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Microsoft to acquire R language powerhouse Revolution Analytics

In a move to beef up its portfolio of analysis software and services, Microsoft is acquiring Revolution Analytics, a major commercial distributor of the R statistical programming language.

By Joab Jackson | 24 January, 2015 05:05

Tags: Revolution Analytics, business issues, applications, Microsoft, data mining, software, Mergers and acquisitions

Friend of Silk Road creator details early days of the site

A college friend of Ross Ulbricht, the creator of the Silk Road online exchange, testified on Thursday that he helped Ulbricht troubleshoot the site in its early days, providing more ammunition for federal prosecutors to make the case Ulbricht was the mastermind behind the notorious illegal goods marketplace.

By Joab Jackson | 23 January, 2015 06:34

Tags: Criminal, legal, silk road

Prosecutors tighten case against alleged Silk Road mastermind

Federal prosecutors used chat logs and private journals Wednesday to strengthen their case that Ross Ulbricht is Dread Pirate Roberts, the anonymous mastermind who ran the Silk Road online market.

By Joab Jackson | 22 January, 2015 09:50

Tags: Criminal, legal

Silk Road trial needs more evidence for Mt. Gox connection

Any backdoor connection that the Silk Road online market might have had with Mark Karpeles, the founder of the failed Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange, will have to be disregarded unless defense attorneys present stronger evidence, the judge in the U.S. federal trial against Russ Ulbricht said Tuesday.

By Joab Jackson | 21 January, 2015 08:08

Tags: Mt. Gox, legal

Big Data Digest: How many Hadoops do we need?

Say hello to Flink, the newest distributed data analysis engine on the scene.

By Joab Jackson | 17 January, 2015 11:19

Tags: applications, data mining, software, Apache Software Foundation

Facebook open-sources new AI smarts

Facebook has released as open source some software modules that can speed image recognition, language modeling and other machine learning tasks, in a move to advance computer artificial intelligence for itself and others,

By Joab Jackson | 17 January, 2015 05:12

Tags: Development tools, application development, software, Facebook

Prosecution: Silk Road founder nabbed In flagrante delicto

Catching criminals in the online realm often involves the old-fashioned footwork of tracking them down in real life. But the expended shoe leather still only goes so far in cyberspace, U.S. federal prosecutors may be learning.

By Joab Jackson | 16 January, 2015 08:49

Tags: business issues, IBM, financial results

U.S. government lurked on Silk Road for over a year

In order to build a case against the notorious Silk Road underground marketplace, a team of U.S. law enforcement agencies spent well over a year casing the site: buying drugs, exchanging Bitcoins, visiting forums and even posing as a vendor, although they did stop short of selling any illicit goods.

By Joab Jackson | 15 January, 2015 07:40

Tags: Criminal, legal, silk road

Silk Road founder was a patsy, defense maintains

The alleged mastermind behind the notorious "Silk Road" online marketplace maintained his innocence in court on Tuesday, asserting, through his lawyer, that while he started the site, he turned over all operations to other parties shortly thereafter.

By Joab Jackson | 14 January, 2015 14:48

Tags: Criminal, legal, silk road

Microsoft patch Tuesday focuses solely on Windows

he January 2015 edition of Microsoft Patch Tuesday might be more notable for what the monthly release of security bulletins does not contain -- there are no fixes for the Microsoft Explorer browser this month.

By Joab Jackson | 14 January, 2015 06:49

Tags: patches, security, Microsoft Patch Tuesday, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Silk Road case goes to court

The U.S. government has begun its case against Ross Ulbricht for allegedly running the notorious "Silk Road" online marketplace of illegal goods.

By Joab Jackson | 14 January, 2015 05:43

Tags: Criminal, legal, silk road

Computers may soon know you better than your spouse

How good are you at sizing someone up? Perhaps not as good as a computer, according to researchers at the University of Cambridge and Stanford University.

By Joab Jackson | 13 January, 2015 10:19

Tags: popular science, applications, software, data mining, Stanford University

IBM attributes patent success to global diversity

For the 22nd year in a row, IBM has produced more US patents than any other company, a success that it attributes, at least in part, to the global diversity of its researchers.

By Joab Jackson | 13 January, 2015 02:51

Tags: popular science, IBM, intellectual property, patent, legal

Microsoft adds key management to Azure cloud

Microsoft continues to bulk up its Azure cloud platform, adding a secure key vault for protecting cloud workloads as well as a new set of larger virtual machines and an easier way to deploy Docker-based workloads.

By Joab Jackson | 09 January, 2015 05:29

Tags: Microsoft, cloud computing, internet, Infrastructure services

Standards bodies join to create better geolocation Web data

From ordering pizza online to pinpointing the exact location of a breaking news story, an overwhelming portion of data on the Web has geographic elements. Yet for Web developers, wrangling the most value from geospatial information remains an arduous task.

By Joab Jackson | 08 January, 2015 08:12

Tags: application development, Languages and standards, software, World Wide Web Consortium

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