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Zoom, a profitable unicorn, files to go public

Zoom, the video conferencing startup valued at $1 billion in early 2017, has filed to go public on the Nasdaq as soon as next month. The company joins a growing list of tech unicorns making the leap to the public markets in 2019, but it stands out for one very important reason: It’s actually profitable. Zoom was founded in 2011 by Eric Yuan, a co-founder of WebEx, which sold to Oracle for $3.2 billion in 2007. Before launching Zoom, he spent four years at Cisco as its vice president of engine...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Venture Capital, Cisco, Cisco Systems, Emergence Capital, Eric Yuan, Goldman Sachs, Jp Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Oracle, Sequoia Capital, Telecommunications, Unicorn, Video, Video Conferencing


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...
Tags: Utah, Trends, New Hampshire, Larry Ellison, SEC, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Bill, Johnson, Oracle, Sap, McDonald, GAAP, Don Johnson, Bill McDermott, Deborah Hellinger


AI has become table stakes in sales, customer service and marketing software

Artificial intelligence and machine learning has become essential if you are selling sales, customer service and marketing software, especially in large enterprises. The biggest vendors from Adobe to Salesforce to Microsoft to Oracle are jockeying for position to bring automation and intelligence to these areas. Just today, Oracle announced several new AI features in its sales tools suite and Salesforce did the same in its customer service cloud. Both companies are building on artificial i...
Tags: Cloud, Enterprise, Adobe, Microsoft, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Salesforce, Oracle, CRM, Greenberg, Chatbot, Paul Greenberg, Oracle Microsoft, Abhay Parasnis


Oracle adds more AI features to its suite of sales tools

As the biggest sales and marketing technology firms mature, they are all turning to AI and machine learning to advance the field. This morning it was Oracle’s turn, announcing several AI-fueled features for its suite of sales tools. Rob Tarkoff, who had previous stints at EMC, Adobe and Lithium, and is now EVP of Oracle CX Cloud says that the company has found ways to increase efficiency in the sales and marketing process by using artificial intelligence to speed up previously manual workflows, ...
Tags: TC, Enterprise, Microsoft, Tech, ERP, Artificial Intelligence, Anaplan, Machine Learning, SEC, DataFox, Oracle, EMC, CRM, Chatbots, Brent Leary, Sales Tools


EU gov’t and public health sites lousy with adtech, study finds

A study of tracking cookies running on government and public sector health websites in the European Union has found commercial adtech to be operating pervasively even in what should be core not-for-profit corners of the Internet. The researchers used searches including queries related to HIV, mental health, pregnancy, alcoholism and cancer to examine how frequently European Internet users are tracked when accessing national health service webpages to look for publicly funded information about se...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Facebook, Europe, UK, Microsoft, Privacy, Yahoo, Advertising Tech, Youtube, France, Germany, Marketing, Google Search, Tech


EU gov’t and public health sites are lousy with adtech, study finds

A study of tracking cookies running on government and public sector health websites in the European Union has found commercial adtech to be operating pervasively even in what should be core not-for-profit corners of the Internet. The researchers used searches including queries related to HIV, mental health, pregnancy, alcoholism and cancer to examine how frequently European Internet users are tracked when accessing national health service webpages to look for publicly funded information about se...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Facebook, Europe, UK, Microsoft, Privacy, Yahoo, Advertising Tech, Youtube, France, Germany, Marketing, Google Search, Tech


Following 'stellar' flat sales growth, operating profit dip, Oracle says it has 1,000 Autonomous Database customers

Ellison insists Oracle Cloud is less expensive, more secure than AWS – which is why so many people are flocking to it Oracle on Thursday reported revenues of $9.6bn for fiscal Q3 2019 – which is about what analysts anticipated and prompted the stock to bounce up and down indecisively in after-hours trading.…
Tags: Software, Ellison, Oracle, Autonomous Database


Larry Ellison says Oracle's new database is pulling companies away from Amazon Web Services (ORCL)

Oracle founder and CTO Larry Ellison said Oracle's new cloud database has nearly 1,000 paying customers. The company also said there are nearly 4,000 trials of it going on at other companies. Ellison said that the all-important product, representing the tech titan's cloud ambitions, was "the most successful introduction of a new product in Oracle’s forty year history."  And he discussed one customer that ditched arch-rival Amazon Web Services in favor of Oracle. Oracle founder and CTO Larry E...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Intel, ERP, Larry Ellison, Aws, Ellison, Oracle, Amazon Web Services, Cto, Aurora, Amazon Web Services AWS, Indeed Amazon, Autonomous Database, Oracle Oracle, Amazon Web Services ORCL


