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This is Zak Greant's weekly report on his activities for the Mozilla Foundation from December 29th, 2008 to January 4th, 2009. Overview Another week of the Christmas and New Year holidays with many of my Mozilla colleagues unavailable. As with the previous week, I focused on 2009 program development and engagement. The program development work was in the form of brainstorming, planning and research for upcoming 2009 Mozilla activities. The engagement work focused on participating in the Mozilla blogorama. I kept up with Planet Mozilla, commented on blog posts I found interesting and continued a series of lightweight blog posts. More details on both activities follow: Program Development I finished drafting a new statement of work and sent this to Mark. The SoW reflects my personal opinions on our direction and is in a structure I'm more comfortable with. I'm hoping t... (more)

Google Pushing for DNS Changes

Google and a group of DNS and content providers, such as Sterling, VA-b ased Neustar/UltraDNS, want to extend the DNS protocol and speed up browsing. DNS, short for domain name server, translates URLs (e.g., mywebsite.com) into numeric IP addresses used by computers to communicate with one another on the web. What Google’s proposing is that more information be sent during these machine/network communications “to optimize browsing speed” by creating connections with topologically linked servers, according to an account of Google’s proposal that I read. But Google also says that the volume of information sent should be limited so that it doesn’t violate users’ privacy. The story I read put it perfectly: by gathering enough data about a user’s location in a network, the system can then make the most of the connection to eliminate as much separation as possible between... (more)

Better Website Interaction Metrics for Economic Development

For the purposes of local or regional economic development, Internet exposure of marketing material is incredibly important. However, understanding whether the Internet exposure is actually supporting goals and objectives, and to what degree it's generating useful interaction, isn't easy, and certainly takes more people, time and expertise to work out than this simple blog post describes. But enabling simple visibility of high-level metrics can be very useful, very quickly. The term "Internet exposure" is used here to encompass all types and methods used by persons to interact with marketing content, from seeing display ads or using a mobile app to browsing a website or providing feedback through a related social media channel. At the very highest level, there are several measures of Internet exposure and subsequent interaction that can be reported with easily-acces... (more)

Of Polaroid and Instagram

One of my first careers after getting out of college was being a professional photographer in upstate New York. It didn’t last long, once I realized how competitive it was and how long I would have to work at menial tasks if I wanted to break into the big time in New York City. But for many years I had a home darkroom and could develop my own pictures. I had some adventures, such as meeting the great documentary photographer W. Eugene Smith and even had an exhibit on a city bus. But despite these excitements, the job seems like being an employee in a buggy whip factory. Now don’t get me wrong: I don’t miss the lengthy process of all that chemical preparation and expensive equipment to make a print. I was reminded of this when I heard the news about Facebook buying Instagram for a billion bucks yesterday. I have yet to use this mobile app, preferring to keep my phot... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Innovative Girls Fashion Activity from Japan Ranks One of the Hottest Holiday Toys in America

CYPRESS, Calif., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Bandai America Incorporated's newest girls fashion design activity, Harumika(TM), is now considered one of the hard-to-find toys for the holidays due to its immense popularity. The innovative dress-form fashion doll, already a huge phenomenon in Japan, lets girls 'style their imagination'(TM) and easily design attire with colorful fabrics and fashion accessories - all with no sewing required. New for this holiday season, Harumika(TM) has been one of the hottest toys of the season. "When we first saw Harumika, we knew it would be a hit among fashionistas everywhere," said Richard Barry, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Toys"R"Us. "The Runway Showstopper Set provides a unique fashion element and online play pattern, making it one of the must-have items on kids' wish lists this holiday season." Always on the cutting edge of ... (more)

PositiveID Corporation’s New Generation Health Link Personal Health Record Designed to be First PHR to Communicate Seamless Real-Time Blood Sugar Readings for Diabetics and Their Caregivers/Physicians

PositiveID Corporation ("PositiveID" or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: PSID) announced today that its new generation Health Link personal health record (PHR) is designed to be the first PHR to provide real-time blood sugar readings for diabetics, and their caregivers/physicians. The Company intends to integrate its Health Link PHR with its iGlucose system, which uses wireless SMS messaging to automatically communicate a diabetic’s glucose levels in real-time. As the Company expands the capabilities and interoperability of Health Link, it intends to integrate the existing iGlucose online database and data center into the Health Link PHR, which will be interoperable with Microsoft HealthVault and Google Health. The iGlucose system, consisting of a compact data logger and wireless transmitter, currently collects, records and transmits a patient’s glucose readings from a data... (more)

SocialVolt Adds Ground-Breaking Brand Monitoring Features to its Enterprise Social Media Management System

