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FTC warns of using big data to exclude consumers

The collection and analysis of big data holds great promise, but may also lead some companies to create profiles of consumers leading to discrimination, the chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Monday.

Posted on 15 September 2014 | 2:19 pm

Facebook's TODO project is a big push to evolve the world of open source

Facebook has partnered with several large companies to kick off a new project called TODO that aims to improve the way open source software is developed and consumed. Facebook, Google, and many other big businesses have come to rely on open source projects, such as the MySQL database, to run their businesses, and particularly their online operations.

Posted on 15 September 2014 | 12:13 pm

Pyston compiler cranks up Python thanks to LLVM

Fast development or fast execution, take your pick. Python programmers elect to go with the former, but have always sought ways to make their choice of language run a little faster.

Posted on 15 September 2014 | 8:47 am

A wireless router may someday charge your mobile devices

For all intents and purposes, the new Apple Watch is not a mobile device that uses wireless charging. While its charging cable uses magnetic inductive coupling, the wire must still physically attach to the watch in order to work. In contrast, George Holmes sees a day not so far from now when smartwatches, smartphones, and other small mobile devices will begin wirelessly charging as soon as they enter a home, office or car. There'll be no need to ever remove that smartwatch from your wrist.

Posted on 15 September 2014 | 7:26 am

How network virtualization is used as a security tool

When people think of network virtualization, the advantages that come to mind typically include faster provisioning of networks, easier management of networks and more efficient use of resources. But network virtualization can have another major benefit as well: security.

Posted on 15 September 2014 | 7:08 am

New data center protects against solar storms and nuclear EMPs

In Boyers, Pa., a recently opened 2,000-sq.-ft. data center has been purpose-built to protect against an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), either generated by a solar storm or a nuclear event. The company that built the facility isn't disclosing exactly how the data center was constructed or what materials were used. But broadly, it did say that the structure has an inner skin and an outer skin that use a combination of thicknesses and metals to provide EMP protection.

Posted on 15 September 2014 | 4:40 am

Latest Windows 9 leak shows unified notification center

It's something we've wanted for a while -- a single, unified place for all Windows notifications. If the latest leaked video of Windows 9 is any indication, it looks like we'll finally get our wish.

Posted on 15 September 2014 | 4:19 am

Does Apple have a breakout product in its smartwatch?

The rumors had swirled for months, and they materialized this week when Apple unveiled its first wearable device, the Apple Watch. It's, of course, much more than a timepiece -- it's a fitness tracker with an accelerometer and heart rate monitor to follow your workout. It offers a bevy of apps as well as the ability to receive calls when linked to an iPhone.

Posted on 15 September 2014 | 4:17 am

How to build a great data science team

Enterprises that want to launch big data initiatives -- or even more ambitiously, seek to create an "analytics culture"  -- invariably should answer a handful of critical questions before spending money and allocating resources: What's the business case for analytics? Which big data tools should we use?

Posted on 15 September 2014 | 4:05 am

Oracle to acquire content storage management company Front Porch Digital

Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire Front Porch Digital, a provider of technology for migrating, managing and monetizing large-scale media content. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Oracle said late Sunday that it expects the transaction to be closed this year. Front Porch Digital will continue to operate as an independent company until then.

Posted on 15 September 2014 | 3:53 am

Sprint, Windstream traffic routing errors hijacked other ISPs

Internet traffic routing errors made by U.S. operators Sprint and Windstream on the same day last week underscore a long-known Internet weakness, posing both security and reliability issues. Both of the errors involved Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), an aging but crucial protocol that is used by networking equipment to route traffic between different providers. Traffic routes are "announced" using BGP, and the changes are then taken up by routers around the world.

Posted on 15 September 2014 | 3:46 am

Google offers $100,000 cloud credit for startups

Looking for more success stories to add to its portfolio, Google has assembled a starter package to help startup businesses ramp up operations with free Google Cloud Platform services. Startups that qualify will get a $100,000 credit for Google Cloud Platform services, along with around-the-clock support and access to the company's technical solutions team.

Posted on 12 September 2014 | 12:11 pm

Why HP bought Eucalyptus: An easy way to go hybrid

When HP announced it was purchasing Eucalyptus Systems, t

Posted on 12 September 2014 | 10:07 am

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