Updated February 25, 2017, 12:00 am GMT

Largest grid-tied lithium ion battery system deployed today in San Diego

CA Public Utilities Commissioner: "We are far in advance of where we expected to be." [more->]

SlingTV just got cheaper - CNET

The television streaming service SlingTV announced new lower pricing for four of its most popular content bundles. [more->]

The safest way to use Nintendo's Switch is without its safety straps - CNET

Commentary: I sliced my finger open using Nintendo's new system. [more->]

The 404 Show 1692: Win your Oscar pool with Jordan Hoffman (podcast) - CNET

Jordan Hoffman returns to the show to give us his picks for the 2017 Oscars. We'll run through the nominations for most of the categories and get reviews of a few recent releases as well. [more->]

Leica just teased not one, but two new Huawei phones - CNET

Just ahead of next week's Mobile World Congress, the German camera manufacturer confirms two Huawei devices. Surprise! Leica is a partner on both. [more->]

Friday Spotlight: Webinars about Oracle Open Cloud Infrastructure

Happy Friday! This week we want to highlight a website you can visit to see a collection of our webinars. Watch now.  [more->]

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FCC chairman delays implementation of internet privacy rules - CNET

Chairman Pai has asked his fellow commissioners to vote to delay implementing part of the FCC's new privacy rules as it considers petitions that challenge the regulation. [more->]

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Uber, Fitbit, OkCupid info exposed by 'CloudBleed' flaw - CNET

A bug affecting 3,400 websites leaked data, including usernames, passwords and messages sent by users. [more->]

Apple iPhone 7 Plus fire caught on video - CNET

The video of an Arizona woman's smoking iPhone attracts attention on Twitter. The cause of the fire is still unknown, but Apple is looking into it. [more->]

What tech's saying about Trump's transgender policy reversal - CNET

Tech companies strongly oppose the president rescinding policies for transgender students. [more->]

Google takes on Apple iMessage with enhanced SMS for Android - CNET

Android Messages will deliver a serious texting upgrade and come loaded on phones sold by more than 27 mobile operators and device makers around the world. [more->]

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Google First to Upgrade Cloud Data Centers with Intel’s Latest Chips

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Uber might genuinely be worried that #DeleteUber is working

“Everyone at Uber is deeply hurting after reading Susan Fowler’s blog post.” [more->]

2018 Ford Fiesta ST gets smaller engine with bigger punch - Roadshow

A new turbo three-cylinder, Drive Mode system and light visual changes highlight Ford's updated pint-size hot hatch. [more->]

Surge of New Capacity Expected in Top US Data Center Markets This Year

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[session] @Nutanix Storage for #Containers | @DevOpsSummit #SDN #DevOps

In recent years, containers have taken the world by storm. Companies of all sizes and industries have realized the massive benefits of containers, such as unprecedented mobility, higher hardware utilization, and increased flexibility and agility; however, many containers today are non-persistent. Containers without per... [more->]

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HPE’s Whitman Struggles in Shift to Smaller Size, Cloud Pressure

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SoFi confirms $500 million in new funding as it pushes beyond lending

 Online finance startup SoFi got its start refinancing student loans but gradually has been adding other services to members. To expand into new regions and move closer to becoming a full-service financial services company, SoFi has confirmed that it raised an additional $500 million in equity financing led by Sil... [more->]

Tricerat ScrewDrivers – Transportation Industry Case Study

AREMA eliminates all printing issues for 6000+ attendees of their Annual Conference with ScrewDrivers. About AREMA The American Railway Engineers and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) is a professional association of civil, mechanical, and electrical engineers that design everything from bridges, tunnels, tracks, ... [more->]

Cisco Beefs Up Network Automation, Shifting Further Away from Hardware Focus

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Weekend Streaming: Netflix's 'Ultimate Beastmaster' obstacle course show debuts - CNET

Athletes from all around the world signed up to take on a monstrous obstacle course on a new show from executive producer Sylvester Stallone. [more->]

iLuv Morning Call 2 for times only an alarm clock will do - CNET

When was the last time you bought an alarm clock? iLuv hopes you just said, "I'm on my way to the store right now!" [more->]

