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Airbnb acquires Gaest.com for booking offsite meetings

Airbnb on Friday announced it’s acquiring Gaest.com, a Danish firm that connects businesses with spaces they can rent for offsite meetings. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The purchase will help Airbnb accelerate the expansion of its enterprise business.. Airbnb already accommodates business travelers on its platform with Airbnb for Work. As of September, 700,000 companies have had employees… Read more →

Confluent shows open source, paradigm shifts, cloud, and commercial success can all co-exist

Confluent, the vendor offering a commercial version and services for the open source Apache Kafka platform, just received $125 million in funding. This has launched Confluent into unicorn territory with a valuation of $2.5 billion. You probably know this by now, and if you’ve been following, you also know why and how Confluent got to this point.  ZDNet has been keeping… Read more →

Bringing open-source rhyme and reason to edge computing: LF Edge

executive guide Where’s the ‘edge’ in edge computing? Why it matters, and how we use it Why it matters, and how we use it Read More Edge Computing is becoming increasingly important with the rise of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT). Unfortunately, there’s no standardization to Edge Computing. So far. The Linux Foundation, has launched LF Edge, to establish… Read more →

Google to opt in some ad customers into a managed service unless they opt out by Feb. 4

Google has sent emails to select advertising customers telling them that the search giant will manage their campaigns unless they choose to opt out by Feb. 4. The move touts “expert knowledge” and  support from campaign experts, but digital marketing firms say the forced opt-in to accounts is worrisome to say the least. Google also added a disclaimer noting that… Read more →

BT first foreign telecom company to secure China licenses

BT Group has secured nationwide licenses in China, becoming the first foreign telecommunication company to do so in the Asian economy. The two “value added licenses” will allow the UK telco to directly contract and bill customers in the Chinese market.  Awarded by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the licenses also would enable BT customers in the country… Read more →

Singapore unveils implementation guides, forms industry committee to boost telecom security

The Singapore government has formed a committee and released guidelines that it says aim to beef up cybersecurity protection and capabilities in the telecommunications industry. These include implementation best practices for Internet of Things (IoT) systems and electronic Know Your Customer (eKYC) technology that allows mobile operators to digitally authenticate service registrations. Industry regulator Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) said… Read more →

Indian IT had a solid quarter but faces unpredictable, ill winds in 2019

Analysts may not have been thrilled by TCS’ recent performance which narrowly missed estimates. However, those that do not live or die according to stock market figures would be pretty pleased with the way the Indian IT giant performed in the third quarter of fiscal 2019. For one, TCS posted double digit year-over-year growth of 12.1 percent for the first… Read more →

Microsoft’s new Windows 10 19H1 test build is taxiing toward the finish line

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 19H1 test build, No. 18323, doesn’t include many new features that weren’t in previous test builds. But it’s one of the builds that is paving the way for this release — likely to be designated 1903 — to start rolling out to mainstream uses in April 2019.  Also: Microsoft puts Acer, Dell and Lenovo Windows… Read more →

Intel’s CEO search continues ‘with a sense of urgency,’ Bob Swan says

More than six months after the the abrupt resignation of Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Intel’s board of directors is still looking for his replacement, CFO and Interim CEO Bob Swan said on a conference call Thursday. “The board continues to evaluate candidates for what I believe is the biggest and best open job on the planet,” he said. “They are… Read more →

Microsoft’s new Windows 10 19H1 test build is taxiing toward the finish line

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 19H1 test build, No. 18323, doesn’t include many new features that weren’t in previous test builds. But it’s one of the builds that is paving the way for this release — likely to be designated 1903 — to start rolling out to mainstream uses in April 2019. The new features in Build 18323 are… Read more →

Intel’s CEO search continues "with a sense of urgency," Bob Swan says

More than six months after the the abrupt resignation of Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Intel’s board of directors is still looking for his replacement, CFO and Interim CEO Bob Swan said on a conference call Thursday. “The board continues to evaluate candidates for what I believe is the biggest and best open job on the planet,” he said. “They are… Read more →