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Apple and Samsung find themselves on the same side in patent fight

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Apple and Samsung fighting the same foe? What’s next? New York Yankee and Boston Red Sox fans singing “Kumbaya” together? Manchester United and Liverpool FC supporters taking up joint knitting lessons?

It’s actually just another case of businesses being attacked by the same patent troll. In this case, Luxembourg-based Enterprise Systems Technologies (EST) SARL. This newly formed company owns five patents formerly owned by Siemens.

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Verizon, Netflix continue net neutrality war of words

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Last week, Mark Taylor, VP of Content and Media at Level 3, a global tier 1 business and consumer Internet provider, accused Verizon of deliberately slowing down Netflix videos. Those are fighting words!

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Chromebook gains, Microsoft worries

July 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Some people still pooh-pooh the idea that Chromebooks could ever come close to challenging Windows PCs. NPD’s latest laptop sales numbers say otherwise. Chromebook sales are zooming upward, while Windows laptop sales are stagnant.

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Drag-and-Drop Cloud Orchestration with Ubuntu Juju

April 2nd, 2014 · Comments Off

Canonical, the Ubuntu Linux and Juju Development/Operations (DevOps) program parent company, is turning Juju into a tool that makes setting clouds up  a drag-and-drop operation.

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The Spam Battle Report 2014

March 31st, 2014 · Comments Off

Let’s start with the good news: According to Kaspersky, in 2013, the proportion of spam in email flows was 70%, which is 2.5 percentage points lower than in 2012. The bad news is that spam that does get through is far more dangerous. According to John Levine, chairman of the Internet Research Task Force’s Anti-Spam Research Group (ASRG) and president of the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial E-mail, “The ongoing threat is that spam is now essentially 100% criminal, and it’s as likely to try to plant bank-account-stealing malware either directly or via links to compromised websites as to sell you something.” Ow!

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