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Facebook brings Safety Check to Workplace

Facebook on Tuesday announced the launch of Safety Check for Workplace, an enterprise version of the Safety Check feature on the original Facebook app. The tool is designed to help companies on Workplace monitor the safety of employees during emergency situations. In Workplace, security or human resource teams are designated as Safety Operators and can create and send a Safety… Read more →

MarkLogic rolls out Data Hub Service to solve data lake challenges

MarkLogic on Tuesday rolled out the Data Hub Service, a fully-automated cloud service for integrating data from different silos. MarkLogic says it is expressly designed to offer the promise of data lakes — without the typical problems like lack of governance or semantic inconsistency. The Data Hub Service is built on MarkLogic’s Data Hub technology, which can handle a range… Read more →

Will Alexa get you to roll out the welcome mat for Facebook Portal?

Facebook has introduced a new video calling devices, called Portal and Portal+. These new devices are designed to “improve the experience” you have communicating with friends and family. The tag line says it all: “When you can’t be there, Portal and Portal+ let you feel there.” Also: Facebook Portal alternatives you can buy right now Nice tag lines aside, the… Read more →

Microsoft October 2018 Patch Tuesday fixes zero-day exploited by FruityArmor APT

he Microsoft October 2018 Patch Tuesday security updates contain a fix for a Windows zero-day that was exploited in the wild by a nation-state cyber-espionage group known as FruityArmor, ZDNet has learned. The group has been active since at least 2016, and this is the third zero-day they’ve deployed in the wild. The group was first seen utilizing a zero-day… Read more →

Microsoft’s Common Data Model: What users (not just Dynamics 365 ones) need to know

In 2016, when Microsoft announced its makeover of its CRM and ERP strategy in the form of Dynamics 365, officials started talking up the Common Data Model (CDM), which was the heart of those services. Officials described CDM as “an out-of-box business database for storing and managing business entities.” CDM wasn’t very sexy, but was definitely very necessary. Cut to… Read more →

Microsoft touts its coming top-secret cloud certification ahead of $10 billion JEDI contract deadline

Google has dropped out of the race for the Department of Defense’s $10 billion, 10-year cloud contract, but Microsoft is still all-in. In fact, Microsoft is stepping up its government-cloud campaigning just ahead of the October 12 deadline for request-for-proposal (RFP) submissions for the so-called JEDI contract. Credit: ZDNet The biggest cloud companies, including Amazon, Microsoft, IBM and Oracle, all… Read more →

Nonplussed: Why I’ll miss Google+, the best of all social networks

My first reaction to hearing that Google was closing down its Google+ social network was: “WTH!” But after a moment’s thought I understood why they did it and it’s not the reason Google gave for shutting it down. Yes, Google admitted that there was a security hole in the Google+ People application programming interface (API). And, yes, it’s possible that… Read more →

IBM reiterates commitment to Brazil despite uncertainty

IBM has reinforced its commitment to Brazil despite the current economic, social and political disarray the country is currently experiencing – but the company wants to help shape policies to position the tech sector as a protagonist in the recovery. The company has had a local presence for 101 years and it is well versed in the local challenges –… Read more →

Puppet rolls out new tools to measure, accelerate devOps

Puppet on Tuesday is unveiling a series of new tools and features to help businesses advance their use of devOps, including a new product to quantifiably measure and evaluate the impact of their devOps performance. The new measurement tool, called Puppet Insights, brings together visualization tools from Puppet’s recent acquisition of the startup Reflect, as well as the rich data… Read more →

New Magecart hack detected at Shopper Approved

A new security breach involving the Magecart malware came to light today, this time involving a US web company named Shopper Approved that provides a “review widget” that other companies can embed on their sites and collect opinions and ratings from customers. This incident took place on September 15, according to a report from RisqIQ, the cyber-security firm who detected… Read more →

Together, Adobe and Magento go after SMBs and enterprise

Adobe says the Experience Cloud handles every “consumer touchpoint” With Adobe’s $1.6 billion acquisition of Magento complete, the two companies on Tuesday are rolling out a significant integration, as well as a series of new Magento products. The announcements shed light on how Adobe plans to use Magento to move further into the SMB market, and how Adobe can help… Read more →

Facebook Portal alternatives you can buy right now

Facebook is jumping into the smart display race with a new video communication device called Facebook Portal. It comes with built-in Alexa, supports voice commands, and is designed to rival similar screen-equipped smart speakers, including ones from Amazon itself. Also: At last! A Facebook device in my kitchen However, Facebook’s Portal has AI-infused technology called “Smart Camera and Smart Sound,”… Read more →