Oracle has reported a sharp drop in profit for the quarter just ended, with customers spending more on its cloud services but less on software that runs in their own data centers.
Chairman Larry Ellison portrayed the shift as a positive one and said Oracle can make more money selling cloud services over the long term. But the change didn't seem to help it much last quarter, when its results were also battered by the strong U.S. dollar.
Privacy-first search aggregator DuckDuckDuckGo has grown a whopping 600 percent since NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden began revealing the extent of the US spying apparatus.
The search engine uses sites including Wikipedia, Yandex, Yahoo!, Bing and Yummly and offers users bare-bones search results without the personalisation and tracking wizardry which powers Google.
Chief executive officer Gabriel Weinberg told CNBC it crunches some three billion searches a year.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has spotted the US Navy publicly soliciting people to sell security vulnerabilities to well-known software, so that the US government can build backdoors into the software.
On a page posted to government agency contracting website FedBizOpps, which was deleted shortly after being highlighted by the EFF, the US Navy said the US government needs "to have access to vulnerability intelligence, exploit reports and operational exploit binaries affecting widely used and relied upon commercial software".
New research from RiskIQ, the Digital Footprint Security company, highlights the risks posed to UK organisation’s and their customers from unauthorised or fraudulent mobile apps and unauthorised app stores.
Companies spanning retailers, travel companies, media & entertainment, gambling firms and banks have far more mobile apps owned by them or referencing their brand than they are aware of, many of which come from a new breed of hacker intent on compromising their digital assets and putting their customers at risk.
The open-source software movement started in the late 1990s. Since then, open-source software has transformed the software industry. Today, many infrastructure software startups employ open-source strategies to market their software and win dominant market share.
Open-source is a disruptive distribution strategy. It allows potential users and buyers of a software to try it, evaluate it, and understand exactly how it works because the source code is freely available. Open-source companies market to developers exactly how developers would like to be marketed to — with code.