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Inside Uber's $100000 Payment to a Hacker, and the Fallout - New York Times

Hosting talk - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 20:22

New York Times

Inside Uber's $100000 Payment to a Hacker, and the Fallout
New York Times
Mr. Fletcher said he would need to seek authorization for a $100,000 payment, and would need Preacher's reassurances that he would delete the data he had downloaded. Mr. Fletcher also pushed the hacker to take payment through HackerOne, which requires ...

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Virtual Currency Girls: World gets its first cryptocurrency pop group - RT

Hosting talk - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 10:50


Virtual Currency Girls: World gets its first cryptocurrency pop group
In 2017, Japanese regulators authorized cryptocurrencies as a legal payment method in the country. Under the new law, all virtual currency exchanges are now regulated by the Japanese Financial Services Agency. They must be registered with the financial ...

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Liberal government looks to update fight against online child porn - CBC.ca

Hosting talk - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 06:37


Liberal government looks to update fight against online child porn
With online child sexploitation growing "exponentially," the Liberal government is looking at developing artificial intelligence (AI) programs to help relieve officers traumatized by scanning the web for gruesome images of child-porn. Public Safety ...

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Rush to fix 'serious' computer chip flaws - BBC News

Hosting talk - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 23:23

BBC News

Rush to fix 'serious' computer chip flaws
BBC News
While some computers can be patched quickly, others faced a longer wait, he explained, giving virtual hosting systems as one example. "You may find that patches aren't yet available or are not adopted from the Linux patches yet," he told the BBC ...

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Iranian Authorities Block Access to Social Media Tools - New York Times

Hosting talk - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 20:58

New York Times

Iranian Authorities Block Access to Social Media Tools
New York Times
But economic sanctions imposed on the country have made access to some of those tools more difficult, said Collin Anderson, a cybersecurity researcher who planned to publish a report this week about Iran's capabilities. Take, for example, the Google ...

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Building AI systems that work is still hard - TechCrunch

Hosting talk - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 01:33


Building AI systems that work is still hard
Even with the support of AI frameworks like TensorFlow or OpenAI, artificial intelligence still requires deep knowledge and understanding compared to a mainstream web developer. If you have built a working prototype, you are probably the smartest guy ...

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Toasts to the Deals (and Other Winners) of 2017 - New York Times

Hosting talk - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 21:18

New York Times

Toasts to the Deals (and Other Winners) of 2017
New York Times
There were a surprising number of free openings at Mar-a-Lago given all the cancellations by foundations and charities, but ever since an artist projected “Pay Trump Bribes Here” on the Trump International Hotel in Washington, our conflicts committee ...

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What's Everyone Doing For New Year's Eve Then? - VICE

Hosting talk - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 03:54


What's Everyone Doing For New Year's Eve Then?
This response means you've probably just asked your friend who went to drama school, or maybe your friend who loves "anything vintage, anything a bit quirky". Yes, they are spending New Year's Eve with their inner-circle pretending to be a family of ...

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New Year, New Adventure: What Comes Next

Web hosting news - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 10:00
For 17 years the WHIR has published news, insights and thought leadership around web hosting, cloud computing, security, e-commerce and data centers. In many ways, we grew up with the industry. We followed small startups as they grew into billion-dollar companies and we chronicled web hosting prodigies as they moved from dorm rooms to data centers. Later, we marveled as millions migrated workloads to the cloud in a massive shift from on-premises infrastructure.
For many of us, the WHIR was the ride of a generation. But like all adventures, this one has come to an end. Today is the last day of publishing on the WHIR. What is more, our local WHIR networking events will cease.
For the past five years as editor of the WHIR, I have had the pleasure of engaging readers and supporters of this fantastic website. I enjoyed learning about the successes you have achieved in your businesses, and admired the many challenges you have overcome, including the rapidly changing market that is brimming with competition and churn.
As your businesses evolve, we believe that your information and events needs are better served through other brands in our Informa portfolio. This includes Web Hosting Talk, Channel Futures and Data Center Knowledge. If, for example, you seek detailed analysis of web hosting business and technology, then Web Hosting Talk will provide you the peer engagement and information you need. Likewise, Channel Futures is a place you can trust to give you the latest on technology
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Trump's website is coded with a broken server error message that blames Obama - TechCrunch

Hosting talk - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 18:23


Trump's website is coded with a broken server error message that blames Obama
If you're a fan of Easter eggs hidden in source code, this is a pretty good one. Apparently, as Washington Post data reporter Christopher Ingraham observed on Twitter, some Trump administration and GOP websites have a portion of code with a joke that ...