Cloud growth fuels Oracle's third-quarter earnings beat

Oracle Corp beat third-quarter revenue and profit estimates on Thursday, as the business software maker benefited from demand for its cloud services and license support business.
Tags: Money, businessNews, Oracle, Oracle Corp


A massive victory for fair use in the longrunning Dr Seuss vs Star Trek parody lawsuit

Back in 2016, the Dr Seuss estate won a preliminary court action against "Oh, The Places You'll Boldly Go!" a crowdfunded parody of Dr Seuss's "Oh the Places You'll Go!" and Star Trek, written by veteran Star Trek creator David "Tribble" Gerrold and illustrated by the comics giant Ty Templeton. In 2017, Comicmix, the publisher, secured a partial legal victory, but the Seuss estate wasn't done -- they have been litigating ever since, but now it appears the fight is done, and Comicmix has pr...
Tags: Google, Post, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, Copyfight, News, Supreme Court, Law, Parody, Star Trek, Fair Use, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Oracle, Timothy Geigner, Kirk, Mattel Inc


A Google employee broke the world record for calculating pi

Google engineer Emma Haruka Iwao has calculated pi to 31 trillion digits, breaking the world record. Pi is an infinite number essential to engineering. She ran her calculations over Google's cloud service, marking another world-first. The calculation took around four months, or 121 days. Google employee Emma Haruka Iwao used Google's cloud computing service to break the world record for calculating pi, an infinite number vital to engineering. Most people will be familiar with the first few di...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Yahoo, New York City, Trends, Bbc, Oracle, Google Compute Engine, Google Cloud, Emma Haruka Iwao, Iwao


From basketball courts to floating helipads, here are the luxury yachts owned by some of the wealthiest people in tech

Billionaires can afford toys that most people can only dream of: private planes, penthouse apartments, and even entire islands. Some billionaires have taken to purchasing multi-million-dollar yachts, complete with movie theaters and dance floors, that they can use to host family and their other wealthy friends. Here are some of the tech elites who own private yachts. Some billionaires, like Elon Musk and Bill Gates, buy private planes to take control of the open skies — others purchase yachts...
Tags: Google, Elon Musk, Trends, Larry Page, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Sergey Brin, Sears, Ellison, Oracle, David Geffen, 288, Musashi, Page Six, Eddie Lampert, Forbes Ellison


From basketball courts to floating helipads, here are the megayachts owned by some of the wealthiest people in tech

Billionaires can afford toys that most people can only dream of: private planes, penthouse apartments, and even entire islands. Some billionaires have taken to purchasing multi-million-dollar yachts, complete with movie theaters and dance floors, that they can use to host family and their other wealthy friends. Here are some of the tech elites who own private yachts. Some billionaires, like Elon Musk and Bill Gates, buy private planes to take control of the open skies — others purchase yachts...
Tags: Google, Elon Musk, Trends, Larry Page, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Sergey Brin, Sears, Ellison, Oracle, David Geffen, 288, Musashi, Page Six, Eddie Lampert, Forbes Ellison


Not a great day for Oracle: Top cloud exec jumps ship, analyst recommends cutting shares

Amit Zavery to join former Big Red man Thomas Kurian at Google – reports Google has poached another of Oracle’s top cloud execs with company veteran Amit Zavery joining his former boss Thomas Kurian at the ad-search behemoth - the latest blow to the Oracle's services ambitions.…
Tags: Google, Software, Oracle, Amit Zavery, Thomas Kurian


Google Cloud hires another Oracle veteran for top role

Zavery left last week as executive vice president for Oracle cloud platform. Oracle Corp declined to comment. Google gained some similar tools through its $625 million acquisition of Apigee in 2016.
Tags: Google, News, Oracle, Oracle Corp, Google Cloud, Zavery


Supreme Court Requires Completed Copyright Registration Before Filing Suit–Fourth Estate Public Benefit v. Wall-Street (Guest Blog Post)

Guest Blog Post by Tyler Ochoa On March 4, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC, No. 17-571, 139 S.Ct. ____, 2019 U.S. LEXIS 1730.  The case involved the interpretation of section 411(a) of the Copyright Act, which provides:  “no civil action for infringement of the copyright in any United States work shall be instituted until preregistration or registration of the copyright claim has been made in accordance with this title.”  The questi...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Court, Copyright, United States, Library Of Congress, Oracle, Slip, Beard, Copyright Office, U S Supreme Court, Roberts, Congressional, Ginsburg, Ninth Circuit


