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The developments in Google's Cloud Computing segment, especially the Cloud Machine Learning service, have been so rapid that Google calls it one of its fastest growing product areas. Google has been ramping up their Cloud Platform quite aggressively in recent months. Just a few weeks ago, the Google Cloud Platform opened its newest zone in Tokyo, increasing the total number of regions they are present in to six - three in the US and one each in Belgium and Taiwan and Tokyo. Not long ago, the company announced its acquisition of Orbitera, a cloud commerce company. for more than a hundred million dollars. The developments in Google’s Cloud Computing segment, especially the Cloud Machine Learning service, have been so rapid that Google calls it one of its fastest growing product areas. This presents a unique problem to customers. On the one hand, businesses may be tem... (more)

Google Sued for ‘Suffocating’ French Rival

Google's been sued in Paris for anti-competitive behavior by 1plusV, a French specialty search firm that also complained to the European Commission last year and again this year about the search giant's alleged habit of blocking rivals and depriving them ad revenues by manipulating search results. It's asking for €295 million (~$424 million). Its beef goes back four years. It claims Google blacklisted 30 of its search engines from 2007-2010 and pushed its own services instead. Besides the EC probe, Google is now being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission for the same thing. Google owns at least 80% of the European search market. ... (more)

It Is Not About Security | @CloudExpo @StackIQ #AI #ML #Cybersecurity

There has certainly been no lack of punditry and controversy in the US regarding the hacking of John Podesta’s email account (along with the DNC email hack), with some claiming they were responsible for Mrs. Clinton’s loss in the election. I will leave the impact of these claims to those who write and talk about politics. I don’t discuss politics in a work setting, so will leave that aspect to them. What I would like to address is the security infrastructure versus security posture that made this hack possible. For the uninitiated, Mr. Podesta received a targeted phishing email directing him to reset his password. This prompted him to contact IT support, who told him there was indeed a threat, and he should reset his password. Up to this point, it sounds like a day in the life of any enterprise. Reassured by IT support, he clicked on the link in the email to reset ... (more)

Surviving the Coming 'Hackerpocalypse' | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #Security

With all the excellent training available on television today, we are all now well prepared to deal with the coming Zombie Apocalypse.  Our failure as a society lies, however, in our misunderstanding of the nature of the cybersecurity challenge. This failure threatens us all and our survival will depend on society’s ability to deal with the evolution and maturation of the changing enterprise cybersecurity challenge. If you’re completely oblivious to the living dead threat, a zombie apocalypse refers to a widespread (usually global) rise of zombies hostile to human life.  The zombies will engage in a general assault on civilization where victims may become zombies themselves. This causes the outbreak to become an exponentially growing crisis. The spreading phenomenon swamps normal military and law enforcement organizations, leading to the panicked collapse of civili... (more)

How to Create an Inbound Link to Your Website for SEO

I have to admit--I'm hooked on Website Grader by HubSpot (www. websitegrader. com). The information I get on optimizing my website is pretty cool. I had never configured a 301 redirect (so if someone types careerdesigncoach.com instead of www.careerdesigncoach.com, they end up on my website and not get an error message) until I submitted my website for a grade. For a free website, the advice you receive on optimizing your website is pretty fantastic! One of the items they grade are your inbound links to your website. I learned the importance of this in my certification as an Online Identity Strategist. Currently, I have 316+ inbound links. Part of Google's algorithm for ranking your site (this algorithm or secret sauce changes, so I'm not sure how much weight it is given), is to assess how many inbound links you have for your website. photo credit: Mathieu Ramage ... (more)

The Resurgence of #AI, #ML, #DL | @CloudExpo #IoT #DigitalTransformation

The Resurgence of AI, ML, and DL We have been seeing a sudden rise in the deployment of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Deep Learning (DL). It looks like the long “AI winter” is finally over. According to IDC, AI-related hardware, software and services business will jump from $8B this year to $47B by 2020. I have also read comments like, “AI is like the Internet in the mid 1990s and it will be pervasive this time”. According to Andrew Ng, chief scientist at Baidu, “AI is the new electricity. Just as 100 years ago electricity transformed industry after industry, AI will now do the same.” Peter Lee, co-head at Microsoft Research said,  “Sales teams are using neural nets to recommend which prospects to contact next or what kind of products to recommend.” IBM Watson used AI in 2011, not DL. Now all 30 components are augmented by DL (investmen... (more)

