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Of Fraud And Infringement: An Awkward Google Tale

Patent infringement cases are so common these days, they've become the norm amongst mobile players.  The latest to make headlines is Motorola Mobility, a company in the process of being acquired by Google, and now being sued by a company Google itself invested in. Motorola Mobility Intellectual Ventures, the company that thrives by accumulating patents and generating money through licensing agreements with companies that use their patents, sued Motorola Mobility, accusing them of infringing six of their patents that involve technology related to file transferring, updating and remote data management. In a post on IV’s site, Chief Litigation Counsel Melissa Finocchio provided the... more »
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Apple: A Memorable Week in Review

The week started with much anticipation as excitement built for Apple’s big event this past Tuesday.  There was so much hype and expectation regarding the event that it seemed like nothing else mattered. But not everything is rosy for Apple.  Before the iPhone maker unveiled their much awaited product, Apple turned down Samsung’s proposal for a truce on their legal battle in Australia.  Also, they’re facing legal issues for allegedly conspiring with six big publishing houses to use the agency model in pricing e-books so Amazon can’t offer e-books at a discounted price. Nevertheless, all eyes were on Apple as they unveiled the... more »
Unmark October 11 From Your Calendar, The Nexus Prime Isn’t Coming

Unmark October 11 From Your Calendar, The Nexus Prime Isn’t Coming

After much hype from Samsung’s teaser video, plus rumors of an impending Nexus Prime or Droid Prime powered by the upcoming Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS update, fandroids are excited for the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event in San Diego, California on October 11, 2011. But before you exhaust yourself or start camping out at the CTIA Fall, Samsung and Google decided to postpone the event and issued a joint statement, "Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall. We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will... more »
This Week in the Cloud: Oracle-Salesforce Drama and More

This Week in the Cloud: Oracle-Salesforce Drama and More

This week featured the Oracle OpenWorld 2011 tech conference, and a host of other cloud industry updates.  Some of them directly relate to the enterprise IT giant, with the public cloud being one of the main highlights. Both Hewlett-Packard and Google announced new service offerings. Starting off with HP, the company revealed earlier this week that they will begin delivering SAP applications to customers as a part of the HP Enterprise Services portfolio.  SAP CRM will be the first app that will become available, and there is a big likelihood that the two companies will extend this partnership. This blends in... more »
It's a Buyers Market in Tech: from HP to Sony-Ericsson

It's a Buyers Market in Tech: from HP to Sony-Ericsson

Acquisitions lead the path to expansion and growth for companies, as well as their reach to consumers.  This week, a lot of big companies finalized, announced or showed intent for acquiring companies that would supplement their own business' needs, or just to eliminate the competition. Hewlett-Packard The PC company finalized their Autonomy acquisition for $10.3 billion earlier this week.  The deal is HP’s way of saying that they will be focusing more on the software side of the business.  HP CEO Meg Whitman said that this will probably be the company’s last acquisition with such a huge valuation. IBM Big Blue acquired Waltham, Massachusetts-based... more »
Samsung's Q3 Beats Analysts’ Expectations

Samsung's Q3 Beats Analysts’ Expectations

Samsung's been undre a great deal of pressure these past few months, and between the lawsuits and successful sales numbers, there's several factors that could affect the mobile manufacturer's quarterly earnings.  But In an interview with Bloomberg, Young Park, a Seoul-based analyst at Woori Investment & Securities Co., talks about how Samsung Electronics Co. beats analysts’ expectations for their third quarter financial report. Twenty-eight analysts expected Samsung’s profit to be, on average, $3.1 billion but the electronics company stunned everyone when they reported an operating profit of $3.6 billion in the last three months. Though Samsung’s semiconductor division’s sales probably fell to $7.6... more »
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Curebit Taps Data to Fix What Ails You: a Study in Social Rewards

What’s in it for me?  It’s a question that springs to everyone’s mind when someone asks us to do something, and social media has gotten very lax with its calls to action.  Incentives seem to make things worthwhile, and there’s a few recent trends that are forming some interesting business models around the metrics and the mayhem of socially driven incentivization.  Flash sales and daily deals, for example, have spurred a new branch of referral systems.  Flash sales in particular have done a great job with this, as many sites like Gilt and OneKingsLane are member’s only, trading invitations for... more »
Steve Jobs: Technology Doesn't Change the World, People Do

Steve Jobs: Technology Doesn't Change the World, People Do

This morning John Furrier wrote "In memory of Steve Jobs let all of us try to do some ‘amazing’ and ‘share’ it with everyone." That's a great challenge and one that everyone, Apple fan or not, should aspire to rise to. Earlier today I posted about this 1996 interview with Steve Jobs. It's a particularly candid interview, from when Jobs was still at NeXT before returning to Apple. It has some insights from Jobs himself, older, wiser and cynical yet optimistic about changing the world and the role technology plays. We obviously love technology at SiliconAngle, but you don't have... more »
FlashSoft Update Spree Continues with 2.0 Release

FlashSoft Update Spree Continues with 2.0 Release

FlashSoft announced the second and latest release of its FlashSoft SE software, which lets companies use SSD or flash PCIe  to supplement cache in the server.  This elimantes IO latency according to the company, which posted some impressive performance boosts in the recent past.  FlashSoft SE 2.0 works with Linux, which is the native app for a lot of large scale analytical apps, and Windows. The storage solutions provider’s new offering has a selling point the firm made sure to highlight: “Because caching on server-tier flash can economically increase both server performance and concurrent workload by eliminating the IO bottleneck, server-tier flash-based... more »
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The Perimeter is Dead, Long Live the Cloud Firewall

We are announcing Symantec O3 early access program, a new approach to securing enterprise clouds. But what is Symantec O3 really about? No doubt, cloud is an inexorableIT trend. However, CIOs and CISOs often cite security as a major concern. That is not to say that the new cloud platforms are fundamentally more insecure than the computing platforms that preceded them. Quite the opposite, cloud-oriented architectures have the potential to provide stronger security than most IT organizations can achieve today. Nevertheless, SaaS applications and cloud infrastructures challenge in their own way IT's fundamental function of defining and enforcing consistent security policies... more »

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

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OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

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Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

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The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

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