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Twilio’s Q3 solid, Q4 outlook weak amid torrid growth rates

Twilio’s revenue in the third quarter jumped 75% from a year ago as the company had more than 172,000 active customer accounts. But the outlook for the fourth quarter was weaker than expected. The cloud communications as a service provider reported a net loss of 64 cents a share on revenue of $295.1 million. Non-GAAP earnings were 3 cents a… Read more →

Hackers who extorted Uber and LinkedIn plead guilty

Image: Austin Distel Two men pleaded guilty today to hacking Uber and LinkedIn’s Lynda.com service back in 2016 and extorting both companies into paying “bug bounties,” so the two would not publicly disclose the breaches. The two men are Brandon Glover, 26, an American from Florida, and Vasile Mereacre, 23, a Canadian from Toronto. How they hacked Uber & LinkedIn… Read more →

DevOps now most sought-after skill, and with good reason

If one seeks evidence of how hot DevOps is these days, look to demand for appropriate skills as an indicator. And DevOps skills top the list these days. Photo: CERN That’s the word from a survey of 250 IT managers from OpsRamp, which finds widespread demand for DevOps capabilities and skills. For starters, nearly two-thirds are actively seeking a DevOps… Read more →

Apple posts record Q4 revenue, EPS, fueled by services and wearables

Apple published its fourth quarter financial results on Wednesday, reporting record Q4 revenues and earnings. The strong results, which beat expectations, were due to year-over-year growth in the wearables, services and iPad categories. Revenue from the iPhone was down year-over-year.  Shares were up in after-hours trading.  The Cupertino tech giant reported earnings of $3.03 a share, up 4 percent year-over-year,… Read more →

Facebook Q3 tops estimates but user growth remains flat

Facebook reported better-than-expected third quarter earnings and revenue Wednesday but revealed slowing growth in its user numbers compared to a year ago.  The world’s largest social network now stands at more than 2.45 billion monthly active users, an increase of 8% from the same quarter last year. However, that growth rate is half of what it was a year ago,… Read more →

LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen review: For $700, better productivity than the Galaxy Fold

LG G8X hands-on: Dual screen functionality optimized for two full screens Matt Miller explains that LG offers an affordable dual-screen system with more flexibility than the Fold. It uses existing technology with software optimized for productivity. Read more: https://zd.net/2PwF8Sh While Samsung is pushing innovation with the Galaxy Fold, it is very expensive at $2,000, and despite the large 7.3-inch display,… Read more →

Microsoft is poised to add machine-reading results to Microsoft Search

Credit: ZDNet For the past several years, Microsoft researchers have been focused on finding ways to make commercial use of machine-reading technology. It looks like some of that work is about to become commercialized in the form of bringing machine-reading comprehension into search results. Based on information in Microsoft’s Ignite conference session list, Microsoft may be ready to show this… Read more →

IBM Watson Media launches a live-streaming app for the enterprise

In recent years, video has become a common part of workplace communications. A number of quality videoconferencing tools exist, as well as tools that enable business leaders to broadcast town hall-style meetings to their geographically-dispersed employees. The latest application from IBM Watson Media takes the trend one step further, offering a secure, enterprise-ready platform for mobile live-streaming.  The new IBM… Read more →

Alibaba Cloud to offer MongoDB managed service

MongoDB said that Alibaba Cloud will offer MongoDB as an authorized service in China. The partnership gives MongoDB an entry into China and Alibaba another service to offer with a well-known database. Alibaba Cloud will manage and support customers using current and future versions of MongoDB as well as bug fixes and support. Databases represent a competitive market and cloud… Read more →

Trello makes Butler a core feature, adds more time-saving features

Trello on Wednesday announced a series of new features and updates designed to simplify workflows and help teams get started on projects more quickly. Trello is doubling down on automation, in part with enhancements to the popular automation engine Butler. They’re also making Butler a core feature of Trello. Additionally, Trello is adding Card and Board templates, giving users easy… Read more →

Zealcon software firm owner sentenced for tax fraud

SA Department for Correctional Services uses Microsoft for prisoner education The department wants to reduce re-offending by 10% by 2020 and is educating prisoners alongside Microsoft to make that a reality. The owner of Zealcon Corporation has been sentenced to jail time for employment tax fraud conducted over two years.  On Tuesday, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) said that… Read more →

You Look Like a Thing and I Love You, book review: The weird side of AI

You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It’s Making the World a Weirder Place • By Janelle Shane • Little, Brown • 260 pages • ISBN: 978-0-316-52524-4 • $24.98 There’s a frequently-told perhaps-urban-legend about a military project to develop an AI that could reliably detect tanks in photos. Take a dataset of 200… Read more →