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Google Parent Leads a $1 Billion Investment in Lyft

Google’s parent company is throwing its financial support behind ride-hailing service Lyft, deepening its rift with market leader Uber. Alphabet Inc., which gets most of its money from Google’s digital ad network, is leading a $1 billion investment in Lyft that values the privately held company at $11 billion. The ... Read More »

Oracle Intros Cloud-Native, Smart Security Management Suite

At Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco this week, the company announced availability of its new cloud-native, intelligent security and management suite, which it describes as an “industry first.” The new set of tools are designed to help enterprises predict and eliminate cybersecurity threats and to help resolve problems related to ... Read More »

Oracle Takes Aim at AWS, Bets Big on Autonomous Technology

Like many of its competitors, Oracle is placing a big bet on the future of autonomous technology. Rather than self-driving cars, though, it’s developed what it’s calling “the world’s first 100 percent self-driving autonomous database.” Unveiled yesterday during executive chairman/CTO Larry Ellison’s opening keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2017, which runs ... Read More »

More To Say? Twitter Tests 280-Character Tweets

Twitter’s defining feature has always been brevity: 140 characters was all you got. But under a new test announced Tuesday, the San Francisco tech company said it will begin giving users in much of the world twice as much room to tweet. Tweets of 280 characters will be rolled out ... Read More »

Skype for Business Is Out, as Microsoft Goes All In on Teams

Microsoft is ending Skype’s foray into business communications, packaging its communications tools into Microsoft Teams, the company’s challenge to workplace collaboration startup Slack. Skype for Business, the Redmond company’s voice and video-chat software, will be replaced in Microsoft’s Office 365 bundle by Teams, Microsoft said Monday at Ignite, its annual ... Read More »

Uber Getting Kicked Out of London for Public Safety Issues

Uber’s license to operate in London won’t be renewed because its practices endanger public safety and security, the local regulator said Friday, in a blow to a company already facing big questions over its corporate culture. Transport for London says the company, whose app is used by 3.5 million passengers ... Read More »

Female Workers Sue Google for Gender Discrimination

Three former Google employees have filed a class-action suit against the company alleging that it systematically channels female staff members into job levels and ladders with lower pay and fewer opportunities for advancement. Kelly Ellis, a former Google software engineer, Holly Pease, an ex-Google network manager, and Kelli Wisuri, who ... Read More »

What Big News Can We Expect from Apple’s WWDC this Year?

Returning to its San Jose roots after being held in San Francisco for the past 14 years, Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is expected to bring some big announcements, including a possible sneak peek at the iPhone 8, expected to launch later this year.

Yesterday, Apple announced that its 28th annual WWDC will run June 5-9 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. In addition to a lineup of keynote speakers, the conference will also feature a number of technical sessions, hands-on labs with Apple engineers and "very special experiences around San Jose throughout the week."

There's plenty of reason to expect the iPhone to have a high profile at this year's WWDC, as 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the debut of the iconic device. In addition, Apple will likely take the wraps off the latest version of its mobile operating, iOS 11, as well as announce updates to the macOS desktop system, watchOS and tvOS.

Expect Siri News, 'Premium' iPhone Design

As usual, Apple isn't providing many details about the WWDC lineup and announcements at this point. However, the company noted that developers will be able to register for tickets, to be offered via random selection, to the event starting on March 27. Those who can't nab tickets or make it to San Jose will be able to watch the conference via live-streaming.

With other tech competitors regularly rolling out new digital assistants and bot offerings powered with machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Apple is also likely to provide some news about updates to its Siri AI. Unveiled at last year's WWDC, iOS 10 already added a number of new Siri-powered capabilities. At last year's event, Apple also launched SiriKit, which opened up the AI to developers who want to create new Siri-integrated apps.

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