Couchbase Weekly: June 8, 2016

EventsConferences:June 6 - 8: Spark Summit, San FranciscoJune 6: Data Science Summit, EuropeJune 8 - 10: Devoxx UK, London Couchbase Days:June 2: Couchbase Day — ParisJune 7: Couchbase Day — Fort LauderdaleJune 8: Couchbase Day — MunichJune 8: Couchbase Day — SunnyvaleNewsDBTA: Couchbase Adds Spark Connector to Fuel Operational Business InsightsSDTimes: Spark Summit shows spread of softwareSDTimes: Firebase Remote Config, Veracode Runtime Protection, and MapR’s new enterprise-grade Spark distribution—SD Times news digest: June 6, 2016TechRepublic: Why some of the fastest growing databases are also the most experimentalSilicon Valley Business Journal: Glassdoor raises $40M at higher valuation despite lower share priceNasdaq: Glassdoor Raises $40 Million Amid Investor SkepticismDeveloperTech: A guide on how to choose a database for your mobile appsSunSentinel: The Planner: AARP employment program assists unemployed adults 55 or olderDZone: Watching SCRAM Authentication in JavaBlogsAnnouncing the new Couchbase Spark Connector — David SegleauWhy Spark and NoSQL? — Will GardellaMulti-Node Full Text Search in Couchbase 4.5 Beta — Will GardellaHow to Install Couchbase Server on Windows (Video) — Matthew GrovesCouchbase Weekly, June 2 2016 — Laura CzajkowskiKubernetes Cluster on Azure and Expose Couchbase Service — Arun GuptaWeb ContentPages:Big Data ConnectorsWhite Papers:Accelerating Data-Driven Applications with Couchbase and Spark Data Sheets:Couchbase Spark ConnectorUpcoming EventsJune 6 - 8: Spark Summit, San FranciscoJune 6: Data Science Summit, EuropeJune 8 - 10: Devoxx UKWebinarsJune 9: How to run NoSQL on top of Oracle for better performance and lower costs (US)June 14: How to run NoSQL on top of Oracle for better performance and lower costs (EMEA)Tweet This: Learn about Virtual Buckets in #Couchbase with beer! Watch the video: http://ow.ly/SNCa300CRkw #NoSQLTweet This: Electrify your data processing! Learn about #ApacheSpark and how it fits into the #Couchbase system with this video: http://ow.ly/sqxL300PgmXTweet This: Register for the Data Science Summit in Israel on 6/06 to hear #Couchbase’s Ravi Mayuram talk about #NoSQL: http://ow.ly/I1Fe300Ahe9 Tweet This: Get best practices for running #NoSQL in relational environments with the new webinar on 6/9 at 11am (PST): http://ow.ly/3Biz300U3qw Tweet This: Learn how companies like Marriott & eBay are using #Couchbase and #Oracle with our new webinar on 6/9 at 9am (GMT): http://ow.ly/3Biz300U3qwLearn what's latest in the Couchbase Community.Let us know if we missed anything at @couchbasedev, @couchbase or #Couchbase.

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Microsoft sells patents to Xiaomi, builds 'long-term partnership'

SINGAPORE Software maker Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) is selling about 1,500 of its patents to Chinese device maker Xiaomi [XTC.UL], a rare departure for the U.S. company and part of what the two companies say is the start of a long-term partnership.The deal, announced on Wednesday, also includes a patent cross-licensing arrangement and a commitment by Xiaomi to install copies of Microsoft software, including Office and Skype, on its phones and tablets. Both companies declined to discuss financial terms of the deal."This is a very big collaboration agreement between the two companies," Wang Xiang, senior vice president at Xiaomi, said by telephone ahead of the deal.Analysts said Xiaomi's ambitions to be a major player outside China were hampered by weak patent protection and a fear of a prolonged legal battle. "This deal might just give them enough of a patent trove to move to Western markets," said Sameer Singh, a UK-based analyst. "Their position in China has been under constant attack from even lower-end Android vendors, so moving overseas is now a necessity."Shipments of Xiaomi phones fell 9 percent year-on-year in China in the first quarter, according to Strategy Analytics, and its market share dipped to 12 percent from 13 percent, squeezed not only by Huawei [HWT.UL] and Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) but also smaller contenders including Oppo and Vivo. Wang said the acquisition of Microsoft patents, which included voice communications, multimedia and cloud computing, on top of some 3,700 patents the Chinese company filed last year, were "an important step forwards to support our expansion internationally." Xiaomi launched its first U.S. device earlier this month, a TV set-top box it developed in cooperation with Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google, which owns the Android operating system it and most Xiaomi devices run on. Xiaomi has also launched a tablet which runs a version of Microsoft's Windows operating system.Jonathan Tinter, corporate vice president at Microsoft, said the company was keen to tap into Xiaomi's young, affluent and educated users by having its products pre-installed on their devices. He declined to go into detail about the patent deals, but said the overall deal was something "we do only with a few strategic partners." Microsoft has cut licensing deals with many Android device makers over the years, but has had less luck with Chinese manufacturers. Florian Mueller, a patents expert who consulted for Microsoft in the past, said it was rare for Microsoft to actually sell its patents, adding "it's possible Microsoft found it easier to impose its Android patent tax on Xiaomi as part of a broader deal that also involved a transfer of patents." (Reporting by Jeremy Wagstaff; Editing by Ian Geoghegan)

