VMware spinoff PIVOTAL gets real -- iPad Mini RETINA sees light of day -- GOOGLE patents lie-detecting throat tattoo -- VC's torch $100M on KNO


November 12, 2013 06:00 PST | 09:00 EST | 14:00 UTC

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>>TURNING POINT: VMware spinoff Pivotal launches next-gen cloud dev platform, by Serdar Yegulalp: "Pivotal, the ambitious big data venture led by former VMware CEO Paul Maritz, has finally pulled back the curtain on Pivotal One, a platform for building data-intensive cloud applications. Key elements include Pivotal CF, Pivotal's distribution of the Cloud Foundry PaaS, and Pivotal HD, the company's distribution of Apache Hadoop. Among its selling points: It makes deployment and management of Hadoop -- normally a pain -- a snap. And that's one of the ways Pivotal could stack up against the rest of the PaaS competition as interest in Hadoop as a platform continues to quicken." InfoWorld
>>>> Pivotal rolls out enterprise distro of Cloud Foundry ZDNet

>> SMALL AND SHARP: iPad mini with Retina display on sale now starting at $399, by Sam Byford: "Three weeks after its announcement, the iPad mini with Retina display is now available for purchase in the online Apple Store." [As of 2:30 am PST, 16GB and 32GB WiFi models listed as shipping in 1-3 business days; 64GB and 128GB are 5-10 business days; all cellular models at 5-10 business days.] The Verge
>>>> Google sells out of black 16GB Nexus 5 smartphones CNet

>> DUEL: SugarCRM goes after Salesforce.com with new interface, emphasis on lower cost, by Chris Kanaracus: "SugarCRM is hoping to gain inroads against its much larger rival Salesforce.com with a revamped user interface it says places emphasis on the needs of individual users, not business managers seeking a wide view of sales activity in their company. This 'user-first' design approach includes a few pages from Salesforce.com's playbook, however, such as collaborative activity streams that seem close in purpose to Salesforce.com's Chatter, which was announced in November 2009." InfoWorld

>> BACK IN THE U.S.A.: GlobalFoundries to make Apple chips in New York fab, by Larry Rulison: "Samsung Electronics, which currently makes the logic microprocessors used in Apple's popular iPhone and iPad devices at its Austin, Texas fab, will help with the start-up of the Apple program [at the Fab 8 facility in Malta, north of Albany, N.Y.], ensuring that Apple will have a second U.S. source for chips for the popular smart phones and tablets... Apple will be the ultimate customer. And there is no indication that Samsung's Apple production will cease in Austin." [GlobalFoundries is the manufacturing spinoff of AMD.] Albany Times Union
>>>> Don't get too excited about GlobalFoundries and Apple -- at least, not just yet AllThingsD

>> UP-ARMOR: Arbor Networks introduces cloud-based anti-DDoS service, by Ellen Messmer: "The Arbor DDoS mitigation service could be applied to filter out unwanted attack traffic at up to about 280Gbps or even higher... works in conjunction with the Arbor on-premises anti-DDoS gear... Arbor is also seeking to get a different type of customer, the large ISPs, to make use of this cloud-based anti-DDoS service on a re-seller basis." Network World

>> DINOSAUR INSIDE: IBM, Microsoft, SAP and Oracle are mining the install base, by Derek du Preez: "In a bid to offset the damage being done to revenues by new disruptive technologies… this is being done through complex terms and conditions (T&Cs) and a renewed focus on increasing maintenance charges. For example, [analyst Alexa Bona] said ERP vendors that pushed the enterprise application in the '90s are now increasing costs for their traditional customer base due to the rise of cloud computing... 'Software vendors selling the ERP solutions become a bit more interested in how they can derive revenue not necessarily from new licence sales, but from mining the installed base. That's when the terms and conditions really start to play [a role] because T&Cs in the contract that seem to have no meaning, now have a very precise meaning that often ends up in an invoice.'" Computerworld UK

>> THE WASHINGTON COLLAR: Google patent: Throat tattoo with lie-detecting mobile microphone built-in, by Rik Myslewski: "Google's Motorola Mobility division has filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office for a 'system and method' to tattoo a mobile-device microphone with lie-detector circuitry onto your throat.... Your immediate response, dear reader, was ours as well: What the...? With such a device tattooed on one's throat, it would make it rather painful to, say, switch carriers, eh? And with a lie detector permanently attached, NSA snoops could have a field day." The Register

>> TO SERVE MAN: Look inside Apple's spaceship headquarters with 24 all-new renderings, by Kyle Vanhemert: "Apple Campus 2, which was approved by city officials last month, will sit on a 176-acre plot in the South Bay city (Cupertino) of 60,000 -- a site that was once home to HP and Compaq." Wired

>> THEY'RE NOT ALL TWITTER: How much Kno sold for & why it failed, by Om Malik: Kno "sold for literally pennies on a dollar. Well-placed sources who were in the know told us that the company sold for $15 million with some retention bonuses for the employees. Intel bought the company mostly for its hardware-related intellectual property and the employees. Intel also was one of the largest investors in the company -- having pumped in $20 million via its Intel Capital arm.... Kno started life as Kakai Inc. and was co-founded by former Chegg CEO Osman Rashid and semiconductor industry veteran Babur Habib. In its four year lifespan, raised $73.4 million from venture capital firms of Andreessen Horowitz, First Round Capital, FloodGate Capital, Advanced Publications, Ron Conway's SV Angel, GSV Capital and Intel Capital." GigaOM

