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A new battery that could revolutionize wearables

A new battery that could revolutionize wearables | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
A young battery startup called Imprint Energy has designed a new type of battery that uses zinc and can be screen printed. It’s innovation could enable entirely new types of wearable electronics.
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Beyond Screens Keynote — Connected TV and Digital Media Forum in Moscow

Beyond Screens Keynote — Connected TV and Digital Media Forum in Moscow | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Here is the slide deck I used for my Keynote at the &Connected TV & Digital Media& forum where I was invited by Connectica Lab in Moscow on March 5th, 2014. Due to current SlideShare limitations it is impossible to directly import slides in the latest Apple Keynote format, hence the need to manually publish here the keynote verbatim to complement the slides.

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TV has evolved significantly.  First came color. Then came choice. Then came the VCR that allowed recording, deferred viewing, and introduced external content (either purchased, rented, or handed out by friends and family) into the TV set.
Then came digital content and digital broadcast, followed by HD.
And only very recently came competition from other screens to consume video content: not only were they personal, they follow the viewer...

We now spend a full five hours and 16 minutes a day in front of a screen, and that's without even turning on a television (4,5 hours a day for US adults).

- What even does TV watching now mean?

- is TV video delivered in real time ?

- is Connected TV is just TV with Ethernet and firmware updates?

 

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http://getpopcornti.me/ sounds like a strange echo to slide 7 : Content experience is definitely broken. And la #FrenchTech gets promoted slide 15...

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Front raises $3.1M to take the misery out of enterprise email through intelligent collaboration

Front raises $3.1M to take the misery out of enterprise email through intelligent collaboration | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Email has long been the scourge of many office places, with inboxes often resembling warzones of unread messages, stars and tags, missing attachments, and all around chaos around next steps for each item. These problems are only exacerbated when multiple people are included on an email chain.

Front is a shared inbox and collaboration platform for enterprise email that looks to solve many of these problems. Today, the Summer 2014 Y Combinator grad announced $3.1 million in Seed funding in a round led by SoftTech VC, with participation from BOLDStart, Point Nine Capital and Caffeinated Capital. The formerly Parisian company is now permanently headquartered in the Bay Area.

“Email is great, but it was invented for one-to-one communication,” says Front co-founder and CEO Mathilde Collin. “Unfortunately, email is regularly used for one-to-many, and many-to-one communication. We wanted to make email useful again for companies.”

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Almost a @LaFrenchTech story and a sane reminder that email is neither dead nor perfect

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People Spend Over $9,000 On Alibaba Every Second

People Spend Over $9,000 On Alibaba Every Second | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

In case you hadn’t heard, China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba just had the world's biggest IPO in history. 

But if you thought Alibaba's revenue was explosive, get this: Based on estimates from The Economist charted for us by Business Insider Intelligence, Alibaba shoppers spend an average of $9,368 each second. This is an incredible feat, especially when you consider Amazon shoppers spend less than half of that value ($3,691) each second. Users on eBay, which once tried to compete with Alibaba in China, only spend about $2,775 each second. In other words, Alibaba sells a ton of stuff, and consumers feel very comfortable buying all of it.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Drawning by numbers : Alibaba sales are so huge that they become meaningful when measured every second...

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Yaroslav Writtle's curator insight, September 24, 4:00 AM

Alibaba's is one to follow - they have established a fantastic customer base and are expanding into payments and B2C

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Didier Renard remet Cloudwatt sur les bons rails

Didier Renard remet Cloudwatt sur les bons rails | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Possible fusion entre Cloudwatt et Numergy, erreur de positionnement avec la Cloudbox, concurrence avec Amazon, légitimité dans le Cloud Souverain, etc. aucun sujet n’est tabou pour Didier Renard. Très dynamique, le nouveau patron de Cloudwatt impulse un esprit nouveau – et salutaire - chez cet opérateur de Cloud public « souverain ».

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Extrêmement clair et intéressant pour ceux qui veulent commencer a réfléchir sur le sujet.

