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Larry Ellison steps down as Oracle CEO

It is the end of an era for Oracle as Larry Ellison has decided to step down as the company’s CEO. He founded Oracle in 1977 and since then, he has been its only CEO ever. Taking his place as CEO will be both Safra Catz and Mark Hurd. Catz will handle all manufacturing, financial …

Databricks launches Apache Spark training program

Developers can now become Apache Spark certified. Databricks, the company that founded the open-source Big Data processing engine, and O’Reilly Media are teaming up to launch the Apache Spark Developer Certification Program. Spark made strides earlier this year when the Apache Software Foundation moved it from Apache Incubator to a top-level project. “The adoption of …

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Citrix acquires mobile virtualization startup Virtual

Citrix announced it has acquired Virtual, a cloud-based startup for Android and iOS emulation and virtualization on remote desktops. The Virtual platform, according to its website, claims to emulate any Android or iOS device on any platform with near-native accuracy. The platform can also be used for app and bug testing, and access is currently …

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SD Times news digest: Sept. 18, 2014—Microsoft releases WinJS 3.0, and CloudFlare’s Keyless SSL

Microsoft releases WinJS 3.0 with multiplatform support, nixes developer fees Microsoft has released version 3.0 of WinJS, the Windows library for JavaScript, adding cross-platform and cross-browser support, JavaScript modularization, and improved universal control designs. The update adds support for popular Web and mobile browsers, as well as HTML-based app environments, including Apache Cordova. According to …

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Guest View: Are you ready for iOS 8?

Apple’s iOS 8 is here, and it will be a game-changer. No operating system on the planet gets adopted faster than a new iOS release. If iOS 7 was any indication (60% of users upgraded just a few days after release), iOS 8 may set new records. Even before worrying about adding new capabilities to …

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SD Times News Digest: September 17, 2014—pretty Easy privacy, WaveMaker Enterprise, and Keynote’s Mobile Testing solution

pEp looks to reclaim users digital privacy pEp, which stands for pretty Easy privacy, recently launched an Indiegogo campaign with the hopes of setting a new Internet standard for digital communication. “We designed pEp with the user in mind, as the solution that seamlessly integrates with the habits of the user, avoids central infrastructure and …

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Velocity NYC Roundup: How they tried to fix HealthCare.gov

As the New York City Velocity conference winds to a close, this year’s Web operations and performance event was highlighted by some engaging speakers and a laundry list of Web development news and releases from companies big and small. In addition, Mikey Dickerson, a former Google engineering manager who’s now a member of the tech …

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Artificial intelligence meets Web application performance monitoring

Applications have gotten smarter, and with methodologies like agile, continuous delivery and DevOps, releases and updates have gotten faster. But are application-monitoring approaches keeping up? “The way people build applications today has fundamentally changed over the last three to four years. But while applications have evolved, application monitoring is still about showing people charts and …

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Docker stacks up a $40 million round

Docker has taken the software development field by storm. Since launching as an open-source project in March 2013, it has been downloaded more than 21 million times and is used by thousands of organizations. And now the company has announced that it has just closed a US$40 million series C round of funding, just eight …

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Velocity NYC: Myths of enterprise control

Amid the many Web operations and performance presentations at the New York Velocity Conference, one keynote tackled the role of DevOps and developers in driving enterprise innovation. Justin Arbuckle, chief enterprise architect for IT infrastructure automation provider Chef, gave a keynote on “Myths of Control,” gleaned from his two decades of experience in large financial …

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Software allows developers to define and render UI specs on top Android’s UI

Android L’s material design is a new style of visual, motion and interactive design that can be applied to Android apps. But with this new functionality, developers have to start thinking about baseline grids, keylines and spacing markers. As a result, UI engineer Lucas Rocha, currently at Mozilla working on Firefox for Android, has created …

PaaSLane shifts emphasis from cloud migration to app modernization

Cloud Technology Partners is shifting its emphasis from migrating applications to the cloud to making them cloud-ready through modernization, culminating in today’s release of version 2.5 of its PaaSLane application platform. “Companies are moving the simplest, least important apps [to the cloud] to see how they can make the cloud work for them,” said Ben …

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Microsoft officially buys Minecraft developer Mojang

After several days of reports and speculation, Microsoft and Minecraft developer Mojang officially confirmed their US$2.5 billion deal. Most of the staff of Mojang, the Stockholm-based developer of the popular gaming franchise, will join the Microsoft Studios team, which includes companies behind games such as Fable and Halo. Microsoft will continue to make Minecraft available …

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SD Times news digest: September 15, 2014—A Chrome tool to remove Windows software, and The New York Times APIs

Google releases Chrome tool to remove Windows software Google has released a new software removal tool for its Chrome browser that scans and removes software that may be causing problems in Chrome. The Google SRT tool, currently still in beta, is Windows-only software that tries to detect if a user has installed software that changes …

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