How Oracle inadvertently helped Nvidia spend $6.9 billion to win a deal away from Intel (INTC, ORCL, NVDA)

Chip maker Nvidia announced the largest acquisition in its history on Monday when it said it planned to buy Mellanox for $6.9 billion cash. It's a big win for Nvidia which reportedly jumped into the bidding late and pulled the company away from Intel. But the roots of the deal may have actually happened in 2018 when Oracle sold off its shares in Mellanox. Chip maker Nvidia announced the largest acquisition in its history on Monday with its plan to buy Mellanox for $6.9 billion cash. Mellanox ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Supreme Court, Samsung, Trends, Cisco, Intel, Ces, Nvidia, HPC, Ibm, Oracle, Mellanox, QLogic, Microsoft Intel, InfiniBand


Workday aiming for $10 billion in annual revenue

Last December, in a large building resembling a warehouse in the Bay Area suburb of Pleasanton, 2,400 Workday employees or “workmates” gathered for a day of raucous festivities. An employee band, cheekily misspelled Wrok Day (as in Rock Day), played songs like Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and Hall & Oates’s “You Make My Dreams.” Some in the crowd waved glow sticks and cheered. Employees view information on a computer monitor at the Workday Inc. office in San Francisco, California, U....
Tags: Amazon, Business, Jobs, Diageo, Bank Of America, Sport, Companies, Soccer, Larry Ellison, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Ellison, Oracle, Sap, Golden State Warriors, Michael


Cringley's Next 2019 Predictions: Only 3.5 Cloud Players Will Survive

Ten days ago 66-year-old tech pundit Robert Cringely revealed the first of what may be his final set of annual predictions for the technology industry -- but he's not done yet. Thursday Cringely predicted that "the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) solution based on Open Source using Linux will change the Internet-as-a-Service Cloudscape to VPC-only during 2019" -- and that there'll be an industry-wide shakeout. Long-time Slashdot reader supremebob, a Connecticut-based sys-admin, writes: He seems to...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Tech, Connecticut, Alibaba, Aws, Ibm, Oracle, Slashdot, Big Blue, IBM Microsoft, VPC, Google Cloud, Cringely, Robert Cringely


Salesforce at 20 offers lessons for startup success

Salesforce is celebrating its 20th anniversary today. The company that was once a tiny irritant going after giants in the 1990s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) market, such as Oracle and Siebel Systems, has grown into full-fledged SaaS powerhouse. With an annual run rate exceeding $14 billion, it is by far the most successful pure cloud application ever created. Twenty years ago, it was just another startup with an idea, hoping to get a product out the door. By now, a legend has built up ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Okta, Boston, San Francisco, Tech, Larry Ellison, Sun, Silicon Valley, Dell, Party, Salesforce, Cleveland, George W Bush


'Java 9, It Did Break Some Things': Oracle Bod Admits To Developers Still Clinging To Version 8

Java has a problem -- the language and platform is evolving faster than ever, but many developers are stuck on the five-year-old Java 8. From a report: So why have developers not upgraded? Simply, Java 9 introduced major changes, including internal restructuring, new modularity (known as "Project Jigsaw"), and the removal of little-used APIs. These changes broke code, and even developers who are happy to make the necessary revisions have dependency issues. "We have problems with libraries that d...
Tags: Tech, Java, Oracle, JDK, Ron Pressler


Who’s Inspired You? A Shoutout for International Women’s Day

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, Oracle + GirlGeekX asked me to share a story of a woman who’s inspired me as part of their #HerStoryContest. So I did in this video. If you’re thinking it *has* to be Tina Fey (because TINA!)… well, NOPE. I dug deeper to tell *this* story… Watch the video above. Or here’s the scannable version, if you’re a reader more than a watcher: Beryl Markham was born in England but grew up in Kenya. She was the first person to fly solo, nonstop across th...
Tags: Video, England, Boston, Women, Atlantic, Kenya, Tina Fey, Oracle, International Women's Day, Speaking, East, Tina, Beryl, Beryl Markham, Annarchy, Herstory


Oracle to lure boffins with cloud credits, see if enterprise-grade tech can speed up research

Big Red puts name on $3m NSF project: Because academics love a good cloud credit, amirite? Oracle's battle to keep from being left behind by cloudy competitors AWS and Google has taken an academic twist – it has stuck its name to a project assessing how cloud computing can be used for research.…
Tags: Google, Software, Oracle


