1st Day New gTLD Totals .Fashion 2182; .Garden 388: Science Passes .XXX …

Two new gTLD’s were released this week by Minds + Machines

After domain name registrations made in Sunrise by Trademark Holders .Fashion has 2,182 registrations.

.Garden on the other hand only grew to 388 domain registrations.

On another note .Science which was released about a month ago by Famous Four Media, now has skyrocketed to the 6th most registered new gTLD’s (actually number 5 if you disregard the IDN of 网址 (xn--ses554g) which has about 350,000 registry owned domains) with over 118,000 registrations.

Of course the first 50K or so of .Science were giving away for free by Alpnames.com and other registrars are charging a $1 or less for a .Science domain registration.

In hitting over 118,000 registrations .Science has passed .XXX and .Pro two Top Level Domain extension launched years ago and before the new gTLD program.

We should also mention that .Link has also passed .XXX in terms of domain name registrations and should pass .Pro in a few days.

The next extension that is likely to get passed by both .Science and .Link is .Tel which is sitting around 128K registrations but is losing registrations almost every day.


Article source: http://www.thedomains.com/2015/04/17/1st-day-new-gtld-totals-fashion-2182-garden-388-science-passes-xxx-pro/

New ".trademark" gTLD is Here

Few Brands have noticed it yet but a company has applied for a domain name extension which literally means “.trademark”. The company is based in Hong-Kong and its name is “Huyi Global .商标 Domain Registry”. The “.商标” is what we call an International Domain Name extension (IDN) and it means “.trademark” in Simplified Chinese. It is pronounced: “Shang Biao”.

Confusion around .TRADEMARK new gTLDs

In the first Round of the ICANN new gTLD program, many companies were offered to register their own domain name extension and (basically) the question asked to Trademark owners was: “would you like to register your “.trademark” for $185000?”

With domain names ending in “.商标”, the question remains the same but the price to register such domain name has nothing to do with the thousands of Dollars needed to apply for a new domain name extension.

What are we talking about here?

Let’s use the example of the “Jovenet” Registered Trademark:

  1. Registering the Jovenet new gTLD as a Trademark would offer the possibility for its owner to become what we call “a Registry” and allow the registration of domain names ending in “.jovenet” (instead of, let’s say, “.com”). Thousands of domain names could then be created, all ending in the “.jovenet” domain name extension.
  2. Registering the “Jovenet” as a “.trademark” in Chinese would be exactly the same as registering a domain name in any known extension. In our case, it would mean that one single domain name would be registered: “jovenet.商标”.

What does it mean for Trademarks?

Well, it is like asking a club what he thinks about the “.club” new domain name extension. In our case, we have a sign dedicated to the entire Intellectual Property community and a Trademark, no matter which country it is from, may be interested in securing its name in this extension to consider existing on a Chinese market.

As a resident of the city of Paris and frequently wasting my time in the ultra French Galeries Lafayette, I noticed that their strategists understood a long time ago that speaking to clients in their own language benefited everybody: clients and sellers. For this reason, there are Chinese signs all over the place to drive Chinese clients where they want to go.

The same principle applies here and it is typically what Trademarks like Rolex (www.勞力士.商标), Montagut (www.montagut.商标) and Starbuck Corporation (www.星巴克.商标) have understood.

The good news

The good news for this Chinese domain name extension is that it is required to own a Trademark to register a “.商标” domain name. Squatters with bad intentions… are not welcome to register.

What to expect next?

There is more and more talks of a second Round of the ICANN new gTLD program which will allow Trademarks and other Entrepreneurs to submit more domain name extension applications. Who will dare applying for a “.trademark” new gTLD in Latin alphabet? If you want to ask Huyi Global, you can ask them the question at INTA, booth 1841.

By Jean Guillon, New generic Top-Level Domain specialist. More blog posts from Jean Guillon can also be read here.

Related topics: Multilinguism, Top-Level Domains

Article source: http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150417_new_trademark_gtld_is_here/

Five Best GNOMEs and Linux 4.0

Five Best GNOMEs and Linux 4.0

by Susan Linton – Apr. 13, 2015Comments (0)

tuxLinus Torvalds released Linux 4.0 yesterday and it’s getting quite a bit of coverage. Elsewhere, Swapnil Bhartiya named the five best GNOME distributions and Phoronix reported that GCC 5 was branched opening development on 6.0. Several new Linux reviews appeared today and Matt Hartley shares his “tips and software picks to make using Linux on the desktop easier.”

Linus Torvalds announced the release of Linux 4.0 yesterday saying, “I decided to release 4.0 as per the normal schedule, because there really weren’t any known issues.” He said “feature-wise, 4.0 doesn’t have all that much special,” but he did mention the “new kernel patching infrastructure.” In a follow-up he added that the release was “mainly driver and scattered fixes” since rc7.

Torvalds also noted that this release represents a half a million commits. He compared that to the old BK system which only saw 65,000 commits in its entire 3-year existence. “It shows how the whole development process has really sped up a _lot_” using git he remarked.

The release was covered by The Register, which said, “Notable inclusions are the addition of non-disruptive patching, support for Intel’s Quark systems-on-a-chips and better support for the Z13 silicon powering IBM’s latest mainframes.” ZDNet noted, ‘The initial 4.0 release of Linux is dubbed “Hurr durr I’ma sheep”, after winning a naming poll that Torvalds said he didn’t want anyone to vote in.’ eWeek had more on the kernel patching and remembered the addition of “code of conduct” last month. OMG!Ubuntu! noted the addition of “various patches to improve Linux running on a Playstation 3.”

Phoronix.com noticed yesterday that 5.0 had been branched off in preparations for its initial release in about a month. Mainline was reset to GCC 6.0 with expectant initial release in about a year. Today he pointed to Honza Hubička’s blog post that goes into great detail of the changes in what will be GCC 5.1.0. Last week Larabel posted a shorter version of coming attractions as well.

GNOME fans already have their favorites, but for those looking for a good distribution for GNOME Swapnil Bhartiya has a few suggestions. He began by saying openSUSE is the “best bet” for hardcore GNOME lovers. Red Hat enjoys a close relationship with GNOME making it an ideal choice for “early access to new GNOME features.” One surprising choice is Linux Mint Cinnamon, of which he said, “If you love Gnome but can’t work effectively with Gnome Shell, Linux Mint Cinnamon is the answers to all of your prayers.”

Several distribution reviews popped up in the feeds today. Jesse Smith began the week by Exploring SuperX 3.0 saying, “Working with this operating system was a smooth and trouble-free experience.” A community review of Sabayon 15.02 KDE said, “I cannot really recommend it to anyone but more advanced Linux users who might have a better idea of what they’re doing.” LinuxBSDos.com posted a review Saturday of Semplice 7 saying, “Semplice 7 is one of those distributions that give you a very minimal system that you have to customize yourself, down the creating folders in your home directory.”

