In France, Snap's Discover news feature gets 10 million monthly users

(Reuters) – Snap Inc, searching for ways to reinvigorate a slowing growth rate and increase advertising revenue for its Snapchat messaging app, said this week it has racked up 10 million users for its Discover news and video feature in France a year after launching there. The figure, which has not previously been reported, is […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: An under-pressure OpenStack gets support from an (in)famous individual

Last week saw a few thousand devoted OpenStack community members flock to Boston to take part in the bi-annual OpenStack Summit. This summit marks a major turning point for the initiative. Since we all congregated in Barcelona last year, there have been some major pieces of news which have rocked the community. Only a couple […] Read more »

Visual Studio’s cloud IDE gets smarter about builds

Microsoft’s Visual Studio Team Services cloud-based application development platform is improving pull requests, package management, and GitHub build integration. Upgrades will make it easier to work with pull requests assigned to teams, Microsoft said in a bulletin discussing improvements planned for rollout during the next few weeks. “When a PR is created or updated, email […] Read more »

IBM’s IoT blockchain service gets ready to set sail

A massive DDOS attack and weaknesses in critical systems have put security concerns front and center in the internet of things. IBM thinks a technology best known from the world of bitcoin could lock down at least one use of IoT. The company is using blockchain technology to ensure that everything’s in order with IoT […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: No IPO, debt funding instead. Intacct gets some fuel

Cloud ERP vendor Intacct last week announced that it has secured debt funding by way of a $ 40 million facility from Silicon Valley Bank. This comes at the same time as Intacct announced year-on-year new bookings increasing by some 34 percent. Intacct has an interesting job in front of it — it is a […] Read more »

Microsoft Updates HDInsight, Kafka Training Gets A Boost: Big Data Roundup

In this Strata + Hadoop edition of our Big Data Roundup, we’ve got news from Microsoft, Intel, Hortonworks, Confluent, and more for the week ending April 3, 2016. InformationWeek: Cloud Related Posts:Google’s Machine Learning Buy, Alteryx Updates: Big Data RoundupLinkedIn’s Kafka Monitor, Apple’s Siri Are Set Free: Big Data RoundupApple Acquires Feelings, Microsoft R Update, […] Read more »

Mobile App Development Gets Enterprise Friendly Boost

The enterprise mobile app market is booming. JAMF, IBM, MobileIron, and VMware — along with more than 60 partners — aim to help mobile developers make their apps more enterprise friendly and maintainable. Here’s what their community approach can mean for your business. InformationWeek: Cloud Related Posts:Microsoft Updates HDInsight, Kafka Training Gets A Boost: Big […] Read more »

Gmail Gets Blocking Option

Consign obnoxious message senders to the spam folder with Gmail’s blocking control. InformationWeek: Cloud Related Posts:In France, Snap's Discover news feature gets 10 million monthly usersIDG Contributor Network: An under-pressure OpenStack gets support from an (in)famous individualIBM’s IoT blockchain service gets ready to set sailIDG Contributor Network: No IPO, debt funding instead. Intacct gets some […] Read more »

Ashley Madison gets worse and worse and WORSE

The Ashley Madison hack continues to make headlines. Naturally, that’s because the news keeps getting worse and worse. And worse. Worse for website owners Avid Media Group, sure. But worse for the real victims, more importantly — the millions of people named in the hacked data dump, and their families. Prurient interest notwithstanding, there’s still […] Read more »