• Feds Seek to Cut Software Costs and Expand Licenses

    Feds Seek to Cut Software Costs and Expand Licenses

    The Office of Management and Budget has directed federal agencies to adopt practices that will simplify and streamline software acquisition.The directive affects software referred to as "commercial" or "commercial off the shelf" (COTS) offerings, versus more customized products.
  • Rubin Sees AI Quantum Computer Running the Show

    Rubin Sees AI Quantum Computer Running the Show

    Just one quantum computer running artificial intelligence algorithms would be capable of connecting pretty much all the devices on the planet, Android creator Andy Rubin told an audience at the Bloomberg Technology Conference on Tuesday.New computing platforms emerge every 10-12 years, and the next platform will be based on data and people training AI systems to learn, Rubin said.
  • The Microsoft-LinkedIn CRM Connection

    The Microsoft-LinkedIn CRM Connection

    With its US$26 billion purchase of LinkedIn, Microsoft may be setting itself up to tackle Salesforce head-on for CRM dominance.The purchase, announced Monday, also might help Microsoft compete more aggressively with other major CRM providers, such as SAP and Oracle.
  • FCC Wins Huge Net Neutrality Victory Over Big Telecom

    FCC Wins Huge Net Neutrality Victory Over Big Telecom

    An appellate court on Tuesday handed a major victory to the Federal Communications Commission by upholding the agency's watershed Open Internet Order, which ensures equal access to the Internet.Supreme Court, according to FCC Commissioner Mike O'Rielly, who criticized the ruling.
  • Microsoft Expands Xbox Gaming Territory

    Microsoft Expands Xbox Gaming Territory

    The new Xbox Play Anywhere program will allow game play on Xbox consoles or Windows 10 devices, and support backwards compatibility with some older devices.The new system also has High Dynamic Range support for video and gaming.
  • Snapchat Rolls Out Ad-Friendlier Design

    Snapchat Rolls Out Ad-Friendlier Design

    It now displays images and headline previews of the content inside Discover channels and Live stories on the Stories page.Their stories will run beside user-contributed Live Stories on both the Discover and Stories pages.
  • Microsoft and LinkedIn Go All In

    Microsoft and LinkedIn Go All In

    The acquisition furthers Microsoft's effort to extend the breadth of its content portfolio and to integrate its offerings into its platform of cloud services.The companies jointly announced the deal: Microsoft will pay $196 a share in cash for LinkedIn, which will retain its brand, culture and independence under the new structure.
  • Can Huawei Overtake Apple and Samsung?

    Can Huawei Overtake Apple and Samsung?

    Today Apple, Google and Samsung are enormous, but the rate of smartphone growth has slowed.I don't see iPhone users switching to an Android device whether it's from Huawei, Samsung or any other device maker.
  • The Tricky Business of Crafting Solid Cloud SLAs

    The Tricky Business of Crafting Solid Cloud SLAs

    The core element of virtually every type of federal cloud procurement contract is the service level agreement, upon which billions of dollars of cloud investments are based.However, federal agencies have struggled with incorporating SLAs into cloud contracts that make sense for both the government and vendors.
  • Yahoo to Have Giant Patent Garage Sale

    Yahoo to Have Giant Patent Garage Sale

    The patents "cover strategic areas such as search, e-commerce and online advertising," said Andreas Scherer, managing partner at Salto Partners.EnvisionIP's Patentvue this spring assessed Yahoo's patent portfolio as strong but overvalued at the $3-$4 billion figure bandied about at the time.
  • Apple to Boost App Store Money-Making Opportunities

    Apple to Boost App Store Money-Making Opportunities

    The introduction of paid search underscores Apple's new focus on search revenue, rather than traditional device sales, he added.Schiller took charge of the App Store in December in a major shakeup of Apple's senior leadership.
  • SugarCRM CTO Clint Oram:  Make Every Customer Experience Extraordinary

    SugarCRM CTO Clint Oram: Make Every Customer Experience Extraordinary

    In this exclusive interview, CRM Buyer discusses with Oram some of the latest challenges and trends in CRM.Clint Oram: Technology is changing the way customers work with companies.
  • Uber Tosses Its Drivers a Few Bones

    Uber Tosses Its Drivers a Few Bones

    and key overseas markets, Uber on Monday introduced a series of new apps and benefits for its core group of drivers.A new Instant Pay feature allows passengers to send money to drivers instantly using a GoBank Uber Debit Card.
  • Supreme Court Snubs Google's AdWords Appeal

    Supreme Court Snubs Google's AdWords Appeal

    Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Google's appeal of a lower court ruling in a suit alleging the company used deceptive practices in the sale and placement of advertising through its AdWords program between 2004 and 2008.The Google AdWords program is an auction-based, online advertising platform that displays advertising on the Google search engine after users look up a particular search term.
  • Creating the Right Business Culture for Success

    Creating the Right Business Culture for Success

    Naturally, there were plenty of software vendors in attendance, and there was a lot of talk about new technologies: the Internet of Things, machine learning, automated voice assistants and more.The tide of new technologies continues to roll in, but behaviors, organizational structures and processes are not changing quickly enough for the humans those technologies are meant to serve.
  • Yahoo Publishes NSLs Following Freedom Act Reforms

    Yahoo Publishes NSLs Following Freedom Act Reforms

    It published the NSLs after the FBI rescinded the nondisclosure requirements imposed in accordance with the USA Freedom Act of 2015.It enjoined the government from issuing NSLs under Section 2709 of the United States Code or from enforcing the nondisclosure provisions.
  • Facebook AI Digs Deep Into User Content

    Facebook AI Digs Deep Into User Content

    The engine leverages several deep neural network architectures and can perform word-level and character-level based learning, noted Abdulkader, Lakshmiratan and Zhang.With text, that means adding language-dependent features like grammar, vocabulary and parts of speech," explained Eli David, CTO of Deep Instinct.
  • Uber Scores Historic $3.5B Saudi Investment

    Uber Scores Historic $3.5B Saudi Investment

    5 billion investment from the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund -- the largest-ever investment in a closely held technology firm.The investment is part of a deal that will allow Uber to expand its Middle East operations.
  • Rights Advocates Blast EU and Tech Firms' Hate Speech Code

    Rights Advocates Blast EU and Tech Firms' Hate Speech Code

    Digital rights and free speech advocates are up in arms over Tuesday's announcement of an agreement between the European Commission and four leading U.The companies have agreed to adopt a system that allows users to flag illegal hate speech and incitement to violence.
  • Microsoft, Xiaomi Become Office Mates

    Microsoft, Xiaomi Become Office Mates

    The agreement calls for Xiaomi to ship Microsoft Office and Skype on its Android smartphones and tablets, which are among the leading brands in China and India, as well as in other global markets.The deal builds upon an existing relationship between the companies that put Windows 10 on the Mi Pad and Microsoft Azure on the Mi Cloud service.