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Oracle quietly held a round of layoffs this week (ORCL)

Oracle laid off an unspecified number of people this week. The cuts happened across the company but they also occurred in a segment of Oracle's cloud business, according to online chatter. This is not unusual for Oracle, which has held major layoffs every year.  Oracle laid off an unspecified number of people this week. The company did not formally announce its restructuring plans, including any indication how many jobs it would peel, and made no mention of the planned cuts when it reported e...
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The Very Real Relationship Between IBM’s AI Computer and Alex Trebek

After her keynote at Adweek's Elevate: AI event this morning at Carnegie Hall, we caught up with IBM Watson CMO Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek. We asked her about Watson's long-running relationship with Jeopardy!, including the AI-powered computer's 2010 appearance on the show. Watson was among the thousands of well-wishers who reached out to host Alex Trebek following...
Tags: Advertising, Artificial Intelligence, Ibm, Watson, Adweek, Alex Trebek, Carnegie Hall, IBM Watson CMO, Michelle Boockoff Bajdek


Mount Sinai and IBM researchers uncover key to greater efficacy in cancer treatment

Researchers from Mount Sinai and IBM reveal that the number of mitochondria in a cell is, in great part, associated with how the cancer responds to drug therapy.
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United States: Cybersecurity Firms Issue Annual Threat Reports - BakerHostetler

CrowdStrike, FireEye and IBM Security recently released their annual threat reports.
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Our Skyborg (actual US govt program) will be just like IBM Watson, beams Air Force bod

No joke, that's what they've genuinely named a 'fighter-like' military drone project Rise of the Machines The American government is trying to buy military drones in a programme it has named Skyborg, with a US govt spokesman comparing the madcap project to both Star Wars’ R2-D2 and IBM Watson.…
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VCs are investing hundreds of millions into quantum computing startups even as they're bracing for a 'quantum winter'

Investors are putting upwards of $400 million into quantum computing startups, but many experts believe there will be a "quantum winter." Right now, experts say there is much hype around quantum computing, but it will be years before quantum computers outperform traditional computers. VCs who invest in quantum computing startups have to take into account that it will take at least five to ten years before quantum computers start becoming more mainstream. Matthew Kinsella, managing director a...
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Ad agencies say consulting firms never actually produce work for clients. Here's how Accenture Interactive is proving them wrong.

Accenture Interactive had a sprawling showcase at SXSW last week to highlight all the work it is doing for brands, its most splashy presence at the festival yet. The company showed off a facial recognition-powered photo booth for Disney, an augmented reality activation for countertop maker DuPont, and other branded experiences. This is the latest example of how data-rich consulting firms are encroaching on ad agencies by pitching themselves as more strategic and tech-savvy.  Ad agencies often...
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How IBM Is Using AI to Build the Future of Esports Casting

From The Masters to the U.S. Open, IBM has been consistent in its involvement in real-world sports. Now IBM is hoping to evolve alongside it, “as sports play time migrates from the physical playing field to massive organized, multiplayer video game competitions.” This week at GDC 2019, IBM is presenting its artificial intelligence-driven vision for […]
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IBM supplied surveillance gear to Davao while Duterte was mayor and cheering on the city's police-linked death-squads

During the long years when Philippines strongman Rodrigo Duterte (previously) was mayor of Davao (circumventing term limits by periodically allowing his daughter to run for mayor and serving as her vice-mayor) the city was terrorized by death-squads who enjoyed total impunity as they assassinated police suspects and Duterte's political opponents, while Duterte cheered them on (Duterte has boasted about his participation in extrajudicial killings during this period, but has also denied participa...
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Ad agencies say consulting firms never actually produce work for clients. Here's how Accenture Interactive proved them wrong at SXSW this year.

Accenture Interactive had a sprawling showcase at SXSW last week to highlight all the work it is doing for brands, its most splashy presence at the festival yet. The company showed off a facial recognition-powered photo booth for Disney, an augmented reality activation for countertop maker DuPont, and other branded experiences. This is the latest example of how data-rich consulting firms are encroaching on ad agencies by pitching themselves as more strategic and tech-savvy.  Ad agencies often...
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Once Upon a Time: Storytelling in Today’s B2B Content Marketing Landscape

Everything—no matter how innocuous or dated—had its use. It was a mantra he lived by. Born in 1946 to an Irish immigrant father and an American mother of French-Canadian descent, his parents’ coming of age was marked by the Great Depression plus decades of war. Unsurprisingly, this meant that his parents, Pat and Stella, were more than practical when it came to purchases and investments. They were intentional. They were frugal. It was “waste not, want not.” And they never threw a...
Tags: Seo, B2b Marketing, Content Marketing, Storytelling, San Diego, Ibm, Stella, Sap, Toprank Marketing, Pat, Ashley Zeckman, Shane, Abe, Social Media Marketing World, B2b Content Marketing, Nick Nelson


