Google Cloud Chief Diane Greene: Here’s How We’ll Catch Amazon And Microsoft

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Diane Greene, senior vice president in charge of cloud and enterprise at Google.  The onetime cofounder of VMware, a pioneer in what’s now known as cloud computing, heads Google’s enterprise and cloud businesses, seen by many as its next big business beyond advertising. Appointed last November when Google bought her startup, the senior vice president… Read more »

Using Virtual Reality to Sell Homes

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Using VR to sell homes Source: CNN Date: August 25th, 2016 Link to video: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2016/08/19/virtual-reality-real-estate.cnnmoney/index.html Discussion 1) VR is not new, but it is clearly getting more mainstream.  What other applications would benefit from this VR sales approach? 2) Are there any additional privacy or security issues arising from the use of VR to make sales?

Google’s cloud-computing customers experiencing errors and delays in their service

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Diane Greene, Google Cloud Chief   The search giant Google said on Tuesday that problems with its Central U.S.-based data center region on August 11 led to some of its cloud-computing customers experiencing errors and delays in their service. Google’s Central U.S.-based data center region is located in Council Bluffs, Iowa., and the search giant… Read more »

The Real Reason Warren Buffett Is Loading Up on Apple Stock

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Three months after Berkshire Hathaway began investing in Apple, Warren Buffett’s investment company dramatically boosted its stake in the iPhone maker, according to a new government filing.  The world’s most successful investor now owns nearly $1.5 billion worth of the tech giant’s stock.  Yet as recently as 2012 Buffett vowed that he wouldn’t invest in companies… Read more »

Coal miners become computer coders

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After five back-breaking years in a coal mine, Laucher feared his job would be next to be cut. Then the unthinkable happened: Laucher learned how to write computer code.  “I could barely get to a website, let alone build one,” says Laucher, 33.  Now he also supports his family with a second job building websites for… Read more »

Airbnb looks at expanding into leisure activities

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Accommodation-listing service Airbnb is looking at moving into other businesses, its co-founder has said.  Nathan Blecharczyk told the BBC the willingness of people to stay in the home of a stranger showed the demand for personal connections while travelling.  He said the company was now looking at pairing hosts and guests for tours, playing sport,… Read more »

Mobile game Sea Hero Quest ‘helps dementia research’

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Dementia researchers have developed a video game that could lead to the development of early diagnostic tests for the disease.  The way players navigate the 3D levels in Sea Hero Quest will be anonymously tracked and sent to the researchers.  Understanding how people navigate 3D environments is important because the skill is often one of… Read more »

Inside Facebook’s plan to be more human

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Source: CNN Tech Date: April 23rd, 2016 Link to video: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2016/04/20/facebook-mostly-human.cnnmoney/index.html Discussion 1) Is this really “more compassionate products”? 2) The video talks about using an algorithm to surface favourite posts from the pasts.  How might other organizations use this sort of algorithm to better serve their own customers?