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Hadoop startup Altiscale is close to completing its mission to make Docker a suitable environment for running Hadoop jobs. One of the big remaining issues has to do with network security and ensuring bad neighbors don’t spoil the party for everyone in multi-tenant environments. Read more »

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Snapchat’s curious “Our Story” experiment is now viewable to the masses, under the “Live” tab at the bottom of Recent Updates. Our Story allows Snapchat users in the same location to add snaps to an ongoing, crowdsourced reel of the event. The company first introduced it for the Electric Daisy Carnival in June and then brought it to Rio, Outside Lands and Lollapalooza. Previously, you could only view “Our Story” if you were there in-person at the festival. But with the latest update, anyone anywhere can take a look at the compiled action. Snapchat has not clarified what events in the future will offer an “Our Story” reel. We’ve reached out to ask and will update this when we hear back.

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If you’d like a fast phone that’s unapologetically plastic, you could do a lot worse than the HTC One E8, which Sprint officially announced on Friday. It will cost $100 with a 2-year contract or $500 on its own, and functionally it’s close to a carbon copy of the well-liked HTC One M8, but with a plastic body, a downgraded camera, and it lacks 802.11ac Wi-Fi support. But if you’re in the right market, the E8 can tap into Sprint’s speedy tri-band Spark network.

Stories for Aug. 28, 2014

Writer David Sessions argues in a piece at Patrol magazine that journalism is worse because of the effects of the internet — but most of the things that he and others complain about have been a part of the media business for hundreds of years, including clickbait Read more »

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Quick to deflect attention from its Lyft-sabotage controversy, Uber has moved into 24 new markets in the United States. The cities range from the podunk town of Bloomington, Indiana, to the college town of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In its blog post announcing the news, Uber threw out some frothy statistics: since it’s in 100 cities in the States, Uber said it now covers 55 percent of the U.S. population. It has also moved into ten cities in India and six cities in China, 205 cities globally, 45 countries, and six continents. To Antarctica, the company merely says “bring it!”

A high-level architecture for a Kubernetes application. Source: Microsoft
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Microsoft Azure now supports the management of Docker clusters using the Google-developed Kubernetes framework. What’s more, Microsoft has also open sourced a visual tool for managing those clusters via a graphical user interface. The company has moved fast since announcing support for the project in July. Read more »

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