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Earnings roundup: Pure Storage, Nuance beat estimates

Enterprise storage provider Pure Storage posted better-than-expected third quarter results Tuesday after the bell. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company reported a net loss of $41.6 million, or 24 cents per share. Non-GAAP losses were a penny per share on revenue of $278 million, up 41 percent year over year. Wall Street was bracing for a loss of three cents a… Read more →

Best gifts: Smart speakers for the holidays

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Microsoft launches public preview of Azure Location Based Services with TomTom

Microsoft is launching a public preview of a location-based Azure cloud service that’s designed to integrate well with Internet of things deployments and asset tracking. Azure Location Based Services will be powered by TomTom’s Online APIs, but can leverage other location technologies in the future. Azure LBS will use the same billion, account and APIs as other Azure services. Microsoft’s… Read more →

HPE partners with ABB to merge IT and OT

HPE is teaming up with the operational technology vendor ABB to bring more intelligence directly into industrial facilities, the companies announced today. The partnership will bring ABB Ability — ABB’s portfolio of digital services that includes physical asset performance management and smart sensors for motors — to hybrid platforms like HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack. ABB Ability was initially… Read more →

Amazon says Alexa device sales broke records over cyber holiday weekend

Image: CNET Amazon says it broke records over the holiday weekend shopping binge, with millions of Amazon devices sold between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday. The Amazon Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote were “not only the best-selling Amazon devices, but they were the best-selling products from any manufacturer in any category across all of Amazon,” the… Read more →

Microsoft and SAP both commit to running SAP HANA on Azure internally

Video: Microsoft’s Azure sees AI future using field programmable tech Over the past several years, Microsoft and SAP have made lots of partnership commitments. On November 27, they announced yet another expansion round. AWS hits back at Microsoft Azure with 2TB RAM X1 instance primed for SAP HANA Amazon and Microsoft are vying over who’s got the biggest RAM and… Read more →

Accenture invests in quantum computing startup 1QBit

Accenture’s venture arm has made an undisclosed investment in quantum computing startup 1QBit. The minority stake is part of 1QBit’s $45 million Series B round led by Fujitsu Limited. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, 1QBit employs a team of more than 50 researchers and software developers working to develop machine learning algorithms and software for quantum computing. The startup says… Read more →

Holiday shopping survey: Do shoppers prefer customer reviews or discounts?

San Francisco-based traffic monetisation platform VigLink has surveyed 500 consumers and 500 publishers in the US to get an understanding of publishers’ marketing tactics and practices over the holiday period. It then compared them to how consumers like to shop and receive information during the holidays. The results pointed to some disconnects and patterns in customer shopping behaviour. The survey… Read more →

Another $55 million in the war chest for two-year-old autonomous trucking startup

An autonomous trucking company called TuSimple announced it has raised $55 million in a Series C round. TuSimple made news in 2016 when artificial intelligence computing giant NVIDIA invested in its $20 million B round. So far, the two-year-old company’s funding is over $83 million. TuSimple makes full-stack automation solutions for self-driving vehicles that bring together perception, mapping, and motion… Read more →

Internet censorship: It’s on the rise and Silicon Valley is helping it happen

Video: The next two Facebook moves that will disrupt the world Countries all over the world are restricting their citizens’ internet access, building online borders, and fragmenting the network, with negative consequences for human rights, education, and even the global economy, according to security researcher Stefan Tanase. “Less than three decades after the Berlin Wall collapsed and ended an era… Read more →