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Google offers new 'Always Free' cloud tier to attract users

Google is letting its customers get a taste of its cloud for free, without a time-limited trial. The company quietly launched a new “Always Free” tier on Thursday that lets people use small amounts of its public cloud services without charge, beyond the company’s limited-time trial.

The tier includes—among other things—1 f1-micro compute instance, 5 GB per month of Regional Storage and 60 minutes per month of access to the Cloud Speech API. Using the free tier requires users to provide a credit card that Google can automatically bill for any use over the limits.

In addition, the cloud provider expanded its free trial so that users get $300 in credits that they can use for up to 12 months. Google will halt users’ workloads if they eat up all of the credits before the end of 12 months.

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UK broadband giant BT agrees legal separation from pipes-controller, Openreach

 Startups in the UK will be hoping for better performance from the local broadband market after telecoms regulator Ofcom agreed a deal with the country’s largest broadband provider, BT, to legally separate Openreach: aka the division of BT that builds and maintains the broadband infrastructure. Read More
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Big data firm Cloudera is reportedly working with J.P. Morgan and Bank of America on an IPO

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Big data company Cloudera is working with J.P Morgan Chase & Co, Morgan Stanley, Barclays, and Bank of America on an upcoming stock market listing, Bloomberg reports.

Citing sources with knowledge of the matter, Bloomberg writes that the Palo Alto company has secretly filed paperwork for an IPO with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

The company is reportedly planning to go public later this year and it will seek a valuation of roughly $4.1 billion (£3.4 billion), according to Bloomberg’s sources.

Cloudera reportedly declined to comment when contacted by Bloomberg.

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There's a 'hardware issue' in Google's iPhone-killer Pixel phone causing faulty microphones (GOOG)

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The high-end phone Google built to rival the iPhone has been hit by a nasty hardware issue.

Multiple owners have complained on Google’s support forums online that the microphones on their Google Pixel smartphones are playing up, malfunctioning, or not working entirely — and a Google employee has confirmed that this is a problem with the hardware itself. (Android Police previously reported on Google’s response.)

The problem doesn’t seem to affect all Pixel phones. According to the Google employee, Brian Rakowski, it effects less than 1% of phones manufactured before January 2017, and devices built more recently shouldn’t be affected. (So if you’re buying one for the first time now, you should be okay.) It seems to effect both the regular Pixel and its larger sibling, the Pixel XL.

But that’s not much consolation for the users who have posted in the thread, which stretches to eight-hundred-plus replies.

“Microphone stopped working today,” one user said. “Same issue here. Working with support right now,” agreed another. “I definitely have a non-functioning mic. Google Assistant will not respond to my voice and if I make a phone call the person on the other line cannot hear me. However, if when on a phone call I switch to speakerphone, they can hear me. I can also use headsets and Assistant and phone calls work as they should,” adds a third. There are hundreds more messages like this.

So what’s the problem? Rakowski says the issue is with one of the microphones in the devices. “There are a few known root causes, resulting in similar but different symptoms.” The most common is apparently a hairline crack in some solder, causing intermittent issues affected by temperature. (Some frustrated users are using a hairdryer to try and do a DIY fix, but this seems unwise, and Rakowski doesn’t recommend it.)

Because it’s a hardware issue, Google can’t push out a software fix to solve the problem. The phones need to be returned and replaced. If your device is affected, Rakowski recommends you return it to the retailer you bought it from, whether that’s a third-party store or Google directly.google pixel phones

Reached for comment, a Google spokesperson directed Business Insider towards Brian Rakowski’s replies in the Google support forum thread.

The Google Pixel, announced in October 2016, is a high-end smartphone designed by Google. It’s intended to show off Android as the company intended it, without any third-party bloat, and as a premium handset capable of going head-to-head with Apple’s iPhone.

On release, the device has been well-reviewed — so Google wil be hoping to avoid any potential black marks against its reputation.

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick played ping pong with Mark Zuckerberg at a party called 'Babes and Balls' (FB)

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If your company had been recently accused of cultivating a sexist culture, you might stay away from a party called “Babes and Balls”.

Not so Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, who played ping pong at a “Babes and Balls” themed party on Friday night.