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Contributing to Meteor Documentation

If you’ve been developing in Meteor, you may have noticed we recently launched a brand-new, shiny design for our documentation and guide sites.Apart from being easy on the eyes (and infinitely more discoverable by Google search) the new docs site was created with the principal aim of being easier to contribute to. You’ll notice a prominent “edit on GitHub” link on each page, which you can use to send fixes to documentation content or suggest improvements.Documenting in the OpenMeteor has had a long history of enabling and welcoming documentation from community contributors. I myself co-wrote the book Discover Meteor before I had even joined the Meteor team. Meteor’s first tutorial was also open-sourced on GitHub and welcomed pull requests for anyone who found bugs or typos.We carried this tradition over into our development of the Meteor Guide. In my Meteor Night talk last month, I spoke about the incredible success we’ve had creating the Guide in the open with the full collaboration of the community, and how we’ve seen some amazing community contributors step up as a result .New Roles for Docs ContributorsTo recognize those efforts, we’ve created a new way for the most dedicated docs contributors to get involved. One contributor, in particular, Loren Sands-Ramshaw has volunteered to become a maintainer of our documentation—this title is both to highlight the great contributions he was making before and to enable him to increase his involvement in the process of crafting our guide and other documentation.We’d like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Loren and encourage more folks to make larger contributions. With that in mind, we’ve published an initial set of community guidelines for Meteor documentation contributions. If you’re interested to find out what it takes to become a documentation maintainer, we encourage you to read the document and let us know if you have suggestions for how we can improve our process.We really hope we can build on the powerful community momentum we have behind the Guide and extend it to more and more parts of the Meteor framework to make it the best possible platform for the community.

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Blazing meteor creates light show across New England sky

BOSTON A meteor lit up the night sky over New England and eastern Canada early on Tuesday, startling people who saw it including police officers who captured the show on a dashcam.A bright light streaked across the sky shortly after 12:50 a.m. ET (0450 GMT) over states extending from Pennsylvania to Maine, according to the American Meteor Society. It was also captured on some security cameras.About 100 tons of dust and sand-sized particles known as meteorites enter the Earth's atmosphere each day, though most are too small to be noticed, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The Portland, Maine, police department posted a video showing the meteor as videotaped by the dashboard camera of a patrol car. One of the officers could be heard exclaiming, "Oh, my God!" The airport in Burlington, Vermont, captured the show on a security camera. NASA estimates that a meteor about the size of a car enters the Earth's atmosphere on average once a year, producing an impressive fireball that burns up before reaching the ground. (Reporting by Scott Malone)

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Senate committee questions Facebook over news selection

A U.S. Senate committee launched an inquiry on Tuesday into how social media website Facebook selects its news stories after a report that company employees blocked news about conservative issues from its "trending" list.The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation asked Facebook Chairman and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg in a letter to answer questions about the company's news curation practices and its trending topics section.The investigation comes after Gizmodo reported on Monday that a former Facebook employee claimed workers "routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers," while "artificially" adding other stories to the trending list.U.S. Senator John Thune, the chairman of the committee, told reporters Tuesday his primary concern was that Facebook may be engaging in deceptive behavior if employees meddled with what trending news was displayed.“If you have a stated policy, which your followers or your audience knows to be the case, that you use an objective algorithm for trending topics -- you better follow that policy,” Thune said. “It’s a matter of transparency and honesty and there shouldn’t be any attempt to mislead the American public.”The letter to Facebook includes requests for information on the organizational structure for the "Trending Topics feature." Adam Jentleson, deputy chief of staff to Democratic Senator Harry Reid, balked at the request in a statement provided to Reuters."The Republican Senate refuses to hold hearings on [Supreme Court nominee] Judge [Merrick] Garland, refuses to fund the president’s request for Zika aid and takes the most days off of any Senate since 1956, but thinks Facebook hearings are a matter of urgent national interest," Jentleson said.A Facebook spokesman said it had received Thune's request for more information about how "Trending Topics" works. "As we investigate, we will also keep reviewing our operational practices around Trending Topics — and if we find they are inadequate, we will take immediate steps to fix them," the spokesperson said.Tom Stocky, the vice president of search at Facebook, responded to the allegations Monday night in a lengthy post published to the social media site saying there are "strict guidelines" for trending topic reviewers who "are required to accept topics that reflect real world events." He added that those guidelines are under "constant review" and that his team would "continue to look for improvements." Katie Drummond, the editor-in-chief of Gizmodo, called her publication's story "accurate" in a statement released to Reuters Tuesday.Gizmodo's report alarmed several social media users, with some conservatives in particular criticizing Facebook for alleged bias."'If a Conservative Speaks - and Facebook Censors Him - Does He Make a Sound?'" Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) wrote on Twitter Tuesday, with a link to a National Review story that detailed the allegations against Facebook. (Reporting By Amy Tennery; additional reporting by Dustin Volz in Washington; Editing by Alan Crosby)

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