Techs 5 biggest players now worth $3 trillion

July 20, 2017

Alex Wilhelm is the editor-in-chief of Crunchbase News and co-host of Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast. More posts by this contributor: Salesforce marches steadily toward $10B run rate goal Equity podcast: Ubers losses, Clouderas IPO and the biggest e-commerce acquisition ever Techs most valuable players today crossed the $3 trillion aggregate market cap mark according to Google Finance data. Its a feat that marks a new threshold for tech amidst the current…

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Microsoft experiences the triumph and tragedy of transformation

July 11, 2017

When long-time Microsoft COO Kevin Turner left the company last year, it marked a key turning point in the Satya Nadella era. Turners exit enabled Nadella to start putting his own stamp on the company, and the layoffs, strategy shifts and personnel changes weve seen recently are a reflection of that it shows the company has moved on from one centered on Windows/Office to one based firmly in Azure and…

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In aftermath of Petya, congressman asks NSA to stop the attack if it knows how

June 29, 2017

Today Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu of California wrote to the NSA in an appeal for the agency to do anything in its power to stop the spread of the globalransomware (or potentially just disguised as ransomware) attack that began yesterday. Lieu seeks to hold the NSA accountable for its leaked exploit, known as EternalBlue, which appears to have facilitated the malwares spread. Last month, the ransomware known as WannaCry also…

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Box deepens partnership with Microsoft and turns its attention to AI and machine learning

June 28, 2017

When I spoke to Box CEO Aaron Levie last year at the Boxworks customer conference, I had to ask the obligatory machine learning question. Surely Box was of sufficient size with enough data running through its systems to take advantage of machine learning. All he would say was they were thinking about it. Today, the company announced a deepening relationship with Microsoft in which Box will take advantage of Redmonds…

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Facebook, Microsoft, YouTube and Twitter form Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism

June 27, 2017

Today Facebook, Microsoft, YouTube and Twitter collectively announced a new partnership aimed at reducing the accessibility of internet services to gunmen. The newGlobal Internet Forum to Counter Terrorismadds arrangement to prevailing endeavours by the companies to target and be obtained from major network pulpits recruiting textiles for horror groups. Together, the four tech chairwomen say they will collaborate on engineering solutions to the problem, sharing content grouping proficiencies and effective…

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After three days, Skypes outage is resolved

June 24, 2017

After three days of connectivity issues that prevented some Skype users from being able to log in, make calls or send and receive messages, the company says it has now fully resolved the problem. What it isnt saying at least not yet is what exactly happened. Microsofts decision to stay silent on an incident of this duration and scale the outage impacted users across Europe and elsewhere lends further credence…

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With Microsofts Face Swap, search with Bing for your next morphing muse

June 3, 2017

Face-swapping taking your image and adjusting it to fit on to a different body, creature or object has taken the photo app world by storm, as millions of people look for new and novel things to do with their selfies. Microsoft is the latest company to enter the fray. The companys in-house app studio Microsoft Garage has quietly launched a new app the aptly called Face Swap. The Android app…

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Social media giants making progress on illegal hate speech takedowns: EC

June 2, 2017

Its beena year since the four major social platform players agreed with Europes executive body to a voluntary Code of Conduct for removing illegal hate speech within 24 hours of a complaint being received. A lot has happened on this front since then, with a series of content moderation scandals hitting different platforms and serving to ramp up the regional pressure on the tech giants including YouTube suffering an advertiser…

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Report: Microsoft to buy security firm Hexadite for $100M as Cloudyn still in progress

May 25, 2017

While we wait to get more news on Microsoft Calacalist reported earlier today that Microsoft is paying $100 million to acquireacquire Cloudyn, a company that monitors and optimises a companys operations across multi-vendor cloud architectures. Contacted for a response, Microsoft declined to comment on the latest report earlier today. And Hexadite and its co-foundersBarak Klinghofer, $10.5 million in funding, according to Crunchbase, with investors including HP Ventures, YL Ventures, TenEleven…

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Salesforce marches steadily toward $10B run rate goal

May 20, 2017

Salesforce is on its recent, nearly $2.4 billion quarter puts it squarely in the neighborhood. According to with new share price records this month. All that begsa simple set of questions: What is driving growth at Salesforce, and can the company possibly sustain the run it has been on? Looking at the numbers The companys quarter was a triple-beat, with Salesforce turning in more revenue, profit and projected future growth…

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