Other interesting tidbits include:

* Desktop Linux Made Easy

* HP: We’re not leaving the public cloud

* openSUSE Hack Week April 13 – April 17

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Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet – what to expect

Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet” entered its Final Freeze period on 16 April 2015, which means the release is locked down and it is unlikely new features will be added before it launches on 23 April.

During Final Freeze, only critical bugs or exceptional circumstances will be considered for alteration.

A number of significant changes made it into Vivid, including a change in the initialisation system, a new version of the Linux kernel, upgrades to the Unity desktop manager, and updated applications.

Many of these changes won’t be noticeable, but for serious PC users there is some debate around the changes Vivid Vervet brings to Ubuntu.

Unity 7

Ubuntu Unity 7 locally integrated menus

Ubuntu Unity 7 locally integrated menus

Beginning with Ubuntu’s controversial desktop manager, the new version of Unity introduces an option to have “locally integrated” application menus displayed at all times, rather than only when the mouse is over the app.

This means Ubuntu is returning to more Windows-like application menus that are displayed within the borders of the app itself rather than more Mac-like approach of having a global menu at the top of the screen.

There is still one difference between Windows and Unity, however: the application menu appears in the title bar of an application, rather than below it.

Unity 7.3 also enables the Dash, HUD, and logout dialogs over fullscreen windows, and tweaks animations for faster startup and shutdown.

An update to the graphical side is an update for Compiz that fixes problems that occur when using Nvidia’s proprietary drivers.

The Ubuntu team said Compiz 0.9.12 introduces fully-integrated support for the MATE desktop that is on par with Gnome 2 and Unity.

Kernel and init system

In addition to upgrading to the Linux 3.19.3 kernel, Ubuntu has controversially decided to move from upstart to systemd.

Systemd and upstart are “init managers” – software that starts up other software critical to running a Linux-based computer.

The developers of systemd describe it as a “suite of basic building blocks for a Linux system.”

If all goes according to plan, most users won’t notice this change.

Updated apps

Firefox on Ubuntu

Firefox on Ubuntu

Ubuntu has also announced that new versions of LibreOffice, Firefox, and Chromium will be available on Vivid.

LibreOffice 4.4 promises a number of improvements, including improved change tracking in Writer, improved shapes, and support for a number of new multimedia formats including .ra, .rm, .dv, .ac3, .opus, .asf, and .m4a.

Firefox is updated to version 36 and Chromium is updated to version 41, while Ubuntu has updated the Pulseaudio sound system to version 6, which it says paves the way for a move to Bluez5 next release.

Ubuntu 15.05 Vivid Vervet launch

Those interested in Ubuntu 15.04 can download the beta version of the operating system from the Ubuntu website.

The final release version of Ubuntu 15.05 Vivid Vervet is set to launch on 23 April 2015.

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Article source: http://mybroadband.co.za/news/software/124382-ubuntu-15-04-vivid-vervet-what-to-expect.html

We need to revive the principles of ubuntu

THE resurgence of violent attacks against our African brothers, sisters and children is morally and culturally unacceptable. Maybe it’s happening because we have forgotten who we are and the way our ancestors related to newcomers in their midst.

Perhaps even more than that, we have forgotten the principles of ubuntu — a pointer to the value of a human life in African culture. Ubuntu as a philosophy states that “umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu” (a human is human because of other humans). It describes the intrinsic value placed on human life, as it is this life that makes us able to identify ourselves as human.

The current design of SA’s state welfare system is culturally flawed as the interventions reinforce a sense of “victimhood” rather than providing structural support for communities to be in charge of their own economic development.

It creates an unsustainable dependency, which is detrimental to the moral fibre of the community. Traditionally, everyone contributed to community development and therefore their own development, according to their own ability.

We have always welcomed travellers into our communities where they have been introduced according to the culture. What is more, strangers were adopted into our communities and became members of the family where they settled.

They would take on the surname of a local family and from then on become members of equal standing in the community, contributing to its development.

My great-great-grandfather on my mother’s side is rumoured to be of Portuguese descent. He settled in what was then KwaZulu with the Shange family and became assimilated, as evidenced by him taking on the surname Shange. He took wives and had children all known as Shange.

Mine is not a unique tale — it is actually quite common. Although he did not change surnames, the case of John Dunn is also well known in KwaZulu-Natal.

Recently, I learnt that an enterprising member of the Moloi family has traced the very first person with the name Moloi to settle in southern Africa back to his roots in Ethiopia. Our culture is not against welcoming new people and integrating them.

New people who arrived in our villages in the past followed culturally accepted procedures, which allowed them to be fully integrated into the community. The new arrivals would be taken to the chief or head of the village when they arrived.

Their settlement would be a community affair and not a mystery. In some areas this still happens — new families can only settle after a chief has given permission and there has been a ceremony introducing the newcomers to the rest of the village.

Dismissing the significance and importance of cultural norms in establishing post-apartheid SA is coming back to haunt us. When the negotiations were conducted that led to the “new” dispensation, nothing of our culture and our cultural ways of doing things was taken into consideration because of the continued belief that African culture is backward and cannot teach us anything.

This is not a black/white race issue. Across the spectrum, we’ve all lost the rationale for the cultural way of doing things and assumed that western models of being will be applicable to us.

GENERATIONS of colonisation and our ignoring of existing cultural norms post-independence have slowly led to us Africans having a limited understanding of our culture and practices that build social cohesion and prosperity.

We have bought into the belief that African culture is just the animal skins and rituals that we perform and have neglected to evaluate our true cultural norms and practices, which supported community development for centuries. We’ve accepted the history that begins with the advent of colonisation as if African society and societal norms began only then.

The principles that sustained our communities are crying out for their revival in order to bring about a truly united and prosperous country where there is room for everyone who needs it.

Legal or illegal, it is problematic that we persist in referring to fellow Africans as “foreigners”. It is problematic that we condemn the attacks and in the same breath add a qualifier by saying “but…”.

It is problematic that our government condemns the attacks but adds statements about illegal immigrants in our midst.

Murdering anyone must be strongly condemned. Period.

Calls for “foreign” businesses to be registered somewhere far away from our communities will not work. Have any incidences been reported in areas under tribal authority? If not, why is that? In these areas, the community members know one another and any new people who move there.

The process of “registration” is carried out in the traditional way — by the community according to norms they agreed to. The process is a public one and no lists are formulated in secret. It is done in the community by the community, not by councillors and administrators who do not understand the community dynamics.

My family recently acquired land in Kwa-Swayimane outside Pietermaritzburg. Before the transaction was finalised, we had to have a referral letter from someone attesting to our character. After the chief accepted this letter, the headman of the chief had to introduce us to the community around us at a formal ceremony.

It is only after these processes had been completed that we could proceed and assume ownership of the land we had bought. We did not parachute in from out of town nor were we assigned land in a secret deal between ourselves and the seller.

Contrast this with the allocation of RDP houses, which is done out of sight of the community. How many times have we heard of community protests because houses are allocated to “outsiders”?

