So what’s Opscode founder Jesse Robbins up to? His startup OnBeep appears to be working on ways to enable smart phones to pull double duty as walkie-talkie devices often used by first responders and blue-collar workers. Read more »
The combination of FireEye’s persistent threat detection and Mandiant’s cyber forensics and endpoint security know-how should expand the market for the combined company. Read more »
You may not have heard of Tencent but you can bet Facebook and Google have. The Chinese mobile apps provider and internet portal makes 80 percent of its revenue selling actual services not advertising. Read more »
New numbers from the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters show venture-backed IPOs boomed in 2013, although M&A activity lagged. Read more »
Battery maker A123 Systems, which had its own brush with bankruptcy in 2012, wants to buy bankrupt car maker Fisker. The independent A123 made batteries for Fisker’s hybrid Karma car, but was acquired by Wanxiang Group of Hangzhou, China at auction after the bankruptcy filing. A123 is now part of Wangxiang’s U.S. subsidiary, which wants to purchase the car maker.
Both Fisker and A123 received grant or loan money from the U.S. Department of Energy.
IT giant expects to cut 5,000 additional jobs before October 31, bringing total job loss from restructuring announced in 2012 to 34,000. Read more »
… or at least the year we learned about it. In this week’s Structure Show we discuss the news avalanche touched off by Edward Snowden’s disclosures. Read more »
Christmas week was pretty slow — except for major cloud announcements out of China, oh and Edward “the gift that keeps on giving” Snowden issues his Christmas warning, er message. Read more »
Larry Ellison, who once blasted cloud as a fad, now says he’s not only fully aboard but will challenge Amazon, Microsoft and Rackspace on affordable Infrastructure as a Service. Read more »
Vermont and Massachusetts have stopped paying Montreal-based IT contractor CGI Group for work it has done on their balky healthcare exchanges. If that name sounds familiar, CGI is the parent company of CGI Federal, the contractor many blame for troubles plaguing the U.S. Healthcare.gov site. CGI Group is also working with Hawaii, Colorado, Kentucky, New Mexico and California healthcare sites — with mixed results. More on CGI from Vanity Fair.
It may not be on par with the great Netflix snafu of Christmas Eve 2012 but gamers are pretty ticked off that the Valve Software’s online store fell down during a Christmas sale, according to Geekwire, Reddit and other outlets. A traffic spike may have been an issue: Valve offered a free copy of Left 4 Dead 2 to anyone who downloaded and installed it before 10 a.m. PST December 26. As of 6:15 p.m. Christmas night the store appeared to be up again.
Update: Nintendo and Xbox Live sites are also experiencing issues, according to Gameinformer.
Security sleuth Brian Krebs sifted through the web to find where credit card numbers purloined from Target customers turned up and came up with an underground store rescador[dot]la. Click on it at your own risk. The site is, according to Krebs, run by “a miscreant” using the nickname Rescator who is affiliated with a Russian- and English-language crime forum. But you have to read the full post to get the whole story. To be honest, I’m too nervous to write more here.
Should Softbank’s Sprint unit acquire T-mobile, Softbank’s plan to build the world’s largest mobile internet company would take a big step forward. But regulatory hurdles remain. Read more »
The Minneapolis-based retailer, subject of a massive credit card breach, will keep call centers open for the holidays. Read more »
China is a hot bed of cloud activity. The latest entrant — China Unicom just launched a full-service OpenStack cloud. Read more »
The former NSA hand, who dominated the headlines with his disclosures on data collection starting in June, continued to hold focus with several interviews on Christmas. Read more »
Under a little known law, Queen Elizabeth II has pardoned Alan Turing, the computer and math whiz who helped break German code. It’s a posthumous move — Turing died nearly 61 years ago. Read more »
Further evidence that hard disk drive storage lives on — Seagate is buying Xyratex, a maker of HDD testing gear, to solidify its supply chain. Read more »
The education cloud is now a hot destination for tech companies: Taiwanese ODM Wistron plans to get its piece of the action, starting with a project in Malaysia next year. Read more »
A top-secret interrogation manual — some call it a torture guide — that the ACLU has been fighting to bring to light, was actually already made public — presumably by mistake – by the FBI agent who helped create it. The agent apparently decided it would be a good idea to copyright the 70-page how-to document. That process requires providing a copy of the document to the copyright office which is where it was discovered by a Mother Jones reporter.
