The company’s first three for-profit projects sold out within 24 hours in January and raised $300,000 from more than 500 investors who will earn a 4.5 percent return. In April , California regulators authorized Mosaic to offer up to $100 million in loans for commercial solar projects. Its first project under that authorization, a $157,750 loan to install a 114-kilowatt array on the Ronald McDonald House in San Diego, was funded within six hours by 171 investors.
SOURCE LINK:http://e360.yale.edu/feature/mosaic_billy_parish_harnessing_citizen_power_to_fund_solar_energy_projects/2640/Read More →
Report: Analysis of Italian crowdfunding market by Ivana Pais (Cattolica University) and Daniela Castrataro (twintangibles) – Version 2.1 (April 2013)Read More →
At the OpenStack Summit last week, Tuesday’s keynote opened with Dope’n’Stack E.N.T.E.R.P.R.I.S.E, a video that symbolizes the arrival of a new force of disruptors who see riches in building software and systems that will displace the legacy systems of old. It’s not a question anymore. OpenStack has the momentum to win, and it can thank this young group of developers and feisty systems gurus for making it happen.
Companies that have long controlled the enterprise software and systems market are now at a distinct disadvantage. Their proprietary, closed-stack integrations don’t play in the new open cloud world that emulates the success of Internet-scale companies, such as Amazon Web Services, Google and Facebook. And this group of technologists knows it, making it abundantly clear last week in Portland.
Cloudscaling CTO Randy Bias summed up OpenStack’s place in the market in a presentation this week, titled “The State of the Stack.” The presentation reviews the findings of a survey done with OpenStack users and relevant data about the overall community.
OpenStack is as much a stack as is Linux or Java. That points to a future where it has a chance to become a standard for building out cloud infrastructure. It has the attention of startups and large enterprise companies. Successes have come with customers such as Bloomberg, Comcast, Best Buy, CERN Laboratories and the NSA, all which have built core technology on OpenStack. It has served as a stack to try new technologies, such as the Ceph storage system and any number of new networking technologies.
What hypervisor OpenStack users deploy is one of the most telling signs of the shift and the adaptive role that older, more established companies have had to take on. According to an OpenStack survey, KVM has become the hypervisor of choice due to its open-management platform. It has no licensing fees and allows for free choice in how it is used. KVM is backed by Red Hat. Xen, it should be noted, became part of the Linux Foundation last week with the support of Amazon Web Services, which will have definite impacts on the market. Until this point, Citrix maintained a community edition of Xen, similar to the way Red Hat treats KVM. Other supporters include hardware and silicon vendors such as AMD, Calxeda, Cisco, Intel and Samsung. Companies that use Xen in software products such as Bromium and Citrix. And large scale users of Xen, such as Amazon, CA, Google and Verizon Terremark. AWS uses the Xen hypervisor.
This puts particular pressure on VMware, which now faces both KVM and Xen. In an email, Bias said VMware must open its core ESX hypervisor in order to remain relevant in today’s market:
Bottom line on VMware is that if they don’t open up their management of ESX to non-VMware players and OpenStack generally, they won’t be able to transition to true elastic cloud, will be stuck with only their existing workloads. They will become another Novell.
A VMware spokesperson would not comment when asked if the company would open ESX. Still, VMware can by no means be counted out, said Rishidot Research Founder Krishnan Subramanian.
VMware’s position is a bit rocky. In fact, every big enterprise who is using OpenStack on production environments said they moved from VMware and they went with OpenStack because they feel that whatever VMware offers on the cloud is not good enough for them. I still wouldn’t write off VMware. They understand that they are in a precarious position. They are preparing for such a future by going up the stack and getting ready for more heterogenous environments underneath. DynamicOps acquisition will play a role there.
That focus on heterogeneous stacks is exactly what VMware espouses. And they are supporting the customers who are moving to OpenStack environments. VMware is also one of the top 10 contributors to OpenStack.
The rationale for VMware’s involvement in OpenStack is simple. The transformation to the software-defined data center will take many forms, and VMware understands that many customers will want to piece together different technologies based on their requirements using open frameworks. Nicira was quite successful with this model, and VMware is committed to supporting that trajectory not just with networking, but with compute and management as well.
