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FOSS Patents: Analysis of 222 smartphone patent assertions: more than 90% go nowhere, rest lacks impact

FOSS Patents: Analysis of 222 smartphone patent assertions: more than 90% go nowhere, rest lacks impact | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Based on where things stand now, more than 90% of 222 smartphone patent infringement assertions by major players against other large organizations have gone nowhere, with 109 assertions (49%) having failed (so far) and 93 assertions (42%) having been dropped outside the context of a comprehensive settlement or having suffered a comparably negative fate

 

Out of the 9% of cases (20 of the 222 assertions) in which liability was established (and not reversed so far, or not before a settlement), only 10 -- 4.5% -- resulted in lasting injunctive relief. And that number would most likely be closer to 3% if, for example, the patents underlying Nokia's German injunctions against HTC had come to judgment in the Federal Patent Court. What's more important than alternative scenarios is that none of the injunctions against the Android operating system itself (including its key apps) had enough impact to force someone into a settlement.

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Interesting chart on patent wars (in)efficiency : in most cases only the lawyers win. Even if Microsoft received more than $1bn from Samsung in patent fees in 2013 for using a technology of the company in Samsung phones, as has been recently revealed.

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Vive La Tech !

Vive La Tech ! | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

scoop.it and General Assembly may invite you to LeWeb

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Vive La Tech ! (I mean @LaFrenchTech)

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Apple to Hold iPad + iMac + Yosemite Event on Oct 16

Apple to Hold iPad + iMac + Yosemite Event on Oct 16 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Apple has a few more new products to unveil before the year is out, and it plans to show them off in a couple weeks. Sources tell Code/red the company will hold its next special event on Thursday, Oct. 16 — not the 21st. Headlining the gathering: The latest updates to its iPad line, along with those new iMacs that 9to5Mac told us about earlier this week. Also: OS X Yosemite.

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Touch ID hopefully (and finally) coming to iPad product line while Retina screens expected to debut in iMacs ?

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USB has a huge security problem that could take years to fix

USB has a huge security problem that could take years to fix | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

In July, researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell announced that they'd found a critical security flaw they called BadUSB, allowing attackers to smuggle malware on the devices effectively undetected. Even worse, there didn't seem to be a clear fix for the attack. Anyone who plugged in a USB stick was opening themselves up to the attack, and because the bad code was residing in USB firmware, it was hard to protect against it without completely redesigning the system. The only good news was that Nohl and Lell didn't publish the code, so the industry had some time to prepare for a world without USB.

"YOU HAVE TO PROVE TO THE WORLD THAT IT'S PRACTICAL."

 

As of this week, that's no longer true. In a joint talk at DerbyCon, Adam Caudill and Brandon Wilson announced they had successfully reverse-engineered BadUSB, and they didn't share Nohl and Lell's concerns about publishing the code. The pair has published the code on GitHub, and demonstrated various uses for it, including an attack that takes over a user's keyboard input and turns control over to the attacker. According to Caudill, the motive for the release was to put pressure on manufacturers. "If the only people who can do this are those with significant budgets, the manufacturers will never do anything about it," he told Wired's Andy Greenberg. "You have to prove to the world that it’s practical, that anyone can do it."

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Repeat after me : "I will not accept any USB drive from strangers"

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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.”

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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, 2014 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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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.

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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.

 

BII

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.

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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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Nobody Can Win The Cloud Pricing Wars

Nobody Can Win The Cloud Pricing Wars | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Earlier this week, Google lowered prices 10 percent across the board on their Google Compute Engine cloud platform . The cost is getting so low, it’s almost trivial for anyone to absorb the costs of running infrastructure in the cloud, but you have to wonder as the cloud pricing wars continue, how low can they go and if it’s a war anyone can win.

 

The end game is obviously zero, but these companies have overhead and while the Big Three cloud computing companies –Google, Amazon and Microsoft –run their Infrastructure as a Service as a side business, chances are their stock holders don’t want to see them giving it away for nothing, a point we seem to be approaching quickly.

 

Just this week, Oracle shocked the world (or at least me) when it announced it would lower its Database as a Service pricing to match Amazon’s. This is Oracle we’re talking about, a company known for its high prices joining the pricing wars. It’s one thing for the Big Three to engage in this type of activity, but for a traditional enterprise software (and hardware) company used to high profits, it’s startling.

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Time to (re)assess the real value of sovereignty ?

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Hackers Have Found A Flaw In Macs And Are Using It To Control 17,000 Apple Computers ... Via Reddit

Hackers Have Found A Flaw In Macs And Are Using It To Control 17,000 Apple Computers ... Via Reddit | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Criminals have discovered a flaw in OS X, the Mac operating system, and are using it to control thousands of Apple computers around the world. The Russian security company Dr. Web first discovered the software, known as "Mac.BackDoor.iWorm." We don't yet know how the software spreads, but Dr. Web has released information on the clever way it connects to the criminals who control the program.
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From Russia with love?
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HTML5 Has A New Best Friend — And It's Apple, Not Google

HTML5 Has A New Best Friend — And It's Apple, Not Google | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

A large percentage of apps, as a separate VisionMobile survey shows, are a hybrid blend of native code and, quite often, HTML5:

 

While HTML5 has managed to eke out a quiet coexistence with native code, Apple just gave it a first-class ticket with the introduction of iOS 8.

WKWebView, a replacement for UIWebView, includes the Nitro JS engine, which Gerbasi notes has been "tested and measured to have at least 4x the performance of UIWebView." Not surprisingly, "This has the potential to be a huge win for hybrid apps."

Nor is it really surprising that "native first" Apple would work so hard to improve the HTML5 experience. As noted above, developers want to embed the Web into their apps, and Apple wants developers to have a fantastic iOS experience. As such, anything that makes its devices better, Apple will support. 

 
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Apple makes HTML5 "sing" : reconsidering upgrading iPad 2 to iOS 8 as soon as iOS8.1 is out...

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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.

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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.

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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

Via CHECy
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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.

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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.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

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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