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New Pinterest Tool Helps You Buy the Things You Love

New Pinterest Tool Helps You Buy the Things You Love

Pinterest has established itself very well in the social media world, and as it becomes a true beacon for consumer intent, Pinterest's business model must reflect this.  Several startups and ad firms have already begun developing tools for measuring influence on Pinterest, but another company, Ubokia, is looking to better integrate the consumer buying experience into Pinterest's platform.  The site that empowers consumers to take control of the buying process, Ubokia unveiled the “Want It” browser button for this week for Pinterest, a fresh initiative in commerce. The Pinterest Want It button allows Pinterest users to buy something they like via Ubokia’s want-centric marketplace.... more »
HP Lands Storage Deal with NZ Gaming Group

HP Lands Storage Deal with NZ Gaming Group

New Zealand’s  SKYCITY Entertainment is in the process of implementing HP Converged Infrastructure to accommodate users across its international network, according to a new case study.  The group operates several casinos in New Zealand and Australia and needed a solution to accommodate usage spikes – it’s now using a combination of HP tech to support this demand. SKYCITY’s deployment consists of BladeSystem BL460c servers  and ProLiant DL380’s, as well as network equipment and software. The company uses HP 5400 zl Switch Series, 3500 yl and HP 2610 Switch Series solutions to power its networking environment in conjunction with the HP Intelligent Management Center... more »
Barnes&Noble Unveils 2 New Nook HD Tablets

Barnes&Noble Unveils 2 New Nook HD Tablets

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Barnes & Noble introducing two new HD Nook tablets; RIM's plans to launch BlackBerry 10 devices worldwide, Samsung addressing killer code with an update; and Toys ‘R’ Us getting sued for their new Tabeo tablet. Barnes & Noble’s new HD Nook tablets Barnes & Noble unveiled two new tablets, the Nook HD and Nook HD+, the lightest HD and full HD tablets from the book retailer. The super-fast and lightweight 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch Nook HD+ feature must-see displays for "superior reading and entertainment," and a personalized tablet experience for each family member.  The Nook HD... more »
ZeroAccess Botnet Commands One Million Zombie Army

ZeroAccess Botnet Commands One Million Zombie Army

A new research report by Sophos has revealed that the ZeroAccess Botnet has over 1 million zombie computers in an army that can earn a staggering amount of $100,000 in a single day. The latest version of the malware is highly disruptive, and has infected more than 9 million machines over its lifetime. Designed for click fraud, the ZeroAccess Botnet first appeared in later 2010, and attacks machines via pretending to be a clean-up action imitated by users. Now, when it has racked up an army of 1 million zombie botherders, it has become much more powerful and even more disruptive. The latest version... more »
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Massive Online Learning: 10gen and MongoDB Teach the World

10gen, a provider of cloud services and consultancy for the MongoDB NoSQL database, is working on training courses that will be available to developers worldwide starting October. The massively open online courses, or MOOCs, will be delivered under the 10gen Education Program, and individuals who want to sign up can already register on the company’s site. “Teaching MongoDB online through the innovative MOOC format allows us to make our best instructors available to users worldwide,” said Andrew Erlichson, vice president, Education at 10gen. “Offering online classes is a natural fit with our open source approach and a logical extension to the dozens... more »
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Microsoft Punches Back: Responds To Scathing NY Times Article on Cloud Factories - Our Summary

Microsoft responses to the NY Times article (series) called Cloud Factories.  Here was my response yesterday on SiliconANGLE.   New York Times took a cheap shot at Microsoft on a story saying Microsoft was an evil corporate overlord dictating their control over a small rural town.  Scathing actually, and wrong.   Today, Brian Janous of Microsoft’s Datacenter development team had a nice rebuttal to the NYTimes articles published yesterday. These articles broadly criticized power consumption and utilization levels of cloud-based datacenters.  Our analysis and an inventory of the Twittersphere tells us that the stories have been widely condemned by the industry for... more »
How to Scale Out Networking in the Cloud: The Case for Overlay-based Network Virtualization

How to Scale Out Networking in the Cloud: The Case for Overlay-based Network Virtualization

So, you’ve decided to build a private IaaS cloud. Great idea! By encouraging self-service IT in your organization, you’ve made your support staff happier by reducing their workload and you’ve made your users happier by giving them instant access to the resources they want. Now your users won’t be hounding the IT department (as much) to provision a VM or implement a firewall rule change. Happiness abounds! How to build a cloud? Know the 4 elements of an IaaS . The first step in building a cloud is understanding that the four elements of an IaaS cloud are the cloud management system, compute,... more »
Virtualization Changes the Game; but IT is Still Tops!

Virtualization Changes the Game; but IT is Still Tops!

Over the past few years, we have seen the cloud and the virtualization radically changing the IT world. It has driven significant changes in the way we store data, handle it, harness it, and leverage it. In fact, if I would say that virtualization has changed the entire datacenter game play, it won’t be wrong at all! IT administrators have become more comfortable with modern computing techniques, to the extent that they even do not realize how much they have invested into it. With millions and trillions on the table for projects in this field. A recent Gartner article suggests that spending... more »
DevOps Answers: Should Developers Install Software on Production Themselves?

DevOps Answers: Should Developers Install Software on Production Themselves?

The connection between development and operations in IT means that developers and sysadmins get a lot more cozy in order to make sure that everything runs a great deal more smoothly. However, while this means breaking down a lot of bureaucratic barriers, it also means carefully examining how the organization uses this connection and what it means for the nature of the department (and its future.) As a result, a question like “Should Developers Install Their Software Themselves?” becomes a big deal and such a question appeared on Ask Slashdot recently. Should developers be responsible for installing the software they develop into... more »
When Will We Get a Google Maps App for the iPhone 5?

When Will We Get a Google Maps App for the iPhone 5?

The discrepancies between using Google Maps and Apple Maps just keep piling up.  Just doing an image search for Apple Maps, and you’ll get flooded with results comparing the two services.  So you can just imagine how Google must be laughing at the kerfuffle Apple brought upon themselves (see our list of iPhone 5 Maps alternatives here). Former Google CEO and current executive chairman Eric Schmidt was introducing the Nexus 7 in Tokyo when he talked to reporters about the state of Apple Maps. “In my opinion it would have been better to retain our maps,” Mr. Schmidt said. “It’s their decision,... more »

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