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Microsoft updates its ‘customer success service’ FastTrack

Microsoft wants to help businesses gain value with the Microsoft Cloud. The company announced it is moving its “customer success service” FastTrack beyond Office 365. It previewed FastTrack for Windows 10 and FastTrack for Dynamics 365, as well as updates to FastTrack for Office 365. FastTrack provides users with best practices, tools, resources and expert …

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CData creates ODBC reader for Google’s TensorFlow

One of the popular uses for machine learning is helping organizations sift through data to find new patterns, giving business executives information that is actionable. CData, a North Carolina-based provider of data access solutions, last week made its first foray into the open-source world with the creation of the CData ODBC Reader for TensorFlow. This …

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HummingBad malware returns; new variant hides in Google Play apps

The HummingBad malware is back with a new variant, named “HummingWhale,” which has been found in more than 20 apps on Google Play. The malware-infected apps were downloaded several million times by users, and researchers from security company Check Point discovered the malware and notified the Google security team about the apps, which have since …

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Etcd goes to 3.1

CoreOS updated its key value store, etcd, on Friday. This was the first full release for the Raft-based key-value store in the new year. The update focused on performance, reliability and scalability improvements. For many users, etcd is better known as the configuration storage system used by Google’s Kubernetes container-management platform. Etcd 3.1 included features …

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The VSTest platform, Qt 5.8, and using heartbeats for encryption—SD Times news digest: Jan. 23, 2017

Microsoft has announced it is open-sourcing its unit test execution infrastructure: the VSTest platform. The framework is designed to run tests, collect diagnostic data, and report the results. It provides the ability to run different test frameworks, provides code coverage, includes test impact analysis, and more, according to Microsoft. In addition, it can parallelize across …

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Oracle cans Solaris 12

Oracle has never officially said that it had plans to end Solaris, but a new road map found on the company’s Solaris systems pages intimates that Solaris 12 will likely never arrive. That road map, a small PDF on Oracle’s site, shows a focus on cloud deployments and something called Solaris 11.next. According to Oracle’s …

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As Trump moves in, Code.gov appears to leave (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Code.gov is up and apparently back to full functionality. The outage was reportedly because of a DNS issue. The Code.gov project appears to have been expunged from the Internet following the inauguration of Donald Trump as president. The project, which had run under the Obama administration’s Executive Office of the President, sought to open-source …

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A look at Android security improvements

Android was found to be the most vulnerable product of last year, according to vulnerability and exposure database and information provide CVE Details. But Google said it is making strides every day to improve the security of Android. The company revealed insights into its app security improvements made over the last year. “Our goal is …

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Docker 1.13, GitHub data on BigQuery, and the DOT’s proving grounds for automated vehicles—SD Times news digest: Jan. 20, 2017

Docker has announced an update with new features, improvements and fixes. Docker 1.13 includes the ability to compose files to deploy swarm mode services; improved CLI backward-compatibility; cleanup commands; CLI restructuring; monitoring improvements; build enhancements; and the public data of Docker for AWS and Azure. In addition, Docker 1.13 features experimental capabilities in Docker build …

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Redgate finds databases are a common bottleneck for DevOps teams

DevOps best practices are increasingly being used software teams facing today’s market pressures, but since they focus on getting “Dev” and “Ops” teams to work together, where does this leave the database and its administrators? Concepts like Continuous Delivery or agile allow companies to get to market and release new iterations faster, but it can …

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SD Times GitHub project of the week: PyTorch

GPU Tensors, dynamic neural networks, and deep Python integration are the major highlights of this week’s featured GitHub project: PyTorch. PyTorch is a new deep learning framework that puts Python first. This open-source Python package is in an early-release beta, but the PyTorch team says developers can expect some “adventures and rough edges.” PyTorch is …

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FTC’s new IoT challenge is a ‘no-win situation’

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a new competition that challenges the public to create a tool that consumers can use to protect their homes from Internet of Things devices. While contestants can use this opportunity to show off their skills, Flexera Software said this challenge is a “no-win situation,” and that it shouldn’t …

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Oracle to acquire API solution provider Apiary

Oracle is strengthening its API and cloud offering with a new acquisition. The company announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Apiary, the developer of the APIFlow framework for collaborating and developing APIs that share enterprise services and data. According to Oracle, this acquisition will help it provide a comprehensive API integration cloud solution …

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Slack introduces Threads, Realm Mobile Platform reaches v1.0, and CA Technologies officially acquires Automic—SD Times news digest: Jan. 19, 2017

Slack has introduced a much-sought-after feature today called Threads, which lets users reply to messages, organize discussions and manage their conversations. According to Paul Rosania, a member of the core product team at Slack, the company was trying to implement a feature that would group conversations in a channel to make it clear which message …

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    Freeform Dynamics Paper: Orchestrating the DevOps Tool Chain—Continuous Delivery for the Enterprise

    Stakeholders are increasingly looking for faster and more frequent delivery of high-impact, high-quality output from IT teams. DevOps is an approach designed to enable the rapid and continuous delivery of value to the business to support the needs of the digital world, he adds. Open source software tools can help organizations adopt this DevOps approach …

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    High-Performance Data Architectures for the Internet of Things

    By 2020, Gartner expects the Internet of Things (IoT) to have over 20 billion connected things. With this many connected devices transmitting information, there will be an enormous amount of processing required to derive value from this data. To cope with this rapid expansion in the Internet of Things, successful IoT platforms will need a …

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    7 Questions to Select, Deploy, and Maintain Open Source Software Effectively

    What happens when open source software (OSS) doesn’t work? The best that IT leaders and developers can hope for is that they’ve planned and prepared just enough to get over this hurdle and realize that they must prepare for the next. Among the questions to ask are: Who will support your implementation? How will you …

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    The Ultimate Guide to Getting Started with Application Security

    Application-layer attacks are growing much more rapidly than infrastructure attacks. Yet many organizations remain hesitant to create an application security program, believing it will require excessive time and resources. The reality is that any organization, of any size, can and should develop an applications security program. Download the Ultimate Guide to Getting Started With Application …

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    Veracode Secure Development Survey

    As development teams face new challenges from every direction in the software development lifecycle, including the growing focus on application security, it’s important to understand how development teams are responding to this changing environment and what it means for AppSec today and in the future. Read the survey results here for more on what developers …

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    Bug Bounty Programs – Not a Quick Fix

    As the need for improved detection and vulnerability awareness become more urgent, it’s imperative to take all security measures before software and applications are released. However, in a recent survey, 83% of respondents admitted they released code before it was tested or resolving issues for bugs. In addition, the much-hyped “bug bounty” programs – rewarding …

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