So much for a pre-holiday slump, this week in cloud witnessed a couple huge acquisitions and a major move by U.S. cloud purveyors Amazon and IBM into the potentially huge China market. Read more »
The NSA paid RSA Security $10 million to distribute NSA-designed encryption — crackable by the security agency — with RSA’s BSafe security software, according to Reuters. It had already been reported that RSA, now part of EMC, had distributed the NSA formula as the default setting with BSafe, what’s new is information about the $10 million payment.
Startup Spotscale claims its service — which uses drones, software, 3D printers — will generate photo-realistic models of buildings or landscapes. Read more »
OpenStack’s promise of an open-source cloud infrastructure free of vendor lock-in is big. But difficulties upgrading from one release to the next are a major kink that needs to be worked out before widespread adoption can begin. Read more »
Responsys, a specialist in orchestrating cross-channel marketing, will become part of Oracle’s growing marketing automation effort. The deal is slated to close in the first half of next year. Read more »
New high-IOPS I2 instances suit use with NoSQL databases and other I/O-sensitive applications. AWS announced plans for these instances in November and is delivering them now. Read more »
Brian Jorgenson and Sean Stokke face both civil and criminal charges related to alleged insider trading. Read more »
A growing cadre of Ansible users now have a central site to post and share roles, ask questions, and read reviews. Read more »
IBM is working with the Gwinnett County public schools to test out a system that puts big data and deep learning to work personalizing education for fifth- and sixth-grade math students Read more »
A White House-appointed panel’s recommendation this week that the NSA stop collecting so much phone data will likely not have an impact on the massive data center in Bluffdale, Utah, built to house NSA data. Even if President Obama accepts those findings, which included a recommendation to unplug a database rumored to hold more than 1 trillion phone records, much additional data would still come in, James Bamford, an NSA expert told the Salt Lake Tribune.
This week we dish on the latest in the OpenStack soap opera and further convergence in mobile development platforms. If software is eating the world, is mobile eating software? Read more »
Oracle had another tough quarter in the hardware world but, hey, it could have been worse. Read more »
U.S.-based cloud providers weigh potentially huge market opportunity over risks in moving more cloud services into China. Read more »
For a variety of reasons — political, cultural, and economic — it’s a huge deal that Amazon Web Services is setting up a China-specific region in Beijing. Read more »
MbaaS player Stackmob is taking its mobile talents to Paypal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read more »
The slo-mo executive search for the third CEO in Microsoft’s 30-year history will take some more time, says director John Thompson. Read more »
The Obama administration will name Microsoft executive Kurt DelBene as its point person to fix what ails Healthcare.gov, according to Politico. DelBene, who is president of Microsoft’s Office division. would replace Jeff Zientz, who will move on to be the director of the National Economic Council next year. DelBene has government connections: His wife is freshman Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.).
The CRM leader isn’t saying boo, but if it does adopt OpenStack it could help the open-source cloud gain enterprise credibility, which it still sorely needs. Read more »
Or at least will attempt to know all they can about your needs, wishes, and behavior, according to IBM’s annual (and slightly creepy) 5 in 5 list of technologies it thinks will hit mainstream in 5 years. Read more »
Ok, he might be a bit biased, but Bryce Hoffman, author of American Icon, a book about Alan Mulally’s tenure at Ford, thinks Mulally would be a good pick to lead Microsoft. Here’s why. Read more »