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Due to a record increase in the number, quality and breadth of submissions to the Conference Advisory Board, the organizers of 8th Cloud Expo (June 6-9, 2011) - Cloud Expo New York 2011 - have extended the technical program through the addition of an all-new "Telcos in the Cloud" track - to complement the already extensive selection of tracks, including "Enterprise-Level Cloud Computing," "Federal/Government Cloud Computing," "Real-World Virtualization,"Cloud Security & Performance," "The Cloud in Practice: Case Studies," and the always-popular "Hot Topics" track. Because the sheer quantity and quality of submitted sessions has outstripped the ability to assess each one fully and fairly - there have been a staggering 1,300 submissions thus far, for just 150 or so slots - the deadline for submitting speaking proposals to the conference is also being extended too, unt... (more)

Okta Seeks to Accelerate Secure Adoption of Cloud Apps

"Enterprises everywhere are realizing the inherent benefits of running their core IT services in the cloud,” said Todd McKinnon, most recently VP of Engineering at Salesforce.com from 2003 to 2009, and now CEO of the on-demand identity and access management service, Okta. "This shift fundamentally requires them to rethink their IT infrastructure and how their employees access it," McKinnon added. "Okta," he continued, "is the only enterprise class, on-demand service purpose built to help customer secure and manage their entire cloud services network and the people who need access to it, with no professional services required." McKinnon was commenting on the day that he and his team launched a new on-demand service to accelerate the secure adoption of Cloud Apps. Pandora, LiveOps, Enterasys, FusionStorm, and AMAG Pharmaceuticals are the first to roll out Okta identity... (more)

Introducing CloudBerry Explorer for Google Storage

Google Storage for Developers is a RESTful service for storing and accessing your data on Google's infrastructure. The service combines the performance and scalability of Google's cloud with advanced security and sharing capabilities. Following the Google’s announcement CloudBerry Lab decided to support Google Storage in their CloudBerry Explorer product line. CloudBerry Explorer for Google Storage will have all of the functionality of CloudBerry S3 Explorer taking into account Google Storage specifics. Google Storage is currently in private beta but if you are one of those lucky individuals who got an invitation you can now work with your storage using CloudBerry Explorer. Note: CloudBerry Explorer for Google Storage is currently in beta. You get your Access and Secret key on the Key Management section of Google Storage website:     You register your Google ... (more)

Google’s Knowledge Graph Bringing Semantics to the Masses

With Facebook’s IPO upon us, the timing of Google’s latest press blitz should probably be regarded with a healthy dose of suspicion, but the unveiling of the Knowledge Graph is an important step in Google’s journey — and a reaffirmation of values diluted by recent dalliances in social networking. Writing for The Atlantic, Alexis Madrigal perhaps describes it best; “To me, this update is the epitome of what Google does best. The graph makes the process of Googling something faster, easier, and better. The corporate imperative to keep people searching on Google in the face of renewed competition matches up very nicely with consumers’ desires for the best, fastest search experience. That hasn’t always been the case with the company’s social search integration, so this update feels so refreshing. It’s like a friend in the midst of a midlife crisis returning the Porsche... (more)

Google Buzz May Violate Wiretap Laws: EPIC

Google Buzz on Ulitzer Introduced last week Google's Facebook / Twitter-like Buzz social networking widgetry, untested outside the company and put in Gmail as a default, immediately raised a privacy hullabaloo over the idea that a list of the people Gmail users communicated with the most would be automatically shared with a Google-created network of their friends and who knows who else. Silly Google. It must have no secret lovers, abusive ex-husbands or politically incorrect friends best not known to each other or Big Brother. So far the company's apologized at least once, changed the thing twice, set up a "war room" to monitor reactions and contemplate further changes like creating a standalone Buzz, not integrated with Gmail, besides the one tied to Gmail. Meanwhile, CEO Eric Schmidt was denying from the mobile show in Spain that anybody's personal information wa... (more)

On2 Stockholders Approve Merger with Google

iPad on Ulitzer On2 Technologies on Wednesday announced that its stockholders approved the merger of On2 with a wholly owned subsidiary of Google Inc. at its Reconvened Special Meeting held earlier today. On2 stockholders holding in excess of a majority of the outstanding shares of On2 Common Stock voted in favor of the merger proposal. Under the terms of the merger agreement, as amended, each outstanding share of On2 Common Stock (other than shares owned by (a) Google, Oxide Inc., Oxide LLC or On2 and (b) any On2 stockholders who are entitled to and who properly exercise appraisal rights under Delaware law) will be cancelled and extinguished and will be automatically converted into the right to receive (1) $0.15 in cash; (2) 0.0010 of a share of Google Class A Common Stock; and (3) cash in lieu of any fractional share of Google Class A Common Stock (after aggregati... (more)

Is Google the Next Evil Empire?