He Who Sees True Opportunities Shall Always Prosper

--> People lose their jobs. Often people are released, even from the best jobs they might have ever had. People may find themselves in a position where they cannot find a job that is as good as the one they lost. What is important, however, is what people do when they are in this position. I cannot tell you the number of people I have seen completely blow it when it came to reestablishing their careers, after losing their prior jobs. I do not want you to be one of these people. I grew up in a ci...
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Atlassian's first head of technical teams explains why he couldn't pass up the opportunity to join the $26.9 billion company, even if it meant uprooting to Australia (TEAM)

In January, Atlassian hired its first head of technical teams Noah Wasmer, who joins Atlassian from VMware. As the vice president of product and head of technical teams, Wasmer will head Atlassian's software and IT products, including Jira, Bitbucket, Opsgenie, Jira Service Desk, and Statuspage. Business Insider spoke with Wasmer on how he got to Atlassian and what it's like uprooting to Australia. For years, Noah Wasmer worked in the Silicon Valley tech scene before moving to Atlanta. But n...
Tags: Google, Australia, San Francisco, Trends, Atlanta, Tesla, Sydney, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Pacific, Atlassian, Vmware, Ocean Beach, Sydney Australia, Mike Cannon Brookes, Scott Farquhar


Pantheon hires author of “The Agile Marketer” to lead marketing

Pantheon hired Roland Smart to lead and develop its marketing department. Smart is the author of “The Agile Marketer” and is co-founder of The Business Agility Institute. His hiring comes after a recent $40 million investment in Pantheon to expand its marketing and sales team. Press Release Pantheon, the leading website operations platform for agile marketers, today announces the hiring of agile marketing veteran and innovator, Roland Smart, to lead and develop the marketing arm of the firm. Mr....
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Optimization company Marketing Evolution raises $26.1M

Marketing Evolution is announcing that it has raised $26.1 million in growth funding. The New York City-headquartered company says it can measure marketing across different channels, delivering the data while the campaign is still running, to a dashboard full of recommendations on how to make the campaign more effective. It recently introduced what it calls an automated data pipeline, with an “extensive process” for verifying that the data being used is timely and relevant. “What is holding back...
Tags: Advertising Tech, Funding, New York City, Tech, Ibm, Insight Venture Partners, Radio City Rockettes, Luger, Zetta Venture Partners, Energy Impact Partners, Lindsay Luger


IBM servers crashed in Q4 – just sales, not the mother of all outages

Z refresh cycles slows, bruises Big Blue's server revenue IBM's worldwide server sales took a turn for the worse in Q4, declining by almost a third as the dust settled on the Z mainframe refresh rush.…
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Intel and Cray are building a $500 million ‘exascale’ supercomputer for Argonne National Lab

In a way, I have the equivalent of a supercomputer in my pocket. But in another, more important way, that pocket computer is a joke compared with real supercomputers — and Intel and Cray are putting together one of the biggest ever with a half-billion-dollar contract from the Department of Energy. It’s going to do exaflops! The “Aurora” program aims to put together an “exascale” computing system for Argonne National Laboratory by 2021. The “exa” is prefix indicating bigness, in this case 1 qu...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Government, China, Tech, Intel, Ibm, Supercomputers, Department Of Energy, Aurora, Cray, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne National Lab


The president of $26.6 billion Atlassian explains the 'gnarly problem' that prompted its $166 million acquisition of AgileCraft (TEAM)

Atlassian will acquire the Texas-based startup AgileCraft for $166 million, the company announced Monday. AgileCraft helps companies with creating a "master plan" for building, managing, and delivering projects. Atlassian president Jay Simons explains why the company chose to acquire AgileCraft, which follows Atlassian's acquisitions of Opsgenie last October and Trello in 2017. Atlassian announced Monday that it will acquire Texas-based startup AgileCraft for $166 million. AgileCraft, wh...
Tags: Google, Texas, Trends, Ibm, Atlassian, Jira, Jay Simons, Mount Rushmore, Simons, Microsoft Intel, AgileCraft, OpsGenie, AgileCraft TEAM, PitchBook AgileCraft


Bad cup of Java leaves nasty taste in IBM Watson's 'AI' mouth: Five security bugs to splat in analytics gear

Worst brew than that time El Reg went on a road trip and stopped at a Denny's IBM has issued a security alert over five vulnerabilities in its golden boy Watson analytics system.…
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Atlassian acquires AgileCraft for $166M

