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Java Ruling A Potential Win For Open Source
News  |  5/28/2016  | 
Oracle's long and contentious court battle with Google over Java copyright issues ends in defeat. But the open source community can breathe a sigh of relief -- for now.
HPE Spins Off Services As Tech Giants Slim Down
News  |  5/27/2016  | 
Hewlett Packard Enterprise's plan to spin off its IT Outsourcing and services group and merge that group with CSC will make the remaining HPE a leaner, more focused company. It's a strategy other tech giants have pursued as well. But what about the downsides?
Google Beats Oracle In Long-Running Java Copyright Case
News  |  5/27/2016  | 
Reversing a reversal of its initial victory, Google once again has prevailed against Oracle's claim that Android infringes its Java copyrights.
Google May Shame Partners Into Ending Android Fragmentation
Commentary  |  5/26/2016  | 
Google might resort to naming and shaming smartphone makers and carriers who are behind in updating Android devices.
FedRAMP Is Too Complicated, Not Secure Enough: Survey
News  |  5/26/2016  | 
The FedRAMP standard for federal agency use of cloud services has too many complications in its operations and lacks the assurance of security, according to the results of a MeriTalk survey.
Google's Paris Office Raided In Tax Investigation
News  |  5/26/2016  | 
French investigators are seeking information about whether Google has been evading its tax obligations.
US Spending Billions To Keep Outdated Tech Alive
News  |  5/26/2016  | 
A report by the Government Accountability Office finds a number of government agencies are spending billions of dollars each year to run their departments using antiquated tech, including 8-inch floppy disks and Windows Server 2003.
Google Apps Vs. Office 365: Which Suite Reigns Supreme?
Slideshows  |  5/26/2016  | 
The two leading cloud productivity suites -- Google Apps and Microsoft's Office 365 -- each have a lot to offer. But which one is right for your organization? Here's a look at how they stack up.
Facebook Revamps Trending Topics Following Bias Allegations
News  |  5/25/2016  | 
After allegations surfaced that its curators engaged in bias when populating the Trending Topics feature, Facebook launched an investigation that found no evidence of political favoritism. Still, changes are coming.
HPE Spinning Off Enterprise Services, Posts Positive Q2 Earnings
News  |  5/25/2016  | 
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) will spin off its Enterprise Services business and merge it with CSC, creating a $26 billion IT services giant. The company made the announcement in conjunction with its second-quarter earnings report, which saw quarterly revenues rise year-over-year for the first time in five years.
ISS Milestone: 10 Images From 100,000 Orbits
Slideshows  |  5/25/2016  | 
The International Space Station, which has been continuously occupied for more than 15 years, recently celebrated its 100,000th orbit around the Earth. Here's a look back at the history of the ISS in pictures to help mark this milestone.
Microsoft Expands Global Connectivity With Local Startups
News  |  5/24/2016  | 
Microsoft is partnering with 12 business around the world to broaden access to Internet and cloud-based services.
Google Revamps Mobile Ads As Smartphone Searches Surge
News  |  5/24/2016  | 
Calling 2016 "the year mobile has happened," Google's SVP of ads and commerce Sridhar Ramaswamy announced improvements to advertising functionality for tablets and smartphones. More text, better bidding, responsive formats, and expanded location-based capabilities are all coming Google's mobile ad business.
Big Data, Analytics Sales Will Reach $187 Billion By 2019
News  |  5/24/2016  | 
Market research firm IDC forecasts a 50% increase in revenues from the sale of big data and business analytics software, hardware, and services between 2015 and 2019. Services will account for the biggest chunk of revenue, with banking and manufacturing-led industries poised to spend the most.
Microsoft Unveils Plan To Combat 'Terrorist Content'
News  |  5/23/2016  | 
Microsoft has unveiled a two-pronged approach to fighting back against terrorists' efforts to use the Internet and social media to communicate with one another and recruit new members.
Robots: Not The Job Stealers We Feared
News  |  5/23/2016  | 
Automation and digitalization are unlikely to wipe out as many jobs as once feared, but significant changes will arise, finds a new report.
