Thursday, March 06, 2014

Bitcoin's Mysterious Creator?

Bitcoin's Mysterious Creator Is Said to Be Found -

"The person whom Newsweek identified as Satoshi Nakamoto, the (name of) founder of Bitcoin, was surrounded by journalists at his home on Thursday"

ZIP Data Compression Algorithms

zip Code: Unpacking Data Compression @ InfoQ

"Scott Vokes presents the algorithms at the heart of most compression tools, as well as how to design protocols and data formats to go with their flow."

JSON Hypertext Application Language (HAL)

draft-kelly-json-hal-06 - JSON Hypertext Application Language:

"This document proposes a media type for representing resources and
their relations with hyperlinks."

Amazon Chooses HAL Media Type for AppStream API 

Amazon has released a new API, the AppStream API, which allows you to programmatically manage applications hosted on the Amazon AppStream platform. For this API, they chose to build it with the HAL media type. HAL is a minimalistic hypermedia enabled media type for building machine-to-machine APIs.

Example: The HAL Browser

  "_links": {
    "self": {
      "href": "/"
    "curies": [
        "name": "ht",
        "href": "{rel}",
        "templated": true
    "ht:users": {
      "href": "/users"
    "ht:signup": {
      "href": "/signup"
    "ht:me": {
      "href": "/users/{name}",
      "templated": true
    "ht:latest-posts": {
      "href": "/posts/latest"
  "welcome": "Welcome to a haltalk server.",
  "hint_1": "You need an account to post stuff..",
  "hint_2": "Create one by POSTing via the ht:signup link..",
  "hint_3": "Click the orange buttons on the right to make POST requests..",
  "hint_4": "Click the green button to follow a link with a GET request..",
  "hint_5": "Click the book icon to read docs for the link relation."

Apache Spark

Spark Officially Graduates From Apache Incubator:

"Spark graduated from the Apache incubator. Spark claims up to 100x speed improvements over Apache Hadoop over in-memory datasets and gracefully falling back to 10x speed improvement for on-disk performance.

Since it was open sourced in 2010, Spark has been one of the most active projects in the community.Its fast growth can be attributed to a number of reasons. It can combine its own DSL with SQL for leveraging of the well known SQL language. Spark’s primary API is a Scala DSL"

Apache Spark™ - Lightning-Fast Cluster Computing

Run programs up to 100x faster than Hadoop MapReduce in memory,
or 10x faster on disk.

IBM Watson Mobile Challenge

IBM News room - 2014-02-26 IBM Challenges Mobile Developers to Bring the Power of Watson to the Palm of Your Hand - United States:

Infographic: IBM MobileFirst datagram

IBM Launches Contest for Cognitive Mobile Apps using Watson

IBM Watson is a computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language.Watson is not yet able to pass the Turing Test
but it could win the TV game show Jeopardy

The Web of Things

Computing Now Archive | March 2014: The Web of Things - IEEECS:

"The Internet of Things (IoT) is an extension to the current Internet that enables connections and communication among physical objects and devices...

The term Web of Things (WoT) goes beyond the focus on the Internet as the mode of exchanging data, instead bringing in all resources and interactions involving devices, data, and people on the Web. "

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