Posts Tagged ‘enterprise’

BlackBerry 10 Gets NATO Security Clearance

October 1, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

A rare bit of good news for BlackBerry amid all the bad: The company’s new next-generation mobile platform has won NATO security clearance. BlackBerry said Tuesday that its BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 have been approved for “Restricted” NATO communications. Restricted is NATO’s fourth and lowest security category, but by winning it, BlackBerry has cleared its devices for use by NATO employees in all 28 member states.

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Regulators Clear Dell’s $25 Billion Buyout

October 1, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Computing company Dell said today that it had cleared all the regulatory hurdles necessary to complete the transaction to go private. Shareholders approved the move to sell the company to CEO Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake for $24.9 billion. The transaction had been bitterly contested by several shareholders, most notably activist investor Carl Icahn.

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Former Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio: Tales From a White-Collar Prison Sentence

September 29, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Former telecommunications company chief executive Joseph Nacchio entered prison in 2009 out of shape, depressed and anxious. Fifty-four months later, Mr. Nacchio, 64 years old, who once ran Qwest Communications International Inc., has emerged physically unrecognizable from his pre-incarceration life. Prison appears to have shaved years off his looks. He has broad shoulders from a daily regimen of lifting weights and 5-mile walks and runs. He has a goatee and his head, formerly covered with black hair, is completely shaved and tan. He says his blood pressure and cholesterol are lower than when he entered prison and his body fat has dropped dramatically. He thinks he looks like actor Edward Norton on his federal Bureau of Prisons identification card. Prison also offered the CEO, who once was surrounded by highflying telecom executives before his prosecution for insider trading in 2007, a new set of peers: drug offenders Spoonie and Juice, and a bunkmate named Spider. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Business Software Startup LeadPages Raises $5 Million

September 26, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

LeadPages, a software company that creates customizable website landing pages for businesses, announced Thursday it had raised $5 million in a series A round of funding. Foundry Group led the round, with participation from Arthur Ventures. The company will use the new capital to scale up its Minneapolis, Minn.-based team while also expanding its infrastructure.

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Why Larry Ellison and Michael Dell Are Now the Best of Friends

September 25, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Keep a close eye on the brewing relationship between the software giant Oracle and computing concern Dell. While today the companies announced a series of seemingly innocuous plans to more tightly integrate their enterprise management capabilities, what’s really going on is a deepening of an important strategic partnership between them. That’s the conclusion drawn in a research paper from Moor Insights and Strategy, a research firm headed up by Patrick Moorhead, a former executive with chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices. Four years after Oracle closed on its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, the company has sought to compete in the business of specialized hardware based on the old SPARC chip architecture that goes up against IBM Power-based systems. But Sun also had a fledging commodity server business using Intel’s x86 chips. CEO Larry Ellison has said numerous times he wasn’t interested in boosting Oracle’s share of the x86 service business, in part because he doesn’t see it as terribly profitable. In a world where x86 servers are the basis for most of the world’s data centers, Oracle’s SPARC-based hardware gets all the attention, while its x86 business has languished. “First, since their Sun acquisition they have focused their hardware sales resources on promoting their SPARC-based systems and, as is becoming apparent, they have also focused their hardware R&D resources on SPARC technology and system development,” writes Paul Teich, a Moor Insights analyst and the paper’s primary author. Without a credible x86 business, Dell is quickly becoming the conduit through which Oracle reaches that market. Dell has already been named Oracle’s “preferred x86 vendor,” while Dell has been reselling Oracle’s Linux and other software and services to its hardware client base. Dell and Oracle each have access to customers and technology that the other needs. “We believe that Dell needs a better software and services play to increase their enterprise IT share of wallet and credibly challenge Hewlett-Packard at classic enterprise IT accounts,” Teich argues.

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Former BlackBerry Co-CEO Lazaridis Has Talked With PE Firms About Bid for Company

September 22, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Former BlackBerry Ltd. co-Chief Executive Officer Mike Lazaridis has been talking with private-equity firms about possibly mounting a joint bid for the struggling smartphone maker, whose troubles came into even sharper relief Friday, according to people familiar with the matter. Firms Mr. Lazaridis reached out to include Blackstone Group and Carlyle Group, some of the people said. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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LinkedIn Calls Email Hacking Charges False

September 21, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Professional networking site LinkedIn has just officially denied charges that it hacks the email accounts of its users as way to expand its network. In a corporate blog post published earlier today, Blake Lawit, an internal company lawyer whose title is Senior Director for Litigation says that accusations made in a lawsuit filed Friday that it hijacks the email accounts of its users without their consent are not true. “We do not access your email account without your permission. Claims that we hack or break into members’ accounts are false,” Lawit wrote. The lawsuit, brought by a handful of LinkedIn users who are seeking class action status, have accused the company of essentially impersonating its users for the purpose of obtaining access to their email contacts, and then pushing endorsement emails to those contacts. The lawsuit was filed Friday in the US District Court for Northern California. If you’re just getting up to speed on this lawsuit, you may want to read my earlier post in it , which includes the full 46-page legal complaint. Here’s the text of Lawit’s statement in full: Setting the Record Straight on False Accusations As you may have read recently, a class action lawsuit was filed against LinkedIn last week. The lawsuit alleges that we “break into” the email accounts of our members who choose to upload their email address books to LinkedIn. Quite simply, this is not true, and with so much misinformation out there, we wanted to clear up a few things for our members.

