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Bitcoin Weekly 2013 July 24: SEC Files Bitcoin-related Ponzi Scheme Charges, BitFantasy MMORPG Trades in BTC, More VPN Providers on Board

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 July 24: SEC Files Bitcoin-related Ponzi Scheme Charges, BitFantasy MMORPG Trades in BTC, More VPN Providers on Board

Crime and politics have followed bitcoin since its inception but not quite in the sense that is being seen today—and, in news more fun, an MMORPG (a massively multiplayer online role playing game) is being developed that uses bitcoin as its core exchange currency. The SEC has charged a Texan man with running a Ponzi scheme with bitcoins and making a great deal of money—while fraud is difficult with bitcoins at the exchange level, like any other currency it’s still possible to trick people out of their money. BitFantasy is a 2D fantasy-styled MMORPG that shows a lot of promise for... more »
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Vulnerability Statistics Suck

Starting this Saturday, Black Hat USA 2013 will be convening at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. In this series, intended to preview many of the talks and presentations scheduled for the event, SiliconANGLE will focus on the exploitative vulnerabilities associated with big data and how those vulnerabilities can be limited. Today’s article will focus on a presentation entitled ‘Buying Into The Bias: Why Vulnerability Statistics Suck’ offered by Steve Christey and Brian “Jericho” Martin. Christey and Martin will explore the limitations improperly gathered and analyzed statistics and how they could ultimately be deleterious to an organizations bottom line. Martin has, for the... more »
Randy Bias: OpenStack Needs Amazon APIs To Drive Hybrid Clouds

Randy Bias: OpenStack Needs Amazon APIs To Drive Hybrid Clouds

With his outspoken views on the widespread disruption caused by cloud computing, Cloudscaling CEO Randy Bias has forged a reputation as one of the industry's most influential voices. More than that, he's also become one of the most vocal advocates of open-source systems, and was one of the early champions of the OpenStack project. So when such an important voice calls for a radical departure asking the OpenStack community to pull back from all-out war with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and instead turn around and embrace it, people need to take notice. In an open letter posted onto the Cloudscaling blog... more »
Apps That Write For You & Youtube's Geek Week - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Apps That Write For You & Youtube's Geek Week - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Keeping Your Voice On The Cloud   Swiftkey cloud, a new feature for the Swiftkey keyboard replacement app, has officially entered into beta. The line-up of new features includes dictionary backups, the ability to sync devices, and a feature that provides access to trending phrases. The more you use Swiftkey, the more the app learns about your particular writing style. Acting as your own personal writing analyst, the app looks back at past communications in texts, emails and social media, in order to predict your words as you write them. Once Swiftkey knows enough about you, it saves your personal dictionary to the cloud,... more »
DataStax Nabs $45 Million for NoSQL Tech

DataStax Nabs $45 Million for NoSQL Tech

Apache Cassandra distributor DataStax announced yesterday morning that it has raised $45 million in Series D funding from Scale Venture Partners, DFJ Growth, and Next World Capital. Existing backers Lightspeed Venture Partners, Crosslink Capital, and Meritech Capital Partners also participated in the round. DataStax will use the new funding to scale worldwide operations and accelerate product development. The firm also plans to strengthen relations with the open-source Cassandra community, which plays a central role in driving enterprise adoption. Jonathan Ellis, the founding CTO of DataStax and the chair of the Cassandra project, said in an interview on theCube that he and fellow... more »
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Join Us LIVE @ 1pm : IBM Tweetchat - Speed of Thought Analytics

What happens when you can analyze data at the speed of thought? The possibilities are nearly endless. When you can look at data on the fly – and analyze it – you can dig deeper. You can follow ideas, or investigate whether data supports a new hypothesis. Join our #ibmblu tweetchat today 1 PM US-ET as we discuss how IBM's BLU Acceleration empowers speed of thought analytics. How is Big Data changing analytics? During our tweetchat, the experts from IBM will answer questions around how speed is changing our ability to read analytics. They’ll also discuss the integration of Cognos Cubes... more »
OSCON OpenStack Highlights: From the Private Cloud to DevOps

OSCON OpenStack Highlights: From the Private Cloud to DevOps

Dozens of open source software vendors are showcasing their new products at this week’s O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) in Portland. The OpenStack project, which marks its third anniversary today, is at the center of attention. German software giant SUSE grabbed headlines this morning after it released a beta version of its OpenStack Grizzy-based private cloud platform.  SUSE Cloud 2.0 introduces a number of improvements, including support for the Crowbar automation framework and full integration with Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware ESXi. It’s also compatible with Cinder, OpenStack’s block storage component. “SUSE Cloud 2.0 is the next version of SUSE Cloud, the original... more »
LIVE: House Limit on NSA Sparks National Cybersecurity Discussion

LIVE: House Limit on NSA Sparks National Cybersecurity Discussion

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Wednesday July 24, 2013. The fallout from Edward Snowden’s disclosures of top-secret government surveillance programs has reached the floor of the U.S. House in a debate over proposals to restrict the National Security Agency. Joining us now to break-down the proposals and how things have played out on the House floor is SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto. See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand. In what some are calling a terse statement late Tuesday evening, the White House blasted the so-called "Amash Amendment" that would limit the National Security Agency's... more »
Gmail Embraces Spam with Ads in your Inbox

Gmail Embraces Spam with Ads in your Inbox

If you've had the 'pleasure' of being upgraded to Gmail's new-look, self-organizing inbox in the last couple of weeks, you might've noticed something off. Google has taken the opportunity of using the redesign to start delivering ads directly into your inbox, disguised as genuine email. As reported by CNet and other websites, these ads have started popping up in the next-to-useless “Promotions” tab of your new, multi-colored inbox. You can spot them fairly easily – they're differentiated with a pinkish background and there's a small note below the sender's name that indicates exactly what it is, but that doesn't excuse what... more »
Mobile Trends Show Up in Broadcom’s Second Quarter Earnings

Mobile Trends Show Up in Broadcom’s Second Quarter Earnings

Broadcom, a leading supplier of networking and communications chips, reported its second quarter earnings after the markets closed Tuesday. The company saw a 4.2 percent profit drop and a 6 percent increase in revenue. Non-GAAP earnings were $0.70 per share on sales of $2.09 billion. Wall Street anticipates earnings of $0.76 on $2.25 billion in the third quarter period. The average guidance for the full fiscal year is $2.89 ESP on revenues of $8.62 billion, a substantial increase over the $8.01 billion the company generated in 2012. Broadcom competes with Qualcomm and Texas Instruments in the mobile semiconductor market, an increasingly lucrative segment... more »

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