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CDT's New Global Civil Liberty Aspirations
February 18, 2014
This is the best of times and the worst of times for privacy and civil liberties. Almost every day, new revelations about the U.S. National Security Agency's surveillance activities make headlines. Meanwhile, some U.S. intelligence chiefs have called for the execution of whistleblower Edward Snowden and have painted journalists who run stories based on his material as his accomplices.
LexisNexis' Flavio Villanustre: Insurance and the Big Data Bonanza
December 10, 2013
Insurance companies have always been adamant about spotting and controlling risks. That, after all, is the basis for accepting policyholders and placing them into rate categories. Before the Big Data explosion, insurance companies crunched numbers like everybody else. Today, however, the insurance industry is fast becoming one of the biggest consumers of Big Data services.
Metacloud's Steve Curry: We Need a Better Cloud Storage Model
November 12, 2013
The popularity of cloud storage is growing rapidly, and few would deny that open source technology is driving individual and business users to the clouds in droves. Yet enterprise adoption decisions are often hindered by competing technologies for public and private clouds. Often, it is less a question of open or closed source and more an issue of service and cost.
E-Booksellers Take a Walk on the Vile Side
November 9, 2013
Last month, British retailer WH Smith temporarily shuttered its site after people realized it was selling particularly objectionable sexual content. Meanwhile, Kobo.com, the Toronto-based e-reading company from which WH Smith got its material, announced that it was suspending distribution of all self-published e-books. Amazon also got into the act by removing numerous titles from its online shelves.
When Film Distribution Fails, Piracy Wins
November 2, 2013
Last month, researchers at George Mason University's Mercatus Center launched a website, PiracyData.org, to determine whether or not there are legal alternatives for viewing the world's most pirated movies. The researchers will quantify the validity -- or invalidity -- of copyright holders' claims that pirates are thieving material that is indeed available elsewhere.
JFrog's Fred Simon: It's All About Developer Freedom and Faster Build Time
October 29, 2013
For software developers, success is being able to maximize their chosen programming language to speed up build time. Almost as important is being able to speed up product distribution. In order to accomplish those goals, software developers need a better distribution system and access to other developers' code to build in compatibility and integration.
MediaFire's Derek Labian: Cloud Storage Is an Everyday Need
October 15, 2013
Security and privacy concerns may be far outweighed for many users by the convenience and appeal of the cloud, but users need to view cloud access as more than just another storage utility on the desktop. That's according to Derek Labian, CEO of cloud storage service MediaFire. Instead, cloud users need to focus on cloud performance and application functionality, Labian suggests.
MongoDB's Eliot Horowitz: The Database Renaissance Has Begun
October 8, 2013
NoSQL technologies are giving the database landscape a new look as they steadily push a shift from the relational database model. Young entrants to the alternative technology, such as MongoDB, have been gaining traction despite an admitted need to mature with more needed features. "For MongoDB as a part of the NoSQL space, it is a matter of maturity," said Eliot Horowitz, CTO of MongoDB.
Coverity's Zack Samocha: Software Quality and the Open Source Advantage
October 1, 2013
Software quality is a topic close to most developers' hearts, whether they work with open source or proprietary code. Assessing quality, however, isn't always a simple matter. As a result, several efforts have sprung up to tackle the challenge, including the Coverity Scan project. Coverity began work in 2006 on the open source project, which is a joint endeavor with the Department of Homeland Security.
The Secrets of GTA's Massive Mainstream Success
September 28, 2013
It's not every day that a video game becomes a mainstream tech story. Then again, it's not every day that a video game promptly records $1 billion in sales. Grand Theft Auto V did just that, however, eclipsing the 10-figure mark three days after its Sept. 17 release. The game's success is an emphatic declaration that the GTA brand -- first introduced in 1997 -- is still going strong.
AlienVault's Barmak Meftah: Time to Put Hackers on the Defensive
September 24, 2013
As CEO of AlienVault, Barmak Meftah faces enemies every day who play out their attacks from faraway lands using seemingly unbeatable weapons. One of the weapons AlienVault uses with the support of the open source community is a global report called the Open Threat Exchange that tracks threats to computer networks. The results make it possible to identify trouble spots and take corrective action.
Treasure Data's Hiro Yoshikawa: Taking the Open Road With Big Data
September 10, 2013
Businesses and government agencies are in a race to gather, quantify and clarify an ever-increasing stream of data. Housing the bits and pieces of their digital treasures can be just as much of a problem as deciding whether to trust traditional relational platforms or adopt more flexible databases designed to handle unstructured data.
Someone to Watch Over You: London's Recycling-Bin Spies
August 31, 2013
In June, Renew London equipped a dozen recycling bins in England's capital city with technology to track people's smartphones as they milled about the city. The devices went largely unnoticed until the appearance of an August article entitled, "This recycling bin is following you." The piece set off a bit of a media storm as people realized their every move was suddenly capable of being scrutinized and stored away.
Nexenta's Lockareff and Powell: Software-Only Storage for Everyone
August 27, 2013
In the cloud storage competition for customers, a battle is raging over innovative software-only storage systems and wannabe innovators still hawking yesteryear's legacy hardware solutions. Dollars and performance are the battlefield stakes. Nexenta, an open source provider of software-defined storage solutions, is waging the fight with its flagship software-only platform, NexentaStor.
Why Oslo Is Off-Limits to Apple's Aerial Photographers
August 22, 2013
Apple's taken plenty of flak for its mapping system, and some of it is well-deserved. After all, the maps have erroneously led drivers into the middle of nowhere and shown buildings that appear as though they're melting. Don't blame Apple if its images of Oslo, Norway, aren't crystal-clear, however. That one's not on Apple. Norway has denied Apple the license required to take aerial photos of Oslo.
