Inventor says Google is patenting work he put in the public domain
Apple and Samsung have been accusing each other of copying or stealing patented tech but Google has seldom been involved in such accusations. But Jarek Duda, inventor of ANS video compression concept thinks that Google is copying his tech. Duda says that the search giant is patenting his invention which is in public domain. On the other hand, Google denies any stealing and says it is patenting specific application of the theory. If the patent is granted, Gooogle would get exclusive rights for ANS for video compression. Source: Ars Technica.
After the crisis, Silicon Valley overtook Wall Street as the place to be
It seems like tech is slowly overtaking finance as the chosen career by students. And this news will be heartening to tech companies who are forever curing lack of talent. A new survey by ZipRecruiter found that 17% of business school graduates in the US are working in tech, compared to 12% in finance; in 2008. This figure reverses a decade old trend which found 20% worked in finance while 12% worked in tech. Many feel that this new career shift has gained momentum as younger, more innovative leaders have taken control of Silicon Valley companies. Read more on CNN Money. Will be interesting to watch how this trend plays out while other shifts are underway, like the shift of more tech workers and company creators out of California.
Clouds under the sea: Microsoft deploys its Project Natick data center off the coast of Scotland
Microsoft is betting big on cloud services and has started the next phase of Project Natick by submerging a data center off Scotland’s coast, where it is designed to work without maintenance for five years. Project Natick was first tested back in 2016, when Microsoft deployed its prototype underwater data center designs off the coast of California, hoping to prove the feasibility of a relatively portable data center design that could be placed near population centers as needed. Now Microsoft is ready to deploy the project in the real world and could mean real competition for many big cloud services companies like AWS etc. Read more about Project Natick on Geekwire. This is all really fascinating. One day soon there will be data centers in space, which could be engineered to take advantage of both the super cold temperatures on one side of space craft and fantastic solar power on the other side of the craft. We just need the cost of lift to keep dropping.
SAP launches blockchain-as-a-service effort, aims to integrate it into portfolio, processes
Blockchain has been hailed the next-gen tech to make transactions secure. Global ERP giant, SAP has now made forays into blockchain tech with its SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain. The new tool is built o top of SAP HANA, supports Hyperledger Fabric and MultiChain. According to SAP, its customers will be able to extend current applications to utilize blockchain, build applications, and create and build networks. Source: ZDNet. They are certainly not the first tech giant to move into this space, the airwaves are full of IBM advertisements on blockchain and Amazon has an offering that helps stand up blockchain based apps. will be interesting to see if this is the first of a wave or the last of the followers.
Workday acquires financial modelling startup Adaptive Insights for $1.55B
Cloud HR software firm Workday is on an expansion spree. It has acquired Adaptive Insights, a provider of cloud-based business planning and financial modeling tools, for $1.55 billion. Workday, the cloud-based platform that offers HR and other back-office apps for businesses, says that the buying Adaptive Insights will help it provide better services to its customers. The timing of the acquisition is significant as Adaptive Insights had filed for an IPO as recently as May 17. Read more on Workday’s acquisition of Adaptive Insights on Tech Crunch.