All of Google’s cloud database services are now out of beta

 Google is making a number of announcements around its Cloud Platform today. Most of these focus on its various cloud database services, but the company is also making a major update to its low-cost Nearline cloud storage service for cold data, making its disk volumes faster, and allowing its users to bring their own encryption keys to Cloud Storage. The overall message Google is clearly… Read More


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Helix conducts research as you write

tcdisrupt_NY16-8702 Researchers often need to go beyond Google to find the kind of medical journal articles and flat data files necessary for their work. But many journal articles are locked away in databases like JSTOR or PubMed, which don’t have the reliable search capabilities of an engine like Google — so researchers have to waste time tracking them down. Read More


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Microsoft’s next version of SQL Server will launch June 1

data_Illustration_cloud The next version of SQL Server, Microsoft’s flagship database product, will launch on June 1, the company announced today. The release follows Microsoft’s usual round of public previews and release candidates since the company first announced this update in 2015. Maybe the biggest difference between this release cycle and others is that the company first tested many of the new… Read More


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1.5 Million Verizon Customer Records Put Up For Sale

An anonymous reader writes: A customer database as well as information about Verizon security flaws were reportedly put up for sale by criminals this week after a data breach at Verizon Enterprise Solutions. According to KrebsOnSecurity, “a prominent member of a closely guarded underground cybercrime forum posted a new thread advertising the sale of a database containing the contact information on some 1.5 million customers of Verizon Enterprise.” The entire database was priced at $100,000, or $10,000 for each set of 100,000 customer records. “Buyers also were offered the option to purchase information about security vulnerabilities in Verizon’s Web site,” security journalist Brian Krebs reported. Verizon has apparently fixed the security flaws and has reassured its customers by saying “our investigation to date found an attacker obtained basic contact information on a number of our enterprise customers” and that “no customer proprietary network information (CPNI) or other data was accessed or accessible.”


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