arkOS, a crowd-funded project to provide private, home-based storage clouds, has raised its $45,000 funding goal to support its continued development as a decentralized alternative to cloud services.

 

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has begun offering a cloud service for financial companies, called Ju Baopen. At least eight banks have signed on to enable online payment services using Ju Baopen and Alipay, Alibaba’s third-party transaction system.

 

The Department of Health and Human Services and HP have reached a deal in which HP will be taking over the hosting of the setback-ridden HealthCare.gov from its current hosting provider, Verizon subsidiary Terremark, according to reports.

 

In the week ending November 29, 2013, there are numerous Black Friday deals on hosting services. DemoWolf has video tutorial discounts, and MonsterMegs, Media Temple, MaxCDN, Hostgator, and TurnKey Internet have a variety of servers and hosting packages on sale. Some sales end Monday, but some end Friday.

 

Fully-hosted, all-in-one website platform Squarespace has integrated a web-based e-commerce shipping solution from ShipStation, allowing its e-commerce customers to ship physical goods to customers more efficiently.

 

LogicBoxes announced on Wednesday that it has launched its invite-only Elite Reseller Program designed to help large domain and hosting companies to help navigate the new gTLD landscape, as well as receive partner-exclusive marketing and strategy assistance.

 

Cloud storage company Box has acquired data analytics firm dLoop, which is expected to add enterprise content discovery, protection and insights to Box’s platform that lets employees easy sharing and syncing between a plethora of devices, apps and platforms.

 

iomartcloud is working with WAN optimization and network control solutions provider Exinda to launch a web filtering solution designed for enterprise networks and school districts.

 

A new study finds that only 14 percent of the UK’s top companies are considering cyberthreats in their decision-making. The survey results are based on interviews with FTSE 350 firms, and was released on Tuesday by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

 

The Sunrise period has begun for seven new generic top-level domains with the extensions: .BIKE, .CLOTHING, .GURU, .HOLDINGS, .PLUMBING, .SINGLES, and .VENTURES. These are the first new gTLDs have been introduced by registry Donuts Inc., and the domains will be made available during the Sunrise period to trademark rights holders through Donuts’ domain registrar partners via Registry-Registrar Agreements.

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