Klint Finley

Klint Finley

Klint Finley is a technology journalist working for TechCrunch. He has also contributed to publications such as Wired, ReadWriteWeb, Disinfo and Shift.

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  • Y Combinator Alum BigCalc Makes Hadoop Easier for High Frequency Trading Firms

    Y Combinator Alum BigCalc Makes Hadoop Easier for High Frequency Trading Firms

    Wall Street has been dealing with big data since before it was a thing. But the rise of algorithmic and high frequency trading is making big data even bigger and has led many firms to adopt the same free open source tools that tech startups and scientific researchers are using, according to Dharmesh Malam, CEO and co-founder of the Y Combinator alum BigCalc. Read More

  • 5 Ways To Learn Code From The Comfort Of Your Own Browser

    5 Ways To Learn Code From The Comfort Of Your Own Browser

    One of the big trends of the past couple years, spurred the growing demand for programmers, is the rise of in-browser programming tutorials. Gone are the days when you’d have to buy a book and configure a development environment before you could get your hands dirty with a little code. Maybe you want to start learning on your work computer and don’t have access to install a… Read More

  • Google’s Real Time Big Data Tool Cloned By Apache Drill

    Google’s Real Time Big Data Tool Cloned By Apache Drill

    Google, as you might expect, has massive amounts of data and it’s built many tools to handle it. Stuff like MapReduce and GoogleFS, which spawned the open source Apache Hadoop, and BigTable, which spawned Apache HBase. But Google didn’t stop with those projects. It’s continued to create new big data tools and continues to publish papers about them. Dremel (PDF) is designed… Read More

  • Cloud Computing Company Joyent Leaves Early Supporters Out In The Cold

    Cloud Computing Company Joyent Leaves Early Supporters Out In The Cold

    Back in 2006, cloud computing company Joyent offered a lifetime subscription to bundle of hosting services for a one time fee of $500. Now, according to an e-mail sent to customers, Joyent is pulling the plug on those lifetime accounts. Customers are predictably upset, but not for the reasons you might expect. Read More

  • Drupal Company Acquires Akismet Competitor Mollom To Kill Spam Dead

    Drupal Company Acquires Akismet Competitor Mollom To Kill Spam Dead

    Today Acquia, the company co-founded by Drupal creator Dries Buytaert to commercialize the open source content management system, acquired Mollom, a spam filtering service also co-founded by Buytaert. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Acquia CEO Tom Erickson tells me the Mollom service will continue to be available for non-Drupal users and pricing will remain unchanged. Read More

  • CloudFlare Helps Save Wikileaks’ Bacon

    CloudFlare Helps Save Wikileaks’ Bacon

    Wikileaks‘ website is up again after over a week of denial of service attacks, though as of this writing I’m still seeing many errors on the site. On its Twitter account Wikileaks credited CloudFlare, a company that provides a web security service, for helping the organization get its site back online. Earlier this month Wikileaks resumed publishing e-mails acquired (yes, illegally)… Read More

  • Putting An End To The Biggest Lie On The Internet

    Putting An End To The Biggest Lie On The Internet

    It’s long been said that “I agree to the terms of service” is the biggest lie on the internet. And even if you do read them, many TOS are so ridden with legalese that you practically need to be a lawyer to understand them. Also, as I wrote in a gloomy post last weekend, users have no choice but either agree to the terms offered by a web app or simply not use the service… Read More

  • It’s A Dark Time To Be A Consumer In The Cloud

    It’s A Dark Time To Be A Consumer In The Cloud

    Ecco Pro, a much beloved outliner and personal information management application for Windows was discontinued about 15 years ago. But you can still download it and run it on Windows 7 today thanks to the efforts of a handful of volunteers. Even though the software isn’t open source a few devotees have continued modding it and keeping it current for modern operating systems. They say that… Read More

  • Python For Microsoft Excel Company IronSpread Comes Out of Beta, Changes Name To DataNitro

    Python For Microsoft Excel Company IronSpread Comes Out of Beta, Changes Name To DataNitro

    Y Combinator Summer 2012 graduate Data Nitro (formerly known as IronSpread) has a simple proposition: it enables you to to use the popular programming language Python in Microsoft Excel. The plugin is free for individual non-commercial and enterprises will pay for the privilege. So far it’s only available for the Excel 2007 and 2010 for Windows. The company has no plans to support OSX. Read More

