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For a long time, Bill Gates and in fact the entire leadership team at Microsoft were vehemently against the open source community. Steve Ballmer had once called Linux “a malignant cancer” in reference to Linux allegedly violating nearly 235 patents that Microsoft owned. Even post-retirement, Bill Gates had once picked on open source claiming that this model creates a license that prevents anybody from improving the software. “I think if you invent drugs, you should be able to charge for them,” he had said. But Microsoft, and the entire gamut of B2B service providers, have come a long way since then. Today, the company has embraced open source and while Microsoft products are themselves not open-source, the company has been actively contributing to open source projects like Node.js and Hadoop. So why did Microsoft turn a corner with open source? And why is it importa... (more)

Pulzze Systems Winner of G-Startup Worldwide Tokyo | @ThingsExpo @PulzzeInc #IoT #M2M #API #Cloud

Pulzze Systems was happy to participate in such a premier event and thankful to be receiving the winning investment and global network support from G-Startup Worldwide. It is an exciting time for Pulzze to showcase the effectiveness of innovative technologies and enable them to make the world smarter and better. The reputable contest is held to identify promising startups around the globe that are assured to change the world through their innovative products and disruptive technologies. There were multiple rounds of competitive selection process before the top 8 finalists were invited to present their product in front of a distinguished jury panel and an audience of ardent business executives, technologists and entrepreneurs. @ThingsExpo - The World's Largest 'Internet of Things' Event, November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center! Secrets of Sponsors... (more)

Can You Build a Tech Startup with an Outsourced Workforce | @CloudExpo #Cloud

It is often thought that the core component of a business should always be done in-house. This is not only because it is your intellectual property, but also because the learnings you gain from building the product will give direction to your business' strategy in the long run. Given this, is it a good idea for a tech startup to outsource their development? Before we answer that question, it needs to be pointed out that the myth that outsourcing development in a tech startup is prone to disaster is not always true. Do you know what is common to these following products - Slack, Fab, Skype, Klout, AppSumo and Opera? Yes, these companies were first built using an outsourced workforce. So essentially, there is precedent for successful businesses being built out of outsourcing. But this still does not tell you if outsourcing is a good idea for a majority of the tech sta... (more)

Easiest Way to Make an iPhone Media App

iPhone Developer's Journal Called TapLynx, the downloadable framework will save organizations the high cost of custom iPhone development and significantly increase the productivity of professional app developers. TapLynx lets designers and developers create truly unique iPhone media applications with customized content and their own distinctive look and feel simply by filling out a configuration file. The framework is optimized for presenting the latest content (through standard RSS feeds), including text, images and video, all viewed inline within the application. The framework also supports multiple ad formats and servers to monetize content. Users of the app can easily share the content with their Facebook, e-mail and Twitter followers. All apps work equally well on the iPod Touch. All Things Digital, Variety.com and NewsGator itself have apps built on TapLynx. ... (more)

Who’s Gonna Buy Novell?

Novell set this week as the deadline for acquisition offers, according to the Wall Street Journal followed by the New York Times. Elliott Associates LLP spokesman Scott Tagliarino claims Elliott, whose $5.75-a-share offer put Novell in play a couple of months ago, knows nothing about Novell's schedule. "It's running its own show," he said. Elliott's offer is still on the table. Novell refused the hedge fund's unsolicited bid as too low but since the offer inflated Novell's sunken stock price the company knew it was trapped and went looking for a sweeter deal. The Journal reports being told by "people familiar with the matter" that 20 companies have expressed interest of some kind in Novell, but that any serious offers are all expected to come from private equity firms and top Elliott's $2 billion bid. How much more Novell could possibly be worth is the question. ... (more)

Bulletproofing the WebSocket Wire Protocol

Web Security Journal: There's been a flurry of discussion this week among Internet and Web standards heavy-hitters around WebSocket, the new communications protocol supported in Chrome 4 and Safari 5. What was the main issue? Is there some kind of fundamental security vulnerability with the WebSocket (WS) protocol? John Fallows: When surfing the Web, our browsers may communicate with Web servers via HTTP proxies that deliver many benefits, such as providing previously cached Web content more efficiently than repeatedly contacting the target server. These proxies may be either explicitly configured at the browser or they may form part of the general network topology to intercept the communication path implicitly. Securely encrypted Web communication cannot be intercepted by such proxies. Members of the Hypertext Bidirectional (HyBi) IETF Working Group recently comp... (more)

