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21/04/2014 - Chat for free with NTT's WebRTC, if you don't mind being a bloated, dancing cat

It's one of the first live tests of P2P communications technology using only your HTML5 browser, and if you don't watch out, it could cause nightmares.


21/04/2014 - New report on SDP suggests there never was a 'long tail'

Maybe with an API platform, telcos could open up hundreds of new, niche markets for others to explore. Nah, on second thought, maybe they could just do some more exploring themselves.


17/04/2014 - Spotlight: Does your right to personal data trump your government's right to it?

A ruling from the EU's highest court sets a precedent for government rights over human rights, that the U.S. government may one day have to meet.


10/04/2014 - VMware makes Office 2013 run in the cloud on an iPad desktop

Suddenly the virtue of native applications doesn't count for much, as apps that think they're running on Windows are made to fit quite nicely on Apple's hardware.


07/04/2014 - Juniper is laying off 6 percent of its employees

Juniper Networks is going to cut 6 percent of its employee base as part of a broader restructuring effort in the wake of a call from its activist shareholder Elliot Management to cut costs.


07/04/2014 - EU Parliament: End roaming charges by 2015, permit 'specialized' net services

The telecoms package is nearly the law of the continent, and puts telecom operators in the position of defending a net that's more neutral than Parliament perceives it.


03/04/2014 - AT&T bolsters IP-VPN customer mix by winning 200-site deal with Hilti

AT&T added another win to its IP-based VPN portfolio by securing a new contract with Frankfurt-based construction company Hilti that's designed to enhance the customer's retail sales process.


03/04/2014 - Stackato platform revision auto-scales app instances, this time for real

Whether a customer can do something and whether she's enabled to do it, are two separate things. This week, Stackato platform maker ActiveState is opting for the latter.


03/04/2014 - What it means to collaborate

If you've participated in a monthly meeting of your colleagues across the planet via an Internet-based video platform, then have you just collaborated? Or have you literally done the opposite of collaboration?


03/04/2014 - Interop: Xilinx realizes the dream of programmable SDN data planes

Should the data plane element of an SDN be a dumb switch or a smart gate array? This week at Interop, FPGA producer Xilinx makes a strong case for the latter--a case that may fly in the face of OpenFlow's best-laid plans.


31/03/2014 - Spotlight: With SDN, certifications have yet to catch up with reality

NetworkWorld's Jim Duffy explores the growing problem of certifying hardware engineers in a trade that's made up of code.


31/03/2014 - Synergy Research: Equinix, NTT lead the North America, APAC colocation markets

Equinix has maintained its strong lead in the colocation market, including a dominant presence in both North America and EMEA, while NTT took the top spot in the APAC region in Q4 2013.


24/03/2014 - One little footnote from Netflix CEO sparks a peering debate

If the consumption of downstream bandwidth were the real issue here, argues Reed Hastings, then ISPs would owe fees to upstream services. Okay, maybe that's a non-argument, but it does make the current state of affairs seem just a little sillier.


19/03/2014 - EU argument over 'net neutrality' definition comes to a head

A key European Parliament committee has decided that some Internet services are exempt from net neutrality regulations. But in a sly maneuver, the list of which services those are has been deleted from its bill.


18/03/2014 - DocuSign: We want a PCI-like standard for signed digital documents

If your organization conducts business online using all-digital documents, do you trust the means by which your partners or colleagues sign them?  The market share leader in the DTM space would like to reduce the number of digital signing options to one.


13/03/2014 - Citing US spying, EU parliament passes 'right to be forgotten' bill

Services doing business in the European Union must soon heed the requests of their customers to erase their personal data. How must those services respond? Well, that depends...


13/03/2014 - Level 3's Storey: The majority of our growth comes from our execution

CEO Jeff Storey told investors Level 3 Communications has the right tools to compete for new enterprise customers and to keep existing ones happy--all while expanding network presence in Northern California.


10/03/2014 - Spotlight: Wait a second, we still have an intranet?

It was supposed to have been the culmination of the knowledge management revolution. But as Diginomica's Den Howlett notes, the 'shadow IT' trend has relocated that revolution outside the firewall.


10/03/2014 - Japanese scalable public cloud gains a foothold on US shores

In a move to compete more directly against Amazon in the U.S. market, the world's 29th largest company opened up its cloud infrastructure service to U.S. customers Thursday.


