Google finally gains traction in cloud services

Google has long run a distant third behind Amazon and Microsoft in the cloud services business, but it finally seems to be catching some momentum, if the most recent quarter is an indicator of future trajectory.  During an earnings call with Wall Street analysts, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that Google Cloud Platform continues to […] Read more »

Google machine learning gains Kaggle and more

Google has already carved out a niche for itself in machine learning with projects like TensorFlow and Google Brain. Now, it’s adding data science provider Kaggle, which runs contests related to machine learning and provides services for data discovery and analysis, to the fold. The company also is moving ahead with other machine learning projects, including […] Read more »

Amazon’s Alexa gains support for Outlook calendars

Users of Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant can now ask it questions about the contents of their Microsoft-hosted calendars. On Wednesday, the assistant gained the ability to interact with calendars from Outlook.com and Office 365, similar to how it works with Google Calendar. Amazon didn’t make an announcement for the new feature. When asked about the […] Read more »

WhatsApp gains 1,000,000,000 whippersnappers (and my lawn)

WhatsApp has one billion users. That’s how many active accounts it had last month, at least according to the Facebook subsidiary — an instant-messaging service for young persons (or so I’m told). It won’t surprise you to know that Jan Koum, the Ukrainian-born CEO, is overjoyed. I dare say Mark Zuckerberg is also fairly happy. […] Read more »