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Bradley Manning Verdict Due Today in WikiLeaks Military Data Leak

After one thousand and 100 days in jail in pretrial detention, 22 charges, facing life – Today the verdict in the Bradley Manning case will be announced.  The verdict is expected at Tuesday, July 30th at 1PM ET. Manning of course is the man behind the biggest national security leak in history.  Through a connection to the WikiLeaks site, Manning’s first leaks hit the public in April 2010 with the video “Collateral Murder”.  The video created much controversy as it showed footage from an American Apache during a confrontation in Iraq.  The reaction to the attack recorded on the video... more »
Oh No, Thailand's Just Banned Bitcoin!

Oh No, Thailand's Just Banned Bitcoin!

Its emerged that the authorities in Thailand have effectively banned Bitcoin, ruling that the cryptocurrency is "illegal" due to an apparent incompatibility with local laws. The report came from a local Bitcoin startup, www.bitcoin.co.th, which said that the Bank of Thailand, the governing body that regulates financial transactions in Thailand, announced the ruling following a presentation of how Bitcoin works, and its own financial operations. The cryptocurrency exchange said in its statement that it had been attempting to trying to "operate in a lawful manner" within Thailand, and to do so it requested advice from the Bank of Thailand about the... more »
Diablo Technologies Emerges with Revolutionary Flash Technology That Could Change the Industry

Diablo Technologies Emerges with Revolutionary Flash Technology That Could Change the Industry

Diablo Technologies comes out of stealth today with an announcement on a unique new product and approach to flash that has not been seen in the industry before.  The technology platform is known as Memory Channel Storage™ (MCS) and it is designed to fit into the DRAM memory channels of any server.  The storage can then be presented to the system as either storage or RAM.  No other vendor has approached flash architecture in this way and once it takes hold in the marketplace, latency will largely be a thing of the past – this will have a massive effect... more »
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IBM’s New Linux Box Combines the Best of Watson + Open Source

IBM just pulled the curtains back on the PowerLinux 7R4, an open system that sports a scaled-down version of Watson’s brain. The 7R4 is a four socket, 32 core server designed for analytics, cognitive computing, web-scale applications and other CPU-intensive workloads that typically run in Linux environments. The system is available with IBM's AIX and i operating systems, as well as Red Hat and SUSE. Big Blue touts that its new server doesn’t limit customers to expensive Oracle databases. The 7R4 offers native support for EnterpiseDB’s increasingly popular PostgreSQL software, and includes virtualization tools that enable users to partition a single server... more »
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Weekly Big Data Review: SQL Alternatives are All the Rage

This past week featured a number of Big Data developments. Cloudera released an open-source authentication engine for Hadoop, Google upgraded its Cloud Platform with new data management capabilities, and DataStax raised $45 million in funding to accelerate Cassandra development. EnterpriseDB also put itself in the limelight with new statistics that indicate the government is one of the fastest adopters of PostgresSQL. Cloudera dubs Sentry as the “industry’s first fine-grained authorization solution” for Hadoop. The open source RBAC tool includes an array of features, the most notable of which is the ability to block users from accessing data sets that are not... more »
The Mind-Boggling Capacity of the NSA's Utah Facility

The Mind-Boggling Capacity of the NSA's Utah Facility

It’s the largest ongoing Defense construction project in the United States and the power is scheduled to come on sometime on October 1, 2013. In an arms race to collect data, the NSA’s Utah data center is on pace to be the biggest weapon in the game. It looks like a giant Jelly Bean, but don’t be deceived by its seemingly sweet shape. Some reports have claimed that the new data center will ultimately be able to store data on the scale of yottabytes of storage. That’s pretty ridiculous, it would mean the same as one trillion 1TB hard drives, the same... more »
Development Platform of Apple App Store Partially Back Online

Development Platform of Apple App Store Partially Back Online

After days of silence over the development of Apple developer site that outraged developers, Apple has started waking up its Developer Centre. If you’ll recall, Apple confirmed that its dev portal was hacked last week due to a database breach by a Turkish bloke. The world's largest technology company delivered its usual non-deluge of information about just what caused it to pull the site down last week, causing angered programmers to spend a weekend without any work. Apple has clarified its stance to an extent at that time. Macworld reported Apple’s email sent to developers: “Last Thursday, an intruder attempted to secure personal... more »
Gartner Names SOASTA as Leader of Integrated Software Quality Suites

Gartner Names SOASTA as Leader of Integrated Software Quality Suites

With mobile and cloud systems are the driving force behind many great innovations today it unsurprising that they're taking the lead in software development. The adoption of mobile strategies in a company or even the establishment of a centralized area for the creation and monitoring of mobile projects is now critical to an organization’s competitiveness. But the fact that over 94% of IT equipment in all vertical sectors continue to be neglected for mobile functionality and performance. SOASTA, a leader in mobile testing and cloud, addresses top five mobile and web testing challenges in the industry today: development slows without direct... more »
Yahoo Changes Policy for Tumblr Adult Content

Yahoo Changes Policy for Tumblr Adult Content

After Yahoo bought Tumblr, the company said that its adult and porn blogs would be left alone. But recently, Yahoo’s new adult blog search policy surfaced, which includes excluding adult blogs from Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other search engines. This has led to 10% of Tumblr's user base becoming invisible and almost impossible to find. With this new policy, Yahoo has removed around 12 million ‘adult’ marked blogs from Tumblr's internal search. Tumblr’s category ‘Erotica’ has also been removed from the category index and the respective blogs will also be no longer indexed by Google. Here is an excerpt from Tumblr’s new... more »
A Kickstarter for the City of Heroes MMORPG Phoenix Project Starts September 8th

A Kickstarter for the City of Heroes MMORPG Phoenix Project Starts September 8th

For those who follow this sad adventure, Paragon Studios was dissolved and shut down its servers this year for City of Heroes, the world’s first super hero massively multiplayer online game (MMORPG). The parent company NCsoft made the decision to close Paragon Studios in a realignment of company focus and publishing support. In light of NCsoft shutting down the game, fans raised concerns about the future of and also raised money to buy the team dinner. Now, a community-based game studio called Missing Worlds Media intends to launch a campaign on Kickstarter for a new MMO called the Phoenix Project, inheriting the... more »

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