InterCloud Systems to Acquire AW Solutions


 

InterCloud Systems to Acquire AW Solutions

InterCloud Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:ICLD), an end-to-end solution provider of cloud and managed services, professional services, infrastructure and applications to the telecommunications industry, major corporations and governmental entities, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire AW Solutions, Inc. (AWS) of Longwood, Florida for an aggregate purchase price of $5,215,607.50, subject to certain adjustments, consisting of cash, promissory notes and InterCloud common stock, which such aggregate amount represents two and one-half times AWS’s reported EBITDA for the period from March 1, 2012 to February 28, 2013.

AWS provides professional services to the telecommunications industry, including network systems design, architectural and engineering services, program management, and other technical services.

InterCloud’s Chief Executive Officer, Mark Munro, stated, “We are excited to welcome the world-class management team and employees of AWS to InterCloud. This acquisition will broaden our suite of services and add valuable new clients to both organizations. Our customers are looking for InterCloud to provide additional services for them and AWS will make that possible. As with all of our acquired companies, we expect to realize synergies from integrating their back office operations and cross-selling opportunities from combining our capabilities.”

About InterCloud Systems, Inc.

InterCloud Systems, Inc. is a global single-source provider of value-added services for both corporate enterprises and service providers. InterCloud offers cloud and managed services, professional consulting services and voice, data and optical solutions to assist its customers in meeting their changing technology demands. Its engineering, design, installation and maintenance services support the build-out and operation of some of the most advanced enterprise, fiber optic, Ethernet and wireless networks. Additional information regarding InterCloud may be found on InterCloud’s website at http://www.intercloudsys.com.

About AW Solutions, Inc.

AW Solutions, Inc. (www.awsolutionsinc.com) is an outsourced infrastructure service provider to the telecommunications industry. AWS provides comprehensive, single-source solutions to design, construct, implement, operate and maintain wireless, wireline, fiber optic and DAS multi-site networks. AWS offers turn-key program management, site acquisition and property management, architectural engineering, construction management, civil construction and line/antenna installation and network engineering

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The Best of April Fool’s Day Pranks on the Internet


Yes, it's April 1: roundup of April Fool's Day pranks from around the web

 

Screengrab shows the mock Google Nose website. For April Fool’s Day, Google videos promoted new services such as Google Nose that allowed users to scan the web for smells and a new feature on Google Maps that allowed people to search for pirate treasure. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

TORONTO – Don’t believe everything you read on the web today.

In case you hadn’t clued in yet, it’s April 1 on the calendar — April Fool’s Day.

Some of the web’s heavy hitters — including Twitter and Google, which always goes overboard with pranks — have posted a slew of phoney stories designed to trick and amuse readers.

A list of some of the best:

— Google Nose: It’s billed as “the new scentsation in search,” the “sharpest olfactory experience available.” Google allows search by smell AND has come up with technology to transmit scents over the Internet. This gag runs deep. Search for “belly button,” “diaper,” “fresh baked bread” or “Grandmother’s closet” today and you’ll see a box at the right of the screen with details from the Google Aromabase (diaper’s smell notes are: baby powder and poop).

http://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/nose/

— Google Blue: Gmail like you’ve never seen it before. Blue, all blue. “You click on Compose, the button Compose: blue. The word Compose itself: blue. You write in the body of the email, the font comes up blue. You don’t have to make it blue. It just is blue,” says a Google employee in a slickly produced video for the product. “We tried orange, brown — brown was a disaster.”

https://mail.google.com/mail/help/intl/en/promos/blue/index.html

— Google Maps treasure maps: Search for something on Google Maps today and look for the “Treasure” layer, which transforms the screen into sepia-toned graphics replete with cartoon trees and local landmarks, including the CN Tower, Niagara Falls and Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.

https://maps.google.com/maps?t=8

— Can I buy a vowel, Twitter?: In a bid to make communication even more streamlined and efficient on its social network, Twitter announces using vowels is now a premium service. Those not willing to shell out $5 a month for A, E, I, O and U (Y is always free) must instead log on to Twttr.

