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NSA says searches of Americans’ data spiked in 2017

NSA headquarters in Ft. Meade, Md. (Image: file photo) New figures reveal a sharp increase in the number of searches of Americans’ calls and messages by the intelligence community during the Trump administration’s first year in office. The figures, published Friday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), show a rise in targeted surveillance and searches of… Read more →

Brazil’s digital bank Neon hurt in liquidation case

Brazil’s central bank suspended the operations of Neon Pagamentos, the fintech that raised $22 million in funding a day earlier. The digital bank processed checking accounts through the infrastructure of Banco Neon SA, a small lender liquidated today due to “grave violations of legal and regulatory norms” and its “compromised financial situation.” While Neon Pagamentos was not liquidated, the situation… Read more →

Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 April 2018 Update for Windows 10 IoT

Even though Microsoft has been making headlines with Linux on the IoT front, as of late, it’s still moving forward with its own Windows 10 IoT operating system Credit: Microsoft Microsoft has made available this week its latest Windows 10 feature update (the April 2018 Update/1803) for its two Windows 10 IoT variants. The Windows 10 IoT Core version for… Read more →

Can Humans get a handle on AI?

There was an interesting blend in the audience at O’Reilly’s AI conference that just wrapped up in New York. Beyond the usual crowd of unicorns, a.k.a., data scientists, there was a sufficiently sized management crowd to fill the room at the executive sessions. With AI all over the media and popular entertainment, you’d have to be living under a rock… Read more →

Alibaba’s fourth quarter cloud revenue puts it on $2.8 billion annual run rate

Special Feature Special report: The future of Everything as a Service (free PDF) SaaS had a major impact on the way companies consume cloud services. This ebook looks at how the as a service trend is spreading and transforming IT jobs. Read More Alibaba’s annual cloud revenue has topped $2.1 billion for its fiscal year as fourth quarter sales were… Read more →

A Dozen Lessons for Entrepreneurs, book review: Insights from the VC world

A Dozen Lessons for Entrepreneurs • By Tren Griffin • Columbia Business School Publishing • 344 pages • ISBN 9780231184823 • $24.99/£20 If you found the dot-com boom of the late 90s confusing because you couldn’t understand how having a domain name became a substitute for a business model, or you wonder why VCs are willing to subsidise people’s taxi… Read more →

Volkswagen former CEO indicted over emissions scandal

Volkswagen The former chief executive officer of Volkswagen, Martin Winterkorn, has been indicted by US prosecutors on charges related to the emissions cheating scandal. Winterkorn stepped down from Volkswagen AG in 2015 after it was revealed that the automaker had been cheating emissions tests for years to bypass emissions regulations and limits worldwide. At the time, Winterkorn said he was… Read more →

Automated kiosks are the future of retail, restaurants … even roach coaches

If, like me, you spend your idle minutes browsing the pages of venerable pizza-related trade publications for the latest saucy gossip, you may have come across the story of a South Florida pizza entrepreneur who recently kitted out his food truck with an automated kiosk. While doing research prior to buying the truck at the heart of Luv Pizzas, Bob… Read more →

Iteration or transformation – which is your business transformation project, really?

“Business transformation” is a hot topic in all sectors at the moment.And it’s easy to understand why organisations are willing to embark on long term, multi-million dollar projects in order to achieve transformation. In addition to the customer-centric benefits, business or digital transformation projects are supposed to provide long term ROI, enhance efficiencies within the organisation, and promote competitive advantage…. Read more →

HPE partners with Red Hat to bring containers to production

Having trouble bringing containers into production? Red Hat and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) have an answer. They’re optimizing Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform (RHOCP), Red Hat’s Kubernetes container orchestration platform, on HPE platforms, including HPE Synergy. Sure, it’s easy to deploy containerized applications in development and test environments, but it’s not so easy in enterprise-sized production environments. Enterprises often require… Read more →