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Google puts the breaks on Google Hangouts consolidation
Google has delayed the transition of classic Hangouts users in G Suite domains to Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. It had provided a timeline of changes and said that in October 2019 we would start retiring classic Hangouts for G Suite customers. But, citing feedback from users, Google has said it is postponing the final transition date to no sooner than June 2020.
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Enrique Lores to succeed Dion Weisler as HP CEO
HP Inc has announced Enrique Lores, currently President of Imaging, Printing and Solutions, will succeed Dion Weisler as the President and CEO, effective November 1. Weisler’s decision to step down at this time is due to a family health matter and he will be returning home to Australia. He will work with Lores to ensure a "seamless transition" and will remain at the company through January 2020.
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FCC pledges $4.9 billion to close rural broadband "digital divide"
The Federal Communications Commission is to spend $4.9 billion over the next decade to fun rural broadband development in the US. It said the funds would be used for maintaining, improving, and expanding affordable rural broadband for 455,334 homes and businesses served by 171 carriers in 39 states and American Samoa. In return, carriers must expand their offering in existing service areas.
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VMware to acquire Carbon Black and Pivotal for total of $4.8 billion
VMware has announced the acquisition of Carbon Black and Pivotal in a pair of deals worth $4.8 billion. It is buying cloud security firm Carbon Black for $2.1 billion. In addition, it is buying cloud-native platform provider Pivotal for $2.7 billion. “Building on another solid quarter, we are thrilled about announcing our intent to acquire Pivotal and Carbon Black,” said VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger.
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2019 on course to be worst year ever for data breaches
2019 is on track to being the worst year on record for breach activity, according to Risk Based Security. Some 3,813 breaches were reported through June 30, exposing over 4.1 billion records. Compared to the mid-2018, the number of reported breaches was up 54% and the number of exposed records was up 52%. Already in 2019, three breaches have made the list for the ten largest breaches of all time.
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5G network infrastructure market to be worth $4.2bn in 2020, says Gartner
In 2020, worldwide 5G wireless network infrastructure revenue will reach $4.2 billion, an 89% increase from 2019 revenue of $2.2 billion, according to Gartner. Additionally, Gartner forecasts that investments in 5G NR network infrastructure will account for 6% of the total wireless infrastructure revenue of communications service providers in 2019, and that this figure will reach 12% in 2020.
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Waymo makes autonomous car data free to researchers
Waymo is making some of its self-driving car data available for free to researchers. This release contains data from 1,000 driving segments. Each segment captures 20 seconds of continuous driving, corresponding to 200,000 frames at 10 Hz per sensor. It covers environments across Phoenix, AZ, Kirkland, WA, Mountain View, CA and San Francisco, CA capturing a "wide spectrum of driving conditions".
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Splunk to buy SignalFx for $1.05 billion
Data analytics firm Splunk has agreed a $1.05 billion deal to buy SignalFx, a SaaS company specialising in real-time monitoring and metrics for cloud infrastructure, microservices and applications. Funds will be paid approximately 60% in cash and 40% in Splunk common stock. The acquisition is expected to close in the second half of fiscal 2020, subject to closing conditions and regulatory reviews.
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Amazon opens its biggest campus in the world
Amazon has proven its commitment to India by opening its biggest ever campus in Telangana. It has cost "hundreds of millions of dollars", is spread over 9.5 acres and will house 15,000 employees. It comes after Amazon pulled plans for a similar-size hub in New York. Jeff Bezos has committed an investment of over $5 billion to India in a direct battle with Walmart.
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UK tech attracts $6.7 billion in 2019 so far
The UK tech sector attracted more foreign investment in the first seven months of 2019 than it did during the whole of last year, according to Tech Nation. $6.7 billion has been invested in UK tech companies in the first seven months of 2019, with than half ($3.7bn) of these investments have come from the US and Asia. The report said UK tech has overtaken the US for foreign investment per capita.
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Standard Chartered and SAP Ariba announce collaboration
Standard Chartered and SAP Ariba have joined forces to make the bank’s financial supply chain solutions accessible to businesses in the Asia Pacific region through Ariba Network. By year end, buyers using the Ariba network will be able to manage their payments and supply chain finance needs, while suppliers will get quicker access to financing and foreign exchange via Standard Chartered’s network.
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Wipro and IISc partner on autonomous systems, robotics and 5G
Wipro has formed a new collaboration with India's leading science and engineering education hub. It is to work with the Indian Institute of Science on new research into autonomous systems, robotics and 5G. They have created an industry/academia unit called the Wipro IISc Research and Innovation Network. Wipro has been investing in autonomous systems and robotics for over eight years.

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Apple Card made available in United States
Apple Card has been made available in the United States. Customers can apply for Apple Card through the Wallet app on their iPhones. The launch follows the Apple Card preview earlier in August, during which a limited number of customers were invited to apply early. “We’re thrilled with the overwhelming interest in Apple Card and its positive reception,” said Jennifer Bailey, VP of Apple Pay.
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Facebook's Libra faces EU probe - Bloomberg
Facebook's digital currency, Libra, is already the subject of an EU anti-trust investigation, according to Bloomberg. It cited documents it has seen as saying the European Commission is "currently investigating potential anti-competitive behaviour". The probe will seek to determine whether Libra will unfairly shut out rivals and create competition restrictions in the digital currency market.
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H20.ai backed by Goldman Sachs in $72.5 million funding round
Goldman Sachs is one of the investors in a new funding round for artificial intelligence startup H20.ai. The Series D round has raised $72.5 million for the software firm which is growing rapidly in the open source AI space. It is known for its automatic machine learning platform, H2O Driverless AI. China’s Ping An Global was also part of the funding circle.
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