>> WUNDERBAR: Google launches App Translation Service, lets Android developers buy translations from pre-qualified vendors, by Emil Protalinski: "The new offering lets developers browse a list of third-party vendors pre-qualified by Google to offer high-quality translation at 'competitive prices.'... the service is integrated straight into the Google Play Developer Console... Developers simply need to get their APK ready for translation, upload the strings they want translated, select their target languages, and choose a vendor based on time and price. When the translations are ready, developers can easily import them back into their app using the ADT Translation Manager Plugin." TNW

>> BAZOOKA MONEY SHOT: Alibaba breaks sales record on China Singles Day amid discounts, by Liza Lin, Lulu Yilun Chen: "Transactions on its websites yesterday topped 35 billion yuan ($5.75 billion)... Taobao and Tmall, Alibaba's two main platforms, broke last year's sales in the first 13 hours of the 24-hour period... Yesterday was China's Singles' Day, a local twist on Valentine's Day, and e-commerce firms marked the occasion by flooding the Internet with promotions... U.S. consumers last year spent $1.46 billion on Cyber Monday, or the Monday after Thanksgiving, when e-retailers offer big promotions." Bloomberg

>> SHALOM: Start-up Adallom takes on SaaS security monitoring/auditing, by Ellen Messmer: "Adallom -- which means 'the last line of defense' in Hebrew -- is taking the approach of analyzing user activity in every cloud-based service the enterprise makes available to users, gaining knowledge about normal patterns of activity there. When the Adallom technology detects anomalies in SaaS usage or clearly unauthorized behavior, it can flag the security manager. It will also watch for distinct signs of trouble that there's a compromise, such as simultaneous activities that appear to put the user in two geographic locations at once... Adallom has received $4.5 million in venture-capital funding from Sequoia Capital." Network World

>> GENIE LEAVES BOTTLE: IOC spokesman: Journalists free to Instagram at Sochi Olympics, by Nina Mandell: "The clarification comes after multiple reports that journalists would not allowed to use mobile devices during their time at the Sochi Olympics, which seemed to stem from remarks reportedly made by the head of the state-run R-Sport news agency about using mobile devices to shoot video, which is banned." USAToday

>> STICKY: Cross platform messaging app Line reaches $100 million in quarterly revenue, by Andre Yoskowitz: "Line opened for business in 2011 in Japan, and now has 280 million registered users. The app has 49 million registered users in Japan, over one-third of the whole population there. Line has also expanded to the gaming world, with 39 published titles or deals in the works. Games now make up 60 percent of revenue for the company, followed by stickers at 20 percent and then sponsored accounts and merchandising... When asked about an IPO, Line responded: 'It's a strategy we're thinking about, especially looking at services like Twitter.'" News by Afterdawn

>> ROAD WARRIORS: Apple maps: How Google lost when everyone thought it had won, by Charles Arthur: "Apple's maps have turned out to be a hit with iPhone and iPad users in the U.S. -- despite the roasting that they were given when they first appeared in September 2012. But Google -- which was kicked off the iPhone after it refused to give Apple access to its voice-driven turn-by-turn map navigation -- has lost nearly 23m mobile users in the US as a result. That is a huge fall against the 81m Google Maps mobile users it had there at its peak in September last year." The Guardian
>>>> The stickiness of the Apple ecosystem CITEworld
>>>> Apple's long-rumored TV ambitions on hold again? Analyst Blog
>>>> Apple finds surprising growth market in Japan Wall Street Journal (paywalled)

>> GEEK ALERT: F5 execs: We're blasting virtualization beyond Layer 3, by John Gallant: "Cisco wasn't the only networking company making big virtualization news last week with the debut of its Insieme product line and Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) strategy aimed at virtualizing the data center. F5 Networks, in addition to announcing that it will work hand-in-hand with Cisco on ACI integration, launched its own Synthesis Architecture for Software-Defined Application Services, which aims to virtualize networking functions above Layers 2/3." Network World

>> STAT DU JOUR: Netflix and YouTube grab 50 percent of peak Internet traffic, while P2P fades into the sunset Digital Trends

>> Smartphone-only systems can be really dumb InfoWorld

>> Banking malware infections rise to highest level since 2002 PCWorld

>> How security is using IAM to manage BYOD CSO

>> Jessica Alba's subscription ecommerce startup, The Honest Company, closes $25M round, led by IVP TechCrunch

>> Bill.com raises $38M as banks look to leverage digital payment adoption in the business world TechCrunch

>> Amazon Web Services has no reason to worry about IBM InfoWorld

>> OS X Mavericks corralled by JAMF's new Apple management suite Network World

>> Kaspersky: International Space Station infected with USB stick malware carried on board by Russian astronauts International Business Times

>> F5, VMware & Cisco: One happy family? Network World

>> What's wrong with OOP and FP Yin Wangh

>> HAD TO RUN IT: Virgin 404 (t/h HN)

>> TWEET O' THE DAY: "Of all the participants in the ebook value chain, Amazon adds least value (indeed, near-zero). A fat middleman, ripe for disruption by, um," @BenedictEvans

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