March 11, 2013

How Blueseed Will Change the Software Industry and Businesses around the World
Blueseed’s location is a ship 12 nautical miles from San Francisco in international waters, where thousands of startups and entrepreneurs will, by Q2 2014, live and work and have access to the Silicon Valley ecosystem without the need for a U.S. work visa. ... Both founders are involved in the Seasteading Institute, a nonprofit venture for creating floating cities in international waters, thus facilitating creating a new way of life that is more equitable and entrepreneurial.

India doubles Google user data requests
According to the search giant's latest biannual Transparency Report, where it reveals the number of times governments and authorities asked for user data--usually to aid criminal investigations--in the six months to December 31, 2012, India was again ranked second for the total number of requests made by a single country. The United States topped the list again.

Middleware is Dying -- and for Good Reason
As acceptance of platform as a service (PaaS) cloud services continues to accelerate, companies are increasingly free to bypass underlying in-house IT infrastructure and OS requirements, focusing instead on the type of services required and service level agreements (SLA). And that spells the beginning of the end of having to deal with the cost and hassles of complex middleware.

U.S. SEC to propose rules to tackle trading glitches
The plan calls for these groups to notify the agency about problems with or changes to technology systems, to designate individuals or firms to participate in testing business continuity and disaster recovery plans at least once a year, and to give SEC staff access to systems so they can monitor compliance, according to an SEC fact sheet.

Singapore to double speed of free public Wi-Fi
"The free Wireless@SG network was popular with Singaporeans. More businesses have subscribed to Wireless@SG for their own operations, such as cashless payments and facility surveillance. But the system is now over six years old," noted Yaacob. Part of the enhancement plans includes a more simplified login process, instead of the current system requiring users to repeatedly enter their details on every use.

Hackers break in to RBA, but it's business as usual
According to Freedom of Information documents (PDF) released by the RBA in December last year, the attackers' point of entry was via an email. The email, which was sent in November 2011, contained a link to a malicious website that if clicked on would download malware to its victims' computers. It was sent, undetected by the RBA's security systems, to "several bank staff, including senior management up to head of department", and was ultimately successful — six people clicked the link and infected their machines.

Today in Tech: Privacy, Big Data, Meetings & More
Watching Steve Jobs speak, you wonder if either Jobs or his admiring audience gave any thought to privacy at all. Jobs’s pitch was mostly about business and strategy. The audience, even though they cheered when Jobs uttered the word freedom, seemed to be more excited about the new features that Mac would bring than about some of the darker implications of technology.

China calls for cooperation, not war, in cyberspace
"Cyberspace needs not war, but rules and cooperation," said foreign minister Yang Jiechi during a press conference. "We oppose cyberspace becoming a new battlefield, and to using the Internet as a new tool to interfere in another country's internal affairs." Yang is so far the highest Chinese official to comment on recent allegationsthat a large number of hacking attacks against foreign companies originated from China.

iYogi to enhance real-time monitoring with NICE
NICE Process Analytics, part of its Real-Time Activity Monitoring solution, will enable the automatic capture and analysis of all managed processes that take place within a single customer interaction, including tasks performed on both the phone and desktop by Tech Experts. This will increase iYogi’s visibility and productivity across multiple geographies, enhancing their Tech Experts’ delivery across all task types, skills and levels.

Amazon top-level domain plan opposed
Amazon has applied for a large number of gTLD strings, some directly linked to its current trademarks such as ".kindle," and ".fire" but others which are more generic in nature. Bookseller Barnes & Noble has also written a letter to ICANN to ask it to deny's application to purchase several TLDs, most notably ".book," ".read" and ".author," which it refers to collectively as the Book TLDs.

Quote for the day:

"Holding anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." -- The Buddha

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