup: HP said to be re-adopting Android for mobile devices; Apple challenges iPhone trademark loss in Brazil; Bug fix for iOS 6.1 on its way;  Apple Maps still causing trouble in Australia; Nexus 4 gets Android 4.2.2 update; and Adobe takes 10 percent from app developers who use Director 12. HP adopting Android for mobile devices Sources familiar with the matter claims that Hewlett-Packard will be adopting the Android platform for use in its mobile devices.  HP is said to be releasing a high-end Android tablet powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 chip.  The sources claimed that HP has... more »
E-Commerce Taxation Finds New Life in Marketplace Fairness Act

E-Commerce Taxation Finds New Life in Marketplace Fairness Act

The debate over the taxation of online purchases has begun again in congress. The Marketplace Fairness Act will be introduced by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Republican Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN).  The bill is expected to exempt from sales tax collection any merchant with $1 million in annual sales or less. This would be an increase from a prior cap of $500,000, in an effort to level the bill with previous versions introduced in the House of Representatives. Those who support the move point out that in states with sales tax laws on the books, the tax is... more »
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Android Could Be HP's Savior in Mobile + Beyond

Hewlett-Packard has had its share of turmoil in recent months, still managing to sustain the lead in a debatably dying market -- PC sales.  The mobile revolution seems to have passed HP by, despite the acquisition of Palm OS, a string of failed Android devices and even the recently unveiled the HP Pavillion 14 -  a laptop that runs Google’s Chrome OS.  Not many were pleased with the device since it weighs more than other Chromebooks offered by Acer, Lenovo and Samsung, costs more, and has a shorter battery life. But the release of the HP Chromebook only unearthed murmurs of... more »

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