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Blockbuster exiting US retail market, closing its last 300 stores

The writing is finally on the wall for Blockbuster: the video rental chain, ubiquitous for years across the US, is finally closing its last 300 retail stores across the country. With that, the company has effectively exited the US retail market — in addition to closing its stores, the company's …

Is Google building a hulking floating data center in SF Bay?

It looks like Google has been working on an oversize secret project on San Francisco's Treasure Island. A water-based data center? Could well be.<p>SAN FRANCISCO -- Something big and mysterious is rising from a floating barge at the end of Treasure Island, a former Navy base in the middle of San …

San Francisco

Can Big Data Make Our Bridges Safer?

South Padres Island, TX, 2001. Minneapolis, MN, 2007. Seattle, WA, 2013. Three towns in three different parts of the country, yet inextricably linked by a common type of disaster – a bridge collapse. In the Minneapolis event, 13 people died and 145 were injured when a routine evening commute over …

The great internet of things companies will shine at software and hardware

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: (c) 2013 Pinar Ozger pinar@pinarozger.com<p>Apple isn’t successful because it’s a software or a hardware company. It’s …

Cloud To Dominate Data Center Traffic Within The Year, Cisco Study Predicts

Cloud traffic will represent more than two-thirds of global data center traffic by 2017 and will have grown more than fourfold from 2012 to 2017. Already, cloud-based traffic is poised to comprise the majority of traffic within the next few months.<p>That’s the conclusion of the latest, and third …

Mark Zuckerberg On The Real Beginnings of Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made his annual appearance at Y Combinator’s Startup School event for a fireside chat with Paul Graham. In this conversation, he spoke about what he first built, never being afraid of making mistakes, and the movement that the social network has become to connect …

Photo Tour: Inside Facebook's New High-Tech Cold Storage Data Center

Facebook (arguably) owns more data than God.<p>But how to store a cache of user data collected at the scale of omniscience? If you’re Facebook, just build another custom-crafted server storage locker roughly the size of the USS <i>Abraham Lincoln</i> on top of a breezy plateau in the Oregon high desert. The …

Apple’s Safari Made Up Most Mobile Browser Traffic in Q2

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s look ahead by Cisco Systems at the Internet of 2017, Akamai is out with its quarterly state of the Internet report as …

Forget Terabit networks; new multicore fibers could signal the Petabit age

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Some interesting experiments in fiber optics could dramatically improve the data rates of our backbone internet networks. …

Google looks to help startups start up, unveils hub network

Google already has startup hubs in London and Tel Aviv, which nurture young tech firms. But a new network will cover seven lesser-known pockets of startup activity, from Chicago to Nashville to Minneapolis.<p>Gone are the days of starting companies in your garage. And Google thinks it can help with …

Startups