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Brocade buys data center automation startup StackStorm

Publicly traded enterprise hardware company Brocade is announcing today that it has acquired StackStorm, a startup that built software for automating data center operations. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. StackStorm launched out of stealth mode in May 2014 and announced the release of version 1.0 of its open-source software in September 2015. The team […]

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How tight do we want airport security to be?

IN THE wake of last week’s terrorist attacks in Brussels, airports across the globe have upped their security. Europe has, of course, led the way. France has called up an extra 1,600 police officers to bolster security at its borders and transport facilities, including at Charles de Gaulle airport (pictured). Nigeria has deployed dogs to conduct special checks. In Egypt, top security officials are personally handling security checks in and around airports, although that did not prevent the hijacking of a plane bound for Alexandria from Cairo this morning. (Thankfully, that incident has since ended without catastrophe and the hijacker, who reports suggest was wearing a fake explosive belt, has been arrested.) Even Jacksonville International Airport in Florida, the 55th-largest airport in the United States and hardly a top terrorist target, now has Continue reading

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IN 1998 Peter Mandelson, a leading member of Britain’s then Labour government, said he was “intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich as long as they pay their taxes.” Today Lord Mandelson is more uptight; he worries about the rising inequality and stagnating middle-class incomes brought about by globalisation. His volte-face is typical of the global elite. The head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, says that rising inequality casts a “dark shadow” over the global economy. A recent OECD report warns that rising inequality will be a “major policy challenge” for all countries.

In a new study, “Rich People, Poor Countries: The Rise of Emerging-Market Tycoons and their Mega Firms”, Caroline Freund of the Peterson Institute in Washington, DC, makes an important contribution to understanding this challenge. She draws a distinction between rich-world billionaires and those of the emerging economies, whose numbers have been rising at a faster rate. In 2004 the emerging world accounted for 20% of the 587 billionaires in Forbes magazine’s annual survey. By 2014 it accounted for 43% of the 1,645 billionaires on the list. In the rich…Continue reading

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Mobile user acquisition fraud: How to find it and how to fight it (webinar)

VB WEBINAR: Fraud is sabotaging UA efforts big time, putting an emphasis on defensive, proactive strategies to ensure you actually acquire the users you’re going after. Join our upcoming webinar of pros to arm yourself.  Register here for free. No business wants to find themselves in a nightmare scenario of mobile user acquisition fraud, yet, the likelihood of it […]

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Hopper raises $16 million to grow its airfare prediction smarts

Airfare prediction startup Hopper has nabbed $16 million in a round led by BDC Capital IT Venture Fund, in addition to existing investors Omers Ventures, Accomplice, and Brightspark Ventures. This takes the company’s total funding to $38 million. Hopper’s price-prediction algorithm serves to answer one question: Should I buy my flight now, or should I […]

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FCC Privacy Proposal Troubles Broadband Internet Providers

Broadband Internet service providers are wary of a government plan to impose consumer privacy protection regulations on the sector. The Federal Communications Commission likely will issue the proposed regulations by Friday. It will accept public comment on the proposal before taking final action. The program would require ISPs to meet privacy standards similar to those covering phone companies.

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