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Oracle News
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Oracle Buys Dyn
Extends the World's Most Comprehensive Cloud Computing Platform with the Leading Cloud-based Internet Performance and Domain Name System (DNS) Solution
Oracle announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Dyn, the leading cloud-based Internet Performance and DNS provider that monitors, controls, and optimizes Internet applications and cloud services to deliver faster access, reduced page load times, and higher end-user satisfaction.

Dyn's solution is powered by a global network that drives 40 billion traffic optimization decisions daily for more than 3,500 enterprise customers, including preeminent digital brands such as Netflix, Twitter, Pfizer and CNBC. Adding Dyn's best-in-class DNS solution extends the Oracle cloud computing platform and provides enterprise customers with a one-stop shop for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).

How Top Retailers Are Using Tech To Score Points On Black Friday And Beyond
Forbes, November 23rd, 2016
"Now is make-or-break time for retailers, as a typical retailer generates about 20% of its annual revenue during the end-of-year holiday season. For some, the season is a coming-out party for new merchandising, marketing, point-of-sale, customer service, and other technology-based features, both in-store and online. For other retailers, the season just magnifies their shortcomings - technological and otherwise..."
    Oracle
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    Oracle Optimizer White Paper
    By Nigel Bayliss, November 22nd 2016
    Nigel blogs, "A new white paper for the Oracle Optimizer is now available. Just go to the Query Optimization page in OTN and click the Optimizer with Oracle Database 12c link.

    I've kept the content and format close to the way Maria organized it, so it will be familiar to you if you've read previous versions. The main difference is that I've reduced the number of scripts in the text to keep the paper down to about 30 pages, otherwise it's too easy to hit 40+. As an alternative, I upload examples to GitHub..."

    IT - AI
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    10 Artificial Intelligence Trends to Watch in 2017 (Slideshow)
    Datamation, November 21st, 2016
    "2016 has seen a dramatic increase in interest in artificial intelligence (AI), and that trend seems likely to continue in the coming year. In its Worldwide Semiannual Cognitive/Artificial Intelligence Systems Spending Guide IDC predicted that AI revenues will grow from $8.0 billion this year to $47 billion in 2020, for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 55.1 percent..."
    Fujitsu CTO: AI is inevitable, but needs to be nurtured
    ITProPortal, November 21st, 2016
    "Fujitsu's CTO Dr. Joseph Reger outlines his vision for the development of Artificial Intelligence.

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is undoubtedly one of the most talked-about topics in technology at the moment. Organisations in all manner of industries are taking an interest in it and even the UK government is getting in on the act..."

    Google's DeepMind AI binges on TV to master lipreading
    CNET, November 23rd, 2016
    "After digesting 5,000 hours of TV programs, the AI system outperforms a professional lip-reader.

    Artificial intelligence could soon make asking Google Assistant a question in public a little less awkward.

    A project by the University of Oxford and UK-based DeepMind, owned by Google parent company Alphabet, trained an artificial-intelligence system to read lips by analyzing 5,000 hours of TV programs, reported New Scientist on Monday..."

    AI Powered Google Translate Can Translate Languages It's Never Trained On
    TechWorm, November 24th, 2016
    "The legendary Google Translate will now produce more natural and better translation between languages, thereby reducing the gap between human and machine translators and enhancing the learning capabilities of Google Translate's neural network.

    The company is now using a new technology called Neural Machine Translation (NMT), which aims to make computer-generated translations more parallel to those done by humans and to power its translations in seven new languages. The update should make translations in those languages much more accurate and easier to understand, says Google..."

    SPARC
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    Siemens Teamcenter Excels on Oracle SuperCluster
    By Parnian Taidi, November 23rd 2016
    Parnian blogs, "Siemens PLM Software is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software with over 140,000 customers worldwide. One of their main products, Teamcenter, provides a comprehensive portfolio of end-to-end PLM solutions connecting people throughout the lifecycle with a single source of product and process knowledge.."
    How Oracle's Data Analytics Accelerator Turbocharges SPARC
    By Carol Hildebrand , November 21st, 2016
    Carol writes, "It's hardly a secret that Oracle's SPARC processor technology is built for speed. 'It is the fastest commercial processor on the planet - nothing comes close,' said Rick Hetherington, Oracle vice president of hardware development, during an Oracle OpenWorld 2016 session.

    But that's just the start. By adding Software in Silicon to Oracle's latest SPARC processors, the M7 and S7, the company has created technology custom-tailored for today's data-fueled economy..."

    Virtualization
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    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.10
    By Simon Coter, November 21st, 2016
    Simon blogs, "Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.1 Maintenance Release 10. This release includes improvements and bug fixes for Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1. Between them we can mention:

    • Audio: fixed a few 5.1.x regressions by using the audio code from 5.0.x until the audio overhaul is completed
    • Windows hosts: hardening fix for Windows 10 build 14971
    • Linux hosts / guests: kernel 4.9 fixes
    • GUI: fixed various issues in Unscaled HiDPI Output mode

    ..."

    IT - Storage
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    Hybrid Cloud Storage Use to Double in Next 12 Months
    Help Net Security, November 21st, 2016
    "The use of hybrid cloud storage will accelerate rapidly over the next 12 months, according to Cloudian. Across 400 organisations surveyed in the UK and USA, 28% already use hybrid cloud storage, with a further 40% planning to implement within the next year. Only 19% have no plans to adopt.."
      IT - Technology
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      A Phone that Charges In Seconds?
      Science Daily, November 21st, 2016
      "A team of UCF scientists has developed a new process for creating flexible supercapacitors that can store more energy and be recharged more than 30,000 times without degrading.

      The novel method from the University of Central Florida's NanoScience Technology Center could eventually revolutionize technology as varied as mobile phones and electric vehicles..."

        Anyone for quantifiable VR mindfulness?
        TechCrunch, November 24th, 2016
        "What's the point of virtual reality? At this nascent stage the question remains hanging in the pixelated air like the promise of a better life off-world. As does the associated unknown of whether the tech's promise of 'exceptional immersion' will stand the test of time and make the leap to mainstream appeal.

        For now, on the content side, VR mainly means a few gaming experiences with relatively niche appeal (given the pro kit needed to power them), and experimental or quasi-educational content such as virtual tours, medical therapy and attempts to foster empathy by embodying another first-person perspective. But another idea is to use VR to foster mindfulness by tuning out the day-to-day and tuning into some calming VR vistas..."

          IT - Bitcoin
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          Blockchain Opens Ten Millionth Digital Wallet
          NEWSBTC, November 21st, 2016
          "Bitcoin has received some powerful pushes in the last few months. Between the UK's exit from the European Union and Donald Trump's rise to presidential power, bitcoin has reached trading points beyond $700 and stayed strong despite a few occasional blunders.

          Given bitcoin's lackluster run in 2015 (the price did not change for the better until mid-November), it's likely nobody saw this coming, though enthusiasts aren't looking to complain. The Brexit and Trump's election campaign have truly brought bitcoin into the limelight where it belongs, and now the currency is likely to receive another gallant and hefty push..."

