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Meet the 13 Salesforce power players helping CEO Marc Benioff lead the cloud giant to hit its aggressive growth targets despite the turbulent economy (CRM)

We've identified the 13 executives that are leading Salesforce's behind the scenes and helping CEO Marc Benioff with Salesforce's next stage of growth and challenges. Salesforce's executive team was shaken up in February when former co-CEO Keith Block stepped down and its head of international also left.  To adapt to the new normal with the coronavirus pandemic, Salesforce quickly added new product lines, like its Work.com tools to reopen safely, to help customers transition to the new normal....
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, Microsoft, California, Ipo, Bt, Africa, San Francisco, Trends, CIO, Indiana, Middle East, Gavin Patterson, Sydney


Fortnite May Have Just Laid the Perfect Antitrust Trap for Apple—and They Fell For It

Everyone is mad about Apple’s App Store guidelines right now, especially when it comes to cloud gaming services. Microsoft isn’t bringing Project xCloud to iOS. Google’s Stadia app can’t let iPhone users actually play games. Facebook also had to axe the ability to play games for its Facebook Gaming iOS app to be…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Science, Microsoft, Antitrust, App Store, Epic Games, Fortnite, Facebook Gaming, Screw Your Walled Garden


Google Cloud partners explain all the ways that the search giant is getting more flexible, from letting customers reallocate their cloud resources to helping developers pay for their own sales and marketing pushes (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google Cloud partners say that the company has gotten more flexible since Thomas Kurian took over as CEO. That flexibility can be seen in how it gives customers wiggle room when it comes to the finer points of their contracts — like allowing them to take credits that were intended for one Google Cloud service, and allowing them to apply them to other services.  The company has also expanded its outreach to partners, including by giving money for sales and marketing to developers who build soft...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Trends, Aws, Silicon Valley, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Thomas, SADA, Google Cloud, Kurian, Kollar, Goldman Sachs Deutsche Bank, Galizia, Rob Enslin


Data scientists and engineers are leaving Amazon and Facebook for hedge funds. Here are the firms that are winning the battle for top tech talent.

As hedge funds have become sophisticated, their talent needs have evolved — and top managers now are searching out people with engineering abilities or data science skills. This has put managers in direct competition with big tech firms, and a years-long battle over talent has ensued.  Hedge funds like Two Sigma, Citadel, and Bridgewater have managed to bring in more people from big tech firms over the last 10 years than they have lost. Amazon and Microsoft have seen hundreds of people leave t...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Trends, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, Donald Trump, East Coast, Sigma, Bridgewater, Citadel, Ken Griffin, Ray Dalio, Two Sigma


Microsoft's shown a sudden appetite for big acquisitions. From Twilio to VMware, here are 10 companies experts think it could try to acquire that aren't TikTok. (MSFT)

As Microsoft attempts to acquire viral video app TikTok's US operations, analysts speculated on a few other names that might be on the tech titan's shopping list. The list of 10 potential Microsoft acquisitions includes Dropbox, Slack, Twilio, Docusign and VMware, which Dell is considering spinning out, plus startups Mmhmm and Superhuman. Keep in mind, Microsoft's largest acquisition to date was its $26.2 billion LinkedIn deal, and while it appears Microsoft might be willing to pay more for Ti...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, US, Trends, Linkedin, Cisco, London Stock Exchange, European Union, Dell, Sequoia Capital, Signal, Amazon Web Services, Twilio, Phil Libin, Vmware, Crowdstrike


Batteries, fusion, and hydropower: Meet the 25 startups that Bill Gates is betting on to revolutionize the future of energy

Microsoft cofounder and former CEO Bill Gates is the second richest person in the world, with a net worth over $110 billion.  He's invested a sizeable chunk of cash into clean-energy companies, largely through a billion-dollar fund he spearheads called Breakthrough Energy Ventures.  Gates funds a wide range of technologies, but many of them fall within the categories of long-duration storage, nuclear energy, and carbon capture.  Business Insider compiled a list of the 25 clean-energy companies...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, California, Stanford, Boston, Nigeria, Trends, Tesla, Paypal, Earth, Mit, Bill Gates, Peter Thiel, Denmark, Brad Feld, Silicon Valley


Apple's expensive new Magic Keyboard case makes the iPad Pro feel more like a laptop replacement than ever before

