Google Has A Secret Way To Protect You From Hackers…And Other Small Business Tech News …

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Americans Deserve Privacy Protection From Big Data

The United States has a privacy problem.

Sensitive consumer data are everywhere, and they are vulnerable. Just this year, we learned that two billion Facebook users’ information was harvested by bad actors. Hundreds of thousands of Delta Airlines travelers’ credit card information was breached. More than 150 million consumers’ data on Under Armour’s MyFitnessPal app were compromised.

In 2018, invasions of privacy are as commonplace as turning on a smartphone or clicking on an app. They are the new normal. It is no surprise that more than 80 percent of American adults online are concerned that their personal data may be stolen.

Privacy is about the safety of your personal information. But it is also about your ownership of that information. In both respects, the rest of the world is moving forward while the United States is falling behind.

In May, Europeans began benefitting from a new set of comprehensive privacy rules, the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. Under the European [...]  read more

Wars of none: AI, big data, and the future of insurgency

When U.S. Special Forces entered Afghanistan in 2001, Facebook didn’t exist, the iPhone had yet to be invented, and “A.I.” often referred to an NBA star. Seventeen years later, American special operations forces continue to ride horseback in rural Afghanistan, but information technology has advanced rapidly. Recent breakthroughs in robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) have captured the popular imagination and prompted sober talk of an impending AI revolution. Yet surprisingly little of that talk has touched on the small wars and insurgencies that have dominated U.S. foreign policy in the 21st century.

The definitive work on emerging technology and insurgency has yet to be written, but two recent books offer suggestions for how the era of big data and AI will affect the United States’ modern conflicts. Small [...]  read more

MapR platform update brings major AI and Analytics innovation…through the file system

From the very beginning of its entry to the market, MapR focused on the file system as an axis of innovation. Recognizing that the native Hadoop Distributed File System’s (HDFS’s) inability to accommodate updates to files was a major blocker for lots of Enterprise customers, MapR put an HDFS interface over the standard Network File System (NFS) to make that constraint go away.

While seemingly simple, the ability for Hadoop to see a standard file system as its own meant that lots of data already present in the Enterprise could be processed by Hadoop. It also meant that non-Hadoop systems could share that data and work cooperatively with Hadoop. That made Hadoop more economical, more actionable and more relevant. For many customers, it transformed Hadoop from a marginal technology to a critical one.

Back to the file system
While MapR has subsequently innovated on the database, streaming and edge computing layers, and has embraced container technology, it [...]  read more

8×8 Taps AI Startup for Talent, Technology

Looks to imbue customer interactions with 360-degree contextual understanding

Seeking to draw ever more insight from and provide value out of the customer data it amasses, cloud communications provider 8×8 today disclosed that it has acquired MarianaIQ (MIQ), an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered B2B marketing startup, for an undisclosed sum.

Not seeing a connection between B2B marketing and communications? 8×8 really didn’t at first, either, Bryan Martin, 8×8 CTO, shared in a No Jitter briefing on the announcement. That’s to say, 8×8 began discussions with MIQ founders with the thought of grabbing AI and machine learning talent, he said. But, he added, the more 8×8 learned about the MIQ platform, the more the acquisition also became about the underlying technology.

As Venkat Nagaswamy, MIQ founder and CEO, described in a May 2017  [...]  read more

Microsoft and Google Both Announce a Bunch of New Stuff…And Other Small Business Tech News …


Launching Today…The Institute For Block Chain Innovation

You can always tell when a new technology vertical starts to mature and to organize itself as an industry.  In 2018, the block chain industry began that transition.   In January, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, many of the official sessions and off-site events were about bitcoin, crypto currency and block chain.  It was not clear how many of the WEF attendees understood the real impact that these technologies and their variations are going to have on society in the long run, but the World Economic Forum provided an important vehicle to start thinking about it in earnest.

Today, in another step forward, the Institute for Blockchain Innovation was launched by several leading companies and investors from the United States and Canada.    The objective of the Institute is to help envision and [...]  read more

Google Gets Clobbered…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 — Google’s stock clobbering shows just how freaked out Wall Street is about the online ad business right now

The share price of Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. fell this week amid a market selloff that also affected some of its top rivals. In addition, the company’s traffic acquisition costs rose 37% and took up a greater percentage of revenue than the same quarter last year. Two reasons for the price drop – according to the Business Insider report – could be the possibility that new rules in Europe regarding user privacy might hurt Google’s ability to collect the kind of information that advertisers want as well as the fallout from Facebook’s scandal regarding Cambridge Analytica. (Source: Business Insider)

Why this is important for your business:

Google’s fortunes impact our fortunes. There’s the obvious effect on the value of mutual funds [...]  read more