          Bitcoin Transactions and American Taxation: An Interview With Daniel Winters
          Bitcoin Magazine, November 21st, 2016
          "The rise of bitcoin and other forms of digital currency is fueling a wealth of questions about tax enforcement: what sort of tax treatment guidelines exist for digital currencies? How are tax reporting agencies responding to the large number of digital currencies that now exist worldwide? To what extent is virtual money being used for tax avoidance purposes?..."
          Bitcoin is Changing the World Whether We See it or Not
          NEWSBTC, November 23rd, 2016
          "A recent Vox article reads, 'Bitcoin was supposed to change the world. What happened?' Those are some amusing words to use. 'What happened?' They insinuate that bitcoin hasn't changed the world, and that everything it set out to do hasn't been accomplished.

          Titles like these make us realize just how misunderstood bitcoin really is. Despite the world its developed over the last eight years, it's still rendered a failure by the majority of observers..."

          IT - DevOps
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          Demystifying DevOps: 7 reasons why culture is the key
          jaxenter, November 22nd, 2016
          "Culture is the essence. This seems to be consensus in debates about digital transformation and DevOps. But what does this 'culture thing' really mean in the context of an organization? That's the cardinal question to be answered by any company willing to benefit from DevOps ideas..."
          A developer's journey through DevOps
          opensouce.com, November 23rd, 2016
          "What does developer advocate Burr Sutter have to do with 'DevOps king' Gene Kim and his book, The Phoenix Project?

          As Sutter explained in his five-minute lightning talk at All Things Open 2016, they share a passion for hands-on technologists - the developers that craft awesome code and the operators who spin out the infrastructure to run it..."

          Why businesses should decipher DevOps
          ITProPortal, November 24th, 2016
          "IT buzzwords change like the wind. From big data, to containers, to the Internet of Things, there is no shortage of often-used phrases that organisations must quickly become accustomed to.

          DevOps is the latest trend that can increase agility and improve performance in the IT department. However, confusion is still rife, with many businesses unsure what it is, and how to capitalise upon it..."

          MySQL
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          MySQL multi-instance Group Replication on systemd
          Select All From MySQL, November 25th, 2016
          Andrew Grimo writes, "In this blog post, I'd like to take a look at a few different things such as MySQL Group Replication, multi-instance MySQL setups on systemd and shell scripting the whole mess to make it easy to build, and easy to rebuild. To be honest, it took a little help from Shinguz's blog to get the systemd setup going. Now that I get it, its really simple and way better than mysqld_multi. Another reference for systemd integration from the mysqlserverteam can be found here..."
          MySQL Cluster Manager 1.4.1 released
          MySQL High Availability, November 25th, 2016
          The MySQL Cluster Carrier Grade Edition (CGE) database powers mission-critical applications in web, telecommunications, government, and enterprise environments. MySQL Cluster Manager simplifies the creation and management of the MySQL Cluster CGE database by automating common management tasks including on-line scaling, upgrades, backups, reconfiguration, and tuning.

          MySQL Cluster Manager 1.4.1 is available for download from My Oracle Support.

          Cloud Computing
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          PaaS4SaaS Developers' Code Is Always 'On': OAUX is on OTN and GitHub
          By Ultan O'Broin, November 24th, 2016
          Juergen blogs, "Boom! That's the sound of thunder rolling as PaaS and SaaS developers work as fast as lightning in the cloud. The cloud has changed customer expectations about applicationstoo; if they don't like their user experience (UX) or they don't get it fast, they'll go elsewhere.

          PaaS4SaaS developers know their code is always 'on'..."

          New Video: Leverage Integration Cloud Service for EBS
          By Terri Noyes, November 23rd 2016
          Terri blogs, "A new video, Leverage Integration Cloud Service for Oracle E-Business Suite, is now available on the Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Cloud Channel under the EBS and Oracle Cloud (IaaS and PaaS) area.

          In this video, product manager Rekha Ayothi provides an overview of Oracle's Integration Cloud Service (ICS) and the Oracle E-Business Suite Adapter, and discusses how to implement integration solutions using the EBS adapter in both inbound and outbound integrations..."

          Linux
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          Linux hardening: A 15-step checklist for a secure Linux server
          ComputerWorld, November 26th, 2016
          Most people assume Linux is secure, and that's a false assumption. Imagine your laptop is stolen without first being hardened. A thief would probably assume your username is 'root' and your password is 'toor' since that's the default password on Kali and most people continue to use it. Do you? I hope not.

          The negative career implications of choosing not to harden your Kali Linux host are severe, so I'll share the necessary steps to make your Linux host secure, including how I use penetration testing and Kali Linux to get the job done. It's important to note that, while they are many distributions (AKA distros) of Linux and each one differs from the command line perspective, the logic is the same. Use the following tips to harden your own Linux box.

          IT - Cloud
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          10 Reasons to Divorce the Cloud
          Network World, November 21st, 2016
          "For some companies, using cloud services isn't what they hoped or expected it to be. Reason's like these might be enough to make them leave.

          1. Your costs went out of the control.

          This can be significant. Prices go up and go down. A new product gets introduced that might be more financially attractive - but only if you started from that point and not if you include the added cost of migration (documentation, security and other audit) not to mention re-budgeting and rate of return over the lifecycle of the data flows..."

          OpenStack enterprise adoption still awaits full embrace
          SearchDataCenter, November 22nd, 2016
          "OpenStack in the enterprise is more likely to see continued adoption via vendor distributions and managed services, not the raw code of big-name customers, such as PayPal...

          Maybe OpenStack won't help enterprises reach private cloud ecstasy after all.

          OpenStack continues to struggle in its attempts to broaden appeal beyond core customers among service providers and telcos. For most, OpenStack enterprise adoption will most certainly involve some hand-holding -- if these customers can be wooed at all by promises of lower cost or improved interoperability..."

          Hybrid Cloud Redefined for the Future
          The Datacenter Journal, November 23rd, 2016
          "As we consider the future of data storage and transport, it's important to take a look back at where it all started. The first 'data centers' in the 1960s housed huge mainframe computers that needed their own rooms owing to size, noise and heat considerations. These computers cost millions of dollars and were rented and shared by multiple organizations, as creating mainframes of their own was cost prohibitive..."
            IT - CxO
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            The 7 strategies of the future-ready CIO
            CIO, November 21st, 2016
            "CIOs must learn to embrace and predict the future.

            As the election is over and radical change is in the air, I thought it would be an excellent time to get CIOs ready for the next quantum leaps on the horizon.

            I have had a long career forecasting, for right or wrong, tech trends that shape the future of CIOs and their enterprises. In all fairness, tech disruptions (and my forecasts) have not always been popular because innovation changes the fundamental game of business. The reality is no one likes change. Yet we are defined by change. And our effectiveness is based on how out in front of change we are, how best we can predict change before it hurts us..."