Transparency is vital if one is to deal with our communities. Give them their dignity back by allowing them to be contributors to their own development — including identifying what they need and opportunities to participate in realising that vision.

It is an understatement to say we have a social-cohesion problem. We have not attempted to clearly understand the cultural norms and practices that have sustained us from time immemorial.

We have all become a little lazy and complacent by accepting definitions of our African history and culture that are based on surface observations and easy conclusions.

African culture is complex. It is vibrant. It is innovative and integrative at its core. That is who we are.

• Gcabashe is a traditional healer.

Article source: http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/2015/04/17/we-need-to-revive-the-principles-of-ubuntu

Michael Irene: Ubuntu, not yet in South Africa?

Johannesburg—Moe was always loud and jovial when you spoke to him on phone. He would tell you jokes and stories that would make you laugh until tears oiled your face. But, today, his voice reeked of fear; there was no joke today, and, today’s story was about deaths and hatred.

His friend, in Durban, South Africa, just escaped the jaws of death by a whisker, he retorted with a low tone, as if the use of words was now a hard chore. Since 14th of April 2015, some South African locals have been targeting foreigners—mostly immigrants from Nigeria, Somalia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia—around the city of Durban. Moe fears that this tsunami of hate might flow to Johannesburg and, more importantly, he is worried about the safety of his two boys, who, ironically, have a South African mother.

The manifold upheavals of xenophobia in South Africa are insane and unfathomable and stems from the other side of humane—bestiality. According to reports, more than five people have been killed in the wake of the attacks, over a thousand have fled their homes and some foreigners have promised to fight back. This is another crest of barbarism on humanity and a shameful display of irrational actions.

The recent upheaval, it was reported, started after one Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini announced that foreigners in South Africa should “pack their bags and leave”. His remarks birthed a spate of xenophobic nuisance. This nuisance is often cloaked with silly excuses—immigrants steal jobs and opportunities and foreigners live illegally on “our” lands. Therefore, the solution is usually to harm another human being.

Most reasonable South Africans, however, have blasted their Zulu’s puerile comments and have, invariably, taken to the streets to fight against hate. BBC reports that over ten thousand South Africans marched in protest against the xenophobic attacks. They have also taken their peaceful protest to social media with hash tags: #notinourname #peacemarch and #africaunite

These hash tags serve as a rude reminder that peace and unity in Africa and the world, needs to be preached consistently. It also points to another chilling reality that Africa still suffers from division and what is often called black-on-black-hate.

Then the question remains: how long shall we, Africans, continue this long walk on the street of Division?

Mandela once said that it was not enough to cast off one’s chains of slavery; he advised that Africans live in a way that enhances the freedom of others. It seems strange and surprising that the whole idea of promoting freedom has taken a walk out of the minds of certain individuals.

The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, condemning the attacks, said: “we therefore urge our people to treat those who are in our country legally with respect and Ubuntu”. The statement, indeed, had to be released by the president but begs a big question: what or who represents “our people”?

In Europe, Africans battle against racism daily. To bear it in Africa is both devastating and disgusting.

For many Africans living in South Africa, Ubuntu is not yet in South Africa. It is, in fact, non-existent. Moe ended his conversation with a cogent question: “why is the black man like this?”

I argued that hate is not a black thing. It is a human thing. However, we can learn to burn hate with love; we can, as humans, heal the sickness of hate with the balm of love.

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TV Boxes Running Android Alongside Linux and Windows Are Here – Android Headlines

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Smart TV boxes may not have yet caught the imagination of mainstream consumers the same way smartphones have, but that hasn’t meant that vendors and OEMs are not trying to do something about it. Smart TV boxes are essentially devices that let you access thousands of apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus, XBMC etc. that allow you to stream content over the internet, in essence, turning your old TV into a ‘smart’ one. Now, some enterprising OEMs are finding ways to attract would-be buyers by promising them what Roku or Apple TV won’t, for now at least – the ability to handle desktop apps like Office or LibreOffice! They do it by adding a desktop Operating System to their devices in addition to Android, thereby giving users the flexibility to use the device either as a smart box or as a regular PC.

In the last few years, we have heard of how plans for Android-Windows dual-boot devices from Asus and other manufacturers were scuttled allegedly by Microsoft, but it seems as though some smaller and hitherto unknown OEMs have now been able to do what big brands like Asus have failed to. Two such dual-OS devices are now listed for pre-order on online retail site Geekbuying – the Ugoos UT3S and the Wintel W8. The Ugoos UT3S runs desktop Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) in addition to Android 4.4 KitKat and comes with a Rockchip RK3288 Quad core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A17 processor with embedded Mali-T764 3D graphics, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 32GB built-in storage and a wireless remote control. Connectivity features include WiFi, Bluetooth and Gigabit Ethernet and it comes with four USB ports, HDMI and SPDIF ports, a microSD card slot and partial support for 4K video playback.

The Wintel W8 meanwhile, comes with Android 4.4 and Microsoft’s free ‘Windows 8.1 with Bing’  pre-installed and features an Intel Atom Z3735F processor, embedded Intel HD Graphics, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 32GB eMMC storage, HDMI, up to 100 Mbps Ethernet, a micro USB port, two USB Type A ports and a microSD card slot. It supports 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, which makes it essentially the same device in hardware terms as the long available Wintel CX-W8, but with the added dual-OS benefits. The Ugoos UT3S is listed at $179 and the Wintel device is up for grabs for just $127.

Article source: https://www.androidheadlines.com/2015/04/tv-boxes-running-android-alongside-linux-and-windows-are-here.html

Durban has the cash and facilities – but where’s the ubuntu?

The Commonwealth Federation delegates will no doubt be impressed by the world-class international airport and conference centre, the beach-front hotels, the wonderful climate and the excellent sports precinct centred on Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Durban looks like the complete package and, though much work would have to be done to host a successful Games – at a cost of at least R6-billion – the city won’t exactly have to reinvent the wheel.

And the payback promises to be enormous.

As we reported in March, hosting the Games is expected to boost the economy by about R20-billion, create more than 11 000 jobs, train 10 000 people as volunteers (mainly rural youths), and fast-track public transport and housing projects.

But, after the surge of mindless violence against foreigners in Durban and surrounding townships in recent days, the Commonwealth delegates might stop to ask themselves whether the city has the human capital to host the Games.

The tournament is, after all, aimed at fostering a spirit of togetherness and unity among the thousands of sportsmen and women, and spectators from Commonwealth countries – many of them Africans – who will turn up if the city is awarded the Games.

Security fears won’t be a factor in 2022. The police did an excellent job in safeguarding the 2010 soccer World Cup and they will no doubt do the same for the Games.

But the wanton violence and naked hatred directed at Durban’s African immigrants this week – after similar outrages in Soweto in January and the atrocities in Gauteng in 2008 – are anathema to the spirit of the tournament.

Our politicians and community leaders clearly have their work cut out.

