Tag: Enterprise

Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene steps down

Former Oracle Corp. product chief Thomas Kurian will replace Diane Greene as head of the cloud division at Alphabet Inc’s Google in the coming weeks, Greene announced in a blog post on Friday, after a tumultuous year for the business. Greene said she had joined Google three years ago with […]

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ProBeat: Amazon’s HQ2 was a perfect bait and switch

In September 2017, Amazon kicked off a frenzy from local governments with its announcement that North America would be blessed with a “second headquarters” (HQ2). City officials across the country have been bending over backward to please Amazon in the hopes of bringing the promised 50,000 jobs to their district. […]

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AI Weekly: Microsoft’s conversational AI has come a long way since Tay

Microsoft debuted a bevy of new services and product updates on Wednesday during its Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Business event, including an AI model builder for Power BI, its no-code business analytics solution; a Unity plugin for AirSim, its open source aerial informatics and robotics toolkit; and a public preview […]

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MapAnything raises $42.5 million for location of things platform

The location of things (LoT) market — which comprises technology that enables developers to make use of geographic data  — is projected to be worth $71.6 billion by 2025, driven by the proliferation of connected devices, high-speed networks, and personalized services. Mapping and navigation apps like Google Maps, Uber, and […]

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Reimagining the contact center with bots, AI, and the gig economy (VB Live)

AI-powered bots and messaging: the cost-effective, easy-to-implement automation tech is set to slash contact center size by 50 percent in the next five years, reducing costs and powering up the gig economy. Can your company benefit? Take a closer look at the long-term implications of customer support automation, when you […]

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AdaSky raises $20 million for far-infrared sensor designed for autonomous cars

In October 2017, two-year-old Israeli startup AdaSky emerged from stealth with what it claimed was the first far-infrared (FIR) thermal cameras explicitly designed for driverless cars. Its Viper platform would enable carmakers to clear fully autonomous milestones much more quickly than with conventional sensor packages, AdaSky promised, and it would enter […]

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Intel’s Neural Compute Stick 2 is 8 times faster than its predecessor

It’s been a little over a year since Intel made the Movidius Neural Compute Stick (previously codenamed Fathom) generally available. The $79 thumb drive — a metal dongle housing a system-on-chip purpose-built for accelerating machine learning algorithms — was the product of chipmaker Movidius, which Intel acquired in September 2016. […]

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Nigerian telecom fesses up to routing traffic through China

(Reuters) — Nigeria’s Main One Cable Co took responsibility on Tuesday for a glitch that temporarily caused some Google global traffic to be misrouted through China, saying it accidentally caused the problem during a network upgrade. The issue surfaced on Monday afternoon as internet monitoring firms ThousandEyes and BGPmon said […]

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Amazon’s bait-and-switch won’t stop cities from screwing their citizens over for jobs

Amazon’s much-anticipated HQ2 announcement was predictable. Not just because the tech giant went with two obvious choices to add thousands of tech jobs in — New York City and Arlington, Virginia in the Washington, D.C. metro area — but because of how much these two cities were willing to give […]

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PwC: Only 4% of executives say their business has successfully implemented AI

It seems almost impossible to have a conversation about emerging enterprise tech without bringing up artificial intelligence (AI). But according to a newly published report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), AI remains decidedly more talk than action where most executives are concerned. PwC’s 11th annual Digital IQ survey of thousands of business, […]

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France leads effort to save internet from itself with ‘Paris Call’ and Facebook embed

As the geopolitical picture continues to churn with uncertainty, France is making a strong and surprising bid to assume a central leadership role in fixing the hot mess otherwise known as the internet. Following a weekend-long tribute to the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I that drew […]

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Trigo Vision partners with Israel supermarket chain for 272 cashierless stores

Amazon reportedly plans to open more than 3,000 cashierless Amazon Go stores by 2021, but Tel Aviv startup Trigo Vision hopes to beat it to the punch. It today announced a partnership with Shufersal, Israel’s largest supermarket chain, that will see its automated retail platform installed in over 272 stores. “We believe […]

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The AI aspiration gap: How to hook AI into actual business results (VB Live)

Getting your AI deployment right takes five steps: assessing your data strategy, aligning stakeholders, assessing tech feasibility, and a coordinated approach to ethics. To learn more about the five fundamentals of AI readiness, and ensure you get it right at every step, catch up on this VB Live event. Access […]

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SAP’s $8 billion Qualtrics acquisition is a win for Seattle and Provo’s tech communities

Just days ago, Wall Street was expecting experience management software firm Qualtrics to debut on Nasdaq. Now, traders won’t have a chance to snap up Qualtrics shares — but for a good reason. Enterprise giant SAP announced last night that it has acquired Qualtrics for an eye-popping $8 billion. Qualtrics […]

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Kofax acquires Nuance’s Document Imaging business for $400 million

Thoma Bravo subsidiary Kofax, a robotic process automation (RPA) company that taps artificial intelligence (AI) to automate repetitive enterprise tasks, today announced it has agreed to acquire Nuance‘s Document Imaging division for $400 million. Through the acquisition,”Kofax will drive customer value by adding key technologies, including cloud compatibility, scan-to-archive, scan-to-workflow, print management […]

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Microsoft opens Surface Go with LTE preorders, starting at $679

Microsoft has finally revealed details of the previously announced LTE-enabled Surface Go hybrid laptop-tablet. The company said it’s opening preorders today, starting at $679 for the consumer version and $729 for the business-focused incarnation. Microsoft said the Surface Go with LTE Advanced is expected to officially go on sale in the […]

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Atomico leads $24 million investment in UI prototyping platform Framer

Dutch design prototyping startup Framer has raised $24 million in a series B round of funding led by Atomico, with participation from Accel and AngelList. Founded out of Amsterdam in 2014, Framer offers an interactive design tool called Framer X, which launched as a replacement to the previous incarnation two months ago. In […]

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SAP buys Qualtrics for $8 billion in cash, days before planned IPO

(Reuters) – Germany’s SAP said on Sunday it was buying Qualtrics International Inc for $8 billion in cash, pre-empting a planned stock market listing by the U.S.-based company that specializes in surveying consumers online. The agreed deal, SAP’s biggest since it bought travel and expense management firm Concur in 2014 for […]

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Roomi’s fall from grace: Major layoffs follow allegations of frivolous spending and nepotism

Next week will mark one year since Roomi announced a fresh $11 million in funding, a cash injection that came just as the New York-based shared housing marketplace declared it had hit the magic 1 million user milestone. That series A round was intended to spearhead a major domestic and global […]

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: The notch giveth, and the notch taketh away

Sometimes an action intended to create a positive outcome is simultaneously intertwined with negative consequences. For every yin, there is a yang; for every good, a bad; for every … you get the picture. Having spent the past few weeks with the latest Huawei flagship, the Mate 20 Pro, that is […]

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New York City could be the biggest winner of tech’s West Coast exodus

The New York City metro area could soon more closely resemble the Bay Area. That’s if, as reports indicate, Amazon chooses New York’s Long Island City neighborhood as one of two places it will add about 25,000 employees to over the next several years as part of its recent decision to […]

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Andreessen Horowitz leads $154 million investment in corporate travel startup TripActions, at over $1 billion valuation

Corporate travel management company TripActions has raised a whopping $154 million in a series C round of funding led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Zeev Ventures, and SGVC. This takes the company’s total funding to $236 million, and bestows upon it a valuation of more than $1 billion, according to […]

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