              What does 2017 hold for the IT professional? Visualising the future of IT...
              ITProPortal, November 21st, 2016
              "Cloud computing, hybrid IT and data breaches all make the list.

              The industry's leading cloud service providers have introduced a new way to work in the cloud: Functions as a Service (FaaS). This new cloud computing category allows customers to develop, run and manage application functionalities without the headache of architecting and overseeing the back-end infrastructure..."

              Top CIO challenges: Alignment, talent and lack of self-reflection
              Search CIO, November 21st, 2016
              "CIOs today don't have it easy as businesses become increasingly digitized. In this video interview from the recent SIM Boston Technology Leadership Summit, Mikhail Papovsky, CEO at management consulting firm Abraic Inc., discusses the top CIO challenges today. Papovsky also comments on the changing role of the CIO and offers some advice for new CIOs looking to connect with the executive board. (Hint: it involves wine.)..."
              6 ex-CIOs reveal lessons learned, biggest regrets
              ComputerWorld, November 21st, 2016
              "What if you could eavesdrop on the exit interviews of CIOs who recently left their roles? In a free report, from the Society for Information Management, former CIOs describe their career lessons and disappointments.

              Regrets? These former CIOs have a few. In exit interviews, six ex-CIOs say they wish they'd spent more time engaged with business strategy, studied human psychology or gotten an MBA..."

              Ford CIO: IT is a 'People Business'
              CIO, November 22nd, 2016
              "Ford CIO Marcy Klevorn focuses heavily on culture and talent as the car manufacturer strengthens its tech posture in an era of massive disruption.

              When asked about her biggest priorities as CIO of Ford Motor Company, the $150 billion automobile manufacturer, Marcy Klevorn says, 'It's really a story of 'and.''

              Not long ago, Ford and its chief competitors made automobiles, and Americans bought American-made cars..."

              Who Has the Most Impact In Driving Security Advancement?
              CSO Online, November 22nd, 2016
              "The risk owner has to lead to make security a priority for all

              Depending on the size of the organization, the person who has the most impact on driving security advancement could be a C-level or board member, but non-executive administrators and sometimes the one man IT/security show are the people paving the path..."

              Budget busters: Three ways for CIOs to fund digital initiatives
              ComputerWeekly, November 23rd, 2016
              "The business wants IT to innovate, but CIOs find their budgets are frozen. Who you gonna call?

              During the recent Gartner Symposium in Barcelona, the analyst firm urged CIOs to reorganise their IT function around products.

              Arguably, a product is something tangible - it can linked to the profit-and-loss statement, and has visibility at board level..."

              6 Questions Every CEO Should Ask about Their Data Security (Slideshow)
              Information Management, November 23rd, 2016
              "Cyber defensive is a top priority for nearly all organizations today, but many CEOs still don't fully grasp the threats involved or the potential stakes. Here are questions that every CEO should be asking about their cyber security strategy..."
              Spending On IT and Business Services to Top $1.1 Trillion By 2020
              Information Management, November 23rd, 2016
              "Worldwide spending on IT services and business services will total about $936 billion in 2016 and are expected to reach $1.1 trillion by 2020, according to research firm International Data Corp. (IDC).

              The firm's Worldwide Semiannual Services Tracker reports the IT services market at $639 billion for this year, rising to $731 billion by 2020..."

              How CIO's can define the right strategy and time to implement new technologies
              CIO, November 24th, 2016
              "A new technology does more than just present more competition for an old technology. It presents a different type of competition whose value proposition does not fully overlap with the old technology offer, and that can disrupt businesses drastically.

              Replacing an old technology or adopting a new technology for your business is a more complex task than it seems. For the past couple of decades, CIO's have significantly improved their ability to understand the technology shifts that disrupt businesses, industries, and sectors..."

              CIO Interview: Jim Fowler, GE
              ComputerWeekly, November 24th, 2016
              "Imagine if your boss was a CEO pioneering a digital revolution in a company over 120 years old, connecting industrial machines to the internet

              Jim Fowler, CIO of GE, has a challenge. The company's CEO, Jeff Immelt is very tech savvy. 'Jeff is one of the most intelligent men I have ever met,' says Fowler. He doesn't forget anything'..."

              UMass Settles Potential HIPAA Violations following Malware Infection
              HHS.gov, November 22nd, 2016
              "The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. The settlement includes a corrective action plan and a monetary payment of $650,000, which is reflective of the fact that the University operated at a financial loss in 2015..."
              How FedEx is shaving millions from its IT costs
              CIO, November 22nd, 2016
              "FedEx has saved hundreds of millions of dollars by eliminating redundant applications and reorienting them in a service-oriented architecture.

              FedEx has saved hundreds of millions of dollars by eliminating costly redundant and legacy technologies, using cloud analytics software to compare the cost and value of IT to the business. For CIO Rob Carter, the path to pare technical debt was paved with some painful discoveries..."

              IT - Wireless
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              What we talk about when we talk about 5G wireless
              Network World, November 21st, 2016
              "So what is 5G, exactly, anyway?

              Well, if you're asking about 'exactly,' it doesn't exist yet.

              Oh, that helps me a lot.

              Sorry. But the best answer to your question is probably that 5G is sort of a catch-all name to describe the next generation of carrier wireless technology that's going to be slinging tweets and videos and connected home signals from the internet to your smartphone or your smartwatch or, really, any smart object you've got handy..."

                IT - DR
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                Disaster Recovery and the DMV: Testing is Key
                Government Technology, November 21st, 2016
                "Following a recent and widespread California Department of Motor Vehicles service outage, officials are explaining how they prepare for disaster recovery...

                In late October, a systems outage at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) lasted roughly two weeks, and stemmed from the 'cascading failure' of three hard drives that overwhelmed the agency's network - despite it being decentralized and using two independent hardware systems

                90% of IT Professionals Using Cloud in Their DR Solution Are Confident
                StorageNewsletter.com, November 21st, 2016
                "Cloud-based DR is breeding greater confidence in IT pros.

                90% IT pros who are using cloud in their DR solution are confident in their DR strategy, while only 74% of IT pros who use on-premise DR solutions alone feel confident in their DR strategy.

                In addition, IT pros reveal that the most common causes of downtime events are not natural disasters but power outages, hardware errors, human errors and virus/malware attacks.

                These are among the findings of the of Disaster Recovery 2016 Survey, performed by Zetta, Inc., provider of BC solutions..."

                IT - PM
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                Ten Tips to Boost Your Facilitation Skills
                Project Management Advisor, November 21st, 2016
                "So let's cut to the chase...

                You may be a great consultant, one who effectively applies his or her wisdom and experience to help his or her client solve some tough business problem. That's all fine and well. When it comes to facilitation, though, it's a different ballgame and a very different approach to problem solving. I like to think of the difference as follows:.."