Article source: http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2015/04/16/durban-has-the-cash-and-facilities---but-where-s-the-ubuntu

First Ubuntu phone launches in EU

BQ has begun volume sales of its Ubuntu-based Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition phone for 170 Euros. Meanwhile, Linux.com takes a closer look at Ubuntu Touch.

Europeans can now easily get their hands on the first Ubuntu phone. Spanish mobile manufacturer BQ began limited release sales starting back in February when the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition was formally announced, but widespread volume sales in Europe began only this week for the same 169.90 Euros (This now translates to $181, down from $190 at launch.)

Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition
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The price seems reasonable for a mid-range phone like the Aquaris E4.5. Canonical’s Ubuntu product page for the Aquaris states “More Ubuntu phones coming soon…” This likely includes the long-awaited, higher-end Ubuntu version of the Meizu MX4, which PC World speculates will cost $350 to $400 off contract.

The Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition is closely based on BQ’s Android-based Aquaris E4.5 phone, and similarly includes a MediaTek quad-core, Cortex-A7 SoC clocked to 1.3GHz, with a Mali-400 GPU. The phone provides 1GB of RAM, 8GB of flash, and a microSD slot. The 4.5-inch display has a relatively low 960 x 540 (qHD) IPS screen with 240dpi and scratch resistance.

The Aquaris E4.5 has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p support, autofocus, dual flash, a Largan lens, and BSI sensors, as well as a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Wireless features include dual micro-SIM slots that support 2G and 3G HSPA+, as well as GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. (The latter is not yet supported by software.)

The 137 x 67 x 9mm, 123-gram phone runs on a 2150mAh battery. The phone is further equipped with an audio jack, a micro-USB OTG port, and a variety of sensors.

The phone is not yet everything Canonical promised in that the promised “convergence” release of Ubuntu is delayed until at least next October. With convergence, developers will be able to write a single app for desktop, phone, and tablet devices, and an Ubuntu phone will be able to drive a large-screen display. Ubuntu 15.04 (“Vivid Vervet”), which is due next week, still runs Unity 7, not the more mobile-oriented Unity 8, which will integrate Mir display technology to replace X.

Ubuntu 15.04 is a relatively minor release that is notable for switching to the systemd init system. Linux 4.0, which was released on April 12, was too late for Vivid Vervet, which instead moves up to Linux 3.19.3. The relatively uneventful Linux 4.0 once again enables kernel patching, among other minor enhancements.

Deeper dive into Ubuntu Touch

We’ve looked at the evolution of the Ubuntu Touch interface for several years now, including its “scopes” technology, which integrates content with search profiles. To get an up to date evaluation of the Ubuntu Touch interface available to Aquaris buyers, check out Swapnil Bhartiya’s overview on Linux.com.

Bhartiya takes a closer look at scopes, as well as how the platform still differs from desktop Ubuntu, and what features they have in common. Bhartiya describes the applications preloaded on the BQ phone, and examines Click, an “exciting” new app packaging format that aims to make it easier for developers to distribute and deploy applications.

Bhartiya claims that Ubuntu Touch is the most open source of all current mobile platforms. However, the build still has various “binary blobs and device drivers” that are proprietary.

Further information

The BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition is available now in EU countries for 169.90 Euros. More information, including detailed specs, may be found at the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition product page.

Article source: http://linuxgizmos.com/first-ubuntu-phone-launches-in-eu/

Framing New gTLDs’ Marketing Message

In an earlier essay, I outlined a focused, cooperative marketing strategy that would be a first step for marketing new gTLDs. After that first initiative, gTLD registries’ marketing strategy must focus on the complementarities between .com, and new neutral (such as .global and .web) and branding and labeling gTLDs. The legacy domains and the newcomers can work together nicely. If we don’t realize this, all Internet users will lose out.

Unfortunately, registries of new gTLDs are less focused on improving the Internet’s domain name navigation system than on founding a new global Internet world. The registries’ current marketing message is unnecessarily divisive; it should be framed as complementary to .com and future competitors to .com. A registry that pioneers such a message would win greater credibility in the eyes of Internet users and also increase the credibility of the new gTLDs program. This would force other registries to follow with similar messages or lose credibility themselves, with the risk that irked stakeholders would spark conflict leading to everyone’s financial downfall.

When viewed as complementary, all gTLDs would go up in value; looking at them as substitutes would be lose-lose. The complementary view gives additional credence to a focused and cooperative marketing regime, whereby gTLD registries, registrants, and Internet users win.

One of the dubious arguments by the new gTLD camp is that the younger generation is more likely to accept new gTLDs. But these kids may well ask why Google, Facebook, Snapchat, and a list of popular apps are all .com domains. We shouldn’t pollute their minds as to which is better. Let them decide if .com makes sense and when. Their decision will be influenced by quality of content (relevant information and website user-friendliness), not by old vs. new or branding vs. labeling. They may associate use of new competitors for .com with branding, or they may mix and match new gTLDs for both purposes. Nevertheless, alienating them might accelerate their desire to develop new technologies for screening the quality of content, as well as alternative Internet navigation tools that result in social benefits.

However, you cannot blame only the registries for divisiveness. This conflict is fueled by pundits and domainers on both sides of the debate, who have self interest in maintaining their positions, which are not necessarily based on analytics. For example, some of the .com domainers have price illusion, in that they look at the absolute price of their domain names instead of returns. For example, investment return on a new gTLD can be over 50% when it is hard these days to achieve such returns on financial investments in .com.

Thus, the domain name industry’s message should be win-win for all gTLDs, .com and new.

By Alex Tajirian, CEO at DomainMart

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Article source: http://www.circleid.com/posts/20150415_framing_new_gtlds_marketing_message/

So much for Ubuntu: A devastating week for Africans on the move

For all our talk of ubuntu and pan-Africanism, this is a continent that really knows how to mistreat its people – especially its most vulnerable.

Let’s start at the very bottom, in South Africa, the economic and political powerhouse that prides itself on its commitment to human rights and international law. A Zulu king, railing against his own irrelevance, wrote himself into the mainstream once again by taking verbal aim at those easiest of targets, “the foreigners”, whoever they may be.

Turns out he had more power than anyone thought: his words turned into actions, and sure enough, foreigners – Africans only, mind you – were chased from their homes; hounded out of their businesses, their goods looted; and beaten for the mortal sin of being from somewhere else. So far, six have been killed, and with every death the myth of South African exceptionalism cracks a little more.

Now let’s move towards the middle of this vast continent of ours, and a little east, to the world’s largest refugee camp which, incidentally, doubles as Kenya’s third largest city by population. This is Dadaab, a safer haven for hundreds of thousands of Somalis fleeing war and persecution, although life here isn’t easy either – food is scarce, jobs are scarcer, and the Kenyan state does everything it can to discourage real integration, leaving refugees in a kind of social limbo, stuck in a purgatory far from home and told they can’t make a new home either.