  Apple's Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro, starting at $299.00, makes the iPad Pro feel much more like a laptop — albeit for a high price. The Magic Keyboard's deep key travel, integrated touchpad, and lap-friendly design represent a major improvement over Apple's previous iPad keyboard. But, there are other options out there that appear to offer a comparable experience for significantly less. If you're planning to invest in an iPad Pro and a pricey accessory like the Magic Keyboard, it's also...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Trends, Netflix, Logitech, Google Docs, Donald Trump, Magic Keyboard, Brydge


COVID-19 has done what Microsoft and Intel couldn't – given people a reason for a PC upgrade

Lenovo says online sales soared in Q1 and has new hyper-plan for its data center unit Lenovo's long-suffering data centre group has posted considerably increased revenue and a modest loss, thanks to increased engagements with hyperscale clients.…
Tags: Microsoft, Intel, Software, Lenovo


Microsoft Surface Duo Phone Goes on Sale Starting at $1,399 (slashdot)

Microsoft begins taking orders for its dual-screen Surface device in the U.S. on Wednesday, an attempt to re-enter the mobile handset market with a product that blends the features of a tablet with those of a phone. From a report: The Android-powered Surface Duo starts at $1,399 and will be available Sept. 10, said Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay. The device will be sold on Microsoft.com as well as by AT&T and Best Buy. It is the thinnest Surface ever, with screens that unfold comple...
Tags: Google, News, Microsoft, Nokia, Panos Panay, Panay, Msmash


ByteDance in talks with India’s Reliance for investment in TikTok

Chinese giant ByteDance is engaging with India’s Reliance Industries Limited, the parent firm of telecom giant Jio Platforms, for investment in TikTok in a move to potentially save the popular video app’s fate in its biggest market by users, two people familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The two companies began conversations late last month and have yet to reach a deal, the sources said, requesting anonymity as the talks are private. TikTok’s business in India, where it had amasse...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Europe, Instagram, Microsoft, India, Tech, Helo, Financial Times, Gaana, Reliance, Reliance Jio, Mishra


Microsoft just had a reorg that affects its Azure, Windows, and Surface teams — here are the 22 power players running its Windows and cloud software businesses (MSFT)

As part of a reorg, Microsoft just moved a team from its Azure cloud business into the organization responsible for Windows, Surface devices, and Microsoft 365. Microsoft 365 is the bundle of business applications that includes the Office 365 productivity suite, collaboration tools like OneDrive and SharePoint, the Microsoft Teams chat app, and even the Windows 10 operating system itself. The Microsoft 365 bundle represents a huge portion of Microsoft's catalogue of cloud software — an area wh...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Office, Satya Nadella, Trends, Devices, Williams, Epic, Davis, Clarke, Microsoft Office, Denmark, Time Management, Brad Anderson, Bing


Silicon Valley Game-Plans For a Messy Election Night

Google, Facebook, Twitter and other major social media companies are working together to scenario-plan for the last three months before Election Day in the United States -- including gaming out what to do if there's no quickly declared winner in the contest between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden on election night. From a report: The close collaboration between Silicon Valley companies in the run-up to election day is detailed in an unusual cross-industry statement put...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Joe Biden, Fbi, United States, Reddit, Silicon Valley, Donald Trump, Google Facebook Twitter, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Wednesday Pinterest LinkedIn


Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter team up to fight election interference

Big Tech wants to make sure the election is secure this time
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, News, Microsoft, Trends, Social Media, Facebook Google Microsoft, Breaking


Digitizing Burning Man

For decades, Burning Man has represented an escape from the current reality. An event for free-er spirits to rethink new age ideals inside a stateless entity where art, music and partying reign supreme on the desert plains. Over the years, the Bay Area-founded event has dealt with an internal clash as the gathering has grown larger and attracted a heavy presence from Silicon Valley’s wealthy tech class, with tales of turnkey experiences, air-conditioned camps, helicopters and lobster dinners. No...
Tags: Social, TC, London, Microsoft, Social Networking, San Francisco, Events, Tech, Tesla, Culture, Digital Media, Computing, Virtual Reality, Silicon Valley, Man, Airbnb


The pros and cons of using an iPad for school

  The unique challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic have led to a record amount of students participating in digital learning. While laptops have been a back-to-school must-have for years, tablets, like Apple's iPad and Microsoft's Surface, are better equipped than ever to handle work in the classroom. Below, we've put together some tips on how to turn your iPad into a workstation for school or whatever work task you might need to accomplish. For more tablet recommendations, check o...
Tags: Apple, Google, Microsoft, America, Trends, Macbook, Chromebook, Ufc, Apple Pencil, Magic Keyboard, FN, Logitech Craft, Swayze Valentine, Chromebook Long, Logitech Triathlon