                  How a project manager can smooth interdepartmental conflict
                  CIO, November 21st, 2016
                  "Interdepartmental conflict has always been an issue for businesses. However, project managers are uniquely positioned to help smooth conflict as it arises, but all conflicts are not created equal.

                  The causes of interdepartmental conflict are numerous, but how much can a PM do to resolve the issues? Let's take a look at some of the more common conflicts today's project managers might be forced to deal with and what, if any, actions they can take to improve the situation..."

                    Events
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                    Top 9 Tips for building a production-ready MySQL Replication environment (Webinar, Dec 9th)
                    By Severalnines, November 22nd 2016
                    Krzysztof blogs, "Join us on Tuesday, December 6th, for our last webinar of the year. Krzysztof Ksi&#261;&#380;ek, Senior Support Engineer at Severalnines, will be sharing his top 9 tips on how to best build a production-ready MySQL Replication environment.

                    MySQL replication is a well known and proven solution for building distributed setups of databases, and it has gone through a total transformation with version 5.6 and more recently, 5.7. Although straight-forward to deploy, a production-ready setup requires a bit of planning and preparation. What does a good replication configuration look like? How do you ensure performance? What do you do when a topology is broken, and replication will not restart? How to perform schema changes?..."

                    IT - Networks
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                    Category 8 cable will play a major role in 25G and 40G data center Ethernet
                    Network World, November 21st, 2016
                    "By the end of 2016 several cabling manufacturers are expected to release their initial Category 8 cable products. Representing the next generation of twisted pair cabling, Category 8 supports bandwidths of up to 2GHz and will be used initially in data centers for 25G and 40Gb Ethernet for distances of up to 30 meters (100 feet)..."
                    Network Managers Should be Checking Their List Twice (slideshow)
                    Network World, November 21st, 2016
                    "As IT Ops teams begin preparation for the upcoming holiday season, which in retail is the busiest time of the year for web traffic, the team at BigPanda along with some other vendors have prepared a checklist of the key factors IT Ops teams need to consider to ensure their IT infrastructure is ready.

                    Retail companies such as the Gap do over 30% of their yearly sales within the short time frame of holiday shopping. Sales are continuing to increase year over year in online and mobile. According to the National Retail Federation, 84% of retailers expect to see online site conversion rates to increase, followed by average daily site traffic at 71%..."

                    What CIOs Need to Know About SD-WAN
                    Network World, November 21st, 2016
                    "There has been much talk about Software Defined Networking (SDN) and how SDx benefits virtual environments and data centres. However an area that is often overlooked is how abstraction can apply to application performance and value across the wide area network (WAN).

                    The WAN has always been about connecting users to applications and moving data more effectively over long distances. This includes connectivity for collaboration among enterprise users, clients, suppliers, and partners, as well as the movement of data over distance for disaster recovery and business continuity..."

                    More than half the world's people still off the internet
                    Networkworld, November 23rd, 2016
                    "Women, the elderly and the poor are still lagging behind, U.N. report says

                    Less than half of the world's population still isn't using the Internet, although the numbers are improving, according to a United Nations report.

                    A report released this week by the United Nation's International Telecommunication Union (ITU) found that 47.1% of the population is online, an increase from 2015's figure of 43%..."

                      IT - IoT
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                      Balancing The Risk & Promise Of The Internet Of Things
                      Dark Reading, November 21st, 2016
                      "You can't defend against something you don't understand. So make sure you consider IoT's risks before embracing its functionality.

                      Businesses are just starting to realize both the promise and the risk of the Internet of Things (IoT). Some companies are being cautious and careful, but many are embracing the functionality enthusiastically and placing themselves in danger in the process..."

                      Forget the Internet of Things for a minute, what about the Security of Things?
                      ITProPortal, November 22nd, 2016
                      "Unless the security side of IoT is sorted out, it could hold back wider adoption of the technology.

                      The Internet of Things (IoT) is well and truly upon us - and will clearly be even more prevalent in the future. Today, IoT is already branching out into commercial networks as well as enterprise applications. Smart devices are becoming more commonplace in our households with everyday appliances now able to communicate with the internet to help our lives to run more smoothly and interconnected devices are now essential tools in our working lives as well. This is all fantastic news - right?..."

                      IoT Software Helps Firms Navigate The Complex Solution Landscape
                      Information Management, November 23rd, 2016
                      "As businesses pursue digital initiatives, I&O execs must assist their line-of-business colleagues with addressing software, security, data, and business analytics integration complexity associated with deploying these IoT solutions.

                      Digital opportunities to use IoT include:

                      Building connected products.

                      Product manufacturers are creating smart, connected products to differentiate their offerings and generate new revenue streams as well as ecosystems for other partners to participate in and create their own value..."

                      Internet of Things Will Demand a Step-Change in Search Solutions
                      Science Daily, November 24th, 2016
                      "A recent article published in IEEE Intelligent Systems highlights the requirements the Internet of Things (IoT) will place on search engines and brings together the latest research being carried out in this field. 'On Searching the Internet of Things: Requirements and Challenges' has been written by leading researchers working in the field of next generation communications at the University of Surrey's Institute of Communication Systems (home of the 5G Innovation Centre) and Ohio Center of Excellence in Knowledge Enabled Computing (Kno.e.sis) at Wright State University (USA)..."
                      IT - Linux
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                      The Linux Foundation changes its events' branding
                      ZDnet, November 21st, 2016
                      "If you've been paying close attention to how The Linux Foundation has been expanding from just Linux to all of open-source software, you could see this coming. The Foundation has just announced that LinuxCon, CloudOpen, and ContainerCon are being combined under one umbrella event: The Linux Foundation Open Source Summit..."
                      Linux Security Made Simple
                      Datamation, November 23rd, 2016
                      "From the revelations of Edward Snowden to the potential problems with the Internet of Things and the latest malware, security and privacy are constantly in the news. The trouble is, while everyone is concerned about security and privacy, few know what to what to do about them. Fortunately, Linux has endless tools to address these problems without requiring that everyone become an expert.

                      Conditioned by Windows, most Linux users think in terms of reactive measures, such as anti-virus software and firewalls. However, the most effective tools are usually architectural, making changes to the operating system that prevent or contain intrusions in the first place..."

                      Linux versus Unix hot patching
                      ComputerWeekly, November 21st, 2016
                      "We examine the current state of play in the ongoing competition between the Linux and Unix server operating systems

                      There has always been a debate about how close Linux can get to the real operating system (OS), the core proprietary Unix variants that for two decades defined the limits of non-mainframe scalability and reliability..."

                      Fedora 25 Linux arrives with Wayland display support
                      ZDnet, November 23rd, 2016
                      "Linux desktop users have been waiting for Wayland, the X server display replacement, for years. It's finally here.

                      Fedora used to be the leading, bleeding edge Linux distribution. Then its release cadence slowed down. Today, with its second release of 2016, Fedora 25, Fedora is back to exploring the newest Linux releases and programs.