Then the war in Somalia – the same one from which Dadaab’s residents fled, and in which Kenyan troops are deeply embroiled – reared up yet again and lashed out at Kenya proper. 148 university students were slaughtered in cold blood in Garissa. Al Shabaab claimed responsibility, but somehow it is Dadaab that is being punished. Kenya is demanding that the camp is closed down within three months, and that its refugees return to Somalia. The subtext is clear: that refugees only remain in Kenya because they want to, as if they are tourists on the world’s worst package holiday whose visas have expired. Because who wouldn’t trade their homes, businesses, friends, families, land, furniture, property and history for a dusty tent in a hot, barren strip of no-man’s land in a country that doesn’t want them?

Finally, let’s move up, all the way to those lush white beaches on the continent’s northern coastline, where every week hundreds of nervous passengers gather up their courage and put their lives at the mercy of some rickety ship and its unscrupulous crew that has promised, for a sizeable fee, to take them to the promised land across the waters – to Europe, where, if they are lucky, they will work harder than anyone else as street sweepers and toilet cleaners and still incur the wrath of over-fed locals who are too selfish to understand that a few foreigners taking a few menial jobs is a small price to pay for their own extraordinary wealth and prosperity, built as it was almost entirely on the systematic rape and pillage of foreign lands.

If these would-be migrants are unlucky, the unscrupulous crew will abandon ship somewhere in the Mediterranean, the ship will get swallowed by the waves and they will drown within sight of the Promised Land, as more than 400 did this week.

What links Durban, Dadaab and the North African migration route is that these are all Africans on the move. Africans in search of a life free from war and conflict, from persecution and discrimination; a life that can guarantee for themselves and their families a basic standard of living, security and respect. There are still too many African countries that cannot offer this. And those that can are reluctant to extend these privileges.

This is a mistake. Not just on a moral level, or a human rights level, although the arguments for both are obvious and inarguable. But even on a practical, selfish level: Those Africans that make it out of extreme poverty, that escape from war, they are survivors. They are entrepreneurs. They are the hardest workers and the biggest risk-takers, the people who have been forged in the fire and can make it anywhere. They are the very best of us, and if they happen to end up within our borders we should be doing everything to keep them here, instead of chasing them away to other lands which they will inevitably improve and enrich.

And history is on their side. Humanity is not and has never been static; as a species, part of our success has been a relentless search for greener pastures and new frontiers. No matter how hard we try, we will never be able to stop the movement of people across lands and borders. It’s a habit ingrained in our DNA. The sooner we all accept this, and start taking advantage of this, the better. Ultimately it will be those who fight hardest against this movement, against human nature itself, who will lose out. DM

Photo: A foreign national signs in with immigration officials at a makeshift camp set up after recent xenophobia attacks by South African’s on foreigners living in the port town that left scores dead, in Durban, South Africa, 15 April 2015. Attacks on foreign African nationals ended with running battles in downtown Durban. EPA/STR

Read more:

  • Xenophobia and bloodshed in His Majesty’s kingdom on Daily Maverick

  • Analysis: Kenya’s Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, isn’t going anywhere yet on Daily Maverick

  • Lampedusa tragedy: We were all African refugees once on Daily Maverick

Article source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2015-04-15-so-much-for-ubuntu-a-devastating-week-for-africans-on-the-move/

New dual-boot TV boxes run Android + Ubuntu or Windows

Like the idea of a TV box that runs Android and has access to thousands of apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus, and XBMC, but don’t want to buy one unless it can also handle desktop apps like Office or LibreOffice?

No problem: there are a handful of dual-boot devices on the market that let you run Android and another operating system.

Two of them popped up recently at online retailer Geekbuying. The Wintel W8 is a $ m127 dual-bootini PC with Windows and Android, while the Ugoos UT3S is an Ubuntu + Android system that sells for $179.

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The Wintel W8 features an Intel Atom Z3735F processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, HDMI and 10/100 Ethernet jacks, a micro USB port, two full-sized USB ports, and a microSD card slot.

It supports 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 and ships with Windows 8.1 with Bing and Android 4.4 software.

Note that this system also appears to be available from other sells as the CX-W8.

Wondering why the model with Ubuntu Linux costs less? There are a few reasons. First, Windows licenses and Intel Atom chips are pretty cheap these days, so the price difference between a device with those chips and one with an ARM processor and free and open source software isn’t necessarily very big.


Second, the Ugoos UT3S arguably has better specs than the Wintel W8.

The system features a Rockchip RK3288 ARM Cortex-A17 processor with Mali-T764 graphics, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Gigabit Ethernet. It also comes with a wireless remote control.

While the processor can’t run Windows 8.1 and Linux graphics drivers for this chipset are a work in progress, the CPU is pretty speedy and this model has more RAM and support for faster wired and wireless networks than the Wintel W8.

Other features for the UT3S include four USB ports, HDMI and SPDIF ports, a microSd card slot, and support for (some) 4K video output.

via AndroidPC.es


Article source: http://liliputing.com/2015/04/new-dual-boot-tv-boxes-run-android-ubuntu-or-windows.html

Red Hat and Canonical talk Linux 4.0 integration as work on 4.1 causes hissy-fits

RED HAT has been telling The INQUIRER about its plans to integrate the latest Linux 4.0 kernel into its products. 

In a statement, a spokesman told us, “Red Hat’s upstream community projects will begin working with 4.0 almost immediately; in fact, Fedora 22 Alpha was based on the RC1 version of the 4.0 kernel.

“From a productization perspective, we will keep an eye on these integration efforts for possible inclusion into Red Hat’s enterprise portfolio.

“As with all of our enterprise-grade solutions, we provide stable, secure and hardened features, including the Linux kernel, to our customers – once we are certain that the next iterations of the Linux kernel, be it 4.0 or later, has the features and maturity that our customer base requires, we will begin packaging it into our enterprise portfolio with the intention of supporting it for 10 years, as we do with all of our products.”  

Meanwhile, Canonical Head Honcho Mark Shuttleworth has confirmed that Linux Kernel 4.0 should be making its debut in Ubuntu products before the end of the year.

In an earlier note to The INQUIRER, Shuttleworth confirmed that the newly released kernel’s integration was “likely to be in this October release.”

The news follows the release of version 4.0 of the Linux kernel in a flurry of what T S Eliot would describe as “not with a bang but a whimper“.

Writing on the Linux Kernel Mailing List on Sunday afternoon, Linux overlord Linus Torvalds explained that the new version was being released according to schedule, rather than because of any dramatic improvements, and because of a lack of any specific reason not to.

“Linux 4.0 was a pretty small release in linux-next and in final size, although obviously ‘small’ is relative. It’s still over 10,000 non-merge commits. But we’ve definitely had bigger releases (and judging by linux-next v4.1 is going to be one of the bigger ones),” he said.

“Feature-wise, 4.0 doesn’t have all that much special. Much has been made of the new kernel patching infrastructure, but realistically that wasn’t the only reason for the version number change. We’ve had much bigger changes in other versions. So this is very much a ‘solid code progress’ release.”

