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Blood and Beauty on a Texas Exotic-Game Ranch - New York Times

Hosting talk - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 05:01

New York Times

Blood and Beauty on a Texas Exotic-Game Ranch
New York Times
The ranch is named for its owner, Brent C. Oxley, 34, the founder of HostGator.com, a web hosting provider that was sold in 2012 for more than $200 million. Continue reading the main story. Photo. Three kangaroos that live in front of the Ox Ranch ...

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Freshii Inc. Announces Conference Call to Discuss Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results - GlobeNewswire (press release)

Hosting talk - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 17:54

Freshii Inc. Announces Conference Call to Discuss Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results
GlobeNewswire (press release)
TORONTO, Oct. 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Freshii Inc. (TSX:FRII), one of the world's fastest growing health and wellness brands, will host a conference call to discuss its third quarter fiscal 2017 financial results on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 9 ...

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WP Engine Opens Australian Office to Support Regional Growth

Web hosting news - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:51
WP Engine has opened an office in Brisbane, Australia to support its fast-growing customer base in Australia and New Zealand, according to a Tuesday announcement.
The company is expecting its customer base to more than double over the next three years, and will invest "significantly" in employee growth to serve it. To that end, WP Engine opened international offices in London in 2015 and Limerick, Ireland in 2016.
"Today, we are embarking on an exciting new chapter in WP Engine's international expansion," Mary Ellen Dugan, Chief Marketing Officer at WP Engine said in a statement. "Brisbane is the perfect place for us to continue to build out our global footprint and be closer to our customers. We are energized by the opportunity to partner with the community, government and business leaders to build local talent and advance the local tech ecosystem."
The new WP Engine office is located in co-working space and accelerator River City Labs. Services will be offered from the Australian data centers of WP Engine partners Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Compute Platform (GCP).
Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Curtis Pitt personally welcomed the company to Brisbane, and said that the company was attracted to the area's strong ICT talent pool and universities.
WP Engine, which now counts over 70,000 customers, announced that it had reached 10,000 customers in the EMEA region in June, as it launched its Content Performance service. It
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Sparta Commercial Reports Farm Equipment Dealerships Are a Growing Market for Its iMobileApp Product - GlobeNewswire (press release)

Hosting talk - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 09:51

Sparta Commercial Reports Farm Equipment Dealerships Are a Growing Market for Its iMobileApp Product
GlobeNewswire (press release)
... at a fraction of the cost of both traditional and web marketing. iMobileApp, (www.imobileapp.com), is a custom, fully-branded app that is an extension of a business's e-presence. In addition, the company offers complete website design, development ...

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GoDaddy WordPress Push Continues with Pro Managed Solution

Web hosting news - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 09:16
GoDaddy has taken the next step in its bid for WordPress market share, launching the Pro Managed WordPress hosting platform for WordPress web professionals, the company announced Tuesday.
Pro Managed WordPress is a solution that includes new WordPress-centric 24/7 support service Pro Advanced Care. It also provides performance boosted by PHP7, HTTP/2, multiple layers of caching, and CDN image cache by Sucuri, the company GoDaddy acquired in March.
The environment is containerized, with resources dedicated to individual sites, which scale automatically to accommodate traffic spikes and heavy resource demand, GoDaddy said. The solution comes with 99.9 percent uptime and built-in redundancy, as well as free SSL is installed on every domain, and a Website Application Firewall (WAF) from Sucuri is available as a paid option. Pro features include one-click staging, SSH access, dedicated web cache, and backup tools.
"Web pros tell us that the most frustrating and time consuming part of their job is the administrative work, and that they struggle to juggle all of their clients' websites," Gabe Mays, Product Manager of WordPress at GoDaddy said in a statement. "Pro Managed WordPress streamlines client site maintenance and allows these developers and designers to build and manage safe and reliable sites for their clients, all through one central solution."
The new solution also includes access to the rewards and tools of GoDaddy's Pro Program. Pro
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IBM Expects Sales to Grow for the First Time in Five Years

