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Alibaba opens up its B2B platform to US sellers

Alibaba on Tuesday announced that it’s opening up Alibaba.com, its B2B e-commerce platform, to US sellers for the first time. The 20 year-old platform is already open to US buyers — in fact, Alibaba says that one third of Alibaba.com’s buyers are US businesses. Opening it up to US sellers puts the Chinese e-commerce giant more squarely in competition with… Read more →

Google bans DarkMatter certificates from Chrome and Android

A Google representative announced today plans to ban root certificates owned by an UAE-based company accused of selling surveillance tools and hacking services. The ban will apply to Chrome and Android. Once the ban enters into effect, HTTPS connections that have been encrypted and signed by TLS certificates sold or issued by DarkMatter will show security-related errors in the Chrome… Read more →

UPS forms drone subsidiary as it works to launch commercial drone delivery program

UPS is forming a new subsidiary business named UPS Flight Forward Inc. in an effort to support and scale its ambitious drone delivery program. The logistics and shipping giant has also applied for the highly restricted Part 135 air carrier certification, which would allow for approved UPS drones to fly over people, at night and out of the operator’s line of… Read more →

Microsoft’s LinkedIn unit commits to starting to move its services to Azure

Credit: Microsoft Since Microsoft bought LinkedIn in 2016, Redmond has stuck to its strategy of largely letting LinkedIn go its own way. That meant LinkedIn often has built its own technologies, even though Microsoft has alternatives, and/or continued to use non-Microsoft ones when its officials so decided. But it seems the tide is finally turning, in terms of where LinkedIn… Read more →

NSA to establish a defense-minded division named the Cybersecurity Directorate

NSA is a core member of the Vulnerabilities Equities Process board. (Image: file photo) The National Security Agency announced today plans to establish a new defense-minded cyber-security division that will focus on defending the US against foreign cyber-threats. This new division, which will be named the Cybersecurity Directorate, will become operational on October 1, later this year. Anne Neuberger will… Read more →

Microsoft looks to ‘do for data sharing what open source did for code’

As Microsoft seeks to make data-sharing across companies easier and more pervasive, company officials have seen areas where roadblocks can occur. Prevalent among these are the lack of consistent, standardized data-sharing terms and licensing agreements. On July 23, the company took a first potential step toward remedying this gap. Microsoft is making publicly available today the first drafts of three… Read more →

Robotics company fetches big bucks on strong growth

Fetch Robotics, a company that makes automation systems for warehouses, just announced $46 million in Series C funding. The round brings Fetch’s total funding to $96 million and firmly establishes the once-scrappy newcomer as a force in a new generation of flexible industrial automation. Founded in 2014 by Melonee Wise, a robotics pioneer and alumnus of famed robotics research lab… Read more →

Google improves speech recognition for Contact Center tools

Google on Tuesday announced new and enhanced contact center tools, with improvements to the underlying speech recognition technology. The improvements, which are the most significant since Google announced its Contact Center AI last July, will impact services for building voice bots as well as services for transcribing conversations.  For building better bots, Google is introducing a new feature to Dialogflow,… Read more →

American Library Association blasts LinkedIn for intrusive ToS changes

LinkedIn’s new platform can infer skills users have that are not written in their profiles By bringing its tools — Recruiter, Jobs and Pipeline Builder — onto one platform, LinkedIn says it will bring recruiters more qualified candidates and save them time. The American Library Association has put LinkedIn on full blast after the tech giant announced a planned change… Read more →

A Google exec admits the ugly truth about the smart home

They’re not smart. They’re merely helpful. (Image: CNET) What is the IoT? Everything you need to know about the Internet of Things right now The Internet of Things explained: What the IoT is, and where it’s going next. Read More It’s easy to delight humans. Temporarily, that is. We primitive overgrown babies need to see something shiny that performs a… Read more →

Windows 10 setup: Which user account type should you choose?

Managing Windows 10 updates will always be a struggle for Microsoft Microsoft is overhauling how it delivers Windows 10 updates. But the almost infinite variation of PCs will make that an uphill struggle. When you set up a Windows 10 PC for the first time, you’re required to create a user account that will serve as the administrator for the… Read more →

Critical flaw in Palo Alto VPN solution impacts Uber, other enterprises may be at risk

Uber Air flying taxi service to be trialled in Melbourne Telstra, Macquarie, Westfield-operator Scentre Group, and Melbourne Airport to help the Silicon Valley darling launch a third Uber Air pilot city and the first outside of the United States. A critical vulnerability has been found in Palo Alto GlobalProtect SSL VPN software used by enterprise companies across the globe, including… Read more →