Come to think of it, it is very unlikely that T S Eliot would ever have written about Linux kernels, but that’s not the point.

Torvalds, meanwhile, explained that he is happier with releasing to a schedule rather than because of any specific feature-related reason, although he does note that there have been four billion code commits, and Linux 3.0 was released after the two billion mark, so there’s a nice symmetry there.

In fact, back in 2011 the version numbering of the Linux kernel was a matter of some debate, and Torvalds’ lacklustre announcement seems to be pre-empting more of the same.

In a subsequent post Torvalds jokes, “the strongest argument for some people advocating 4.0 seems to have been a wish to see 4.1.15 – because ‘that was the version of Linux Skynet used for the T-800 Terminator.’”

But there’s nothing to see here as far as Torvalds is concerned. It’s just another day in the office. And all this in “Back To The Future II” year, as well.

Meanwhile under the bonnet, the community are already slaving away on Linux 4.1 which is expected to be a far more extensive release, with 100 code changes already committed within hours of Torvalds announcement of 4.0.

But there is already some dischord in the ranks, with concerns that some of the changes to 4.1 will be damaging to the x86 compatibility of the kernel. But let’s let them sort that out amongst themselves.

After all, an anti-troll dispute resolution code was recently added to the Linux kernel in an effort to stop some of the more outspoken trolling that takes place, not least from Torvalds himself, according to some members of the community. µ

Article source: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2403744/linux-40-arrives-as-a-pretty-small-release

PLUMgrid Joins Canonical Ubuntu OpenStack Interoperability Lab

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. and LONDON, April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — PLUMgrid, a leading innovator of virtual network infrastructure for OpenStack®  clouds, has become an Ubuntu Cloud partner and a part of the Canonical OpenStack Interoperability Lab program. 

PLUMgrid Open Networking Suite (ONS) provides virtual network infrastructure including SDN and NFV based on fully distributed, programmable architecture.  Deployed by enterprises and service providers, ONS delivers terabits of scale-out performance, production grade resiliency, and secure multi-tenancy for virtualized, bare metal, and container based data centers.

As the OpenStack ecosystem continues to grow, so does the Canonical OpenStack Interoperability Lab (OIL) where Canonical conducts interoperability testing on more than 3,000 cloud configurations on Ubuntu OpenStack each month. As part of OIL, PLUMgrid ONS will participate in the rigorous testing with Ubuntu OpenStack, making the combined solution easy for customers to deploy and use, along with solutions from over 30 other partner hardware and software providers.

OIL delivers customers the confidence that components of an OpenStack cloud work together, making it easier to deploy and consume cloud resources. Canonical and PLUMgrid will also work together to simplify and automate the installation, deployment and management of OpenStack networking components. 

OpenStack has emerged as a preferred open-source cloud management platform based on its openness, interoperability, flexibility and a large community of highly active users, developers, and vendors.  It has also established itself as the platform of choice for NFV workloads. According to the most recent OpenStack Foundation global survey, Ubuntu is the most popular host and guest operating system for OpenStack, with more than half of all OpenStack instances running Ubuntu, and 70 percent of the public cloud guest operating system market.

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“With our Canonical partnership, our focus is not only to ensure PLUMgrid Open Networking Suite integrates well with Ubuntu OpenStack, but to also make it extremely easy to deploy and use the overall OpenStack solution for our end users. Canonical, with its best-in-class infrastructure tools Juju and MaaS, is a great partner for us.  We are committed to simplifying user experience, and OIL gives us another level of interoperability testing and validation that ensures seamless integration across a wide variety of Ubuntu OpenStack configurations.”
—Kashif Iftikhar, Vice President of Business Development and Sales, at PLUMgrid

“We’re delighted to welcome PLUMgrid to the Ubuntu Cloud partner community. The reality is, SDN partners that provide OpenStack interoperability across a diverse set of technologies will have the most success.  OpenStack provides a variety of excellent technology choices to service providers and enterprises looking to build public or private clouds.  We’ve recognized this and are enabling an ecosystem via our OpenStack Interoperability Lab (OIL). Through this lab, we run tests in combination with solutions from our partners to provide validation of their interoperability in an OpenStack environment.”
—John Zannos, VP Cloud Alliances at Canonical

About PLUMgrid Open Networking Suite (ONS) for OpenStack
PLUMgrid ONS for OpenStack is a comprehensive software suite that enables scalable and secure virtual network infrastructure for OpenStack® clouds. Deployed by service providers and enterprises, PLUMgrid ONS provides terabits of scale out performance, production grade resiliency, and secure multi-tenancy for hybrid data centers. Built on PLUMgrid Platform®and IO Visor® technology, the software suite lets users create private Virtual Domains to provide isolation, security, and policy enforcement across tenants. Designated as OpenStack Compatible by the OpenStack Foundation, PLUMgrid ONS supports industry’s broadest distribution including Canonical, Mirantis, Oracle, Piston, Red Hat and SUSE.

About PLUMgrid
PLUMgrid is an innovator of secure and scalable virtual network infrastructure for OpenStack clouds. Founded in 2011, PLUMgrid provides software networking solutions that enable hybrid data centers to connect tenants, applications, and workloads efficiently across hypervisors, virtualized, bare metal, and container based architectures. PLUMgrid is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. and is funded by venture capital and strategic investors. Visit www.plumgrid.com, read the PLUMgrid blog and follow the company on Twitter @PLUMgrid.

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Canonical produces Ubuntu, the leading open-source platform for cloud, personal computing and next-generation devices.

Ubuntu introduces a new mobile experience for phone users, a smarter ecosystem dynamic for developers, and unprecedented differentiation opportunities for carriers and device manufacturers. Ubuntu ships on millions of PCs annually, aimed at education, government and enterprise markets.  Ubuntu also enables next-generation devices at the heart of the internet of things.

Ubuntu is used in 80 percent of production OpenStack cloud deployments worldwide. Canonical’s scale-out expertise and orchestration technology enable software-defined-networks and storage, providing the platform of choice for network equipment providers and operators.

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Forget flash sales: The first Ubuntu Phone is now available to buy all the time

When the first Ubuntu phone launched, it was only available via limited-time “flash sales.” If you missed them, rejoice! You can now purchase an Ubuntu phone like you would any other product—if you live in the European Union, at least.

The phone in question here is the BQ Aquarius E4.5 Ubuntu Edition. It’s now available for purchase on BQ’s website for €169.90, or about $181 US. This is the same price the phone was offered in via flash sales, but those are done. Want an Ubuntu phone and live in the EU? You can get one for less than two hundred euros.

Make no mistake: BQ’s Ubuntu phone is a low-to-mid-range model. It offers a 540×960 resolution display, 8GB of internal storage, and 1 GB of RAM. But that’s to be expected. After all, it’s only 170 euros. You’d pay more than four times that price for a new, unlocked iPhone 6.

With this announcement, Ubuntu Phone just became much more available. We’ve gone from no phones, to one phone you could maybe get in one region, to—finally!—the first Ubuntu phone that you can always get in one region.

