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IBM’s third quarter a mixed bag as sales fall short, but earnings better than expected.

IBM’s bottom line performance was better than expected in the third quarter, but sales were mixed. Red Hat delivered revenue growth of 29% and the cloud and cognitive software unit saw sales grow 6%. The company reported earnings of $1.87 a share on revenue of $18 billion, down 3.9% from a year ago. Currency fluctuations hit IBM’s third quarter sales,… Read more →

FCC approves merger of T-Mobile and Sprint

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has formally approved the $26 billion merger and acquisition between T-Mobile and Sprint. Both democrats on the commission voted against the deal, which shrinks the number of major wireless carriers in the US from four to three. Commissioner Geoffrey Starks issued a statement of opposition, arguing that the merger will hurt competition and leave… Read more →

Microsoft introduces new open-source specs for developing cloud and edge applications

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft is tackling problems faced by cloud developers with a couple of new projects. The Open Application Model (OAM), developed by Microsoft and Alibaba Cloud as an Open Web Foundation project, is a specification for building cloud-native applications on Kubernetes. And Dapr is a portable event-driven runtime for building microservice applications that can run on the cloud and… Read more →

Internet inside out: Kubernetes becomes the service delivery engine of the data center

VMware embraces Kubernetes a little more: Why this time it matters The open source workload orchestration system that has already remade the data center could soon be at the center of the biggest virtualization platform that enterprises already use today. The seed for a new industry may be planted whether enterprises know it or not. ZDNet’s Scott Fulton tells Karen… Read more →

Google Cloud brings Security Health Analytics into beta

Google Cloud on Wednesday announced it’s bringing its Security Health Analytics feature into beta. The product, first unveiled at the Google Cloud Next conference earlier this year, integrates into Google’s Cloud Security Command Center (Cloud SCC). Security Health Analytics automatically scans GCP infrastructure to surface problems like configuration issues with public storage buckets, open firewall ports, stale encryption keys or… Read more →

What CISOs need to do to maximize Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Not too long ago, Cybersecurity Awareness Month was a niche concept for only the biggest security teams. Security leaders at large financial services organizations would dress up in superhero costumes and hand out flyers to their employees, reminding users of basic security concepts such as strong passwords. This was a time-intensive, one-off activity that was limited to those organizations that… Read more →

Microsoft’s Desktop Analytics service for assessing compatibility of Windows endpoints is generally available

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft is starting to roll out its Desktop Analytics service as of today, October 16. Desktop Analytics — formerly known as Windows Analytics — is meant to provide IT professionals with update-readiness details about their managed Windows endpoints. Desktop Analytics provides information about companies endpoints, applications and drivers so they can assess compatibility with the latest Windows feature… Read more →

WAV audio files are now being used to hide malicious code

Two reports published in the last few months show that malware operators are experimenting with using WAV audio files to hide malicious code. The technique is known as steganography — the art of hiding information in plain sight, in another data medium. In the software field, steganography — also referred to as stego — is used to describe the process… Read more →

One year with the Google Pixel Slate: My favorite computer and tablet for getting work done

Pixel Slate and Pixel 3: Are Google’s new devices priced right? Larry Dignan and Jason Hiner discuss the pros and cons of Google’s latest mobile devices and how they advance the company’s hardware strategy. In October 2018, Google revealed the Pixel Slate, see our full review, and I started using it instead of my Pixelbook. I later sold off my… Read more →

Qualtrics extends developer platform, adds integration partners

Customer experience: A SaaS company’s most important battleground Web Summit 2018: Today, customer experience (CX) guides consumer purchasing above any other factor, a trend carrying profound implications for all companies. This talk sees Alicia Tillman, Amy Pressman and David Yang; leaders from a corporate incumbent and a startup sharing their CX wisdom. Qualtrics said it is launching a new software… Read more →

Public cloud can add $450B to APAC economies through to 2023

Spending on public cloud is expected to have an economic impact of $450 billion across six Asia-Pacific markets including Singapore, India, and Australia, from 2019 to 2023, if it remains on a compound annual growth trajectory of 25%. It also can enhance productivity with wider availability of online government services, driving “significant” improvement in citizen experience in these Asian economies. … Read more →

Unifying cloud storage and data warehouses: Delta Lake project hosted by the Linux Foundation

Going cloud for your storage needs comes with some baggage. On the one hand, it’s cheap, elastic, and convenient – it just works. On the other hand, it’s messy, especially if you are used to working with data management systems like databases and data warehouses. Unlike those systems, cloud storage was not designed with things such as transactional support or… Read more →