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Security Firm CloudFlare Raises $20 Million In Funding

A web security startup, dubbed CloudFlare has just raised $20 million in series B funding led by New Enterprise Associates. The San Francisco startup plans on using the money to hire more manpower and fuel its infrastructure.

If you’ve never heard of CloudFlare before, it’s basically a cloud-based software program that helps protect websites from vicious attacks such as DoS (Denial of Service) and other types of cyber attacks.

GeoHotz Found A Job At Facebook

It looks like Zuckerberg saw something in well known hacker, George Hotz (GeoHotz) after Hotz hacked the Sony Playstation 3 and got considerable attention from Sony. It wasn’t long though, until Sony dropped the case when they realized Hotz had a secret network of alliances, then known as the anonymous hacking group (and later redubbed Lulz Security).

George Hotz started working for Facebook in May when he was offered a job, but had not publicly announced it until June 17th. His Facebook profile is further confirmation that he is not joking.

HP Bringing NFC To Phones And Tablets This Year

Hewlett-Packard said that it is considering implementing NFC technology (Near Field Communications) in its mobile handsets, and aims to bring the NFC phones to the U.S. market by the end of this year.

Bloomberg reports that two people familiar with the company’s direction have stated that HP will not only introduce NFC technology to its phones, but tablet PCs as well. Although this isn’t ground-breaking news that a large manufacturer like HP is adopting a soon-to-be trendy technology, it does offer us a time table of when we can expect major companies to jump on board with NFC.

U.S. Invests In Smart Grid Tech + Security

According to eWeek, The United States government has recently came forth with a series of initiatives to implement information technology to the national power grid to make it “smarter”, more efficient, and secure. The council of National Science Technology outlined plans to create a smart grid innovation hub, in a report released yesterday called “Building the 21st Century Grid.”

The innovation hub will be composed of federal researchers, companies, and utility executives and will support research, development, and deployments of smart grid technology.

IPv6 Testing Goes Well, Full 2012 Launch To Come

According to experts in Technology, the Internet successfully passed the IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) test without any serious problems this week due to hundreds of companies jumping on board during the 24-hour stress test.

The Internet Society had organized the test to raise awareness for the need of a transition to IPv6 as the number of Internet addresses are slowly winding down. It is essential that we take the time now to understand the glitches in the system before a mass transition to the IPv6 platform, which is expect in 2012.

Google Spying On Employees-Comes To An End

Plenty of employees are work at a job where they have internet access. Although your employer has this set up so you can search the web for business related use, most poeple use the internet at work to look up non job related topics. People either use the web to check their Facebook, Twitter, personal e-mail or even where they are going to eat that evening. There is a grey area of what is used for personal and business use when it comes to the internet. A lot of companies restrict their employee’s web access and check to see what they have been pulling up on the web while they are at work.

Amazon’s EC2 Cloud Crash Loses Data, Permanently

Amazon’s recent EC2 cloud service crash has permanently destroyed some data. Fortunately, the amount of damage is minimal compared to what could have happened, but in any case, this should have never happened. Amazon has not yet given a complete explanation on what has happened from the crash. I am sure that many people are perplexed as to how Amazon could have lost data, after all, it is hard to imagine such a large company making such a mistake, even though we are all only human on the surface. According to BusinessInsider, Amazon had sent a letter to a big customer explaining the permanent loss of the customer’s data. The letter reads:

Recycle Electronics With EcoATM At Your Local Store

Maybe now is finally the time to dig out those old cell phone and get rid of them. But not in the trash, and not at your local big box retailer or office supply store. I mean in your ATM; let me explain.

A company called EcoATM that makes recycling kiosks wants to turn your old electronics into cash — or a coupon, gift card, or charitable contribution, if you prefer. EcoATM has received $14.4 million in Series A funding from the likes of coin-processing giant Coinstar and Claremont Creek Ventures. They will charge you nothing to use their service, rather they will pay you to recycle old and unwanted phones.

RealNetworks Completes Restructuring Cuts 130 Jobs

“Today is a hard day. Today is definitely not a very good day, to be making these kind of cuts.” These were the words of Bob Kimball, CEO of RealNetworks, in reference to eliminating a further 130 jobs from its global workforce. These cuts were part of a year-long restructuring effort by RealNetworks to turn its business around.

While less than 40 jobs will be cut in its headquarters in Seattle, RealNetworks will be closing its Finland offices in Helsinki as part of this round of cuts. This leave the company with around 1,300 employees, down from its peak of 1,700 a couple of years back.