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After 10 Years, Amazon's Cloud Service Is a $10 Billion Business

It's also growing faster than Amazon did at the 10-year mark, CEO Jeff Bezos writes in a letter to shareholders.<p>Amazon’s cloud computing business is bigger after 10 years of operation than Amazon itself at the same milestone, and is on its way to being a $10 billion annual business this year, CEO …

Hacking Health Care Records Reaches Epidemic Proportions

In February 2015, Anthem made history when 78.8 million of its customers were hacked. It was the largest health care breach ever, and it opened the …

The major pitfall for digital health startups

While 2015 was a solid year for digital health, target="_blank" href="https://rockhealth.com/reports/digital-health-funding-2015-year-in-review/"> with $4.5 billion in total venture funding, healthcare startups also made headlines for other reasons when reports emerged that much-hyped companies …

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Privacy fears causing consumer trust in mobile services to plunge

Casting a spotlight on the immense challenges confronting the mobile industry, a new report shows that a range of security and privacy issues have dramatically eroded consumer confidence.<p>According to the study released at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona by Syniverse, a mobile enterprise …

Mobile

Revamped Google Contributor now starts at $6.99 to see fewer ads on the web

Google Contributor allows readers to pay a monthly fee to see fewer ads on the sites they visit. Ads are either outright removed or replaced with a thank you message. The service launched in 2014 and was opened up to those in US last year. Today, Contributor is getting a revamp that sets the …

Mobile Devices

Axel Springer, Longtime Google Foe, Turns Google Partner With AMP Launch Next Week

What's the German word for frenemy?<p>Axel Springer, the German publishing powerhouse, is no friend of Google’s. In fact, you could call it a nemesis: Its execs have a long-standing beef with the search giant over its aggregation practice, one that extends to the European regulatory front.<p>Still, Axel …

How smart is Big Data?

These days it seems everybody is jumping on the big data bandwagon. It’s no surprise that companies want to take advantage of big data and the all …

Big Data

Hackers take hospital offline, demand $3.6m ransom

For more than a week, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center has been in a state of emergency after a malware attack shut down the network unless a ransom of $3.6 million was paid.<p>The attack has compromised the hospital’s ability to care for patients as medical professionals have been unable to …

The long-awaited tech correction is here

But in 2015 the talk peaked, as private company valuations grew to the point where Facebook's $1 billion acquisition of 13-person company Instagram in 2012 now looks cheap, and privately held Uber with no published financial returns and massive losses is supposedly worth more than Ford and GM.<p>On …

CEOs, venture backers lose big as LinkedIn, Tableau shares tumble

NEW YORK (Reuters) - LinkedIn Corp Executive Chairman Reid Hoffman lost almost half his $2.8 billion fortune on paper Friday as shares of his social media company suffered their largest drop on record. He was not alone in taking heavy losses.<p>The logo for LinkedIn Corporation, a social networking …

We asked industry experts what the 'Uber of healthcare' would be — here's how they responded

At JPMorgan's annual healthcare conference this month, Business Insider had the chance to sit down with industry leaders and ask them what could disrupt healthcare in the same way.<p>In as varied areas as gene therapy and robotics, these are their predictions:<p>The difference between healthcare and …

Ad Blocking: A Primer

Mani Gandham Contributor<p>Mani Gandham is co-founder and CEO of Instinctive.<p>There’s a lot of buzz right now around ad blocking. Depending on your perception, you might consider ad blocking a savior… or a growing problem. Both points of view are valid, to some degree. What appears to be a certainty, …

Digital advertising forecast for 2016: Brands cut back, agencies double down

The headline sounds crazy, but some brands are not as enthusiastic about increasing digital media spending as agencies are, according to the 2016 New Year Outlook survey (registration required) from marketing services firm RSW/US. This puzzling finding suggests two things: Brands are still …

Apple Music reportedly it hit 10m subscribers in 6 months

Apple hit a major milestone of 10 million paying subscribers for its streaming music service, only six months after it launched, reports the Financial Times.<p>That’s half the size of Spotify’s current user base. But what’s interesting is that it took Apple five years less than its rival to attain …

Paul Graham has accidentally explained everything wrong with Silicon Valley’s world view