A “view” from the courtroom: Third Mondays

The title above is not a new Supreme Court podcast, to replace the recently shelved “First Mondays” (which we hold out hope will be unshelved someday). No, it refers to days like today, when the court meets on a Monday after hearing two weeks of arguments to issue orders and opinions. Such days often get a bit less attention than argument days, or opinion days later in the term when bigger decisions tend to be announced. But they have their charms. Today we will have three opinions from the benc...
Tags: England, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, Nasa, United States, Cbs, Mars, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Oracle, Mother Teresa, Copyright Office, John Roberts, Sally


Opinion analysis: Court limits fee awards in copyright cases

The desultory argument in Rimini Street v. Oracle USA (discussed in my earlier post) suggested a consensus hostile to the broad fee award approved by the lower court, so nothing in today’s unanimous opinion reversing the court of appeals comes as a surprise. The case involves the problem of litigation expenses in copyright litigation. Specifically, it calls for interpretation of Section 505 of the Copyright Act, which defines the expenses that a prevailing party in copyright litigation can obtai...
Tags: Featured, Law, Congress, Mars, Oracle, Kavanaugh, Rimini Street, Merits Cases, Oracle USA, Brett Kavanaugh, First Oracle


2019 was supposed to be easy for Tesla, but now it's a circus

For Tesla, 2019 was supposed to be easier than 2018 — a year when the company was pushed "near death" trying to launch its Model 3 sedan. Instead 2019 has been a three ring circus, featuring yet another run in with the SEC, high level executive departures, a sinking stock price, and questions from analysts about how the company will finance its operations. Plus, Elon Musk is still tweeting. The new year has started in a familiar, chaotic way at Tesla. It wasn't supposed to be like this. It wa...
Tags: Elon Musk, China, US, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Paypal, Washington Dc, Larry Ellison, Peter Thiel, Jp Morgan, SEC, Silicon Valley, Department Of Justice, Mclaren, Morgan Stanley


MariaDB CEO Accuses Large Cloud Vendors of Strip-Mining Open Source (slashdot)

Big cloud companies are "strip-mining open-source technologies and companies," complains Michael Howard, CEO of MariaDB. At their developer conference, Howard accused "big cloud" of "really abusing the license and privilege [of open source], by not giving back to the community." ZDNet reports: Even as MariaDB grows by leaps and bounds in enterprise computing at Oracle's expense, Howard sees Oracle and Amazon fighting against it. "Oracle as the example of on-premise lock-in and Amazon being the e...
Tags: Amazon, News, Mysql, Aws, Oracle, Howard, Aurora, Michael Howard, Zdnet, EditorDavid


MariaDB CEO Accuses Large Cloud Vendors of Strip-Mining Open Source

Big cloud companies are "strip-mining open-source technologies and companies," complains Michael Howard, CEO of MariaDB. At their developer conference, Howard accused "big cloud" of "really abusing the license and privilege [of open source], by not giving back to the community." ZDNet reports: Even as MariaDB grows by leaps and bounds in enterprise computing at Oracle's expense, Howard sees Oracle and Amazon fighting against it. "Oracle as the example of on-premise lock-in and Amazon being the e...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Mysql, Aws, Oracle, Howard, Aurora, Michael Howard, Zdnet


MariaDB CEO accuses large cloud vendors of strip-mining open source

VIDEO: Michael Howard, MariaDB CEO, adds Amazon and Oracle lock in customers. He also wonders if Amazon Web Services might cripple its AWS MariaDB instances to make AWS[he]#039[/he]s own DBMS, Aurora, look better.
Tags: Amazon, Linux, Oracle, Amazon Web Services, Aurora, Michael Howard MariaDB


Flowing Phases by Brittni Paul at 488 Cafe

Phantom Galleries is proud to present: "Flowing Phases" by Brittni Paul at 488 Cafe (ground floor of the PwC/ORACLE building) in downtown San Jose. San Jose artist Brittni Paul's debut solo exhibition “Flowing Phases" is Inspired b her love of flora, fauna and all things made of stardust. Her work is magical-realism with deep attention to details. Stop by Cafe 488, grab some lunch and enjoy Brittni's exhibition anytime Monday – Friday 7:30am–2:30pm. 488 Cafe. 488 Almaden Blvd. downtown San...
Tags: Art, News, San Jose, Pg, Oracle, San Jose San Jose, Brittni, Brittni Paul