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Russia Plans To Spy on Its Citizens with Subway SIM Card Trackers

Russia Plans To Spy on Its Citizens with Subway SIM Card Trackers

If you thought that the NSA's motivations for running its PRISM program and gathering metadata about your communications was bad enough, just wait till you see what they're doing in Russia. According to a report in the Izvestia newspaper, one of Russia's most widely read news publications, the Moscow Metro Police have just announced a plan to install 'equipment' at all subway stations in the city, which are capable of reading everything on a mobile phone's SIM card from a distance of about twenty feet. Izvestia goes on to explain that the machines will be used alongside time stamped CCTV cameras... more »
Cisco, NetApp Bolster FlexPod Lineup with Hadoop-based Configurations

Cisco, NetApp Bolster FlexPod Lineup with Hadoop-based Configurations

Converged infrastructure is on the rise, and so is Big Data analytics. Cisco and long time ally NetApp put two and two together and expanded their jointly developed FlexPod lineup with two cutting edge Hadoop appliances. The newly announced FlexPod Select Series combines NetApp’s E-Series and FAS storage systems with Unified Computing System (UCS) servers, Nexus switches, and management software from Cisco. The solution is available in two configurations: FlexPod Select with Cloudera’s Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH) and FlexPod Select with Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). Select is the first FlexPod lineup to address a specific workload. Cisco and NetApp say that... more »
App Annie Opens Flagship Analytics Platform for Enterprise Users

App Annie Opens Flagship Analytics Platform for Enterprise Users

App Annie, the highly successful app analytics startup, just released the latest version of its flagship offering. The new edition introduces several features, including a mobile app that lets users to keep track of their apps’ performance on the go. The App Annie Analytics client application is joined by a set of APIs that enable organizations to plug the tool into their databased and conveniently important iOS, Android, Mac App Store, and Amazon app performance data. Other improvements include an Hourly Rankings dashboard that tracks App Store rankings, and a collaboration widget that makes it easier for users to share data... more »
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GridGain Raises $10 Million for In-Memory Analytics

GridGain, a Foster City, CA.-based distributed computing firm, just received $10 million in Series B financing from Almaz Capital and existing investor RTP Ventures. The round brings the company’s total funding to $12 million. GridGain sells a Java-based in-memory analytics solution for distributed environments. The offering consists of two components: GridGain In-Memory Compute Grid (IMCG,) a MapReduce implementation built for sub-100ms computations, and the GridGain In-Memory Data Grid (IMDG). IMDG is a SQL-compatible key-value store that can inget both transactional and non-transactional workloads. The system’s main selling point is its ability to query and update data in real-time, functionality that is poorly... more »
Michael Dell Sweetens the Pot for Shareholders

Michael Dell Sweetens the Pot for Shareholders

Michael Dell rescheduled the much anticipated shareholder vote on his company’s future for the second time this month in an effort to increase support for his modestly sweetened buyout offer. Dell and partner Silver Lake Partners bumped their bid by 10 cents to $13.75 per share, or $24.6 billion, and requested that the board committee charged with overseeing the company’s sale change the current voting terms. The founder wants the committee to lower the threshold so that a majority of votes cast would suffice to seal the deal. Investors have until August 2 to decide on Dell’s proposal. BlackRock, Vanguard Group, and... more »
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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 »

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