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Travis CI Adds Support for Java and Other JVM Languages

The team behind the open source continuous integration tool Travis CI have announced support for Java, Scala and Groovy. TravisCI started with support for Ruby, and soon added support for Erlang, Clojure, Node.js and PHP. Continuous integration is the principle of committing and integrating source code changes more rapidly, saving integration time down the road. TravisCI is a tool specifically designed for CI for open source teams using GitHub. According to the announcement, TravisCI's workflow looks like this: Clone your repository from GitHub (If applicable) pick language/runtime version to use Run before_install commands (can be more than one) Install dependencies. Travis will try to... more »
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Microsoft Sues Motorola, T-Mobile Blocks Verizon's Monopoly Play

Though the Google-Motorola deal is still awaiting the approval of regulators from China, Taiwan and Israel, the pending merger is already faced with a lawsuit.  Microsoft filed a complaint against Google to the European Commission accusing the search giant and Motorola of making their patents too expensive. The announcement was made by Microsoft’s Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Standards & Antitrust Group Dave Heiner in his blog post “Google: Please Don’t Kill Video on the Web.”  Below is an excerpt of Heiner’s post detailing how Google intends to kill video on the web. Earlier today, Microsoft filed a formal competition... more »
Amazon Launches New Hybrid Cloud Friendly Service, But What About Vendor Lock-In?

Amazon Launches New Hybrid Cloud Friendly Service, But What About Vendor Lock-In?

According to a recent Information Week survey public cloud adoption in the enterprise has stalled slightly since 2011. In 2008, only 16% of survey respondents were using some sort of public cloud service. That went up to 21% in 2009, then to 22% in 2010 and jumped to 31% in 2011. It only raised to 33% this year. Many companies remain interested in the cloud - 40% say they have plans - but at least for this year the move is somewhat slow. Meanwhile, I keep hearing about the private cloud as a baby step towards public and hybrid clouds.... more »
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A Cloud Niche for Every Trade: Leveling the Playing Field for SMBs

If you’re the owner of a small business, one of your biggest hurdles is competing with larger, established companies.  So what's an SMB to do?  Many SMBs are actually doing what the big guys are doing, at least when it comes to the cloud.  SaaS, PaaS and other cloud services are leveling the playing field for SMBs, and also opening the door for niche services to emerge around various industries. The Cloud Phenonmenon Parallels, a hosting and cloud services enablement provider, released the latest findings from Parallels SMB Cloud Insights, its study profiling the cloud buying behavior of SMBs, the fastest-growing segment... more »
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Juniper Acquires IDS Security Company for $80M

Juniper Networks, one of the biggest providers of networking gear and software behind Cisco, announced it has acquired Mykonos Software for about $80 million in cash. Mykonos offers an Intrusion Deception System designed to protect web-based applications “among the largest unprotected attack surfaces,” according to Juniper research. The technology is rather self-explanatory: hackers that attempt to gain access to a customer’s website are greeted with false trails and misleading data, which makes the whole process much more tedious on the hacker end. Mykonos takes this to another level by featuring measures such as device-level tracking and identification of cyber-rogues. “Mykonos’ groundbreaking deception-based technology... more »
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The Rise of the Hactivist [Infographic]

Hacktivism is the result of mashing up the words hack and activism and was coined in 1998 by Omega, a member of the Cult of the Dead Crow hacker crew.  By definition, hacktivism is the use of computers and computer networks as a means of protest to promote political ends or "the nonviolent use of legal and/or illegal digital tools in pursuit of political ends".  Hacktivism can be in the form of web site defacements, redirects, denial-of-service attacks, information theft, web site parodies,virtual sit-ins, typosquatting, and virtual sabotage.  Wikipedia also defines hacktivism as “the writing of code to promote political... more »
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Will Android@Home Launch with Android 5.0?

Last year, even before Android 4.0 a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich was officially launched for public use, talk of the next Android version had already surfaced, though there was little information, except that it was unofficially dubbed Jelly Bean. Though ICS hasn’t rolled out to most Android 4.0 compatible devices, news of Jelly Bean’s arrival, expected the second quarter of this year, surfaced last week.  Rumor has it, the next Android will be compatible for Windows 8 and it will be more focused on crossing over to the desktop sector.  And with Google’s plan of home domination with the Android@Home, some are thinking that the... more »
Cable, Mobile Carriers Anxious to Topple Netflix

Cable, Mobile Carriers Anxious to Topple Netflix

One of the hottest goings-on in the online video scene right now involves the clash between Comcast and Netflix, as the latter eyes a takeover in the online streaming service. Dubbed as Xfinity Streampix, Comcast will give video subscribers a wide array of video entertainment, from old movies to recent TV shows, that they can enjoy on TV or any internet-connected device. Comcast’s also priced competitively at $4.99 compared to Netflix's $7.99 monthly subscription. Mobile's an important delivery channel for any online video streaming service these days.  And while Netflix has reviled in a head-start all these years, the industry titans on... more »
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Tech Founders Over 40: The Advantages of Maturity

I don’t look like the typical entrepreneur at the 500 Startups Accelerator program. My hair is white. The bags under my eyes have bags. And, I don’t get carded when I order a drink. That’s because I’m not just a co-founder of a web-based startup called BrightNest, but a 47-year-old father of three from Chicago. What brought me to Silicon Valley when I have a son in college, a mortgage to pay and 4.5 mouths to feed? A problem that needed solving! For the last 17 years, I’ve run a successful custom home building business on Chicago’s North Shore. During that... more »
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Lawrence Man Sues Google for Browser Tracking

Google is facing some scrutiny over its latest tracking browser activities.  The first situation was exposed by the Wall Street Journal, claiming Google used a computer code to track the browsing activities of Safari users.  The second one is from Microsoft, claiming that Google bypasses IE protections to place cookies that tracks users across the web. Some may not even care about this issue, but if proven true, Google is guilty of violating the privacy of a lot of people. A man from Lawrence, Kansas, James Henry Rischar, is suing Google in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City for illegally obtaining his... more »

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