Why tech companies are uniting to fight Trump’s immigration ban

In less than a month since being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump has struck an emotional chord with tech companies, generating an unparalleled unifying force of opposition. The Trump administration’s executive order banning all people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from the entering the United States has created a rift between political and business interests, and one that many technology leaders consider a threat to their very existence.

A group of 127 technology companies last week filed an official friend-of-the-court brief in the lawsuits opposing the administration’s executive order in Minnesota and Washington. Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Snap and Twitter are all on board, but there are some conspicuous absences. Enterprise leaders IBM and Oracle haven’t joined the effort and all of the major telecom and cable providers have held out thus far as well. Amazon was asked not to join the filing because it’s a witness in the original lawsuit, according to Mashable.

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In less than a month since being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump has struck an emotional chord with tech companies, generating an unparalleled unifying force of opposition. The Trump administration’s executive order banning all people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from the entering the United States has created a rift between political and business interests, and one that many technology leaders consider a threat to their very existence.

A group of 127 technology companies last week filed an official friend-of-the-court brief in the lawsuits opposing the administration’s executive order in Minnesota and Washington. Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Snap and Twitter are all on board, but there are some conspicuous absences. Enterprise leaders IBM and Oracle haven’t joined the effort and all of the major telecom and cable providers have held out thus far as well. Amazon was asked not to join the filing because it’s a witness in the original lawsuit, according to Mashable.

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Love is in the air for Reliance Jio, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea this Valentine’s Day

Most of the people around the world are celebrating Valentine’s Day and so are the biggest telecoms companies India. Reliance Jio has been engaging in tussle with Airtel and Vodafone for some time now however, the company decided to blend in the Valentine’s Day fervor by wishing its rivals. Dear @airtelindia, @VodafoneIN, @ideacellular, Happy Valentine’s … Continue reading “Love is in the air for Reliance Jio, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea this Valentine’s Day”

Most of the people around the world are celebrating Valentine’s Day and so are the biggest telecoms companies India. Reliance Jio has been engaging in tussle with Airtel and Vodafone for some time now however, the company decided to blend in the Valentine’s Day fervor by wishing its rivals. Dear @airtelindia, @VodafoneIN, @ideacellular, Happy Valentine’s … Continue reading "Love is in the air for Reliance Jio, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea this Valentine’s Day"

57% off Anker LED Water-Resistant Rechargeable 1300 Lumen Flashlight – Deal Alert

The high-performance Cree LED XM-L2 chip delivers 50,000 hours of intense brightness at a true 1300 lumens. Sweep bright light beyond the length of two football fields. The Anker Bolder torch has a full range of light modes for every situation: a po…

The high-performance Cree LED XM-L2 chip delivers 50,000 hours of intense brightness at a true 1300 lumens. Sweep bright light beyond the length of two football fields. The Anker Bolder torch has a full range of light modes for every situation: a powerful high-beam, balanced medium-beam, energy-saving & less dazzling low-beam, high-visibility strobe, and emergency SOS. It’s rechargeable battery generates 6 hours of undiminishing light on a charge. It’s body is constructed of professional durable materials, and is IP67 rated for water resistance. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 100 people on Amazon (84% rate a full 5 — see reviews here), its $112 list price is reduced 57% to just $47.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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IDG Contributor Network: A call for action — the renaissance of enterprise IT

Enterprise IT, a multitrillion-dollar business, is in the midst of a historical disruption driven by the digital revolution, an elevated CIO mandate, de-globalization and the cloud business. Yet, the revolutionary aspect of these forces hasn’t been fully appreciated by many — while new capability development is a top executive priority in the digital arms race, management and cultural elements of digital transformation are visibly lagging.

Today, most enterprises rely on traditional IT management practices — like offshoring, outsourcing, rationalization, consolidation, centralization, specialization, cost allocation and capitalization — which were prudent choices during the industrial era, but became increasingly ineffective, if not counterproductive, in the digital age. The widening shortfall of these practices is causing business and IT executives to spend more money putting out fires, assume unnecessary execution risks and, frequently, dial-down their digital aspirations. With the prolonged use of outdated IT management practices, golden improvement opportunities remain scattered across the entire enterprise IT value stream.

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Enterprise IT, a multitrillion-dollar business, is in the midst of a historical disruption driven by the digital revolution, an elevated CIO mandate, de-globalization and the cloud business. Yet, the revolutionary aspect of these forces hasn’t been fully appreciated by many — while new capability development is a top executive priority in the digital arms race, management and cultural elements of digital transformation are visibly lagging.

Today, most enterprises rely on traditional IT management practices — like offshoring, outsourcing, rationalization, consolidation, centralization, specialization, cost allocation and capitalization — which were prudent choices during the industrial era, but became increasingly ineffective, if not counterproductive, in the digital age. The widening shortfall of these practices is causing business and IT executives to spend more money putting out fires, assume unnecessary execution risks and, frequently, dial-down their digital aspirations. With the prolonged use of outdated IT management practices, golden improvement opportunities remain scattered across the entire enterprise IT value stream.

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Microsoft launches new Azure intellectual property protections

Microsoft wants to help its cloud customers feel better protected from intellectual property lawsuit threats. To that end, the company is launching a new feature that’s designed to give them additional shielding.

The Azure IP Advantage program (the IP stands for intellectual property) provides a trio of benefits. First, Microsoft will indemnify all Azure customers from intellectual property infringement claims resulting from their use of Azure products, including open source components.

Second, the company will allow customers that meet a set of criteria access to a “patent pick” program, which will allow them to transfer one Microsoft patent from a list of 10,000 to help them with defending against an infringement suit.

