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 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)
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)
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)
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
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
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
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)
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)
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
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)
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
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)
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)