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Acquisitions and investments are in the news more and more, demonstratiing that tech companies are a hot item again. Today Spotify moved closer to out Pandoraing Pandora with the purchase of MIT bred The EchoNest. The official release is below, and the story is out everywhere....ON To the News...

 
 

 
 

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SOMERVILLE, MA - March 6 - Spotify today announced that it will acquire the industry's leading music intelligence company, The Echo Nest. The acquisition supports Spotify's strategy to grow global music consumption and overall revenue back to the music industry by building the best user experience and music discovery engine for millions of global fans.

 
 

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Oh, where have you gone Harvey PollackBaseball and Big Data have their roots in the movie MoneyBall but back in my sports days GMs and scouts, even my hand compiled statss of teams and players were all data based. Now no pro team worth their weight isn't looking at how data is shaping their world. FYI-the reference to Harvey Pollack ties to how immaginative he was as statistician for the Philadelphia Seventy Sixers, Wings and others, where he created categories and provided hand compiled big data long before there even was a PC....In my mind, he set the bar and now others are following suit but good old "Super Stat" was doing all this first.

 
 

 
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It used to be hard getting a virtual visit from a doctor approved by the insurance company. Those times are a changing.

 
 

 
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eVisits: The 21st Century House Call - Deloitte CIO - WSJ

eVisits: The 21st Century House Call Trends in technology and business are aligning to make 2014 a breakthrough year for online health care. This year should see a spike in the use of "eVisits," in which patients interact directly or indirectly with health care providers via the Internet.

 
 

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Emergency response is going far beyond "I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up." Now Apple has patented a detection and assistance feature for iPhone, going far beyond what is out there today.

 
 

 
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Apple Patents Built-In Automated Emergency Detection And Assistance For iPhone

A new patent application by Apple just published by the USPTO (via AppleInsider) adds a feature to an iPhone that may not be as cool as an optical heart rate sensor, but could be just as (or more) life-saving: the new tech would use data from onboard sensor to automatically detect when a user is subject to physical attack, including car crashes and violent personal altercations, as well as sudden medical emergencies.

 
 

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That car trolling by may be more than it appears. If you remember the movie "Repo Man" this is Repo Man on steroids, all using big data.

 

 
 

 
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A vast hidden surveillance network runs across America, powered by the repo industry

Few notice the "spotter car" from Manny Sousa's repo company as it scours Massachusetts parking lots, looking for vehicles whose owners have defaulted on their loans. Sousa's unmarked car is part of a technological revolution that goes well beyond the repossession business, transforming any ­industry that wants to check on the whereabouts of ordinary people.

 
 

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Facebook just gave the term "Rent A Cop" a new meaning.

 

 
 

 
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Facebook Will Be First Private Company in U.S. to Pay for Full-Time Beat Cop

local Facebook will become what experts say is the first private company in the country to bankroll a full-time beat cop, establishing what could become a blueprint for many more similar partnerships. "It's safe to say this is unprecedented," said Jim Bueermann, president of the Police Foundation, the nation's oldest police research nonprofit in Washington, D.C.

 
 

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Founders Fund raised a boatload of money and has created a new fund.

 
     
 

 
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Founders Fund Hits $1 Billion Mark for New Venture-Capital Fund

Founders Fund, a backer of Facebook and Space Exploration Technologies, has closed $1 billion in new financing for a fifth fund, the firm announced on Wednesday. The new vehicle is quite a step up from the $50 million the firm raised when it was founded in 2005 by Peter Thiel and Ken Howery, both former top executives at PayPal.

 
 

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06/03/2014 - Spotlight: Database choices--NoSQL or NewSQL?

Traditional databases are prima donnas and resource hogs, writes Nick Booth on CloudPro. Hard to argue--though several of his supporting sources have every monetary incentive to shovel dirt on the mainframe's grave.


03/03/2014 - Spotlight: Inside American Hustle's surprisingly sophisticated, cloud-based special effects

GigaOm's Barb Darrow finds a lot of CGI special effects work behind the screen--much of it an ideal use case for public cloud.


03/03/2014 - More analysis of security in an SDN world

At last week's RSA security conference in San Francisco, Robert Hinden offered a presentation looking at potential security risks, as well as some possible benefits.


03/03/2014 - Boomtown: Unified Communications revenue grew 31% in 2013, says Infonetics

Research firm Infonetics says the Unified Communications sector is strong and getting stronger.


27/02/2014 - If IT systems deliver efficiency to business, why is your data center so inefficient?

That's the question posed to a panel of data center experts at the Open Compute Summit.


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