Trump Puts Federal Cloud Investments on Front Burner


One of the few policies that President Donald Trump’s administration has carried over from his predecessor is that the federal government needs to make vast information technology performance upgrades — especially to cloud-based platforms. That should comfort vendors seeking business in the federal market at all levels of cloud offerings — hardware, software or services. Only 3 percent to 4 percent of federal IT is cloud-based, noted Chris Liddell, director of the American Technology Council.

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Is SaaS Slipping Into the Legacy App Abyss?


Everywhere you look, organizations are shifting their software acquisition preferences and policies away from traditional, on-premises legacy applications to a new generation of on-demand SaaS solutions. Although I was an early advocate of SaaS, I’m becoming concerned that many leading SaaS vendors and their enterprise customers are taking actions that significantly compromise the fundamental value of SaaS. As the old adage goes, “the more things change, the more they remain the same.”

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Facebook employees to get 20 days off for family bereavement

Facebook says it is extending its bereavement policies and will also allow employees paid time off when a family member is sick.

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Facebook's alleged secretive censorship guidelines leaked in new report

Facebook’s content removal policies, including its confounding guidelines on hate speech, have been detailed in alleged internal documents leaked in a new report by German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

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Windows Update is a mess: 3 things Microsoft should do to fix it

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Microsoft has over-reached with its big-brother policies that inflict the worst parts of Windows Update on every Windows 10 user — like it or not. Here’s how it could fix that.

The post Windows Update is a mess: 3 things Microsoft should do to fix it appeared first on ExtremeTech.

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Airbnb Offers to Give a Little in NY, SF Tussles


Airbnb recently proposed changes to its listing policies for short-term rental property owners in New York City and San Francisco, possibly in response to threats of aggressive action from state and local lawmakers. With respect to New York operations, Airbnb on Wednesday proposed a set of five changes in an article penned by Chris Lehane, the company’s global head of public policy. Airbnb supports a three-strikes policy that would bar landlords from offering short-term rentals if they repeatedly broke the rules.

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Moto G4 Smartphones Are Cheap and Ready to Roam

Experts may question the validity of the “trickle-down” theory as it applies to economic policies, but there’s little doubt that it operates in smartphone design.

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Woman wins $10,000 judgment against Microsoft for forced Windows 10 upgrade

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrade policies have been controversial, but one woman managed to hold the company accountable for issues associated with the process. A $10,000 judgment won’t hurt the company financially, but could it serve as a wake-up call?

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/230794-woman-wins-10000-judgment-against-microsoft-for-forced-windows-10-upgrade

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Google addresses EdTech data collection concerns but leaves questions unanswered

Article Image After requesting details on Google’s data collection policies in relation to its education technology program, Sen. Al Franken on Tuesday published the company’s official point-by-point response, saying the letter was thorough but ultimately incomplete.

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AT&T CEO says US encryption policy is up to Congress, not Apple

Article Image US government policies on device encryption should be decided by the public and Congress, not companies like Apple, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said in an interview at the World Economic Forum being held this week in Davos, Switzerland.

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Apple grants widow access to husband's Apple ID after demanding court order

Article Image Apple’s strict data protection policies sparked debate over so-called “digital legacy” issues this week, as the company refused to supply a recently widowed Canadian woman with her late husband’s Apple ID password.

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China to clamp down on Internet music platforms in 2016

Article Image China this week announced plans to ratchet up its Internet policing policies and will soon impose strict rules that require online music service providers — which as of September includes Apple — to filter out “harmful” content prior to streaming.

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New Parental Leave Policies, Bookstore Show Amazon's Softer Side


Amazon has informed employees of significant improvements to its parental leave policies. It also announced the opening of its first physical bookstore in a letter to customers. Both moves no doubt have been in the works for a while, but the timing of the announcements may not be coincidental. Amazon’s image could use some buffing, having become tarnished in the aftermath of sharply unfavorable publicity. It seems that lurking in the back of the company’s mind has been whether success has been too costly for its employees and its reputation.

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China's fake Apple Stores alive and well, look to profit on iPhone 6s launch

Article Image Thanks to lax copyright enforcement policies, growing demand for all things Apple and a lack of official retail channels, China’s fake Apple Stores are experiencing a resurgence on the back of iPhone 6s preorders.

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Uber to allow background location tracking in privacy policy update

Starting July 15, ridesharing service Uber will update its privacy policies to allow tracking of a user’s location in the background, the company revealed in a blog post.



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Spotify, other music services allege Apple App Store policies anti-competitive

Spotify and other streaming music services are upset with Apple’s App Store policies, which they say effectively prevent them from competing with iTunes or Beats Music, a report claimed on Wednesday.



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Apple under fire once again for inconsistent App Store rule enforcement

Apple’s App Store review policies have found yet another unwanted spotlight after the company allegedly rejected an iOS app update because its developer mentioned Pebble’s competing smartwatch in the app’s metadata.



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Banks reportedly clamp down on Apple Pay card provisioning in wake of fraud

Banks are instituting more stringent credit and debit card authorization policies for Apple Pay users after criminals took advantage of previously lax security protocols to provision new accounts using stolen card data.



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Apple now allowing marijuana-themed App Store downloads in 23 US states where drug is legal

America’s stance on marijuana is changing, and so too are Apple’s App Store policies, as the iPhone maker has begun giving the greenlight to cannabis-related apps, provided they are accessed from a state where the drug has been legalized.



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Apple says incapable of decrypting iOS 8 user data, even for government agencies

Among the privacy policies outlined by Apple in a new privacy policy webpage on Wednesday is an iOS 8 feature that makes it technically impossible for the company to decrypt a device to harvest user data, even if law enforcement agencies request it.



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