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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 10, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 10, 2012

Welcome to Friday everyone. The weekend is here is last, and what better way to kick it off than with a giveaway? We've teamed up with NVIDIA to hand out three 16GB Google Nexus 7 tablets, so be sure to enter (but read the rules before you do!). Apple and Samsung's ongoing patent trial gave us a glimpse at sales numbers for both companies today, and we also found out that Apple is looking for a whopping $2.45 billion from Samsung. Even though Google has remained publicly silent about this whole suit, it turns out that it has been providing support for Samsung behind the scenes during the trial.

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IBM considering RIM grab tips insider

IBM considering RIM grab tips insider

RIM has been a very bad place over the last few quarters as the average consumer left the BlackBerry platform and moved to Android or the iPhone. RIM then started to lose its core enterprise customers to competing smartphone platforms leaving it with sagging profitability and losses. The company is betting big on BlackBerry 10 phones to help turn around.

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IBM Sequoia Supercomputer grabs World’s Fastest crown

IBM Sequoia Supercomputer grabs World’s Fastest crown

IBM has reclaimed the World's Fastest Supercomputer crown, with a 16.32 sustained petaflop monster called Sequoia installed at the  National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Based on a 96-rack IBM Blue Gene/Q system, NNSA's new toy will be used to model nuclear weapons management, including artificial testing so as to avoid the need for underground performance tests. The supercomputer record was previously held by Fujitsu with its K Computer, that came in at 10.51 petaflops.

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IBM blocks Dropbox and iCloud as well as Siri

IBM blocks Dropbox and iCloud as well as Siri

Earlier today it was reported that Siri was being blocked for IBM employees nationwide as a sort of cut-back on their "bring your own device" policy for smartphones and tablets at the workplace - that policy has expanded, it seems. A new addition to the reports we've heard this morning indicate that IBM not only has Apple's Siri blocked, but several other applications such as Dropbox and Apples iCloud. The reason IBM has these applications blocked from the their offices is simple: data might not be as secure through these applications as they want their employees data to be.

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IBM blocks Siri on its networks

IBM blocks Siri on its networks

When you use Siri, voice data is sent back to Apple’s servers in order to be processed, but the information is also stored there for a period of time to help hone the voice assistant. IBM seems to be a little spooked by this, and has begun blocking use of Siri on its private networks in the fear that sensitive information may wind up in the wrong hands.

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IBM launches cloud-ready PureSystems

IBM launches cloud-ready PureSystems

IBM has launched a new family of integrated, flexible, and scalable computing systems designed to simplify and automate enterprise cloud computing, acting as building blocks for cloud-ready data centers. The new integrated hardware and software solution is called PureSystems and will kick off with two models, PureFlex System and PureApplications System, that will begin shipping this quarter.

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IBM lands contract to research exascale computing for astronomy

IBM lands contract to research exascale computing for astronomy

IBM has announced that it has landed a massive contract to develop a new supercomputer and related technology to help decipher the huge amount of data collected by the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON). The contract is worth $42 million and will have IBM working with ASTRON to research exascale computer systems.

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Facebook buys 750 IBM patents for defense against Yahoo

Facebook buys 750 IBM patents for defense against Yahoo

In cased you missed the news regarding Yahoo's desperate attempts to sue Facebook for patent infringement, that is exactly what they are doing. Yahoo's social network and advertising patents have been heading up this attempt but according to Bloomberg Facebook just purchased some solid defense.

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IBM Holey Optochip is first to 1 trillion bits of information per second

IBM Holey Optochip is first to 1 trillion bits of information per second

IBM scientists have created a prototype optical chipset that they called the Holey Optochip. The chip is the first parallel optical transceiver to hit one terabit of information per second. IBM says that's like downloading 500 high-definition movies in a single second. The Optochip is eight times faster than the parallel optical components we have today.

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IBM cans over 1000 workers in one week

IBM cans over 1000 workers in one week

An IBM employee organization has confirmed that IBM has laid off more than 1000 workers across the country. The layoffs all came this week alone and more may be coming. IBM offers no official comments on the layoffs. The data on the number of workers cut comes via the IBM worker union Alliance@IBM/CWA Local 1701.

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IBM sets new records in quantum computing

IBM sets new records in quantum computing

IBM scientists have set three new records in the realm of quantum computing, the company announced today at the Annual Physical Society meeting in Boston. Significant advances were achieved by the team in developing a quantum computing system that's stable enough to be scalable, bringing it one step closer to reality for practical computation.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 14, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day, tech world, we're starting the day off right with some leaks of the newest system released by RIM, BlackBerry 10 in all its glory. Then the iPad 3 tips continue to flow - iPad 3 with 4G LTE, a teeny tiny iPad Mini, and there's a big tip about an iPad 8-inch iteration which, when combined with the other iDevices, would form Voltron. Meanwhile Google's Motorola buy is paving the way for future Nexus confusion.

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