Smart toys are a minefield, for both toymakers and parents - CNET

There's a thin line to walk between privacy and profits if you're looking to build a smart toy. [more->]

'Logan' is no country for old X-Men (spoiler-free review) - CNET

While the climax veers towards standard superhero fare, "Logan" is a mature, brutal exploration of a hero at the end of a long and lonely road. [more->]

Dolby Vision HDR may be coming to a game console near you - CNET

Dolby's HDR standard is now available in a software version, which means it can show up on existing TVs and game consoles. [more->]

Get Schooled in SaaS | @CloudExpo #IaaS #SaaS #Cloud

SaaS use is growing in enterprises all the time, with the ease of consumer apps meeting the full-featured nature of typical business software. Google added new tools earlier this week to G Suite that are designed for enterprise IT. The announced features include additions to security and archiving capabilities, plus mo... [more->]

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A world free of charging cables? It's all up to Apple - CNET

Wireless charging sounds like a great idea. Too bad a chaotic number of different players and technologies keep muddling it up for everyone. [more->]

RMM Firm Keeps List of Vendors and Gear Affected by Fatal Clock Signal Flaw

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All the winners of J.D. Power's 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study - Roadshow

Every year, J.D. Power asks original owners of 3-year-old vehicles to discuss any problems from the past year. These are the cars with the highest dependability scores, according to those owners. [more->]

Lego, make this monster-ful Dungeon Master set real - CNET

A delightful fan-designed set goes up for official review from Lego after attracting a legion of followers. [more->]

39 films (and a tech company) you didn't know won Oscars - CNET

Whether they're genre pieces, a bit lightweight or just stinkers, these movies all have one thing in common: an Academy Award. [more->]

ISPs who don’t want competition get good news from FCC chair

FCC to kill merger condition that required competition in 1 million locations. [more->]

Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For February 24th, 2017

Hey, it's HighScalability time:   Great example of Latency As A Pseudo-Permanent Network Partition. A slide effectively cleaved Santa Cruz from the North Bay by slowing traffic to a crawl. If you like this sort of Stuff then please support me on Patreon. 40 TFLOPS: on Lambda; 7: new habitable... [more->]

Communication platform Layer raises $15M and acquires interactive messaging startup Cola

 Layer, the messaging platform that won TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield back in 2013, is making two big announcement today: It’s raised $15 million in Series B funding, and it’s acquiring another startup, Cola. Layer makes it easy for businesses to add messaging capabilities to their iOS, Androi... [more->]

5G specs announced: 20Gbps download, 1ms latency, 1M devices per square km

Mobile 5G should be finalized in November, then they go and make the actual tech. [more->]

Spotify is producing 3 original podcasts, with more to come this year

TV and music, festival inside scoops, and hip-hop history to start. [more->]

BYOD Success in Higher Education White Paper

Access Windows Applications and Virtual Desktops – from ANY device The variety of user devices found on and off today’s campuses is creating new challenges for overworked IT and Helpdesk staff. Learn how a new breed of HTML5 access solutions provides students & staff with user-friendly access to academi... [more->]

Mercedes still unsure about X-Class pickup in the US - Roadshow

The US midsize pickup market is still a tricky one. [more->]

Peugeot, Citroën to test autonomous cars with 'non-expert' drivers - Roadshow

Groupe PSA is the first automaker to gain the right to test in this way on French public roads. [more->]

Microsoft Introduces New Network Peformance Monitor

With Microsoft's Network Performance Monitor, Operations Management Suite customers gain enhanced views of their cloud environments. [more->]

Now Available – I3 Instances for Demanding, I/O Intensive Applications

On the first day of I published an EC2 Instance Update and promised to share additional information with you as soon as I had it. Today I am happy to be able to let you know that we are making six sizes of our new I3 instances available in fifteen AWS regions! Designed for I/O […] [more->]

Continuous Intelligence of @SumoLogic | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #AI #ML #DL

New levels of insight and intelligence into what really goes on underneath the covers of modern applications help ensure that apps are built, deployed, and operated properly. We’ll now explore how these new levels of insight and intelligence into what really goes on underneath the covers of modern applications help ... [more->]

