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January 18, 2019
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IBM, Juniper team up on $325M cloud support deal
IBM has agreed to a $325 million deal with Juniper Networks to help the company build its cloud-based strategy with infrastructure, applications and IT services. IBM will manage Juniper's support systems with its IBM Services Platform with Watson during the deal which spans seven years.
Channel Futures (1/17) 
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Sources: Apple wants to get Medicare funds for Watch
Sources: Apple wants to get Medicare funds for Watch
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Apple is reported to be looking at partnerships with various private Medicare plans as a way to subsidize Apple Watch. Such relationships would take advantage of Series 4 features that are particularly valuable for seniors, including heart monitoring and fall detection.
TechCrunch (1/16) 
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Microsoft taskbar to drop Cortana in Windows 10
Microsoft is removing its Cortana voice platform from the Windows 10 taskbar. The company says the change, coming with an April update, will allow for separate and greater innovation in screen-based and voice search.
The Verge (1/16) 
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IT Channel
Avaya adds partners, focuses on unified communications offerings
Avaya is adding partners to its A.I.Connect network and focusing on incorporating artificial intelligence capabilities with its unified-communications offerings. Knowmail and over.ai join Avaya's partner group as Avaya tries to help its customers' employees become more effective through individual and work-based communications.
Channel Partners (1/16) 
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IT Workforce
Consider your words, motivation before hitting send
The effects of emotionally charged communication linger long after a message is delivered, writes David Nielson. He suggests considering the intended effect of a communication, taking a break and editing before sending and avoiding the visual crutch of bolding or underlining.
SmartBrief/Leadership (1/17) 
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Policy Watch
Cisco CEO says increased tariffs will lead to R&D cuts
Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins warned US officials Wednesday about increasing tariffs on Chinese goods, saying companies will cut research and development funding to absorb the cost of the higher tariffs. Bloomberg Chief Economist Tom Orlik says the increased tariffs will lead to less collaboration on research between companies.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (1/17) 
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Shutdown elevates risk of both short- and long-term cyberattacks
The longest partial government shutdown in US history is cutting cybersecurity staff, leaving the US vulnerable to both short- and long-term cyberattacks, cybersecurity experts say. "We have laid out the welcome mat to any and all nefarious actors," says Mike O'Malley of Radware.
Fortune (1/16) 
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CompTIA News
Four steps to certification
CompTIA certifications are industry-leading credentials for IT pros. Whether you’re looking for a certification to get your first job or you’re ready to boost your career with an advanced credential, CompTIA can help. Visit CompTIA Certifications for information on the first four steps you should take to start your certification journey.
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Career resolution checklist
Everyone knows that without a plan and actionable goals, resolutions can be easy to break. If you're committed to making 2019 a year of growth in your IT career, CompTIA AITP can help. The CompTIA AITP Blog has a checklist for IT pros who want to get on track and stay on track with their career aspirations.
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Pen test mini boot camp
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