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WhatsApps Brian Acton to talk Signal Foundation and leaving Facebook at Disrupt SF

Posted on: April 28, 2019, in Blog

“We give them the power. That’s the bad part. We buy their products. We sign up for these websites. Delete Facebook, right?” That’s WhatsApp founder Brian Acton’s most recent quote about his former employer, Facebook. Acton has seemingly been fueled by his experience running WhatsApp from within Facebook, which has been scrutinized for profiting from […]

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WeWork acquires Managed by Q

Posted on: April 27, 2019, in Blog

Managed by Q, the office management platform based out of New York, has today been acquired by The We Company, formerly known as WeWork. Financial terms were not disclosed. The WSJ reports that it was a cash and stock deal. Managed by Q, which has 500 employees, will remain as a wholly owned separate entity […]

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Researchers find 540 million Facebook user records on exposed servers

Posted on: April 27, 2019, in Blog

Security researchers have found hundreds of millions of Facebook user records sitting on an inadvertently public storage server. The two batches of user records were collected and exposed from two third-party companies, according to researchers at security firm UpGuard, who found the data. In the researchers’ write-up, defunct California-based app maker At The Pool contained […]

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Enterprise blockchain startup Offchain Labs scores $3.7M seed round

Posted on: April 26, 2019, in Blog

Two of the issues limiting blockchain adoption in the enterprise has been lack of scalability and privacy. Offchain Labs, a startup that spun out of research at Princeton, wants to help create more scalable smart contracts while shifting part of the process off of the public blockchain to increase privacy. Today, the company announced a […]

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Cloud Foundry Kubernetes

Posted on: April 26, 2019, in Blog

Cloud Foundry, the open-source platform-as-a-service project that more than half of the Fortune 500 companies use to help them build, test and deploy their applications, launched well before Kubernetes existed. Because of this, the team ended up building Diego, its own container management service. Unsurprisingly, given the popularity of Kubernetes, which has become somewhat of […]

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WhatsApp adds a new privacy setting for groups in another effort to clamp down on fake news

Posted on: April 25, 2019, in Blog

WhatsApp today announced another protection for users in an effort to clamp down on the spread of fake news and misinformation. Through a new feature, users can control who has permission to add them to groups. The company says this will “help to limit abuse” and keep people’s phone numbers private. Related to this, the […]

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Fleksys AI keyboard is getting a store to put mini apps at chatters fingertips

Posted on: April 25, 2019, in Blog

Remember Fleksy? The customizable Android keyboard app has a new trick up its sleeve: It’s adding a store where users can find and add lightweight third party apps to enhance their typing experience. Right now it’s launched a taster, preloading a selection of ‘mini apps’ into the keyboard — some from very familiar brand names, […]

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Rippling raises $45M at $270M to be the biz app identity layer

Posted on: April 24, 2019, in Blog

Parker Conrad’s last startup, Zenefits, drowned in busy work. Now with Rippling The past few years have seen a Cambrian explosion of startups building specialty software for office productivity and collaboration. But that’s left customers struggling to get their teams set up on all these fragmented tools. As such, Rippling had a very good first […]

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Googles anti-trans controversy is the latest case of big tech overcorrecting to the right

Posted on: April 24, 2019, in Blog

Google just smoothed over one spat with the LGBT community, but it’s already well into the next one. Last week, in an effort to monitor the ethical development of artificial intelligence and presumably to assuage public concern, Google launched an eight-person advisory group dedicated to the task. Controversially, Google included Heritage Foundation President Kay Cole […]

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Okta brings identity management to server level

Posted on: April 23, 2019, in Blog

Since it was founded in 2009, Okta has been focused on protecting identity — first for individuals in the cloud, and later at the device level. Today at its Oktane customer conference, the company announced a new level of identity protection at the server level. The new tool, called Advanced Server Access, provides identity management […]

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