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- Interconnect 2017: IBM and Securekey Move to Corner Financial Transaction Market Mar 20 This week, I'm at IBM Interconnect 2017 and, right off the top, they made a really interesting announcement concerning Blockchain. Typically, we connect Blockchain to Bitcoin, but the digital currency may be the least interesting part of this technology that is basically designed to provide secure private transactions. The goal of this joint effort between IBM and Securekey is to turn your smartphone into the only thing you need to complete any transaction, from buying a stick of gum to financing your home. It is a showcase for something both companies have been working on called Hyperledger, and it is tied to the recent release of version 1.0 of the Hyperledger Fabric, representing its first commercial release.
- Should Watson Co-Run IBM? Mar 17 One of the things I found really annoying when I worked under Louis Gerstner at IBM was his response to the question of why the company didn't use its most advanced technology. IBM, for the most part, does this today, but back then, his response was "would you rather I used this for our needs or our customers'?" It's a false choice, though. An enterprise firm at scale can do both. Inside IBM at the time, I knew that the real reason was that we couldn't justify the cost. This was troubling because we bought at cost and if the TCO didn't work for us, then how did it work for our customers?
- Intel and Mobileye: Jumpstarting Autonomous Cars Mar 13 Intel just bought Mobileye, an Israeli company that leads its market with a camera-based computer vision solution. Intel was a bit late to the game with regard to autonomous cars. It had been working with car makers on in-car entertainment and an advanced headlight system that can see through snow and rain which, sadly has never made it to market, but had largely lagged NVIDIA, which has a full-fledged solution in segment called the Drive PX, now in its second generation. Let's talk about using an acquisition to close a competitive gap.
- Watson could keep business and world leaders from looking like idiots CIO | Mar 17 Columnist Rob Enderle writes that an AI system like IBM's Watson could help assure that U.S. Presidents and CEOs apply the hard-learned lessons of their predecessors to cut down on failures and repeat successes.
- Could AI Fix the Real Problem Behind the CIA IoT Leak? Datamation | Mar 17 Executives need a system that warns them when they are making decisions that might result in short-term tactical benefit but incur too much strategic risk.
- Ryzen 5 Rises To The General Market TG Daily | Mar 16 The second of the coming AMD Ryzen lines has launched and this one may hit the sweet spot for those looking to build a gaming system on a budget. Having between 4 and 6 cores, and, depending on model, these fall under the 8 core Ryzen 7 at much more attractive price points starting at a reasonable $169 for a 4 core 3.2 GHz part and topping out at $249 for the 6 core 3.6 GHz part. My personal favorite is the Ryzen 1600 which is a tad slower at 3.2 GHz but has a 3.6 GHz boost speed and comes with their new lighted Wraith Spire fan resulting in a low-cost system build for those that aren't yet ready to try a water cooling system. Let's talk about why saving a few hundred bucks on a Ryzen 5 might actually make more sense.
- Donald Trump Should Channel Steve Jobs on Security TechNewsWorld | Mar 13 We saw yet another government breach last week, and more secrets went out to WikiLeaks. I'm of a mixed mind on this one, because the CIA tools disclosed likely were emulated by others, and WikiLeaks is helping consumer technology companies ensure they no longer work.
- Google Unveils Guetzli, Open Source JPEG Encoder, to Speed Browsing LinuxInsider | Mar 18
- How Twitter could use artificial intelligence to cut online harassment Fox News | Mar 17
- Oracle earnings top estimates as cloud business keeps growing San Jose Mercury News | Mar 15
- Google Nabs Kaggle to Stay Ahead of Data Science Curve E-Commerce Times | Mar 13
Rob Enderle on…
Samsung's reputation with the public
"They lack a competent crisis management team, their service and support is so bad it is famous for it, and they operate in a culture of blame which drives cover-ups and not problem resolution. [The Note 7 battery problem was] the near perfect storm where all three elements worked against them."
Cisco's revenue declines
[Cisco's results reflect its ongoing shift toward more software and cloud-based services] "These things always take longer than expected. For Cisco to be a high flyer again, they need to show more consistent top-line growth, and that is more likely once their software efforts mature and become more dominant."
Cisco Systems' sales slip, but still top Wall Street expectations San Jose Mercury News
Removing Zuckerberg from Facebook board
There is no process to forcefully remove him from board control given he has the majority of shares. They have a valid concern and a common request for those that want to see good corporate governance, but there is no indication that those requesting this have the power to compel the outcome they want.
"For the most part, Facebook is the social media platform to beat. It owns the space it occupies and they were able to hold off Google, a far more powerful company, nicely."
What's Next for Facebook Stock? U.S. News & World Report
Snap filing for a $3 billion IPO and what investors are valuing it at
"Twenty-five billion dollars is just nuts, but that's the market we're in. This could provide an opportunity for the big gambler investors, but better to watch for the high and then short the stock," [because Snap's prospectus] "suggests profit will never arrive."
Snap Seizes the Moment E-Commerce Times
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