Stories for Mar. 31, 2014

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MariaDB 10 is out, featuring a “Connect engine” that makes it easier to handle data from both traditional SQL databases and more web-scale NoSQL systems. The new functionality merits new editions of the MariaDB Enterprise and Enterprise Cluster products. Read more »

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Following up on similar work with Intuit’s QuickBooks last year, Square has integrated its transaction tracking tools with Xero’s accounting software, allowing sales data to flow seamlessly from Square’s digital register into Xero’s spreadsheets. We can expect to see more partnerships like these: Square also launched a new software partner program on Monday, designed to make its sales and inventory tracking tools work better with small business software. Square hasn’t revealed who else it is working with or what other pain points besides accounting the program hopes to address.


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Structure 2011: Jayshree Ullal – President and CEO, Arista Networks

Structure 2011: Jayshree Ullal – President and CEO, Arista Networks

It’s about time. On Monday Arista, the company behind a generation of superfast and scalable networking gear, filed to raise up to $200 million via an initial public offering. For Arista’s history and goals check out Om Malik’s epic profile on the company. Unfortunately, as software defined networking has exploded, Arista had been caught with a proprietary operating system that ran counter to the trends we’re seeing with open source code and merchant silicon boxes. Yet, Arista had sales of $361.2 million — up 87 percent from 2012 — and net income of $42.5 million, about double from the year before. Not too shabby compared to many tech IPO hopefuls that are all revenue and no profits.

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Security outfit RSA has already had its name tarnished by the fact that the NSA paid it to distribute a mechanism (the Dual_EC_DRGB “Dual Elliptic Curve” random number generator) that turned out to be flawed. Now Reuters reports that RSA, these days part of EMC, also distributed a second NSA-recommended tool, the “Extended Random” extension, which researchers say made it easier to crack a version of the Dual Elliptic Curve software. Although Extended Random was included in the Bsafe security suite alongside Dual_EC_DRGB, it was sparsely adopted and was removed in the last 6 months. Again, RSA denies deliberately weakening its products.

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Weekend Plans

Sotheby’s troubles, $1000 Genome, Silver Thief is on the loose, A food site breaks up with Facebook, what are the technical textiles of tomorrow and the sexiest dog in Chicago are among this week’s recommendations. Read more »

Stories for Mar. 28, 2014
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Neil Young’s high-definition portable music player Pono is just about $34,000 shy of hitting $5 million in pledged contributions on Kickstarter, and the project still has 17 days to go. Pono surpassed its $800,000 funding goal on day one, and is now the fourth-most successful Kickstarter project ever in terms of money raised, just behind the Veronica Mars movie, the Ouya game console and the Pebble smart watch.

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