Storage vendor Hitachi Data Systems is set to buy analytics company Pentaho at a price rumored to be between $500 million and $600 million (closer to $500 million, from what I’ve heard). It’s an interesting deal because of its size and because Hitachi wants to move beyond enterprise storage and into analytics for the internet of things. Pentaho sells business intelligence software, and can transform even big data from stream-processing engines for real-time analysis. According to a Hitachi press release, “The result will be unique, comprehensive solutions to address specific challenges through a shared analytics platform.”
GoDaddy is continuing its effort to upgrade its infrastructure into something more modern by acquiring Nodejitsu, a Node.js-centric platform-as-a-service provider, the web-hosting company announced today. GoDaddy did not disclose the financial terms of the deal, which was rumored to close this week, but a spokesperson said that four Nodejitsu employees will be coming on board. Given the popularity of Node.js, which just got its own open-source foundation, the deal makes sense for GoDaddy, which has spent the past couple of years modernizing its technology through acquisitions, mobile development and even the creation of its own content-delivery network.
Anthony Noto, Twitter’s Chief Financial Officer, got his Twitter account hacked Tuesday. His username started spamming followers, @ mentioning them with the line “I can’t stop laughing” and a link to another site. By the time of publishing, the spam had been deleted. As you’d imagine, snarky Twitter had a field day. The hack comes a few months after Noto infamously tweeted a line that was meant to be a private direct message about an acquisition.
Here’s an easy way to get 2GB of Google Drive storage: In the next week, head to Google’s security checkup page and follow the instructions. On February 28, Google will credit your account with the additional cloud storage space. The security checkup takes less than 5 minutes to complete, and it’s simple — it asks you what your backup email address is, whether any recent account activity is odd, and to review the various apps you’ve given Google account permissions to (there are probably a lot.) Sure, 2GB of additional Google Drive space isn’t a ton (you get 15GB for free), but you probably should review your security settings anyway.
Scribd has added about 10,000 digital comic books and graphic novels to its $8.99/month ebook and audiobook subscription service, the company announced Tuesday. Participating comic publishers so far are Marvel, Archie, Boom! Studios, Dynamite, IDW/Top Shelf and Valiant. DC Comics (the other “big two” comic publisher besides Marvel) is missing for now.