He and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg were among those celebrating Dropbox CEO Drew Houston’s birthday at San Francisco ping pong bar Spin.

This is a week when Uber’s had to drop its secret, regulation-dodging “Greyball” tool, launch a search for a new COO, and investigate its own allegedly sexist workplace practices. “Gee, I wonder why women feel unwelcome in tech?” wrote one Twitter user, engineering professor Brian Noble.

Spin is part-owned by Susan Sarandon and has run similarly questionable themed nights before. Prior to last week’s party was a “Babes and Balls Arabian Nights” which featured underwear-clad belly dancers dancing on the tables.

At least soon-to-be second-time father Mark Zuckerberg had a wild time.

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Here’s Travis Kalanick looking unconcerned in a doubles game with Drew Houston.

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And again, by himself.

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Here’s Zuckerberg playing table tennis Olympian Lily Zhang.

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It looks like she schooled the Facebook founder.

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But there were no hard feelings.

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Drew Houston got some cake.

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And finally, what Zuckerberg might have been thinking throughout.

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WikiLeaks will share CIA hacking details with companies, but can they use it?

WikiLeaks plans to share details about what it says are CIA hacking tools with the tech companies so that software fixes can be developed.

But will software companies want it?

The information WikiLeaks plans to share comes from 8,700-plus documents it says were stolen from an internal CIA server. If the data is classified—and it almost certainly is—possessing it would be a crime.

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Intel's PC chief talks about 5G, changes in chip design

Intel surprised many observers when the company hired outsider Venkata Renduchintala to lead the company’s PC, Internet of Things, and Systems Architecture groups.

With more than a year under his belt, he’s spearheading a cultural change inside the company, getting employees to think beyond PCs and talk about technologies like 5G and IoT.

There’s been a lot of chatter about changes in the company’s chip development strategy, with the recent announcement of the 8th Generation Core processors, an unprecedented fourth chip architecture on the 14-nanometer process. The chip industry veteran sat down with the IDG News Service at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to talk about what spurred the move and also his thoughts on 5G.

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Apple's Swift soars into Tiobe's top 10 programming languages

The Swift language was introduced to much fanfare by Apple in June 2014, positioned as a modern successor to the Objective-C language that has driven iOS and MacOS application development. Now, Swift has cracked the top 10 in Tiobe’s language popularity index, demonstrating momentum for the fledgling language as it approaches its third birthday. But Tiobe has doubts about how far up in the rankings Swift can move, given its Apple-centric focus.

Tiobe’s March index has Swift in 10th place with a 2.268 percent rating. “The expectations [for Swift] were high right from the start, but adoption took off slowly,” a report accompanying the index states. “That is for good reasons by the way, because the installed base of Objective-C code is quite large.”

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Uber hires recruiting giant Heidrick & Struggles for its new COO search

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick speaks to students during an interaction at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campus in Mumbai, India, January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui - RTX231O8

Uber has tapped executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles to lead its hunt for a new Chief Operating Officer. 

An Uber spokesperson said hiring the firm on Thursday was just the first step towards finding a COO, but that the company doesn’t have a final timeline for when it hopes to make a decision on a COO. The board will be involved in the search as well, Uber said.

The recruiting giant is a well-known name in Silicon Valley when it comes to finding new leadership. In 2001, the firm helped Google bring in the “adult” help the company needed when it placed Eric Schmidt as CEO. More recently, Heidrick & Struggles helped with the search at Microsoft that lead to Satya Nadella being crowned CEO in 2014.

Now the firm will be working to hiring a COO for the $69 billion company after Uber’s CEO, Travis Kalanick, admitted he needed leadership help. A string of incidents over the last month has tarnished Uber’s trust with its employees, investors, and customers. 

Kalanick has said he’s looking “a peer who can partner with me to write the next chapter in our journey,” but has said little else about the job responsibilities of the position. An Uber spokesperson did not clarify whether the company was looking internally for the role as well, and only said the company is looking for the best candidate.