Google Session at Cloud Expo The news last week that Italian authorities have convicted three Google executives with criminal privacy violations got my attention for two reasons. One, the charges are based on a video that shows an autistic boy being bullied, a video that Google did not create or post. It was filmed by cell cameras and posted more than three years ago, and indeed one of the executives has since retired from Google. Two, none of the three live or work in Italy, and a fourth executive – a product manager – was acquitted. We truly live in a global village, and one in which the legal operations move slower and slower. As someone who was bullied as a child, I get this, although not sure that justice really was served here. This case comes on top of the company’s missteps with Buzz, where it had to alter the default privacy settings after a rather embarrass... (more)

Digital Footprint and Virtual Social Influence

I’ve been thinking about my presence on the internet from the early days, from my time at Argonne National Labs near Chicago in 1988-1989 and from my graduate school days at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 1989-1992. That was even before the web browser days, which didn’t come out till 1993-94. Mosaic browser was first released in 1993. And I remember the excitement we had at work when we installed an early version of Netscape browser in 1994.Partial map of internet 2005,via Wikipedia There was internet of course even before the browser. In addition to the worldwide email which primarily linked major universities and research labs, there were numerous user groups — virtual discussion groups — that I used to take part in and contribute to. I suppose that was the equivalent of today’s social networking. Amazingly enough, after all these years most of tha... (more)

Google Sets Up Google Apps Store

Google Session at Cloud Expo Apple is beginning to know how Xerox PARC felt. Like Apple did to PARC, Google has lifted from Apple again this time on behalf of Google Apps and set up a Google Apps Marketplace where third parties can sell business programs that integrate with Google Apps to the two million companies and 25 million users that have reportedly adopted Google Apps in the last three years. The marketplace, which will irritate Microsoft, launched Tuesday with some 50 programs from companies like Intuit and Atlassian and more reportedly coming from companies like NetSuite and SuccessFactors. Skytap is kicking in its cloud. Google appears to want a $100 listing fee and 20% of the take “in return for the streamlined purchase and install process and integration features exclusive to installable apps.” It will be setting up a billing service that manages the sh... (more)

Google China Has Called the Movers: Reports

Google's reportedly admitting that it's met somebody that's bigger, tougher and even more dominance-minded than it is, namely the Chinese government, which isn't going to let a little thing like Google leaving the country come between it and a censored Internet. Whatever talks Google has had with the Chinese government have apparently gone nowhere. The Financial Times has it from "a person familiar with the company's thinking" that Google is 99.9% certain to shut down its Chinese search engine and has drawn up a detailed evacuation plan. The Chinese government, meanwhile, in a "here's your hat what's your hurry" public warning Friday told Google that if it imagines it can run an uncensored search engine even for a moment, well then, "that would be unfriendly, that would be irresponsible, and they would have to bear the consequences." The New York Times says the go... (more)

Chinese Hackers Pinched the Tollgate on Google’s Cloud

Google Session at Cloud Expo Those unidentified but allegedly Chinese hackers who got into Google's repository in December got access to the code for the software that authenticates users of Google's Gmail and calendar and other online apps according to the Wall Street Journal, which quoted a "person familiar with the matter." So far Google has only vaguely alluded to some unidentified "IP" being lost. The hackers compromised a workstation used by a Google engineer through a seemingly innocent Microsoft Messenger instant message that connected to what the New York Times called a poisoned web site. The intruders apparently knew who to target because they had access to Moma, Google corporate directory, which describes employees' jobs. The breached system, known as Gaia (after the Greek goddess Earth), does not store the actual passwords or other user information, the ... (more)