Does Apple have a breakout product in its smartwatch?


The rumors had swirled for months, and they materialized this week when Apple unveiled its first wearable device, the Apple Watch. It’s, of course, much more than a timepiece — it’s a fitness tracker with an accelerometer and heart rate monitor to follow your workout. It offers a bevy of apps as well as the ability to receive calls when linked to an iPhone.

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Oracle to acquire content storage management company Front Porch Digital


Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire Front Porch Digital, a provider of technology for migrating, managing and monetizing large-scale media content. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Oracle said late Sunday that it expects the transaction to be closed this year. Front Porch Digital will continue to operate as an independent company until then.

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Sprint, Windstream traffic routing errors hijacked other ISPs


Internet traffic routing errors made by U.S. operators Sprint and Windstream on the same day last week underscore a long-known Internet weakness, posing both security and reliability issues. Both of the errors involved Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), an aging but crucial protocol that is used by networking equipment to route traffic between different providers. Traffic routes are “announced” using BGP, and the changes are then taken up by routers around the world.

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