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Even before WikiLeaks mastermind Julian Assange got hauled off to Wandsworth Prison in southwest London Tuesday, vigilantes acting in support of WikiLeaks unleashed a torrent of punishing denial of service attacks on MasterCard and the Swiss Post bank PostFinance, bringing down both of their web sites. PostFinance, which confirmed the attacks, was down most of Tuesday and mastercard.com was still impossible to reach Wednesday. Self-styled "hacktivists" who call themselves 4Chan and another called Anonymous, usually associated with attacking RIAA for its anti-piracy moves, have banded together in Operation Payback, ostensibly in revenge for MasterCard and PostFinance cutting off WikiLeaks donations. PayPal, which pulled WikiLeaks' account last Friday, has reportedly been hit too but seems to be bearing up other than some difficulties with its blog. The web site of the... (more)

Budget Focus on Digital Will Transform the IT Industry | @CloudExpo #Cloud #DigitalTransformation

Known on the global stage for its indisputable domination in IT, India is at the cusp of a digital revolution, finally on home ground. With its strong push for a digital economy, the Union Budget for 2017, presented by the Finance Minister recently, has only validated this claim. As a member of the IT community, it is a truly exciting moment to witness the sweeping transformative power of technology, as it transcends barriers of literacy, class and industry to create an environment of inclusivity - social, economic and financial. IT is the biggest employer in private sector and its revenue for the year (according to Strategic Review 2016 by NASSCOM) was $143 billion. The IT sector is generally expected to contribute around 10 percent to India's GDP and account for almost half of the total services export.  However, with the open and overarching commitment to fuel t... (more)

Assange Arrested, Denied Bail

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London Tuesday morning and appeared in Magistrates Court in the City of Westminster near Parliament around lunchtime where he said he would fight extradition to Sweden. Judge Howard Riddle denied the vagabond troublemaker bail reportedly telling him he had "substantial grounds" to believe the 39-year-old Australian wouldn't turn up for subsequent proceedings. Assange will be held in custody until December 14 and an extradition hearing determines what to do with him. He is wanted for questioning on charges of rape stemming from complaints made by two Swedish women after two separate encounters in Sweden in August. The Wall Street Journal says the charges read in court allege that Assange forcibly held one woman's arms and legs, preventing her from moving, and had sex with her without using a condom, as she wanted. The o... (more)

Wiki War Breaks Out

Even before WikiLeaks mastermind Julian Assange got hauled off to Wandsworth Prison in southwest London Tuesday, vigilantes acting in support of his rogue site started unleashing a torrent of punishing denial of service attacks on the financial institutions that turned the spigot off on the donations WikiLeaks needs to survive and pay Assange's legal bills. That includes PayPal, MasterCard, Visa and the Swiss Post bank. Amazon.com, which booted WikiLeaks off its cloud last week, was threatened again Thursday but reportedly the new avenging angel lacked the "forces" given Amazon's EC2-style elasticity. The ruffians pushed on to PayPal. Twitter is also a possible target for not allowing WikiLeaks discussions to "trend" to the top of the heap. The attacks, which WikiLeaks refused neither to "condemn nor applaud" and which the US government is now investigating, brought ... (more)

Five Best Practices for Data Integration

Michael Zuckerman, CMO, Queplix The explosion in information technology tools and capability has accelerated. Our information technology environment is moving at absolute light-speed. Yet, the back of data integration is broken. 90% of customers are using 20-year old ETL technology designed to move batch files into the data warehouse at 1:00 am. It is a manual process. Worst of all, is that some vendors have even put this 20-year old technology in their newly minted 1-year old cloud. Who wants 20-year old technology in a 1-year old cloud? To add insult to injury, data quality is … “another product.” I humbly submit that without resolving data quality issues and providing for their ongoing maintenance, you cannot integrate even two applications, load your data warehouse, consider a future Virtual MDM deployment. The cause of this is simple. Look at the revenue mix for... (more)

