|Tech News: Dell Will Go Private and Twitter's Vine Has a Porn Issue|
By Josh Wolonick FEB 05, 2013 10:10 AM
Plus, MorphLabs competing with Amazon, social ad spending to increase by 40%, and leaked DOJ documents on drone strikes.
The app was removed from the App Store for featuring pornographic images and material, a clear violation of our guidelines. We also received customer complaints about possible child pornography. We've asked the developer to put safeguards in place to prevent pornographic images and material in their app."
Link: MorphLabs OpenStack Cloud to Arm Service Providers Against Amazon
"MorphLabs is banking that service providers wanting to take on Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Web Services will want to take a look at mCloud Osmium, the company’s new OpenStack-based public cloud infrastructure.
"Other OpenStack distributions have been available for a while but MorphLabs claims that its offering can provide a secure, multi-tenant infrastructure that these companies can pay for on a subscription basis, and that will provide them with all the billing capabilities, credit card validation and processing that they need to bill out to customers, said Yoram Heller, VP of business development for the Manhattan Beach, Calif. based company.
"There is indeed a market for something like this. As Amazon.com’s AWS arm takes on more IT loads for customers of all sizes, it’s competing more with traditional IT outsourcing companies and hosting companies aka the sorts of service providers MorphLabs is targeting here."
Link: New Technorati Report Says Most Marketers Expect Social Ad Spending to Go Up 40 Percent This Year
"Technorati has released a new Digital Influence Report, and the big theme (probably not surprising coming from a blog and social media ad network) is that most online marketing dollars aren’t being directed to the 'blogs and influencers' where they could have the greatest effect. At the same, social ad spending is expected to increase significantly this year.
"The company previously released annual State of the Blogosphere reports, but starting this year it’s expanding the report’s scope to include social media — hence the change in name. The company says that it surveyed 1,200 consumers, 150 brand marketers, and 6,000 influencers."
Link: Leaked DOJ Memo Justifies Drone Strikes on US Citizens
"A leaked Justice Department white paper reveals a draft legal framework which describes in detail the targeting of American citizens by drones without due process or proof of specific intent to harm. That's terrifying.
"The document, obtained by NBC News, explains that targets believed to be 'senior operational leader[s] of al-Qa'ida' or an 'associated force' who 'pose an imminent threat' can be targeted by US drones without the need for excessive quantities of paperwork or due process."