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Photo-sharing and storage company SmugMug acquires Flickr from Oath, promises to revitalize and maintain Flickr as a standalone service (Jessica…

Jessica Guynn / USA Today : Photo-sharing and storage company SmugMug acquires Flickr from Oath, promises to revitalize and maintain Flickr as a standalone service   —  These are the best underwater photos in the world... Buzz60  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Flickr has been snapped up by Silicon Valley photo-sharing and storage company SmugMug, USA TODAY has learned.

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Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry grow closer

Containers are eating the software world — and Kubernetes is the king of containers. So if you are working on any major software project, especially in the enterprise, you will run into it sooner or later. Cloud Foundry, which hosted its semi-annual developer conference in Boston this week, is an interesting example for this. Outside of the world of enterprise developers, Cloud Foundry remains a bit of an unknown entity, despite having users in at least half of the Fortune 500 companies (though in the startup world, it has almost no traction). If you are unfamiliar with Cloud Foundry, you can think of it as somewhat similar to Heroku , but as an open-source project with a large commercial ecosystem and the ability to run it at scale on any cloud or on-premises installation. Developers write their code (following the twelve-factor methodology ), define what it needs to run and Cloud Foundry handles all of the underlying infrastructure and — if necessary — scaling. Ideally, that frees up the developer from having to think about where their applications will run and lets them work more efficiently. To enable all of this, the Cloud Foundry Foundation made a very early bet on containers, even before Docker was a thing. Since Kubernetes wasn’t around at the time, the various companies involved in Cloud Foundry came together to build their own container orchestration system, which still underpins much of the service today. As it took off, though, the pressure to bring support for Kubernetes grew inside of the Cloud Foundry ecosystem. Last year, the Foundation announced its first major move in this direction by launching its Kubernetes-based Container Runtime for managing containers, which sits next to the existing Application Runtime. With this, developers can use Cloud Foundry to run and manage their new (and existing) monolithic apps and run them in parallel with the new services they develop. But remember how Cloud Foundry also still uses its own container service for the Application Runtime? There is really no reason to do that now that Kubernetes (and the various other projects in its ecosystem) have become the default of handling containers. It’s maybe no surprise then that there is now a Cloud Foundry project that aims to rip out the old container management systems and replace them with Kubernetes.

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Watch how Steven Spielberg framed ‘Ready Player One’ shots in VR

Despite plenty of skepticism over early trailers and the source material itself, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One has been doing very well at the box office. En mi opinion, it made a lot of quality shifts from the book that made it a quality popcorn flick that wasn’t too nerdishly pretentious. A lot of people in the virtual reality industry had sky-high expectations for the movie to drive people to buying VR headsets, and while that probably isn’t happening, the movie has given an opportunity to a lot of these insiders to showcase how far the technology has come. Today, HTC released a video showing how VR was used in the production of Ready Player One by the actors and the man himself, Steven Spielberg. The video offers a healthy chunk of heavy-handed PR for Vive. Nevertheless, what’s cool about the video is what it showcases about how acting has changed because of visual effects and how technology platforms can equal the playing field a bit by getting creatives deeper inside visual worlds to deliver edits with a more precise set of tools. As the actors were clad in mo-cap suits, VR offered them a chance to orient themselves. For Spielberg, himself, VR offered an opportunity to move freely through rough digital environments and frame shots while in full view of the 3D designs. Tech tools like the in-VR editors for game engines that Unity and Epic Games have built have done wonders for game developers wanting to peer inside game worlds, but they also have plenty to offer in more of a view-only sense where non-technical folk can explore details and pipe off commands for what they want a scene or model or environment to look like.

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At antitrust trial, AT&T CEO announced AT&T Watch, a $15/month bundle with no sports, offered free for AT&T Wireless subscribers; debut planned in…

Drew FitzGerald / Wall Street Journal : At antitrust trial, AT&T CEO announced AT&T Watch, a $15/month bundle with no sports, offered free for AT&T Wireless subscribers; debut planned in several weeks   —  CEO unveils ‘skinny bundle’ service in testimony during antitrust case  —  AT&T Inc. T 0.13% plans to launch a …

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Pivotal priced IPO at $15/share, in the middle of announced range of $14-$16, raising $555M and giving company a valuation of about $3.8B (Jeremy C….

Jeremy C. Owens / MarketWatch : Pivotal priced IPO at $15/share, in the middle of announced range of $14-$16, raising $555M and giving company a valuation of about $3.8B   —  Pivotal Software Inc. PVTL, +0.00% priced its initial public offering at $15 a share early Friday, raising $555 million at a valuation of about $3.8 billion based on shares outstanding.

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Profile of Mark Zuckerberg as told by those who knew him growing up in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and those who met him on his 2017 tour of the US…

Richard Nieva / CNET : Profile of Mark Zuckerberg as told by those who knew him growing up in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and those who met him on his 2017 tour of the US   —  The world's largest social network needs fixing.  Facebook's frontman has known for years. … A few years ago, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife …

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Canon IVY Mini Photo Printer

The Canon IVY Mini Photo Printer can print creative 2x3 photos and stickers in seconds. Available in Rose Gold, Mint Green and Slate Gray, the IVY Mini Photo Printer is Canon's smallest and lightest printer yet. The Canon IVY Mini Photo Printer is currently available for an estimated retail price of $129.99*, which includes the printer body and a starter pack of ten sheets of photo paper. Twenty-sheet and fifty-sheet packs of photo paper will also be available for an estimated retail price of $9.99* and $24.99*, respectively.

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How Iceland, which offers plentiful energy and cooling, is reckoning with a tech boom driven by data centers that cause power usage to surge (Zeke…

Zeke Turner / Wall Street Journal : How Iceland, which offers plentiful energy and cooling, is reckoning with a tech boom driven by data centers that cause power usage to surge   —  Lawmakers rethink whether a proliferation of data centers lured by the island's Nordic climate and geothermal steam is risking the environment and tourism business

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Google unveils Chat, an RCS-based carrier messaging service to supplant SMS, with typing indicators, full-res pics, video, group texts, no end-to-end…

Dieter Bohn / The Verge : Google unveils Chat, an RCS-based carrier messaging service to supplant SMS, with typing indicators, full-res pics, video, group texts, no end-to-end encryption   —  A top-tier Android phone can cost upwards of a thousand dollars, and for that money, you'll get some amazing features.

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Former Time Inc. COO Jen Wong joins Reddit as COO, will focus on business strategy, revenue growth, and user growth (Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg/Wall…

Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal : Former Time Inc. COO Jen Wong joins Reddit as COO, will focus on business strategy, revenue growth, and user growth   —  Wong departed Time Inc. after it was acquired by Meredith Corp. in January  —  Digital media veteran Jen Wong has been named Reddit's chief operating officer effective immediately, the company said Thursday.

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