Most talked about Network World stories

Google Internet balloon drops in on farmer — Buyers of the earthly explanation for whatever fell from the sky in Roswell, N.M. back in 1947 are likely to appreciate the reaction of a South African farmer who recently came across what he assumed to be a crashed weather balloon. In this case, however, the confusion proved only temporary.

SDN groups respond to Cisco's "game over" — A couple of organizations are taking issues with Cisco CEO John Chambers' claims that it's "game over" for SDN and that Cisco has won the SDN battle with its Application Centric Infrastructure. The Open Networking Foundation, which is encouraging standardization of the classical SDN model of decoupled control and data planes facilitated by the OpenFlow protocol, has butt heads with ONF member Cisco before.

Florida: Land of the mobile technology store — Location technology company Skyhook Wireless this week celebrated the coming of Black Friday this month by releasing one of those fancy multifaceted infographics that most of us have come to ignore. But this one caught my eye, and here's why.
Nov 20, 2014

Any theories on why #Florida has so many mobile technology stores? @Skyhookwireless

Gartner’s cloud showdown: Amazon Web Services vs. Microsoft Azure — Gartner IaaS Research Director Kyle Hilgendorf says one of the most common questions he gets from enterprise customers looking to go to the cloud is: AWS or Azure? Amazon Web Services has been anointed the public IaaS cloud leader by Gartner and many others, but over the past year or so Satya Nadella's Microsoft has made significant advancements to its public cloud platform.

Top tech turkeys of 2014 — This Thanksgiving, just be thankful you aren't associated with any of these people.

15 can't-miss products at DEMO Fall 2014 — Startups flock to DEMO with stand-out products.

Whirling through the world of propeller beanies — While business isn't bad, Stacy Samuels can't help longing for the boom days of the early '90s. If your memory is fuzzy, that was the time of the last big propeller beanie craze, most notably in Baltimore, where the multicolored hats morphed from being geek chic to a must-have item for the city's youths.
Nov 19, 2014

Whirling through the world of propeller beanies (from the archives)

US intelligence unit launches $50k speech recognition competition — The $50,000 challenge comes from researchers at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The completion, known as Automatic Speech recognition in Reverberant Environments (ASpIRE), hopes to get the industry, universities or other researchers to build automatic speech recognition technology that can handle a variety of acoustic environments and recording scenarios on natural conversational speech.
Nov 19, 2014

US intelligence unit launches $50k speech recognition competition

Walmart brings Black Friday early to iPhone, iPad fans — Walmart, which already has leaked its Black Friday deals on Apple, Dell, HP and other tech products, just couldn't stand the lull between now and the day after Thanksgiving. So it has started promoting a Pre-Black Friday event for this Friday, Nov. 21, starting at 8am, that will also feature plenty of bargains on electronics.

Apple iOS App Store swaps out FREE for GET — Move seen as likely effort by Apple to make clear which iPhone and iPad iOS apps are really free, which include in-app purchases By Apple appears to be saying that "GET" is much more straightforward than "FREE" when it comes to figuring out the real price of offerings on its iOS App Store.

FTC gets federal court to shut down $120M tech support scam — The Federal Trade Commission today said a federal court has temporarily shut down two telemarketing operations that it says conned tens of thousands of consumers out of more than $120 million by deceptively marketing computer software and tech support services.
Nov 19, 2014

FTC gets federal court to shut down $120M tech support scam

Fidelity gauges the stock market in virtual reality — Fidelity Investments today announced a cutting edge way for customers to check on the health of their investments - by donning 3D goggles and peering around a personalized city where the size of each building relates the health of their various stock holdings, giving them a quick way to gauge change without poring over numbers.
Nov 19, 2014

Fidelity gauges the stock market in virtual reality

Google software writes photo captions (sigh) — A system created by Google researchers automatically wrote the caption on the picture above this post. Normally, I get paid to perform that function, at least on this blog. Maybe this isn't such great technology (he writes jokingly). From a post on the Google Research Blog: People can summarize a complex scene in a few words without thinking twice.
Nov 18, 2014

Google software writes photo captions (sigh) @Buzzblog

Nov 18, 2014

System developed by Google researchers automatically writes photo captions (just not as well as I do)…

UC Berkeley, MIT and Stanford split $45M in cybersecurity policy research grants — The Hewlett Foundation has granted $15M apiece to the University of California at Berkeley, MIT and Stanford University to conduct cybersecurity policy research, bringing to $65 the total that the foundation has committed to such research over the next 5 years.

US Marshals auctioning $20M worth of Silk Road’s Bitcoins — The auction, which is the second sale of Silk Road's Bitcoin collection, will take place during a 6-hour period on Dec. 4 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. EST. Bids will be accepted by email from pre-registered bidders only, the US Marshall's office stated.
Nov 18, 2014

US Marshals auctioning $20M worth of Silk Road’s Bitcoins

Cisco open sources security — Cisco this week announced the availability of an open source security framework designed to harness big data analytics to combat data loss. Cisco OpenSOC integrates elements of the Hadoop ecosystem, such as Storm, Kafka, and Elasticsearch, to provide a platform incorporating full-packet capture indexing, storage, data enrichment, stream processing, batch processing, real-time search, and telemetry aggregation.

Extreme extends SDN products, partners — Extreme Networks this week announced new products and technology partners for its Software Defined Architecture data center product line. Extreme's Software Defined Architecture is designed to provide unified management, application analytics and data center orchestration for virtualized enterprise, cloud service provider and high performance computing and Big Data deployments.