ruphus13 writes: Amazon has been one of the trailblazers in the Public Cloud space. There have been several speculations on their actual success — speculations because Amazon does not break out their numbers for their cloud business. However, any way you slice it, Amazon is growing at a very rapid clip. From the article, "The question often people ask: how much money is Amazon making from these web services. I have heard some wild estimates. Today, UBS Investment Research analysts Brian Pitz and Brian Fitzgerald released a report which puts revenue numbers against Amazon’s web services. The duo estimate that in 2010, AWS will generated about $500 million in revenues and will grow this to $750 million by 2011. By 2014, it would bring in close to $2.54 billion in revenues." Can a commoditized hardware business really generate high margins for a services company? Amazon seems to think so...
ruphus13 writes: 100s of engineers are now the target for hiring at Linaro, a new not-for-profit open source company. What will they do? Help launch a Linux kernel that will run on a chip for non-PC devices. The 'band of others' are getting together to take on the embedded systems market, battle Intel's Atom processor and attack the non-PC market . From the article, "ARM, IBM, ST Ericsson, Samsung, Freescale and Texas Instruments are banding together to back a not-for-profit open source company, Linaro, which will develop tools, packages, processes and a Linux kernel (aka a core of component of the OS) that will run on any system-on-a-chip currently used by non PC-devices. They will fund the UK-based company to the tune of tens-of-millions of dollars and will liberally spend money on hiring crack open source engineers — nearly a 100 of them. And their target is none other than world's largest chipmaker: Intel Corp."
Elliot Chang writes: Is there anything an iPhone can’t do? There isn’t much, but charging via the Sun’s rays is one thing. Well, now Apple is looking to change that. They’ve applied for a patent for a solar-powered iPhone that could make it an even hotter commodity than it already is. Plus, Apple is making sure that the sleek cell retains its look by encasing the energy collection cells within the body of the phone instead of slapping ugly solar panels on the sides or back like some other companies have done.
coondoggie writes: While there is lots of talk about NASA chasing down asteroids in the near future, the space agency is aligning some key satellites to chase another outer space phenomenon in the more near term — comets. Recently NASA said it adjusted the trajectory of its Deep Impact/Epoxi spacecraft to get it into a better position to snap shots of the comet Hartley 2 on Nov. 4. Earlier this year NASA fired the rockets to slow down its Stardust satellite to ultimately let it snap better pictures of the Tempel 1 comet it will pass by next year.
crimeandpunishment writes: It may not be the lifeline the media industry is hoping for, but the iPad appears to be paying dividends for publishers of newspapers and magazines. Companies are paying significantly more for ads in iPad applications than for similar ads on regular websites. However, a lot still has to happen before the iPad and other tablet computers become a substantial source of revenue for publishers, including media apps that are compelling enough to hold users' interest. But in the early going, publishers are optimistic.
HTC is looking to launch its second smart phones based on Google’s Android platform on the AT&T network sometime in early June. HTC Aria powered by Android 2.1 will deploy the latest version of Sense user interface. It is expected to feature 3-inch display, an optical track pad or joystick, a 5-megapixel camera, a MicroUSB port and a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack. Link to Original Source
Barence writes: Microsoft's PC synchronisation service — Windows Live Mesh — is to leave beta as part of a refresh of the company's free Windows Live Essentials software. Live Mesh – now rebranded Windows Live Sync – automatically synchronises files or folders across multiple PCs or Macs, and Microsoft has added a couple of new features in time for the full release. The software will now synchronise both Internet Explorer bookmarks and Microsoft Office settings across different PCs, meaning users don't have to keep setting up the same email signatures across their various machines, for example. Live Sync will also be integrated with Microsoft's free online storage service, SkyDrive. Several other apps in the Live Essentials line-up have been given a makeover. Windows Live Photo Gallery now includes face detection, with the software attempting to automatically identify people in photos. The revamped Movie Maker now includes buttons to upload edited videos directly to services such as Facebook and YouTube, as well as Microsoft's own SkyDrive. And Windows Live Mail is being "upgraded" with Conversation View, a feature that's recently been introduced into Outlook 2010 with debatable success.
ruphus13 writes: Rumors of the death of Firefox have been greatly exaggerated. There was rife speculation that Chrome would supersede Firefox. However, at least as of now, Firefox seems to be holding its own, and the rate of growth vis-a-vis Chrome doesn't seem to have abated. From the article, "How bad are things at Mozilla? Not as bad as one would think. In a recent blog post, Mozilla’s Aza Dotzler pointed out that for every Chrome downloader, there are 2.5 folks who download Firefox. “Firefox gained just over 100 million users in the same period that Chrome gained just over 40 million users,” he wrote...Given that the holiday season has started in many parts of the world, with schools and universities shutting down, we might be seeing a slump in Firefox usage and downloads. Firefox, according to NetMarketShare, is still showing growth on a month-to-month basis — from June 2009 (22.43 percent) to April 2010 (24.59 percent), it increased its market share by 2.16 percent. That along with the 100 million-plus daily active installations (Mozilla claims it has 400 million users), shows that Firefox is far from having a real moment of crisis. Not only does it have time to course-correct and respond to all its critics, it also has time to regain momentum."