                      The Fedora Project is sponsored by Red Hat. While it's a community Linux distribution, it's also meant to be Red Hat Enterprise Linux's (RHEL) proving grounds. So, as it has for the last several releases, Fedora 25 starts with a set of base packages..."

                      IT - Operations
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                      10 Reasons to be Thankful for Your System Administration Team (Slideshow)
                      eWeek, November 21st, 2016
                      "With Thanksgiving here this week, the holiday offers time for self-reflection and to be appreciative of the people that make a difference in your life. This includes including the people you work with every day, such as your organization's systems administration team. As some of the most important people in any organization, system administrators ensure that the network remains online and available 24/7 so that business operations run normally and employees stay production..."
                        How to Reduce Costs and Improve Efficiency in Your IT Infrastructure
                        Data Center Knowledge, November 23rd, 2016
                        "There's saving money, and there's really saving a lot of money.

                        The distinctions aren't always clear to budget enthusiasts who may sometimes enjoy drilling a little too deep to achieve arbitrary percentages of cost reductions by only trying to make the tiniest of trims here and there.

                        For instance, it's not hard to thinly slice away at a few employee perks, maybe not send as many people to conferences/networking events, or switch from occasional catered employee lunches to less frequent potlucks..."

                          Stay Out of My Server Room!
                          The Register, November 23rd, 2016
                          "We always design our data centres and server rooms with the best of intentions. A nice, enclosed space with excellent ventilation and air conditioning, sufficient power points to ensure circuits are never overloaded, and enough space to get at both the front and back sides of the rack - ideally all cordoned off into its own room so nobody has to listen to the noise or be perpetually chilled to the bone.

                          Of course, space is at a premium in today's economy. Leases are far from cheap, and many SMBs would like to use every extra square inch of space for products or raw materials instead of spare parts for IT..."

                            IT - Security
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                            10 Top Holiday Phishing Scams (Slideshow)
                            CSO Online, November 21st, 2016
                            "It always happens this time of year, an influx of holiday related scams circulating the interwebs. Scams don't wait for the holidays, but scammers do take advantage of the increased shopping and distraction when things get busy to take your money and personal information. Jon French, security analyst at AppRiver, warns you of six holiday threats to watch out for..."
                            8 Books Security Pros Should Read
                            Dark Reading, November 23rd, 2016
                            In this special guest feature, Peter Cnudde, VP of Engineering at Yahoo, provides a bird's eye view for the many ways that Yahoo is using machine learning at scale. This concept is driven by the irrational, yet popular notion that one day, machines will take over the jobs of humans. As Vice President of Engineering for Yahoo, Peter oversees the company's big data and machine learning platforms. He is particularly interested in large scale machine learning and its impact on our society. In the past, Peter has worked at several wireless telecommunications companies including Alcatel and RF Micro Devices. He received his masters degree in Electrotechnical Engineering from the University of Ghent in Belgium.
                            4 strategies for foiling phishing attacks
                            CSO Online, November 21st, 2016
                            "Between October 2015 and March 2016, phishing attacks surged by a record-breaking 250% to more than 289,000 incidents, the highest number since the Anti-Phishing Working Group, a coalition of government and industry organizations, began keeping count on phishing in 2004.

                            As discussed in the AT&T Cybersecurity Insights report, there's reason for its growing popularity: Phishing is also a profitable business. A recent FBI report estimates that phishing attacks featured in so-called business email compromises have netted their authors more than $3 billion in the last year and a half..."

                              7 Cyber Security Tips for 2017
                              Business 2 Community, November 22nd, 2016
                              "You don't have to look far to find examples of cyber security breaches - they happen every day, in nearly every industry and country. While many smaller breaches don't make headlines, others affect millions and have lasting effects on businesses. On November 14th, 2016, millions of Americans were reminded that Internet privacy is fragile, when a breach was discovered on the adult websites of FriendFinder Networks LLC. The company estimates that 412 million records were compromised, making the security breach the biggest of 2016, just as the year draws to a close..."
                              Cybersecurity 101: The criticality of event logs
                              CSO Online, November 21st, 2016
                              "Coaches love to talk about 'the basics' - the fundamental skills their athletes need to master before they can move on to more advanced techniques. The basics can seem simple and even dull, but without them as a foundation, ultimate success can prove elusive.

                              Cybersecurity programs have their own set of 'the basics.' Sadly, one of the most critical of these essentials is also one of the most neglected: the collection and regular review of event logs. Good log practices can pay big dividends throughout the entire cybersecurity lifecycle, from helping to profile 'normal' activity, to identifying and preventing attacks, to, if necessary, performing post-breach forensics and remediation..."

                                Six Key Principles for Efficient Cyber Investigations
                                HelpNet Security, November 23rd, 2016
                                "Many organizations today are not equipped to defend against traditional cyberattacks, as demonstrated by the ever-increasing numbers of successful breaches reported daily - the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse's latest number is 900,875,242 records breached in 5,165 attacks over the past decade - and that's U.S. only..."
                                  Fighting the cybersecurity knowns: 4 core components
                                  CSO Online, November 23rd, 2016
                                  "Earlier this year, SevOne fell victim to a phishing scam that resulted in the release of W-2 wage and tax data belonging to current and former employees of the network infrastructure monitoring company.

                                  After learning about the breach, management apologized and urged employees to follow 'good data security' practices in order to lower their chance of becoming victims. That was sensible advice since an unauthorized outsider now possessed stolen sensitive personal information that could be exploited to file false tax returns or commit other forms of identity theft..."

                                  IT - Careers
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                                  Avoid Ruining Your Personal Image
                                  Business 2 Community, November 21st, 2016
                                  "When you feel disappointed, you feel let down because your expectations failed to be met. Little children at times express their reactions to disappointment by crying; adults deal with disappointment more maturely- through logic. Regardless of your age, though, disappointment evokes strong emotions..."
                                    10 most difficult IT jobs for employers to fill (Slideshow)
                                    CIO, November 23rd, 2016
                                    "Burning Glass scoured more than 40,000 job posting websites over the last year to find out which tech roles are most challenging to fill.

                                    The breakneck pace of technological innovation in an era of digital transformation has made it difficult for companies to find and land talent with the right mix of cutting-edge skills and experience. But even harder to find are candidates with the soft skills and leadership potential to match their technical savvy, says Matt Sigelman, CEO of labor market analytics firm Burning Glass..."

                                    Students Have Trouble Judging the Credibility of Information Online, Researchers Find
                                    Science Daily, November 23rd, 2016
                                    "When it comes to evaluating information that flows across social channels or pops up in a Google search, young and otherwise digital-savvy students can easily be duped, finds a new report from researchers at Stanford Graduate School of Education.

                                    The report, released this week by the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG), shows a dismaying inability by students to reason about information they see on the Internet, the authors said. Students, for example, had a hard time distinguishing advertisements from news articles or identifying where information came from..."

                                    IT - Social Media
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                                    Where Social Media Is Headed in 2017: The Biggest Trends to Watch For
                                    Business 2 Community, November 21st, 2016
                                    "What does the future look like for social media?