http://blog.twitter.com/2013/03/annncng-twttr.html

— Bigfoot sighting in Canada: Banff National Park announces an “amazing observation” made, a new species caught on camera near Lake Louise.

http://ow.ly/i/1NmFH

— “Star Wars” director J.J. Abrams recruits George Takei: The actor best known for playing Hikaru Sulu in the “Star Trek” franchise says he’ll play Master Ceti Maru, a member of the Jedi High Council, in the new upcoming “Star Wars” remake.

https://www.facebook.com/georgehtakei

— HBO announces “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage is being replaced by British actor Warwick Davis.

http://hbowatch.com/peter-dinklage-april-season-four/

— TTC’s “personal car”: Toronto’s transit service announces it’s sectioned off a subway car where there are no holds barred, riders can exercise all their annoying habits — wear bulky backpacks, eat slovenly, crank their music, clip their nails — with no regard to common courtesy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e8BmBoQv5U&feature=youtu.be

— WestJet, the pet-friendly airline: Any animal that can fit on one of its planes can now travel with WestJet, in the passenger cabin, without being confined to a kennel. It’s the airline’s new “furry family” program.

http://www.westjet.com/guest/en/deals/offers/furry-family.shtml?sm_cid=sm-tw-af-ss-ge-20130401&mrd=0

— Sony’s Animalia tech: Headphones for cats, TVs designed just for dogs? Tech toys marketed to pet owners who want the very best for their furry friends.

https://blog.sony.com/2013/03/animalia/

— YouTube has seen enough videos: YouTube announces that after nearly eight years of collecting videos, it’s nearly ready to stop accepting uploads and name one clip the best of the Internet.

http://youtube-global.blogspot.ca/2013/03/youtube-contest-submissions-closing_31.html

Offline, others were also looking to get in on the April Fools fun by sending out fake press releases.

Bob Rae said he would run for the leadership of the federal Liberal party after all, noting: “I’ve changed my mind. That’s a lot easier than changing parties. So I will be Crazy Uncle Bob after all.”

And Swimming Canada sent out a release saying that two-time Olympic medallist Ryan Cochrane would be giving the bobsled chute a try for the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

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2 Million Gamers Slaughtered By Hackers In “World of Warcraft” Game


Hackers Slaughter Thousands in “World of Warcraft” Video Game

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WoW_Box_Art1What you’re looking at there are piles of corpses in the game “World of Warcraft.”

“World of Warcraft” has suffered a cataclysm. And we’re not talking about “Cataclysm,” the expansion to the hugely popular online fantasy game. We’re talking about a massive epidemic of virtual deaths brought on by a plague … of hackers.

On Sunday, thousands of players of the game suddenly found their characters dropping dead for what seemed to be no reason. Virtual corpses piled up in the cities of Stormwind and Orgrimmar as well as Tarren Mill, Ragnaros and others.

According to Blizzard, the game’s publisher, it was hackers that caused the mass die off. Hackers discovered an exploit in the game and went to work spreading instant-deaths across the land, Blizzard community manager Nethaera explained in the forums:

Earlier today, certain realms were affected by an in-game exploit, resulting in the deaths of player characters and non-player characters in some of the major cities. This exploit has already been hotfixed, so it should not be repeatable. It’s safe to continue playing and adventuring in major cities and elsewhere in Azeroth.

As with any exploit, we are taking this disruptive action very seriously and conducting a thorough investigation. If you have information relating to this incident, please email hacks@blizzard.com. We apologize for the inconvenience some of you experienced as a result of this and appreciate your understanding.

Meanwhile, a person going by the name Jadd on YouTube and in the forums at “WoW” hack and exploit site Ownedcore has claimed responsibility for the virtual apocalypse.

wow 2“We didn’t do any permanent damage,” Jadd writes. “Some people liked it for a new topic of conversation and a funny stream to watch, and some people didn’t. The people who didn’t should be blaming Blizzard for not fixing it faster (4 hours of obvious use is sad).”

And the hacker adds, “It’s not like I added 20000000 gold to everyone’s inventory, and broke the economy; but look at the big Chinese gold seller companies, who are doing this every day. Now ask yourself who is really ruining the game. It’s not us. That’s my justification.”