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iPhone 6: missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained

iPhone 6: missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Apple fanbois were left scratching their heads when Tim Cook unveiled the new iPhone 6 without the sapphire glass facelift many were expecting it to receive . Now mobile analyst Matt Margolis has claimed that supply chain issues prevented Cupertino from rolling out phones equipped with the new wonder material. He is one of many Apple observers who have spent the past few months speculating about whether Apple and its partner GT have managed to get a handle on the volume production of sapphire glass. There is no doubt the Apple Watch will come with a sapphire glass face, but Apple won't have to prove that because it won't be released until the New Year. The iPhone 6 and its big-boned cousin the iPhone 6 Plus will come out in a matter of weeks, but this deadline appears to have been too harsh for GT and Apple.
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No sapphire glass in iPhone6 : explanations after overexpectations
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The Revival Of Semiconductor Funding

The Revival Of Semiconductor Funding | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Over the past few years the semiconductor funding ecosystem experienced a downturn. According to the GSA survey, there were only five Series A semiconductor funding rounds and 10 exits in 2010 in North America, Europe and Israel. Most of the VCs who invested in semiconductors shifted their focus to software startups due to higher scalability, faster time-to-exit and low cost of failure.

However, I believe semiconductor funding hit bottom in 2013, and it is slowly coming back. I analyzed publicly available transaction data from CrunchBase and discovered promising insights about recent funding trends.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

I'm not dead... I'm getting better #MontyPython #HolyGrail #HardwareIsNotDead #OCP

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A new wireless registry for 50 billion things

A new wireless registry for 50 billion things | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

When Cisco’s CEO, John Chambers, took the stage at CES in Vegas this year and announced that there was a difference between The Internet of Things (IOT) and the Internet of Everything (IOE), many cried “semantics.” But there is a difference and one that ripped across the US to the National Retailer Federation (NRF) Big Show at the Javits Centre in New York.

IOT, according to Chambers, is made up of billions of connected objects; however, IOE are the smart networks that are required to support all the data these objects generate and transmit. What will help move the IOT into the IOE and drive what Chambers predicts to be a $19 trillion in new revenue by 2020?

IOE requires a universal solution to tie the billions of sensor data into an intelligent device and system agnostic solution.

To our detriment, we are so focused on the idea of a hardware (IOT) solving all our problems that we neglected that simple insight that all these hardware solutions require a method of managing the people and service behind them.

The industry needs a wireless domain (DNS) naming solution that can provide profile, tools and privacy controls to enterprise and the consumer.

When I was invited to sit on a panel at the launch of the new wireless registry (www.wirelessregistry.com) at the NRF show and I realized that this registry could be the silver-bullet platform.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Congrats @Patrick Parodi (aka @paparodi) for this initiative that is gaining deserved exposure and traction !

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Chart of the Week: 54% of EU jobs at risk of computerisation | Bruegel.org

Based on a European application of Frey & Osborne (2013)’s data on the probability of job automation across occupations, the proportion of the EU work force predicted to be impacted significantly by advances in technology over the coming decades ranges from the mid-40% range (similar to the US) up to well over 60%. Those authors expect that key technological advances – particular in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and mobile robotics – will impact primarily upon low-wage, low-skill sectors traditionally immune from automation. As such, based on our application it is unsurprising that wealthy, northern EU countries are projected to be less affected than their peripheral neighbours.

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We shall have plenty of time to (re)read Asimov...

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Most People Are Still Confused About Cloud Storage, And No One Service Is Winning The Race To Educate And Acquire Users

Most People Are Still Confused About Cloud Storage, And No One Service Is Winning The Race To Educate And Acquire Users | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Consumers aren't using cloud storage services in very large numbers, even as nearly every Internet user is on the cloud in some way.

Almost 90% of U.S. broadband users polled have at least heard of "cloud storage," according to a study from nScreenMedia.

 

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But only 29% said they currently use it, and about half of the respondents had either never heard of cloud storage services, didn't use them, or reported not knowing anything about them.

This is a huge opportunity for cloud service companies to build out their audiences.

In particular, usage of cloud storage services, such as iCloud, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive, will soar over the next few years as more consumers come to understand the value of storing their data, files, and media online.  

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Interesting: I didn't seize Microsoft's share nor realized they were ahead of Google drive.

looks like an opportunity for @tariq and @jolicloud :-)

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There are too many cloud services and not enough differentiation between them. Where they do work well, such as Apple's iCloud, they are transparent enough that the user doesn't even really know that it is doing anything at all. That's the dream, of course, but it doesn't help you sell your product.

