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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)

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)

Big Data, Mere Mortals, Meaningful Consumption and Money

Little six-month-old ClearStory Data, which calls itself a self-driven data exploration service, came out of stealth mode Monday with an undisclosed amount of seed money from Google Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and some relatively eminent private parties. Those personal investors include Andy Rachleff, founder of Benchmark Capital and CEO at Wealthfront; Anand Rajaraman and Venky Harinarayan, senior VPs at Walmart Global e-Commerce and co-founders of Junglee and Kosmix; Tim Howes, co-founder of Rockmelt and ex-CTO of Netscape, and Nitin Donde, a one-time executive at EMC, 3Par and Aster Data. Vinod Khosla of course is one of Sun's three founders. Google Ventures is backing statistical companies these days and Andreessen is pouring money into every start-up with a shot at the brass ring. ClearStory's promoters say that "if Big Data is a river rich w... (more)

Dave DeWalt, Who Sold McAfee to Intel, Moves to FireEye

Dave DeWalt, who sold McAfee to Intel for $7.7 billion last year, more than Intel has ever paid for an acquisition, has been named CEO of the fast-growing security start-up FireEye, which he figures to take public next year while he focuses on growth over profitability. FireEye lets businesses protect themselves against malicious software that can get past traditional anti-virus programs offered by companies such as McAfee and Symantec. DeWalt told Reuters the start-up has 400 employees and more than 700 customers. He's been chairman of FireEye since last June and means to hire sales and marketing staff around the globe. ... (more)

Microsoft JV Buys Start-Up’s AzureOps Widgetry

Avanade, the global enterprise IT services company started by Accenture and Microsoft in 2000 to focus on Microsoft widgetry, has acquired the software written by a young 15-month-old SaaS operations start-up by the name of Opstera that helps manage cloud solutions, the underlying platform and dependent cloud services. The price it paid is unknown. The pair has reportedly been working together on a public cloud management service for Azure. The technology provides application monitoring and management of Windows Azure apps. The start-up said in a FAQ that "There is a strong need in the enterprise for comprehensive managed services that can guarantee a high level of availability and operational efficiency of the infrastructure similar to what they are used for on-premises solutions. Opstera software will be an addition to an already strong portfolio focused on clou... (more)

Traits of a Successful Startup Businesses | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud

Startup businesses are popping up at every opportunity. It seems that there are endless ideas that could become potential businesses. However, not all businesses will be successful. Here are some of the top traits of successful startup businesses. The Business Meets a Need One of the most important factors of determining the success of a business is the necessity for that business. Although it's unfortunate, great ideas will sometimes end up as a failed business. There must be a need for the product or service provided. Before you seek out investors, spend time analyzing the need for your idea. Faith In the Business In order to succeed, your whole team needs to be passionate about the product. Getting a startup business off the ground can be exhausting and disheartening, so your team needs to feel strongly enough about the product or service that they'll continue wo... (more)

Why Are There No Clouds Yet in Turkey?

Cem Sertoglu's Blog I get pitched by a large number of Turkish internet startups, and none of them, not one, so far, have built their application using cloud computing. I wonder why that is. It seems to me that the cloud computing service providers like Google App Engine, AWS and 10gen, offer a solid, scalable solution. On top of this, all of the non-cloud Turkish alternatives are more expensive than their US counterparts. Yet, you read about companies like drop.io going 100% cloud and I can not name a single Turkish company following suit. Interesting. [This post appeared originally here. Republished in full by kind permission of the author. It is republished under the Creative Commons license.] This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. ... (more)

Cloud BI Guru Believes Great Companies Can Be Built in the Cloud

In the brave new world of cloud computing, what is the secret to building great companies? That was the question answered by Roman Stanek, pioneer of Business Intelligence (BI) in the Cloud, who on Monday keynoted SYS-CON's Cloud Expo Europe 2009. The first major Cloud event in Europe was co-located with Virtualization Conference Europe 2009, and took place May 18-19, 2009, in Prague, Czech Republic, ans was sponsored by Sun Microsystems, VMware, GoodData Corporation, and 3tera. Stanek delivered his Cloud Expo Europe keynote on May 18, 2009 at Hilton Prague In his presentation, titled: "Building Great Companies in the Cloud," Stanek - a technology visionary who has spent the past fifteen years building world-class technology companies - talked about what it means to be 'born on the cloud.' Specifically he shared with delegates his thoughts on how to use cloud com... (more)

Cloud Expo New York Call for Papers to Expire January 15, 2010

Cloud Expo New York In response to massive demand, the world's largest Cloud event - the International Cloud Expo series - is expanding its number of tracks and sessions for its upcoming New York event: 5th International Cloud Expo. The deadline for the very popular Call for Papers, which resulted in a greater deluge of submissions than ever seen before, is being extended to the other side of the holiday period - to January 15, 2010. Additionally, SYS-CON Events announces the addition of additional tracks, additional session slots, and a general all-round expansion of the program in line with the expectations and needs of the 5,000 delegates who are expected to register for the event. Submit Your Speaking Proposal Today to the Largest Cloud Computing Event in the World! Topics to be covered at the 5th International Cloud Expo will include: SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS Stora... (more)

Choosing a Cloud Strategy? Here's What You Need to Know

Opening Keynote at Cloud Expo So you have been hearing a lot about Cloud Computing - and you have moved a few applications out to Google Apps or even migrated all your sales management to SalesForce.com. In so doing, you have adopted a software deployment model (SaaS) first introduced in the early part of this decade... Granted, the model has only recently become popular because of big players getting into the fray, but SaaS (while a big chunk of the Cloud model) is still just scratching the surface. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! With hyper-fast Internet access becoming cheaper and the Web becoming more ubiquitous than ever, there is a whole new realization in the industry that everything that was traditionally managed in-house can in fact, be moved out to being a shared resource as long as there is data security, validation and... (more)