Web hosting news - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 09:05
(Bloomberg) — After more than five years of declining sales, IBM says it will finally show investors it can grow again.
Some of that boost will come from one of the company's legacy hardware businesses, rather than the new services such as cloud and data analytics on which IBM has been pinning its prospects for growth.
Fourth-quarter revenue is projected to be $22 billion to $22.1 billion, which will represent as much as a 1.5 percent bump from the same period in 2016. It also tops analysts' average estimate of $21.8 billion. In the last quarter of the year — historically IBM's strongest — revenue will improve by as much as $2.9 billion sequentially, boosted in part by sales of its new mainframe server, Chief Financial Officer Martin Schroeter said Tuesday on a call to discuss earnings.
"The mainframe is going to drive a lot of the positive growth in the fourth quarter," said Josh Olson, an analyst at Edward Jones & Co. "When you're selling mainframes, you're also selling a lot of software and services with that." He rates the stock a hold.
If IBM achieves its outlook, it will end a 22-quarter streak of shrinking sales. During the third quarter, International Business Machines Corp. came the closest to stemming that decline since the same period in 2016. Getting back to growth on the top line has been a major goal for Chief Executive Officer Ginny Rometty and a milestone investors are looking for as proof that the company can finally
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Dropbox Seeks More Paying Customers Ahead of Expected IPO

Web hosting news - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:20
(Bloomberg) — Dropbox Inc. introduced a new cloud-based file-sharing option for individual business users and a new feature for marketing and creative workers to share projects, seeking to lure more paying customers ahead of an expected public share sale.
Dropbox Professional is a new tier in the company's list of paid subscription plans and is intended for independent workers, while the existing Dropbox Business service is priced for teams or companies, said senior director of product management Robert Baesman.
The new Professional version goes on sale Tuesday for $19.99 a month per user, compared with $12.50 a month for the Business tier, which requires purchasing multiple subscriptions.The new option includes Dropbox Showcase, which lets designers, marketers and other employees organize all their work into a single portfolio with branding, captions and layouts. Showcase then lets them track whether the client receiving the portfolio looked at it, interacted with it or shared it.
Dropbox could file its initial public offering documents as soon as this year, people familiar with the matter said in July. The San Francisco-based company is a major seller of software for file-sharing and synchronizing, but is trying to boost revenue by providing new programs that help workers create, edit, share and track work projects. It's a market that will put Dropbox even further into competition with companies like Google and Microsoft Corp.
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How to Get Started with Big Data

Web hosting news - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:55
Data is really important. How important is it? Working, manipulating, and analyzing data is now pushing forward several technologies, including AI, robotics process automation, neural networks, advanced automation and orchestration, and much more. Big data is allowing business to make better decisions impacting both the user and the overall market.
So, just how much data are we creating? The latest Cisco Cloud Index report indicates the following:

Big data will reach 247 EB by 2020, up almost 10-fold from 25 EB in 2015. Big data alone will represent 27 percent of data stored in data centers by 2020, up from 15 percent in 2015.
The amount of data stored on devices will be 5 times higher than data stored in data centers, at 5.3 ZB by 2020.
Driven by the Internet of Things, the total amount of data created (and not necessarily stored) by any device will reach 600 ZB per year by 2020, up from 145 ZB per year in 2015. Data created is two orders of magnitude higher than data stored.

Furthermore, Gartner recently pointed out that data and analytics will drive modern business operations, and not simply reflect their performance. Furthermore, executives will make data and analytics part of the business strategy, which will allow data and analytics professionals to assume new roles and create business growth. Shifting the way organization uses data and analytics more toward driving business operations requires a new approach to data architectures, which many organizations are already
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Microsoft Email-Access Fight With U.S. Gets Supreme Court Review

Web hosting news - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:11
(Bloomberg) — The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether law enforcement officials conducting a criminal investigation can demand data held overseas by Microsoft Corp. and other technology companies in a high-stakes clash over digital privacy.
The justices will review a federal appeals ruling that the Trump administration says has become a major obstacle in criminal probes. Already, Google Inc. and Yahoo, acquired by Verizon Communications Inc., have stopped complying with search warrants for emails and other user data stored outside the country, the Justice Department said.
The lower court said a 1986 law that protects the privacy of electronic communications — and carves out an exception for law enforcement needs — doesn't extend to data kept in other countries. The ruling came in a case involving emails stored on a Microsoft server in Ireland.
"Under this opinion, hundreds if not thousands of investigations of crimes — ranging from terrorism, to child pornography, to fraud — are being or will be hampered by the government's inability to obtain electronic evidence," Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall argued in court papers.
The case will pit federal and state officials against the technology industry, which has lined up behind Microsoft in the litigation. The court will hear arguments early next year and rule by June.
Microsoft urged the court not to hear the case, saying the justices should leave it to Congress to
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Your Computer Might Be Working for Currency Miners