But don’t worry if you’re not in Europe. The BQ Aquarius E4.5 Ubuntu Edition is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Don’t live in the EU? A more powerful phone is coming

Canonical’s own website says there are “more Ubuntu phones coming soon.” And we know that Canonical is working with China’s Meizu on a Ubuntu smartphone. Canonical showed off Ubuntu running on a Meizu MX4 LTE phone at Mobile World Congress in March. Meizu’s phones should go on sale soon.

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Canonical’s Ubuntu Phone OS running on the Meizu MX4 LTE.

Previous rumors have suggested that Canonical might have the rights to sell these Meizu MX4 phones worldwide through their own online store. This would mean the rest of us could finally get our hands on a proper Ubuntu phone—not just Ubuntu running on not-officially-supported Nexus devices —and try it for ourselves.

The wait isn’t all bad. It may actually be for the best. The Meizu MX4 will be more of a “flagship” device, with a 1920×1152 display, at least 16 GB of internal storage, and 2 GB RAM. Ubuntu Phone should perform even better on this device, and it seems like this is the phone Canonical wants to present Ubuntu to the world on.

This flagship phone should be more expensive, though. Given the price of the equivalent Android model, I’d expect to see it retail somewhere around $350-$400 off-contract.

So, is it time to buy an Ubuntu phone if you live in the EU? Well, maybe—if you just can’t wait, or you’d rather get a more inexpensive Ubuntu phone.

Linux geeks looking forward to Canonical’s vision of convergence don’t need to rush, though. Ubuntu phone doesn’t yet offer the convergence features we’re all looking forward to, like the ability to plug them into a larger display and have your phone power a full Linux desktop. We might have to wait a few years to see that up and running. For now, the big selling point of Ubuntu phone is its unique interface.

Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2909902/forget-flash-sales-the-first-ubuntu-phone-is-now-available-to-buy-all-the-time.html

South African Tourism Thanks Travel Industry with Ubuntu Awards

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South African Tourism held its Ubuntu Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Museum of Natural History in New York. The Ubuntu Awards recognize the top contributors to the tourism industry in South Africa.

The name of the awards is based on the Zulu word “Ubuntu,” which translates to “I am because you are.” The awards are given in gratitude to those who have helped South Africa build its tourism industry.  

In attendance was Derek Hanekom, South Africa’s new minister of tourism, Mninwa Mahlangu – Ambassador of South Africa to the United States and Thulani Nzima, CEO of South African Tourism. All gave short speeches to the attendees.  

Trevor Noah, the South African comedian designated to follow Jon Stewart as host of the Daily Show, gave a short, funny talk to the audience.

The award recipients were as follows:

Top Producer to South Africa – Grand Circle Travel

Top Producing Online Tour Operator – Expedia

Top Producing Airline to South Africa – South African Airways

Best Value for Money Packages – Grand Circle Travel

Outstanding Achievement in Strategic Partnerships – Indus Travel

Outstanding Achievement in Creative Partnerships – Heritage Tours

Outstanding Achievement in a Group Travel Program – SmarTours

Outstanding Achievement in Incentive Programs – Madison Performance Group

Outstanding Achievement in International Programs – African Mining Indaba

Goodwill Ambassador – Trevor Noah

Article source: http://www.travelpulse.com/news/destinations/south-african-tourism-thanks-travel-industry-with-ubuntu-awards.html

.Sucks gTLD Is Kicking Up A Storm And Here’s Why

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Allen Grogan, ICANN’s chief contract compliance officer, has asked both the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Canada’s Office of Consumer Affairs to investigate Vox Populi. The company holds the license to sell domain names ending in “.sucks” but is allegedly charging exorbitant sums for the domains.
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U.S. and Canadian trade authorities have been asked to investigate Canadian company Vox Populi by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in relation to a request to stop the rollout of the “.sucks” domain.

ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC), which put forth the request, said Vox Populi’s practices “can best be described as predatory, exploitative and coercive.”

In a blog post on ICANN’s official site, Allen Grogan, ICANN’s chief contract compliance officer, said the group takes [pdf] the allegations seriously and has asked the help of trade authorities.

“We have sent letters to both the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and, because Vox Populi is a Canadian enterprise, Canada’s Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA), asking them to consider assessing and determining whether or not Vox Populi is violating any of the laws or regulations those agencies enforce,” Grogan wrote.

Vox Populi announced that trademark owners would be charged $2,499 per year to buy domains ending in “.sucks.”

Controversy surrounding domain names made a number of headlines in the past few months, with Taylor Swift having bought “taylorswift.xxx” in order to prevent others from being able to use the such domain names.

The problem with this is that companies presumably want to prevent others from being able to buy domains like “mcdonalds.sucks” to prevent unflattering websites being used to deface these companies.

In fact, reports suggest that the likes of Kevin Spacey, Microsoft, Google and Apple have all bought their respective “.sucks” domains in order to prevent others from buying them.

“VoxPop has colored well within the lines both of ICANN’s rules and national laws so I was surprised by the request,” said Vox Populi CEO John Berard in response to Icann’s move. “I would first have expected a question from ICANN or an aggrieved party, but got none. Perhaps it is driven by genuine concerns or it may be a case of the squeaky wheel. Either way, we see real value in bringing these names to life online. There is much to be learned from criticism.”

The practice of buying domain names in order to prevent others from using them is called “defensive registering,” and has been known to happen in the past. The issue here, however, is that Vox Populi seems to be charging as much as it can possibly get away with, justifying the high price tags as something that should be “a reasonable part of a companies PR budget.”

Of course, companies can choose not to purchase their respective “.sucks” domains, and after a period of time, these domain names will be on sale to anyone who wants them for up to $250. Some domains will even be available for as low as $10 per month.

It is not currently clear if Vox Populi actually acted outside what it was able to do, but it seems as though it is well above board to charge these prices for domains. As the company with the license to sell .sucks domains, it certainly could have charged far more. In fact, it originally planned to sell the domains for up to a whopping $25,000 but decided against it in the end.

Article source: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/46102/20150414/sucks-gtld-kicking-up-storm-heres-why.htm

Illumio Raises $100M More For Enterprise Security That Goes Beyond The Firewall

As the number of IT breaches continues to rise, startups that are coming up with creative ways of tackling the issue are growing, too. In the latest development, Illumio — a startup that aims to secure enterprise computing environments beyond their firewall perimeters by covering processes and applications in data centers and public and private clouds — is today announcing that it has raised another $100 million.

At the same time, it’s also picking up some key partnerships as a route to growing its business. Its systems now work with NGINX and F5 load balancers for dynamic policy enforcement.

Led by BlackRock and Accel, the Series C round also had participation from Illumio’s previous high-profile backers. They include Formation 8, Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst, Microsoft Chairman John W. Thompson, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang. Illumio and its investors are not commenting on valuation.

