The strange, thorny and sometimes sleazy origins behind 11 tech terms you use every day – CNET
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The strange, thorny and sometimes sleazy origins behind 11 tech terms you use every day – CNET

This may be what you imagine when you think of online trolls, but the slang word for internet miscreants has far fishier origins. Seth Rosenblatt/CNET Can you tell an emoji from an emoticon? A flamewar from a firewall? Foobar from FOMO?  If these tech terms make perfect sense to you, congratulations — you’re no longer a digital noob. But have you ever wondered why we…

Cisco pulls out of Barcelona conference as coronavirus fears spread
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Cisco pulls out of Barcelona conference as coronavirus fears spread

(Reuters) – Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O), Facebook Inc (FB.O), AT&T (T.N) and Sprint Corp (S.N) on Tuesday became the latest U.S. technology companies to pull out of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona due to the coronavirus outbreak. FILE PHOTO: The Logo of MWC20 (Mobile World Congress) is pictured in Barcelona, Spain February 10,…

3 Tech-Driven Ways to Engage Your Employees
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3 Tech-Driven Ways to Engage Your Employees

Gallup reported in 2018 that employee engagement had reached 34% — tied for the highest level since it had begun tracking in 2000. The bad news is that 53% of employees remain unengaged. Another 13% are “actively disengaged,” making engaged workers a minority. The good news: Technology has the power to boost engagement and turn…

Model9 gets $9M Series A to move data between mainframes and cloud
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Model9 gets $9M Series A to move data between mainframes and cloud

Model9, an Israeli startup launched by mainframe vets, has come up with a way to transfer data between mainframe computers and the cloud, and today the company announced a $9 million Series A. Intel Capital led the round with help from existing investors, including StageOne, North First Ventures and Glenrock Israel. The company reports it…

Hyperledger Fabric, the open source distributed ledger, reaches release 2.0
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Hyperledger Fabric, the open source distributed ledger, reaches release 2.0

The open-source Hyperledger Foundation announced the release of Hyperledger Fabric 2.0 today, the first such project to reach a 2.0 release. It’s a notable milestone. The blockchain as a business tool has certainly had a rocky road over the last few years, but there is still plenty to like about smart contracts that have automated…

Trump administration aims to protect GPS with new exec order
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Trump administration aims to protect GPS with new exec order

GPS increasingly runs the entire planet. Supply chains, oceanic shipping, port docking and even our daily movements in cars, on bikes and walking around cities is dependent on a constellation of satellites hovering above us to make all this activity work in synchronicity. Increasingly though, GPS is under attack. GPS spoofing, where the signals from…

Apple drops Flash from its latest Safari browser preview
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Apple drops Flash from its latest Safari browser preview

Apple was actually one of the first companies to ostracize the troublesome Flash software, which was riddled with vulnerabilities and security flaws. The company refused to support Flash on iOS back all the way back in 2007, and since then others have followed suit, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Mozilla. In 2017, Adobe itself announced…

Valve teases SteamVR 2.0 for 2020
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Valve teases SteamVR 2.0 for 2020

Valve also promises to publish a series of blog posts analyzing data from the Steam platform. The company says it has seen a lot of analysis from third parties trying to figure out how Steam games are doing, among other things. “Since we have access to more data,” Valve wrote, “we thought it would be…

Alphabet has moved technology incubator Jigsaw under Google management
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Alphabet has moved technology incubator Jigsaw under Google management

Google parent company Alphabet has moved its Jigsaw technology incubator under Google management, The Information reports. It’s the first former Alphabet company to be shifted under Google since Sergey Brin and Larry Page stepped down from their management roles in December. Since the two were behind the creation of Alphabet in 2015, The Information suggests…