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Why the US Navy has been slow to consolidate data centers

Dealing with a culture that sees data as something that needs to be kept close at hand, the US Navy has been slow to meet its goals in consolidating data centers and applications as part of the ongoing Federal government consolidation efforts. Despite having addressed this issue in mid-2014 with the creation of the Data Center and Application Optimization program… Read more →

Google fires first volley in new cloud pricing war

How low can cloud prices go? On May 18, Google announced that it was cutting the price of its Google Cloud Platform prices by as much as 30 percent. Last year, we saw Amazon, Google, and Microsoft battle it out in a race to the bottom for cloud pricing. After a relatively quiet 2015, Google has restarted the transformation of… Read more →

​FTC’s take on the RadioShack customer data appropriate (for now)

The Federal Trade Commission’s move to ensure that General Wireless, which acquired Radio Shack’s customer data for $26.2 million, is bound by the same privacy promises initially is a positive move for consumers but may not set the precedent hoped for over time. The FTC said in a statement that General Wireless should be bound by RadioShack’s previous promises not… Read more →

Apple Watch updates, TVKit for Apple TV reportedly on tap for WWDC

Apple will reportedly show off new Apple Watch features and debut its TVKit platform for Apple TV at next month’s WorldWide Developer Conference. These would likely be introduced alongside any upcoming changes to OS X and iOS as Apple typically unveils new software features for developers to use in the coming year. The well-connected Marc Gurman from 9to5 Mac noted… Read more →

Asus ZenFone 2 with Intel inside launches May 19 in U.S. for $299

Asus surprised many at January’s Consumer Electronics Show by debuting a relatively low-cost Android phone with 4 GB and Intel chip inside. Now the ZenFone 2 is going on sale for $299 in the U.S. this week, offering one the potentially best values for an off-contract handset. Starting tomorrow, May 19, the ZenFone 2 will be available unlocked in black,… Read more →

​What’s the best cloud storage for you?

Back in the 2007 when Drew Houston, Dropbox‘s CEO, had gotten sick and tired of misplacing his USB drive the idea of personal and small business cloud storage was a radical one. Today, everyone and their uncle seems to be offering cheap or free cloud storage. That’s great! Except, well, how do you choose which one is right for you?… Read more →

Software Licensing got you down? Get your SaaS in gear and go cloud

My ZDNet colleagues Ed Bott and David Gewirtz are both fed up with Microsoft over software licensing issues, albeit for different reasons. Ed is annoyed with Microsoft over its poor communication of its Windows editions and David just wants to line up Microsoft’s legal department in front of a firing squad. Let’s be absolutely clear — figuring out software licensing,… Read more →

Appeals court reverses part of $930M verdict against Samsung in Apple case

The nearly one billion dollar verdict against Samsung for a 2012 Apple patent trial may be further reduced. On Monday, a U.S. appeals court upheld Samsung’s patent violations, which eventually resulted in a $930 million judgement. When it comes to trade dress violations, however, the appeals court says Samsung did not infringe. As a result, notes Reuters, the appeals court… Read more →

Konekt IoT "starter kit" brings connectivity to any device

Konekt recently launched a kickstarter campaign for an IoT “starter kit” and surpassed its goal within a day. The Chicago based start-up has developed a platform to bring internet connection to any device. Konekt The device makes it quick and easy to build anything from a dog tracker that tweets its location or a smart greenhouse that alerts you when… Read more →

Brazilian computer giant Positivo sees Q1 profits soar

Brazilian computer manufacturing giant Positivo has seen a 911.6 percent jump in profits for the first quarter with the aid of foreign exchange hedging mechanisms to protect its financial exposure. The hedging strategy coupled with a push to reduce operational spending meant the company’s net income reached R$ 11.5m ($3.81m) within the first three months of the year. But financial… Read more →

Daily Report: Kijiji, the Craigslist of Canada, Run by eBay

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‘Facebook is gathering personal information without consent,’ says Belgian privacy watchdog

The Belgian data watchdog has warned that Facebook is tracking European internet users without their consent, following the introduction of a new privacy policy earlier this year. “Facebook ‘processes’ the personal data of its members, users as well as of all internet users who come into contact with Facebook. Facebook does this secretively: no consent is asked for this ‘tracking… Read more →