Such A Thing As Too Brash?
I wonder, though, if the OpenStack community is sometimes too brash. They are no doubt brilliant technologists, but there is a point in the Dope’n’Stack video where the duo crosses the line from fun entertainment to questionably offensive.
OpenStack organizers showed an edited version of the video to the attendees gathered for the keynote. Organizers said they wanted to provide the audience a “G” rated version.
The reference to “doing more pilots than promiscuous flight attendants” caught the notice of at least one person at the conference.
@dopenstack – pilots line was too much – do better next time. You forgot there are women in IT? Adria Richards didn’t teach you anything?
— Ian Colle (@ircolle) April 16, 2013
The Dope’n’Stack team said they were not gender-specific in their remarks. It still did not go over well.
@dopenstack Heh, OK, I’ll revise my comment. Making a word play about “doing” anyone or anything is always and in every case in poor taste.
— Ian Colle (@ircolle) April 16, 2013
Dope’n’Stack E.N.T.E.R.P.R.I.S.E is a view into the OpenStack community. It’s fun, energetic and shows the ambition of this young organization. In just three years the community-driven effort has become one of the most powerful movements in IT. It stands to serve as the foundation for how organizations build out elastic stacks.
But there are still questions about maturity both in terms of its attitude and how it evolves as an organization. Says Subramanian: The future of cloud infrastructure platform market is OpenStack’s to lose. If they do it right, they could become the dominant platform but it is a very big “if.”Read More →
New details of the highly anticipated comprehensive immigration reform bill have leaked ahead of its introduction to Congress on Tuesday (April 16). Most of the technology industry will be pleased that it nearly doubles the number of high-skilled visas (H1-B), from the 65,000 to 110,000, with a maximum of 185,000 in the future. However, as the Washington Post reports, it will also require employers who heavily rely on H1-B visas to pay fees and higher salaries.
With shortages of quality engineering talent in the United States, high-skilled immigration reform is a top priority for the technology industry. This year, the 65,000 visa cap was reached in just 5 days, making the bill all the more urgent.
Notably absent from the (leaked) details is a new type of visa that permits immigrants to start their own companies without an employee sponsor (the so-called “startup visa“).
The bombing of the Boston Marathon may delay debate on the bill one day. We will update readers as new information is released.Read More →
Two explosions rocked the Boston Marathon, causing widespread injuries. The earliest reports and images began flowing in from social media. According to a Boston Globe tweet, “dozens of people have been seriously injured”. Below are first-hand reports and images as they come in, including live social media updates from official sources. WARNING: content is graphic.
Boston Marathon Toll rises even higher. More than 120 treated at 7 local hospitals.
—The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 15, 2013
NBC News: A law enforcement official says one of the two people killed in today's explosions was eight years told.
—Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) April 15, 2013
–Update (3:20 PT) – A large google spreadsheet of citizens offering places to stay and wi-fi to reconnect with loved ones is big and getting bigger
—Alina Cho (@AlinaChoCNN) April 15, 2013
—The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 15, 2013
Cellphone service shut down in Boston, official says fxn.ws/137ltLw
—Science & Technology (@fxnscitech) April 15, 2013
FAA says places temporary flight restriction over Boston explosion site #breaking
Boston police confirm 3rd bomb blast at JFK Library after 2 at marathon finish line fxn.ws/YqzLjd
—Science & Technology (@fxnscitech) April 15, 2013
BREAKING: Multiple explosive devices found, at least 2 which exploded, officials tell NBC News
—NBC Nightly News (@nbcnightlynews) April 15, 2013
—Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) April 15, 2013
President Obama has been notified of the incident in Boston, administration in contact with state and local authorities. #BostonMarathon
—(@msnbc) April 15, 2013
My photog @JohnHammann and I are safe. But, we were very very close. Saw people on the ground with limbs missing. Awful.
—Jackie Bruno (@JackieBrunoNECN) April 15, 2013
—Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) April 15, 2013
–Some of the images are quite graphic. See one of the injuries here.
