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Cybersecurity Firm Firedome Raises $10 Million to Secure IoT Devices

VentureBeat is reporting that Tel Aviv and New York-based cybersecurity firm Firedome has raised an additional $10 million in funding, bringing their total to $14.5 million. The new round of investment will help the company continue development of its cybersecurity suite aimed at protecting Internet of Things (IoT) devices from hackers, malware, ransomware, denial of …

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Microsoft Makes Desktop Analytics Available Commercially

Microsoft has announced the commercial release of Desktop Analytics, a “cloud-connected service that integrates with System Center Configuration Manager.” The software helps organizations “view into the endpoints, applications, and drivers” being managed. It also provides a way to “assess application and driver compatibility with the latest Windows feature updates and receive mitigation recommendations for known …

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Like Libra But Without Facebook

In the wake of reports that Facebook’s Libra currency is losing backers, Mashable is reporting that OpenLibra is being positioned as an alternative, “an open platform for financial inclusion. Not run by Facebook.” The new cryptocurrency was announced in Osaka, Japan at the Ethereum Foundation’s Devcon 5 conference. The currency will share the same Move …

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Oracle Announces Additional Hiring to Boost Cloud Services

Oracle is boosting its cloud efforts with an announcement that it is hiring some 2,000 new employees. While Amazon, Microsoft and, to some extent, Google have dominated the cloud market, Oracle sees ongoing opportunity to expand. Oracle has been making moves to take on the leaders, including opening offices in Microsoft’s back yard. Even more …

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Oracle Reveals $40 Million Investment in Chip Start-Up Ampere

Oracle recently announced an investment in chip startup Ampere. Ampere is run by Renee James, a former Intel executive who served as president of the company from 2013 till her departure in 2016, and currently serves on Oracle’s board. Ampere Computing develops microprocessors for cloud servers. Their processors are based on the chips designed by …

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Arm Holdings Opens Its CPU Cores to Allow Custom Instructions

Forbes is reporting that Arm Holdings has taken a major step toward helping its processors compete even better and make them more appealing to customers. Arm designs processors and then licenses those designs to companies for use in their products. ARM CPUs are used across the entire computing spectrum, although they are most widely used …

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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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Government Officials Urge Facebook to Create Encryption Backdoor

In most cases, two plus two equals four. It’s simple math. The same is true of encryption. Devices and services are either protected by strong encryption or they’re not. There is no in-between. In spite of that, the UK Home Secretary, Priti Patel, joined U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter …

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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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Amazon Looks to Preempt Facial Recognition Legislation

Few technologies are more controversial and divisive as facial recognition. Customers have come to rely on it to log into their phones and tablets, police and government agencies are increasingly using it to identify suspects and privacy advocates decry it as an unconstitutional invasion of people’s rights. Amazon has established itself as a leader in …

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