The marriage of Microsoft and Linux

TORONTO — This is not your dad’s Microsoft. At LinuxCon, Wim Coekaerts, corporate VP of Microsoft Enterprise Open Source Group, came not merely to make peace with Linux, but to join forces with Linux and open-source software in a marriage of customer happiness. Yes, Microsoft is a Diamond sponsor of LinuxCon. Things have changed! (Image: ZDNet) Coekaerts, who joined Microsoft… Read more →

Samsung could be preparing Amazon Echo competitor, FCC filing shows

(Image: FCC) It appears Samsung is working on a competitor to Amazon Alexa and Google Home, with its own take on a voice assistant speaker, according to a filing with the US Federal Communications Commission spotted by Ausdroid. Samsung isn’t commenting officially. However, the FCC leak has images of a small, white speaker allegedly called the “Samsung Scoop”. Documentation points… Read more →

France, Germany push for access to encrypted messages after wave of terror attacks

(Image: Jeff Mitchell/Getty Images; file photo) France and Germany are to ask the EU for new powers that could see state intelligence agencies compel makers of mobile messaging services to turn over encrypted content. The two member states have both numerous suffered terrorist attacks in the past year and a half, with hundreds killed by the so-called Islamic State group,… Read more →

Intuit reports strong Q4, shares slip on soft guidance

Intuit posted mixed fourth quarter and fiscal 2016 revenue Tuesday after the bell. The personal and small business financial software maker reported Q4 net loss of $56 million million, or 16 cents per share (statement). Non-GAAP earnings were 8 cents per share on top of revenue of $754 million, up 8 percent year-over-year. Wall Street was bracing a loss of… Read more →

Pinterest acquires Instapaper

Pinterest is acquiring Instapaper, a bookmarking tool that should make it easier for Pinterest users to “pin” news content. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Instapaper will continue to operate as a separate app, and the team will work on both Instapaper and Pinterest, according to Pinterest. “As the world’s catalog of ideas, we’re focused on making it… Read more →

Google reportedly launching Daydream VR platform in ‘coming weeks’

(Image: Google) Google plans to launch its Daydream virtual reality platform in the coming weeks, according to Bloomberg, a likely timeline given the VR-capable Android 7.0 was released on Monday. The report says Google is investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in original content for the VR platform. Google is buying VR content and apps, along with funding 360-degree videos… Read more →

How to deal with FAA drone regulations, according to Workhorse CEO Steve Burns

Image: Workhorse When the FAA finally released commercial drone regulations earlier this year, many executives were disappointed . The rules — especially the requirement that pilots keep drones within their line of sight — dampened dreams of commercial delivery services. Steve Burns, CEO of Workhorse, a company that specializes in electric delivery trucks, has an unusually optimistic view. He tells… Read more →

Syncsort buys mainframe expertise to link Big Iron to Big Data

Like Mark Twain before it, reports of the mainframe’s death have been exaggerated. While the data may be over a couple years old, as of 2014, IBM counted 97 of the world’s top 100 banks continuing to rely on mainframes. With the philosophy of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” there’s little reason for large financial institutions to revisit… Read more →

Walmart’s OneOps open source cloud management platform could become part of OpenStack

Walmart is pondering lumping its OneOps open source cloud management platform under OpenStack since the two projects have integrated so well in an internal deployment. The retailing giant’s OneOps platform is already open source and on Github, but the company has rolled out its management console along with OpenStack for years. OneOps was founded in 2011 as a company focused… Read more →

Juniper confirms leaked NSA exploits affect its firewalls

(Image: file photo) Juniper has confirmed that an initial analysis of malware linked to the National Security Agency appears to affect its firewalls. But the company said it would not release a security advisory or patches until it knew exactly what it was dealing with. A group calling itself the Shadow Brokers claimed to have stolen a set of hacking… Read more →