Atlassian today announced that it has acquired AgileCraft, a service that aims to give enterprises plan their strategic projects and workstreams. The service provides business leaders with additional insights into the current status of technical projects and gives them insights into the bottlenecks, risks and dependencies of these projects. Indeed, the focus of AgileCraft is less on technical teams than on the business teams that support them and help them manage the digital transformation of...
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Intel and the Department of Energy are building America's first exascale supercomputer, a computer that's capable of a quintillion calculations per second (INTC)

Intel and the U.S. Department of Energy announced Monday that they will start to build Aurora, the U.S.'s first exascale supercomputer. An exascale supercomputer is capable of processing one quintillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000) calculations per second, and it can be used for testing military weapons, modeling weather patterns, energy research, and even prevention of cancer, cardiac risk, traumatic brain injuries and suicide. When Aurora is completed in 2021, it will be the U.S.'s most power...
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Intel and the Department of Energy are building America's first exascale supercomputer, a computer capable of a quintillion calculations per second (INTC)

Intel and the US Department of Energy announced Monday that they would build Aurora, described as the US's first exascale supercomputer. An exascale supercomputer, capable of processing 1 quintillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000) calculations per second, could be used for testing military weapons, modeling weather patterns, or doing research on cancer, cardiac issues, traumatic brain injuries, and suicide prevention. Intel and the Energy Department said that when Aurora is completed in 2021, it ...
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IBM Signs 6 Banks To Issue Stablecoins and Use Stellar's XLM Cryptocurrency

IBM is taking its banking clients a step closer to cryptocurrency. From a report: Announced Monday, six international banks have signed letters of intent to issue stablecoins, or tokens backed by fiat currency, on World Wire, an IBM payment network that uses the Stellar public blockchain. The network promises to let regulated institutions move value across borders -- remittances or foreign exchange -- more quickly and cheaply than the legacy correspondent banking system. So far three of the bank...
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Microsoft is hoping to turn the Pacific Northwest into ground zero for quantum computing (MSFT)

Microsoft announced Monday that it's teamed up with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Washington to create the Northwest Quantum Nexus, to promote quantum computing. The three partners are hosting a summit at the University of Washington Monday and Tuesday to bring together researchers in the field. Northwest Quantum Nexus aims to encourage collaboration in quantum-computing projects and research, as well as address the shortage of skills in the field. Microsoft q...
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Brouhaha over IBM using Flickr faces for AI training, big trouble in not-so-little China for Microsoft, and more

Plus: It's time to take AI to school Roundup Hello, here's a quick lowdown on what's been going on in AI beyond what we've already reported lately.…
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Where Do Deleted Characters Go?

Most likely, at least once a day you delete a letter, number, or even whole words and paragraphs from your documents on the computer. It's a simple matter for you, but have you ever thought about the consequences of your action? Do you have any idea where you're sending those characters that you so casually rejected? The answer varies depending on whom you ask. Dave Barry's Explanation: The deleted characters are shipped to Battle Creek, Michigan, where they're made into Pop-Tart filling; this e...
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Chinese enthusiasts are serving global Thinkpad fans by making modern motherboards that fit in classic chassis from the Golden Age of the Thinkpad

After Lenovo bought out IBM's Thinkpad business, they began to tinker with the classic and famously immutable laptop designs: in small ways at first, and then in much larger ones. I buy a new Thinkpad every year (I promised myself a new laptop every year as a dividend from the savings when I stopped smoking) and the first decade's worth were practically perfect: they ran various GNU/Linux flavors without a hitch, the hard-drives were swappable in two minutes by removing a single screw, and the ...
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Quantum computing could change everything, and IBM is racing with Microsoft, Intel, and Google to conquer it. Here's what you need to know (IBM, GOOGL, MSFT, INTC)

Quantum computers are an extremely exciting technology, promising the raw computing power to crack previously-unsolvable problems.  IBM has an early lead in quantum computing, experts say, with Google, Intel, Microsoft, and a host of startups close on its heels.  Investors are also excited about quantum computing startups, including IonQ, ColdQuanta, D-Wave Systems and Rigetti, all of whom could shake up this market.  However, there's a big catch: Modern quantum computers are generally not as ...
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Suse is once again an independent company

Open-source infrastructure and application delivery vendor Suse — the company behind one of the oldest Linux distributions — today announced that it is once again an independent company. The company today finalized its $2.5 billion acquisition by growth investor EQT from Micro Focus, which itself had acquired it back in 2014. Few companies have changed hands as often as Suse and yet remained strong players in their business. Suse was first acquired by Novell in 2004. Novell was then acquired ...
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Lawmakers Move to Block Companies From Using Face Recognition Without Your Consent

On the heels of this week’s news that a major tech company had scraped nearly a million images off Flickr to help train a facial-recognition tool, Senate lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at prohibiting commercial users of facial recognition from collecting and re-sharing such data without the…Read more...
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