Like other security startups, Illumio did a lot of growing in the ground before making itself visible to all: founded in January 2013, it was in stealth mode for almost two years, until October 2014 — time that it used not only to sign up its first paying customers (today it , but to also to continue improving its no-hardware, software-only solution, releasing some 14 versions of the product in that period and raising over $40 million, according to chief commercial officer Alan Cohen.

Illumio’s product stands out in the market for its approach in how it secures enterprise systems. To date, many solutions have taken the blacklisting approach and focused on a company’s firewall as a way of protecting what goes on behind it.

But as Illumio points out, only 20% of a business’s traffic is ever at that perimeter. “The other 80% stays in the data center, and that’s also where 90% of the breaches occur,” Cohen said in an interview. All those cases of illicit password phishing and malware worms are notable examples how a company can be breached inside the firewall.

To tackle this, Illumio doesn’t eschew firewall philosophy, but rather embraces it: it effectively wraps a firewall around each and every piece of a businesses IT systems, from applications through to computing processes, covering wherever those pieces of software may reside.

Furthermore, it’s built on a “whitelist” approach, which sits in contrast to blacklists and is growing in its use, adopted also by the likes of Bit9, for example. Whitelisting essentially blocks everything except what is specifically allowed to pass — or, in Cohen’s words, it’s security architecture that is “built by the paranoid, for the paranoid.”

Then, on top of this security system, Illumio offers its business customers a real-time snapshot of what is going on in the whole system, and its software alerts the customer when anything is amiss. Cohen likens these analytics to a kind of MRI, “illuminating where the problem areas may be.” (This isn’t, however, how the startup got its name. Cohen says it’s simply a reference to the ability to see everything in a system, and also the availability of the URL.)

Just as there is a growing number of security startups that are architecting solutions based on whitelists, there are a growing number of startups that are looking at better ways of securing beyond the perimeter, including the likes of VMWare and Cloud Passage.

All the same, Illumio has seen a lot of traction already. The Sunnyvale-based company has hundreds of current customers today that include the likes of Plantronics, NTT, Creative Artists Agency and Morgan Stanley.

While Illlumio’s traction in the finance sector has brought it out to London faster than it planned to go — Cohen spoke to me in London while he and CEO and co-founder Andrew Rubin were here to visit customers — some of the Series C funding will be used to roll out more formally internationally. That includes opening an office in Asia by the end of the year, and doubling staff to about 200.

The early traction with enterprises was one of the reasons why investors are chipping in more now to help the company grow, even while it is already generating significant revenue.

“The wide range of investors supporting Illumio reflects the company’s strong traction with Fortune 500 customers, the innovation of its policy and enforcement approach, and the magnitude of the problem it solves,” said Thompson a statement. “The technology gap enterprises face in securing the interiors of their data centers and public cloud computing platforms is creating the proving ground to seize a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a major new platform in the security space.”

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Article source: http://techcrunch.com/2015/04/14/illumio-raises-100m-more-for-enterprise-security-that-goes-beyond-the-firewall/?ncid=rss

ServiceRocket and GoodData® Partner to Deliver Analytics and Insights for TrainingRocket Customers


ServiceRocket, a leading provider of training, utilization and support technology and services that maximize Customer Success, and GoodData®, an industry leading cloud analytics platform and Insights as a Service provider, announced today a partnership that integrates GoodData’s Insights as a Service (IaaS) platform with TrainingRocket. ServiceRocket’s TrainingRocket solution was designed by a training company for training departments to grow and service their customers by enabling end-users to get up and running on software applications quickly, and start using them proficiently. By embedding GoodData IaaS technology within TrainingRocket, software companies now have access to prevailing insights and analytics about their user base, with the ability to modify curricula or even product features, to ensure the successful utilization and, ultimately, customer retention.

“By offering powerful analytics and business intelligence, ServiceRocket can now increase software utilization and enhance the training experience of their customers,” said Rob Castaneda, Founder and CEO of ServiceRocket. “Partnering with GoodData gives our customers useful insights that take training to the next level.”

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ServiceRocket’s TrainingRocket platform is in use by many of today’s fast growing software companies such as Cloudera, NGINX, and Mulesoft to power online customer universities and training businesses. With the addition of GoodData IaaS technology, TrainingRocket courseware managers can now capture and view data to uncover demonstrable results around their training programs.

For example, using GoodData Analytics, a sales training program can combine training data with application data from other platforms such as Salesforce.com or Marketo to evaluate participants’ scores, see progression achieved through course material and measure the impact training has on sales productivity, revenue generation and customer engagement. Administrators can define specific parameters and integrate data from multiple sources, without needing IT support.

“We firmly believe every application must integrate and analyze data in order to stand out,” said Roman Stanek, GoodData Founder and CEO. “ServiceRocket is a shining example of how ISVs create differentiated offerings through analytics. The insights available in TrainingRocket powered by GoodData close the gap between education and revenue impact for all ServiceRocket customers.”

Insights as a Service

The GoodData IaaS platform includes end-to-end data management feeding its Insights Engine, Analytical Designer and Data Explorer to deliver guided business user data discovery. While other vendors build disconnected Business Intelligence (BI) solutions and appliances, GoodData begins with insights for customers that accelerate paths to breakthrough results and move beyond BI. This transformative platform is why GoodData is a market leading, “Insights as a Service” provider. Garnering the collective learning amassed within the Insights Network, GoodData culls the institutional knowledge accumulated over years of operations, service expertise, and analytic activity within more than 50,000 projects in GoodData’s cloud-based analytics platform.

ServiceRocket is the training, utilization and support solution for any training program needs, enabling the highest level of customer retention and success. The company’s training solutions include TrainingRocket, its popular on-demand learning platform for fast growing software companies and enterprise organizations. With TrainingRocket, software companies get users up and running on software applications quickly, so they can use them proficiently, leading to increased adoption, engagement, and success with customers and employees. Companies can use ServiceRocket’s Enterprise Software Training Maturity Model enabling them to quickly determine the current state of their training function and identify their specific training needs.

The analytics capability offered through this partnership is available in the second quarter of 2015 as an application called TrainingRocket “Powered by GoodData”.

About GoodData

GoodData®, an industry leading, cloud-exclusive business intelligence platform and Insights as a Service provider, enables more than 40,000 companies push beyond traditional BI. GoodData’s Insights Network leverages the accumulation of the company’s experience, best practices, and millions of its user interactions to propel organizations to analytic maturity and business successes. GoodData is headquartered in San Francisco and is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Intel Capital, TOTVS, General Catalyst Partners and others. For more information, read our blog, visit our website and follow @gooddata on Twitter.

About ServiceRocket

ServiceRocket is a unique Customer Success company focused on ensuring enterprises and users successfully incorporate software into their businesses and lives – so they use it, love it and buy more. Through training, support and utilization, ServiceRocket creates long-lasting, loyal relationships between software companies, enterprises and their software by delivering these elements to enable customer success. Based in Palo Alto, ServiceRocket has global teams in Australia, Chile, Malaysia and the United States. Visit www.servicerocket.com for more information.

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