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Google demo shows how AR can thrive on the web

Google has been hyping up augmented reality on the web, and it's easy to understand why -- it promises an immersive experience without requiring a special app. But what does that look like in practice? The company now has an easy way to find out....

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After twenty years of Salesforce, what Marc Benioff got right and wrong about the cloud

Grant Miller Contributor Share on Twitter Grant Miller is the co-founder of Replicated As we enter the 20th year of Salesforce, there’s an interesting opportunity to reflect back on the change that Marc Benioff created with the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model for enterprise software with his launch of Salesforce.com. This model has been validated by the annual revenue stream of SaaS companies, which is fast approaching $100 billion by most estimates, and it will likely continue to transform many slower-moving industries for years to come. However, for the cornerstone market in IT — large enterprise-software deals — SaaS represents less than 25 percent of total revenue , according to most market estimates. This split is even evident in the most recent high profile “SaaS” acquisition of GitHub by Microsoft, with over 50 percent of GitHub’s revenue coming from the sale of their on-prem offering, GitHub Enterprise .   Data privacy and security is also becoming a major issue, with Benioff himself even pushing for a U.S. privacy law on par with GDPR in the European Union. While consumer data is often the focus of such discussions, it’s worth remembering that SaaS providers store and process an incredible amount of personal data on behalf of their customers, and the content of that data goes well beyond email addresses for sales leads. It’s time to reconsider the SaaS model in a modern context, integrating developments of the last nearly two decades so that enterprise software can reach its full potential. More specifically, we need to consider the impact of IaaS and “cloud-native computing” on enterprise software, and how they’re blurring the lines between SaaS and on-premises applications. As the world around enterprise software shifts and the tools for building it advance, do we really need such stark distinctions about what can run where? Source: Getty Images/KTSDESIGN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY The original cloud software thesis In his book, Behind the Cloud , Benioff lays out four primary reasons for the introduction of the cloud-based SaaS model: Realigning vendor success with customer success by creating a subscription-based pricing model that grows with each customer’s usage (providing the opportunity to “land and expand”). Previously, software licenses often cost millions of dollars and were paid upfront, each year after which the customer was obligated to pay an additional 20 percent for support fees. This traditional pricing structure created significant financial barriers to adoption and made procurement painful and elongated

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Inside the Open Markets Institute Conference attended by politicians and media execs who discussed the role of Facebook and Google on the media…

Mat Honan / BuzzFeed : Inside the Open Markets Institute Conference attended by politicians and media execs who discussed the role of Facebook and Google on the media industry   —  You can't bust a trust if the trust busts you first.  —  Reporting From Washington, D.C.  —  The rising antitrust movement gathered Tuesday …

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Uber hires Daniel Danker from Facebook to serve as a senior director and head of driver product, filling a role that has been vacant since December…

Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch : Uber hires Daniel Danker from Facebook to serve as a senior director and head of driver product, filling a role that has been vacant since December   —  Uber has brought on Daniel Danker to serve as a senior director and head of driver product.  Prior to joining Uber, he was a product director …

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Oracle debuts Internet Intelligence Map, a free real-time visualization of internet threats, so hijacks, submarine cable breaks, and more can easily…

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat : Oracle debuts Internet Intelligence Map, a free real-time visualization of internet threats, so hijacks, submarine cable breaks, and more can easily be spotted   —  Distributed denial of service attacks.  Malware.  State-imposed internet blackouts.  It's hard to keep abreast of every bad actor …

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Didi says car-pooling service drivers can only pick up riders of the same sex in the early morning/late evening, after murder of female rider earlier…

Reuters : Didi says car-pooling service drivers can only pick up riders of the same sex in the early morning/late evening, after murder of female rider earlier this year   —  BEIJING (Reuters) - China's biggest ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing said on Wednesday its car-pooling service drivers can only pick …

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Netflix says it has entered into a partnership with Telltale Games to bring simple episodic games to its platform, starting with Minecraft: Story Mode…

Nick Pino / TechRadar.com : Netflix says it has entered into a partnership with Telltale Games to bring simple episodic games to its platform, starting with Minecraft: Story Mode   —  EXCLUSIVE: Telltale's Minecraft: Story Mode outed as first streamable game  —  Netflix and Telltale Games have entered into a deal …

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Epic Games says Fortnite now has 125M registered players under a year after launch; last week, Epic investor Tencent said 40M play the game once a…

Nick Statt / The Verge : Epic Games says Fortnite now has 125M registered players under a year after launch; last week, Epic investor Tencent said 40M play the game once a month or more   —  That's a lot  —  Developer Epic Games announced today that Fortnite has grown to 125 million registered players in less than a year.

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Tableau says it has acquired AI startup Empirical Systems, born from MIT’s Probabilistic Computing Project, which analyzes modular data, such as…

Ron Miller / TechCrunch : Tableau says it has acquired AI startup Empirical Systems, born from MIT's Probabilistic Computing Project, which analyzes modular data, such as spreadsheets   —  When Tableau was founded back in 2003, not many people were thinking about artificial intelligence to drive analytics and visualization …

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Samsung announces Q Fund, aimed at investing in early stage AI startups; the fund has already invested in Covariant AI and robotics startup Vicarious…

Khari Johnson / VentureBeat : Samsung announces Q Fund, aimed at investing in early stage AI startups; the fund has already invested in Covariant AI and robotics startup Vicarious AI   —  Samsung's team designed to seek out innovative, forward-thinking technology today announced the launch of the Q Fund …

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Microsoft announces a redesign for its Office suite, including desktop apps and Office.com, rolling out over the coming months (Tom Warren/The Verge)

Tom Warren / The Verge : Microsoft announces a redesign for its Office suite, including desktop apps and Office.com, rolling out over the coming months   —  A simplified ribbon leads the way for a billion users  —  Microsoft is bringing its Fluent Design system from Windows 10 over to its Office apps to simplify them for the billion people that use Office.

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