SAP Makes Cloud Moves, Google Advances AI: Big Data Roundup
News  |  5/22/2016  | 
Cloud, data, and artificial intelligence were hot topics for several major players this week, including SAP and Google. We've got these latest developments and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ended May 22, 2016.
Apple May Add Touch ID To OS X
News  |  5/20/2016  | 
The iconic computer and device maker is reportedly considering an OS X 10.12 feature that would allow users to unlock their Macs via the same Touch ID technology that's in iPhones and iPads.
Google Opens Chromebooks To Android Apps
News  |  5/20/2016  | 
The move that will eventually make the more than a million Android apps available to Chrome OS users has been long expected.
Google I/O 2016: AI, VR Get Day In The Sun
Slideshows  |  5/19/2016  | 
At Google I/O, it was unclear whether the company's intention was to entice programmers with its new artificial intelligence offerings, or simply fry them in the Mountain View, Calif. sunshine. Here's what we were able to see before heat stroke set in.
Google Sheets, Slides APIs Revamped To Improve Workflow
News  |  5/18/2016  | 
Revised APIs for Sheets and Slides aim to help developers make data in Google Apps for Work more readily accessible to third-party apps.
IBM Storage Breakthrough May Speed Up Smartphones, Apps
News  |  5/18/2016  | 
Advances in phase-change memory could lead to a storage technology that approaches the speed of DRAM and can retain data like NAND flash over millions of read/write cycles.
12 Ways AI Will Disrupt Your C-Suite
Slideshows  |  5/18/2016  | 
McKinsey & Company estimates that as much as 45% of the tasks currently performed by people can be automated using existing technologies. If you haven't made an effort to understand how artificial intelligence will affect your company, now is the time to start.
Supreme Court Hands Interim Victory To Spokeo Search Site
News  |  5/17/2016  | 
The US Supreme Court has sided with Spokeo in a false-data case, saying that the plaintiff failed to show that he suffered a "concrete" injury. The case highlights several warnings for businesses that aggregate data for sale to the public.
Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Update Embraces Hybrid Cloud, Big Data
News  |  5/17/2016  | 
Microsoft's forthcoming SQL Server 2016 adds better encryption, support for unstructured data queries including those on Apache Hadoop, and new features to enable the hybrid cloud. The updates are part of an overhaul that updates Microsoft's flagship database management platform for a new age.
Google's Spaces Launch: Simplify Small-Group Sharing
News  |  5/17/2016  | 
In its latest attempt to become more relevant as a social networking provider, Google launches Spaces, an app for sharing among small groups.
9 Free Online Courses To Pump Up Your Big Data, Analytics Skills
Slideshows  |  5/17/2016  | 
Do you really need to go back to school and get another degree in order to establish yourself in a career as a data scientist? Maybe not. These nine free online courses can help you explore a range of topics, including Python, R, AI, machine learning, and Hadoop, before you commit to more advanced learning.
Google I/O 2016: What To Expect
News  |  5/16/2016  | 
Updates on Project Tango, Android N, and Android Auto are among the announcements we expect at Google's annual developer conference this week. Here's what we know so far.
AWS IoT Button Lets Devs Customize In The Cloud
News  |  5/16/2016  | 
A programmable version of Amazon's Dash Button, the IoT Button, allows developers to trigger custom actions through Amazon Web Services.
IBM Watson: Machine-Of-All-Trades
Slideshows  |  5/16/2016  | 
From fashion to food to healthcare, IBM's Watson has many guises across different industries. Here's a look at some of the work IBM's AI system has been doing since its Jeopardy! heyday.
Apache Spark 2.0 Preview, Google's Amazon Echo Rival: Big Data Roundup
News  |  5/15/2016  | 
Apache Spark 2.0 preview is released for Databricks customers. Google preps a stationary personal assistant like Amazon Echo. MarkLogic revs up security and encryption. We have all this and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending May 15, 2016.
Facebook Investigating Trending Topics Censorship Controversy
News  |  5/14/2016  | 
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg launches a probe into allegations that the social media giant excluded conservative news stories from its Trending Topics section.
Google Sets 'Parsey McParseface' Free
News  |  5/13/2016  | 
Developers can now use Google's SyntaxNet natural language parsing system to create apps that understand written text.
