What's happening in the US - April 20 2014
Facebook’s Existential Crisis

Is Facebook's main service still relevant? An argument for why it feels fusty, and why Mark Zuckerberg seems to know it.


2014-04-18 12:00:50 Google to developers: We're sick of ugly design

Google readies its developer army for the upcoming I/O conference with new marching orders to focus on design when building apps and services.


2014-04-17 23:26:40 Future tech? America's not so sure

Pew researchers check in on US attitudes toward driverless cars, brain implants, robot caregivers, meat grown in labs, and of course, time travel.


2014-04-17 22:01:01 SAP reports strong growth in cloud amid slow overall revenue growth

SAP reported a strong growth in cloud revenue and fast adoption of its HANA platform in the first quarter, while its software revenue dipped from the same quarter in the previous year. The business software company said Thursday its revenue grew 3 percent to €3.7 billion ($5 billion), while its cloud subscriptions and support revenue grew 60 percent to €219 million in the quarter under IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards).


2014-04-17 18:30:11 One of the First Mentions of Apple in the WSJ

This 1978 personal-finance article will make you feel like a pioneer, if you were alive then. It refers to a hot product -- "so-called personal computers" -- and has what we believe is the first mention of Apple Computer in the WSJ.


2014-04-17 14:45:57 Twitter Goes After a Facebook Cash Cow

The social network will begin offering "app install ads," which prompt smartphone users to try new games and other apps. The category has been a lucrative franchise for Facebook.


2014-04-17 14:01:02 Windows XP's retirement turns into major security project for Chinese firm

Microsoft may have retired Windows XP, but one of China's leading security vendors is trying to keep the OS threat-free, and rolling out protection software to hundreds of millions of users in the nation. On April 8, Microsoft officially ended support to the OS, meaning that Windows XP users will no longer receive security updates from the company. In preparation, Chinese security vendor Qihoo 360 has been developing its own free "XP Shield" software for Chinese PC users.


2014-04-17 12:55:32 IBM profit falls 21 percent on weak hardware sales, workforce writeoffs

Falling hardware sales and the cost of layoffs hit IBM's profit hard in the first quarter, sending it down 21 percent from a year earlier. Sales also fell, sliding 4 percent from last year's first quarter to $22.5 billion.


2014-04-17 12:34:58 Learning to Code: The New After-School Activity

Learning to code is the new after-school activity in Hong Kong. Michelle Sun, a former Goldman Sachs technology analyst founded First Code Academy and talks about her plans to educate young students about why coding is just as important as learning Mandarin.


2014-04-17 10:14:13 SAP Lifted by Cloud Services

SAP's sales and profit rose in first quarter because of growing demand for German business-software maker's Internet-based applications.


2014-04-17 07:56:43 Three's a charm? Windows 8 patches could pave multiple paths to Windows 9

Trying to piece together the puzzle created by Microsoft's new patching policy, I was struck by an intriguing thought.


2014-04-16 20:11:03 Oracle identifies products affected by Heartbleed, but work remains on fixes

Oracle has issued a comprehensive list of its software that may or may not be affected by the OpenSSL (secure sockets layer) vulnerability known as Heartbleed, while warning that no fixes are yet available for some likely affected products.


2014-04-16 16:51:54 Intel sells more tablet chips but profits still fall

Intel shipped 5 million processors for tablets in the first quarter, but profits fell as PC sales remained weak. Net income for the quarter ended March 29 was $1.9 billion, down 5 percent from a year ago, Intel said on Tuesday. Revenue increased 1 percent to $12.8 billion.


2014-04-16 12:44:04 Mt. Gox reportedly dumps rebuilding plans in favor of liquidation

Shuttered Bitcoin exchange has asked a Tokyo court for permission to liquidate, citing the complexities in such a rehabilitation process, the Wall Street Journal reports.


2014-04-16 11:07:40 Tech giants want Steve Jobs' personality out of wage-fixing suit

Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe Systems argue that the Apple co-founder’s temperament should not be fair game in the upcoming class-action trial.


2014-04-16 01:33:27 Intel Says It's Profiting From the 'Internet of Things'

What Silicon Valley calls the Internet of Things is a pretty recent entry in most technology glossaries. But Intel says it's already a profitable and growing business.


