Tag: Enterprise

Candor: 267 companies have frozen hiring, 44 had layoffs, 36 rescinded offers, 111 are hiring

The coronavirus has taken a toll on the workforce, and now you can see a list of who’s hiring, freezing hires, laying off people, or rescinding job offers, according to crowdsourced data from Candor, a company that helps tech workers negotiate salaries. In a matter of hours, the list of more than 400 companies posted […]

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ProBeat: How coronavirus will change tech events forever

I could have written this column a month ago, on February 27, when Facebook canceled its F8 developers conference scheduled for May. While I was writing, O’Reilly got out of the event business permanently. I could have also waited another month, and I’d have even more material. We have no idea how long the coronavirus […]

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AI Weekly: Coronavirus prompts call to service for ML talent

On Thursday afternoon, the United States became the country with the greatest number of known COVID-19 cases in the world. With millions out of work and the spread of the virus taking its toll, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and in anguish without ever getting off the couch. Inadequately supplied frontline healthcare workers are the […]

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How Zoom, Netflix, Dropbox, and Equinix are tackling coronavirus infrastructure challenges

As the coronavirus places increasing pressure on the internet’s infrastructure, companies that have become essential to people’s daily lives are racing to ensure that the lights stay on. This involves adapting to changing usage patterns and increased traffic demands. Behind the scenes, it also means keeping services online even as the teams charged with doing […]

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How ISPs are using AI to address the coronavirus-driven surge in traffic

This month, under the strain millions of people self-quarantined by COVID-19 have placed on broadband infrastructure, Netflix, Facebook, Disney, Microsoft, Sony, and YouTube agreed to temporarily reduce download speeds and video streaming quality in countries around the world. Nearly 90 out of the top 200 U.S. cities saw internet speeds decline in the past week, […]

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U.S. plans crackdown on Huawei’s global chip supply

(Reuters) — Senior officials in the Trump administration agreed to new measures to restrict the global supply of chips to China’s Huawei, sources familiar with the matter said, as the White House ramps up criticism of China over coronavirus. The move comes as ties between Washington and Beijing grow more strained, with both sides trading […]

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Textio’s AI optimizes for inclusivity to help companies attract more job applicants

Seattle-based Textio is introducing new AI-powered tools this week that detect and help employers remove language from job applications that can make older people, women, or people of color feel excluded. With exclusionary language removed, and increasing accommodation language included, companies can hire job candidates faster by reaching the broadest array of people. For companies […]

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Houseparty, Discord, Zoom, and Marco Polo downloads explode amid coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus quarantines have sent downloads soaring for social video apps as millions of people search for ways to connect socially and professionally. As has been widely noted, Zoom’s video conference service has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the new isolation regimes. Even amid an historic stock market sell off, Zoom’s stock has risen […]

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Microsoft acquires virtualized mobile network startup Affirmed Networks

Microsoft today announced it is acquiring Affirmed Networks, a startup that offers fully virtualized, cloud-native mobile network solutions, for an undisclosed amount. The company wants to integrate Affirmed Networks’ technology into Microsoft Azure to let the telecommunications industry deploy and maintain 5G networks via software and the cloud rather than just hardware. Affirmed Networks offers […]

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Xprize launches Pandemic Alliance to accelerate coronavirus research

Xprize, the nonprofit organization aiming to spark projects that solve “societal grand challenges,” today unveiled the Pandemic Alliance, a coalition dedicated to accelerating solutions that can be applied to COVID-19. As a part of the launch, the Alliance — which includes the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Ending Pandemics, Intel, Illumina, IEEE Standards Association, MIT […]

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What an all-digital AI research conference looks like

Organizers of the International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR) shared details about what will be one of the largest-ever all-digital AI research conferences. The weeklong, online-only affair will feature more than 650 machine learning works. ICLR will include live chat, live Zoom video calls for Q&As and research author meetings, and the ability to upvote […]

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SendBird adds video and voice to its API platform as in-app communications surge