                                    That's a question we regularly discuss here at Buffer and one we're not quite sure anyone has a concrete answer to. However, there are some clues out there as to what the future in 2017, and beyond, may look like..."

                                      4 Social Media Marketing Tips for New Businesses
                                      Business 2 Community, November 21st, 2016
                                      "Social media platforms and the methods of using them as a marketing tool are constantly in flux. As a new business owner, a million things cross your desk - or phone - each day, leaving you little time to keep up with today's most important marketing channel.

                                      If there's one bit of information that you need to begin with, it's this: Don't jump in headfirst. It's important to understand why you're on social media beyond 'because everyone is these days.' This is a matter of determining what your goals are in detail..."

                                        7 Great Tools to Simultaneously Post Content to Multiple Social Media Sites
                                        Business 2 Community, November 25th, 2016
                                        "Writing quality content is time-consuming enough. Posting it to multiple social media sites, can take you 'forever'. Here are the seven best options that can cut your task from 15 to 30 minutes, at most, freeing your time to concentrate on what's most important.

                                        • Hootsuite
                                        • Postling
                                        • Dlvr.it
                                        • Ifttt.com
                                        • ManageWP
                                        • Gremln Social
                                        • Sendible.com

                                        ..."

                                          IT - Virtualization
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                                          Docker: Not Faster than VMs, but More Efficient
                                          Container Journal, November 21st, 2016
                                          "Are containers faster than virtual machines? The answer may seem to be yes. But if you look closely, you realize that, although Docker does offer some important advantages in the realm of resource consumption, Dockerized apps do not necessarily have better performance.

                                          The idea that Docker is faster than traditional virtualization is widespread. Consider the following statements:..."

                                          VirtualBox 5.1.10
                                          Linux Today, November 23rd, 2016
                                          "This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

                                          • GUI: the USB filter settings dialog should allow to specify the USB revision in hexadecimal format (bug #15400)
                                          • GUI: fixed crash on certain hosts when pressing certain key combinations (Windows hosts only; bug #15719)
                                          • GUI: fixed issue with updating the available-geometry on host-screen work-area resize

                                          ...."

                                          IT - Database
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                                          Microsoft SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why?
                                          The Register, November 24th, 2016
                                          "Microsoft has released a public preview of SQL Server for Linux, and I took it for a spin.

                                          There are three supported platforms for SQL Server on Linux, these being Red Hat Enterprise 7.2, Ubuntu 16.04, and a Linux-based Docker engine. Installation on other versions of Linux may also work, although unsupported. The Docker image enables installation on Mac or Windows. Microsoft specifies a minimum of 3.25GB of RAM..."

                                          IT - Big Data
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                                          Operations vs. Insights: How to Make Sense of the Right Data
                                          Information Management, November 21st, 2016
                                          "Having the right information at the right time is an enormous competitive advantage in today's marketplace. The ability to analyze huge, varied and rapidly evolving datasets can propel organizations ahead of their competition when used to develop a greater customer-centric approach, hone internal processes or uncover new business opportunities..."
                                            How big data can make cities smarter
                                            ITProPortal, November 21st, 2016
                                            "Increasing levels of urbanisation is the problem, big data could be the answer.

                                            Urban transition is today increasingly a global reality: According to the UNO, two out of three people will be living in cities by 2030, compared to 30 per cent in 1950 and 54 per cent today. In certain countries, the rate of urbanisation could even reach 80 per cent!..."

                                            Using Machine Learning at Scale
                                            insideBIGDATA, November 23rd, 2016
                                            "In this special guest feature, Peter Cnudde, VP of Engineering at Yahoo, provides a bird's eye view for the many ways that Yahoo is using machine learning at scale. This concept is driven by the irrational, yet popular notion that one day, machines will take over the jobs of humans. As Vice President of Engineering for Yahoo, Peter oversees the company's big data and machine learning platforms..."
                                            Algorithms can Be Racist: Why CXOs Should Understand the Assumptions Behind Predictive Analytics
                                            TechRepublic, November 23rd, 2016
                                            "With predictive models making decisions about hiring, pricing, and even policing, here's how IT leaders can understand and mitigate fears that these mathematical models are biased.

                                            Predictive analytics have long been a sought-after goal in business and public policy. A computer system that could consistently and accurately predict future events or model complex behavior on a massive scale is almost magical, and these algorithms have been employed to price our car and health insurance, and model what we'll buy next when shopping..."

                                            Having Lots of Data Is Nice, but It's Your Intention That Matters
                                            Information Management, November 24th, 2016
                                            "We create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data each day and 90 percent of the data in the entire world has been created in the past two years. Those numbers are truly staggering but when you consider all the data outputs in today's world, the amount isn't as surprising..."
                                              IT - Mobile
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                                              The Best Fitness Trackers at Every Price Point
                                              Macworld, November 23rd, 2016
                                              "It's time to get serious about your health and fitness goals. These activity trackers can help.

                                              Fitness trackers are some of the best devices you can buy yourself or a loved one - if you think either of you will find activity-tracking useful. There's no reason to buy a gadget that will just sit in a drawer. But if you're on the hunt for the best fitness band, there are three things to consider: price, style, and the type of activity you want to track..."

                                              10 Smartphone Trends to Watch for In 2017
                                              PC World, November 24th, 2016
                                              "Smartphone buyers have a lot to look forward to in 2017. Devices will be thinner, faster, and perhaps a bit more intelligent than you'd like.

                                              Virtual reality will spread to budget smartphones, and they will also have better graphics, higher resolution screens, and more storage. More than ever, you'll be using your smartphone to pay for products and log into websites.

                                              Deep learning could help smartphones get a fix on user behavior and improve the mobile experience. We could see a renaissance in smartphone designs, and wireless audio could replace headphone jacks in more handsets. USB-C will replace older connector and charging cables..."

                                                Top10
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                                                Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                Vol 225 Issue 1, 2, 3; Vol 224 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 223 Issues 2, 3 and 4
                                                We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                                • 5 Expensive Traps Of DIY Hadoop Big Data Environments
                                                • Friday Spotlight: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Delivers Superior TCO for Mixed Workloads
                                                • About cloud lock-in and open source databases
                                                • PaaS Podcast Series - The Oracle Process Cloud by Leon Smiers and Jeroen van Essen
                                                • Open-Sourcing Yelp's Data Pipeline
                                                • Webcast: API Platform for your APIs across Cloud and on-Premises (Nov. 29th)
                                                • 6 Tips For Cracking The Glass Ceiling -- And 4 Mistakes To Avoid
                                                • Updates to Oracle JET (JavaScript Extension Toolkit ) MOOC (massive open on-line course).
                                                • Top 5 Features of Oracle Application Container Cloud
                                                • Oracle MAF (Mobile Application Framework) 2.3.3

                                                The longer version of this article has list of top ten articles for the last 8 weeks.

