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Congress demanded NSA spying reform. Instead, they let you down

House majority leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (left), and Rep. Fred Upton (right), both of whom voted to pass the FISA reauthorization bill. (Image: file photo) For the first time in five years, since the Edward Snowden disclosures that exposed the NSA’s mass surveillance powers and programs, lawmakers had an opportunity this month to rein in and reform the bulk of… Read more →

​Google moves to Debian for in-house Linux desktop

Installing Linux on your PC is super easy – here’s how to do it I will show that it’s possible to install, configure, and use this Linux distribution with absolutely no command-line access. Read More Video: Supercomputing has an undisputed champion — Linux Google has officially confirmed the company is shifting its in-house Linux desktop from the Ubuntu-based Goobuntu to… Read more →

Asia VC investment clocks high of $15.6B

Companies in Asia raised US$15.6 billion in venture capital for the fourth quarter of 2017, which saw 245 deals and pushed the year’s funds to a total of US$48 billion. The quarter was the region’s highest in the last six and saw two US$4 billion funding rounds secured by China’s ride-sharing operator Didi Chuxing and group discount site Meituan-Dianping. Three… Read more →

Microsoft to drop its HealthVault Insights apps

While Microsoft is continuing to focus on the intersection of health technology and artificial intelligence, it is discontinuing one of its projects in this space. Credit: Microsoft Microsoft tries again to tackle healthcare with new services, tools Microsoft is trying again to tackle the healthcare market with a concerted strategy involving artificial intelligence, productivity tools, and partnerships. Read More Microsoft… Read more →

Amazon narrows list of candidate cities for HQ2 to 20

Amazon has narrowed down the list of candidate cities for its coveted second headquarters, dubbed HQ2. free pdf Special report: The future of Everything as a Service SaaS has set off a revolution in the way companies consume services on-demand. We look at how it’s spreading to other IT services and transforming IT jobs. Read More The technology giant received… Read more →

Enterprise, self-service BI hook up: MicroStrategy releases connectors for Power BI, Tableau, Qlik

Once upon a time, business intelligence (BI) vendors sold entire Enterprise stacks, including back-end servers, data integration, query, visualization, dashboarding and maybe a planning/corporate performance management module. These big stacks made for big Enterprise agreements…and big price tags. But for IT shops at big companies, it made sense. At the departmental level, meanwhile, some users found the Enterprise data visualization… Read more →

Actian and the Zen of IoT maintenance

Palo Alto-based hybrid database player Actian is announcing today the transformation of its Zen Embedded Database for use in Internet of Things (IoT) applications, both on edge devices and gateways. The company says its Zen platform, which can run on a wide range of operating systems and device types, will bring standardization to the IoT space which has heretofore been… Read more →

Booming sales for add-on automation

Danish company Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) recently announced that it tripled revenue from its autonomous mobile robots in 2017, with 25 percent of sales in the United States. That’s off a 500 percent sales jump between 2015 and 2016, and further proof of the pace of adoption of automation across several industries MiR serves. Business is clearly booming for manufacturers… Read more →

WatchGuard snaps up DNS security firm Percipient Networks

WatchGuard has announced the acquisition of Percipient Networks to add DNS protection capabilities to the firm’s SMB security portfolio. On Wednesday, the security firm said the buyout “supports the company’s long-standing vision of making enterprise-grade security accessible to every organization through simplification of packaging, pricing, and product usability.” Financial details were not disclosed. Seattle-based WatchGuard offers network security solutions at… Read more →

Man pleads guilty to launching DDoS attacks against former employers

Arielinson | Wikimedia Commons A man from New Mexico has admitted to launching distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against former employees, as well as possessing a firearm illegally. On Wednesday, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) said John Kelsey Gammell has pleaded guilty in a St. Paul, Minnesota court to directing DDoS attacks against former employers, business competitors, companies that refused… Read more →

Tim Cook: ‘Maybe we should have been clearer’ over iPhone throttling

The iPhone throttling issue that Apple brought upon itself last year shows no signs of going away any time soon, but Apple CEO Tim Cook finally acknowledges that the company should have been clearer with iPhone owners. Must read: How to tell if your iPhone battery needs replacing free pdf Special report: The future of Everything as a Service SaaS… Read more →

No news: The engineering failure to block fake news and hate speech

Can the law stop fake news and hoax-spreading bots? These politicians think so With federal elections scheduled for late September in Germany, momentum is building behind using anti-botnet laws against automated social-media accounts that churn out disinformation. Read More Facebook’s decision to use fewer news items in users’ feeds is a direct result of its failure to filter out fake… Read more →