Apple to turn over cloud data control in China to local company in Feb. | Google and Lenovo team up for VR | Sources: Facebook to launch home video chat device, Portal
January 11, 2018
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Apple to turn over cloud data control in China to local company in Feb.
Apple to turn over cloud data control in China to local company in Feb.
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Apple, in order to meet Chinese regulations, announced it will turn over its Chinese cloud operations, including customer data, to Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry, a state-owned company. Apple says it will notify affected users of the change, giving them the option to continue the service or terminate when the change takes effect on Feb. 28.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/10) 
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Google and Lenovo team up for VR
Google and Lenovo have partnered to create a stand-alone virtual reality headset called the Lenovo Mirage Solo. The headset runs Google's VR platform, Daydream, and its release is anticipated this spring.
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Sources: Facebook to launch home video chat device, Portal
Sources: Facebook to launch home video chat device, Portal
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In May, Facebook is expected to launch a video chat device called Portal, which sources say will be pitched as less of a digital assistant and more of a way for people to connect with each other. The home device will be able to identify individual faces and link them to their accounts on Facebook and will enable users to access third-party streaming through companies such as Netflix and Spotify.
Cheddar (1/9),  Ad Age (1/9) 
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IT Channel
CenturyLink to focus on integration, digitization for 2018
CenturyLink Chief Financial Officer Sunit Patel announced that integration with Level 3 Communications, which the company acquired in a $34 billion deal, is a top priority for the coming year. The company also plans to focus on making the customer experience digital, diminishing the need for call centers.
Channel Partners (1/10),  Telecompetitor (1/10) 
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Cisco releases ETA security tool to monitor encrypted traffic
Cisco has released its Encrypted Traffic Analytics tool, a security platform that can detect malware, even in encrypted traffic, to the general public. The ETA uses sensors embedded in the network on local engines and cloud-based platforms to collect metadata about traffic flow.
Network World (1/10) 
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IT Workforce
Cybersecurity, internal investigations among board concerns
Cybersecurity, internal investigations and regulatory enforcement are among the hot topics for boards of directors this year, per Akin Gump. "It has become ever more common for a company's independent auditors to expect that the company will conduct an internal investigation, especially where the allegations could implicate financial matters or involve possible fraud," the law firm said.
CFO (1/8) 
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Policy Watch
Bill pushes fines, oversight for credit reporting agencies
The Data Breach Prevention and Compensation Act has been introduced by Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Mark Warner, D-Va. The bill proposes fines against credit reporting agencies for data breaches and the creation of a federal cybersecurity office to inspect credit reporting agencies.
American Banker online (free content) (1/10),  The Hill (1/10),  The Washington Times (1/10) 
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CompTIA News
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