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Internet of Things Paying Off for More Tech Providers: Survey — Internet-of-Things technology still may be in the earliest stages of adoption at most companies, but it's already proving to be a money maker for a growing number of tech providers, according to CompTIA. In a recent survey, nearly one quarter of so-called channel companies - those that sell tech services and products to customers of [...]

FBI Blocking FOIA Requests With Aging IT, Lawsuit Alleges — Is the Federal Bureau of Investigations taking advantage of outdated information technology systems to deliberately block Freedom of Information Act requests? Massachusetts Institute of Technology security researcher Ryan Shapiro claims they do. Mr. Shapiro earlier this month filed a lawsuit, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, claiming the agency deliberately runs searches [...]

NASA Taps Former Microsoft Director as IT Security Chief — The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has named a former Microsoft Corp. director as its associate chief information officer for IT security, the federal space agency said this week. Jeanette Hanna-Ruiz, who for the past three and a half years led teams at Microsoft's consulting services business, takes over the post early next month, the [...]

Del Monte Picks Insider as New CIO — Del Monte Foods Inc. has named Big Heart Pet Brands IT executive Robert Long as its new chief information officer, a company spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday. Mr. Long took over the post earlier this month, reporting to the company's executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Dave Meyers, according to the company.

Tech Firms Hit by Summer Doldrums: Survey — Business confidence among senior IT industry executives and managers declined in the third quarter, as many of their customers ease up on spending during slower summer months, according to industry trade group CompTIA. The trade group's third-quarter IT business confidence index fell 1.4 points to 61.7 on a 100-point scale, following a 0.9-point decline in the previous quarter, the group reported Wednesday.

Slack Invests $1.9M in Integrated Apps — Slack Technologies Inc. on Tuesday unveiled 11 apps created through an $80 million in-house investment fund established to encourage outside developers to build tools for its workplace collaboration software. The apps, which together received $1.97 million in funding, are part of Slack's broader strategy to position itself as a central hub that connects workflows companywide, April Underwood, [...]

TMX Group Names Jay Rajarathinam CIO — Toronto exchange operator has hired financial-sector technology veteran Jay Rajarathinam as its new chief information officer, the company said. Mr. Rajarathinam, who has nearly two decades of IT experience at stock exchanges and banks in the U.S. and abroad, officially took over the post Monday, a company spokesman told CIO Journal.

Managed Services Face Uncertainty Over Cloud: Report — As more companies turn to the cloud to run their daily operations, managed services providers are worried about competing for customers with Microsoft Corp., Inc. and other big cloud firms, a new report said. Managed services providers, or MSPs, typically charge firms recurring fees - set out in contracts and service-level agreements - to [...]

Informatica Hires Former Oracle VP as CIO — Informatica LLC has hired former Oracle Corp. vice president Graeme Thompson as chief information officer, as it seeks to grow its cloud and big data services, the company said. Mr. Thompson officially took over the top IT spot late last month, a company spokeswoman said. He replaces Ginna Raahauge, who was CIO since July 2015.

IT Spending Outlook Revised Downward Post Brexit: Analysts — Political and economic uncertainty sparked by the United Kingdom's decision last week to break with the European Union will likely prompt chief information officers and other corporate tech buyers in the U.K., and across Western Europe, to rein in IT spending, analysts say. Research firm Canalys on Monday issued downward revisions to its 2016 outlook, [...]
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Jul 25, 2016

Verizon agrees to buy Yahoo’s Web assets for $4.83 billion, plans to merge with AOL  via @WSJ

Jul 25, 2016

The Morning Download: Cybersecurity Forcing Its Way Onto Every Political Party's Agenda  via @WSJ

Jul 20, 2016

What’s Fintech? Nasdaq and KBW Offer an Answer With New Index  via @WSJ

Jul 20, 2016

U.S. considers expanding automated-driving technology oversight  via @WSJ

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