                                                  IT - Encryption
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                                                  Sunset for SHA-1 certificates, as Google firms up plans for deprecation
                                                  Search Security, November 21st, 2016
                                                  "As the internet prepares for deprecation of the obsolete secure hashing algorithm, Google and other browser companies prepare to drop support for SHA-1 certificates.

                                                  Google reminded the world that starting with Chrome 56, scheduled for release near the end of January 2017, websites signed with SHA-1 certificates will no longer be trusted, and visiting them will return an interstitial message from the browser indicating the site is not trustworthy..."

                                                  Developer
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                                                  Build Better Apps Faster This Holiday Season
                                                  By Dan Brooks, November 21st, 2016
                                                  "Ready to brave clogged highways, TSA security lines, cramped middle seats, and lost bags this holiday season? Of course you aren't... but unfortunately, you'll likely have to in order to spend time with family and friends on Turkey Day. While holiday travel can be annoying, and even downright painful, you can still make the best of it thanks to mobile devices, laptops, and WiFi! In this on-demand world, there are many options for entertainment, and even (gasp)... learning, while you're on a plane, a train, or even in the back seat of a car on the highway..."
                                                  IT - Java
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                                                  When Java shops grow up they become web companies
                                                  RedMonk, November 21st, 2016
                                                  "I have been invited to give a talk on the Java renaissance many times over the last few years - it remains a theme of perennial interest. Rumours of Java's demise have been much exaggerated for some years now. Web companies which start life with a strong anti Java bias invariably become more pragmatic over time, and adopt Java at scale. Big Data has largely been nurtured by open source Java ecosystems - in particular the Apache Software Foundation - often on the back of contributions from these Web companies (Hadoop, Kafka, Cassandra etc)..."
                                                  IT - HPC
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                                                  U.S. sets plan to build two exascale supercomputers
                                                  ComputerWorld, November 21st, 2016
                                                  "Both systems, using different architectures, will be developed simultaneously in 2019 -- if the Trump administration goes along with the plan

                                                  The U.S believes it will be ready to seek vendor proposals to build two exascale supercomputers -- costing roughly $200 million to $300 million each -- by 2019.

                                                  The two systems will be built at the same time and will be ready for use by 2023, although it's possible one of the systems could be ready a year earlier, according to U.S. Department of Energy officials..."

                                                    Nexenta News
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                                                    Modern Storage Infrastructures for Modernized Data Centers (Webinar Replay)
                                                    Join the Modern Storage discussion!
                                                    Organizations are modernizing their data centers by implementing technologies like OpenStack, Docker, Splunk, Spark and Hadoop. The "default" storage infrastructures for these technologies were originally designed to use direct attached hard disk drives to make access local and reduce costs. But these designs had similar limitations to other direct attached designs, at the same time traditional all-flash shared arrays struggle keeping up the rapidly changing demands and workloads of the modern data center. Organizations going through a modernization process need a modern storage infrastructure that delivers all-flash performance but modern flexibility and scale.

                                                    Join Storage Switzerland, Micron, Supermicro and Nexenta for our live webinar "Modern Storage Infrastructures for Modernized Data Centers."

                                                    Veritas News
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                                                    Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving
                                                    Veritas, November 20th, 2016
                                                    Enterprise information archiving offers IT managers in organizations solutions for compliance and e-discovery, while reducing primary storage costs.

                                                    Gartner evaluates vendors offering products and services that provide archiving for email, social media, files and other content types.

                                                    Please submit the form to access a complimentary copy of the report.

                                                    Cisco News
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                                                    Cisco execs flex their muscles to fill plates
                                                    Cisco's executive leadership team showed its might last week, squaring off in the annual food sort challenge.
                                                    The boxes stood ready. The pallets were in place. And anticipation filled the air at Second Harvest Food Bank in San Jose. Which team of executives would pack the most boxes of food in the 14th annual challenge?

                                                    The event is part of Cisco's #BeTheBridge campaign supporting more than 1,900 nonprofits around the globe.

                                                    Despite being one of the wealthiest areas of the world, Second Harvest says 1 in 10 people in Silicon Valley are hungry, and rely on supplies from the food bank every month.

                                                    Protect or pay: 10 tips for safer online shopping this holiday
                                                    What's a consumer to do in the age of online holiday shopping?
                                                    Where there's money there are thieves nearby. That's the biggest risk facing online shoppers today, whether through phishing, stolen credit cards, mobile malware, or worse, stolen identities.

                                                    It's only going to get worse, experts predict. In the next three years, online sales are forecasted to increase by more than 50% to $520 billion annually, according to Forrester Research. Consequently, we should expect to see at least an equal rise (if not more) in the number of attempted theft.

                                                    Microsoft News
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                                                    Microsoft doubles down on quantum computing bet
                                                    Microsoft, November 20th, 2016
                                                    Microsoft is doubling down on its commitment to the tantalizing field of quantum computing, making a strong bet that it is possible to create a scalable quantum computer using what is called a topological qubit.

                                                    Longtime Microsoft executive Todd Holmdahl - who has a history of successfully bringing seemingly magical research projects to life as products - will lead the scientific and engineering effort to create scalable quantum hardware and software.

                                                    Symantec News
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                                                    Symantec to Acquire Lifelock for $2.3 Billion to Form World's Largest Digital Safety Platform for Consumers and Families
                                                    Combines Norton, the #1 Consumer Security brand, and LifeLock, a leading Identity Protection provider
                                                    Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) and LifeLock, Inc. (NYSE: LOCK) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Symantec to acquire LifeLock for $24 per share or $2.3 billion in enterprise value. The deal, which was approved by the boards of directors of both companies, is expected to close in the first calendar quarter of 2017, subject to customary closing conditions including LifeLock stockholder approval.

                                                    In the last year, one third of American citizens and over 650 million people globally were the victims of cybercrime. Consequently, more and more consumers are concerned about digital safety, an estimated $10 billion market growing in the high single digits. In the United States alone, the estimated total addressable market is 80 million people.

                                                      IBM News
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                                                      IBM Named an Internet of Things Software Platform Leader, Launches Global Watson IoT Consulting Solutions
                                                      IBM now provides end to end business solutions that seamlessly integrate Watson IoT platform with implementation, support and transformation services to deliver new business models 'as a service,'
                                                      IBM announced an array of new services, industry offerings and capabilities to help enterprise clients, startups and developers drive digital transformation with the Internet of Things (IoT). With the number of connected devices skyrocketing, IBM is making IoT accessible to millions around the world. IBM is dedicating more than 1,500 industry experts with its new Watson IoT Consulting Solutions, as well as giving open and free access to its Watson IoT Platform.
                                                      IBM Closes Acquisition of Promontory Financial Group
                                                      IBM, November 22nd, 2016
                                                      IBM announced it has completed the acquisition of Promontory Financial Group, a global market-leading risk management and regulatory compliance consulting firm. The firm's expertise and offerings directly address the standards for compliance implemented to ensure the integrity of the financial system, protect consumers and build trust through transparency.