I’ve been asked by a bunch of people today to comment on this essay “Economic Inequality,” penned by self-described “essayist” Paul Graham, who is also the subject of a poem I recently wrote titled, “Paul Graham is Asking to be Eaten.”<p>When my friend Danilo asked me to respond to this, I said that …

Fewer than 1% of computers are ready for virtual reality

Facebook's Oculus will release its first headset in a few months, as will Sony and HTC.<p>Interest in virtually reality (VR) is growing in the tech industry, with Google's Cardboard and Samsung's Gear VR already available, and other major players rumored to be working on VR as well.<p>But there are a …

The Federal Vision For Healthcare IT: A Dystopian Paradise

Roy Wyman Contributor<p>Roy Wyman is a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and is a member of its Healthcare Regulatory and Transactional Team.<p>In a year not too distant, Loretta, a woman in her late 20s, hears a pleasant tone from her watch and checks to see a text. The message isn’t …

Hysteria on social media as BBC websites go offline

The BBC experienced a major technical issue on Thursday morning, with all of its websites and several of its digital services offline. "We're aware …

Google comes up with a new Android plan as its epic legal battle with Oracle continues

Now Google has quietly made a brilliant change that indicates Google is either preparing for a worst-case scenario or simply trying to outwit Oracle.<p>Google will remove from Android the software that is controlled by Oracle, and switch to an open source alternative instead. That alternative is still …

The great bitcoin gold rush may already be over

Venture fundraising in the bitcoin-related space has fallen sharply from the first quarter high, with big banks on Wall Street now looking to develop technology in-house rather than putting money to work in the space.<p>"Unfortunately, many banks and institutions have focused on the creation of their …

Baidu Teams Up with Medical Researchers To Fight Cancer

Baidu has teamed up with Peking Union Medical College to harness big data and artificial intelligence in esophageal cancer research. The esophagus is the long, hollow tube that runs from your throat to your stomach that carries the food you swallow to your stomach to be digested. The goal is to …

It was a bad year for digital advertising, despite the rise of mobile and the next billion

<i>To wrap up the year, here is a selection of notable shifts observed in 2015, and their expected impact in 2016 on digital advertising, mobile internet, and trends in emerging countries.</i><p><b>Advertising</b><p>It was a terrible year for digital advertising. No matter how media companies tweak their numbers, they …

European investigation into legality of Apple’s tax arrangements in Ireland expanded & extended

The long-running investigation into the legality of Apple’s tax arrangements in Ireland has been expanded, with the European Commission now seeking additional information from the Irish government, reports the <i>FT</i>. This means that the investigation is likely to be extended well into next year. A …

Mozilla ends Tiles experiment for ads in Firefox, will shift focus to ‘content discovery’

Mozilla is stopping its experimental offering of advertising in Firefox. The company announced its focus will instead shift to “content discovery” opportunities in its browser.<p>“We will continue to experiment with content experiences on new tab pages within Firefox and across our products,” a …

EFF's free HTTPS tool 'Let's Encrypt' enters public beta

Really, there’s no good reason for devs to not adopt HTTPS certification. The added protection makes you and your users safer, and ensures that you can guarantee that your website doesn’t inject malicious malware, tracking or unwanted ads onto your user experience.<p>The Electronic Frontier Foundation …

Beta Testing

Nokia Closes Its $2.8B Sale Of Here To The Audi, BMW And Daimler Car Consortium

One of the bigger makers of maps and location services used in mobile phones and connected cars has now been taken over by a consortium of car makers. Today Nokia completed its sale of Here to Audi AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG for €2.55 billion ($2.8 billion). The deal was originally announced in …

The best buyer for Yahoo’s core internet business may be… Alibaba

Yahoo’s board will meet this week to consider what was once a little more than a far-fetched activist investor fantasy—the sale of its core internet business, the Wall Street Journal reports (paywall). Board members will meet Wednesday through Friday to discuss the long-awaited spin-off of Yahoo’s …

GE Wants To Move All Your Health Data To The Cloud

The first step? Linking half a million radiology devices.<p>In this day and age, you can easily share photos through Dropbox, notes in Evernote, or spreadsheets via Google Drive with anyone. But good luck helping two doctors at two different hospitals to see the same patient records online. Instead, …