Learning IoT in Emerging Markets
What are the successful IoT innovations from emerging markets? What are the
unique challenges and opportunities from these markets? How did the
constraints in connectivity among others lead to groundbreaking insights?
In her session at @ThingsExpo, Carmen Feliciano, a Principal at AMDG, will
answer all these questions and share how you can apply IoT best practices and
frameworks from the emerging markets to your own business.
Carmen Feliciano is a Principal at AMDG. She is a venture advisor and
investor focused on connecting US and emerging markets and start-up
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Web Security Journal: There's been a flurry of discussion this week among
Internet and Web standards heavy-hitters around WebSocket, the new
communications protocol supported in Chrome 4 and Safari 5. What was the main
issue? Is there some kind of fundamental security vulnerability with the
WebSocket (WS) protocol?
John Fallows: When surfing the Web, our browsers may communicate with Web
servers via HTTP proxies that deliver many benefits, such as providing
previously cached Web content more efficiently than repeatedly contacting the
target server. These proxies may be either explicitly configured at the
browser or they may form part of the general network topology to intercept
the communication path implicitly. Securely encrypted Web communication
cannot be intercepted by such proxies.
Members of the Hypertext Bidirectional (HyBi) IETF Working Group recently
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A study by research firm Yankee Group says global mobile ad revenue will soar
by three and a half times, to roughly $10 billion to $11 billion, by 2016.
High-growth countries such as Brazil, China and India will lead the surge.
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The latest round of research by mobile ad network InMobi finds that mobile
advertising influences 48 percent of consumers on their purchasing decisions,
with more late-technology adopters... (more)
Blue Box, a Seattle-based provider of on-demand private cloud as a service
(PCaaS) solutions, has completed its Series B financing, first announced on
October 15, 2014, bringing the total financing of this round to $14 million.
The round was completed with the addition of one of the nation's premier
integrated telecommunications providers who entered the round as the
company's second strategic investor. In addition to the strategic investment,
the companies plan to enter into a partnership to deliver Blue Box Cloud, and
other cloud services powered by Blue Box technology, to the telco's
Additional investors in the B round include Voyager Capital and Founders
Collective, an earlier announced strategic investor, and the Blue Box
The Series B follows the company's announcement in May 2014 of general
availability of Blue Box Cloud, a private... (more)
Ed Sim's "Beyond VC" Blog
One thing is pretty clear to me from an investment perspective. I am not
going to invest in the next hot cloud computing infrastructure service that
will compete against Amazon, Rackspace, Microsoft, and every other large tech
vendor in the world. This is suicide and far from capital efficient.
Cloud this, Cloud that - the word cloud is clearly an overhyped word and
reminds me of the beginning of the hype around hosted models and ASPs
(application service providers) in the late 90s and the term SAAS today.
Anyway, as I look at announcement after announcement released about cloud
computing platforms, one thing is pretty clear to me from an investment
perspective. First, I am not going to invest in the next hot cloud
computing infrastructure service that will compete against Amazon, Rackspace,
Microsoft, and every other large tech vendor in the ... (more)
Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings
A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing.
Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active
players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we
identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony,
if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the
"Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing.
Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various
services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web
sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT
operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and
see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for
(Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)
It’s only a few short weeks since I last spoke with Rich Wolski, Director
of the open source EUCALYPTUS Project at the University of California, Santa
“EUCALYPTUS — Elastic Utility Computing Architecture for Linking Your
Programs To Useful Systems — is an open-source software infrastructure for
implementing Elastic/Utility/Cloud computing using computing clusters and/or
workstation farms. The current interface to EUCALYPTUS is
interface-compatible with Amazon.com’s EC2 (arguably the most commercially
successful Cloud computing service), but the infrastructure is designed to be
modified and extended so that multiple client-side interfaces can be
supported. In addition, EUCALYPTUS is implemented using commonly-available
Linux tools and basic web service technology making it easy to install and
Since then, we’ve seen EUCALYPTUS embraced by Sun Mic... (more)
The Internet’s terrible twosome, Skype and Kazaa inventors Niklas Zennstrom
and Janus Friis, have thrown a monkey wrench into eBay’s plans to sell off
65% of Skype to an investor group led by Silver Lake and involving Netscape
co-founder Marc Andreessen for around $2 billion.
Zenstrom and Friis were clever enough to keep the P2P Global Index IP
underneath Skype so they could reuse it for other ventures.
As Joltid, which holds the IP, they sued eBay and the members of the
investment group in federal court in California Wednesday charging copyright
infringement and asking for damages and an injunction. The suit claims
damages are mounting at the rate of more than 75 million a day.
Joltid, which has a case against Skype pending in the UK, has already pulled
its license to the software.
The Silver Lake consortium includes Michelangelo Volpi, the ex-CEO of Joost,
In the most high-profile case on net neutrality, last year the FCC ruled
Comcast illegally placed limits on broadband customers using peer-to-peer
services. Comcast is appealing the ruling, but this is exactly what open
Internet advocates and the FCC want to prevent. Why ? Because it would
adversely impact innovation and impede the potential an open and neutral
internet can create.
To illustrate the importance of net neutrality consider this: if you had a
choice between a large, established Internet company with deep pockets to pay
for faster access; you'd be more likely to use their service over a small
start-up that might have a more innovative services but lacked the money to
pay for similar speeds. What the major players want is to eliminate
competition and use their present advantages to snuff out future competitive
threats. Remember when you had to buy your t... (more)
Opening Keynote at Cloud Expo
So you have been hearing a lot about Cloud Computing - and you have moved a
few applications out to Google Apps or even migrated all your sales
management to SalesForce.com.
In so doing, you have adopted a software deployment model (SaaS) first
introduced in the early part of this decade... Granted, the model has only
recently become popular because of big players getting into the fray, but
SaaS (while a big chunk of the Cloud model) is still just scratching the
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With hyper-fast Internet access becoming cheaper and the Web becoming more
ubiquitous than ever, there is a whole new realization in the industry that
everything that was traditionally managed in-house can in fact, be moved out
to being a shared resource as long as there is data security, validation and... (more)
Cloud and virtualization are the Power Couple of enterprise computing: the
cloud offers potentially unlimited scalability (both up and down) while the
virtualization of resources ensures that system management issues are hidden
from the end-user. It is a marriage made in heaven.
As enterprises in ever-increasing numbers start to to evaluate cloud
computing, many are assessing which applications can run in public clouds,
which should run in a private cloud, and how to ensure that applications will
be portable from one to another. Since there will be many different kinds of
clouds, another issue is what kind of cloud resources should you use?
How easy will it be to migrate to a public or private cloud, and how easy
will it be to move between them? If you entrust your data to a Cloud
Computing vendor, how will the vendor secure your data and segregate it from
that of o... (more)