                                                      Promontory, combined with IBM's deep industry expertise and Watson's cognitive capabilities, will directly address the massive operational effort and manual cost of constantly changing regulation and risk management requirements. With the completion of the acquisition, Promontory will help accelerate IBM's development of cognitive solutions for risk and compliance.

                                                      IBM Triples Cloud Data Center Capacity in the UK
                                                      Move aims to meet growing client demand for digital transformation and cognitive intelligence
                                                      IBM announced that it is adding four new cloud data centers infused with cognitive intelligence in the UK, to keep pace with growing client demand. The investment in the new facilities underscores IBM's long-standing commitment to providing innovative solutions to the UK market and triples its cloud center capacity in the UK.

                                                      "We are already among the most digitally connected countries in the world, with a globally successful digital economy worth more than £118billion a year and strong cyber security defences to protect consumers and business,' said Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture.

                                                      IBM Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed Mobility Services for Third Consecutive Year
                                                      IBM, November 22nd, 2016
                                                      IBM announced that Gartner, Inc. has recognized IBM as a leader in the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed Mobility Services (MMS) for the third consecutive year1. IBM is the only IT services organization that has been in the Leaders quadrant three years in a row.

                                                      For the report, Gartner evaluated 14 vendors, recognizing IBM as a leader based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute. IBM's market leading IT and business consulting services are dedicated to bringing mobile capabilities to businesses by helping them select the right technologies for their unique needs in order to spur adoption and drive positive business outcomes.

                                                      IBM Security Offers Tips To Shop Safely on Cyber Monday
                                                      Cybercriminals Gear Up For Largest Shopping Holiday With Enticing Spam Campaigns
                                                      As consumers gear up for Cyber Monday, the largest online shopping day of the year, cybercriminals are also preparing to take advantage of deal-seekers. IBM X-Force researchers are monitoring malicious activity closely to help organizations and consumers stay safe during the holiday shopping season. With 36 percent of consumers planning to shop online'1' on Cyber Monday, it's critical for consumers to be on high alert.
                                                      Richard L. Garwin Named a Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
                                                      IBM, November 22nd, 2016
                                                      President Barack Obama will award IBM Fellow Emeritus Dr. Richard (Dick) L. Garwin the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the country, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
                                                      Fujitsu News
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                                                      Fujitsu in Joint Intercontinental Data Center Coordination Field Trial Using Cold Data Storage
                                                      Aiming to build a data usability platform for remote coordination
                                                      Osaka University, Scality Inc., and Fujitsu Limited announced that the three organizations are jointly executing a cold data storage-focused field trial of intercontinental data center coordination, together with partners in Japan and Europe. Based on a consortium for collaboration between academia and industry established in April 2016, the field trial will be conducted from November 2016 through to December 2017, and carried out between the data centers in Osaka University's Cybermedia Center and the data centers owned by Paris-based AntemetA.
                                                      Fujitsu and SAP Begin Delivery of Solutions for the Manufacturing Industry to Achieve Connected Manufacturing
                                                      Collaborating with an eye on expanding to global markets, working toward Industrie 4.0
                                                      Fujitsu Limited and SAP Japan Co., Ltd. today announced their agreement to collaborate in the solutions business, targeting manufacturing facilities, and setting their sights on expanding to global markets.

                                                      This collaboration will combine SAP's scalable supply chain solutions, which, building on existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for manufacturing, sales and procurement, can manage manufacturing performance, together with Fujitsu's systems integration services, which utilize its manufacturing expertise in a range of industries and operations. These integrated offerings will be made available by both companies in Japan.

                                                      VMware News
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                                                      VMware Expands Focus on Communication Service Provider and Telco Market, Promotes Shekar Ayyar to Executive Vice President and GM, Telco Group
                                                      Ayyar to Lead VMware in Delivering Cross-Cloud Architecture(TM) and Software-Defined Infrastructure to Global CSPs and Telcos to Enable Service Innovation and Digital Transformation
                                                      VMware, Inc., a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, announced an expanded focus on communication service providers (CSPs) and telecommunications carriers (telcos), and the promotion of Shekar Ayyar to Executive Vice President and General Manager, Telco Group. Ayyar leads VMware's effort to accelerate the digital transformation of the telecommunications industry through the company's innovative Cross-Cloud Architecture, and software-defined infrastructure for network functions virtualization (NFV). Ayyar reports to CEO Pat Gelsinger, and will also continue to lead VMware's strategy and corporate business development activities.
                                                      Red Hat News
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                                                      Friday Five - November 25, 2016
                                                      Red Hat, November 25th, 2016
                                                      "The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye.

                                                      • Fortune - Red Hat CEO on Microsoft, Google, and Cutting Edge Software
                                                      • Fedora 25 Now Generally Available
                                                      • TechRepublic - How Red Hat aims to make Kubernetes boring...and successful
                                                      • A.IX Capital launches financial services using Red Hat OpenShift
                                                      • Understanding Linux containers

                                                      Read on for details.

                                                      Fedora 25 Now Generally Available
                                                      Latest version of the free and open source operating system delivers the Wayland display server support and a new container-specific platform for cloud environments
                                                      The Fedora Project, a Red Hat, Inc., sponsored and community-driven open source collaboration, today announced the general availability of Fedora 25, the newest release of the fully-open Fedora operating system. As with previous releases, Fedora 25 comprises a set of base packages that form the foundation of Fedora's three distinct editions: Fedora 25 Workstation, Fedora 25 Server and, replacing Fedora Cloud, Fedora 25 Atomic Host.
                                                      Brocade News
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                                                      Brocade Reports Fourth Quarter And Fiscal 2016 Earnings
                                                      Brocade, November 21st, 2016
                                                      Brocade reported financial results for its fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2016 ended October 29, 2016. Brocade reported fourth quarter revenue of $657 million, an increase of 12% year-over-year and 11% quarter-over-quarter. Revenue for fiscal year 2016 was $2,346 million, up 4% year-over-year. GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.16 for the fourth quarter and $0.51 for fiscal year 2016, down 19% and down 35% year-over-year, respectively. Non-GAAP diluted EPS was $0.33 for the fourth quarter and $1.04 for fiscal year 2016, up 27% and up 3% year-over-year, respectively.
                                                      Quanta Computer Embraces Software-defined Production Lines With Brocade Networking
                                                      World's Largest ODM Notebook Manufacturer Reaps Benefits of Simplification at the Network Edge
                                                      Brocade announced that QUANTA COMPUTER (TWSE: 2382), the world's largest manufacturer of notebook computers, has deployed Brocade-powered New IP networks at factories within its key manufacturing site. The deployment of Brocade IP networking solutions at both the company's network edge and its data center, dramatically simplifies operations at the Quanta Shanghai Manufacturing City (QSMC) plants and paves the way for the company to employ Software-Defined Networking (SDN) as it diversifies into producing a broader range of digital products.
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