Apple CEO says no merger coming for macOS and iOS | Google App Engine ends domain fronting | Industry leaders offer advice on boosting channel-driven cloud sales
April 20, 2018
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Apple CEO says no merger coming for macOS and iOS
Apple CEO says no merger coming for macOS and iOS
Apple CEO Tim Cook (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Despite speculation, Apple CEO Tim Cook indicated this week Apple will not merge operating systems for iOS and Mac. He says merging them would require "trade-offs and compromises" and that "I don't think that's what users want."
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Internet of Things
Google App Engine ends domain fronting
Google's App Engine no longer allows domain fronting, a technique developers have used to evade censors, and says it was never part of its official offerings. Google said domain fronting worked "because of a quirk of our software stack" but that they "don't have any plans to offer it as a feature."
Ars Technica (4/19) 
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Industry leaders offer advice on boosting channel-driven cloud sales
Although cloud services sales are expected to climb from $160 billion this year to $277 billion by 2021, according to IDC data, estimates suggest only half of that revenue is driven by the channel. At the Channel Partners Conference & Expo on Thursday, representatives of four master agents and distributors gave advice on successful strategies to boost cloud service sales.
Channel Futures (4/19) 
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Mobile & Wireless
Google working on a simple replacement for SMS
Google is recruiting major carriers globally in a bid to replace SMS on Android devices with something the company calls Chat, writes Dieter Bohn. The aim is to improve the current texting experience on Android and provide something more like the simplicity of iMessage on iPhones.
The Verge (4/19) 
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Security & Privacy
LocalBlox leaves 48M social media records open for viewing
LocalBlox leaves 48M social media records open for viewing
LocalBlox, a social networking data aggregator, left 48 million records scraped from Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook open for anyone to view, according to Upguard, a security business that discovered the records. Upguard said the problem was caused by a misconfigured AWS S3 storage bucket, and LocalBlox secured the data after being contacted by Upguard.
The Register (U.K.) (4/19) 
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TaskRabbit CEO addresses breach as app goes back online
TaskRabbit's website and app are back online after a "cybersecurity incident," and while the investigation is still ongoing, early evidence shows that identifiable information may have been accessed, says CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot. TaskRabbit says it will implement new security measures, including reducing the amount of customer data it keeps and making its login process more secure.
TechCrunch (4/18) 
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Government IT
DHS teams up with Red Hat to protect government apps
The Department of Homeland Security has partnered with Red Hat to create a tool that helps make government apps more secure. The technology notifies app owners of malware and other vulnerabilities throughout the app's life cycle.
Nextgov (4/18) 
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