Sabey Launches First Building in Booming N. Virginia Data Center Market

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Interxion to Build £30M London Data Center Despite Brexit Concerns

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Launch: AWS Elastic Beanstalk launches support for Custom Platforms

There is excitement in the air! I am thrilled to announce that customers can now create custom platforms in AWS Elastic Beanstalk. With this latest release of the AWS Elastic Beanstalk service, developers and systems admins can now create and manage their own custom Elastic Beanstalk platform images allowing complete c... [more->]

ITSM Analytics | @CloudExpo @Zoho #BigData #DevOps #ITSM #AI #ML #DL

Service desk managers and CIOs are key decision makers who need insight from their data to formulate better strategies. For instance, by tracking including technician performance, service desk responsiveness, IT user preferences, customer satisfaction, SLA violation rate, and other critical metrics, they can better ana... [more->]

Diamanti Launches Hyperconverged Infrastructure Appliance, Raises $18M

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T-Mobile wants you to ignore last-place finish in nationwide network test

Verizon and T-Mobile each claim best network, pointing to different tests. [more->]

DeepCoder builds programs using code it finds lying around

 Like all great programmers I get most of my code from StackOverflow questions. Can’t figure out how to add authentication to Flask? Easy. Want to shut down sendmail? Boom. Now, thanks to all the code on the Internet, a robot can be as smart as a $180,000 coder. The system, called DeepCoder, basically search... [more->]

FOSSA scores $2.2M to help developers manage open source licenses

 FOSSA wants to help developers manage the tricky terrain of open source license management, and today it announced a $2.2 million seed round. The company also announced that its license management product by the same name was available in open Beta. Let’s start with the funding, which was led by Bain Capit... [more->]

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The App Architecture Revolution: Microservices, Containers and Automation

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Tricerat Simplify Lockdown – Datasheet

Ransomware is on the rise. After a 35% spike in attacks in 2015, experts are predicting that threats will increasingly continue–with the malicious intent to target businesses and compromise data security. With new technologies come new risks…but also new solutions to help protect your organization from cost... [more->]

Global Switch Secures £425M Credit Facility as it Pushes into Chinese Data Center Market

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Storj Labs Crowdsourced Storage Uses Blockchain for Security

Storj Labs announces general availability of its crowdsourced distributed storage platform that enables individuals to sell unused storage capacity. [more->]

80% of IT Execs are reporting improved productivity, quality, alignment and responsiveness with DevOps

Having trouble delivering IT projects on-time and on-budget? As IT infrastructure advances, so does the challenge of integrating development, test, and operations organizations to deliver best results. View the infographic below to learn how you can get products to market quickly and more frequ... [more->]

AirMap raises $26 million to manage air traffic as drone use surges

 Lower airspace isn’t crowded with drones quite yet. But as drones become more pervasive, a startup called AirMap is building software and systems to help drone operators fly only where it’s safe and legal to do so. The task will prove completely different from that of managing airliners as we do today... [more->]

Enabling Today's Service Provider Shift

When it comes to information technology, we are truly living in exciting times. Virtualization, cloud, big data, IoT and mobility technologies are fundamentally changing the way in which businesses, both big and small, relate to and consume technology.  As this occurs, service providers are increasingly becoming t... [more->]

How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career

Many of us think of a career as the period between college graduation and retirement. We’ve bought into the myth that taking a pause is considered a career killer because to truly be successful, we have to keep working! As a result, many companies bot... [more->]

Chubb Taps IBM For IT Integration and Infrastructure Consolidation

IBM today announced a new multi-year services agreement with Chubb, the world's largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company, to consolidate and integrate the company’s IT infrastructure following ACE Limited’s January 2016 acquisition of The Chubb Corporation. ... [more->]

Veritas, Microsoft Combine for Hybrid Storage in Azure Cloud

Built on the long relationship between the two companies, the deal includes collaboration tools to jointly sell hybrid cloud storage solutions to mutual customers. [more->]

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Tesla posts a Q4 loss but the company’s revenue grows amid acquisitions

Tesla plans 3 more Gigafactories, will have service, manufacturing expenses. [more->]