How hedge funds are beating Amazon and Facebook for talent, revealed in 3 charts

As hedge funds have become sophisticated, their talent needs have evolved — and top managers now are searching out people with engineering abilities or data science skills. This has put managers in direct competition with big tech firms, and a years-long battle over talent has ensued.  Hedge funds like Two Sigma, Citadel, and Bridgewater have managed to bring in more people from big tech firms over the last 10 years than they have lost. Amazon and Microsoft have seen hundreds of people leave t...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Trends, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, East Coast, Sigma, Bridgewater, Citadel, Ken Griffin, Ray Dalio, Two Sigma, Silicon Valley Wall Street


A history of the 30-year feud between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, whose love-hate relationship spurred the success of Microsoft and Apple (MSFT, AAPL)

Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates and Apple cofounder Steve Jobs began building their companies right around the same time, and it was a natural catalyst for their rivalry.  While the two founders had periods of civility, at other times, they were at each other's throats.  Jobs insulted Gates' taste and imagination, while Gates once described Jobs as "weirdly flawed as a human being." But the two execs appeared to get along better later in life, and when Jobs died in 2011, Gates said that they "s...
Tags: Apple, Elon Musk, Jobs, Microsoft, Mac, Steve Jobs, Washington, Trends, Macintosh, Xerox, Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, Playboy, Bill, Pbs, Jeff Bezos


Tim Cook has 2 trillion reasons to smile (AAPL)

Hello and welcome to Trending, Business Insider's weekly look at the world of tech. I'm Alexei Oreskovic, Business Insider's West Coast Bureau Chief and Global Tech Editor. Let's see how far we can get this week before mentioning TikTok. If you want to get Trending in your email inbox every Wednesday, just click here. Most of our content is available to BI subscribers. Click here for 20% off.  This week: Tim Cook has 2 trillion reasons to smile After nine years in the top job, Apple CEO Tim...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Cook, Microsoft, Congress, Stanford, China, Ipo, US, Toronto, Trends, Paris, Tim Cook, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley


Google makes building Android apps on Chrome OS easier

Google today launched ChromeOS .dev, a new site that aims to help developers get started with building Android apps for the company’s Linux-based operating system. With today’s update, Google is also making it easier to build and test Android applications on chromebooks. The new ChromeOS.dev site, which is available in English and Spanish for now, is meant to “help developers maximize their capabilities on the platform through technical resources/tutorials, product announcements, code s...
Tags: Google, Android, Microsoft, Developer, Tech, Developers, Chrome Os, Chromebook, Linux, Operating System, Operating Systems, ChromeOS


Comments on NTIA’s Petition to the FCC Seeking to Destroy Section 230

As requested by the Trump anti-Section 230 Executive Order from May, NTIA submitted a 57 page petition to the FCC asking the FCC to make rules interpreting Section 230. The FCC, in turn, has put the petition out for public comment ( Docket RM-11862), with the initial comment submission period ending September 2. I previously described NTIA’s petition this way: Normally we expect a government agency like NTIA to provide an intellectually honest assessment of the pros/cons of its actions and not...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Fcc, Microsoft, Yahoo, Law, Congress, Youtube, America, Ben Franklin, Commission, John, Ugc, Trump, Barnes


Microsoft Surface Duo Phone Goes on Sale Starting at $1,399

Microsoft begins taking orders for its dual-screen Surface device in the U.S. on Wednesday, an attempt to re-enter the mobile handset market with a product that blends the features of a tablet with those of a phone. From a report: The Android-powered Surface Duo starts at $1,399 and will be available Sept. 10, said Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay. The device will be sold on Microsoft.com as well as by AT&T and Best Buy. It is the thinnest Surface ever, with screens that unfold comple...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Tech, Panos Panay, Panay


Microsoft Surface Duo Set to Arrive September 10 For $1,399

Microsoft will launch its Surface Duo dual-screen Android phone on September 10, with prices starting at $1,399. Pre-orders will begin today at AT&T, Best Buy, and the Microsoft online store. The Surface Duo features two 4:3 OLED displays that are connected side by side with a hinge. Each display is 5.6 inches in size, which results in a 3:2 8.1-inch overall tablet-style screen size. You can hold the device like a book, using one side for one app and the other side for another app, or you c...
Tags: Android, Verizon, Microsoft, Windows, Microsoft Surface, Dan, MacRumors YouTube, AT T Best


