All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Cloud’

Amazon’s AutoRip Service Now Includes Vinyl Purchases

Back in January Amazon announced their new AutoRip service, which gives customers free digital copies of any and all physical music they buy on Amazon (at launch, that simply meant MP3s for CD purchases). Today, they’ve announced that AutoRip is extending its reach to vinyl. “Starting today, when customers purchase an AutoRip vinyl record, a digital copy of that music …

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Catholic Deacon Arrested for Child Porn After Verizon Finds It on the Cloud

A deacon at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fullerton, a suburb of Baltimore, has been arrested and charged with multiple child pornography counts after Verizon tipped authorities to materials stored on the company’s online cloud backup system. 67-year-old William Albaugh was arrested and released on $75,000 bond after police found underage porn images and videos on his Verizon cloud …

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Google Ups Its Cloud Platform Support Game

Google announced the launch of a new set of support packages for services on the Google Cloud Platform today. These cover App Engine, Compute Engine, Cloud Storage, Cloud SQL, BigQuery, etc. “While you can go to Stack Overflow or Google Groups, we realize some of you may need 24×7 coverage, phone support or direct access to a Technical Account Manager …

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Amazon Redshift Now Available To All Customers

In November, Amazon Web Services announced Redshift, a “fast and powerful, fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse in the cloud.” At the time, it was only available to a limited few customers as a preview service. Now it’s finally becoming available to all customers. Amazon announced today that any AWS customer can now launch a Redshift cluster from within the AWS …

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Amazon AutoRip Gives You Free MP3s of CD Purchases, Retroactively

Amazon is looking to incentivize physical music sales by providing digital copies automatically and free of charge with each purchase. They’re also hoping that they can keep customers using their Cloud Player. Oh yeah, and it’s retroactive. We’re talking about Amazon “AutoRip,” a new service that gives customers MP3 versions of any CDs they purchase on Amazon. When a customer …

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Shutterfly Acquires Cloud Photo Service ThisLife

Shutterfly, the popular site for personalized photo products best known for their customizable photo books, has just announced the acquisition of ThisLife, a cloud-based photo storage and organizational site that allows users to compile all of their personal photos and videos into a unique timeline. Financial details of the purchase have yet to be made available. “Since 1999, Shutterfly has …

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Google Wants You To Pledge To Go Paperless

Google is part of a group of companies called the Paperless Coalition. There are seven companies in all including Google (Google Drive, specifically), HelloFax, Manilla, HelloSign, Expensify, Xero, and Fujitsu ScanSnap, and they want you to go paperless in 2013. The coalition has started a campaign to “remove the need for ‘paper’ from paperwork,” and will be promoting this initiative …

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Netflix Has A Lot To Say About Information Technology

Netflix had a lot to say at the recent AWS Re:invent conference. The company released its presentations on YouTube. The company takes on: embracing the cloud, its encoding transformation, architecture, Cassandra database optimization on AWS, data science with Elastic MapReduce, security, how Netflix operates clouds, and optimizing costs with AWS. This is the order in which the talks took place. …

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Oracle Nabs Eloqua For $871 Million

Oracle announced today that it has purchased software maker Eloqua for about $871 million. Eloqua provides cloud-based marketing automation and revenue performance management solutions, and Oracle says its “modern marketing cloud” ensures that “every component of marketing” helps to drive revenue more efficiently. Oracle says the combination of the two companies will create a comprehensive “Customer Experience Cloud”. “Modern marketing …

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Amazon Announces Redshift, A Petabyte-Scale Data Warehouse Service

Amazon announced a limited preview of Amazon Redshift today, a new product from Amazon Web Services described as a “fast and powerful, fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service in the cloud”. According to Amazon, it enables customers to “dramatically” increase the speed of query performance when analyzing any size data set, with the same SQL-based BI tools they’re already using. …

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Cisco To Acquire Cloud Networking Company Meraki For $1.2 Billion

Cisco continues its acquisition, as the company announced that it intends to acquire Meraki (yet another cloud company). Cisco will pay about $1.2 billion in cash and retention-based incentives. Meraki is a privately held cloud networking company based in San Francisco, with offices in New York, London, and Mexico. Cisco says the acquisition will strengthen its Unified Access platform. “The …

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Dell Acquires Infrastructure Automation Solutions Provider Gale Technologies

Dell announced that it has acquired Gale Technologies, a provider of infrastructure automation solutions. With the acquisition, the company has formed the Enterprise Systems & Solutions organization. Dell says it intends to keep Gale Technologies employees, and will continue to invest in additional engineering and sales capabilities to grow it. This, the company says, is consistent with its approach to …

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