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Talking the Cloud Business with Amazon CTO Werner Vogels

Talking the Cloud Business with Amazon CTO Werner Vogels | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

In its relatively short eight-year life-span, there’s a lot we’ve come to know — and yet a lot more that we don’t — about Amazon Web Services.

When it launched in 2006, the idea of renting computing capacity on a pay-as-you-go basis was a new one. Fast-growing startup companies who might have struggled to keep their systems running if they launched a popular new Web service could suddenly have all the capacity they needed in minutes instead of months. AWS fundamentally changed how companies think about their computing infrastructure needs.

And while Amazon won’t say exactly how big a business it is as a percentage of its $74.5 billion in annual revenue, there have been many educated guesses. A new one out yesterday from Pacific Crest Securities — and noticed by Bloomberg Businessweek — estimates it’s a $5 billion business annually and on its way to approaching $7 billion next year.

If that estimate is accurate, and if we thought of AWS as a separate company, its growth rate after passing the $1 billion revenue mark would be second only to that of Google, and would have exceeded that of Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce.com.

Against this backdrop, Re/code sat down recently with Amazon CTO Werner Vogels while he was visiting New York. Werner, along with Andy Jassy, is among the executives continuing the shakeup that AWS started in the enterprise IT world.

Another data point from the Businessweek story: If Amazon sold traditional hardware servers, it would rank number four by revenue behind Dell, IBM and Hewlett-Packard. In response at least two of those companies, IBM and HP have built up their own cloud computing services to try to take on Amazon.

IBM has been the most vocal about its response in recent months. Last year it spent $2 billion to acquire SoftLayer. It has since pledged to spend big to build out its data center footprint and is running most of its software applications. This week Big Blue said its combined public cloud services and cloud software business is on track to book $7 billion in revenue next year, which make it about as big as Amazon, though it’s an apples-to-oranges comparison.

When we spoke, Amazon had just announced Zocalo, a new document-sharing and collaboration service meant to complement its WorkSpace virtual desktop product and to compete with similar offerings from DropBox (notably an AWS customer) and IPO-bound Box.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Amazon's cloud business may be 2nd fastest software company after Google, as - per @Werner - they are "in the business of pain management for enterprises."

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Apple's enterprise mobility deal with IBM could pressure BlackBerry, Google

Under Apple and IBM's "landmark" teaming, the former rivals will collaborate on creating mobile applications for specific enterprise solutions. IBM will also sell iPhones and iPads to its business customers.

The deal reflects Apple's desire to get its iOS software more deeply embedded in the enterprise segment as well as IBM's push into the mobile market. The deal will include the creation of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps developed for the iPhone and iPad; IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration; new AppleCare service and support for enterprise users; and new packaged offerings from IBM for device activation, supply and management.

 

Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said the deal reflects their unique capabilities. "If you were building a puzzle, they would fit nicely together with no overlap," Cook said of the relationship in an interview with Re/code. "We do not compete on anything. And when you do that you end up with something better than either of you could produce yourself."

 

Rometty said Apple is the "gold standard for consumers," and said the partnership will allow the companies to help address the challenges affecting large companies. "We will get to remake professions and unlock value that companies don't yet have," she said. "We're addressing serious issues that before this had been inhibiting deployment of wireless in the enterprise."

 

Analysts said the deal now makes IBM and Apple more central players in the enterprise mobility market. "They're now strongly associated with the premium mobile platform and mobile devices," Forrester Research Frank Gillet told Bloomberg. "If you want to do anything interesting in the enterprise, you now have to check with IBM on what they're doing with Apple."

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

It is not the first time Apple tries to cooperate with IBM. In the 1990s there was Kaleida, Taligent, and of course the PowerPC architecture. Will it be more successful this time as they seem not to compete in any area ?

