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Meet Us in St. Louis on May 3

Meet Us in St. Louis on May 3

Last November, ReadWriteWeb held several meetups at various cities around the world, as recounted here. Our midwest staff enjoyed doing it so much that we decided to hold another one May 3. You are all invited to attend, just let us know you are coming.

The meetup will be held at the offices of Mercury Labs in the trendy midtown section of St…

Can Journalism be More Scientific?

Can Journalism be More Scientific?

While the SxSW conference is already a distant memory, some of us are still catching up on the recorded sessions. One worth listening to is a discussion by Gideon Lichfield, the media editor of The Economist, and Matt Thompson, the editorial production manager for NPR. The session covered What Journalism Can Learn from Science, and looked at…

What You Can Learn From Kaggle’s Top 10 Data Scientists

What You Can Learn From Kaggle’s Top 10 Data Scientists

What do a Russian math professor, a Harvard neurobiologist, a French actuary and British finance quant all have in common? They all were recently identified as some of the top 10 Kaggle data scientists.

Each received the designation as part of their efforts in developing some of the best solutions to the website’s crowdsourcing analytics…

Meet Jeff Jonas, the Latest IBM Fellow With No College Degree

Meet Jeff Jonas, the Latest IBM Fellow With No College Degree

This week, IBM announced its next group of IBM Fellows, seven of its employees who share, according to the press release, “a commitment to tackling the world’s biggest problems with ingenuity, invention and inspiration.” The designation is a big deal for IBM, and over the years only 238 staff members have been so honored.

One of the more…

Adobe Reader Now Has Free E-signature App

Adobe Reader Now Has Free E-signature App

Adobe has been busy since it purchased e-signature vendor EchoSign last summer. Earlier, the company announced that Dell would be using EchoSign in its Dell Cloud Business Apps, and last month Adobe began integration with Box.net – so users could sign their cloud-based documents.

At the time, Adobe stated on its blog, “We want to make our…

GoGrid Introduces Predictive Analytics Platform

GoGrid Introduces Predictive Analytics Platform

GoGrid today introduces its Big Data Solution predictive analytics platform. It adds features that combine the best from cloud computing with hybrid cloud flexibility and front-end apps. Everything is managed from the GoGrid web-based management portal. Amazon and others need more assembly of individual pieces that are less integrated than what…

New Analytics Dashboard for Infochimps.com

New Analytics Dashboard for Infochimps.com

This morning the Big Data online marketplace vendor Infochimps announces a new analytics dashboard for their services called Dashpot.

Dashpot lets users configure their dashboard with exactly the information they need. For example, users can visualize their data in the form of line graphs, heat maps, geographic maps, counters, pie charts, or…

How to Create Your Own Social Media Playbook

How to Create Your Own Social Media Playbook

If you are trying to plan out your enterprise’s social media activities, it helps to have a playbook. Several companies have produced such a document, ranging from a few pages to more extensive tomes, and I wanted to give you some tips to preparing your own, as well as talk about best practices.

Perhaps the most famous and most public playbook is…

[Infographic] How Much is That Tweet Really Worth?

[Infographic] How Much is That Tweet Really Worth?

The good folks at Backupify.com have put together this interesting infographic this week that attempts to calculate what an individual Tweet, Facebook user and other social media elements are actually worth in dollars and cents. And perhaps to no one’s surprise, the most expensive item is an individual review on Yelp. This was done by dividing…

A Museum Math Exhibit That Has Withstood the Test of Time

A Museum Math Exhibit That Has Withstood the Test of Time

If you weren’t old enough to remember the 1964 New York World’s Fair, you still have a chance to see one of the more wonderful exhibits that has stood the test of time and can be found lurking in the corners of a few major science museums around the world. In the exhibit, you ascend into an egg-shaped theater showing a multimedia presentation…

6 Online Legal Services Reviewed by NextAdvisor.com

6 Online Legal Services Reviewed by NextAdvisor.com

You probably know about LegalZoom.com, largely through lots of word of mouth and TV advertising, but did you know about several other online legal services? Luckily, the folks at NextAdvisor.com have done some of the heavy lifting. Whether you’re starting a business or simply registering a trademark, they have determined which provider is the…

The Dangers of Open Web Management UIs

The Dangers of Open Web Management UIs

When you buy an enterprise product, you almost assume nowadays that its management interface is going to be via a Web browser to a built-in Web server on the device. This trend began almost as soon as the graphical Web was available in the mid-1990s, and today almost no one writes their own front-end management software. Well, that is both a…

Windows 8: The OS/2 of Today

Windows 8: The OS/2 of Today

After watching Microsoft lurch toward completion of Windows 8 and trying out a few of its early versions, I am struck by a tremendous sense of déjà vu. It took me some time to figure out why I was feeling this way, and then it hit me: Win 8 is on track to become the OS/2 of today, and suffer a similar and ignominious fate.

Don’t get me wrong: I…

New Managed Content Protection from CloudFlare

New Managed Content Protection from CloudFlare

It’s been a few years since we checked back on CloudFlare’s distributed DNS and content delivery services. Last week, the company announced a new feature called ScrapeShield, which adds five new types of content protection to the company’s panoply of services.

Dell Acquires Wyse and Clerity this Week

Dell Acquires Wyse and Clerity this Week

Dell has been busy this week. Today they announced the acquisition of Clerity, a mainframe migration and modernization solution provider, and the intent to fold them into their services division. Clerity is one of the leaders in mainframe “rehosting” or the ability to migrate apps from legacy mainframes to equipment elsewhere that can provide the…

Blue Coat Protects IPv6 Networks With New PacketShaper

Blue Coat Protects IPv6 Networks With New PacketShaper

Blue Coat today has announced PacketShaper 9, a new software operating system release for Blue Coat PacketShaper appliances. The update introduces the industry’s first application- and content-level visibility and control for IPv6 “shadow networks.”

The reason they are called that is because cybercriminals are beginning to use IPv6 connections as…

[Infographic] Every Day Popular Sites Still Serve Up Malware

[Infographic] Every Day Popular Sites Still Serve Up Malware

Yes, you read that correctly. According to Barracuda Labs, two out of the top 25,000 domains (at least top of Alexa’s rankings) serve up some tasty and annoying malware to their visitors. Hopefully, this is unintentional and the result of some compromise. The lab rats found that more than 10 million folks were exposed to exploits in February, and…

[Infographic] A Look Back at UNIVAC

[Infographic] A Look Back at UNIVAC

It was the first computer – ever – and it was turned on in March of 1951 for the U.S. Census Bureau. The UNIVAC, or Universal Automatic Computer, was big: an entire room, filled with more than 5,000 vacuum tubes and consuming 150 kW of power. It operated at a mere 2000 instructions per second. (By comparison, the average laptop today routinely…

Don’t Mess With Your DNS

Don’t Mess With Your DNS

Domain Name Servers (DNS) were still functional during the weekend. There were reported claims to bring down this collection of important servers in the hopes of more cyberterrorism. However, while there are only 13 root servers, they are replicated into hundreds of machines around the globe using a variety of protocol tricks, and recently…