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Salesforce acquires Tableau for $15.7bn in all-stock deal

Salesforce continues to diversify beyond CRM with 11-figure acquisition of data analytics company CRM giant Salesforce is ramping up its analytics efforts in a big way, announcing the acquisition of data visualization giant Tableau Software for $15.7 billion (£12.38 billion) in an all-stock deal. The news comes just days after Google bolstered its own analytics… Read More


Only 13% of UK adults trust big tech firms with handling anonymized NHS data

Most citizens would prefer UK-based and regulated universities and companies to handle unidentifiable patient data The majority of the public would not trust NHS patient data being in the hands of multinational tech giants, even if it is anonymized, a survey suggests. While seven in 10 people acknowledged that sharing anonymous patient data could improve… Read More


Google snaps up analytics company Looker for a cool $2.6 billion

The Alphabet subsidiary has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the analytics startup Google has announced that is acquiring in-demand analytics startup Looker for $2.6 billion (£2 billion) and integrating the company into Google Cloud. The business analytics company arrived on the scene seven years ago and helps customers visualize and understand their data…. Read More


The high cost of poor data management

A new report has revealed the devastating impact to organizations when employees and consumers are unable to access data or services Poor data management is costing the typical company $20 million (£15.7 million) a year, according to research from cloud backup company Veeam, that surveyed over 1,500 C-Suite executives from 13 countries about their data… Read More


US judge orders Facebook to turn over data privacy records

An investor is seeking company records to probe potential mismanagement by directors at the social media giant A US judge has ordered Facebook to turn over internal records regarding data privacy and access to user data. The ruling in the state of Delaware involves an investor lawsuit seeking company records to investigate potential wrongdoing and… Read More


Huawei launches machine learning database GaussDB

Huawei takes on Oracle, IBM and Microsoft with new cloud-based database management system powered by AI Chinese technology giant Huawei, known for its smartphones and telecommunications equipment, is making further inroads into the enterprise IT market with a database product powered by machine learning. The product will compete with popular database systems provided by IT’s… Read More


San Francisco bans police use of facial recognition technology

The Californian city is the first in the US to outlaw the technology San Francisco officials have voted to ban the use of facial recognition software by police and other city departments. The decision by the legislative Board of Supervisors makes the Californian city the first in the US to outlaw a rapidly developing technology… Read More


MongoDB database containing over 275 million personal records exposed and hacked

Hu-Mongo-us database exposed on Shodan before being swiped by an unknown hacking group An unprotected and public-facing MongoDB database containing over 275 million records of personal information on Indian citizens has been discovered on search engine Shodan. Shodan indexes publicly viewable internet-connected devices and software applications, including unsecured webcams and exposed databases. The database was… Read More


Cloudera still in the red, warns Hortonworks integration might fail

Cloud data management company has revealed all to investors in its latest annual report, providing a candid assessment of the difficulties involved in integrating it and Hortonworks’ platforms Cloudera has accumulated a deficit of $1.1 billion, posted a six-figure net loss for the third year running, and warned losses will keep on piling up “for… Read More


Facebook under criminal investigation for illegal data-sharing

The social network is accused of sharing private data with around 150 companies Facebook is under criminal investigation in the US over the alleged sharing of user data with some of the world’s biggest tech firms, a report has claimed. At least two manufacturers of smartphones and other devices have been asked to submit records… Read More


Facebook secretly paid teenagers to install data harvesting app

Social media platform has been caught paying teenage users to install a VPN app that decrypts and harvests virtually all of their mobile internet activity Facebook has been paying people to install a VPN called “Facebook Research” that gives it root access to network traffic, allowing it to decrypt and analyse phone activity, TechCrunch reports…. Read More



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