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Daily Dose: Microsoft's Daytona brings MapReduce to Windows Azure

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MapReduce, Google's framework for scaling large amounts of data across computers, has been ported to Windows Azure by Microsoft. The project, code-named "Daytona", was made available under a non-commercial-use license on Friday.

Project Daytona is designed to support a wide class of data analytics and machine-learning algorithms. It can scale to hundreds of server cores for analysis of distributed data. Project Daytona was developed as part of the eXtreme Computing Group’s Cloud Research Engagement Initiative.

Official Ruby Gem for Amazon Web Services released!

Amazon released on Friday the official Ruby SDK for Amazon Web Services, which allows Ruby developers to program and develop for AWS without using third-party gems. While there have been several other SDKs for Ruby AWS development, even some snippets from Amazon itself, there hasn't been an official SDK until 'aws-sdk', the official gem released by Amazon. AWS-SDK currently supports:

  • EC2
  • S3
  • SQS (queue service)
  • SNS (notifications service)
  • SES (Simple E-mail Service)
  • SimpleDB (in the form of an ORM)

Microsoft a top contributor to Linux Kernel 3.0

It's easy to see Microsoft and Linux as opposing forces, with Windows and Linux as competitors in the operating system market. This is not always the case, however, since Microsoft is contributing several changes to Linux kernel 3.0. According to, the top contributor is K. Y. Srinivasan, a Microsoft developer wo has made 343 changes to the kernel. Among the contributing companies, Microsoft is placed 7th with a total of 361 changes. Other big names include Red Hat and Intel, with 1,000 and 839 changes, respectively.

Mozilla unveils BrowserID as "a better way to sign in"

OpenID, the web-wide login standard used by Yahoo, Facebook, and Google is now being challenged by Mozilla's new BrowserID. Mozilla is planning to solve the complexity and security problems associated with OpenID by creating a new open source standard named BrowserID, based on Mozilla's Verified Email Protocol, which "allows people to use their own email addresses for logins, instead of introducing a new token for authentication."


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