We’ll see how this week goes, Dear Reader. If the news is as slow as expected, we might just shut down early and give you back a few minutes. In the meantime, we have some items left over from last week. Let’s start with an acquisition: software review site G2 Crowd has purchased Siftery, which examines company Web sites to figure out what technologies they’re using. The idea is for Siftery to help companies manage their technology after HG Data helps them buy it.
How about something completely different? Anagog lets companies deliver personalized, context-sensitive services on a mobile phone without moving personal data off the handset. The trick is an engine that runs on the device itself, tracking detailed behaviors but only exposing a summary profile and predictions to external systems. Let that sink in: “absolutely no reliance on the cloud” is now a selling point. Can “absolutely no AI” be far behind?
Tech is fun but a little caution is always a good idea. This Pentagon-funded report on blockchain says that, whatever its theoretical virtues, existing real-world implementations contain major security weaknesses. Raise your hand if you’re shocked.