“We hope you find it as funny as we do! ,” Jadd writes on this YouTube video showing off the instant-kill hack.

Ultimately it’s not the end of the world as “World of Warcraft” players know it. After all, players can resurrect their dead characters. Still, many “WoW” players were not amused.

“They really should face legal action if Blizzard can track them down by home address.

This amount of disruption really is beyond just a minor thing or 2,” wrote a player going by the name Dream Lifter in the “WoW” forums. “Doesn’t matter is it is a bunch of kids or not, breaking the law is breaking the law. Think it is funny now, but when the police come in it won’t be so funny anymore.”

But then again, not everyone was particularly upset about the experience either.

“Personally I like it when this stuff happens,” wrote a player going by the name Kitez in the game’s forums. “Everyone complaining now will be telling this story fondly in a few months.”

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Camera Lost In Ocean for Six Years Returned


Lost Camera Returned After Six Years In The Ocean

In what might have simply been a gigantic publicity stunt, China Airlines and Hawaii News Now have teamed together to return a camera to a woman who lost it. The incredible part is that she lost it six years ago, in the ocean. The Canon Power Shot, sheathed in a plastic waterproof housing, survived, and the pictures were even salvaged from the memory card.

http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/TDMwQhyLGpTkxteNwoaWUw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTMxMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en-US/blogs/partner/470_2114861.0The story can tell us a lot about the durability of plastic, but it’s also an interesting look at just how connected the corners of the globe can be. This isn’t the first camera lost in an exotic place and returned to its owner. In 2009, a couple hiking around Scotland spotted a digital camera lying on the ground and handed it over to the police. When it was returned to them with no sign of the owners, the couple who found the camera opened up the memory card and went searching for the couple in the pictures. Eventually, after posting the pictures on the Internet and recruiting a group of online sleuths, they found the owner.

The story is like the fairy tale of the internet—using the interconnectedness that it provides for good, for returning nostalgic images, for reuniting lost loves and wallets. This New York Times story tells of good samaritans returning laptops, cameras and all sorts of other bits and pieces.

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Underwater Internet Attack Almost Succeeds


 James Bond Type Villains Caught Trying to Cut Through The Internet’s Undersea Cables

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405While the Internet at large was freaking out about an apocalyptic attack that wasn’t really happening yesterday, something nefarious was going down at the bottom of the sea. Egyptian authorites found a trio of divers down there attempting to sever a crucial submarine communications cable.

Yesterday, Egypt’s Coast Guard stumbled upon a suspicious fishing boat off the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria. There’s no word on what tipped them off, but upon investigation, they caught the team of divers up to no good and apparently mid-cut. The cable in question is owned by Egypt Telecom, the country’s monopoly landline provider, making it sort of an important link in the vast network of undersea Internet connections.

These guys were slicing away right here by node #5:

Three Crazy James Bond Villains Were Caught Trying to Cut Through The Internet's Undersea Cables

The Official Military Spokesman of the Armed Forces of Egypt put it this way in a statement on Facebook (translated):

[The] Navy today successfully foiled 3 divers, while they cut submarine cable for connection to the Internet, the company’s Telecom Egypt, near the coast of Shatby in Alexandria … [The] Navy chased Bnas fishing which was launched from three divers, and arrested all crew members and handed them over to the border guards to take the necessary legal action against them.

southern_cross_cable_cross_section1280.pngAnd whatever they were up to, it was a good first step to serious Internet destruction. If you were out to really cripple the beast like some cartoon mastermind, cutting the cables would be your go-to first step, second only to destroying more guarded land-based nodes. The ‘net’s web of undersea cables is a verifiable weakness, considering they’re both hard to effectively guard and necessarily act as chokepoints.

So far, there’s no explanation for what the divers’ nefarious plan was, but it’s possible they also had something to do with previously unexplained disruptions to undersea cables serving Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia over the past several days. And coordinated cable cutting—if that was the plan—could seriously cripple the Internet for quite a while.

So worry all you want about DDoS attacks, but there are physical targets for Internet attacks as well. You just have to be sort of a James Bond-style villian to get to them.

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