Tokutek's John Partridge: Open Source Is Vested in Big Data
August 20, 2013
Ask Tokutek CEO John Partridge what makes open source such a snug fit for the database industry and for Big Data, and he'll tell you it is the decision-making by engineers that use open source. "For people who for whatever reason really need to access the latest technology, most purchasing decisions today are made by very capable engineers," Partridge said.
Legal Piracy: Antigua's Desperate, Fearless Ultimatum
August 17, 2013
About six years ago, the World Trade Organization sided with the itty-bitty Caribbean island of Antigua on its claim that the United States' ban on overseas remote gaming violated international trade agreements. The WTO upheld its ruling last winter, confirming once and for all that the island could suspend its obligations to certain U.S. intellectual property rights.
Coraid's Suda Srinivasan: Public Cloud vs. Private vs. Having It All
August 12, 2013
Cloud storage technologies and Big Data are driving rapid industry growth. Cloud storage developed around three models: Infrastructure as a Service; Platform as a Service; and Software as a Service. Merging with these cloud service models are technologies providing cloud computing space and backup services. Don't forget to factor in options such as public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud.
Cloudera's Mike Olson: Hadoop vs. Closed Source Is Not a Fair Fight
August 6, 2013
For many database practitioners, Hadoop is turning the tables on the relational database model. The rise of Big Data is driving what some see as a much-needed change in the platforms that process the massive infusions of aggregated raw data. Take for example, Cloudera founder and Chief Strategy Officer Mike Olson. His open source company harnesses Apache Hadoop-based software and services.
Porn, the UK and Search Engines' 'Moral Duty'
August 3, 2013
Britain's crusade against online pornography has ramped up. Prime Minister David Cameron recently gave a speech saying the pornography was "corroding childhood" and declared that every household in the UK should have pornography blocked by Internet service providers -- unless, that is, the homeowners specifically opt in to pornographic content.
Couchbase's Bob Wiederhold: Riding High on Big Data With NoSQL
July 30, 2013
NoSQL might well be called "the little database engine that could." It is quietly proving it is on track as Big Data transitions to cloud-based data storage and management. NoSQL is increasingly considered a viable alternative to relational databases, but it is still a relatively small category in a growing world of database technologies.
Shutterstock's Chris Fischer: Making the Most of Open Source's 'Huge Tech Edge'
July 23, 2013
Shutterstock has a nearly insatiable appetite for data storage. From its inception, the company -- a global provider of licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations and videos -- refused to pay higher prices just to stuff its storage needs into somebody else's cloud. Instead, the almost 10-year-old operation built its own server farm and created its own cloud software system at home.
How the US-French Connection Became a Digital Divide
July 20, 2013
Earlier this week, reports surfaced that the United States had thwarted France's plans to propose new international tax regulations targeting digital companies like Google and Amazon. This podcast examines France's philosophy toward tech giants and discusses whether or not France's annoyance with U.S. tech companies has anything to do with the fact that they are, well, from the U.S.
BoxTone's Brian Reed: Securing Android for the Enterprise
July 16, 2013
BoxTone's enterprise mobility management platform is designed to bring Android security up to levels better-suited to the rigors of the business workforce, but in making Android enterprise-hardened, the company left Android's open source trappings intact. As part of that EMM platform, BoxTone delivers its service in three categories of functionality.
Kaltura's Zohar Babin: Video Power to the People
July 9, 2013
In a world of mostly proprietary video platform developers, success for an open source startup requires very sharp cutting-edge technology. For Kaltura, part of the secret has been making sure that competitive edge is never dulled by settling for being just good enough. Adding a dual-license option often makes the difference between a free download and real sale.
Everybody Loves Data Protection
July 2, 2013
In early June, the EU agreed to a "business-friendly" privacy proposal, but that did nothing to stop the privacy debate in Europe. Since then, a federal court in Germany held Google liable for autocomplete suggestions; France threatened to fine Google unless it changed its ways; and an advisor to the European court of Justice allowed Google to keep sensitive information in its search index.
Concurrent's Chris Wensel: The Open Source Path Is a Rocky Road
July 2, 2013
Big Data and open source software may be the next great unholy alliance in computing's current promised land, but open source is a broken business model that needs a better vehicle for supporting projects such as programming suites that build database applications. So argues Chris Wensel, founder and CTO of Concurrent. Wensel started the company in 2008 to focus on the open-source Cascading Project.
EnterpriseDB's Ed Boyajian: Pinching Pennies the Open Source Way
June 25, 2013
Does it make good business sense to migrate corporate database software from costly proprietary platforms to free open source solutions or low-cost commercial open source replacements? The answer is a no-brainer, said EnterpriseDB CEO Ed Boyajian. Founded in 2004, EnterpriseDB began on a quest to disrupt the database stranglehold of proprietary database products.
Zenoss' Alan Conley: Doing the Dynamic Infrastructure Dance
June 18, 2013
A thin line between traditional IT monitoring and management services and monitoring real-time operations divides what Zenoss offers its customers and what other vendors provide. The IT monitoring space is becoming more crowded with proprietary and open source software solutions. Zenoss, according to Chief Technology Officer Alan Conley, offers a uniform platform that extends its reach.
Weighing the Importance of Google's Waze Win
June 18, 2013
After months of courtship, social navigation app Waze ultimately chose to partner -- for $1 billion-plus -- with Google, rejecting Facebook and Apple. The price tag shows how valuable Waze has become, and that's to say nothing of the overtures it received from the world's tech giants. "I think what's really surprising is that Facebook allowed the deal to die," said tech correspondent David Shamah.
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