Olisipo Can Make You A CloudMASTER®

Olisipo Learning in Portugal has a culture that is based on the constant search for new challenges. Recognized by their clients as the “Best HR Supplier”, they have placed more than 450 specialists into some of the country's most attractive and innovative IT projects. As a leading Portuguese IT sourcing partner, they also take the responsibility of managing and developing consultant skills very seriously. Olisipo's diversified and differentiating training experience accelerates professional success and enhances talent. As the only Portuguese IT company listed as a Top 500 Growth Company in Europe, they also contribute directly to the creation of jobs in the European Union. These are just a few of the reason why Olisipo has prioritize NCTA CloudMASTER® Certification in 2017 for their candidates, consultants and clients. The current European Cloud Computing Policy is ... (more)

Government Social Media & Cloud Computing

GovIT at Cloud Expo June 23, 2009 - During this morning’s IAC breakfast, discussing “Transparency, Collaboration and Web 2.0”, a panelist made a very interesting point. While the US Federal Government’s use of Internet social media services and cloud-based information-sharing applications is well underway, albeit at the very earliest of stages (mainly due to significant policy, privacy, security and simple “newness” issues), by far one of the major risks lies with accountability. Accountability in collaboration and information-sharing environments is typically achieved to some degree by association of metadata with the information packages being exchanged, or with the “containers” of online events and the trusted identities of those participating in the dialogue. With social media applications and contexts like Twitter or Facebook, however, there are far too many w... (more)

How To Use Social Media in Your Job Search

Are you struggling to figure out how to best leverage social media into your job search marketing plan? My upcoming book, "I'm Job Searching, Now What???" will delve into using social media as one of the multiple strategies in your job search. I wanted to touch on a couple of ways you might use social media in your job search with Twitter. photo credit: woodleywonderworks LinkedIn, ZoomInfo, Jigsaw, etc. all provide a great research platform. I use LinkedIn many times when I'm researching a company because not only does it give me the company information, key statistics, news articles, etc., but it also provides me information about with whom I'm connected. I use this information to see if the company and my connections within the company are on Twitter. If they are, I will begin to follow them. Why? I may be able to get a sense of company culture, job postings that... (more)

Is Hobbes the Inevitable Outcome of the Internet?

I heard a speaker recently (he wants to remain anonymous) argue that because the Internet makes public our every regrettable photo and expression, we will see each other at our worst, and thus the Internet — and then the real-world social world — will become a Hobbesian struggle of self-centered individuals in a war of all against all. Nasty, brutish, short, and did I mention nasty? Since my overall mantra is “The Internet is more of everything,” I want to say, yes, that’s true, but it will also become more Rousseauian: more collaborative and sweet. But I do have hope that the sweetness born will be greater than the nastiness unleashed. And that’s for two reasons. First, there are reasons to think that the raw exposure of sins and self-embarrassments at Facebook and other such sites won’t have a directly proportional effect on the quotient of nastiness. It will cert... (more)

Google Responds to the Bing Challenge

Google on Ulitzer "At Google, we run anywhere from 50 to 200 experiments at any given time on Google sites all over the world," notes a Google spokesman in a recent statement on The Google Official Blog. That was last year, at a time when the search giant was running a small experiment of a new Google homepage design that shows links when a user mouses over the screen. "This is just a test and a way for us see whether our users will celebrate an even simpler search interface," explained Ben Gomes, Distinguished Engineer, the author of the post. It was an example of the kinds of experiments run at Google as it tests everything "from the barely visible to the glaringly obvious." As Gomes expressed it: "So the next time you use Google and it seems a little different - well, maybe it is. Just for you!" What he meant was that Google's way of testing is to try it out on a r... (more)