Analyst Takes Stab at HTC Royalty to Apple

Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu think Apple is going to get $6-$8 in royalties on each Android phone HTC sells because of their weekend licensing arrangement that puts an end to all litigation between them. Of course, terms weren't disclosed and Wu's estimate could just be a shot in the dark. If the figures are on the money Apple would see an extra $180 million-$280 million a year, a negligible sum for Apple. He thinks it's less than the number Apple originally proposed. HTC's financial position has been deteriorating; it currently has only a 4% global market share, down from 10.3% year-over-year, below even Chinese handset maker ZTE. The payments to Apple will likely pressure its profitability some more. The Dow Jones says HTC initiated the settlement talks with Apple after setbacks in court. The settlement has raised questions about Apple's determination to pursue St... (more)

HP Removes Bradley as PC Chief

Todd Bradley, the former Palm CEO who's been running HP's PC unit since 2005 and added printing last year when the Printing and Personal Systems (PPS) organization was formed, has apparently been pushed aside. He is trading his job running half of HP's revenue for a newly created position as executive vice-president, strategic growth initiatives, where he's supposed to increase HP's business in China, extend its channel partner relationships worldwide and identify potential partners among early-stage start-ups. He will work directly with CEO Meg Whitman, who said in the Tuesday morning announcement that "There's nothing more important to HP than our channel partners and the future of our business in China. I've asked Todd to use his expertise to focus on these areas. I've also asked him to study the landscape of small companies and start-ups that could partner with... (more)

Oracle Buys Piece of Mellanox

Told ya so. Told ya so. Told ya when Larry Ellison said, "You're going to see us buying chip companies" a few weeks ago he didn't mean AMD and that something like Mellanox Technologies was more up his alley if for no other reason than Mellanox is big in InfiniBand and Larry is big on InfiniBand. According to him, "InfiniBand is by far the fastest and most efficient switch fabric for running enterprise data centers." Well, rather than buy the joint, Oracle Wednesday said it bought 10.2% of the profitable-but-not-hysterically profitable publicly traded company's ordinary shares. It didn't say how much this "strategic investment" cost but Mellanox has a market cap of around $740 million. Oracle naturally wants something from Mellanox, an old-time Sun familiar - which may simply come down to a competitive lead over Ethernet - and mumbled something about "aligning produc... (more)

Industry Forms Asia Cloud Co-op to Address Obstacles

Eleven, mostly Western, companies, including Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, EMC, Microsoft, NetApp, Nokia Siemens Networks, PLDT/Smart, Rackspace, REACH, Telenor and Verizon, have set up the Asia Cloud Computing Association (Asia Cloud). IDC figures the Asian cloud market outside Japan should be worth $1.3 billion this year and grow at 40% a year until 2014. Japan's is supposed to grow to $29.2 billion in 2015 according to the country's Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry. However, security concerns, data storage regulations, low penetration of bandwidth in some countries, and government policies oriented to traditional computing models are supposedly inhibiting market growth. Asia Cloud chairman and REACH CIO Sundi Balu said, "The regulatory landscape and varying market maturity levels have fragmented the adoption of cloud computing in the region. Organizations... (more)

Life After WikiLeaks – Exposure Is Still a Threat

If nothing else, Julian Assange was an Internet pioneer for exposing things that otherwise would not have seen the light of day on such a large scale. There have been whistle-blowers and various documents made available to the press and courts in years past, but nothing on the scale and public availability of what WikiLeaks provided. Like opening a can of worms, the potential for copycat sites and rogue insiders trying to make money from stealing internal documents is now unfortunately a lurking reality. A leak of memos and internal reports on such a widespread public forum could be a crippling risk to any corporation if they were the next big leak. Many of these leaks, like the one announced yesterday involving US Navy intelligence specialist Brian Minkyu Martin, are inside jobs and potentially the hardest to stop. For these, a combination of a “bullet-proof” secu... (more)

Metalogix Launches SharePoint Migration Manager for Google Apps

Metalogix, a provider in content lifecycle management (CLM) solutions for Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange and legacy environments, on Wednesday announced SharePoint Migration Manager for Google Apps, a new solution that allows existing Google Apps and Docs customers to migrate their data to SharePoint 2010 or SharePoint Online. "Customers consistently tell us they need enterprise-class productivity tools with improved security to help their users do their jobs effectively and efficiently," said Jared Spataro, director of SharePoint product management at Microsoft. "Customers feel SharePoint 2010 is the logical choice over Google Apps. The Metalogix SharePoint Migration Manager for Google Apps provides a straightforward option for those customers to migrate to SharePoint 2010 without losing the investment in their existing content." Metalogix' SharePoint Mig... (more)