SendBird, a platform that makes it easy for developers to integrate chat and messaging features into their apps, is extending its service to include voice and video capabilities too. The timing could not be more apt, as video communication apps such as Zoom and Houseparty experience a surge in popularity due to social distancing measures […]

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Dremio raises $70 million to fuel big data analytics

Dremio, which offers tools that help to streamline and curate data, today announced that it has raised $70 million in equity growth financing. CEO Billy Bosworth says it will fuel the expansion of the company’s product capabilities as well as its go-to-market and engineering operations, which could benefit businesses looking to connect, analyze, and process […]

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DarwinAI wants to help identify coronavirus in x-rays, but radiologists aren’t convinced

Canadian startup DarwinAI and researchers from the University of Waterloo are open-sourcing COVID-Net, a convolutional neural network made for detecting COVID-19 in x-ray imagery. Since coronavirus emerged as a threat to people around the world, a global community of healthcare and AI researchers have produced a number of AI systems for identifying COVID-19 in CT […]

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Google and the Oxford Internet Institute explain artificial intelligence basics with the ‘A-Z of AI’

Artificial intelligence (AI) is infiltrating just about every facet of society, from detecting fraud and surveillance, to helping countries battle the current COVID-19 pandemic. But AI is a thorny subject, fraught with complex terminology, contradictory information, and general confusion about what it is at its most fundamental level. And that is why the Oxford Internet […]

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Capture automatically tracks your CO2 emissions and offsets for a monthly fee

As countries struggle to contain the COVID-19 pandemic by forcing people into isolation, the reduced movement has resulted in fewer carbon emissions and a healthier planet. When China went into lockdown, NASA satellite images revealed a decline in pollution, a trend that first emerged near the source of the outbreak in Wuhan and spread across […]

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Customer advocacy: The secret engagement weapon for fintech firms (VB Live)

Presented by Yodlee Improving customer perception is good for your brand and bottom line. Join this VB Live webinar and learn to improve customer advocacy with hyper-personalized digital experiences, and more. Guest speaker Alyson Clarke, principal Analyst at Forrester, will highlight key findings from her recent report on customer advocacy in the financial services sector. […]

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Tech industry shifts dollars and manufacturing to fight coronavirus

U.S. President Donald Trump has asked the “great American industry” to help the country deal with the coronavirus. Tech companies are among those that are responding, both by wrangling donations and by shifting manufacturing to produce medical gear. In some ways, it feels like a war mobilization that is just beginning. The Defense Production Act […]

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ePlane taps AI to match aerospace sellers with buyers

Aircraft parts and repair marketplace ePlane today announced that it has raised $9 million, the bulk of which it expects to spend on international expansion. Assuming all goes well, ePlane will further develop its aerospace industry sourcing and business intelligence market, which matches the over 4,000 companies on its platform (including Bombardier, JetBlue, Air France, […]

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Arkose Labs raises $22 million to automatically detect online fraud

Arkose Labs, which is developing a platform that detects and mitigates online fraud, today announced that it has raised $22 million. CEO and founder Kevin Gosschalk said the capital would be used to hire employees and further develop the startup’s platform, which protects consumers from account takeover, fake account abuse, scraping, spam, gift card abuse, […]

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Remote working triggers demand for chips, laptops, and network goods

(Reuters) — With more employees working from home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, demand is surging for laptops and network peripherals as well as components along the supply chain such as chips, as companies rush to build virtual offices. Many firms have withdrawn earnings forecasts, anticipating a drop in consumer demand and […]

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AI Weekly: How data scientists are helping to flatten the pandemic curve

In any time of trouble, the archetypal hero usually takes a specific form — soldiers in WWII, firefighters on 9/11, and now health care professionals in the time of COVID-19. But data scientists are playing an indispensable role in fighting the global pandemic. While medical professionals are on the front lines caring for the sick, […]

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Diligent Robotics raises $10 million for nurse assistant robot Moxi

Diligent Robotics today announced the close of a $10 million Series A round to expand its fleet of nurse assistant robots for hospitals. Moxi is made to help reduce nurse workloads by doing things like collecting supplies, gathering soiled linens or delivering fresh ones, and comes to the market  at a time when there’s a […]

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