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Stay In The Know On Your Network: Newsle Joins The LinkedIn Family

Stay In The Know On Your Network: Newsle Joins The LinkedIn Family | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

For the last three years, Newsle has leveraged its disambiguation, natural language processing and machine learning algorithms to build an extremely compelling product that finds blogs and articles that mention you or anyone you care about – colleagues, bosses, industry thought leaders, etc. – and notifies you seconds after they’ve published. We’re excited to work with Newsle’s team to combine this technology with our core assets and build experiences that continue to make you and millions of other professionals more productive and successful.

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Hoping that the integrated experience will be consistent across the line of LinkedIn's User Interfaces (web / tablet / phone)...

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10Gbps over a copper telephone line: A new world record set by Bell Labs

10Gbps over a copper telephone line: A new world record set by Bell Labs | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The telecommunications masters at Bell Labs have managed to deliver a world record connection speed of 10Gbps (10,000Mbps) over copper wires. Dubbed XG.fast, the newtechnology could be used to massively extend the life of existing copper wireline networks, offering telecom companies an alternative to laying costly fiber-optic networks to billions of homes that already have a telephone line — but more importantly, it might mean you finally get a serious upgrade from your ~10Mbps ADSL or ~50Mbps VDSL connection.

Bell Labs, now an R&D division of global telecoms giant Alcatel-Lucent, developed XG.fast as an extension of G.fast. G.fast is the successor to VDSL2 — the technology that is used by most FTTC (fiber-to-the-cabinet) installations around the world. Paired with FTTC, VDSL2 offers speeds of up to 150Mbps, G.fast is up to around 1.25Gbps — and XG.fast is from 2Gbps all the way up to 10Gbps.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Short distance, yet enough to avoid drilling in households? Congrats @BellLabs

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Nothing ever stays the same.  10GBPS over copper.  Things onlkly get better and faster.  The key question is:  HOW CAN THIS BE USED TO CREATE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE or COST EFFECTIVENESS?

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Kano Ships Its First 18,000 Learn-To-Code Computer Kits, Fueled By $1.5M Kickstarter

Kano Ships Its First 18,000 Learn-To-Code Computer Kits, Fueled By $1.5M Kickstarter | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Kano Computing, a startup that plays in the learn to code space by adding a step-by-step hand-holding layer atop the Raspberry Pi single-board microcomputer to make hacking around with code and learning about computational thinking child’s play, has shipped all the hardware kits in its first batch of crowdfunded orders and pre-orders.

That’s around 18,000 kits in all, co-founder Alex Klein confirmed to TechCrunch. “They are all in the wild, they are out of our hands. About 1,000 have arrived already — the early bird kits. And the rest, the general release, will be arriving [shortly],” he said late last week.

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My Kano should arrive anytime soon now ; thx @TeamKano !

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Apple responds to bent iPhone 6 complaints

Apple responds to bent iPhone 6 complaints | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

By now, you've likely heard a thing or two about the new iPhones' flexibility, and Apple has offered a word on the matter. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Cupertino-based outfit only received nine complaints of bent devices and that the damage occurring due to regular use is "extremely rare." It also maintains that both the new iPhone 6 and its larger sibling went through durability testing to ensure they'd stand up to daily use. Of course, the interwebs have been littered with videos of folks purposely trying to flex their mobile wares in far from "normal" conditions. Unfortunately, there's no word on if tight trousers are in fact to blame.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

iPhone 6 : Will it bend ? (long time fan of the "will it blend" video series)

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CHECy | Centre des Hautes Etudes du Cyberespace

CHECy | Centre des Hautes Etudes du Cyberespace | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Le Centre des Hautes Etudes du Cyberespace (CHECy) est né du constat d’un déficit de compréhension, par les cadres dirigeants des secteurs publics et privés, des enjeux numériques et des risques associés.
Il est dès lors apparu nécessaire de proposer une formation de haut niveau sur le cyberespace, dans le cadre d’une approche pluridisciplinaire. Elle s’adresse à des cadres et des dirigeants des secteurs public et privé.


POURQUOI LE CHECy ?

