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PayPal misses Q4 revenue targets

PayPal reported mixed fourth quarter financial results on Wednesday, with revenue that slightly missed estimates. The San Jose, Calif.-based payments company reported a net income of $584 million, or 49 cents per share. Non-GAAP earnings were 69 cents per share on revenue of $4.23 billion. Wall Street was looking for earnings of 67 cents per share on revenue of $4.24… Read more →

Amazon gets Harrison Ford to reveal the grim future of Alexa

He’s not happy. (Image: Screenshot by ZDNet) I don’t know whether the Los Angeles Rams can strike a blow for human justice and defeat the New England Patriots in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Also: Patriots vs Rams: How to stream Super Bowl 2019 I feel more certain, however, that Amazon’s Super Bowl ad will be among the more popular in the gloriously… Read more →

Nvidia launches new colocation program to jumpstart data center deployments

Amid a surprising slowdown of Nvidia’s data center business, the GPU maker is launching a new program that should make it easier for businesses to take advantage of Nvidia’s DGX systems. With the new DGX-Ready Data Center program, businesses can get access to data center services through a new network of qualified Nvidia colocation partners. GPU-accelerated computing is useful for… Read more →

Zillow awards $1 million to data scientists for improving its Zestimate algorithm

Online real estate database Zillow this week announced the winners of Zillow Prize, the company’s $1 million competition to improve the accuracy of the Zestimate home estimator. Introduced in 2006, the Zestimate is an algorithm that today estimates the market value of roughly 110 million homes in the US. While Zillow has improved the accuracy of the Zestimate algorithm considerably since its inception,… Read more →

Google announces Kubernetes Operator for Apache Spark

Apache Spark is a hugely popular execution framework for running data engineering and machine learning workloads. It powers the Databricks platform and is available in both on-premises and cloud-based Hadoop services, like Azure HDInsight, Amazon EMR and Google Cloud Dataproc. It can run on Mesos clusters too. But what of you just want to run your Spark workloads on a… Read more →

What Oracle wants: more small companies, non-tech users for its enterprise technology

Top cloud providers How AWS, Microsoft, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, Oracle, Alibaba stack up Here’s a look at the annual run rates, hybrid cloud strategies and approaches to artificial intelligence and machine learning among the public cloud providers. Read More For the decades its been on the planet, Oracle has been known as a company providing enterprise-grade products —… Read more →

Habana, the AI chip innovator, promises top performance and efficiency

As data generation and accumulation accelerates, we’ve reached a tipping point where using machine learning just works. Using machine learning to train models that find patterns in data and make predictions based on those is applied to pretty much everything today. But data and models are just one part of the story.  Also: The AI chip unicorn that’s about to revolutionize… Read more →

Ubuntu 18.04 needs patching

Ubuntu is a very popular Linux distribution for servers, clouds, and the desktop. So, when parent company Canonical announces it is moving Ubuntu 18.04, the latest long term support (LTS) edition, to a new Linux kernel, it’s time to pay attention and patch. Also: Inside Ubuntu’s financials This kernel, 4.15.0-44.47, contains 11 security fixes and other minor improvements. The most significant of these are four… Read more →

Singapore unveils data system that tracks viewership across multiple platforms

Broadcasters and advertisers in Singapore now have a way to track consumers’ viewing patterns through an “integrated” data system, which can track viewership across multiple devices. Launched by industry regulator Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), an enhanced release of the Singapore TV Audience Measurement (SG-TAM) system is touted to measure unduplicated TV viewership stats across digital platforms, including smartphones, tablets,… Read more →

TicWatch S2 review: Google Wear OS is pretty terrible and Mobvoi doesn’t help the cause with this $180 smartwatch

Wear OS has been ignored by Google for some time and when the company decided to move the Play Store and most settings to just the watch I gave up on it as a wearable platform. The Samsung Galaxy Watch remains the best smartwatch for Android smartphone users, but it’s also priced at $330.  If you want to explore smartwatches,… Read more →

Matrix has slowly evolved into a ‘Swiss Army knife’ of the ransomware world

Matrix, a ransomware strain first seen in late 2016, has evolved into a dangerous threat after years of slow and incremental updates and has been recently characterized as a “Swiss Army knife” in a report published today by UK-based cyber-security firm Sophos. While initially, the Matrix authors used the RIG exploit kit to mass-distribute their ransomware in its early days,… Read more →

Top ten mistakes companies are making with local SEO

Special Feature Special report: The future of Everything as a Service (free PDF) SaaS had a major impact on the way companies consume cloud services. This ebook looks at how the as a service trend is spreading and transforming IT jobs. Read More Any business that has a physical local presence, needs to have a website to get found. And… Read more →