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Police in New York Really Want You to Download iOS 7

September 21, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The New York Police Department has more of a relationship with Apple’s iPhone than merely performing crowd control at and around Apple stores on iPhone launch days like yesterday. A new iPhone model also means a probable uptick in attempts to steal them. And since Friday’s launch of the iPhone 5s and 5c also happens to coincide with the launch of Apple’s iOS 7, which has some new security measures intended to deter theft, New York’s finest and other police agencies around the U.S. are making an effort to get people to download it. The new feature is called Activation Lock (read the official information from Apple here ) and basically what it does is force anyone who has the phone — including anyone who has stolen it — to enter an Apple ID and password before they can turn off the “Find My Phone” security feature, erase it or reactivate it. Naturally, this feature is helpful to police who are often called upon to locate stolen phones, so they’re pushing iPhone owners to download the new OS. My friend Jim Rosenberg just Tweeted this picture of a handout his partner Santiago was given by an NYPD officer outside a subway station on 168th St. in Manhattan. NYPD has a message for you iPhone and iPad folks pic.twitter.com/cxzHLpgh60 — Jim Rosenberg (@jimrosenberg) September 21, 2013 Some of New York’s finest were also spotted handing out these fliers near an Apple Store. NYPD cops are in front of Apple stores passing out flyers telling me to update my iOS.

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Intel Futurist Shows How You’ll Download and Program Your Own Robot Next Year

September 21, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

So here’s a crazy idea that when you think about it a bit really isn’t so much anymore. If you could build your own robot, what would you have it do? If you’re the type who’s into building stuff and coding, you may soon get your chance, courtesy of an interesting project coming from the labs of chipmaker Intel. The company’s futurist, Brian David Johnson (who I interviewed a couple years ago ) is here in New York this weekend at the Maker Faire . He’s here to show off Jimmy, an open source robot assembled from parts fabricated on a 3D printer. He showed off Jimmy — or at least a non-working model of Jimmy — on CBS’s Saturday Morning today. (Video below.) Once assembled, Jimmy — or whatever you choose to name it — would be as readily programmable as a smart phone. You could also download and install apps that other people make as easily as you would install them on an iPhone or Android device. Johnson said the plan is to create a kit that would be available for purchase for less than $1,000 no later than May of next year. He said he hopes to get the whole cost down to under $500. And if you’re in New York he’s also giving away copies of a book called 21st Century Robot that contains the open source files for printing the robot parts. (The image above is a screen grab from a page eight of that book.) It turns out Jimmy’s sort of popular at the Maker Faire, as you can see from a picture Johnson shared on Twitter . (By the way Jimmy has his own Twitter account too .) More from #makerfaire ! Jimmy @21CRobot is getting really popular #21centuryrobot pic.twitter.com/LHpnNklYcm — Brian David Johnson (@IntelFuturist) September 21, 2013 Here’s the video from Johnson’s CBS interview.

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LinkedIn Accused of Hacking Users’ Email Accounts. Here’s the Complaint.

September 21, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Customers of the professional networking site LinkedIn have sued the company in a California federal court accusing it of hacking into their email accounts. In a complaint filed yesterday (and which you can read in full below) the users accuse the company of essentially impersonating its users for the purpose of obtaining access to their email contacts. “If a LinkedIn user leaves an external email account open, LinkedIn pretends to be that user and downloads the email addresses contained anywhere in that account to Linkedln’s servers,” the complaint reads. “Linkedln is able to download these addresses without requesting the password for the external email accounts or obtaining users’ consent.” Once it has the addresses, the plaintiffs say LinkedIn sends what they describe as “endorsement emails” for various products and services. “These endorsement emails contain the name and likeness of those existing users from whom Linkedln surreptitiously obtained the list of email addresses,” the complaint says. The plaintiffs say its all part of a marketing strategy that’s overtly described in LinkedIn’s regulatory filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission saying it intends to “pursue initiatives that promote the viral growth of our member base.” I asked LinkedIN for a response, and didn’t get one right away, and will update the post when I get one. (It is Saturday after all.) However the company has denied the allegations and called them “without merit,” in comments to Bloomberg and The Los Angeles Times . Update: Here’s LinkedIn’s full statement: “LinkedIn is committed to putting our members first, which includes being transparent about how we protect and utilize our members’ data

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