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According to “Bezos’s law,” a unit of computing power price is reduced by 50 percent approximately every three years. AppZero’s Greg O’Connor looks at why the economic gap that favors cloud providers will only widen over time. Read more »

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Amazon has taken an undisclosed stake in Acquia, a startup that provides commercial services around the open-source Drupal content management system. Acquia relies on Amazon Web Services to help the startup handle the 333 terabytes of bandwidth it serves up each month, Acquia CTO Dries Buytaert wrote in a blog post; the startup runs on over 8,000 AWS instances. In late May, Acquia took in $50 million in a series F funding round, which brought total investment in the Burlington, Mass.-based company to $118.6 million.

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Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have created a new programming language called Wyvern that lets developers write web applications using the right language for the job, such as SQL for database queries or JavaScript for interactive content. Wyvern uses context from the types of data being manipulated to understand which language is being used in any given part of the code. Wyvern could help eliminate scripting and SQL injection attacks, the researchers note in a press release. However, they add, “Wyvern is not yet fully engineered … but is an open source project that is ready for experimental use by early adopters.”

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Splice Machine, a San Francisco-based startup promising to turn HBase into a relational database that can even handle transactional workloads, has added $3 million to its series B round of venture capital. Correlation Ventures led the latest cash infusion, which is in addition to the $15 million that Interwest Partners and Mohr Davidow Ventures invested into Splice Machine in February. The SQL-on-Hadoop space hasn’t been too good to startups (see, e.g., the fates of Hadapt, Drawn to Scale and even Karmasphere) but perhaps Splice Machine, which has the advantage operating in a more-mature Hadoop market, will be an exception.

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