On Tuesday, VMware spinoff Pivotal announced the availability of Pivotal CF, an enterprise distribution of Cloud Foundry, and Pivotal One, a set of services to run on top of that platform. Microsoft and Facebook are so serious about exterminating bugs that they're sponsoring a bug bounty campaign to find vulnerabilities in critical software supporting the Internet stack. Big data firm Cloudera and IBM’s SoftLayer are getting in on the turnkey data center software action. They just unveiled multi-layer SoftLayer infrastructure solutions running the Cloudera platform. IT pros are taking note of the latest edition of the OpenStack open-source cloud platform, dubbed Havana. Nearly 400 new features have been added to enhance computing, storage, and networking. The good news for Canonical is that it raised nearly $13 million on crowdfunding site Indiegogo to build its new Ubuntu Edge smartphone, which doubles as a desktop computer. The bad news is that it needed $32 million.
Microsoft Stepping Up Privacy Efforts Redmond wants to become a leader in a newly competitive space: your privacy. Microsoft said it's expanding encryption across all of its services to guard against snooping by governments.
Cisco, HP Among Winners in Slowing Server Market Although the PC market is declining, the server industry is still posting gains, albeit slight ones. In the third quarter of 2013 worldwide server shipments grew 1.9 percent year-over-year, according to Gartner.
Here Comes the New USB Plug Time to get ready for a new USB plug. The new connector for USB 3.1 will be reversible, so a user can insert it with either side on the top, and it may be the only connector needed for many devices.
EU Regulators Approve Microsoft Deal for Nokia Regulators within the European Union have given the green light to Microsoft's $7.4 billion buyout of Nokia. The move had been expected, but now that regulators have officially accepted it Microsoft can move forward.
Knox: Why More Enterprises Don't Buy Samsung Samsung is crushing the smartphone competition in terms of units sold. But the company has a perceived weak spot that is preventing it from dominating in the enterprise: its Knox security software.