Uber’s Rival Lyft Quietly Limits Employee Access to User Data

Tech businesses are gathering a unique archive of ever more sensitive personal information. Google GOOGL +0.39%, Airbnb, Whisper – these companies and many others know where users are, when they travel, what routes they take, and how long they stay. Companies that collect such data often walk a fine line between using the information as a promotional tool and violating their users’ trust. Whisper, maker of an anonymous messaging app, published anonymous posts from, say, veterans on “What PTSD is Actually Like” in media outlets such as Buzzfeed and Huffington Post. The users who wrote the messages may not have been aware their contributions would appear outside the Whisper app or identified as the work of an individual.

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Oracle Team USA Picks Bermuda for 2017 AmericasCup

Bermuda won essentially because it offered a better deal, including lower taxes than San Diego. The final venue “will be decided mainly on commercial considerations,” said Russell Coutts, the chief executive of Oracle Team USA, in an interview last month.

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Investors unlikely to agree that Microsoft CEO Nadella is overpaid

Nadella, appointed in February as only the third CEO in Microsoft history, got a package of cash and restricted stock worth almost $91 million, according to Institutional Shareholder Services. Much of the stock won’t vest for at least five years, but ISS said the total was far more than CEOs of comparable companies earned and not tied closely enough to the performance of Microsoft’s stock. Although ISS has considerable sway with mutual fund, hedge fund and pension fund mangagers, the criticism isn’t likely to convince many to vote down the pay package even in the purely advisory vote at the annual meeting. That’s because after years of stagnation and missteps, Microsoft under Nadella finally seems to be moving quickly to regain relevance in the fast-growing mobile and cloud Internet segments of the technology markets. The new CEO has released versions of the company’s popular Office software for Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOGL) devices, slashed prices in cloud offerings to undercut Amazon (AMZN) and accelerated the pace of developing the next version of Windows.

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Proxy Adviser ISS Recommends Rejection of Microsoft CEO Pay Package

None of the shares vest until 2019; some don’t vest until 2021. The number of shares Mr. Nadella ultimately receives will depend on Microsoft’s shareholder return over the next seven years. But ISS said the conditions would allow Mr. Nadella to sell one-fourth of the shares even if Microsoft underperforms other big companies through the vesting period. The advisory firm also found it “concerning” that Microsoft plans to grant Mr. Nadella additional shares annually. The CEO received the first of those, a $13.6 million restricted-stock award, in August, which was early in Microsoft’s 2015 fiscal year.

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Fire TV Stick Review: A Great Streamer For An Amazon Household

It’s…another device in Amazon’s growing stable of Trojan horses. While appearing innocent and offering a bevy of 3rd party streaming apps like Netflix and ESPNgo, the Fire TV Stick is just another device to sell Amazon content. But a damn good one, too.

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Why we need to stop boring ourselves to death and focus on what really matters: building TRUST – by @pfersht

“So there we have it, folks. Rather than spend another minute reading the latest riveting diatribe about how “big data is about mining meaningful insights”, let’s focus on the real issue at hand here: TRUST. “

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Social media failures don’t matter – but culture does – by @jonerp

“Social media failures have brought voyeuristic joy to our cubicles this week. But do these failures matter? The real problem runs deeper.”

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Best Buy’s reinvention: Seven things to watch – by @ldignan

“Here’s a look at what will determine whether Best Buy thrives or dives against Amazon.”

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Rides of Glory | Uber Blog

[Uber deleted this blog entry for obvious reasons -DBM] Recently, I have come to understand that some of you may have—and I’m not pointing any fingers here or anything—on occasion found love that you might immediately regret upon waking up the morning after… The world has changed, and gone are the days of the Walk of Shame. We live in Uber’s world now. Ride of Glory (RoG). A RoGer is anyone who took a ride between 10pm and 4am on a Friday or Saturday night, and then took a second ride from within 1/10th of a mile of the previous nights’ drop-off point 4-6 hours later (enough for a quick night’s sleep). (This time window may not be the best, but small changes don’t change the overall pattern.) Here are the numbers for 6 of the US cities we’re in:

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Uber Crunches User Data To Determine Where The Most ‘One-Night Stands’ Come From | BigData Privacy

Ride service Uber has crunched numbers on its customer usage determine which cities it serves rank highest in the number of so-called “one-night stands” and promoting itself as an alternative to the “walk of shame.” In a blog on the company website, Uber said it tracked usage of the service during Friday and Saturday nights that were specific to those who “on occasion found love that you might immediately regret upon waking up the morning after.” The blog even gave these rides a name – a ‘Ride of Glory’ – and the people who take such rides ‘RoGers’

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Crime-Fighting Robots Go On Patrol In SiliconValley | IoT

At first glance, the K5 security robot looks like a cartoonish Star Wars character. “The vast majority of people see it and go, ‘Oh my God, that’s so cute.’ We’ve had people go up and hug it, and embrace it for whatever reason,” said Stacy Stephens, co-founder of Knightscope, headquartered in Mountain View.

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Google break-up plan emerges from Brussels | BogusIdea

The European parliament is poised to call for a break-up of Google, in one of the most brazen assaults so far on the technology group’s power. The gambit increases the political pressure on the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, to take a tougher line on Google, either in its antitrust investigation into the company or through the introduction of laws to curb its reach.

