Cloud Failures Cost More Than $70 Million Since 2007, Researchers Estimate | Google Finally Launches A Native iPhone App For Google Offers | Job searches suck, but this startup thinks it can make them sexier. And shorter. | Like Netflix, Facebook is boosting its edge network | RIM Loses One of its BlackBerry Manufacturers

Cloud Failures Cost More Than $70 Million Since 2007, Researchers Estimate

Posted by PCWorld
A total of 568 hours of downtime at 13 well-known cloud services since 2007 had an economic impact of more than US$71.7 million dollars, said the International Working Group on Cloud Computing Resiliency (IWGCR) on Monday.
The average unavailability of cloud services is 7.5 hours per year, amounting to an availability rate of 99.9 percent, according to the group's preliminary results. "It is extremely far from the expected reliability of mission critical system (99.999%). As a comparison, the service average unavailability for electricity in a modern capital is less than 15 minutes per year," the researchers noted in their paper.
It is the first time that the group, formed in March 2012 by T[...]
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Google Finally Launches A Native iPhone App For Google Offers

Posted by TechCrunch
Google today launched a native iPhone version of its Google Offers app. Unsurprisingly, the app is very similar to the Google Offers Android app, which the company launched last November. With the new iPhone app, Google Offers users in the U.S. will be able to buy deals right from the app and find nearby deals while they are on the go. They can also use deals they have already bought right from their iPhone without having to print their coupons. Google, of course, always offered a mobile web version of Google Offers, but using the native app is significantly faster and also offers a number of new features.
Given that Google just launched its Groupon Now-like free offers a few weeks ago, offe[...]
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Job searches suck, but this startup thinks it can make them sexier. And shorter.

Posted by VentureBeat
Bright is launching today with a tall promise: It wants to find you a job. Not just any job: the job. The right job for you, the perfect match for your abilities and interests.
Ideally, if you’re only looking at the jobs that are right for you, you’ll be able to find a better job much faster — meaning looking for a job might not end up being the full-time, back-breaking pain in the butt it is right now.
In addition to serving up the right job for you, Bright also says it can “remove all the barriers that have restricted you from getting interviews for the jobs you want.”
The company accomplishes this through computer wizardry developed by its �team of nuclear ph[...]
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Like Netflix, Facebook is boosting its edge network

Posted by Gigaom
Updated: Facebook is building out its own content delivery network edge network to help speed up the delivery of its photos according to Frank Frankovsky, a VP at the social networking company. Frankovsky outed his plans onstage at the GigaOM Structure 2012 event in San Francisco as part of a conversation about how the network plans to continue scaling out its infrastructure. His announcement comes just a few weeks after Netflix announced it was building its own CDN.
Update: To clarify, Facebook says it is not pushing out its CDN partners, but is placing its own servers inside points of presence owned by ISPs to speed to delivery of its content to users in places around the world.
When asked[...]
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RIM Loses One of its BlackBerry Manufacturers

Posted by PCWorld
Contract manufacturer Celestica said it would phase out manufacturing services for Research In Motion, as the struggling maker of the BlackBerry smartphone attempts to cut costs amid slowing demand.
The Canadian manufacturer said in a statement on Monday it will wind down its manufacturing services for RIM over the next three to six months. Further details will be provided in the company's second-quarter results press release and conference call, scheduled for July 27, it added.
"We do not normally comment on specific supplier relationships," RIM said in an emailed statement. "As we outlined in our Q4 earnings call, we are making changes to our supply chain as part of wider efforts to improv[...]
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