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Microsoft releases quantum computing development kit preview

Microsoft releases quantum computing development kit preview At the Microsoft Ignite Conference in September, Microsoft let it be known it was going to be a player in the future of quantum computing, and today the company took another step toward that goal when it released a preview of its quantum computing development kit. The kit includes all of the pieces a developer needs to get started including a Q# language and compiler, a Q# library, a local quantum computing simulator, a quantum trace simulator and a Visual Studio extension. This…

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Menlo Security secures $40 million Series C to keep malware at bay

Menlo Security secures million Series C to keep malware at bay Menlo Security, a startup with a unique approach to protecting your company from malware and phishing attacks, announced a $40 million Series C round today. Menlo protects customers by never lets letting employees access an actual website or email containing malware. Instead, they isolate the original in a container, then display a clean mirror image in the browser, which has been stripped of any of the bad stuff. The thinking goes that if the malware never reaches you, it…

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In spite of digital transformation, 2017 did not yield the desired financial results for GE

In spite of digital transformation, 2017 did not yield the desired financial results for GE GE is a great example of a traditional company that has recognized the need to transform into a digital organization, but by all measures 2017 has been a tough year for the industrial giant financially. The company stock price has tumbled, and last week it announced that it was laying off 12,000 employees in its power business worldwide. While you can’t attribute all of the company’s woes strictly to its digital transformation efforts — it probably would…

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AWS has a post re:Invent surprise as it enters the single sign-on market

AWS has a post re:Invent surprise as it enters the single sign-on market Steve Jobs used to famously end his keynotes with “there is one more thing…” AWS decided to wait a week after their re:Invent conference ended to announce their more thing when it quietly released a single sign on product for the AWS cloud yesterday. While the announcement was pretty thin on details, it appears to be focused solely on providing single sign on for the AWS family of products. “With AWS SSO, you can easily manage SSO…

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Salesforce is latest big tech vendor to join the Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Salesforce is latest big tech vendor to join the Cloud Native Computing Foundation Salesforce announced today that it was joining the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), the open source organization that manages Kubernetes, the popular open source container orchestration tool. It is the latest in a long line of big name companies, joining the likes of AWS, Oracle, Microsoft, VMware and Pivotal, all of whom joined in a flurry of activity earlier this year. Most of these other companies have more of a cloud infrastructure angle. Salesforce is a SaaS…

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PullRequest pulls in $2.3M seed round led by Google’s Gradient Ventures

PullRequest pulls in .3M seed round led by Google’s Gradient Ventures PullRequest, a Y Combinator Summer 17 graduate, announced a $2.3 million seed round today led by Google’s new AI fund, Gradient Ventures. The Slack Fund, Fika Ventures, Defy Ventures, Lynett Capital, FundersClub and Joe Montana’s Liquid2 Ventures also participated. The company has been concentrating on providing code review as a service, a task that often gets lost in today’s high-speed agile development cycles. The company has set up a system of on-demand code reviewers who check for bugs, security issues,…

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Latest Google Sheets release helps automate pivot table creation

Latest Google Sheets release helps automate pivot table creation The spreadsheet gurus in your organization know how to use pivot tables to pull meaningful insight out of a morass of numbers. It has been what separated those folks from the rest of us, but Google is out to democratize the pivot table in the latest version of Google Sheets announced today. Google is achieving this by adding some artificial intelligence under the hood. The new features build on the Explore feature the company added last year. The idea here is to begin bringing…

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Pivotal has something for everyone in the latest Cloud Foundry Platform release

Pivotal has something for everyone in the latest Cloud Foundry Platform release Pivotal wants to be the development platform that serves everyone, and today at their SpringOne Platform (S1P) developer conference in San Francisco, they announced a huge upgrade to their Pivotal Cloud Foundry platform (PCF) that includes support for serverless computing, containers and a new app store. As James Waters, senior VP of strategy sees it, this all part of deliberate strategy by Pivotal to provide a complete developer experience. “One of the things we do pretty well is…

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CoreOS Tectonic 1.8 makes it easy to plug external services into Kubernetes

CoreOS Tectonic 1.8 makes it easy to plug external services into Kubernetes CoreOS announced Tectonic 1.8, its latest update of the popular Kubernetes container orchestration tool. It features a new open services catalog that enables DevOps personnel to plug in external services into Kubernetes with ease. As Rob Szumski, Tectonic product manager at CoreOS pointed out in a company blog post announcing the new version, public clouds offer lots of benefits around ease of use, but they can end up locking you in, in some cases to a proprietary set…

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Former Disrupt Battlefield competitor Coronet automates security for SMBs in latest update

Former Disrupt Battlefield competitor Coronet automates security for SMBs in latest update Coronet, a startup that launched as part of the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield competition in New York City in 2015, announced the release of the latest version of its cloud security product aimed at SMBs today. The new system introduces a layer of autonomy which lets IT or security personnel define a set of rules and the system takes care of the rest without any additional intervention. The Coronet SecureCloud has been designed to be as simple as possible,…

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