ruphus13 writes: eCommerce is hot. SaaS is hot. Open Source is hot. Magento does all three, and has seen its market share rise considerably. As a result, it announced a new infusion of capital to spur growth — $22.5M of capital to fuel its growing inferno. From the post, "Open source e-commerce software suite Magento got a boost this week thanks to a $22.5 million influx of cash from a round of equity funding. The company plans to use the money to boost its mobile commerce products and Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings in the coming months. Magento is popular with big name brands like Lenovo, Vizio, and 3M, and has been downloaded over one million times. It's available in both Community (free) and Enterprise (paid) editions, but both are open source. It's also one of the most full-featured packages on the market and includes site management tools, report generators, and mobile commerce options."
ruphus13 writes: The mighty public FOSS companies are falling... Sun's gone, after a rough courtship and dance with IBM, Oracle and the EU. Red Hat may be the last man standing, with Novell receiving an unsolicited bid of $2B for Novell. According to the post, "After the close of trading in U.S. stock markets on Tuesday, Elliott Associates, L.P., a hedge fund with a significant position in shares of Novell, placed an unsolicited offer to buy the company for $2 billion. Its offer of $5.75 per share in cash is well above Novell's closing price today of $4.75 per share, and caused Novell's shares to rise above $6 in after hours trading. The offer places a high valuation on Novell, and the troubled company will have to consider it very carefully."
ruphus13 writes: In its 'State of the Web' report, ZScaler points out some of the dominant players, in terms of traffic. Amongst those players are some relatively less familiar names. For example, Facebook dominated the Social Networking space — almost 3/4ths of all Social Network traffic heads there. However, the non-US names dominated the file-sharing space. From the post, "Among the top file-sharing and torrenting sites around the globe, there are some surprises in the ZScaler data, as seen below. Si@mBIT, a Thai web hosting provider that specializes in serving torrents, led with 37.49 percent of all file-sharing traffic online in the fourth quarter. The third-largest domain, tb.in.th., is also controlled by Si@mBIT, and commanded about 13 percent of file-sharing traffic. Without a doubt, non-U.S. sites dominate the file-sharing scene."
ruphus13 writes: Warren Buffet has expressed fears that with the impending death of traditional newspapers and reporters, we can expect widespread dishonesty. In addition, Dan Goodin of the Register said that the pricing models being pushed by Amazon and even Apple are not sustainable for quality content. According to the Article, Dan opines, "Do we want to live in a world where content providers can’t support themselves? That is exactly where we are moving with the Kindle and the iPad because people suddenly want books for $9.99. I’ve got news: It takes about a year to write a book, you have to travel extensively, you have to do a lot of fact-checking. What Amazon and Apple are trying to do is significantly decrease the amount of money that publishers, and specifically authors, can make."
ruphus13 writes: Monty Widenius has been a vocal critic of the Oracle acquisition of Sun, fearing for the future of MySQL. Now that the deal is pretty much done, Monty is very skeptical on the future, especially for the Open Source version of MySQL, and fears a 'bait and switch' from Oracle. From the interview, "It's clear that Oracle is in the game for the profit and it's in their interest to get out as much money from MySQL as they can over the long term. There will be less development of the Community version of MySQL. MySQL Enterprise will over time be only available as closed source and with a different feature set than the Community version. By keeping the price very low in the beginning for MySQL Enterprise, they will have a high conversation rate as it will be much easier to move to this than to another database. This will create an efficient lock-in and make it very hard for a MySQL 'fork' to survive or get traction, as it's almost impossible to keep things compatible. When Oracle finally raises prices, most users just have to pay..."
ruphus13 writes: First there was an Mozilla Public License-inspired custom license, then GPL, and now Alfresco has decided that the license that makes the most sense is the LGPL, which is deemed as being more 'commercially friendly'. From the post, "Alfresco is switching licenses, again. This time the company is switching the license for its enterprise content management system to the GNU LGPL, away from the GNU GPL. Alfresco's switch is possible because the company requires a contributor agreement to accept code into its repository. The agreement requires that contributors give Alfresco the ability to re-license the code in any way it sees fit...The advantage afforded by the LGPL, at least from Alfresco's perspective, is that it's more commercially friendly while still requiring changes to the core code to be contributed back. It can be combined with proprietary software, but if the code from Alfresco is changed and distributed, those changes must also be licensed under the LGPL."