Le cyberespace prend une place croissante dans tous les secteurs de l’activité humaine. Etats et administrations, entreprises et organisations, utilisent de manière massive les ressources des infrastructures de télécommunication, des outils informatiques, et des données numériques qui constituent le cyberespace, et sont désormais fortement dépendants de sa résilience. Les particuliers eux-mêmes investissent de plus en plus le cyberespace, dans leurs relations citoyennes, consuméristes, administratives, familiales, voire affectives.
De nombreux observateurs avertis font régulièrement état d’un déficit de compréhension de ces phénomènes par les élites dirigeantes de notre pays. La prise de conscience des enjeux du cyberespace par les pouvoirs publics, au plus haut niveau de l’Etat, est encore récente et reste partielle.
Elle demeure embryonnaire dans le monde de l’entreprise. 


OBJECTIFSLes enjeux du cyberespace sont complexes, à la croisée de plusieurs disciplines qui n’ont pas forcément l’habitude de confronter leurs savoirs. Il est en effet nécessaire de :

- Analyser les enjeux du cyberespace, dans une approche pluridisciplinaire (géostratégique, politique, économique, sociologique, technologique, juridique, criminologique, et culturelle…)

- Connaître les acteurs qui assurent son fonctionnement, l’utilisent et y déploient leurs activités, légales ou non

- Préparer à l’exercice de responsabilités dans lesquelles le numérique est un facteur stratégique à comprendre et à maîtriser

Le cyberespace constitue par ailleurs un nouveau milieu où tous les Etats, toutes les organisations et toutes les entreprises sont potentiellement confrontés à un large spectre d’actions malveillantes engagées par de multiples acteurs aux motivations extrêmement variées. Les connaître et les interpréter devient crucial pour en anticiper les actions et s’en prémunir.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Fier de présider le @CHECyberespace et d'y être aussi bien entouré : @babgi @bdelachapelle @lauredlr ...

 

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Voici les deux commissaires européens chargés du numérique

Voici les deux commissaires européens chargés du numérique | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Un Estonien et un Allemand. Jean-Claude Juncker a choisi deux hommes pour donner chair à la politique numérique de la Commission européenne : Andrus Ansip pour le marché

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via @CHECyyberespace

 

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Say goodbye to accelerators and hello to IdeaMarket, Bill Gross' crowd-powered startup factory

Say goodbye to accelerators and hello to IdeaMarket, Bill Gross' crowd-powered startup factory | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

At this initial stage, IdeaMarket will award 5 percent equity in the nascent venture to the idea originator and 5 percent to members of the crowd who meaningfully improved the idea during the comment period. Initial investors, which may include IdeaMarket and/or IdeaLab, will get as much as 20 percent depending on the amount they invest and IdeaMarket will get “a small piece,” in Gross’ words, that will vary from deal to deal in return for facilitating this matchmaking process. Founding teams will therefore be left 60 to 70 percent of these companies, a fairly standard figure for accelerator-stage companies with some early angel investment.

It’s not unheard of for investors to publish problems or ideas that they’d like to back. Y Combinator’s Paul Graham famously published seven such “frighteningly ambitious startup ideas” in 2012, a list that includes the next great search engine and a replacement for traditional universities. Just last week, prolific angel investor Jason Calacanis wrote his tens of thousands of email subscribers to suggest a “Lord of the Flies, Battle Royale gauntlet” over fixing the market for residential real estate reviews. In perhaps the most spectacular example, last summer, Elon Musk published his initial designs for the Hyperloop, a ultra-high speed modern transportation system, and invited anyone with the ability and the inclination to take a crack at making it a reality.

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"Ideas are a dime a dozen, it’s execution that is everything" couldn't agree more with Bill Gross

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Linux-on-the-desktop pioneer City of Munich now considering a switch back to Windows

The world is still waiting for the year of Linux on the desktop, but in 2003 it looked as if that goal was within reach. Back then, the city of Munich announced plans to switch from Microsoft technology to Linux on 14,000 PCs belonging to the city's municipal government. While the schemesuffered delays, it was completed in December 2013. There's only been one small problem: users aren't happy with the software, and the government isn't happy with the price.

The switch was motivated by a desire to reduce licensing costs and end the city's dependence on a single company. City of Munich PCs were running Windows NT 4, and the end of support for that operating system meant that it was going to incur significant licensing costs to upgrade. In response, the plan was to migrate to OpenOffice and Debian Linux. Later, the plan was updated to use LibreOffice and Ubuntu.

