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noc trendsby Abdul Moid
Trends Followed By NOC Services
The latest trends in technology are being provided support by Network Operations Centers to ensure that the current systems are kept up and running with minimal downtime when corporations are not ready to replace the entire system. Outdated systems might not be upgradeable or can crash often reducing the productivity of the whole company. Outsourcing to a third party can save costs by allowing these systems to be given the ability to keep up with the demands of traffic, sales, and general tasks.
NOC Services Assist Companies Switch or Upgrade Networks
There are several ways that Network Operations Centers such as ExterNetworks aid companies that wish to switch or upgrade current networks without too much expense or complications. The use of various techniques to upgrade software, have technology at multiple locations connected, transitions of wireless networks and keeping the infrastructure secure. ExterNetworks will give you peace of mind by taking these tasks out of your hands and freeing up staff.
Announcing the first SHA1 collision (Google)by Anant Jain
A hashing algorithm is a fast,one-way function that lets you take a piece of data and convert it to something else (called the hash). Thus, you can compare hashes of two strings to make sure that the original strings are the same. A hash collision occurs when two strings have the same hash, and a collision attack is one where given a hash, you try to come up with a string that has the same hash (thereby violating the one way property of the hashing algorithm)
SHA-1 is a hashing algorithm from early 90s that, over the past decade or so, is no longer considered secure against well-funded opponents.
Today, CWI Amsterdam and Google announced a practical collision attack against SHA-1, publishing two dissimilar PDF files which produce the same SHA-1 hash as proof of concept.
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Q&A Session with Andy Artz (Partner, Head of User Acquisition at Social Capital)by Andy Artz
Hi everyone! I'm Andy and I'm an investor at Social Capital based in Palo Alto, CA. Social Capital is a partnership of philanthropists, technologists and capitalists utilizing venture capital as a force to create value and change on a global scale.
Previously, I ran finance and built out the analytics for OMGPOP, a VC backed social gaming startup. We sold the company to Zynga in March 2012 for $180M.
Before OMGPOP, I began my career with IBM's M&A team buying software companies ranging from $20M - $10B+ valuations. I'm passionate about startups, especially ones focused on health and data.
Ask me anything!
Moderator note: We are very excited to have Andy do this Q&A Session for us here! You can follow Andy on Twitter (@artzandy) and ask him about Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Modeling, Due Diligence, Financial Management, Budgeting, Venture Fundraising, Data Mining, mySQL and Web Analytics.
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Facebook Is Working on a Video Chat Device (Bloomberg)by Anant Jain
Featuring a laptop-sized touchscreen, the device represents a new product category and could be announced as soon as next spring’s F8 developer conference, according to people familiar with the matter. They say the large screen and smart camera technology could help farflung people feel like they’re in the same room
The video chat device will feature a wide-angle camera lens, microphones, and speakers for video conferencing that are all powered by artificial intelligence to boost performance, the people said. A version of the device in testing includes a thin, vertical stand that holds a large touchscreen measuring between 13 and 15 inches diagonally, the people said. Facebook has considered running a version of the Android operating system on its device instead of building its own core operating system, according to the people.
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Apple’s China Problem — Stratecheryby Anant Jain
A huge contributor to Apple's high retention amongst iPhone users is attributable to iOS — for most of the world it is unimaginable for an iPhone user to upgrade to anything but another iPhone: there is too much of the user experience, too many of the apps, and, in some countries like the U.S., too many contacts on iMessage to even countenance another phone.
Unlike the rest of the world, in China the most important layer of the smartphone stack is not the phone’s operating system. Rather, it is WeChat, making iOS irrelevant for the Chinese. WeChat is your phone — and it works the same on iOS or Android.
Read the full article for a deeper analysis around this interesting observation.
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Facebook Said to Create Censorship Tool to Get Back Into Chinaby Prabhav Jain
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has cultivated relationships with China’s leaders, including President Xi Jinping. He has paid multiple visits to the country to meet its top internet executives. He has made an effort to learn Mandarin.
Inside Facebook, the work to enter China runs far deeper. The social network has quietly developed software to suppress posts from appearing in people’s news feeds in specific geographic areas, according to three current and former Facebook employees, who asked for anonymity because the tool is confidential. The feature was created to help Facebook get into China, a market where the social network has been blocked, these people said. Mr. Zuckerberg has supported and defended the effort, the people added.
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