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Vendors Push Telco Cloud NFVs Atop OpenStack

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Brought to you by Data Center Knowledge A two pair of technology giants has teamed up on Network Function Virtualization offerings. Oracle is using Intel’s Open Network Platform, and Canonical and Ericsson are teaming up to target the telecom cloud space. Both pairings are focusing their efforts atop OpenStack. Network… Read More

WHD.global 2015 Wrapup and Photos

The annual World Hosting Days event at Europa Park in Rust, Germany brings together cloud and hosting service providers to network and engage with partners. The 2015 show was very well attended by service providers across Europe and the US. Read More

Telstra Customers Can Access Metadata for the Same Fee as Law Enforcement

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Telstra will let customers pay to access their own metadata as part of its ongoing efforts to improve transparency about what information is tracked and provided to law enforcement agencies without warrants. Australia’s largest telecom, the company revealed the new policy in a blog post by Chief Risk Officer Kate Hughes. Read More

Tech Companies Rally for Reform to Section 215 of USA Patriot Act

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IT industry lobby group Reform Government Surveillance sent a letter to legislators this week, to urge legal limitations to electronic surveillance and metadata collection. The letter is undersigned by group member companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook, as well as a range of privacy and rights advocates. Read More

PaaS Cloud Foundry Pushes Forward Hybrid Cloud Ambitions

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Pivotal is providing new capabilities in its Platform-as-a-Service, Cloud Foundry, for enterprises wanting to extend their hybrid cloud environment to Amazon Web Services, and it is also now allowing customers to use its own managed public PaaS cloud at no additional cost. Read More

Supreme Court of India Strikes Down Controversial Online Censorship Law

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The Supreme Court of India struck down an online censorship law this week, declaring Section 66A of the Information Technology Act to be unconstitutional, NDTV reports. The law had been the subject of widespread criticism, particularly after it was used to arrest two young Indians for a Facebook post and Facebook like in 2012. Read More

WordPress Hosting Provider WP Engine Raises $23 Million

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WordPress hosting provider WP Engine announced Wednesday a $23 million funding round, led by existing investor North Bridge Venture Partners. The company plans to use the investment to continue its global growth, as well as bolster a new innovation roadmap and quality customer experience. Read More

Cybersecurity Risks Exist on A Third of Internet Sites

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After scanning over 1.75 million URLs with 750,000 domains, Menlo Security found a third of the Alexa top sites were “risky.” Sites identified as risky were either already compromised or running software with known security holes. These types of vulnerabilities caused businesses to lose nearly $400 billion to cyber crimes… Read More