Tech Round-up for 7/16/13

By Mark Handelman
Posted in Virtualization
On July 16, 2013

Here are some of the technology stories that caught our eye today:

Nicole Perlroth and David E. Sanger of The New York Times look at the market for hackers selling information on exploits in software to other governments. Israel, Britain, Russia, India, and Brazil are among the biggest spenders, and the governments often pay more than the software manufacturers' bug bounty programs.

On July 1, Microsoft changed the Windows Azure licensing terms to allow the use of Remote Desktop Services on Azure virtual machines. Previously, only two sessions for server-admin or maintenance could run simultaneously. Citrix announced support for the new terms through XenDesktop 7 last week.

The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled yesterday that the Justice Department must release documents from a 2008 case where Yahoo tried to avoid joining the PRISM data collection program. Yahoo says the release of these documents will give the public more insight into online privacy.

Research from IDC shows U.S. federal private cloud spending will go from $1.7 billion in fiscal year 2014 to $7.7 billion by fiscal year 2017. IDC attributes the growth to enterprise architecture standards and the U.S. Federal CIO Council urging agencies to move to the cloud.