  • BMC Doubles Down On DevOps, Acquires VaraLogix

    BMC Doubles Down On DevOps, Acquires VaraLogix

    BMC Software, perhaps best known for its Remedy line of IT management products, announced today that it will acquire VaraLogix, makers of tools that help companies automate software deployments. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The move follows BMC’s acquisition of StreamStep and continued efforts to tap into the growing DevOps market. “DevOps” is a nebulous term… Read More

  • Rally Software Buys Agile Advantage To Prove Agile Development Really Works

    Rally Software Buys Agile Advantage To Prove Agile Development Really Works

    Today agile software project management Rally Software announced that it will acquire its longtime partner Agile Advantage. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Agile Advantage makes that helps organizations track the return on investment of agile software methodologies. Features from the company’s Performer product will be integrated into Rally’s existing Portfolio Manager tool. Read More

  • Y Combinator Alum MakeGamesWithUs Wants To Turn High School Kids Into iPhone Game Developers

    Y Combinator Alum MakeGamesWithUs Wants To Turn High School Kids Into iPhone Game Developers

    MakeGamesWithUs is a new iOS game publishing company with a twist: its focus is on helping high school and college students to build games. MakeGamesWithUs us will take the kids’ creations, provide professional graphics and art and publish them in the App Store. The kids will own the code, and the company will own the graphics and take a cut of the sales. The company already has a few… Read More

  • The Federated Web Should Be Easier Than It Sounds

    The Federated Web Should Be Easier Than It Sounds

    Twitter’s suspension of journalist Guy Adam’s account earlier this week should further discussions that have been bubbling over the past couple weeks about the need for a more open alternative to Twitter. Although Twitter reinstated Adams’ account, the company’s actions show why such an alternative is important. It’s not about giving developers more API tools to… Read More

  • Y Combinator Backed Startup Authy Wants To Help You Prevent A Dropbox Style Security SNAFU

    Y Combinator Backed Startup Authy Wants To Help You Prevent A Dropbox Style Security SNAFU

    In response to a security breach, Dropbox promised to add an optional new layer of security known as two factor authentication. If you want to add two factor authentication to your own app but don’t know where to start, you’re in luck: Authy is a YCombinator backed startup launching today that makes it easy to add optional two factor authentication to your application. You just… Read More

  • HireVue Acquires CodeEval, A Programmer Evaluation Tool For Recruiters

    HireVue Acquires CodeEval, A Programmer Evaluation Tool For Recruiters

    HireVue today announced its acquisition of CodeEval, a platform technical evaluations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but HireVue founder Mark Newman confirms that the CodeEval team is joining HireVue to continue developing the CodeEval product. No acqui-hire here. Read More

  • AppFog And Rackspace Want To Break Your App Out Of Amazon’s Walled Garden

    AppFog And Rackspace Want To Break Your App Out Of Amazon’s Walled Garden

    During the great Amazon Web Services outages of April 2011 and June 2012 many users were stuck. They could, in theory, move their apps to another AWS region, or to another cloud provider altogether. But in practice the architecture of AWS regions are unique – each one supports slightly different features and APIs. The thing is, every cloud provider will eventually have some downtime. Read More

  • Content Crunching App Silk Raises $1.6 Million Seed Round

    Content Crunching App Silk Raises $1.6 Million Seed Round

    Silk, makers of a free web-based personal database app, today announced a $1.6 million seed funding round led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) with participation from Atomico, Anil Hansjee, Jens Christensen and Philippe Cases. Read More

  • New Darknet Wants To Match-Up Cypherpunks In Crypto Utopia

    New Darknet Wants To Match-Up Cypherpunks In Crypto Utopia

    Earlier this year French entrepreneur Ramine Darabiha called for a cypherpunk revival. Looks like he might be getting his wish. Cryptosphere is a new darknet now under development. A darknet is a private and/or anonymous network, sometimes using the public internet for connectivity. Silk Road, a marketplace for illegal drugs, is probably the most famous. You can’t use Cryptosphere yet… Read More

  • Microsoft Open Sources Entity Framework

    Microsoft Open Sources Entity Framework

    Microsoft continues to make in-roads into open source development. Early last year it open sourced several development related tools, including NuGet and several libraries for its ASP.Net language. And by the end of the year the company announced sponsorship of projects to port both the Node.js development platform and the big data analytics tool Apache Hadoop to Windows. It’s even… Read More

  • Bitly Announces Realtime, A Search Engine For Trending Links

    Bitly Announces Realtime, A Search Engine For Trending Links

    Today Bitly announced a new Bitly Labs project called Realtime, a service for finding the most clicked on Bitly links. Realtime, now in private beta, allows users to filter searches by social network, keyword, subject and more. For example, here are the results for a search for the keyword “startups” in technology on Twitter: Read More