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How Google Flights is shaking up the travel Industry

The internet is littered with the bodies of companies unable to adapt when Big Tech moved to offer a service for free.Possibly the most famous example in tech history remains Microsoft's decision in 1996 to give away its browser Internet Explorer bringing Netscape's skyrocketing share price to an abrupt halt. The rest is history.Although Google's recent decision to stop charging for leads to airlines and OTAs in Google Flights might look insignificant in comparison, it is sending shockwav...
Tags: Travel, Google, Microsoft, Netscape, Big Tech

Tradeshift cuts headcount by three figures in effort to turn towards profitability

Last month Tradeshift, a platform for supply chain payments which has achieved unicorn startups in recent years, had some good news and some bad news. It announced a Series F funding round of $240 million in equity and debt, raised from a combination of existing and new investors. It’s now raised a total of $661M since it started in 2008 and investors include Goldman Sachs, Principal Strategic Investments and Wipro Ventures among others. The new funding came, despite talk of a possible IPO last ...
Tags: Travel, TC, Europe, Microsoft, Finance, San Francisco, Unilever, Hsbc, Goldman Sachs, Computerworld, WeWork, Siemens, Financial Services, Copenhagen, DHL, Volvo

Alibaba Cloud revenue reaches $1.5B for the quarter on 62% growth rate

Alibaba issued its latest earnings report yesterday, and as part of that the Chinese eCommerce giant reported that cloud revenue grew 62% to $1.5 billion U.S., crossing the RMB10 billion revenue threshold for the first time. Alibaba also announced that it had completed its migration to its own public cloud in the most recent quarter, a significant milestone because the company can point to its own operations as a reference to potential customers, a point that Daniel Zhang, Alibaba executive chai...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Cloud, Asia, Enterprise, Microsoft, China, Alibaba, Earnings, Reuters, Zhang, Synergy Research, Alibaba Cloud, Google Alibaba, Daniel Zhang Alibaba

Innovaccer wants to be the service that unifies all healthcare data

The holy grail for technology companies working in the healthcare industry is becoming the gateway for all healthcare data. Big legacy providers like Epic and Cerner are trying to reach out to hospital networks to hoover up all of their data. Google is interested in it. Salesforce is interested in it. Everyone wants to be the resource that organizes and manages healthcare data for physicians and hospital providers — everyone including the San Francisco-based startup Innovaccer, which has r...
Tags: Travel, Health, Google, TC, Technology, Microsoft, Articles, San Francisco, Insurance, Epic, Healthcare, Healthcare Industry, Salesforce, Abu Dhabi, Tiger Global, Founder

FTC will review unreported acquisitions made by the Big Tech between 2010-19

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), on February 11, ordered Alphabet (including Google), Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple “to provide information about prior acquisitions not reported to the antitrust agencies under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act”. These companies will have to provide information such as the terms, scope, structure, and purpose of such transactions made between January […] ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, News, Microsoft, Privacy, Antitrust, Federal Trade Commission, Alphabet, Ftc, Federal Trade Commission FTC, Google Amazon Facebook Microsoft

Oops! Microsoft Teams down for 7 hours as company forgets to renew authentication certificate

In an embarrassing snafu, Microsoft Teams went down for nearly 7 hours on Monday. The cause? An expired authentication certificate. What happened? When users attempted to sign in to the service, they received error messages that said the app had failed to establish an HTTPS connection to Microsoft’s servers, the Verge said. Digi Statement had […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Microsoft, Outage, DIGI, Microsoft Teams, Security Certificate

Avast sold browsing data of users to Google, Microsoft, IBM and others: Reports

Avast, a maker of anti-virus software, has been selling users’ data to companies such as Google, Microsoft, IBM, Home Depot, sometimes for millions of dollars, a joint investigation by Vice and PCMag found. The harvesting of data is reportedly done by the Avast anti-virus software itself. Avast scraped  data from users’ computer, and it handed […] ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Microsoft, Ibm, Data Security, Avast Software, Google Microsoft IBM

Google partners with Airtel to expand offer cloud services to small and medium Indian businesses

Bharti Airtel began offering G Suite services to small and medium-sized businesses in India in partnership with Google, January 20 onwards. Airtel currently claims to serve over 2,500 large businesses and over 500,000 SMBs and technology startups across the country. Reliance Jio struck a similar deal with Microsoft in August 2019 to offer cloud services […] ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Microsoft, India, Airtel, Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Google Cloud, G Suite, Commercial Cloud Services

