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Justice Department goes nuclear on Google in search warrant fight

Enlarge / Close-up of cables and LED lights in the data center of T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG. (credit: Thomas Trutschel/Getty Images)

The Justice Department is demanding that a federal judge sanction Google for failing to abide by court orders to turn over data tied to 22 e-mail accounts. “Google’s conduct here amounts to a willful and contemptuous disregard of various court orders,” the government wrote (PDF) in a legal filing to US District Judge Richard Seeborg of California.

The government added in its Wednesday brief:

Google is entitled to have its own view of the law and to press that view before a court of competent jurisdiction. However, when faced with a valid court order, Google, like any other person or entity, must either comply with such an order or face consequences severe enough to deter willful noncompliance. The issue before this court is what sanction is sufficient to achieve that goal.

Google said it wasn’t complying with the order because it was on appeal. Google also said it was following precedent from a New York-based federal appellate court that ruled Microsoft doesn’t have to comply with a valid US warrant for data if the information is stored on overseas servers. Google is appealing the California warrant to the San Francisco-based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals on the same grounds. However, neither Seeborg nor the 9th Circuit is bound by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision— which the government has appealed to the US Supreme Court. (The US circuit courts of appeal are not bound to follow rulings by their sister circuits, but they all must obey precedent from the Supreme Court.)

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Posted by on September 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Liveblog: Satya Nadella lays out Microsoft’s vision at Ignite

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. (credit: Microsoft)

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Microsoft’s IT-focused Ignite conference—the one that to many of us is still more familiar as “TechEd”—starts on Monday. In a shake-up from the normal routine for these things, the opening keynote will be a short, one-hour affair, in which Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will present the company’s vision for the future. This will be followed by three separate technology keynotes running in parallel.

We’ll be liveblogging the vision keynote at 9am Eastern time on Monday September 25 to learn about Microsoft’s goals for cloud computing, machine learning, and how it plans to deliver on its stated (and rather wordy) goal of “empowering every person and every organization to achieve more.”

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Posted by on September 22, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Database provider MongoDB has filed to go public

 MongoDB, a database software company based in New York, has filed to go public with the Securities and Exchange Commission as it continues to burn a ton of cash despite its revenue almost doubling year-over-year. The company, which provides open-source database software that became very attractive among early-stage startups, is one of a myriad of companies that have sought to go public by… Read More

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

If Bill Gates really thinks ctrl-alt-del was a mistake, he should have fixed it himself

An IBM keyboard signed by ctrl-alt-del inventor, David Bradley (credit: Ross Grady)

Once again, Bill Gates has bemoaned the creation of the ctrl-alt-del shortcut. Talking at Bloomberg Global Business Forum, Gates reiterates that he wishes IBM had created a dedicated button for the feature. We’re republishing this piece from 2013, because we still think that Gates’ telling of the story is a little misleading; for IBM it was a feature, not a flaw, that ctrl-alt-del requires two hands, and if Microsoft really wanted a single button ctrl-alt-del for Windows NT, it was Microsoft, not IBM, with the market dominance to achieve that.

Speaking at Harvard earlier this month, Bill Gates was asked why you have to press ctrl-alt-del before you can enter your password and log in to Windows. After explaining the security rationale, Gates then said that it was a “mistake,” and that it was due to IBM refusing to add a single button to take the place of the three finger salute.

It’s a nice story, but it doesn’t really add up.

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Posted by on September 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Google Cloud adds support for more powerful Nvidia GPUs

 Google Cloud Platform announced support for some powerful Nvidia GPUs on Google Compute Engine today. For starters, the company is making Nvidia K80 GPUs generally available. At the same time, it’s launching support for Nvidia P100 GPUs in Beta along with a new sustained pricing model. For companies working with machine learning workloads, having access to GPUs in the cloud provides… Read More

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Google makes it easier for businesses to set up new phones for their employees

 Google is launching a new way for businesses to give new phones to their employees: zero-touch enrollment. Traditionally, when you want to give a new phone to an enterprise user, chances are some poor admin has to deal with ensuring that the device is configured correctly and that all the right policies are in place. As the name implies, the new zero-touch enrollment feature, however, takes… Read More

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Apttus is putting artificial intelligence to work on contract management

 It seems AI and machine learning are quickly becoming a must-have for today’s software. Apttus, the quote-to-cash service is putting AI to work in contract processing in an effort to speed up a highly inefficient system and close sales faster. Contracts have traditionally been a bottleneck in the sales process. As Apttus CEO and company founder Kirk Krappe explains it, there are a series… Read More

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2017 in Uncategorized