GitHub Lists 15 Most Popular Programming Languages, Google Announces $1 Billion Job Training and Education Program, Bitcoin Passes $5,000 to Hit Fresh All-Time High and more
There are tons of tech news we need to keep ourselves updated. To choose the right ones among them is important. Here are 10 top tech news headlines for this week.
1) Google announces $1 billion job training and education program
Google CEO Sundar Pichai was in Pittsburgh Wednesday to announce a new five-year, $1 billion program to help close the global education gap. Part of the program was a new “Grow with Google” program to work with U.S. cities as well as a $10 million grant to Goodwill that will see Google employees working with the nonprofit to train people in digital skills.
Read at Axios.com
2) Walmart Aims For 35-Second Online Purchase Returns
In its latest move to leverage its thousands of stores against arch-rival Amazon.com (AMZN, +0.60%), Walmart (WMT, +0.41%) announced Monday a new way of handling in-store returns of online purchases that it claims could shrink the processing time to 35 seconds.
Starting next month, customers will be able to begin a return process on Walmart’s app before bringing the item in question to any of its 4,700 stores. At the store, customers then scan a barcode with a smartphone and hand off the returned items at a dedicated express lane at the customer service desk, in what a Walmart executive said could take barely more than half a minute, far less than the few it takes now. It would also speed up the time it takes for a customer to get a refund, Walmart said.
3) Google finds Russian-bought ads worth tens of thousands of dollars, which were part of effort to influence the 2016 election
Google for the first time has uncovered evidence that Russian operatives exploited the company’s platforms in an attempt to interfere in the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the company’s investigation.
The Silicon Valley giant has found that tens of thousands of dollars were spent on ads by Russian agents who aimed to spread disinformation across Google’s many products, which include YouTube, as well as advertising associated with Google search, Gmail, and the company’s DoubleClick ad network, the people said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss matters that have not been made public. Google runs the world’s largest online advertising business, and YouTube is the world’s largest online video site.
Read more at Washington Post.com
4) Dell outlines IoT strategy, plans to spend $1 billion on R&D over three years
Dell Technologies launched a new Internet of Things division to integrate products and services across the company, as well as new tools to speed up implementations, and it plans to invest $1 billion in research and development over the next three years.
The new division within Dell Technologies will be run by VMware CTO Ray O’Farrell. His first mission will be to develop IoT products and services throughout the company and develop new technologies.
Read more: Zdnet.com
5) Russia’s central bank says it will block websites selling crypto-currencies as Putin says crypto-currencies are risky and used for crime
President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday crypto-currencies were risky and used for crime, as Russia’s central bank said it would block websites selling bitcoin and its rivals – a change of tone from a month-old promise to legalize the market.
Central Bank First Deputy Governor Sergei Shvetsov told a conference in Moscow that the currencies were “dubious” and investors needed to be protected.
6) Waymo demanded a $1 billion settlement in its lawsuit with Uber — but Uber said no
Alphabet’s Waymo sought at least $1 billion in damages and a public apology from Uber as conditions for settling its high-profile trade secret lawsuit against the ride-services company, sources familiar with the proposal told Reuters.
The Waymo self-driving car unit also asked that an independent monitor be appointed to ensure Uber does not use Waymo technology in the future, the sources said.
Uber rejected those terms as non-starters, said the sources, who were not authorized to publicly discuss settlement talks. The precise dollar amount requested by Waymo and the exact time the offer was made could not be learned.
Full article at Businessinsider.com
7) Bitcoin passes $5,000 to hit fresh all-time high
The cryptocurrency has held onto those gains into the early afternoon, with bitcoin trading up by close to 8.5% on the day, hitting a value of $5,223 by 12.20 p.m. BST (7.20 a.m. ET).
Bitcoin has seen its value increase by more than $750 a coin in the past week alone, with a rally that coincides with renewed interest in the currency from investment banks. The Wall Street Journal last week reported that Goldman Sachs was looking at setting up a bitcoin trading operation, and Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman said recently that the cryptocurrency was “certainly more than just a fad.”
Read more at Businessinsider.com
8) The 15 most popular programming languages, according to the ‘Facebook for programmers’
If you’re looking to get hired as a programmer, you’re going to need to know the right coding languages.
There are few better windows into the tech trends sweeping Silicon Valley than GitHub, the $2 billion startup that’s been called the “Facebook for programmers.” Each year, the company puts out its “Octoverse” report which lays out some of those trends, including the most popular programming languages among users of its site.
GitHub knows a lot about what’s going on in coding. It has some 24 million users in 200 countries who are working in 337 different programming languages. Those users include employees from some of the biggest tech companies, including Apple, Google, and Facebook. They all rely on GitHub for spreading their open source software to the world.
Full article at Businessinsider.com
9) Dropbox just signed the biggest office space deal in San Francisco history — 736,000 square feet
Dropbox has made a name for itself as a leader in file sharing and cloud storage.
Now it’s taking the lead in a completely different area: real estate.
The company has agreed to lease 736,000 square feet of office space in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco. The deal is the single largest office lease in the city’s history.
The Exchange is a still-under-construction $570 million four-building complex that is being developed by Kilroy Realty Corporation. In addition to office space, the complex will also have 14,000 square feet of retail space which will be leased to other companies.
Read full article: Businessinsider.com
10) Google has paid partners, including Apple and Android device manufacturers, $7.2B to be the default search, over 3x what it paid in 2012
There’s a $19 billion black box inside Google. That’s the yearly amount Google pays to companies that help generate its advertising sales, from the websites lined with Google-served ads to Apple and others that plant
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