TechCrunch’s Top 10 investigative reports from 2019

Facebook spying on teens, Twitter accounts hijacked by terrorists, and sexual abuse imagery found on Bing and Giphy were amongst the ugly truths revealed by TechCrunch’s investigating reporting in 2019. The tech industry needs more watchdogs than ever as its size enlargens the impact of safety failures and the abuse of power. Whether through malice, naivety, or greed, there was plenty of wrongdoing to sniff out. Led by our security expert Zack Whittaker, TechCrunch undertook more long-form in...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Security, Social, Startups, TC, Transportation, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Elon Musk, UK, Hardware, Education

Microsoft says it will fix an Internet Explorer security bug under active attack

Microsoft has confirmed a security flaw affecting Internet Explorer is currently being used by hackers, but that it has no immediate plans to fix. In a late-evening tweet, US-CERT, the division of Homeland Security tasked with reporting on major security flaws, tweeted a link to a security advisory detailing the bug, describing it as “being exploited in the wild.” Microsoft said all supported versions of Windows are affected by the flaw, including Windows 7, which after this week no longer recei...
Tags: Travel, Firefox, Security, Microsoft, China, US, Mozilla, Homeland Security, Qihoo Microsoft

Internet Governance Outlook 2020: The Next Generation of Players and Problems Is Coming

By Wolfgang Kleinwächter The beginning of a new decade is always an invitation to have a broader look into the future. What, in the next ten years, will happen in the Internet Governance Ecosystem? Will the 2020s see the usual swinging pendulum between more liberal and more restrictive Internet policies in an interconnected world? Or will we move towards a watershed? Will cyberspace, as we know it from the last 50 years as a place for innovation and mutually beneficial digital cooperation, cha...
Tags: Facebook, Ecommerce, New York, Microsoft, France, Saudi Arabia, Angela Merkel, Russia, Berlin, Africa, Digital, US, Eu, G20, Icann, Paypal

Interview with Terry Kyle – CEO of WPX Hosting

I had a lot of positive feedback on my last post titled “Why Photographers Need A Blog” and thought it would be a good idea to do a follow up with an industry expert on web hosting, Terry Kyle the CEO, and founder of WPX Hosting. Terry is a well-known figure in the hosting game and has turned WPX Hosting into the most reliable and well-secured WordPress web host in the world. Terry is also an animal lover and advocate for sheltered cats and dogs. He spends much of his free time volunteering...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Europe, London, Instagram, Greece, Microsoft, Interviews, Youtube, Wordpress, Godaddy, Eu, Bulgaria, Toyota, Terry

Those Embarrassing Boeing Emails Don’t Tell Us Anything New (Or Anything At All)

A series of embarrassing emails have come out, following embarrassing text messages which were revealed in the fall. Some perspective is needed here, though. Companies are frequently undone by emails. DNC emails certainly didn't help Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Presidential election. Emails hurt Microsoft when the government prosecuted an anti-trust case against it for monopolizing the web browser market (gosh if everyone knew then what we know now). It amazes me that companies store past ...
Tags: Travel, Microsoft, Dnc, Hillary Clinton, Aircraft, Boeing, Boeing 737 MAX, Boeing Emails Don

Insight Partners acquires data management company Veeam for $5B

Last year Insight Partners invested $500 million in cloud data management company Veeam. It apparently liked the company so much that today it announced it has acquired the Swiss startup for $5 billion. Veeam helps customers with cloud data backup and disaster recovery. The company, which has been based in Baar, Switzerland, says that it had $1 billion in revenue last year. It boasts 365,000 customers worldwide, including 81% of the Fortune 500. Ray Wang, founder and principal analyst at Cons...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, M&a, Mergers and Acquisitions, Amazon Web Services, Cto, Crunchbase, Exit, Allan, Wang, Veeam, Ray Wang

Homeland Security warns businesses to brace for Iranian cyberattacks

Homeland Security is warning U.S. companies to “consider and assess” the possible impacts and threat of a cyberattack on their businesses following heightened tensions with Iran. It’s the first official guidance published by the government’s dedicated cyber advisory unit, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, just days after the killing of a leading Iranian military commander, Qasem Soleimani. The U.S. government had accused Soleimani of targeting and killing U.S. personnel acros...
Tags: Travel, Microsoft, Iraq, Iran, Middle East, Homeland Security, Cia, Tehran, Senate Intelligence Committee, Crowdstrike, Cisa, Trump, Bush, Reuters, Elissa Slotkin, Abu Mahdi

