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Think tech has an inclusion problem? Be glad you're not in advertising | #theCUBE

Think tech has an inclusion problem? Be glad you're not in advertising | #theCUBE

The dearth of women in technology is increasingly discussed in the media and at Silicon Valley conferences. Organizations have sprung up with the aim of getting young girls interested in tech careers, but the field remains overwhelmingly male. You may be surprised to know that advertising is another field that skews heavily male, and some say it has more to apologize for than tech. Kat Gordon, founder of the 3% Conference and advertising creative director, said there are important differences between the two industries' inclusions issues. "Tech has a pipeline problem," she told Jeff Frick (@JeffFrick), cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team. "Tech... more »
Study: Most U.S. IT pros now make over $100K annually

Study: Most U.S. IT pros now make over $100K annually

Working in IT has never been more lucrative. According to the newest DevOps Salary Report from infrastructure automation giant Puppet Inc., some 58 percent of enterprise technology practitioners in the U.S. now earn over $100,000 annually. This figure represents a massive 11 percent increase over 2015 when less than half of the community counted itself in the six-figure club. Application developers and systems engineers benefited the most from the increase, with more than 60 percent of those who participated in Puppet’s survey having told its pollsters that their compensation exceeds $100,000 per year. Professionals specializing in DevOps fall in the same... more »
UC Berkeley entrepreneurs are in The House, a new startup institute

UC Berkeley entrepreneurs are in The House, a new startup institute

Stanford University is well-known for spawning startups, from Hewlett-Packard to Google to Instagram. The University of California at Berkeley, across San Francisco Bay from Stanford? Not so much. Truth be told, UC Berkeley has produced more than its share of successful startups, including the likes of Nextdoor, TubeMogul, Cloudera, and Databricks, not to mention 486 startups last year alone, according to the venture and private equity database Pitchbook. The lack of recognition of UC Berkeley’s startup generation, though, does reflect a less overt emphasis at the university on entrepreneurship as a career path -- a situation Cameron Baradar aims to fix. Today, the... more »
GE's Predix: designed for analytics when milliseconds matter

GE's Predix: designed for analytics when milliseconds matter

There are a lot of cloud analytics platforms out there, but you’ve never seem one quite like GE Predix. Optimized for the unique characteristics of industrial environments, with their multitudes of machines and processing needs, Predix is designed to support complex systems in which application logic goes where it’s needed. That may be in individual sensors, networks of sensors, controller nodes, gateways, on-premise servers, the cloud and any combination of the above. No two industrial companies have identical needs, and that’s why Predix was designed to provide the ultimate in flexibility for Internet of things (IoT) environments. “It’s a complete edge-to-cloud platform,”... more »
Catalogic, Pure Storage team up on copy data management

Catalogic, Pure Storage team up on copy data management

Software-defined copy data management (CDM) vendor Catalogic Software Inc. had broadened its support for flash storage arrays with the addition of Pure Storage Inc.’s FlashArray //m series. Catalogic and Pure Storage plan to jointly deliver a CDM package that addresses problem of the profusion of database copies. The joint packaged product, which will be available late next month, allows users to track and manage the creation and use of all copies of data in the environment.  That means IT teams can reduce the capacity devoted to copy data and give business users self-service control via application program interfaces (APIs). Pure Storage is... more »
Ever hear of Bayesian analysis? It just landed this company $6.6M

Ever hear of Bayesian analysis? It just landed this company $6.6M

SigOpt Inc. works in a data analytics discipline that is so specialized that few people outside of the data science field can even understand it, much less explain it. That hasn’t stopped the eight-person venture from raising a $6.6 million series A funding round led by blue-chip Silicon Valley venture capitalist Andreessen Horowitz for its “optimize everything” cloud platform. That brings total funding for the two-year-old company to $8.8 million. SigOpt’s specialty is Bayesian optimization, a “sequential design strategy for global optimization of black-box functions that doesn't require derivatives,” according to Wikipedia. The technique is commonly used in machine learning applications... more »
SecureAuth joins the fiercely competitive cloud SSO market

SecureAuth joins the fiercely competitive cloud SSO market

Now that its on-premise authentication platform has been deployed at over 1,000 organizations, SecureAuth Corp. is looking to replicate its success in the cloud. The vendor launched a managed incarnation of the offering this morning that promises to help workers interact with web applications more safely. SecureAuth Cloud Access supports about 8,000 software-as-a-service offerings and sites on launch, including everything from corporate staples like Office 365 to niche products that are only utilized in certain industries. Workers can use a single set of credentials across the entire lineup to avoid the hassle of managing multiple passwords. Alternatively, they have the option... more »
Alively: An iOS app that lets you live stream your life to select audiences

Alively: An iOS app that lets you live stream your life to select audiences

Live video streaming is becoming increasingly more popular with the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube all working hard to be the most popular. If however, you love the idea of live streaming your life but don’t want everyone seeing your video, there is an alternative in the form of Alively. An iOS-only app at this stage, Alively allows you to specify the audience of each video you record or upload.   Vadim Lavrusik who is the co-founder of Alively, together with Ray Lee and Vincent Tuscano,  comes with a wealth of live-streaming knowledge, as he was previously a project manager... more »
Kaspersky launches hardened OS for industrial control systems

Kaspersky launches hardened OS for industrial control systems

Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs has finally completed the development of its “unhackable” operating system after four years. Kaspersky first announced it was working on the OS back in 2012, saying it would be built “from the ground up” and designed to protect key information for the world’s most critical industries, such as transportation control centers, telecommunication systems, nuclear power stations, and various other important installations. The company followed up its announcement with a more detailed whitepaper on the OS outlining some of the criteria it deemed necessary to protect such systems. The criteria stated that the OS could not be based on... more »
Bitfinex customers offered equity in compensation for bitcoin lost in hacking

Bitfinex customers offered equity in compensation for bitcoin lost in hacking

Customers of bitcoin exchange Bitfinex (BTXNA, Inc.) are being offered equity in the company in compensation for the losses imposed on them, following the hacking of the exchange in early August. Under the deal, customers who were issued BFX tokens following the decision by the company to socialize the losses caused by the hack will be able to use those tokens for equity in iFinex, Inc., the British Virgin Islands-based parent company of Bitfinex. The management of the equity issue is being handled by bitcoin equity crowdfunding service BnkToTheFuture (Bnk To The Future Ltd.), which will be facilitating the exchange of tokens... more »

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