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April 10, 2019
[TECH NEWS] Expanse, which offers real-time visibility into the ways its customers’ digital assets aren’t safe, has raised $70 million in new funding

[TECH NEWS] Expanse, which offers real-time visibility into the ways its customers’ digital assets aren’t safe, has raised $70 million in new funding

Expanse, a six-year-old, San Francisco-based company that helps its clients understand and monitor what it calls their “global internet attack surface,” has received a $70 million vote of confidence from its earlier backers, as well as some notable individual investors. Previous investor TPG Growth led the Series C round, with participation from other earlier investors…
April 10, 2019
[TECH NEWS] The government is about to permanently bar the IRS from creating a free electronic filing system

[TECH NEWS] The government is about to permanently bar the IRS from creating a free electronic filing system

Thanks to pressure from tax preparation industry, Congress is getting ready to ban the Internal Revenue Service from ever building a free electronic tax filing system. As ProPublica reports, the effort is a bipartisan one. The House Ways and Means Committee, led by Massachusetts Democrat, Richard Neal, passed the Taxpayer First Act. The bill would…
April 10, 2019
[TECH NEWS] Apigee jumps on hybrid bandwagon with new API for hybrid environments

[TECH NEWS] Apigee jumps on hybrid bandwagon with new API for hybrid environments

This year at Google Cloud Next, the theme is all about supporting hybrid environments, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Apigee, the API company it bought in 2016 for $265 million, is also getting into the act. Today, Apigee announced the beta of Apigee Hybrid, a new product designed for hybrid environments. Amit…
April 10, 2019
[TECH NEWS] Digital health investors are missing out on a big opportunity to bring healthtech to public schools

[TECH NEWS] Digital health investors are missing out on a big opportunity to bring healthtech to public schools

Shayan Vyas Contributor Dr. Shayan Vyas is an associate professor of pediatric medicine at the University of Central Florida and an adviser to healthcare companies. I first got a glimpse of technology’s potential back in 2010. As a pediatrician at Miami Children’s Health System, I flew to Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating 2010…
April 10, 2019
[TECH NEWS] Amazon Alexa now offers long-form news coverage in addition to Flash Briefings

[TECH NEWS] Amazon Alexa now offers long-form news coverage in addition to Flash Briefings

One of the top use cases for Amazon Alexa is its ability to quickly summarize the day’s headlines via its customizable “Flash Briefing” skill. Now, Amazon is rolling out a new feature that will allow Alexa device owners to get more in-depth news from their preferred news provider, with this week’s launch of “long-form news.”…
April 10, 2019
[TECH NEWS] ‘Hateful comments’ result in YouTube disabling chat during a livestreamed hearing on hate

[TECH NEWS] ‘Hateful comments’ result in YouTube disabling chat during a livestreamed hearing on hate

At today’s House Judiciary hearing addressing “Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism,” hate appears to have prevailed. As the hearing’s live stream aired on the House Judiciary’s YouTube channel, comments in the live chat accompanying the stream were so inflammatory that YouTube actually disabled the chat feature mid-hearing. Many of those comments were…
April 10, 2019
[TECH NEWS] Accenture announces intent to buy French cloud consulting firm

[TECH NEWS] Accenture announces intent to buy French cloud consulting firm

As Google Cloud Next opened today in San Francisco, Accenture announced its intent to acquire Cirruseo, a French cloud consulting firm that specializes in Google Cloud intelligence services. The companies did not share the terms of the deal. Accenture says that Cirruseo’s strength and deep experience in Google’s cloud-based artificial intelligence solutions should help as…
April 9, 2019
[TECH NEWS] Rocket Lab adds satellite manufacturing to its offerings

[TECH NEWS] Rocket Lab adds satellite manufacturing to its offerings

Rocket Lab, one of the biggest startups in the NewSpace category of companies providing launch and satellite services, has added satellite manufacturing to the array of services it offers to customers. The company, which already had developed launch capabilities and has begun sending payloads into space, can now deliver fully built satellites to its customers,…
April 9, 2019
[TECH NEWS] Microsoft says its data shows FCC reports massively overstate broadband adoption

[TECH NEWS] Microsoft says its data shows FCC reports massively overstate broadband adoption

The broadband divide in the U.S. is real, but if you want to know how real, don’t ask the FCC. Its yearly broadband deployment report, already under fire for serious data problems, has now been further questioned by Microsoft, which says its own data contradicts coverage data provided by internet providers. Despite $22 billion in…
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