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U.K. Consumers Lead E-commerce Holiday Shopping Surge: Report

Web hosting news - Thu, 12/28/2017 - 14:28
Holiday shopping is continuing to move rapidly online, with an 18.1 percent increase from 2016 to this year in the U.S., according to MasterCard SpendingPulse. The global shift in shopping habits is led by consumers in the U.K., however, who a Nomura analyst says did 15.7 percent of their retail shopping online in 2017, Business Insider reports.
Data from Barclays shows online shopping in the U.K. is rising by more than 1 percent per year, suggesting that half of all credit and debit card transactions will be done online by 2050, and the Office for National Statistics says Britons now spend an average of £1.2 billion online weekly, up over 10 percent from just a year ago.
In a study of U.S. consumer spending from Nov. 1 through Dec. 24, Mastercard found holiday sales increased by 4.9 percent, the largest increase since 2011, with online shopping surpassing traditional "brick and mortar" gains in numerous categories.
"Evolving consumer preferences continue to play out in the aisles and online sites of retailers across the U.S.," said Sarah Quinlan, senior vice president of Market Insights, Mastercard. "Overall, this year was a big win for retail. The strong U.S. economy was a contributing factor, but we also have to recognize that retailers who tried new strategies to engage holiday shoppers were the beneficiaries of this sales increase."
December 23 was the next biggest day to Black Friday for overall shopping, bringing the holiday total for U.S. online spending
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Dealing with Digital: Why ‘Offline’ Is Now the New Luxury

Web hosting news - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 10:00
I'm sure this is going to hit home for a few of you. We're all technologists, or at the very least, users of technology. Being a millennial, I love leveraging new systems, methods of communication, and advanced technologies designed to make life easier.
However, I also remember that there was a time when we could simply "disconnect." I remember it was easy for one simple reason - there was nothing to connect to.
Our world is increasingly becoming connected and digital. The latest Cisco Visual Networking Index indicates some interesting trends going into 2021:

Annual global IP traffic will reach 3.3 ZB by 2021. In 2016, global IP traffic was 1.2 ZB per year or 96 EB (one billion Gigabytes) per month.
Global IP traffic will increase nearly threefold over the next 5 years, and will have increased 127-fold from 2005 to 2021.
Busy-hour internet traffic is growing more rapidly than average internet traffic. Busy-hour (or the busiest 60-minute period in a day) internet traffic increased 51 percent in 2016, compared with 32-percent growth in average traffic.
Smartphone traffic will exceed PC traffic by 2021. In 2016, PCs accounted for 46 percent of total IP traffic, but by 2021 PCs will account for only 25 percent of traffic. Smartphones will account for 33 percent of total IP traffic in 2021, up from 13 percent in 2016.

By 2021, traffic from wireless and mobile devices will account for more than 63 percent of total IP traffic.
A study done by We Are Social found:

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When it Comes to Online Communication Tools, Context Matters

Web hosting news - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 15:07
I was deep in thought, working on an advanced customer cloud scenario and discussing the topic with one of my architects on our unified communications tool, Jabber. At the same time, a fellow analyst replied to a question of mine on Google Hangouts. A few minutes later, a friend of mine dropped me a note for our weekend plans on Facebook Messenger.
I didn't give this too much thought until I was talking to a friend of mine who has siblings all over the country. What did she use to communicate? A relatively newer tool called Google Allo. At just over a year old, Allo is yet another platform that people use every day to communicate, chat, share content, and connect with others.
Why are there so many different types of communication platforms? Why haven't we invented a ‘Babel Fish' communications platform that can unify our digital world together?
The answer might not be that simple.
If you were a kid or young adult of the 90s you'll remember AIM, which was recently discontinued. AIM was more than just a communication tool. It was a part of our culture, featured in movies, songs, TV shows, and other places. Back when there weren't so many chatting tools AIM was king of the hill. But that changed very quickly.
The World Is More Social
The new Digital in 2017 Global Overview report from We Are Social and Hootsuite reveals that that more than half of the world's population now uses the internet. This year's Global Digital report found that social media use
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Apple Revises App Store Revisions to Allow Legitimate Template Use

Web hosting news - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 17:11
Apple has made changes to revised app store guidelines that threatened to block a wide range of small business apps created with templates, DIY tools, and SMB app platforms.
The guidelines were originally revised earlier this year to ensure a minimum standard of quality and uniqueness for apps accepted to the App Store, and to make sure that they are not simply "wrapped" websites or social media pages. The revisions were also intended to limit spam in the App Store. A number of developers and app-creation companies catering to SMBs and non-profit organizations that had thought they would be unaffected by the changes, however, were recently informed that their apps would be banned as of January 1.
App store review guideline 4.2.6 previously said: "Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected."
The rule has now been amended to read: "Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected unless they are submitted directly by the provider of the app's content. These services should not submit apps on behalf of their clients and should offer tools that let their clients create customized, innovative apps that provide unique customer experiences. Another acceptable option for template providers is to create a single binary to host all client content in an aggregated or "picker" model, for example as a restaurant finder app with separate customized entries or pages for each client restaurant,
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Web Host GMO Internet Offers Employees Part of Salary in Bitcoin

