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Yahoo!: No Luck in Getting Out of Microsoft Search Ad Deal

Yahoo!: No Luck in Getting Out of Microsoft Search Ad Deal

In an SEC filing, it was disclosed that Microsoft has extended its 10-year search ad deal with Yahoo! for another 12 months. The search ad deal, which originated in 2009, was renewed in 2011 before expiring last March 31, but has since been renewed again by Microsoft as of April 1st.  The deal allows Microsoft to provide search and advertising capabilities to Yahoo. According to sources, Yahoo is trying to get out of the search-ad deal with Microsoft because its deemed it to be unprofitable.  Ever since CEO Marissa Mayer joined Yahoo, she has been looking for ways to sever the company's... more »
Microsoft & Yahoo Double Teams Google | Spotify Gets Downloadified - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Microsoft & Yahoo Double Teams Google | Spotify Gets Downloadified - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Microsoft and Yahoo have agreed to extend the search partnership they started in twenty-ten. Under the terms of the unusual deal, Microsoft guarantees the revenue per search for ads that appear on Yahoo sites. Many analysts expected Yahoo to cancel the arrangement under the leadership of new CEO Marissa Mayer. Yahoo earns less income now, with Microsoft’s guarantee, than it did prior to their joint effort. Mayer expressed dissatisfaction with the partnerships, saying, “We need to see monetization working better because we know that it can and we’ve seen other competitors in the space illustrate how well it can work.”... more »
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EMC World Day 2 : EMC's Software-Led Goals Garner Industry Responses, Spark Open Source Debate

TheCube hosts John Furrier, Dave Vellante and Winston Edmonds wrapped up Day 2 EMC World 2013 by sharing their perspectives on the latest news from the Las Vegas conference. Vellante kicks off the session by emphasizing the correlation between the software-defined trend and Big Data. He views Pivotal Labs, a joint venture between EMC and VMware that focuses on creating the core platform for high velocity Big Data apps, as the former company’s attempt to become the Red Hat of Hadoop. Data-driven security and the decoupling of software and storage infrastructure are also two top priorities for EMC, Furrier notes. He says... more »
Hyperscale to Traditional Storage ... You're Out, Software-Led Storage is In

Hyperscale to Traditional Storage ... You're Out, Software-Led Storage is In

Traditional approaches to data backup have become outdated for large, scale-out infrastructures. Whether government agencies, cloud service providers, or Internet giants (e.g. Facebook, Twitter), storage has quickly become long overdue for an overhaul. Hyperscale computing is the infrastructure and provisioning needed to effectively scale from a few servers to thousands of servers in a distributed computing environment. Hyperscale is a growing trend that necessitates a new method of protecting data. Simplified storage approaches based on object stores, combined with erasure coding as a means of protecting large quantities of data will dramatically lower storage costs. A new storage paradigm is forming, and... more »
Interop Expo Prepares CIOs for Hyperscale Paradigm Shift - Breaking Analysis

Interop Expo Prepares CIOs for Hyperscale Paradigm Shift - Breaking Analysis

With so much attention being focused on at EMC World, it's easy to lose track of what else is happening in the world of Big Data. However, just down the Las Vegas strip a very different, but very prodigious event is taking place - the 27th annual Interop Trade Fair. Unlike EMC World, Interop is run by London-based media company UBM who, by their very essence, focuses on live media, interopability, and business-to-business communications.  UMC's focal point is really on marketing services and data provision, so  their event is less innvolved with upcoming products like EMC's, and more about empowering IT professionals and CIOs with the crucial knowledge of emerging technologies to make smart business decisions. Our very own Scott Lowe has been on the floor, and he summed... more »
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EMC’s Napolitano Outlines a Vision of the Software-Led Future #EMCworld2013

“We wanted to take a different approach in the keynotes [at EMCworld 2013] this year,” said Rich Napolitano, President of EMC’s Unified Storage Division, in an interview in the Cube with SiliconAngle Founder/CEO John Furrier and Wikibon.org Co-Founder/Chief Analyst David Vellante, immediately after delivering his keynote speech. “Instead of talking about products, we wanted to talk about a vision to take customers to the cloud.” See an overview of The Cube’s coverage of EMCworld 2013 and link to all the recorded interviews here. “ViPR, FAST, NCS, virtualization, are all software, and the thing about software is that it’s malleable,” he said.... more »
3 Reasons Why Twitter Wiretaps Should Not Be Approved

3 Reasons Why Twitter Wiretaps Should Not Be Approved

Internet-based messaging services may soon be allowed to be wiretapped by the government, as the Obama administration is on the verge of backing up the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s proposal. The FBI’s proposal for Internet wiretapping stems from the fact that court-approved eavesdropping on suspects using traditional communication is “going dark,” while other means of communicating have gained popularity.  In 2010, the FBI pushed for legal ways of wiretapping into instant messaging services by requiring companies such as Facebook and Google to build a backdoor that would make it easier for the FBI to wiretap, but the proposal was shut down. The... more »
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"Hardware Independence is in our DNA" : NetApp Defines its Software-Led Storage Play

There's a Renaissance going on in IT storage right now, transforming an old, clunky system into something that's not only more agile, but smarter, too.  Software is leading the charge, making new and existing hardware systems more efficient.  At the heart of this revolution is a bubbling rivalry over who will lead the emerging market of software-led storage (or software-defined storage), as newcomers disrupt a legacy market and traditional vendors shift their strategies to appeal to a service-based model. NetApp is among those leading the charge in software-led storage, putting its faith in clustered storage technology with its ONTAP solution.  It's... more »
What Should Samsung Do With Its Huge Chunk Of Cash?  Fly to Mars!

What Should Samsung Do With Its Huge Chunk Of Cash? Fly to Mars!

What to do when you’ve got a huge pile of cash lying around with nothing to spend it on? Me?  I’d never want to wake up because I know it's only something I can only ever dream about. But that isn't the case for everyone - especially not if you happen to be one of the world's largest electronics giants. Instead of sleeping, you'll be up all hours of the night thinking of ways to invest that cash so as to grow your pile even bigger. After all, you can never have too much money! And that’s most likely what Samsung... more »
Fusion-io Co-Founders Pushed Out?  Boardroom Shakeup Leads to Speculation as Shane Robison is Named CEO

Fusion-io Co-Founders Pushed Out? Boardroom Shakeup Leads to Speculation as Shane Robison is Named CEO

UPDATE:  New CEO Shane Robison just came on SiliconANGLE.com TV theCUBE to clear the rumors - link to his statement with John Furrier and Dave Vellante. It's all going on over at Fusion-io this morning. The flash storage giant has been left reeling by the sudden departures of not just one, but BOTH of its co-founders. CEO David Flynn, along with his pal Rick White, have simultaneously bailed out of the company, dashing for the exit as Shane Robison heads in the opposite direction to take over, just in time to try and head off a crisis that's seen Fusion-io's shares lose... more »

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