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Alibaba, heat up offline-online competition in China

Two of China’s biggest e-commerce players have been ramping up investments in physical assets and partnerships, as they look to meld offline and online platforms to transform the retail experience. Alibaba and in the past year made several announcements aimed at expanding their footprint in the brick-and-mortar retail space. Both companies strongly advocated the merits of delivering retail services… Read more →

When culture eats software for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Peter Drucker, the management guru, is often credited with the all-too-true saying that “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” In a later era, tech guru and investor Marc Andreessen famously said that “software is eating the world.” Now, as organizations of all types push harder than ever to employ software to disrupt or fend off disruptors, there’s a growing realization that… Read more →

KDE launches updated Slimbook II Linux laptops with faster Intel Core processors

KDE Slimbook II Linux laptop A little more than a year ago, Linux developers KDE and a Spanish hardware manufacturer joined forces to offer the KDE Slimbook, a 13.3-inch laptop running a Ubuntu-based OS with mid-range specs and a mid-range price. Now KDE is back with the Slimbook II, which, like many notebook sequels, is a little bit faster, a… Read more →

Equifax says more private data was stolen in 2017 breach than first revealed

(Image: file photo) Hackers stole more data from Equifax in a breach last year than initially thought. In September, the Atlanta, GA-based credit giant revealed a huge data breach, including names, social security numbers, birth dates, home addresses, and in some cases driver’s license numbers. It was later confirmed over 145 million were affected, primarily Americans, but also some Canadians… Read more →