Open-source MariaDB, a MySQL fork, challenges Oracle

MariaDB is challenging Oracle and MySQL. MariaDB, an open-source database management system (DBMS) and MySQL fork has been gaining inroads in enterprise software and its founders formed a foundation, the MariaDB Foundation, to promote its software. Specifically, “the MariaDB Foundation exists to improve database technology, including standards implementation, interoperability with other databases, and building bridges… Read more →

Facebook expanding NYC base with design team

Facebook is expanding its New York City offices with the addition of a design team, according to reports on Tuesday. While it isn’t clear how many people Facebook will be recruiting for this division, AllThingsD reported that the new design team will work with the advertising unit on various monetized products. Additionally, an unnamed Facebook… Read more →

Today’s Scuttlebot: ‘Homeland’ Smartphones, and Amazon’s Contest

Here are some of the more interesting items that the tech reporters and editors of The New York Times found on the Web recently. See more here. Moving the StillMovingthestill.paddle8.com |  A festival for GIFs is coming to Miami. Like a real mini film festival, I guess. – Damon Darlin Sundance 2013The Hollywood Reporter |  The Steve Jobs biopic will close… Read more →

Today’s Scuttlebot: ‘Homeland’ Smartphones, and Amazon’s Contest

Here are some of the more interesting items that the tech reporters and editors of The New York Times found on the Web recently. See more here. Moving the StillMovingthestill.paddle8.com |  A festival for GIFs is coming to Miami. Like a real mini film festival, I guess. – Damon Darlin Sundance 2013The Hollywood Reporter |  The Steve Jobs biopic will close… Read more →

Okta raises $25M in VC funding; unveils new identity network strategy

Okta, a cloud-based identity and access management solutions provider, has announced that it has raised another $25 million thanks to its latest round of venture capital funding. See also: Okta teams with Workday on cloud-native identity management service Led by Sequoia Capital, other Series C investors included Andreessen Horowitz Greylock Partners, Khosla Ventures and Floodgate…. Read more →

Mobile in 2013: Halfway to the Multichannel Era

As we look forward to 2013, we can look back in the history of mobile (yes, it’s sometimes hard to remember the pre-App Store mobile world) to predict when the industry will shift to the next big wave of innovation and adoption.    So, looking back, there have been four cycles of mass adoption so… Read more →

On Amazon, Cooking Up Friendly Reviews

Beneath the placid surface of Amazon, authors and reviewers have been in a ferment this fall. After several well-publicized episodes involving writers soliciting or paying for reviews, the retailer seems to be cracking down on log-rolling. Thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of book reviews have been killed. Amazon has not explained exactly why. One possible target: authors who have sent… Read more →