Web hosting news - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 09:31
(Bloomberg View) — If you thought internet ads were annoying, consider this: The websites you visit could now be harnessing your computer to do cryptocurrency mining.
Digital currencies demand a lot of computing power. To complete each block of transactions, computer owners around the world must race to solve an extremely difficult cryptographic puzzle, with the winner getting paid in the relevant cryptocurrency. To increase their chances, such "miners" invest vast amounts in processing capacity — building server farms in far-flung places where electricity is cheap — and are always on the lookout for inexpensive ways to get more.
Website publishers, for their part, are constantly seeking new ways to generate revenue. Subscriptions can be a hard sell. Ads are less than ideal: They often repel users, they can be hijacked by bots and Russians, and big players such as Google typically take a cut of the revenue. So some are resorting to an untapped resource: selling miners access to the computing power of the people who visit their sites.
Here's how it works. Let's say you go to a site devoted to cat pictures. When your web browser loads the first page, it also initiates a script that instructs your computer's processor to do calculations for a cryptocurrency miner, who could be located in Germany or just about anywhere. You might notice nothing more than a slightly slower computer and a slightly higher electricity bill. The miner
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Facebook Is Watching You, Belgian Privacy Agency Warns in Court

Web hosting news - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 14:36
(Bloomberg) — Facebook Inc. was accused of Big Brother-style snooping on internet users in a fresh attack on the social network by Belgium's data privacy watchdog.
The regulator sought a court order on Thursday forcing Facebook to stop any collection of data for advertising purposes and the provision of "misleading" information to users, under the threat of a 250,000 euro ($296,000) daily penalty. The company said it disagreed with the allegations.
Trending: Court Orders DreamHost to Identify Anti-Trump Site Subscribers
"What Facebook is doing is unprecedented in monitoring the browsing habits" of millions of people in Belgium, regardless of whether they are signed up to the service, Ruben Roex, a lawyer for the regulator who works at law firm Time.Lex, told a Brussels court. "Facebook systematically collects data without any action by the user, which users didn't consent to, or which wasn't clarified to the users."
Facebook has been a target for Belgium's data protection commission since at least 2015, when a court ordered it to stop storing non-users' personal data. While the U.S. tech giant won on appeal last year, Thursday's hearing is the first in a European court to go to the heart of the company's use of technology deemed to be essential to its proper functioning.
‘Like Button'
The operator of the world's largest social network uses technological means, such as cookies, pixels or so-called plug-ins underpinning its iconic
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Equifax Pulls Web Page Offline After Another Possible Attack

Web hosting news - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 14:15
(Bloomberg) — Equifax Inc. pulled one of its customer help pages from its site so the company's security team can investigate reports of another possible cyber attack.
"We are aware of the situation identified on the equifax.com website in thecredit report assistance link," Wyatt Jefferies, a spokesman for Equifax said in an email. "Our IT and security teams are looking into this matter, and out of an abundance of caution have temporarily taken this page offline."
See also: Equifax Says Unpatched Apache Struts Vulnerability Behind Massive Security Breach
Equifax shares dropped 2.4 percent to $107.83 at 1:08 p.m. in New York, the worst performance in the 68-company S&P 500 Industrials Index. The company is already reeling from the massive data breach that compromised the private data of as many as 145 million Americans.
An independent security analyst found that the removed page had been altered to trick visitors into installing malware, according to a report on technology news website Ars Technica.
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Judge limits government warrant for info on anti-Trump protest site - Engadget

Hosting talk - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 13:22

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Judge limits government warrant for info on anti-Trump protest site
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We've been following a case for a few months now between the Department of Justice and web hosting company Dreamhost surrounding anti-Trump protests on Inauguration Day. Originally, the DoJ demanded that Dreamhost hand over all the information ...

