Daily Tech Briefing: May 1, 2014

Sprint took the wraps off an improved version of the just-released HTC One M8. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse—along with HTC CEO Peter Chou, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek and Harman Kardon CEO Dinesh Paliwal—discussed key features of the HTC One M8-Harman Kardon edition of the new smartphone at a press event in New York.

Sprint will exclusively sell the HTC One M8-Harman Kardon edition, and the phone has Harman's Clari-Fi, technology, which restores much of the fidelity that is lost when audio files are compressed. What's more, the phone is designed to deliver six times the digital information of a compact disc and is capable of accessing Spark, a 4G technology that Sprint claims is faster than the 4G networks of its competitors.

Linux vendor Red Hat has acquired privately held open-source storage firm Inktank for about $175 million in cash. This is the first major acquisition for Red Hat in 2014, and its second major acquisition in three years. Inktank was founded by Sage Weil in May of 2012 to help support companies that want to run Ceph, an open-source distributed storage filesystem. This is a competitor to the open-source Gluster filesystem project, which Red Hat has also acquired. Red Hat officials said the two filesystems should complement each other well.

CA Technologies has released the latest version of its CA Nimsoft Monitor, which is a unified software package for managing IT and outside cloud services. According to the company, by using the Nimsoft Monitor, IT organizations can take a more proactive approach to IT monitoring, and provide higher-quality customer experiences.

Finally, a report based on survey data gathered by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by cyber-security firm Thales has found that 49 percent of companies do not know how their cloud provider secures customer data. Despite this, more companies are moving their sensitive data into the cloud. Furthermore, opinions seem to be divided over who is responsible for data in the cloud, the cloud provider or the cloud consumer.

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