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The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data

A NEW commodity spawns a lucrative, fast-growing industry, prompting antitrust regulators to step in to restrain those who control its flow. A …

Financial Services

How to deal with SaaS slackers: CIOs share lessons from unreliable Software as a Service vendors

Most enterprise software is delivered as a service these days because paying an expert to manage a complex application just makes too much sense. But …

computingindustry

How to check the security of your Google Chrome extensions

The other day, a friend called me and said that his Google Chrome browser is acting weirdly and may need reinstalling. According to him, every time he searched for something on Google some unknown website appeared with suspicious results. I asked him to remove every Chrome extension and only add …

Google

How to fix what has gone wrong with the internet - The ins and outs

Special report<p>The ins and outsHow to fix what has gone wrong with the internet<p>HAS THE INTERNET failed? Sitting in his office at Christ Church, an …

Dot-Com Bubble

Keep your eyes peeled for these tech items to go on sale on Prime Day

Prime Day is almost here! It only comes once a year. And for many of us, it's the time to scoop up that special product you’ve been hoping will go on …

quietcomfort35

The Industrial Era Ended, and So Will the Digital Era

In a famous scene in the 1967 movie <i>The Graduate</i>, a family friend takes aside Dustin Hoffman’s character, Benjamin Braddock, and whispers in a conspiratorial tone, “Plastics….There’s a great future in plastics.” It seems quaint today, but back then plastics really were new and exciting.<p>If the movie …

Innovation

By the numbers: Big names lose massive numbers of followers in Twitter purge

Dozens of high profile Twitter accounts from celebrities and politicians lost buckets of followers as Twitter deleted fake accounts and bots across …

Social Media

4,500 Tech Workers, 1 Mission: Get Democrats Elected

SAN FRANCISCO — It was four months and eight days until the 2018 midterm elections, and Anna Eskamani had not spent a penny to promote her political campaign online.<p>Ms. Eskamani, 27, is running to represent Florida’s 47th District in the State Legislature. Like many state-level candidates, she …

Silicon Valley

Decentralization

Emotions

Voice shopping estimated to hit $40+ billion across U.S. and U.K. by 2022

The growing popularity of smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home will lead to an explosion in voice-based shopping, according to a new market research report from OC&C Strategy Consultants out this week. The firm is bullishly predicting that voice shopping will grow to a whopping $40 …

eCommerce

Google Cloud sees increasing adoption in retail and media in India

Google said that the company is seeing increased adoption of its cloud services in the Retail and media entertainment segment in India, in the …

Financial Services

This man was fired by a computer. Real AI could have saved him

Ibrahim Diallo was allegedly fired by a machine. Recent news reports relayed the escalating frustration he felt as his security pass stopped working, his computer system login was disabled, and finally he was frogmarched from the building by security personnel. His managers were unable to offer an …

Artificial Intelligence

The Phone Call Is Dead. Long Live the Walkie Talkie.

Steve Jobs should have called it the iText. Maybe the iNstagram, or the iUberEverywhere. The iPhone—like every other phone in 2018—is many things, but it isn’t much of a phone.<p>For decades, the best and often only way to reach someone out of earshot was to call them on the phone. The internet …

Apps

Serverless computing could unleash a new startup ecosystem

While serverless computing isn’t new, it has reached an interesting place in its development. As developers begin to see the value of serverless architecture, a whole new startup ecosystem could begin to develop around it.<p>Serverless isn’t exactly serverless at all, but it does enable a developer to …

Microservices

Digital Transformation - Reports - World Economic Forum

<i>By networking everyday objects, the Internet of Things turns them into smart devices that – if regulated correctly – can help deliver significant</i> …

Internet of Things

Elon Musk's Thailand cave rescue would use a 'kid-size' submarine

Elon Musk is quickly solidifying his offer to help rescue a boys' soccer team trapped in a Thailand cave, and in just the way you would expect from a technology entrepreneur. He has revealed that the "primary path" for his attempt will involve a "kid-size submarine" that uses the liquid oxygen …

Tesla

The Big Data Landscape

There are 1025 Big Data companies included on the current version of the landscape. 173 of these companies have spoken at communities we organize, …

Hadoop

What if people were paid for their data?

“DATA SLAVERY.” Jennifer Lyn Morone, an American artist, thinks this is the state in which most people now live. To get free online services, she …

Artificial Intelligence

These nine companies are snapping up almost all the AI startups

In the current acquisition binge around artificial intelligence, tech behemoths with deep pockets lead the way, including Google, Apple, Facebook, …

Artificial Intelligence

Patagonia wants U.S. companies to give employees election day off

Whether it’s providing on-site daycare, pioneering organic cotton, expanding fair trade manufacturing in the apparel industry, or speaking out on environmental issues, Patagonia has long led by example. Now CEO Rose Marcario is hoping to keep that up for the upcoming midterm elections in the …

marcario

The best tech of 2018 (so far)

We can't believe it either, but we're already halfway through 2018.<p>CES, Mobile World Congress, and developer conference season are fading in the …

Gear & Gadgets

Fluid, the app that converts websites into Mac apps, gets a major overhaul with support for WebKit2

Fluid, the app that transforms basic web apps into full on Mac apps, is getting a major update today. Coming in form of a beta, the new update adds a handful of notable changes.<p>The developer announced the Fluid 2.0 beta via a tweet today, noting that the update includes a complete re-write from the …

Apps

LTE wireless connections used by billions aren’t as secure as we thought

LTE was supposed to fix security and privacy shortcomings—now it's broken, too.<p>The Long Term Evolution mobile device standard used by billions of …

Information Security

Google might buy game studios and develop hardware for its upcoming game streaming service

Earlier this year, rumors began circulating about 'Yeti', a game streaming service from Google. Much like Nvidia GeForce NOW and other platforms, it …

Streaming

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz: How His Binary Systems Shaped the Digital Age

Zeroes and ones that changed the world.<p>Binary code is the language of computers and electronic devices. The use of binary numbers date back to …

Mathematics

Did Satoshi Nakamoto Write This Book Excerpt? A Wired Investigation

Years have gone by since any new piece of writing has appeared by Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of bitcoin. But on Friday night, someone …

Bitcoin

GitHub Developers Are Giving Microsoft a Chance

Earlier this month Microsoft announced plans to buy the code-hosting and collaboration site GitHub for $7.5 billion. It's hard to overstate how …

Software Development

Troll Control: Twitter and Instagram Premier New Tools For Abusive Social Media Use

One of the most challenging issues businesses face in social media is trolling. By definition, a troll is someone who posts offensive, divisive or argumentative remarks on platforms such as Twitter and Instagram. The most pernicious trolls are those who create anonymous accounts for the sole …

Social Media