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Facebook Mobile + Graph Search Are Great, but Need Infrastructure Investment

Facebook Mobile + Graph Search Are Great, but Need Infrastructure Investment

Facebook posted its fourth quarter earnings yesterday, showing that much of its growing success is attributed to mobile and advertising.  That's a good sign for Facebook and its investors, who had grown wary of the social network's downward turn in stock prices shortly after launching its IPO.  As Facebook's stock begins to stabilize  investors will need to keep in mind the long-term approach CEO Mark Zuckerberg is laying out for his company, which will require significant investment in infrastructure to support monetization schemes around mobile, search and ultimately advertising. The company’s revenue Q4 2012 totaled $1.585 billion, a 40 percent increase compared... more »
Anonymous Defaces USSC Site in Honor of Aaron Swartz

Anonymous Defaces USSC Site in Honor of Aaron Swartz

On January 24, 2013, supporters of Aaron Swartz, the Reddit co-founder, philanthropist, and hacktivist who committed suicide earlier this month, flocked to the Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies and music that occupies a former church in San Francisco, to pay their respects and continue his fight in keeping the internet free and open. "Aaron Swartz was not a criminal. He was a citizen and a brave soldier in a war which continues today, a war in which corrupt and venal profiteers try to steal and hoard and starve our public domain for their... more »
Amazon.com Appears to Be Down [Updated]

Amazon.com Appears to Be Down [Updated]

It’s not just you. Right now, Amazon.com is unavailable in the United States and for me. Reports are that the service (the web page at least) seems to be unavailable for numerous people and only sporadically available for others. The first report of the outage was noticed by Hacker News contributor Nathan Bashaw at around 11:40am PT. Checking the ever-so-useful website DownForEveryoneOrJustMe.com appears to think that Amzon.com isn’t down for just me. A quick cursory check of the AWS status shows that their cloud services are totally unaffected, so it seems that the outage has only struck their website. The reports of intermittent success for particular users suggests... more »
European Central Bank Concern for Bitcoin Gets Attention (Again)

European Central Bank Concern for Bitcoin Gets Attention (Again)

Digital currencies have a strong potential to be a disruptive technology in a sector that’s seen very little change in many, many years. In October of last year, the European Central Bank published a report about digital currencies that mentioned Bitcoin 183 times while commenting on the impact of digital currencies on the current state of finances and since then the bitcoin market has seen a notable increase in its own stability and reach. For an excellent examination of the ECB report back in October, look to the BitInstant blog. What caught our attention today, however, is Bloomberg’s attention on the subject... more »
Increase Your Project Productivity with AgileZen for iPad

Increase Your Project Productivity with AgileZen for iPad

How quickly and easily you coordinate projects and teams? How to manage daily tasks while reducing the use of email and endless meetings? Companies give a lot to tools for employees for projects work. But employee spends time on other tools like notepad, personal messaging. And in the end, too many emails, too many meetings, too much information that drown teams resulting in loss of time and poorly organized tasks. A recent survey conducted by Serena Software has revealed that lack of communication with customers, operations and other development teams is the biggest threat to agile success. Finally, along comes AgileZen--an easy... more »
New BlackBerry Z10 vs. iPhone 5 and Other Top Smartphones

New BlackBerry Z10 vs. iPhone 5 and Other Top Smartphones

BlackBerry unveiled two devices at yesterday’s event, the Z10 and the Q10.  Though the devices look promising, BlackBerry fans in the US will have to wait over a month to see the new handsets. The company has been lambasted in the past for delaying the release of its new platform and new devices, but the bitterness didn’t seem to affect BlackBerry even as it once again delays availability of the devices.  UK fans are the first to get their hands on the Z10 starting today, followed by Canada on Feb. 5, then UAE on Feb. 10, and lastly the US in... more »
Electric Utilities Feeling Crunch of Big Data Early

Electric Utilities Feeling Crunch of Big Data Early

While most industries will feel the impact of Big Data analytics in the next few years, the electric utilities are already in the throws of the Big Data revolution, writes Wikibon Big Data Analyst Jeff Kelly in his latest Professional Alert, “Big Data in the Utilities Industry”.  The key technology in this case is the “smart meter”, a.k.a. advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), that sends energy usage readings wirelessly from each meter back to the utility every 15 minutes. Instead of the 12 readings a year of manual systems, this generates 12 readings every 15 minutes, or 35,040 readings per meter... more »
Create Your Infographic in 30mins with Magic Piktochart

Create Your Infographic in 30mins with Magic Piktochart

An infographic is a cool way to impart knowledge, especially if you’re dealing with a lot of boring facts, huge numbers, and incomprehensible data.  They’re colorful and fun that’s why there’s a lot of them floating around the web from infographics about Batman, obesity, geeks, marriage, dating, and yes, even about infographics. But aren’t those hard to make?  And you need to be really creative and good with designs to be able to make one, right?  Piktochart says no. Magic Piktochart Yep, the name sounds like something that would come out of a Poké Ball but it’s the new app from Piktochart that... more »
[Infographic] MuleSoft’s Top 10 Super Bowl APIs

[Infographic] MuleSoft’s Top 10 Super Bowl APIs

Cloud integration startup MuleSoft is flaunting its new API repository with an infographic published just in time for the Super Bowl. The chart lists 10 services that developers can tap into in order to monetize consumer trends during and after the big game. The first API is from Food2u, a hot meal delivery service that is gearing up for a big surge in orders from hungry football fans. Right below it is the HootSuite What the trend API, a RESTful service that offers access to RSS feeds and statistics about trending topics in specific geographic areas. The third and fourth places on... more »
China Hacked The New York Times and Stole All of its Passwords

China Hacked The New York Times and Stole All of its Passwords

Hackers backed by China’s military are believed to have carried out repeated attacks on the New York Time’s cyber infrastructure, according to new claims by the newspaper. It believes that the attacks began around four months ago, and are likely to be retaliation for an expose it ran on the vast wealth accumulated by previous leader Wen Jiabao and his family. The New York Times says that the hackers have stolen the corporate passwords of every single one of its employees, while the personal devices of 53 of its employees were also hacked. It says that it stumbled upon the infiltration... more »

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