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What the heck is going on with measures of programming language popularity?

Posted on: October 30, 2018, in Blog

I looked at the TIOBE index today, as I do every so often, as most of the software pros I know do every so often. It purports to measure the popularity of the world’s programming languages, and its popularity-over-time chart tells a simple story: Java and C are, and have been since time immemorial, by […]

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Google+ for G Suite lives on and gets new features

Posted on: October 30, 2018, in Blog

You thought Google+ was dead, didn’t you? And it is — if you’re a consumer. But the business version of Google’s social network will live on for the foreseeable future — and it’s getting a bunch of new features today. Google+ for G Suite isn’t all that different from the Google+ for consumers, but its focus […]

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GDPR has cut ad trackers in Europe but helped Google, study suggests

Posted on: October 29, 2018, in Blog

An analysis of the impact of Europe’s new data protection framework, GDPR, on the adtech industry suggests the regulation has reduced the numbers of ad trackers that websites are hooking into EU visitors. But it also implies that Google may have slightly increased its marketshare in the region — indicating the adtech giant could be winning […]

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Google Cloud expands its networking feature with Cloud NAT

Posted on: October 29, 2018, in Blog

It’s a busy week for news from Google Cloud, which is hosting its Next event in London. Today, the company used the event to launch a number of new networking features. The marquee launch today is Cloud NAT, a new service that makes it easier for developers to build cloud-based services that don’t have public IP […]

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Mozilla pushes PayPal to make Venmo transactions private by default

Posted on: October 29, 2018, in Blog

Earlier this year, the FTC settled with PayPal over the company’s handling of privacy disclosures in its peer-to-peer payments app Venmo, but Mozilla doesn’t think the changes Venmo made as a result went far enough. This week, Mozilla says it delivered a petition signed by 25,000 Americans asking Venmo to set transactions shared in its […]

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Zyl is now a nostalgia-powered photo app

Posted on: October 28, 2018, in Blog

AI-powered photo management app Zyl is going back to the drawing board with a streamlined, more efficient redesign. The app is now focused on one thing only — resurfacing your old memories. Taking photos on a smartphone is now a daily habit. But what about looking back at photos you took one year, three years […]

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Stripe moves into brick-and-mortar payments with Terminal

Posted on: October 28, 2018, in Blog

Stripe is expanding beyond online payments with the launch of a new product for in-person payments at brick-and-mortar stores, called Terminal. The company said Terminal has three main components — there’s hardware, namely card readers built by Stripe partners BBPOS and Verifone, but also SDKs and APIs for customizing checkout experiences, as well as software […]

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Googles Apigee officially launches its API monitoring service

Posted on: October 28, 2018, in Blog

It’s been about two years since Google acquired API management service Apigee. Today, the company is announcing new extensions that make it easier to integrate the service with a number of Google Cloud services, as well as the general availability of the company’s API monitoring solution. Apigee API monitoring allows operations teams to get more […]

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Google introduces dual-region storage buckets to simplify data redundancy

Posted on: October 27, 2018, in Blog

Google is playing catch-up in the cloud, and as such it wants to provide flexibility to differentiate itself from AWS and Microsoft. Today, the company announced a couple of new options to help separate it from the cloud storage pack. Storage may seem stodgy, but it’s a primary building block for many cloud applications. Before […]

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Google expands its identity management portfolio for businesses and developers

Posted on: October 27, 2018, in Blog

Over the course of the last year, Google has launched a number of services that bring to other companies the same BeyondCorp model for managing access to a company’s apps and data without a VPN that it uses internally. Google’s flagship product for this is Cloud Identity, which is essentially Google’s BeyondCorp, but packaged for […]

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