German media is reporting that the city is now considering a switch back to Microsoft in response to these complaints. The city is putting together an independent expert group to look at the problem, and if that group recommends using Microsoft software, Deputy Mayor Josef Schmid of the CSU party says that a switch back isn't impossible.

Schmid describes two major problems. The first is the issue of compatibility; users in the rest of Germany that use other (Microsoft) software have had trouble with the files generated by Munich's open source applications. The second is price, with Schmid saying that the city now has the impression that "Linux is very expensive" due to custom programming. Schmid also appears to be an Outlook fan, bemoaning the loss of a single application to crosslink mail, contacts, and appointments.

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Interesting spark in the neverending debate between acquisition, maintenance and usage costs.

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The Blue Blood Harvest

The Blue Blood Harvest | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Each year, half a million horseshoe crabs are captured and bled alive to create an unparalleled biomedical technology.

The thing about the blood that everyone notices first: It's blue, baby blue.

The marvelous thing about horseshoe crab blood, though, isn't the color. It's a chemical found only in the amoebocytes of its blood cells that can detect mere traces of bacterial presence and trap them in inescapable clots.

To take advantage of this biological idiosyncrasy, pharmaceutical companies burst the cells that contain the chemical, called coagulogen. Then, they can use the coagulogen to detect contamination in any solution that might come into contact with blood. If there are dangerous bacterial endotoxins in the liquid—even at a concentration of one part per trillion—the horseshoe crab blood extract will go to work, turning the solution into what scientist Fred Bang, who co-discovered the substance, called a "gel."

"This gel immobilized the bacteria but did not kill them," Bang wrote in the 1956 paper announcing the substance. "The gel or clot was stable and tough and remained so for several weeks at room temperature."

If there is no bacterial contamination, then the coagulation does not occur, and the solution can be considered free of bacteria. It's a simple, nearly instantaneous test that goes by the name of the LAL, or Limulus amebocyte lysate, test (after the species name of the crab, Limulus polyphemus).

The LAL test replaced the rather horrifying prospect of possibly contaminated substances being tested on "large colonies of rabbits." Pharma companies didn't like the rabbit process, either, because it was slow and expensive.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Amazing article about the recent, industrial history of a 500 million years old animal, that has been exploited massively and for different purposes across the past decades, including in very high end biomedical technology. And if you read it until the end, you'll know why Limulus blood is blue...

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Microsoft Delivers Slight Miss on Q2 earnings, and a strong boom in Cloud Revenues

Microsoft Delivers Slight Miss on Q2 earnings, and a strong boom in Cloud Revenues | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

It was a miss on EPS, which Microsoft says is due to the Nokia acquisition. Microsoft says the Nokia acquisition accounted for a $0.08 per share loss. When Microsoft gave guidance last quarter, it didn't account for the Nokia acquisition.

Bing search ad revenue is up 40%, and Microsoft says it now has 19.2% of the U.S. search market share.

Microsoft added 1 million consumer subscribers to Office 365, its subscription Office service, last quarter. It now has more than 5.6 million subscribers.

Big number: Cloud revenue is booming. It's up 147% and it's on an annualized run rate of more than $4.4 billion. This includes all of Microsoft's cloud businesses like Office 365, Azure, etc.

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As for Apple quarterly results, the stock kept flat. Interestingly, with it's strong commitment to OpenCompute, Microsoft looks well positioned to continue growing in the cloud...

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OCP European Summit - 30-31 October 2014

OCP European Summit - 30-31 October 2014 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

We are pleased to announce the Open Compute Project European Summit. This summit will take place on Thursday 30 October and Friday 31 October 2014 at École Polytechnique in Paris, France.

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Première étape de http://j.mp/opencompute-SDS : l'OCP EU Summit se tiendra à Paris-Saclay. Bravo à @splitteddesktop et @vejmarie !

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PayPal Could Soon Be eBay's Biggest Source Of Revenue

PayPal Could Soon Be eBay's Biggest Source Of Revenue | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Thanks to strong growth of its online payments business, eBay reported better-than-expected second quarter results yesterday. Net income increased to $676 million from $640 million in the same quarter a year ago. Overall revenue climbed 13% to $4.37 billion, as eBay's payments business once again outgrew the company's core business, the marketplace, by a wide margin.

