Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russian security firms and other agencies thwarted 25 million attempted cyberattacks linked to the World Cup. The attempted attacks targeted "information infrastructure," Putin said.
President Donald Trump has indicated that the Democratic National Committee shares some of the blame for its hacking, saying that "the DNC should be ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to be hacked." Trump also said he may request that the Russians indicted last week for their roles in the attack be extradited.
Google Cloud took its Los Angeles region live yesterday, bringing the company's total cloud regions in the US to five. The region includes Google's App Engine, Compute Engine and Kubernetes Engine, as well as file-storage tools, such as Cloud Filestore.
Walmart announced it has launched a five-year strategic partnership with Microsoft to use artificial intelligence and cloud technology to stay competitive with Amazon. The company will move a large portion of its online presence to the Azure platform in exchange for access to Microsoft 365 and Azure features that will make online shopping easier and faster.
Micron and Intel have expanded their 3D XPoint joint development program, focusing efforts on a second-generation of 3D XPoint technology that is expected to be released early next year. The offerings generated through the partnership have lowered latency and improved endurance for device memory.
Pax8 revealed a fee-based professional services program for Azure implementations offered to its partners and managed service providers. Wingman Professional Services can help cloud architects and engineers plan, assess, design and optimize cloud solutions and infrastructure-as-a-service offerings.
The gig economy is continuing to grow, with 16.5 million US workers saying they have "contingent" or "alternative" employment practices, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Companies can save money by hiring freelance employees, but inconsistent schedules, no benefits and lower pay might discourage workers from signing on as freelancers.
Two years after its acquisition, Instapaper announced it is leaving Pinterest and becoming an independent company again. The Instapaper team did not explain reasons for the move, but added that it hoped to become GDPR-compliant and resume serving Europe.
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