2014-04-15 22:04:57 Ubuntu chases after Red Hat with OpenStack and Docker bundles

Even if Canonical hasn't remade the consumer desktop with Ubuntu or made much of a dent with Ubuntu as a phone or tablet OS -- at least, not compared to the way Google has with both Android and Chrome -- there's no denying the presence


2014-04-15 20:37:46 VMware preps public cloud-powered disaster recovery as a service

Continuously available recovery is typically thought of as a luxury that only larger businesses can afford, since they're the ones who can fork over the cash for a separate data center.


2014-04-15 17:44:11 Facebook Requires Users to Install Separate Messaging App

The social network is removing messaging from its smartphone app, requiring users to install a separate piece of software to restore the feature. Facebook says the strategy will speed up the user experience.


2014-04-15 17:00:04 Google steps up competition with Amazon, expands Cloud Platform to Asia

Google has expanded its Cloud Platform to include locally hosted computing capacity, storage and data bases for the Asia-Pacific region. The launch is in line with Google's increasing investment in the region, the company said in a blog post. It comes following the opening of data centers in Taiwan and Singapore at the end of last year.


2014-04-15 15:35:26 Connected stuff is catching on -- just don't call it 'Internet of things'

Many organizations today are looking for things that talk to the Internet. Sensors, cameras, medical equipment and even snowplows are on that wish list. The "Internet of things" is not.The municipalities that come to systems integrator AGT International are already sold on so-called IoT technologies, such as wireless traffic sensors embedded in streets, said Gadi Lenz, a senior technical fellow at AGT.


2014-04-15 12:50:45 Deep Dives Into Shoppers' Views

Companies are finding they can dig more deeply into what consumers think by analyzing focus groups, surveys, online forums and social media.


2014-04-15 04:33:55 Software engineers think they're amazingly great, study says

In research performed by Chef, 91 percent of software engineers think they're the most valued employees at their company. It makes one wonder about the other 9 percent.


2014-04-15 01:51:59 Server makers rushing out Heartbleed patches

Enterprise IT vendors are rushing to protect users from the Heartbleed bug, which has been found in some servers and networking gear and could allow attackers to steal critical data -- including passwords and encryption keys -- from the memories of exposed systems. Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and IBM have set up pages that identify hardware and software products affected by Heartbleed, which exposes a critical defect in certain versions of OpenSSL, a software library for secure communication over the Internet and networks.


2014-04-14 22:19:18 Users, admins, developers: Here's what to do about Heartbleed

Let's face it: Heartbleed is a bloody mess. Worse, it's a different kind of mess for everyone who has to clean up after it.


2014-04-14 19:58:29 Is Windows 8 development worth the trouble?

Windows 8 has been around for a year-and-a-half, but many developers choose to ignore it. The simple truth is that both Windows 8 desktop applications and Windows Store (Metro) apps for PCs and tablets are few and far between. To get an idea of the level of developer indifference to Windows 8, consider this: according to Microsoft, just 150,000 Windows Store applications for Windows 8 have been developed and are ready to download. That may seem a large number, but it's dwarfed by the more than 1 million tablet and smartphone apps in the Apple and Google stores.


2014-04-14 16:44:55 10 big data startups to watch

The Big Data space is heating up to the point that many pundits already see it as the over-hyped heir to "cloud." The hype may be a bit much, but Big Data is already living up to its potential, transforming entire business lines, such as marketing, pharmaceutical research, and cyber-security. While the space is still fairly new, IDC, for one, sees big things ahead. The research firm predicts that the market for Big Data technologies will reach $32.4 billion by 2017, or about six times the growth rate of the overall information and communication technology market.


2014-04-14 15:46:47 Huge New York Development Project Becomes a Data Science Lab

The developers of the Hudson Yards on Manhattan's West Side are forming a partnership with the researchers at N.Y.U.'s Center for Urban Science and Progress to create a "quantified community" that uses data science to study and improve the urban environment.


2014-04-14 12:00:11 Bitcoin finally pays off -- in secure cloud storage

Bitcoin may finally be coming into its own as a cryptocurrency, despite the implosions of several online exchanges and


2014-04-14 11:00:00 Amazon Set to Release Smartphone This Year

The retailer has plans to announce the phone in June and to begin shipping by the end of September, according to people briefed on the company's plans.


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