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Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2012 00:32:52 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Facebook's Email Switch Causing More Problems Message-ID: <email@example.com> Facebook's Email Switch Causing More Problems Karsten Strauss 6/30/2012 Remember when it was reported that Facebook was changing users' default email addresses to Facebook email addresses? Well, [a] journalist [named] Violet Blue wrote today that there's feedback from around the web that the change may have negative side effects, namely the alteration of email addresses on personal devices. Possibly as a result, emails are being redirected or even lost. The social networking site had previously offered users the option of signing on to have a Facebook email address but recently decided to simply automatically sign up all of its users for the service. Ms. Blue also reported that user contact info would be altered as part of Apple's new iOS 6 Facebook integration. "Facebook for iOS will change address books without any warning," according to the piece. ... http://www.forbes.com/sites/karstenstrauss/2012/06/30/facebooks-email-switch-causing-more-problems/ -or- http://goo.gl/TTrcm http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57464415-93/facebook-e-mail-mess-address-books-altered-e-mail-lost/ -or- http://goo.gl/HRmjI http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2406284,00.asp ***** Moderator's Note ***** Jill Duffy's comments for PC Magazine (third link, above) make me want to shout "FINALLY"! It seems that I'm not the only person who is questioning the (dubious) value of FaceTube. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2012 00:32:52 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Amazon Web Services Knocked Offline by Storms Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Amazon Web Services Knocked Offline by Storms By NICK BILTON JUNE 30, 2012 People who tried to watch Netflix on Friday evening saw nothing but red. Instagram users couldn't upload or view photos. And a number of other Web sites and services were knocked offline. Storms had disrupted Amazon Web Services, which stores vast amounts of data for companies worldwide. The problems first began around 11 p.m., when a roiling storm caused numerous electrical failures on the East Coast that left two million people without power and at least six people dead. Late Friday, on the company's status blog, Amazon said it was "investigating elevated error rates impacting a limited number" of customers. The company noted that the failure had happened at a server facility in Virginia and it was because of the lighting storm in the area. While Amazon continued to update its status blog, information on the troubles remained relatively sparse throughout the evening. ... http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/30/amazon-web-services-knocked-offline-by-storms/
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2012 00:42:36 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Cloud Leaves Some Tech Giants Seeking a Silver Lining Message-ID: <email@example.com> Cloud Leaves Some Tech Giants Seeking a Silver Lining By QUENTIN HARDY June 30, 2012 JUNE 2012 may well go down as the month that the tech world entered a new era. On June 11, Apple showed its next operating system for iPhones and iPads. It offered maps and speech recognition, plus music and movies on iTunes, all tied via the Internet to Apple's "cloud" of servers. A week later, Microsoft, known better for software, demonstrated the Surface tablet, its answer to the iPad. The Surface interacts with both the Web and Microsoft's cloud, called Windows Azure. And, last Wednesday, Google introduced its newest cloud-connected phone and tablet, as well as a media player called Nexus Q. The player works with the devices, the Internet and the Google cloud. Remarkably fast, a multibillion-dollar industry is moving away from personal computers made mostly with Microsoft Windows software and Intel semiconductor chips. The combined revenue from these largely so-called Wintel desktops and laptops last year was about $70 billion at Dell and Hewlett-Packard. But these companies played virtually no part in the June shows from Apple, Microsoft and Google. Asked what part it hoped to play in the cloud-dominated future, Dell declined to comment. An H.P. spokesman said in a statement that his company had computer servers and software in "eight of 10 of the world's most trafficked sites, four out of five of the world's largest search engines, the three most popular social media properties in the U.S." He said nothing about PCs. The tech future also poses challenges for Intel, which has been diversifying. Its chips are now in Apple computers and a host of other devices. Intel still has a significant place in the market, but often with lower-margin chips, and increased competition. Another chip company, Nvidia, got a shout from Google's stage. We are seeing a new business ecosystem with all sorts of mobile and cloud-connected devices. Each is a powerful computer, with connections to a nearly infinite amount of data storage and processing in the cloud. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/01/technology/cloud-leaves-some-tech-giants-seeking-a-silver-lining.html -or- http://goo.gl/CTgd5
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2012 00:42:36 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Google's Computers Now for Hire Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Google's Computers Now for Hire By QUENTIN HARDY JUNE 28, 2012 Cloud computing just got a lot bigger. On Thursday Google announced that it would offer computing as a service accessible over the Internet, much like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace and others. Google said its prices would be about 50 percent below those of current market rates. Urs Hölzle, the Google senior vice president for technical infrastructure, said Google was drawing off its own long history of managing millions of servers around the world. "We've solved a lot of the problems, and are passing on the savings," he said. "It's a natural step for us." As a demonstration of what the product, Google Compute Engine, could do, Mr. Hölzle announced a genetic mapping project that would use 600,000 computing cores, which are the processing units on a semiconductor. Mr. Hölzle was speaking at Google I/O, the company's annual conference for software developers, which this year drew 5,500 people. Google is hoping the developers will build applications on its public cloud, and help persuade corporations to move resources there. Google's move is not surprising, given the success Amazon and others have had in persuading corporations to ditch much of their on-site data storage and computing resources in favor of a publicly shared "cloud" of computing. If anything, Google is somewhat late to the game. Google pioneered many of the techniques in cloud computing, but for years kept its technology proprietary. Over the past few years Google has entered parts of the business like online storage, application deployment, and pattern-finding algorithms for rent. On Thursday Google also announced that its Application Engine had over one million applications in use, and was serving applications to customers up to 7.5 billion times daily. ... http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/28/googles-computers-now-for-hire/ ***** Moderator's Note ***** Most computer technology races go to those who start first, not to those who have the best product. The information superhighway is littered with the skeletons of also-rans who tried to be the best, but not fast enough: Visicalc, Ashton-Tate, and on and on. Google can leapfrog its competitors, but only if it's able to offer API's that allow customers to leverage their investment in code and training. Bill Horne Moderator
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