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Norsk Hydro ransomware incident losses reach $40 million after one week

Image: Norsk Hydro A week after suffering a crippling ransomware infection, Norwegian aluminum producer Norsk Hydro estimates that total losses from the incident have already reached $40 million. The company said most of this estimate consists of lost revenue, especially from its Extruded Solutions business division, the one most impacted by the ransomware attack. In an update on its site… Read more →

Informatica update revolves around multi-cloud, serverless, AI support

Informatica’s latest release of its cloud enterprise data management platform includes a healthy dose of artificial intelligence as well as support for multiple cloud services. The Spring update for Informatica uses the company’s CLAIRE engine, microservices and modular connectors to ride multiple data trends. Informatica also added open data metadata application programming interfaces, data discovery, cataloguing and management tools that… Read more →

FTC asks broadband providers to disclose how they collect user data

The Federal Trade Commission sent letters today to seven of the biggest US broadband providers seeking information on how the companies collect, retain, use, and disclose information about consumers and their devices. The letters were sent to AT&T Inc., AT&T Mobility LLC, Comcast Cable Communications (doing business as Xfinity), Google Fiber Inc., T-Mobile US Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., and Cellco… Read more →

Apple has mixed outing in US ITC hearings over Qualcomm’s patents

Apple had a mixed day vs Qualcomm in two US International Trade Commission hearings Tuesday. But Apple appears to have avoided an import ban of its iPhone after the US International Trade Commission rejected a Qualcomm patent infringement claim filed by Qualcomm. The US ITC said that a Qualcomm battery-saving feature is invalid. In a notice, the US ITC explained… Read more →

Swift, Apple’s language of choice, gets a major refresh

Apple Card: Why banking can be lucrative for Apple Yes, Apple went Hollywood and launched a gaming and news service to bolster services revenue. But 5 years from now the real pivot will be Apple Card and how the company got into banking. Read more: Read this ​Java and JavaScript rule but use of Apple’s Swift language skyrockets Just… Read more →

Top dark web marketplace will shut down next month

Dream Market, today’s top dark web marketplace, announced plans to shut down on April 30, next month. The announcement came on the same day Europol, FBI, and DEA officials announced tens of arrests and a massive crackdown on dark web drug trafficking. The timing of the four announcements immediately sent most of Dream Market’s users and dark web threat intel… Read more →

Microsoft’s Azure Stack HCI: A new option for running virtualized apps that connect to Azure

Microsoft is adding a new family member to its Azure Stack hybrid product line-up. On March 26, Microsoft took the wraps off Azure Stack HCI Solutions for running virtualized applications on hyperconverged infrastructure. Officials said that Azure Stack HCI is “an evolution of Windows Server Software-Defined (WSSD) solutions previously available from our hardware partners.” It’s now part of the Azure… Read more →

Microsoft to talk more about Surface Hub 2S at April event

Microsoft Surface Studio 2: The ZDNet verdict Microsoft Surface Studio 2 review: A powerful digital drawing board Microsoft invited select press and analysts to a an April 17 event in New York City that’s expected to showcase its first wave of its new Surface Hub 2 conferencing systems. Microsoft already announced the Surface Hub 2S in the fall of 2018,… Read more →

Google’s Gmail for AMP generally available: Dynamic email could be boon for customer service, marketing

This message will self-destruct in… Gmail lets users set expiration date for emails Gmail’s not entirely confidential ‘confidential mode’ expiry-date email feature is now available on mobile apps. Google’s effort to make Gmail more dynamic, also known as AMP for Email, is now generally available.  Dynamic email was outlined as a developer preview last year and the rough idea was… Read more →

Huawei launches Watch GT Active and Elegant editions, FreeLace wireless earphones

Huawei denies foreign network hack reports Huawei has pointed to its ‘unblemished record of cybersecurity’ following reports over the weekend that it helped the Chinese government gain access codes for a foreign network. Huawei may be best known for its high end smartphones and laptops, but it also has a great collection of accessories to optimize your mobile experience. On… Read more →

Uber acquires Middle East ride-hailing service Careem in $3.1 billion deal

Uber’s flying taxi service pitched at government for trial in Australia The company has asked for cooperation from Australian governments so it can demo Uber Air in the country as early as next year. Uber has acquired rival ride-hailing service Careem in a deal worth $3.1 billion. On Tuesday, the company said the deal has been inked for $1.4 billion… Read more →

Single view of customer efforts hampered by data silos, legacy systems, lack of leadership, says Adobe

The road to the single view of the customer has a few potholes such as integration of systems, data silos and collaboration issues between departments, according to an Adobe survey of 1,000 IT decision makers. Adobe, which is making its Experience Platform generally available, surveyed 1,000 IT decision makers in large enterprises with more than 1,000 employees. Adobe, SAP, Salesforce,… Read more →