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Interoute Said to Hire Advisers to Explore $2 Billion Sale

Web hosting news - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 13:12
(Bloomberg) — Interoute Communications Ltd, a pan-European fiber carrier and cloud-services operator controlled by the Sandoz Family Foundation, has hired financial advisers to evaluate a sale, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Interoute is working with Credit Suisse and Evercore Inc. to explore a deal dubbed "Project Nitro," said the people, asking not to be identified because the talks are private. The London-based company could be valued in a range of seven to 10 times earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization, or as much as 1.65 billion euros ($1.95 billion), the people said.
The company owns and operates one of the largest independent European grids with 72,400 fiber-route kilometers spanning 29 countries, according to a document viewed by Bloomberg News.
Representatives for Interoute, Credit Suisse and Evercore declined to comment.
Interoute, whose clients include BT Group Plc, Vodafone Group Plc and AT&T Inc., reported 2016 revenue of 727 million euros and Ebitda of 147 million euros. The company had Ebitda of 165 million euros for the 12 months ending in the second quarter.
The Sandoz Family Foundation owns 70 percent of Interoute, while Aleph Capital and Crestview Partners together own 30 percent. In 2015 Interoute completed the acquisition of U.K. phone carrier Easynet Ltd, its largest purchase to date, adding revenue of about 240 million euros.
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Shopify CEO Rejects Short Seller Criticism, Calls Citron a Troll

Web hosting news - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:22
(Bloomberg) — Shopify Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tobi Lutke called a short seller that targeted his company a "troll," in his first public response since being targeted by Andrew Left's Citron Research last week.
Left, who said he had taken a short position in the stock, published a report on Oct. 4 questioning the sustainability of the Canadian e-commerce company's growth rate and calling its marketing tactics illegal. Though Wall Street analysts overwhelmingly stood by Shopify and rejected Left's claims, the company's shares fell 12 percent, its biggest one-day decline since listing in May 2015.
See also: Shopify Tumbles as Citron Calls Company ‘Get-Rich-Quick Scheme'
"Lots of people want me to address the short-selling troll that's targeting," Shopify, Lutke tweeted Tuesday. "Looking forward to next earnings calls to do so."
Shopify helps small merchants set up online stores. Citron's report alleges the vast majority of them are recruited by promoters promising the website is an easy way to make money without doing much work, and that eventually the company's growth will crumble when these merchants fail.
Left immediately responded to Lutke calling him a troll when contacted by Bloomberg, saying it "shows his immaturity as a CEO."
"The irony of an outfit like Citron accusing any business of being a get-rich-quick scheme should not be lost on anyone," Lutke added.
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Court Orders DreamHost to Identify Anti-Trump Site Subscribers

Web hosting news - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 17:38
A judge in District of Columbia Superior Court has rolled back the scope of the original warrant that required DreamHost to hand over data belonging to users of anti-Trump website disruptj20.org.
Under a new order, DreamHost will provide a redacted set of data that aims to protect non-subscribers to the website, which is allegedly linked to rioting during the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C.
On Tuesday Chief Judge Morin said that the court will incorporate "procedural safeguards to comply with First Amendment and Fourth Amendment considerations."
Under the order, DreamHost will provide the government with all information for the account disruptj20.org, but can redact the user identifying information of any non-subscribers who visited or communicated through the website. DreamHost will be required to hold onto non-redacted copies of the lists should the court order the hosting company to provide any of the non-redactions to the government in the future.
The order comes more than a month after DreamHost talked to The WHIR as it considered its next move.
The government also has to wait until it gets court approval to begin its review of the redacted materials, explaining how it will conduct its review, the intended search protocols, as well as its plan for permanently deleting all data not within the scope of the warrant. The full order can be read here.
In a statement provided to The WHIR, DreamHost general counsel Chris Ghazarian said:
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Accenture Left AWS S3 Buckets Containing Cloud Credentials Open to Public

Web hosting news - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 14:30
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Accenture left four Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 buckets open and downloadable to the public, containing software for its Accenture Cloud Platform enterprise cloud offering and other sensitive internal data, security researchers said today.
The unsecured AWS S3 buckets were discovered by UpGuard security researcher Chris Vickery on Sept. 17, 2017, and revealed "significant internal Accenture data, including cloud platform credentials and configurations." Credentials for Accenture's Google and Azure accounts also appeared to be stored in one of the buckets, which could have far-reaching consequences in the hands of a malicious actor.
The servers were secured the next day after UpGuard Director of Cyber Risk Research Vickery notified Accenture.
The company, which provides consulting and professional services, is not the first to have had unsecured AWS S3 buckets discovered by UpGuard. Earlier this year, Vickery notified Verizon, and election data firm Deep Root Analytics about AWS S3 buckets open to the public, exposing tens of millions of customer and voter records, respectively.
In a blog post on Tuesday, Vickery said that this exposure could have been prevented with a simple password requirement added to each bucket. His recommendation comes as a new survey by OneLogin finds that IT pros are failing to enforce password policies.
Accenture's AWS S3 buckets contained internal access keys and credentials for use by the Identity API, plaintext
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NBA’s Knicks Set Uniform Patch Sponsorship With Squarespace