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Microsoft wants to help its cloud customers feel better protected from intellectual property lawsuit threats. To that end, the company is launching a new feature that’s designed to give them additional shielding.

The Azure IP Advantage program (the IP stands for intellectual property) provides a trio of benefits. First, Microsoft will indemnify all Azure customers from intellectual property infringement claims resulting from their use of Azure products, including open source components.

Second, the company will allow customers that meet a set of criteria access to a “patent pick” program, which will allow them to transfer one Microsoft patent from a list of 10,000 to help them with defending against an infringement suit.

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BrandPost: Cloud for the enterprise

Portions of this post were originally posted on the Puppet blog, and are republished here with Puppet’s permission.

Enterprise companies turn to the cloud for lots of reasons: to quickly and economically provide development and testing environments; to burst at times of peak customer demand; and to generally be able to make changes faster and more flexibly.

Whatever you think you may need from the cloud — and whatever concerns and reservations you may have — others have been there.

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Portions of this post were originally posted on the Puppet blog, and are republished here with Puppet's permission.

Enterprise companies turn to the cloud for lots of reasons: to quickly and economically provide development and testing environments; to burst at times of peak customer demand; and to generally be able to make changes faster and more flexibly.

Whatever you think you may need from the cloud — and whatever concerns and reservations you may have — others have been there.

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Micromax Vdeo VoLTE smartphones have Gorilla Glass protection says Corning

Corning Incorporated today said that Micromax’s Vdeo series of smartphones have its Gorilla Glass to help protect against damage. Budget smartphone rarely have protective glass since OEMs don’t spend a lot in the segment. So far Micromax has launched four smartphones in the Vdeo series – Vdeo 1, Vdeo 2, Vedo 3 and Vdeo 4 and is … Continue reading “Micromax Vdeo VoLTE smartphones have Gorilla Glass protection says Corning”

Corning Incorporated today said that Micromax’s Vdeo series of smartphones have its Gorilla Glass to help protect against damage. Budget smartphone rarely have protective glass since OEMs don’t spend a lot in the segment. So far Micromax has launched four smartphones in the Vdeo series – Vdeo 1, Vdeo 2, Vedo 3 and Vdeo 4 and is … Continue reading “Micromax Vdeo VoLTE smartphones have Gorilla Glass protection says Corning”

Facebook records $8.81B revenue, hits 1.86B MAUs, 1.23B DAUs in Q4, 2016

Facebook has announced financial results for Q4 2016. The social network has recorded $8.81 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31.  Mobile-ad revenue accounted for 84 percent of the total revenue, up from approximately 80% of advertising revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015. Facebook recorded 1.23 billion daily active users (DAUs), an increase … Continue reading “Facebook records $8.81B revenue, hits 1.86B MAUs, 1.23B DAUs in Q4, 2016”

Facebook has announced financial results for Q4 2016. The social network has recorded $8.81 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31.  Mobile-ad revenue accounted for 84 percent of the total revenue, up from approximately 80% of advertising revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015. Facebook recorded 1.23 billion daily active users (DAUs), an increase … Continue reading "Facebook records $8.81B revenue, hits 1.86B MAUs, 1.23B DAUs in Q4, 2016"

Fraud for online holiday sales spikes by 31%

Fraud attempts on digital retail sales jumped 31% from Thanksgiving to Dec. 31 over the previous year, according to a survey of purchasing data from ACI Worldwide.

The fraud increase was based on hundreds of millions of online transactions with major merchants globally. Also, the number of e-commerce transactions grew by 16% for the same period, ACI said.

Some of the fraud attempts came from the use of credit card numbers purchased in underground chat channels, ACI said.

“Given the consistent and alarming uptick in fraudulent activity on key dates, merchants must be proactive in their efforts to identify weak spots and define short and long-term strategies for improved security and enhanced customer experience,” said Markus Rinderer, senior vice president of platform solutions at ACI.

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Fraud attempts on digital retail sales jumped 31% from Thanksgiving to Dec. 31 over the previous year, according to a survey of purchasing data from ACI Worldwide.

The fraud increase was based on hundreds of millions of online transactions with major merchants globally. Also, the number of e-commerce transactions grew by 16% for the same period, ACI said.

Some of the fraud attempts came from the use of credit card numbers purchased in underground chat channels, ACI said.

“Given the consistent and alarming uptick in fraudulent activity on key dates, merchants must be proactive in their efforts to identify weak spots and define short and long-term strategies for improved security and enhanced customer experience,” said Markus Rinderer, senior vice president of platform solutions at ACI.

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IDG Contributor Network: How tech pros can build a professional development roadmap

IT professionals enjoy a relatively fluid career path, with opportunities ranging from network administration to application development and security. However, this level of flexibility introduces some challenges, including difficulty creating a personal road map for professional development. When anything is an option, it can be challenging to choose a specialization and hone your skill set.

On the other hand, many experienced IT professionals know what they need to do to advance their career, but simply lack the resources to do so. Especially for technology workers in small- to mid-sized organizations, opportunities to acquire management experience or gain firsthand insight into other businesses’ IT strategies can be limited.

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IT professionals enjoy a relatively fluid career path, with opportunities ranging from network administration to application development and security. However, this level of flexibility introduces some challenges, including difficulty creating a personal road map for professional development. When anything is an option, it can be challenging to choose a specialization and hone your skill set.

On the other hand, many experienced IT professionals know what they need to do to advance their career, but simply lack the resources to do so. Especially for technology workers in small- to mid-sized organizations, opportunities to acquire management experience or gain firsthand insight into other businesses’ IT strategies can be limited.

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