Rosemont, other suburbs ready to play ball if Cubs are serious
Rosemont Mayor Bradley Stephens, who has publicly wooed the team to his largely commercial and industrial town of 2.5 square miles tucked a few feet from runways at O'Hare International Airport, is embracing the notion that the Cubs could move there. "I feel like we're a viable option," Stephens said.
Blink, A New App For Ephemeral Text And Photo Messaging, Arrives On iPhone
Blink, a new mobile application for ephemeral messaging, is debuting today on the Apple App Store allowing users to text, plus share photos, and soon videos, with other friends as well as with groups. The app represents a spin-off from the same technology which also powers social friend finder, Kismet. Though the company says it has no plans to shut down Kismet at this time, its current focus will be on continuing the development of Blink at present. You may remember Kismet, founded by ex-Googler Kevin Stephens and Michelle Norgan, as one of the apps which surged in popularity around the time of SXSW 2012, when “ambient location” seemed to be the latest trend. As it turned out, while Kismet saw some pick up on college campuses, and particularly in the Greek community, its user base remained under a million. Now Blink is repurposing the company’s technology platform to attack mobile social networking from a new angle: disposable messaging. The mobile messaging market is huge, fragmented, ...
Hapyrus Launches Service For Amazon Redshift, An Emerging Alternative To Hadoop And Hive
Hapyrus has launched FlyData, technology that enables it to automatically upload and migrate data to Amazon Redshift, the data-warehouse service that can scale to petabyte size. Amazon has claimed that Redshift will increase the speed of query performance when analyzing any size data set, using the same SQL-based business intelligence tools analysts use today. Hapyrus Co-Founder Koichi Fujikawa says their service, a big data router, makes Redshift even more effective and an alternative to Hadoop and Hive, the most widely recognized combination used for processing and analyzing data. After setup, FlyData runs in the background, moving the data to Redshift. Fujikawa said Hapyrus sets up a virtual private cloud on AWS. Customers can integrate their own virtual private network to transfer the data. Hapyrus competes against the likes of Informatica and Talend. Its current focus is on integrating with AWS, but going forward it will integrate data from a variety of sources. Fujikawa said in an ...
Humboldt surfer fends off shark with bare fists
A surfer, Scott Stephens, was hospitalized after he survived a shark attack by fending off the beast with punches to the head. Stephens dealt the shark blows after it gripped him in its teeth and pulled him underwater off the North Jetty, Humboldt.
Obama campaign manager under fire for Libyan Embassy comments
Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter thinks that the “entire reason” the killing of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stephens and three of his embassy staff became political was "because of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan."