Yahoo will change its name to Altaba and CEO Marissa Mayer will leave the board along with five other directors as part of the company's transformation if its main internet properties are acquired by Verizon Communications. However, that deal has not been finalized and may be affected by two recent hacks of Yahoo accounts.
CenturyLink is moving to broaden its enterprise application integration line with the acquisition of SEAL Consulting, a provider of SAP solutions, the telecom announced without revealing financial terms. SEAL has served customers in retail, manufacturing and consumer product lines, and CenturyLink said the deal would enhance its expertise in those areas.
Leading social media and online search companies historically have expressed reluctance to answer the call of the US government to engage in anti-terrorism efforts. Concerns regarding censorship, disrupting First Amendment rights and free speech remain key considerations for these platforms designed to support open discourse. Now, Google, Facebook and Twitter have all taken steps to combat terrorism, launching anti-extremism campaigns and suspending accounts to thwart extremist activity on social media platforms. However, determining where to draw the line proves to be a difficult task. Learn more.
Disney plans to launch its Disney Kids TV streaming box this year; the device runs on a modified Android OS, supports 4K viewing and features movies, shows and other Disney content. The company also plans to launch a stand-alone streaming service for ESPN that will feature events and other content not found on its linear channels.
Sling Media has stopped manufacturing Slingbox streaming devices and will be selling off remaining units, Satellite Business News reports. Sling Media's Mark Vena said that while the company has no formal announcement, it continues to sell and offer support for its streaming devices.
An IHS Markit survey of carriers found that 30% plan to deploy CORD, or Central Office Re-Architected as a Datacenter, by the end of this year, and 40% will do so in 2018 or later. Nearly all those surveyed said they would put servers and data storage in central offices to create miniature data centers for cloud-based services.
Microsoft and Qualcomm have joined the list of investors that have contributed to Israeli cybersecurity startup creator Team8, bringing the company's funding to $92 million. Team8 -- whose investors include AT&T, Cisco and Nokia -- has created Illusive Networks and Claroty in an effort to combat Israel's 600,000 to 700,000 weekly cyberattack attempts.
Forty-nine percent of businesses were targets of cyber-ransom attacks in 2016, says a report from Radware. About 55% of those surveyed said the internet of things made them more vulnerable to cybersecurity threats.