The PayPal unit now accounts for 45% of eBay's net revenue and is on track to become the company's main revenue source in the near future. eBay's marketplace business was hurt by a severe security breach in the past quarter, as a cyberattack left the company no choice but to ask its 145 million users to change their passwords.


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AirBnB re-logoing seems to have triggered some laughter. Shall eBay follow and rebrand into PayPal ?

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How Facebook Moved 20 Billion Instagram Photos Without Anybody Noticing

How Facebook Moved 20 Billion Instagram Photos Without Anybody Noticing | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

This spring, even as some 200 million people were using Instagram on their smartphones, a small team of engineers moved the photo sharing service from Amazon’s cloud computing service—where it was built in 2010—into a data center operated by Facebook, which bought Instagram in 2012. “The users are still in the same car they were in at the beginning of the journey,” says Instagram founder Mike Krieger, “but we’ve swapped out every single part without them noticing.”

Facebook calls it the “Instagration,” and it was an unprecedented undertaking for Mark Zuckerberg and company. Facebook has moved other acquired properties like FriendFeed into its data centers, but typically, they were small projects that involved shutting a service down before moving it into the Facebook universe. The Instagram switch was the live migration of an enormous—and enormously popular—operation. “The service couldn’t take any disruption,” says Facebook engineer George Cabrera. Facebook won’t say how many virtual machines were needed to run Instagram on Amazon, but it was in “the thousands.” And the service now stores over 20 billion digitals photos.

 

For Instagram, the move was a way of more effectively plugging into a wide range of computing tools that have long helped drive Facebook’s vast online empire. And for the engineers overseeing Facebook’s worldwide network of data centers, it’s a template for merging their operation with applications the company may acquire in the years to come. “We were patient zero,” Krieger says. But the “Instagration” also provides a lesson or two for the broader tech community as it builds more and more apps atop cloud computing services like Amazon—apps they might one day migrate to private data centers. The key to the migration was a specialized Amazon service known as the Virtual Private Cloud.

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fascinating article about #Instagration — "The users are still in the same car they were in at the beginning of the journey, but we’ve swapped out every single part without them noticing." 

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Experience the shocking power of Britney Spears without Auto-Tune

Experience the shocking power of Britney Spears without Auto-Tune | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Auto-Tune has been embraced by the music industry for its ability to create polished, listenable recordings when an artist lacks the natural talent to hit every note. That's the nice way of saying it. Engineers also turn to Auto-Tune when dealing with truly wretched "singers." And they're using it everywhere. All the time. Pop star Britney Spears became the latest showcase of all that Auto-Tune makes possible this month after an unaltered studio session voice track leaked online. It's for a song called "Alien" from Spears' 2013 album Britney Jean. The finished song (with copious amounts of pitch correction) can be heard here. This version sounds nothing like that. Spears, who by now should be a recording studio veteran in every sense, is off the mark from start to finish. It's bad enough to be almost unlistenable at first, and doesn't get much better as the song progresses.

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is Auto-Tune Photoshop for voice? Listen to #BritneySpears Interesting answer...

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Must Read: With Big Data Comes Big Responsibility

Must Read: With Big Data Comes Big Responsibility | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

“You should presume that someday, we will be able to make machines that can reason, think and do things better than we can,” Google co-founder Sergey Brin said in a conversation with Khosla Ventures founder Vinod Khosla.  To someone as smart as Brin, that comment is as normal as sipping on his super-green juice, but to someone who is not from this landmass we call Silicon Valley or part of the tech-set, that comment is about the futility of their future.

And more often than not, the reality of Silicon Valley giants, who are really the gatekeepers of the future, is increasingly in conflict with the reality of the real world!  What heightens that conflict — the opaque and often tone-deaf responses from companies big and small!

Silicon Valley (both the idea and the landmass) means that we always try to live in the future. We imagine what the future looks like and then we try and build it. Sometimes that future delights us and we embrace it whole heartedly, like with iPhones and Android-based smartphones. And  sometimes, that future seems so dystopian that society is scared and unnerved by the unknown.

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Very good "Paper" on a key growing need for wisdom: we all trade our life data exhaust for less than the price of an espresso...

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