Microsoft collaborates with Adobe on B2B products | IBM touts blockchain network management service | Patent filing suggests facial recognition for iPhone 8
March 21, 2017
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Microsoft collaborates with Adobe on B2B products
Adobe, Microsoft merge B2B products to compete with rivals
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Microsoft and Adobe Systems said they will combine key marketing and sales software products to better compete with similar B2B offerings from Salesforce and Oracle. Adobe's revamped Experience Cloud marketing solutions and Microsoft's Dynamics sales software will be offered together as part of the collaboration.
Reuters (3/21) 
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IBM touts blockchain network management service
IBM used open-source Linux technology developed with other companies to release its cloud-based blockchain network offering. "Blockchain as a Service" builds on Hyperledger Fabric, which was developed as part of a project started in 2015 that includes IBM, Intel, Fujitsu and other tech firms.
TechCrunch (3/20) 
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Patent filing suggests facial recognition for iPhone 8
A patent application submitted by Apple indicates that the company is working on facial recognition security technology, leading some people to speculate that the upcoming iPhone 8 will include the feature. The phone is also expected to have a more gently curved display.
Network World (3/19) 
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IT Channel
Trio of top tech firms battle for cloud-equipment supremacy
Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Cisco and Dell EMC represented more than a third of the $70 billion cloud-infrastructure equipment market in the fourth quarter, Synergy reports. Dell's acquisition of EMC in September boosted the combined firm into a virtual deadlock with Cisco and HP Enterprise, with all three firms grabbing 11.5% of the market. (U.S.) (3/20) 
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AWS cloud growth faces challenges from top rivals
Amazon Web Services' cloud leadership could face fresh tests from Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, according to Pacific Crest Securities' Brent Bracelin. AWS, which added $12 billion to Amazon's revenue stream last year, is expected to see slowing growth due to more government and large-business use of rival services, he writes.
GeekWire (3/17) 
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IT Workforce
Don't let employee conflicts fester
If you can recognize and understand workplace conflicts, you can step in early and help resolve them before they get worse, Joel Garfinkle writes. Listen to both people, but be clear about what's acceptable and what's not.
SmartBrief/Leadership (3/20) 
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Policy Watch
FBI probes Russian involvement in US election
FBI probes Russian involvement in US election
Comey (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
The FBI is actively looking into Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election and any links between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign, FBI Director James Comey said at a congressional hearing Monday. At the hearing, Comey and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers also warned about possible interference from Russia in future elections. News Service (3/20),  Network World/IDG News Service (3/20),  Federal Computer Week (3/20) 
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CompTIA News
Let your voice be heard
Robert Half Technology is conducting a survey to gather valuable data and get a pulse on current digital staffing trends. CompTIA SmartBrief readers are part of a select group invited to share their insights and experiences as a technology professional. To participate, visit Robert Half Technology Survey.
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Reducing the tech gender gap
As part of its NextUp initiative to interest teens in tech careers, CompTIA is partnering with TechGirlz to reduce the gender gap in technology occupations. With the help of CompTIA's $125,000 donation to TechGirlz, the nonprofit will hire a Chicago-based outreach coordinator to reach more girls in Chicago. The CompTIA Newsroom has more on this story.
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NAFTA and the tech industry
As one of the fastest-growing sectors of the US economy, and as an amplifier and facilitator of more traditional sectors, the tech industry is integral to the long-term economic health of the US. Trade is a vital component of the industry strength. This CompTIA Blog article examines current trade issues and their potential impacts.
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