Web hosting news - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 17:05
Japanese web hosting company GMO Internet is offering to pay part of its employees' salaries in bitcoin, in part to improve understanding of the cryptocurrency within company ranks, the Guardian reports.
GMO Internet launched a bitcoin exchange and trading business in May, and plans to begin mining the cryptocurrency in January. It is also planning an initial coin offering (ICO) for its own GMO coin, according to Futurism, redeemable for cryptocurrency, cryptocurrency mining gear, or shares in a cloud mining business.
See also: The Risks and Rewards of Accepting Bitcoin Payments for E-Commerce
Starting in February, GMO Internet employees will have the option of receiving 10,000 to 100,000 yen (roughly $88 to $890) of their salaries in bitcoin. The option will be available to some employees to start, and eventually roll out to the company's workforce of more than 4,000 people.
Bitcoin's volatility makes it risky to accept or offer payment in, as it has fluctuated between less than $1,000 and more than $18,000 during 2017. GMO Internet is offering a 10 percent bonus to employees who accept the offer of pay in Bitcoin, which could help make that volatility less intimidating for workers.
Acceptance of bitcoin by businesses is considered critical to the cryptocurrency's long-term prospects, but unlikely, by some analysts.
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Google: Here are 6 Ways You Can Get Ready for the Mobile-First Index - Search Engine Journal

Hosting talk - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 16:25

Search Engine Journal

Google: Here are 6 Ways You Can Get Ready for the Mobile-First Index
Search Engine Journal
Google has published its official advice on getting ready for the mobile-first search index, a transition which is expected to roll out more broadly in early 2018. The mobile-first index has already begun to roll out slowly to individual sites that are ...
Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Getting your site ready for mobile-first indexingGoogle Webmaster Blog
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Five Trends That Define the Cloud in 2018

Web hosting news - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 14:21
As the new year approaches, it's easy to forget how far we've come when it comes to cloud computing. Moving forward, cloud as we know it isn't only on a path of transformation; it's also a path for transformation. IDC predicts that by 2020, public IT cloud services will account for 58 percent of the $355 billion combined spending on traditional plus public cloud applications, development and deployment tools, infrastructure software, storage, and servers.
However, the future won't be dominated by public cloud services. In fact, the dominant cloud model for the foreseeable future will revolve around hybrid cloud systems. Gartner analysts said that by 2020, cloud, hosting and traditional infrastructure services will come in more or less at par in terms of spending.
"As the demand for agility and flexibility grows, organizations will shift toward more industrialized, less-tailored options," said DD Mishra, research director at Gartner. "Organizations that adopt hybrid infrastructure will optimize costs and increase efficiency. However, it increases the complexity of selecting the right toolset to deliver end-to-end services in a multi-sourced environment."
Gartner predicts that by 2020, 90 percent of organizations will adopt hybrid infrastructure management capabilities. "This means that by 2020 traditional services will coexist with a minority share alongside the industrialized and digitalized services," Mishra said.
Let's look out to
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LeaseWeb Expands into H5 Data Centers Phoenix Location

Web hosting news - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:34
LeaseWeb USA will expand into H5 Data Centers Phoenix location under a wholesale data center agreement announced Tuesday.
The data center, which H5 will continue to own and operate, offers private data center suites for 125-kilowatt and 250-kilowatt installations.
"The expansion and partnership with LeaseWeb is a win-win," Josh Simms CEO of H5 Data Centers said in a statement. "LeaseWeb can offer enterprises a full suite of retail colocation and hybrid IT cloud solutions, while H5 Data Centers can continue to innovate and deliver world-class wholesale data center solutions. We look forward to working with this globally-renown IT services partner."
The deal will facilitate LeaseWeb's U.S. growth and expand the portfolio of products available to H5's Phoenix customers, according to the announcement.
"LeaseWeb USA and H5 Data Centers come together with this Phoenix transaction at a similar scale in the U.S. with a shared focus on delivering excellent service and hybrid cloud technology located as close to our customers as possible," said Lex Boost, CEO of LeaseWeb USA. "We see great joint opportunities in the Phoenix market, with the potential for an expanded partnership to come across our national footprints."
LeaseWeb also recently announced the opening new data center facilities in London and Sydney to offer cloud services to the UK and Australian markets.
H5 expanded its Seattle data center capacity earlier this year.
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Docker CEO Tries to Navigate Business Threat From Google

Web hosting news - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 10:20
(Bloomberg) -Docker Inc. helped establish a type of software tool known as containers. Thanks to the startup, containers have become an essential part of many companies' app development process, and they've made the company rich. Venture capitalists have poured about $240 million into the startup, according to research firm CB Insights.
Then along came Google, with its own free container system called Kubernetes. Google has successfully inserted Kubernetes into the coder toolbox. While Docker and Kubernetes serve slightly different purposes, customers who choose Google's tool can avoid paying Docker. The startup gives away its most popular product while trying to convince developers to pay for extras, notably a program that does the same thing as Google's.
"Kubernetes basically has ruled the industry, and it is the de facto standard," said Gary Chen, an analyst at IDC. "Docker has to figure out how do they differentiate themselves."
It's up to Steve Singh to escape a situation that's trapped many startups battling cash-rich tech giants like Google, dangling free alternatives. Singh was appointed chief executive officer of Docker in May. His focus is on convincing customers to buy a collection of software to set up and manage their containers. And he needs to persuade them that his startup can offer things Alphabet Inc.'s Google can't. "Google's business around Kubernetes is around Google Cloud," Singh said. "There's a
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