–Here’s video of the explosion
–(update 4:01 PM PT) President Obama addresses the nation
–Google has set up a link to a person finder
—Google Maps (@googlemaps) April 15, 2013
–A reddit community had been compiling live updates, but incoming traffic has aparently overwhelmed reddit (it is now back up)
–Twitter CEO Dick Costolo retweeted this timely link to Red Cross of Eastern MA. Find loved ones, let people know your safe, and contribute to victims
Register here to find loved ones. Also – make sure they know you're safe. redcross.org/find-help
—RedCrossEasternMA (@RedCrossEastMA) April 15, 2013
– (update 4:10 PM PT) Airbnb is offering housing to stranded people in Boston
—(@Airbnb) April 15, 2013
–Two very important hotlines:
If you are trying to locate someone, call: 617-635-4500. If you have any information about the explosions, call: 1-800-494-TIPS
—ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) April 15, 2013
–In all of the chaos, brave citizens risked their safety to help one another. Wherever there is evil in the world, there is also good:
Asking what's wrong with world? Watch blast vid. Notice how many run towards it. To help. That's what's right with world. #bostonmarathon
—Jay Menard (@JayCMenard) April 15, 2013
–Reuters has a good live news feed
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Crowdfunding is a hot topic right now in entertainment finance due to successful fundraising campaigns such as the $4.6 million raised so far for the Veronica Mars movie project on Kickstarter. “Any financial innovation in this industry that solves a persistent problem is likely to be adopted quickly,”stated Bianca Goodloe, expert panelist at the April 4th Pepperdine University Motion Picture Finance Forum,and managing partner of Goodloe Law, a prominent Los Angeles entertainment law firm,“In the case of crowdfunding, independent filmmakers may be eager to access this new source of funding, but be unaware of some of the risks involved.”
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Update: Baidu Eye Was An April Fool Gone Wild, But With ‘A Kernel Of Truth’ Based On A Real Internal Project
Update: And the joke is up. The flurry of reports about Baidu’s supposed Google Glass competitor, Baidu Eye, are actually based on an April Fool’s joke. Like all of the best April Fool’s, it had just enough realism to it to be believable. In fact, there is a “kernel of truth” to the story, Baidu spokesperson Kaiser Kuo tells TechCrunch.
“There is an internal project we are working on, a small internal test,” he says. “But we’re not even certain it will ever be brought to market.” He says that Baidu’s concept, like Google Glass, is based on an ocular interface and built with LED. “It’s all about visual search on images and voice command. These have been a part of science fiction since the Fifties but now they’re becoming reality.”
He emphasizes that there are no hardware vendors selected (Qualcomm was among those named as the story “spun out of control”). “I have not been invited to play with it,” he notes. “We may go with it, but we may not, but it certainly fits with what we have been doing.” Like its competitor Google, Baidu has put a lot of investment into looking at what the next generation of search might look like, including efforts in image search and facial recognition, both of which would obviously have a natural home in a piece of head-mounted wearable computing. Being ahead of the game is important for Baidu not only to help it hold on to its 70%+ share of the Chinese search market but also for its wider ambitions to carve out a place for itself elsewhere, including Africa.
Earlier story, rounding up all the scuttlebutt, below.
Baidu, the search giant often referred to as the “Google of China,” is reportedly developing its own version of Google Glass, according to a article in Sina Tech (link via Google Translate). We’ve contacted Baidu for comment.
Testing of a prototype has reportedly already begun. According to the Sina Tech article, Baidu Eye has been in development for “several years” by a team under the direction of Baidu’s chief product designer Sun Yun-feng. The wearable gadget is equipped with tiny LCDs, voice control, image recognition, bone conduction (which allows sound to be conducted to the inner ear through the bones of the skull), and can also function as a standard pair of eyeglasses. Furthermore, developers will reportedly have access to Baidu’s cloud ecosystem to create apps for Baidu Eye. News Web site QQ.com also reported that Baidu has been working with Qualcomm to develop technology that will extend Baidu Eye’s battery life to 12 hours.If Baidu Eye does indeed hit the market, it can offer Baidu a big boost as it seeks to diversify its business away from online search. Though Baidu still holds about a 70 percent share of China’s online search market, it faces competition in that arena from upstarts like Qihoo.
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