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Articles tagged with: information technology

Chinese Social Platform, Sina Weibo Gets A Worm

A popular social media service in China with 140 million active users was hit by a worm earlier this week that is similar to MySpace and Twitter worms that have been unleashed in the past. The worm first appeared on Tuesday night on Beijing time.

The affected posts displayed a malicious link with enticing messages such as “Software to listen to other people’s phones.” The link would then re-post and send out private messages circulating the link once again every time it was clicked.

FlashSoft Raises $3 Million In Funding

Flashsoft, a company founded in November 2009, provides software that allows data center administrators to direct data from a server, to a flash-based solid state drive. The transition to solid state drives allow the data to move closer to the processor, and with the Flashsoft software, applications are able to run faster.

The software is similar to what memcached does for web servers. Flashsoft has recently raised $3 million in funding led by Thomvest Ventures.

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.

Google Health And Google PowerMeter Both Perish

Google will discontinue two of its products, Google Health and Google PowerMeter, since neither platform every really took off. Google Health was launched in May 2008 and was intended to be a service that catered to health and wellness as an information resource.

Users were also able to import their medical records, lab results, prescription information, and immunization histories to google.com/health under an individual account.

Tilera Announces 100-Core Processor, Draws 45 Watts Of Power

Tilera on Tuesday had announced a new CPU with 100 processing cores, which the company aims to break the duopoly in the processing market, dominated by Intel and AMD (Advanced Micro Devices). The new low-power 100-core TileGX 3100 chip was designed to handle large volumes of Internet transactions.

The chips operate at speeds between 1GHz and 1.5 GHz, drawing 48 watts of power. These chips are superior to Intel server chips because they can execute more transactions per cycle while using less power.

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.

LulzSec Hacks The NHS

The hacker LulzSec has targeted the NHS, shortly after hacking into Sony Pictures and Nintendo. LulzSec published an e-mail to the health organization that exposed security holes in its system. LulzSec claimed that it did not mean any harm to the organization but just wanted to them a service.

As proof, LulzSec posted the administrator passwords to the NHS, and but blanked them out when it published the e-mail on Twitter.

Samsung Rolls Out Dual-Platter 1TB HDD

Samsung has recently introduced a new 1TB hard drive in a 2.5″ form-factor. Now, there are already quite a few of these capacity hard drives in a similar form factor, but Samsung is the first to do it a 9mm, as opposed to the usual 12.5mm design.

The extra-thin hard drive platters allow for a more efficient two platter design instead of 3, allowing Samsung to do more with less space. If the computer manufacturer decided to go with a larger hard drive, it could have enabled a much larger capacity on the drive.

Skytap Will Support HP’s Lifecycle Testing Within The Cloud

At Monday’s HP Discover conference, the cloud provider Skytap, partnered up with HP to deliver better automated testing in the cloud. Skytap will improve HP’s Application Lifecycle Management products, allowing developers to use the cloud as complex testing environments.

By testing directly in the cloud, machines do not need to be re-imaged with new instances of Windows and Linux servers, and pre-existing VM collections can be modified to work with the HP test tools.

Buffalo’s Powerful 512GB SATA III SSD

Buffalo has just rolled out a brand new 512GB SATA III solid state drive this week, set to launch in the Japanese market. The SSD-N512S/MC400 is capable of read speeds up to 405MB per second. The company is also set to launch a 256GB version of the SSD called the SSD-N256S/MC400.

The 256GB version will be priced just under $900 USD, with the 512GB version around $1,600. No word yet on whether or not there will be availability, worldwide, but do realize that these are state-of-the-art (pun intended), solid state drives.