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Amazon AWS and Sustainable Energy

Cloud computing is inherently more environmentally friendly than traditional computing. Today, individual companies often operate one or many corporate datacenters to meet their internal IT requirements. Even with broad adoption of virtualization technology, most enterprises still struggle to achieve high utilization rates for their data center infrastructure. The result is a significant amount of unused server capacity and wasted energy consumption to power all of this unused or underutilized infrastructure.

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Salesforce.com Reports 29% Revenue Jump

Salesforce disclosed Tuesday that George Hu, its chief operating officer, will take a personal leave of absence for up to six months. A company spokeswoman said the leave isn’t related to a medical condition. Mr. Hu asked for the unpaid time off, “after 13 years of amazing execution which took him from an intern to COO,” she said.

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Employees Upset By Tiny Oracle Layoff

The scuttlebutt is that these employees could be asked to train the junior Romanian employees prior to being cut.

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Microsoft Azure faults knock websites offline

The faults could set back the company’s efforts to sell Azure. Microsoft is attempting to make gains on the market leader, Amazon Web Services, as well as IBM, Google and others offering rival products. Their pitch is that it is more efficient for companies to rent computing power from a large tech firm than owning and managing their own computer servers or going to a smaller provider.

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Salesforce.com Forecast Disappoints Investors

Better-than-expected quarterly results, but its guidance missed estimates and shares of the company dropped in extended trading. The company said it lost $38.9 million, or 6 cents a share, in its fiscal third quarter. Earnings, adjusted for stock option expense and amortization costs, were 14 cents a share, a penny better than expectations, according to Zacks Investment Research. The company posted revenue of $1.38 billion in the period, also beating Wall Street forecasts. Analysts expected $1.37 billion, according to Zacks. For the current quarter ending in January, Salesforce.com expects its per-share earnings to range from 13 cents to 14 cents. Analysts expect 15 cents per share, according to FactSet. The company issued revenue guidance for the 2016 fiscal year of $6.45 billion to $6.5 billion. That compares with analysts’ expectations of $6.66 billion, according to FactSet. In after-hours trading, Salesforce.com shares traded at $58.11, down $2.91, or 4.8 percent.

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Self-Driving Cars: Safer, but What of Their Morals | Google IoT

‘Hit the guy on the right.’

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ITfail Oracle v. Oregon: Showdown scheduled for Friday

Motions have been flying in both venues, but the key one being argued on Friday is whether to consolidate the two suits. The state’s lawsuit was removed to federal court, but Rosenblum’s team will argue it should be returned to state court.

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The wizard that is Woz becomes chief scientist at new storage startup

As chief scientist Wozniak will counsel Primary Data on technology vision and architecture, and he will also share the Primary Data story as he meets technology innovators around the globe.

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Amazon Vows to Run on 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Like other companies committing to switch to 100 percent renewable power, Amazon will likely take many years to complete the transition. Facebook, for example, estimated in 2012 that it would actually increase its use of non-renewable energy over the next year, even as it adds more renewable power to the mix. The company estimated that only 25 percent of its power would come from renewable sources by 2015.

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Infosys goes live with SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA

[@vsikka puts his money where his mouth was ;) -DBM] With more than 150,000 users on the system, this is currently the world’s largest single instance of SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. The system is deployed on a Hitachi Unified Compute platform for SAP HANA. With SAP HANA, Infosys expects to accelerate its financial closing processes, progressively move more and more batch activities into a real-time environment and renew the whole user experience with the SAP Fiori user experience.

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Facebook bus drivers unionize amid concern about work conditions

The drivers, who are employees of Facebook contractor Loop Transportation, voted Wednesday to join Teamsters Local 853 in San Leandro. The 87 drivers, who ferry Facebook employees to and from the company headquarters in Menlo Park, complain that they are forced to work split shifts, often waiting six hours in between picking up and dropping off Facebook employees—all unpaid, according to a statement Wednesday by Teamsters. Drivers often start work at 6 a.m. and end the day at 9:45 p.m., according to the union. Companies need to stop demanding the lowest bid contract and pay their contractors enough so that unions can negotiate for decent wages and benefits for the drivers, it said.

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Features We Want to See in a ‘ Facebook at Work’ Enterprise Service

Third-Party App Support Will Be Crucial Corporate customers will expect to be able to extend Facebook at Work with their internally developed apps and secure third-party apps. That’s why Facebook should launch its own application marketplace for Facebook at Work that would give third-party developers support and extend the basic service. The more third-party apps that are available for Facebook at Work, the more likely it will succeed.

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Facebook At Work Inspired By Facebook

At Facebook, employees use Facebook for everything: they use it instead of email, as their group chat room, to collaborate on documents, to IM, to share news. Sources close to the company tell us a few other companies are in a pilot mode, testing a version of Facebook at their companies that mimics how Facebook employees uses it internally. For instance, if someone at Facebook notices something on campus that needs to be fixed, they post a photo of the broken thing to the facilities management group. In fact, through such photos, the maintenance crew noticed that employees were always cutting across a certain section of grass. So they put a brick path in. Which caused a Wizard of Oz prankster showdown.

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