OVERLAND PARK, KS -- (Marketwire) -- 02/22/12 -- SocialVolt, an enterprise social media management provider, today announced the addition of Channels, a new innovation in brand monitoring, to its leading social media management system (SMMS). Unlike other brand monitoring tools, Channels combines listening, publishing, moderation, and risk management features in one all-encompassing solution. Channels empowers businesses to thoroughly monitor brand conversations across social networks to gain critical visibility and minimize the risk of social media engagement. "Brand monitoring is a critical component of a comprehensive social media management system," said Ben Smith, principal of Social: IRL, a social media strategy and education company. "With the continued proliferation of social media, it is vital that companies are able to easily listen and monitor conversati... (more)

Connect With Your Finances On-the-Go With New Mobile Banking Solutions From Sharon Credit Union

Managing finances anytime, anywhere is now a reality thanks to Sharon Credit Union’s mobile banking solutions powered by Intuit Financial Services. With more than $400M in assets and five branch locations located southeast of Boston, Sharon Credit Union is extending its services by offering these mobile banking solutions to provide members the ability to: View account balances and account transaction history. Transfer funds between eligible accounts. Pay bills on the spot. Locate nearby ATMs and Branches using the phone’s GPS capabilities. Make check deposits remotely by using a mobile web browser, or iPhone and Android Apps. Sharon Credit Union has identified a segment of its membership that has a desire to conduct more of their daily financial tasks via a mobile device. Within the first year of offering mobile services, 42% of the credit union’s online banking users... (more)

Indiewire wins 2012 Webby Award

Indiewire has won the 2012 Webby Award as Best Website in the Movie and Film category. The award will be presented at the 16th annual Webby award ceremony to be held this evening at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Indiewire won the Webby Award for its new website, which launched in October of 2011 with an all-new design and new features. Indiewire previously won a Webby Award in 2003. As the leading news, information and networking site for independent-minded filmmakers, the film industry and moviegoers alike, Indiewire features comprehensive coverage of indie, documentary and foreign language films, as well as industry news, film festival reports, filmmaker interviews and movie reviews. I... (more)

Social Media Breakfast Calgary #30, 8:30 am - 10:30am, Friday, June 22, 2012, Kingsland Farmers' Market

CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/15/12 -- The Calgary Social Media Breakfast (SMBYYC) is pleased to announce Jaime Stein as this month's guest speaker. The topic for the June SMBYYC is: Building a community of brand advocates without blowing your budget Drawing on his experience as head of social media for a professional sports league and now for a major financial institution, Jaime Stein will lead you through a series of cases that demonstrate why it takes more than just money and technology to build a community of brand ambassadors. From how a simple aggregator of social content - the CFL.ca Online Water Cooler - became a fan favourite feature to learning how ING DIRECT used a select group of Clients to shape its unique THRiVE chequing account, Jaime will show you how simple forms of engagement can lead to the creation of loyal communities. Following the se... (more)

CloudEXPO Stories
Cloud-enabled transformation has evolved from cost saving measure to business innovation strategy -- one that combines the cloud with cognitive capabilities to drive market disruption. Learn how you can achieve the insight and agility you need to gain a competitive advantage. Industry-acclaimed CTO and cloud expert, Shankar Kalyana presents. Only the most exceptional IBMers are appointed with the rare distinction of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor in the company. Shankar has also received the prestigious Outstanding Technical Achievement Award three times - an accomplishment befitting only the most innovative thinkers. Shankar Kalyana is among the most respected strategists in the global technology industry. As CTO, with over 32 years of IT experience, Mr. Kalyana has architected, designed, developed, and implemented custom and packaged software solutions across a vast spectrum o...
When building large, cloud-based applications that operate at a high scale, it’s important to maintain a high availability and resilience to failures. In order to do that, you must be tolerant of failures, even in light of failures in other areas of your application. “Fly two mistakes high” is an old adage in the radio control airplane hobby. It means, fly high enough so that if you make a mistake, you can continue flying with room to still make mistakes. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee Atchison, Principal Cloud Architect and Advocate at New Relic, will discuss how this same philosophy can be applied to highly scaled applications, and can dramatically increase your resilience to failure.
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at Dice, he takes a metrics-driven approach to management. His experience in building and managing high performance teams was built throughout his experience at Oracle, Sun Microsystems and SocialEkwity.
Despite being the market leader, we recognized the need to transform and reinvent our business at Dynatrace, before someone else disrupted the market. Over the course of three years, we changed everything - our technology, our culture and our brand image. In this session we'll discuss how we navigated through our own innovator's dilemma, and share takeaways from our experience that you can apply to your own organization.
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Nutanix has been named "Platinum Sponsor" of CloudEXPO | DevOpsSUMMIT | DXWorldEXPO New York, which will take place November 12-13, 2018 in New York City. Nutanix makes infrastructure invisible, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform blends web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design to natively converge server, storage, virtualization and networking into a resilient, software-defined solution with rich machine intelligence.