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Data is King - Bandwidth His Gold, and Software His Council

What makes Google and Facebook especially powerful? Their data centers.  Built like nothing the world has ever seen, the design behind Google's server networks and Facebook's storage security make these two uniquely capable of powering our search queries and social inquiries. Anticipating the need for hyperscale storage, Google and Facebook knew early on the demands their long-term goals would influence the very architecture of their data centers.  And with the right brain power, Google and Facebook were able to craft their data centers with the end goal in mind. Hyperscale storage has empowered more than just Google and Facebook, bestowing the... more »
Spanish Cops Smash "Ransomware" Cybercrime Ring

Spanish Cops Smash "Ransomware" Cybercrime Ring

Police in Spain say that they’ve smashed a cybercrime ring that infected millions of computers with ransomware, using the virus to extort potentially millions of dollars from their unsuspecting victims, it was reported today. According to European Cybercrime Centre, which led the investigation, the suspected hackers would install ransomware onto their victim’s computers, using it to lock their hard drives before posing as police agencies and demanding payment of a fine to unlock their computers. The lead suspect in the case has been described by Spain’s Ministry of the Interior as a “27-year-old citizen of Russian origin who was arrested in December... more »
Survey of the Top 5 3D Printers on the Market for 2013

Survey of the Top 5 3D Printers on the Market for 2013

2013 is said to be the year when people start paying more attention to the technology available for them. In 2012, 3D printers started to get noticed, but not many people were interested in them as they see no use for such a bulky machine.  As more companies focus on this market and people finding more use for the technology, 3D printers are attracting a lot of attention. There are already a number of 3D printers available in the market and if you’re a first time buyer, the task of picking the best may seem a bit daunting. So here’s SiliconANGLE’s Top 5... more »
TV Viewers in Marquette, MI and Great Falls, MT Treated to Zombie Warnings via EAS

TV Viewers in Marquette, MI and Great Falls, MT Treated to Zombie Warnings via EAS

The city of Marquette, Michigan had two separate TV stations warn viewers of a zombie apocalypse via the emergency alert systems including an announcement that "dead bodies are rising from their graves." Hackers accessed the ESA of both PBS-affiliate WNMU Channel 13 and ABC-affiliate WBUP-TV Channel 10 sending out scrolling text as well as an audio warning about a zombie invasion. The hacking prank also appears to have spread to Montana, as a TV station there also broadcast a warning about brain-eaters. "Civil authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking... more »
Was Obama's Electronic Security Order Overzealous?  [Breaking Analysis]

Was Obama's Electronic Security Order Overzealous? [Breaking Analysis]

There's much to be said following President Obama's State of the Union Address last night. For those of us here at SiliconANGLE, one of the more concerning topics he discussed was of a recent executive order on cybersecurity. While addressing the matter, Mr. Obama urged congress to take action to protect the nation's computer infrastructure from cyber attacks. The comments by the president were "calls for unity," as Mark "Rizzn" Hopkins pointed out. "It was a form of bullying" that Obama used to shame the opposition party into "falling into line." Though these sorts of rhetorical claims are not too uncommon in... more »
How Can Intel Stand Out in a Sea of Web TVs? Bundle Services, To Start

How Can Intel Stand Out in a Sea of Web TVs? Bundle Services, To Start

Every company involved in the PC business is looking for a new gig, and Internet TV could be the next big thing for Intel.  The chipmaker revealed this morning that it will be offering a Internet TV service, as well as a set-top box, to consumers later this year. The announcement was made by Erik Huggers, the head of Intel Media, at AllThingsD’s media conference this week. Huggers did not divulge too much information, but did say that the set-top box will be equipped with an Intel chip but will not be Intel branded.  The Intel TV is currently being tested in... more »
Microsoft Unveils Plans for More Entertainment Content as Durango Rumors Pile Up

Microsoft Unveils Plans for More Entertainment Content as Durango Rumors Pile Up

Manufacturers rarely let slip that a new product is in the works.  Why?  Because they don’t want consumers holding off on buying products that are actually available in the market.  If they confirm that they’re brewing something new, sales of current products would simply plummet. This is the reason Microsoft, as well as Sony, keeps denying that it’s working on a new Xbox console.  Still, that doesn’t mean that people with knowledge aren’t talking. In January, VGleaks posted specs and photos of the next Xbox, codenamed Durango.  It looked like a computer box or CPU of a desktop PC, but that’s not... more »
5 Skills Data Scientists Should Cultivate in 2013

5 Skills Data Scientists Should Cultivate in 2013

Data Scientist. That was a term coined when two people, DJ Patil and Jeff Hammerbacher, were trying to name their data team working on big data and did not want to limit their functions with just any job title like business analyst or research scientist. And ever since, the title has become extremely popular. The role of a data scientist is designed to help organizations make sense of the large number of disparate data sources that analytics platforms can interrogate. So what makes a data scientist? What skill set does it require? Here it goes! Diverse Technologies - To be a data scientist, you... more »
SiliconAngle News Briefs for February 13, 2013

SiliconAngle News Briefs for February 13, 2013

Farm Credit Mid-America Chooses EMC in Competitive Selection Farm Credit Mid-America, an agricultural cooperative serving more than 95.000 farmers, agribusinesses, and rural residents, has selected EMC VNX unified storage over NetApp and Dell for its performance, scalability, and manageability. It also chose EMC RecoverPoint for comprehensive disaster recovery. By modernizing its IT infrastructure with EMC, Farm Credit Mid-America is enabling its loan specialists to deliver responsive customer service, generate more revenue, and increase efficiency. More   Nimble Storage Announces First U.S. East Coast Office Flash-optimized hybrid storage solutions pioneer Nimble Storage has opened its first U.S. East Coast office in North Carolina's Raleigh Technology... more »
Best Practices: Data-Mapping the Customer Experience in 2013

Best Practices: Data-Mapping the Customer Experience in 2013

It’s already February and most executives are likely still recovering from the holiday sales season. However now is the time for marketing teams to start thinking like their IT counterparts and learn from their service mistakes to plan for more integrated customer engagement looking ahead to this December. Companies now possess mountains of data about customer purchases and experiences during the 2012 holiday rush. When viewed together, these insights gathered from various service touch points – phone call, email or in-store visit –can tell a vivid story of how customers interacted with a company, and how long it took to resolve... more »

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