MyBits Weekly #5

MyBits Weekly #5

Read all the latest tech news on MyBits Weekly and stay in touch with the most important trends in the Cloud, Security, Mobile and Business industries.

In today’s Weekly we have picked the top stories from last seven days.

For full details about each news item, check out the links at the bottom of the page.

 

Security

How big data is changing the game for backup and recovery

It’s a well-known fact in the IT world: Change one part of the software stack, and there’s a good chance you’ll have to change another. For a shining example, look no further than big data.

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Massive Acer security breach exposes highly sensitive data of 34,500 online shoppers

Acer recently revealed its online store was the victim of a data breach that lasted nearly a year.

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Gartner’s top 10 security predictions

Forward looking IT security pros need to better address known risks, monitor closely the value of shadow IT devices and solve the inherent weaknesses introduced by the internet of things, Gartner says.

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Mobile

Being open source is killing Android

Most of Android’s problems stem from the fact that it is an open source operating system.

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Windows 10 phones finally gain NFC payment support as Wallet 2.0 rolls out in preview

Microsoft started pushing its Wallet. 2.0 app to Windows Insiders.

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‘Sailfish’ Nexus Tipped to Sport 5-Inch Display, 4GB of RAM 

Android Police has posted purported specification details of the alleged HTC ‘Sailfish’ Nexus smartphone claiming the handset will feature a 5-inch full-HD display with 440ppi pixel density; a quad-core 64-bit quad-core processor; 4GB of RAM; 32GB storage; 12-megapixel rear camera; 8-megapixel front camera, and a 2770mAh battery

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Cloud

Navigating hybrid cloud decisions

It’s widely recognized that the vast majority of organizations will take an approach to cloud infrastructure that involves some combination of on-premise/private resources and public clouds.

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Cloud computing pushes enterprise vendors closer to their customers

In the era of cloud connectivity, the era of mediocre releases and so-so customer service for enterprises may be coming to an end.

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Apache Libcloud: The open-source cloud library to link all clouds together

Apache Libcloud, the leading cloud service interoperability library used by Amazon Web Services, Apache CloudStack, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, OpenStack, and VMware, has finally reached 1.0 status.

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Business and Startup

Keep an eye on Norway: Its startup scene is about to go huge

Norway has been a bit of an underdog in the Scandiwegian startup scene for a few years. Need proof? Quick! Name one Norwegian startup that isn’t the obvious one… But despite not basking in the limelight, it hasn’t exactly been withering away in the shadow of the relative successes of its other Scandinavian brethren either.

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Twitter pays up to $150M for Magic Pony Technology, which uses neural networks to improve images

Twitter today is taking another step to build up its machine learning muscle, and also potentially to improve how it delivers photos and videos across its apps: the company is acquiring Magic Pony Technology, a company based out of London that has developed techniques of using neural networks and machine learning to provide expanded data for images — used, for example, to enhance a picture or video taken on a mobile phone; or to help develop graphics for virtual reality or augmented reality applications.

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7 things businesses get wrong about disaster recovery

Major data losses can cripple a business. According to the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council, 73 percent of companies worldwide are failing in terms of disaster readiness.

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The Muse raises $16 million for its next-gen career site

The Muse, a New York-based career site that offers job opportunities, skill-building courses, coaching, and video profiles meant to show what it’s like to work at different companies, has raised $16 million in Series B funding led by Icon Ventures.

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Elon Musk’s Tesla offers to acquire Elon Musk’s SolarCity for $2.8B

he great Elon Musk empire is uniting. Today his electric car and battery company Tesla announced its offer to acquire his solar panel installation company SolarCity. Together the companies could allow you to outfit your home with solar panels that power a giant battery for everything inside, as well as your electric car.

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