MarkLogic 9 Enhances Security, Adds Optic API
News  |  5/13/2016  | 
Pitching itself as the NoSQL database for the enterprise, MarkLogic unveiled version 9 of its platform at its user conference. It adds a host of new security features, plus new data management capabilities to help organizations wrangle structured and unstructured data.
FBI Chief: Battle Over Encrypted Devices Rages On
News  |  5/12/2016  | 
Despite dropping its fight with Apple over creating a backdoor to access the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, the FBI still plans to pursue access to other encrypted devices and data, said the agency's director.
Nvidia Car Learns To Drive By Watching Humans
News  |  5/11/2016  | 
With a convolutional neural network, Nvidia researchers have trained a car to drive using video captured during road trips taken by people.
IBM Watson To Fight Cybercrime
News  |  5/10/2016  | 
After Watson beat human players on the TV game show Jeopardy!, its cognitive might was put to work in a variety of fields, including healthcare and finance. Now IBM Security is dispatching the supercomputer to fight cybercrime.
FCC, FTC Probe Carriers' Mobile Security Patch Protocols
News  |  5/10/2016  | 
The FCC and the FTC want to know how mobile carriers, such as Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and AT&T, are responding to mobile threats and protecting consumers with security patches.
Hortonworks, Tableau Q1 Returns Show Big Data's Potential
News  |  5/10/2016  | 
The BI company and the big data Hadoop company reported their first quarter results, providing an inside look into the emerging analytics and data software industry. Tableau said it sees slower spending in 2016, while Hortonworks reported nearly double the number of $1 million-plus deals.
Ubiquiti AmpliFi Aims To Fix Home WiFi
News  |  5/10/2016  | 
Enterprise networking product maker Ubiquiti unveils a line of consumer-oriented routers with the aim of making home networks more reliable.
uHoo IoT Device Measures Indoor Air Toxins
News  |  5/10/2016  | 
Startup uHoo begins taking orders for an IoT device that tells users via their smartphones what's in the air they breathe.
Twitter Blocks US Spy Agencies' Access To Dataminr
News  |  5/9/2016  | 
Silicon Valley's fight to protect users' privacy against inquiries by intelligence agencies could escalate with Twitter denying access to a data mining service that reveals political unrest and terrorist attacks in real-time.
Opera VPN For iOS: Access Blocked Sites With iPhones, iPads
Commentary  |  5/9/2016  | 
Opera Software just handed people the key to unlock Facebook, YouTube, and other sites their organizations' networks may be blocking.
The End Of IT: More Questions, Some Answers
Commentary  |  5/9/2016  | 
Jonathan Feldman, CIO of the City of Asheville, N.C., responds to some of the many questions elicited by his earlier column "Why It's Time To Say Goodbye To IT."
Data Products: 9 Best Practices To Minimize Risk
Slideshows  |  5/9/2016  | 
Data generation, collection, and analysis are making their way into more types of products and services. The trend is creating new opportunities for innovation, some of which are so impactful, they're causing some companies to revisit their business models. The path to success isn't always obvious, however, so here are a few best practices to keep in mind.
Facebook Facial Tagging Biometric Lawsuit Moves Forward
News  |  5/7/2016  | 
A federal district court denies Facebook's request to dismiss a case that alleges that the social media giant violated Illinois biometric privacy laws with its photo-tagging feature.
White House Takes Deep Interest In AI
News  |  5/6/2016  | 
The US government is seeking a more active role in shaping the direction of AI research and development.
Mobile Apps Spark Business-Process Transformation
News  |  5/5/2016  | 
Metal manufacturer Worthington Industries modernized shipping and inventory management using mobile apps.
Artificial Intelligence: Don't Fear It, Embrace It
News  |  5/5/2016  | 
Adam Coates, the director of the Baidu Research's Silicon Valley AI Lab, says don't fear artificial intelligence. Instead, look to it to save lives. He spoke at the InformationWeek Elite 100 Conference this week.
Toyota Drives Profits With Analytics
News  |  5/4/2016  | 
Toyota Financial Services uses analytics to keep consumers in cars and minimize payment contract risk. And it has paid off.
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