Google has little choice to be evil or not in today’s fractured internet

Well, we got to January 2nd before the latest angry resignation published by a tech executive on Medium. Today’s installment comes from Ross LaJeunesse, who was head of international relations at Google and served for more than a decade in various roles at the company. He denounces what he sees as Google’s increasingly failed ambitions to be a company principled on human rights, and poses a series of questions about the future of tech and capitalism: I think the important question is what doe...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Shutterstock, Microsoft, Saudi Arabia, Government, China, Russia, America, Iran, Policy, Maine, Alibaba, Nba

Leaked Footage From New Microsoft Flight Simulator Game Being Released In 2020

In June Microsoft announced that they would introduce a new Flight Simulator game, something they haven't done since 2006. It will come in 2020 for Xbox and Windows. The game has entered a closed Alpha release. And now there's leaked footage from the game itself. Continue reading Leaked Footage From New Microsoft Flight Simulator Game Being Released In 2020...
Tags: Travel, Microsoft, Aircraft, Flight Simulator, Leaked Footage From New Microsoft

It’s The Jons 2019!

Happy New Year! It’s been another wild and wacky ride of a year in the tech world: breakthroughs and disgraces, triumphs and catastrophes, cryptocurrencies and starships, the ongoing rise of utopian clean energy and dystopian cyberpunk societies, and most of all, the ongoing weirding of the whole wide world. In other words it was another perfect year for The Jons, the annual award which celebrates dubious tech-related achievements, named, in an awe-inspiring fit of humility, after myself. We’ve ...
Tags: Travel, Google, TC, Facebook, Spacex, Elon Musk, Microsoft, Opinion, Ipo, Softbank, Tesla, United States, Nvidia, Magic Leap, Mumbai, Boeing

#Saudi Aramco’s public debut is a hollow victory | Financial Times

Saudi Aramco’s public debut is a hollow victory | Financial Times:Saudi Aramco has confirmed its position as the world’s most valuable public company. Shares in the oil producer jumped on their second day of trading, touching the $2tn valuation so coveted by the kingdom’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. It is certainly an achievement. At $2tn, it is worth more than technology giants Apple and Microsoft, and bigger even than the top five oil companies — ExxonMobil, Total, Royal Dutch Shell, Ch...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Microsoft, Bp, Abu Dhabi, Financial Times, Saudi Aramco, Mohammed bin Salman, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, ExxonMobil Total Royal Dutch Shell Chevron

Facebook buys the VR studio behind Beat Saber

Virtual reality doesn’t have many hit games yet, but Facebook is buying the studio behind one of the platform’s biggest titles. Facebook announced today that it will be buying Beat Games, the game studio behind Beat Saber, a rhythm game that’s equal parts Fruit Ninja and Guitar Hero — with light sabers of course. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but we’re sniffing around for a price tag. The studio will join Oculus Studios but will continue to operate independently at their HQ in Prague. ...
Tags: Travel, TC, Facebook, Microsoft, Prague, Sony, Oculus Studios, Jaroslav Beck, Beat Saber

Anyone can now create maps and stories on Google Earth

Google Earth is making a significant change to its product, with the addition of content creation tools that allow anyone to create maps and stories for its platform. The feature is an expansion of the Voyager program, launched in 2017, which then introduced guided tours from top storytellers, scientists, and nonprofits, like BBC Earth, Jane Goodall, Sesame Street, and NASA. Those tours combined text and imagery, including Street View and 360-degree videos, to immerse viewers in habitats around ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, TC, Maps, Education, Microsoft, Tech, Nasa, Italy, Google-earth, Chromebooks, Cnbc, Classroom, Phil Schiller, Google Drive Google

Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 November, 2019

My dog Sophie, watching for Amazon delivery drivers. See story, below. Good morningIt has been a busy week this week, with some of the fruits of my labors appearing in the form of not one or two but three articles appended to this morning’s newsletter.  These are the first three articles in what currently is projected to become a nine part series on dash cams.There has been more interest in this topic than I’d guessed, and perhaps that interest is well placed.  As I mention in the first part o...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Science, Fcc, Microsoft, Hotels, China, Miscellaneous, US, San Francisco, Newsletter, Bbc, David, Beijing, Canada, Current Affairs

Google brings its ‘.new’ domains to the rest of the web, including to Spotify, Microsoft & others

A year ago, Google rolled out “.new” links that worked like shortcuts to instantly create new Google documents. For example, you could type “” (without the quotes) to create a new Google Doc or “” to create a new spreadsheet. Today, Google is bringing the .new shortcuts to the rest of the web. Now, any company or organization can register their own .new domain to generate a .new shortcut that works with their own web app. Several have already done so, including Microsoft, whic...
Tags: Travel, Google, TC, Spotify, Microsoft, Ebay, Domains, Drake, Api, Shortcuts, Opentable, Google Doc, Cisco WebEx, Spotify Microsoft, New Domains, RunKit Coda

