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Verizon: Cloud Computing Nears Mainstream

Verizon: Cloud Computing Nears Mainstream
October 30, 2014 No Comments »

A new Verizon report suggests that far from being just a buzzword or hype, cloud computing is “rapidly becoming a mainstream delivery model for enterprise IT,” according to DatacenterDynamics. Survey results from 451 Research, which helped Verizon by providing data ... Read More »

Renewed Interest in Climate Change to Influence Data Centers?

Renewed Interest in Climate Change to Influence Data Centers?
October 29, 2014 No Comments »

As energy guzzlers, data centers are often targets of concern or even scorn in light of concern over environmental issues related to energy production and consumption—particularly, among some groups, climate change. According to Peter Judge at DatacenterDynamics, renewed interest in ... Read More »

Twitter’s “Strong Financial Quarter”

Twitter’s “Strong Financial Quarter”
October 28, 2014 No Comments »

According to CEO Dick Costolo in a press release, Twitter “had another very strong financial quarter,” with net earnings just shy of $7 million in 3Q14 compared with a $17 million loss in the same quarter a year earlier. That ... Read More »

Senator: High-Skilled Worker Crisis

Senator: High-Skilled Worker Crisis
October 27, 2014 No Comments »

Picking up the hackneyed refrain, U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (Utah) called for more H-1B visas to make up for what he calls a “crisis” owing to a shortage of high-skilled workers. “American companies were [because of the current H-1B visa ... Read More »

Hungary Plans Internet Tax

Hungary Plans Internet Tax
October 23, 2014 No Comments »

Hungary may not be the first nation you think of when it comes to the developed world, but strange ideas from places that seldom make news have a way of spreading. (For instance, the “bail-ins” of Cyprus have piqued the ... Read More »

Microsoft Doth Protest Too Much

Microsoft Doth Protest Too Much
October 22, 2014 No Comments »

Microsoft has long griped about a supposed shortage of STEM workers and an inadequate H-1B visa program to take up the slack. But the company has now been caught up in a lawsuit alleging no-poaching deals among technology giants. According ... Read More »

AMD to Lay Off 7% of Staff

AMD to Lay Off 7% of Staff
October 21, 2014 No Comments »

AMD—“that other x86 vendor”—has struggled for years to put a dent in Intel’s dominant market share. Recent efforts have focused on bringing the ARM architecture to servers, although the benefits of ARM over x86 in line-powered systems that tackle larger ... Read More »

FBI Director: Encryption Bad for Law Enforcement

FBI Director: Encryption Bad for Law Enforcement
October 20, 2014 No Comments »

Law enforcement agencies—despite the government’s super-invasive dragnet surveillance programs (courtesy of the NSA and, no doubt, others from the alphabet-soup community)—shouldn’t be forced to deal with the hassle of encryption when targeting citizens for investigation, according to U.S. FBI Director ... Read More »

Intel Betting on Workload-Optimized Hardware

Intel Betting on Workload-Optimized Hardware
October 16, 2014 No Comments »

Although highly programmable processors give designers and developers greater flexibility, they consume more power than dedicated hardware for certain tasks. With data centers focusing more on power consumption, specialized processors may gain more traction—at least that’s what Intel hopes, according ... Read More »

Twist in Silicon Valley Wage Fixing Case

Twist in Silicon Valley Wage Fixing Case
October 15, 2014 No Comments »

Despite having reached an agreement with Adobe, Apple, Google and Intel in a case regarding no-poaching arrangements among several tech giants, the employees that filed suit are now opposing the settlement. According to Zach Miners at Computerworld, “The suit accuses ... Read More »