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Software Release Cycles Accelerate, but Automation Is Not Keeping Up
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Software Release Cycles Accelerate, but Automation Is Not Keeping Up

A Cloud Native Computing Foundation survey of 1,337 managers and practitioners found that most software developer outfits are delivering weekly or faster releases...

Most Brazilians Believe Companies Don't Protect Their Personal Data
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Most Brazilians Believe Companies Don't Protect Their Personal Data

Among the findings of a Harris Poll survey of 11,000 consumers in 11 countries was that nearly all Brazilians feel companies are not adequately protecting their...

Attackers Using WhatsApp MP4 Video Files Vulnerability Can Remotely Execute Code
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Attackers Using WhatsApp MP4 Video Files Vulnerability Can Remotely Execute Code

Facebook has reported a vulnerability in WhatsApp messaging software that allows malefactors to conduct denial-of-service or remote code execution attacks.

Mozilla Doubles Payouts as It Tries to Attract Software Vulnerability Hunters
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Mozilla Doubles Payouts as It Tries to Attract Software Vulnerability Hunters

Mozilla has increased payouts for its bug bounty program while adding new websites and services to the list in order to draw more interest from bug hunters.

Python Programming Language, AWS Skills Demand Exploding
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Python Programming Language, AWS Skills Demand Exploding

Analysis of Indeed.com job search engine listings over the last five years found explosive growth in demand for skills in Python.

U.S. Companies Facing Huge Tech Talent Deficit in 2020
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U.S. Companies Facing Huge Tech Talent Deficit in 2020

Talent acquisition platform iCIMS found a substantial shortage of professionals with technology skills, despite an upsurge of hiring across the U.S. technology...

Cybersecurity Giants to Combat Cyberthreats Under OASIS Umbrella
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Cybersecurity Giants to Combat Cyberthreats Under OASIS Umbrella

IBM, McAfee, and 16 more firms have launched an effort to address fragmentation and interoperability problems in cybersecurity.

Microsoft Poses Threat to Germany's Digital Sovereignty, Warns Study
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Microsoft Poses Threat to Germany's Digital Sovereignty, Warns Study

An analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers has confirmed that the German government is too dependent on the software of just a few software providers.

2020 IT Budgets Increase as Priorities Grow
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2020 IT Budgets Increase as Priorities Grow

A TechRepublic Premium survey found that information technology budgets plans for 2020 continue to grow year over year.

Developer Jobs: From SQL to Java, These are the Skills Companies are Looking for Now
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Developer Jobs: From SQL to Java, These are the Skills Companies are Looking for Now

More than 140,000 advertisements for IT jobs were listed in the U.K. in the second quarter of this year, 13% fewer than were listed in the first quarter

Hackers Breach Greece's Top-Level Domain Registrar
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Hackers Breach Greece's Top-Level Domain Registrar

Researchers said Greece's top-level domain registrar has suffered a hacker breach, and identified the state-sponsored "Sea Turtle" hacker group as the perpetrator...

Security Researchers Discover Linux Version of Winnti Malware
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Security Researchers Discover Linux Version of Winnti Malware

Security researchers have discovered a Linux version of Winnti, a malware used by Chinese government-sponsored hackers.

Data Breaches, Cyberattacks Top Global Risks Alongside Natural Disasters, Climate Change
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Data Breaches, Cyberattacks Top Global Risks Alongside Natural Disasters, Climate Change

The World Economic Forum has listed large-scale cyberattacks and massive data breaches among the five most probable risks facing the world today.

Tech Skills in Most Demand This Year: Data, Cloud, Cybersecurity
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Tech Skills in Most Demand This Year: Data, Cloud, Cybersecurity

A global recruiting firm predicts 68% of information technology employers will increase full-time IT hiring this year, while 53% will increase their use of consultants...

Walmart Leads the Way...in Floor Scrubbing Robots?
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Walmart Leads the Way...in Floor Scrubbing Robots?

By the end of next month, Walmart will deploy floor-scrubbing robots in its stores.

Developers, Despair: Half Your Time Is Wasted on Bad Code
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Developers, Despair: Half Your Time Is Wasted on Bad Code

A study found 31% of developer time is wasted on routine maintenance work, draining $300 billion each year from global GDP.

DevOps, Machine Learning Dominate Technology Opportunities This Year
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DevOps, Machine Learning Dominate Technology Opportunities This Year

Programming languages and frameworks associated with DevOps and machine learning are on the rise, and developers working in these areas garner the highest salaries...

Linux Adopts Conflict Resolution Code
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Linux Adopts Conflict Resolution Code

To reduce conflicts within the Linux development community, the group has adopted a new code of conduct that comes in the form of a Linux patch. 

Shortage of Mainframe Skills Looms but Companies Remain in Denial
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Shortage of Mainframe Skills Looms but Companies Remain in Denial

A mainframe skills shortage is approaching, but only about 40 percent of CIOs surveyed by Compuware said they had a formal plan in place to address the issue. 

Osama Bin Laden Didn't Use Encryption: 17 Documents Released
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Osama Bin Laden Didn't Use Encryption: 17 Documents Released

It appears that Osama bin Laden didn’t encrypt any of his computer files. If he had, U.S. authorities probably wouldn’t have been able to do much after confiscating...
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