Kalanick’s need for a No. 2 at the company comes after a series of cascading crises has rattled the ride-hailing giant. In January, over 200,000 customers deleted Uber in one weekend as part of the #DeleteUber movement. Since then, the company has had to launch an internal investigation into its workplace culture after former engineer Susan Fowler published a tell-all blog post about the gender bias and sexual harassment she allegedly endured at the company. It’s also been sued by its investor, Google, for alleged intellectual property theft and had details of a program designed to evade government authorities published in the last two weeks.

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Meet Google's team of ex-executives who translate programmer-speak and befriend VIP customers (GOOG, GOOGL, AMZN, MSFT)

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One of the first things that VMware cofounder Diane Greene did after she took the reins as Google Cloud boss in late 2015 was to establish the “Office of the CTO,” a unit that would work directly with the largest customers. 

The idea, explains Google’s Greg DeMichillie, Director of Product Management with the Office of the CTO, is to meet the need of “this flood of tier-one, top-level executives” from big companies who were excited by Greene’s stellar reputation in the industry, but had only a vague sense of what the cloud was or why they should want it. 

While Greene has shown some willingness to sit in on customer meetings, she can’t possibly sit down with every customer and walk them through the basics of the cloud. And while Google has many engineers on staff who could do just that, they tend to focus more on the technical details that can fly over executives’ heads.

Still, DeMichillie says, those customers would come to Google and say “Hey, spend some time with us, give us some advice.” And so, the Office of the CTO was born — a team of about 30 people, half of whom are Google engineers, and half are whom are former CIOs and CTOs “who speak the executive language,” he says. 

Working with this office is reserved for big Google customers like Home Depot and HSBC. In a bigger-picture sense, though, DeMichillie says that Google’s willingness to go hands-on, a rarity in a company of their size, is a sign of how the search giant is trying to use the cloud to rethink the ways in which customers interact with vendors.

“This move to cloud,” DeMichillie says, “has the opportunity to shake up those relationships.” He goes on to say that “[customers] don’t get a traditional vendor-client relationship.”

No quota

“We’re not sales; we’re not quotaed,” says DeMichillie.

Instead of pushing products on customers, it’s the Office of the CTO’s job to just listen, educate, and occasionally call in experts from across Google to help them think about what the cloud can do for them. 

The first step is taking an inventory, he says: What services are they already using, how many servers do they have, what are they supposed to accomplish, “do you have a mainframe? Where is it?” And that kind of thing. Then, it’s figuring out how to get them there. 

Often, DeMichillie says, Google is called in to co-exist with existing services from Microsoft or Amazon; he says that it’s in Google’s best interest to make those kind of deals work. Google invests heavily in technology to make sure that Microsoft technologies like SQL Server or Windows Server work seamlessly in its cloud, as well as all kinds of connectors that let you hook them up to Google’s cloud services.

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The unofficial vision statement, DeMichillie says, is to “meet them where they are and take them further than they ever thought possible.” In other words, Google would rather make sure that its stuff, especially secret weapons like its artificial intelligence capabilities, can make what you have even better, rather than risk losing you as a customer.

Along those same lines, DeMichillie says that Google Cloud invests in tools for customers to get their data off the service, too. If a customer feels stuck in their relationship with Google, he says, “it’s just not a good relationship for anybody.”

Exit strategy

Once the customer has their house in order, so to speak, that’s when the Office of the CTO hands it back off to “the rest of Google.” From there, they can either finish the project themselves, or hire outside firms like Accenture or PWC to do it for them. 

Past that engagement, DeMichillie says, Google focuses a lot on developer outreach. Cloud computing doesn’t work if programmers don’t want to use it to build their applications, and so Google focuses a lot on teaching the virtues of building cloud-ready applications the way that it does under its own roof.

“We like that engineer-to-engineer relationship,” DeMichillie says.

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This is really where Google’s nontraditional approach of complementing other systems really pays off, DeMichillie says: Because Google Cloud makes sure that their services play nicely with others, like those Microsoft integrations, he says, it means that programmers aren’t limited in the technologies they can use.

It’s a reflection of the way that programmers like to work, and of the fact that they don’t like having choices taken away. If they don’t like the tool you built, they can go out and get another. That’s no good for Google Cloud or the customer.

“Developers won’t stand for it anymore,” DeMichillie.

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