Cloud Migration Start-up Hires VP Product Management and Marketing

Racemi on Monday announced that James Strayer has joined as vice president of product management and marketing, a newly created position for the growing company of datacenter automation software, which facilitates migration to cloud computing. Strayer joins from Symantec and will report to company CEO, Lawrence Guillory. He brings more than a decade of product management and marketing experience. At the Fortune 500 company, Symantec, he led product management efforts for the Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) business and worked with key OEM partners such as HP and Dell. Before that, at Altiris, he contributed to the company's growth, which led to the acquisition by Symantec for $830 million in April 2007. Strayer graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in Life Sciences. "James is an important addition to our team as we build out our netwo... (more)

Has the Famed Andy Bechtolsheim Divining Rod Struck Pay Dirt Again?

A shiny new 17-month-old stealth start-up named IO Turbine just broke cover propelled by an angel investment from Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim and Andy’s co-angel Stanford professor David Cheriton, boys who have made a few billion on early investments in items like Google and VMware. IO Turbine subsequently attracted venture money from Lightspeed Venture Partners and Merus Capital. Altogether the four of them have bet $7.75 million that its Accelio software can solve the I/O bottleneck problem in VMware environments by directing I/O requests away from overburdened primary storage to Flash memory for the most frequently accessed and critical data. Basically the start-up’s got a new memory-to-storage architecture that delivers a more efficient I/O path for virtualizing I/O-intensive applications and increasing VM density. The big problem in virtualized computing is... (more)

Era of Analytic Applications – Part 1

I was talking to one of the prominent General Partners at a Venture Capital firm here in Silicon Valley over the holidays…discussing how the Cloud market is evolving. We both agreed that 2013 will mark yet another shift in the evolution of web applications. I personally simplified this view of cloud evolution by defining its progression in the following periods...dating back to these noteworthy events: ISP Era: Software Tool & Die is founded in 1989 ASP to SaaS Era: TeleComputing founder coins ASPs in 1996 IaaS & PaaS Era: Amazon EC2 is Launched in 2006 Analytics Application Era: Apache Hadoop 1.0 launched 2012 Sure, Apache Hadoop was technically released on December 27, 2011...but most of us were out drinking brandy eggnog then (just as I am now). Let's just look at the beginning...when The World operated by Software Tool & Die started the first ISP. Pretty cool t... (more)

How Startups Can Benefit from Cloud Technology

With a wealth of technology and online resources, many people are ditching the traditional 9-to-5 lifestyle and opting to become entrepreneurs. Unlike businesses of the past, where a large financial investment was required to get off the ground, today's startups can get the ball rolling with limited funding. They can also operate with a high level of efficiency and often compete with much large larger companies. One of the top resources that is fueling startups is cloud technology. Below are some ways that entrepreneurs can benefit and why this technology is so advantageous. Minimal capital is required It used to be that significant funding was needed to create a company's infrastructure. In order to get rolling and stay on top of the action, you might have had to hire a staff of IT professionals, which cost even more. Thanks to cloud computing, this is no longer ne... (more)

How to Win Big When Cloud Computing Is Pervasive

Some people are never satisfied. These fearless agents of change are everywhere. They're informed, confident and willing to experiment. They seek out the best business technology solution for the job at hand. They act on instinct. Yes, you could say that they're driven. However, they're also at risk of being labeled as "rogue employees" because they ordered a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering and perhaps expensed it without prior approval. Sometimes they're the champion of progressive projects that are referred to as Shadow IT -- intentionally bypassing their company's formal evaluation and procurement process. How can this happen? Is it just because their activities are tolerated, or are they being encouraged? If so, by whom? Why would any business leader applaud a team member that breaks the rules? Maybe, the simple answer is that staying within the confines of ... (more)