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Brazil readies digital ID launch

Brazil is preparing to launch its national digital identity service as the government advances a data interoperability agenda aimed to tackle issues such as benefit fraud. According to the body responsible for the National Civil Identification (ICN) program, the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Brazilian states are currently being assessed to determine their preparedness for the digital ID scheme. Read this… Read more →

Square launches robotic Photo Studio service for online sellers

Square is rolling out a new service for online sellers that aims to address crappy product photography. Using a combination of robotic arms and high-end camera equipment, the Square Photo Studio offers sellers professional-level product photography for a fraction of what it costs to hire a photographer.  For $9.95, any online merchant — not just those that use Square’s suite… Read more →

SUSE names Melissa Di Donato new CEO

SAP: A look at its challenges, opportunities ZDNet’s Larry Dignan caught up with Vinnie Mirchandani, author of SAP Nation 3.0, to talk about the enterprise software landscape and the evolution of one of enterprise software’s largest vendors. SUSE and SAP have been close partners for 20 years. Indeed, SUSE’s single biggest customer is SAP. So, it comes as no surprise… Read more →

Siemens contractor pleads guilty to planting logic bomb in company spreadsheets

A former Siemens contractor has pled guilty last week to planting logic bombs inside spreadsheets he created for the company. For his crimes, David Tinley, 62, from a city near Pittsburgh, now faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Logic bombs went undetected for two years According to court documents, Tinley provided software services… Read more →

Cloud-based virtual desktop provider hit by ransomware

iNSYNQ, a cloud computing provider of virtual desktop environments, has been down in a major outage that has lasted nearly a week after its servers were infected last Tuesday, July 16, with ransomware. Impacted aren’t just iNSYNQ’s direct customers, but also companies who use its infrastructure to host Intuit Quickbooks web-based apps and accounting services. Ransomware attacks are a problem… Read more →

Slack’s desktop client gets major performance improvements after codebase rewrite

Slack announced on Monday a major performance update to its desktop and web client. The workplace collaboration player said the code for its desktop client — its oldest piece of codebase — has been rewritten from scratch, resulting in faster start-up times, more efficient memory usage, and an overall improved user experience.  According to Slack, its desktop app now launches… Read more →

Equifax, regulators sign $700m deal to settle data breach lawsuits

£183 million: British Airways faces record fine for data breach Information Commissioner’s Office intends to fine airline for “poor security arrangements” – British Airways says it’s “surprised and disappointed” by planned penalty. Equifax signed a settlement today to lay to rest lawsuits brought forward by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), state attorneys, and a class-action case relating to the… Read more →

SAP data and analytics: in with the new, don’t squander the old

SAP’s Irfan Khan and Gerrit Kazmaier Credit: SAP When you think of SAP, you probably think of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. Or maybe, if you’re focused on industry news, you think of all the software companies and platforms SAP has acquired over the course of this decade, like SuccessFactors, Ariba, Concur or, more recently, Qualtrics. Do you think of… Read more →

Microsoft invests $1 billion in OpenAI, which is going all-in on Azure

How AI will transform the next wave of computing software and hardware Machine learning, especially deep learning, is forcing a re-evaluation of how chips and systems are designed that will change the direction of the industry for decades to come. special feature AI and the Future of Business Machine learning, task automation and robotics are already widely used in business…. Read more →

Forget silicon – SQL on DNA is the next frontier for databases

You probably don’t want to see any more factoids about how much data the world generates every day. We certainly don’t. Let’s just agree that the data frenzy in the world today is outpacing not just our ability to comprehend numbers and qualifiers – Zettabytes, anyone? – but also our capacity to store it. Everything is going digital, and everything… Read more →

IBM gives cancer-killing drug AI project to the open source community

Quantum computing leaves the lab Tonya Hall and Dr. Robert Sutor, vice president of IBM quantum computing, strategy, and ecosystem at IBM Research, to learn more about how quantum computing is changing and becoming more accessible. IBM has released three artificial intelligence (AI) projects tailored to take on the challenge of curing cancer to the open-source community. At the 18th… Read more →