The FCC's investigating AT&T's widespread 911 call outage

From PC World: AT&T’s mobile subscribers in some U.S. states were not able to make 911 emergency calls late Wednesday, leading to complaints from police departments and emergency agencies in various parts of the country.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai wrote on Twitter that his agency was receiving reports of widespread AT&T 911 call outages and its public safety staff were investigating.

Microsoft's Windows Server OS runs on ARM, with help from Qualcomm

From InfoWorld: Microsoft has warmed up to Qualcomm to make a Windows 10 PC based on its ARM chip, and now the companies are bringing Windows Server OS to ARM.

For the first time ever, Microsoft is expected to show the Windows Server OS running on an ARM server. The server runs on Qualcomm’s Centriq 2400, an ARM-based chip designed for cloud servers.

Uber to end use of Greyball tool to evade authorities

From CNET: Uber said Wednesday that it will stop using its secretive Greyball tool to thwart efforts by local authorities to catch the ride-hailing company violating local regulations.

The tool, which Uber had used since 2014, helped the company avoid regulators in cities where the service isn't yet legal but drivers are still picking up rides. By collecting in-app data to identify and target certain individuals, like law enforcement officers, Uber's app could show that no cars were available or show a mock-up of the app with fake Uber cars.

Nvidia's Pascal-powered Jetson TX2 computer blows away Raspberry Pi

From PC World: The Raspberry Pi may be the most widely known board computer being sold, but Nvidia's Jetson TX2 is one of the fastest.

The Jetson TX2, unveiled Tuesday, is a full Linux computer on a tiny board the size of a Raspberry Pi. It's designed to help make robots, drones and other devices that rely on computer vision applications.

Firefox 52 bans plug-ins, supports 'game changer' standard

From InfoWorld: Mozilla today updated Firefox to version 52, which warns users when they put passwords into non-encrypted websites, bars all plug-ins other than Adobe’s Flash Player and adds support for an under-consideration technology standard that claims to run web apps at nearly the same speed as native code.

Extreme will buy Avaya's networking business for $100 million

From PC World: Avaya has found a buyer for its networking business: Extreme Networks will buy the division for about US$100 million as part of Avaya’s bankruptcy process.

The venerable enterprise voice, collaboration and networking company filed for bankruptcy in January and said it would shift its focus from hardware to software and services.

Amazon Prime ships off to Mexico

From CNET: Amazon's hugely popular Prime membership service launched Tuesday in Mexico.

Mexican Prime subscribers can now get unlimited shipping on over 20 million products, as well as Amazon's Prime Video streaming service.

The price of the service is 899 pesos (about $46) a year, but for the next six months Amazon will be offering a promotional rate of 449 pesos for the first year of membership. The service is also free to test out for the first 30 days.

AMD hopes to break Intel server dominance with new 32-core Naples chip

From InfoWorld: The outspoken Forrest Norrod has never shied away from challenges. Previously, as a server chief at Dell, he helped the company’s data-center hardware business flourish, and he loved experimenting with new types of servers.

He has a new challenge as AMD’s server chief: to bring back the glory days of chipmaker’s server business, which is now in tatters. A mega-chip called Naples, which has 32 cores and is based on the Zen architecture, will be the first test of AMD’s return to the server market.

CA to acquire security testing firm Veracode for $614M

From PC World: CA Technologies is acquiring application security testing company Veracode for US$614 million in cash, in a bid to broaden its development and testing offering for enterprises and app developers.

The acquisition is expected to be completed by the second quarter of this year.

Privately-held Veracode has offices in Burlington, Massachusetts and London, and employs over 500 people worldwide. The company has around 1,400 small and large customers.

IBM-Salesforce deal will bring Watson data into applications

From InfoWorld: Watson and Einstein are teaming up, and IBM and Salesforce hope the pairing proves as smart as it sounds. The two companies are working together to bring information from IBM systems into Salesforce’s products through a series of integrations announced Monday.

As part of the partnership, joint customers will be able to combine Watson’s insights from their unstructured data with Einstein’s insights about information stored with Salesforce. That comes alongside other integrations that bring weather and application data into Salesforce.


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