Google’s flagship smartphone, Fortnite’s second chapter, and the HACC is on

My latest Techspotting segment on KITV, where Maleko McDonnell and I discuss the Google Pixel 4, the latest reboot of Fortnite, and the Hawaii Annual Code Challenge. Q: Let’s start local. You’re involved in a lot of hackathons, but this past weekend was one of the largest, and it’s organized by the state, right? A: Right. It was the fourth annual HACC, the Hawaii Annual Code Challenge. It’s a hackathon, but it’s one that uses government services as a framework, and taps developers and en...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Video, Television, Microsoft, Hawaii, Pixel, Google Pixel, KITV, Aloha Tower, Fortnite, Google Home Mini, Maleko McDonnell, Hacc, Office of Enterprise Services

This pitch deck reveals how ad giant Omnicom won the US Army's $4 billion marketing business. Its first ads are about to hit digital and social media.

An Omnicom team led by DDB last year won the US Army's ad business, covering an estimated $4 billion over 10 years. Business Insider got the full pitch deck that won the account. DDB's first multi-media campaign is set to launch in the coming weeks on platforms like Instagram and Facebook. The winning pitch includes personalized social media videos targeting high-schoolers, ads featuring headshots of new recruits, and a campaign starring soldiers' parents as influencers. It also proposed the A...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Microsoft, Washington Post, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, Walmart, Army, Reddit, Espn, Tripadvisor, Hulu, US Army, Github

15 Must-Have Tools for International Students in Canada

September 25, 2019, | by  Fazreen Razeek Source: WES Canada is a top study abroad destination for international students. The North American country is recognized for its top-notch quality of education. It is home to internationally acclaimed universities, including the University of Toronto, University of Alberta, and the University of British Columbia. Although studying abroad is an exciting opportunity, it is also common for students to feel overwhelmed. It can be challenging to simult...
Tags: Travel, Google, Google Drive, Microsoft, Canada, North America, Andy Rodriguez, WES Canada, University of Toronto University of Alberta, University of British Columbia Although, Within Google Drive, React Mobile

5 Personal Finance Apps to Help You Save More Money

Travel blog by Travels of Adam (Hipster Blog) – Travels of Adam (Hipster Blog) - Since I was in college, every year for my birthday I make a series of life goals—things I want to achieve, certain markers for my own self-defined success for the next 12 months. Inevitably, some of those goals include money: paying off a credit card, saving for a big trip, building a nest egg, a safety net, or meeting my maximum IRA contributions. Working in the gig economy and running my own independent busin...
Tags: Travel, Microsoft, Germany, New York City, Lifestyle, Ira, Hulu, Travel Tips, Robinhood, Credit Karma, Forbes, Rosetta Stone, Turbotax, Equifax, TransUnion, Apple Tesla

Why Am I Being Asked for Additional Verification on Sign-in?

If Microsoft detects a login attempt to your account from a country other than yours, additional security information may be required. You need to be prepared to provide it. Why Am I Being Asked for Additional Verification on Sign-in? from Ask Leo!. Get the newsletter:
Tags: Travel, Microsoft, Two-factor Authentication, Email Security,, Microsoft Account, Hotmail, Leo Get

Cell Phone Booster Units – What They Are and What they Can and Can’t Do

Have you ever felt a sudden attack of panic because your phone shows no signal? Here’s a way to minimize such concerns. The good news for most of us is that while driving around our local urban/suburban area, to and from home/work/shops, we seldom experience any issues with cell phone service or getting a good signal.  If we do, it is usually no more than a few seconds before our car moves into a better coverage area, and as likely as not, we don’t even notice the brief outage.Even out of town...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Science, Microsoft, Tech, Seattle, Cellphones & Wireless, Wilson, Don, Wilson Electronics, Cellular Signal Boosters, Network Cell Info Lite, Network Cell Signal WiFi Info Lite, Better Faster Data When, Better Voice Quality This, Summary Signal

Senior Manager, Esports

Back in May I was very happy to note that it had been four years since I started working in the games industry, and that month also marked the start of a process that has led to today, which is my first day in a brand new role: Senior Manager, Esports. Yes, I’m still at Ubisoft, and still based in Montreal, but after about three and a half years with the company (going from Production Coordinator to Project Manager to this) and close to three years on the same team, this marks a big tur...
Tags: Travel, Games, Microsoft, San Francisco, Personal, Ubisoft, Montreal, Esports, NCSA, Mark MacDonald, Ubisoft Montreal, James Mielke, Polygon, Che Chou, The 1up Show, Blizzard 343 Industries

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