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Google Compute Engine launches Autoscaler out of beta

Google today announced that the autoscaling feature for its Google Compute Engine cloud infrastructure service is now out of beta and generally available to everyone. Google first announced the Autoscaler back in November 2014 at its Google Cloud Platform Live event in San Francisco. Now developers can automate the process of provisioning more or less […]

Presto Gets Its Act Together: Adds HD, AirPlay And More

If our reader comments are anything to go by, Presto is generally considered to be the worst of Australia’s major streaming services. Part of this is doubtlessly fueled by hatred for Murdoch and Foxtel, although there also legitimate beefs with the product; including lack of content and the absence of HD. Show More Summary

NLRB Ruling Sending Shock Waves and Uncertainty Across the Economy

Categories: Analysis, Industry News, Risk Performance and Compliance, Services and Indirect Spend, Services Procurement & Contingent Labor, Services Procurement & Contingent Labor Management Tags: General News, L1 We reported last week...Show More Summary

India accuses Google of manipulating search results

The Director General of the CCI last week filed a report based on concerns by a service that organised arranged marriages, as well as Consumer Unity and Trust Society, which is a local non-profit organisation. According to the Competition Commission of India, Google is rigging both search results and sponsored content in favor of those

TIGTA: IRS Could Not Verify 40% Of $15 Billion Of Affordable Care Act Tax Credits Due To Lack Of Data From Health Insurance Exchanges

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration today released Affordable Care Act: Interim Results of the Internal Revenue Service Verification of Premium Tax Credit Claims (2015-43-057): The Affordable Care Act created the refundable Premium Tax Credit (PTC) to assist eligible taxpayers with paying their health insurance premiums. Individuals may elect...

Zipcar Acquires Local Motion, Continuing Business Ground Transportation Services Transformation

Categories: Logistics, M&A, Services and Indirect Spend, Travel Tags: General News, L1 Zipcar, the platform-based shared car rental company acquired by Avis for $500 million in 2013, announced earlier this month its acquisition of platform-based fleet management company Local Motion, for an undisclosed sum. Show More Summary

China PMI Contracts Fastest Since February-March 2009

China manufacturing and services are both in contraction at the fastest rate since early 2009.The Caixin China General Manufacturing PMI shows operating conditions deteriorate at fastest rate since March 2009. Chinese manufacturers saw...Show More Summary

Fairview & Virginia: New Transit Pathways for SLU?

Amid the general hand-wringing about growth in Seattle lately – be it from Danny Westneat, Crosscut, or innumerable KUOW radio hours – there has been no shortage of discussion about the relative lack of transit service in South Lake Union. A combination of fewer transit options, abundant parking, and an affluent workforce have yielded a drive-alone rate […]

New Tech Automatically Removes Unwanted Objects from Photos: Auto Content Aware

There are lots of photo apps and online services that can perform one-click enhancements. But these user-friendly shortcuts usually tweak a photo’s general quality, such as color or sharpness. Two Princeton University Computer Science students worked…

NLRB Drops a Worker Classification and Contingent Workforce Bombshell – What You Can Do About Co-Employment Risk

Categories: Analysis, Industry News, Risk Performance and Compliance, Services and Indirect Spend, Services Procurement & Contingent Labor, Services Procurement & Contingent Labor Management Tags: General News In a potentially landmark...Show More Summary

Yelping Uncle Sam

By NIAM YARAGHI Yelp recently announced it had reached an agreement with the U.S. General Services Administration to allow agencies to claim their pages and read and respond to reviews. This is yet another move by the current administration to embark on new opportunities provided by information technology to become more transparent and effectively communicate with the

Google launches Container Engine out of beta

Google today announced the general availability of Google Container Engine, a cloud-based implementation of the Kubernetes open-source software Google first released last year. The service first became available in open alpha in November. Now the service is backed up by Google 99.95 percent service level agreement to assure customers of its availability. Customers will be […]

Google’s Container Engine For Running Docker Containers On Its Cloud Platform Is Now Generally Avaiable

Google’s Container Engine, its service for running and managing Docker containers on its cloud platform using its open source Kubernetes system, is now out of beta and generally available. This means Google now considers it ready for production use and backs it with a 99.95 percent uptime SLA. Show More Summary

Afternoon Coffee: US Services Sector Sluggish, Freight Volumes Take a Hit Due to ‘De-Stocking’ Trend

Categories: Afternoon Coffee Tags: General News Growth in the US services sector slowed during August, according to Markit’s latest “flash” reading of its Purchasing Managers Index. And, freight volumes on highways and railways are falling in the US as companies engage in “destocking” to cut down on inventories of products. Show More Summary

Google BigQuery adds UDF support for deeper cloud analytics

We recently announced that Google Cloud Dataflow and Google Cloud Pub/Sub graduated to general availability. You can now leverage these easy to use and inexpensive large-scale fully managed big data services with Google BigQuery to find...Show More Summary

New Attorney General Asks NYPSC to Investigate Verizon

In a formal letter to the New York Public Service Commission (NYPSC), New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has asked the regulator to investigate Verizon and look at how telecom market deregulation affects businesses and customers. The letter was penned after the AG held a series of public hearings in various locations throughout the state [...]

App alert: Southfork aims to make your lunch hour easier

Southfork is a new delivery service working with local restaurants like Rumi’s, the General Muir, and Southbound to provide lunches to select office buildings in Midtown, downtown, Buckhead, and possibly elsewhere around the metro a...

Meet the Climate Survivalists: the new Consumer Demographic

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A new group of climate entrepreneurs has arisen to service the needs of true believers. Climate action might be a fading priority for most people. However, despite the general collapse of public interest, there appears to be a stubborn core of true believers, who still genuinely expect to see climageddon…

Spotify: Piracy May Surge Without a Freemium Option

Spotify is generally considered to be a piracy killer. Thanks to the company's ad-supported free tier it guarantees a smooth transition from the dark corners of the Internet to a fully licensed service. However, Spotify is now warning that without its freemium option, piracy may surge once again. Show More Summary

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