Web hosting news - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 14:12
(Bloomberg) — Squarespace Inc., which sells tools to help people create and maintain websites, will have its logo on the uniform of the New York Knicks this season.
Financial terms of the agreement weren't disclosed by either the company or team, which is the latest to take advantage of the National Basketball Association's new three-year pilot program that allows clubs to put sponsor logos on their jerseys.
See also: GoDaddy Teams with Toronto Raptors Big Man to Reach Small Businesses
The patch sponsorships have sold for $5 million and up, depending on the team, the market and the sponsor. The defending champion Golden State Warriors got $20 million a year in their deal with Rakuten Inc., which also has a jersey sponsorship deal with Spanish soccer club FC Barcelona.
The NBA ads measure 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches and are worn on a player's left shoulder.
See also: Squarespace Turns into Registrar with Launch of Squarespace Domains
Squarespace ads are ubiquitous on hip podcasts like "This American Life." It also produced a Super Bowl ad featuring actor John Malkovich earlier this year. Their competitors include Wix Inc., Weebly Inc. and WordPress creator Automattic Inc.
The jersey will debut when the Knicks, who traded All-Star Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City during the offseason, open the regular season Oct. 19 against the Thunder in a nationally televised game.
See also: IBM Cloud Powers Toronto Raptors' War Room Heading into NBA Trade Deadline
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GitLab Raises $20M in Series C Funding to Build Complete DevOps Solution

Web hosting news - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 13:09
GitLab has raised $20 million in Series C funding and added WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg to its board of directors, according to a Monday announcement.
The investment, led by Google Ventures (GV), will be used to build its capabilities into operations, and to provide a unified user experience for production and operations as part of its "Complete DevOps" vision.
Head of Product Mark Pundsack explained what GitLab's plans for its unified solution in a recent blog post. It includes Auto DevOps, released in Beta with version 10.0, and is intended to "close the loop" of development and operations, automate processes, and reduce complexity.
"GitLab's powerful momentum and scaling have a lot of parallels to Automattic and WordPress in their early days," said Mullenweg. "WordPress had to battle a lot of competitors, and ultimately came out on top as a successful company on an open source business model. I hope to help GitLab achieve the same triumph. Fundamentally, I want to help create the kind of internet that I want to live in and I want my children to live in, one that reaches a global audience and one that is able to make a difference."
Complete DevOps can benefit organizations by reducing the time taken switching tools with its single interface, and by encouraging collaboration and reducing the friction between development and operations with deep integration, according to the press release. It builds in the best practices of 100,000
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New Report Warns Careless Cloud Storage Use Has Security Consequences

Web hosting news - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:25
More than half of organizations using cloud storage services like AWS S3 have inadvertently exposed one or more service to the public, according to new research released by cloud security company RedLock.
Worse, the number with exposed public cloud storage increased by 13 percent from 40 percent to 53 percent even as Amazon was specifically warning users to not misconfigure bucket Access Control Lists (ACLs).
The Cloud Security Trends report from RedLock's Cloud Security Intelligence (CSI) team shows that 81 percent of organizations are not managing host vulnerabilities in the public cloud.
Call them careless or reckless, this kind of behavior makes it unsurprising that the RedLock CSI research showed 48 percent of PCI checks in public cloud environments fail.
"In our second Cloud Security Trends report, the RedLock CSI team found that organizations are still falling behind in effectively protecting their public cloud computing environments," Gaurav Kumar, CTO of RedLock and head of the CSI team said. "As we've witnessed by recent incidents at organizations such as Viacom, OneLogin, Deep Root Analytics and Time Warner Cable, the threats are real and cybercriminals are actively targeting information left unsecured in the public cloud. It's imperative for every organization to develop an effective and holistic strategy now to protect their public cloud computing environment."
The researchers found potentially compromised administrative user accounts at 38
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