Google Cloud partner SADA Systems saw a 'massive slowdown' and missed sales targets at the start of the coronavirus crisis — but then beat its sales goals by 300% in Q2

During the first month of the coronavirus crisis, the cloud solutions company SADA Systems saw a "massive slowdown" in deals and missed its sales goals the first quarter, causing it to put a hiring freeze in place. Then in the second quarter, it experienced a massive turnaround and its sales were 300% higher than the targets that it had set for itself last year because more customers were moving to the cloud as a way to shave off IT costs.  SADA Systems also saw customers move from Google Clou...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Trends, Gartner, Amazon Web Services, SADA, Google Cloud, GCP, Google Cloud Platform GCP, Tony Safoian, SADA Systems, COVID, Safoian, Google Cloud to Amazon Web Services, GCP Safoian


Microsoft Reveals New Innocent Ways Windows Users Can Get Hacked

Microsoft earlier today released its August 2020 batch of software security updates for all supported versions of its Windows operating systems and other products. This month's Patch Tuesday updates address a total of 120 newly discovered software vulnerabilities, of which 17 are critical, and the rest are important in severity. In a nutshell, your Windows computer can be hacked if you: Play a [Author: [email protected] (Unknown)]
Tags: Microsoft, Tech


The Surface Duo has arrived, and it’s a preview of a new era for Microsoft

Microsoft is releasing a phone, and it isn't running Windows
Tags: Android, Mobile, Microsoft, Opinion, Trends, Computing, Surface, Windows 10, Surface Duo


Thank God Microsoft Is Actually Trying New Things

Last fall, Microsoft surprised everyone when it announced the Surface Duo. Following months of development, Microsoft is finally ready to release the Surface Duo for real, and after learning more about it, I feel like the Surface Duo is so much more than just a dual-screen gadget or even Microsoft’s first Android…Read more...
Tags: Android, Science, Microsoft, Smartphones, Surface, Consumer Tech, Surface Duo, The Surface Duo Arrives On 910


Microsoft’s dual-screen Surface Duo phone arrives next month for $1,399

Microsoft wasn’t kidding around last year when it announced the Surface Duo, an Android phone with two 5.6-inch screens joined at the hinge so it can unfold into a tablet. The company has confirmed it’ll launch the device on September 10, with a $1,399 price tag. The two OLED displays feature a 4:3 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1800 x 1350 pixels, and together, they form an 8.1-inch screen at 2700 x 1800 pixels, with a 3:2 aspect ratio. They’re both protected by Gorilla Glass, and work with M...
Tags: Android, Startups, Microsoft, Gorilla Glass, Plugged


Apple has an idea that could make future AirPods much smarter about sensing your surroundings (AAPL)

A recently published Apple patent describes a contextual audio system that could enable AirPods to automatically adjust their output depending on your surroundings or current activity. If you're standing by the side of the road, for example, the system may lower or mute audio in one ear so that you can remain aware of nearby traffic. Patents shouldn't be interpreted as concrete evidence that a product or feature is in development, but it does provide some indication as to what types of technol...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Trends, Bloomberg, Bose, Sennheiser, Aapl, Kuo, Ming Chi Kuo Apple


Trump Administration Considers Global TikTok App Store Ban

A new document outlining the potential scope of President Trump's TikTok ban suggests Apple could be forced to remove the short-form video sharing platform from its App Store in China. Trump last week signed an executive order that would officially ban any U.S. transactions with TikTok if its Chinese parent ByteDance does not reach a deal to divest it to a U.S. company in 45 days. According to a White House document sent out to supporters and seen by Reuters, the ban aims to cut off U.S. b...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, White House, China, US, United States, Tencent, App Stores, Trump, Reuters, Trump Administration, Tiktok, ByteDance Twitter, App Store in China Trump, Ming Chi Kuo TikTok


Microsoft’s dual-screen Surface Duo arrives September 10 for $1,399

I can’t recall the last time people were this intrigued by a (non-Xbox) piece of Microsoft hardware. Announced a little under a year ago amid a deluge of new devices, the Surface Duo turned a lot of heads, leaving many wondering whether the product amounted to more than a concept device. Today, however, the dual-screen mobile device takes an important step closer to reality, with a release date and price. As a matter of fact, the Duo actually goes up for pre-order starting today. It’s set to ...
Tags: Amazon, Hardware, Microsoft, Tech, Smartphones, Surface, Surface Duo



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