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Facebook Considering Currency-Backed Stablecoins For Libra

Following the departure of several major backers of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency, Reuters is reporting the social media giant is considering a compromise. Initially, Facebook proposed a synthetic unit for the cryptocurrency. The company’s efforts have been met with widespread suspicion and criticism from governments around the world. In what is no doubt an effort to …

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Nvidia Becomes the Latest Corporate Patron of Blender

Blender is a “free and open source 3D creation suite.” Originally released in 1994 as an in-house application for a Dutch animation studio, Blender has gone on to become a staple in the animation community. The software is used extensively by NASA and has been part of projects such as Spider-Man 2, Captain America: The …

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Honda Acquires Drivemode, Makers of Smartphone Apps for Drivers

Honda R&D Co., Ltd. (Honda R&D)—Honda’s research and development arm—announced it has acquired California-based Drivemode, Inc., a startup dedicated to creating and operating smartphone-based connected services. The two companies had been collaborating since 2015 through Honda’s Xcelerator program. Drivemode is known for their innovative user interface design, as well as cloud-based technologies. Drivemode will work …

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Alteryx Acquires Feature Labs, An MIT-Born Machine Learning Startup

Data science is one of the fastest growing segments of the tech industry, and Alteryx, Inc. is front and center in the data revolution. The Alteryx Platform provides a collaborative, governed platform to quickly and efficiently search, analyze and use pertinent data. To continue accelerating innovation, Alteryx announced it has purchased a startup with roots …

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Microsoft Looking For Help From Linux Developers to Port Edge to Linux

Microsoft’s Edge web browser has received generally positive reviews, and has proven to be a worthy successor to Internet Explorer and a solid contender among modern browsers. In December 2018, Microsoft announced its intention to abandon EdgeHTML as the browser’s rendering engine in favor of Chromium, the same rendering engine Google Chrome uses. In the …

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Lowe’s Goes the DIY Route For Software Development

Lowe’s slogan is “do it right for less.” While that primarily applies to home repair and improvement, the company is also applying it to the world of software development. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Lowe’s is looking to retool its e-commerce solutions. The goal is to have 80% of the applications …

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Akamai Acquires KryptCo, Makers of Authentication Technology

Akamai Technologies, one of the world’s premier content delivery networks (CDN), just announced its acquisition of KryptCo. KryptCo is the creator of a mobile, multi-factor authentication mechanism that, unlike many competing solutions, doesn’t require a pin number for authorization. As a result, KryptCo’s technology is resistant to phishing attempts. Akamai has a long-standing reputation as …

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OpenAI Working With Microsoft To Build AI That Will Change The World

“We’re working together with Microsoft to build next-generation supercomputers,” says OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman. “The real goal of OpenAI and what we’re trying to accomplish is to build what we call artificial general intelligence. They’re trying to build a computer system that is as capable as a human at being able to master a domain …

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Mobile Is Finally Coming To the Enterprise, Says ServiceNow CEO

“Mobile is coming to the enterprise, finally,” says ServiceNow CEO John Donahoe. “It’s been a long time coming. Our release in Q3 will have native out of the box consumer-grade mobile capability. So now any ServiceNow customer can have a brilliant mobile onboarding app so that their new employees can get up to speed quickly …

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It Doesn’t Really Matter What Microsoft Does, Says Slack CEO

“Whatever Microsoft does we’re still going to do the same thing that we would do for customers,” says Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield. “If the performance of our applications, like the number of milliseconds it takes to startup, is an important thing for customers, we will do that. If shared channels are an important feature we …

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Salesforce Commerce Page Designer – Creates Experiences With Clicks Not Code

“We have something brand-new we call the Commerce Page Designer,” says Mike Micucci, CommerceCloud CEO at Salesforce. “It allows you to create experiences with clicks not code. You can literally drag and drop things around on the page and just put them right where you want to. You don’t need to be a programmer or …

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Long-Term Goal With Alexa Is To Invent the Star Trek Computer, Says Amazon SVP

“The long-term goal (with Alexa) was to try to invent the Star Trek computer,” says David Limp, Amazon’s SVP of devices and services. “I grew up watching Roddenberry and loved it. We all loved watching it and the science had moved up enough where we thought we had a shot at it. It’s still going …

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