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$560 Million in Funding Created in Canada for Rural Broadband Expansion

The communications regulator in Canada has announce a C$750 million or $560 million in funding for companies, such as Telus Corp., BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc. can use to help subsidize high-speed internet projects found in rural areas of the country. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission believes broadband internet is a basic service and should be available across the country. The new funding will be distributed over about five years to applications from telecommunications carriers. Read the full story here.

Facebook Accused of Misleading EU Watchdogs

Facebook has been accused of misleading European Union watchdogs in 2014, while the company sought approval to buy the popular WhatsApp messaging service. The EU’s antitrust authority suspects that Facebook gave “incorrect or misleading information” about linking data with WhatsApp two years ago . Margrethe Vestager the EU Competition Commissioner is investigating the situation. “These are serious allegatons. If Facebook provided misleading information about its ability to match Facebook and WhatsApp accounts it basically blocked the commission from checking the implications of data of this merger. This s unacceptable and sheds a bad light on the company’s readiness to respect consumers’ privacy,” said Agustin Reyna of BEUC, a European consumer advocate group. Read more here.

Cisco Ending Intercloud Services

Cisco has announced that they are planning on ending its Intercloud Services on March 31, 2017. The announcement was made in October, and the company set a final sale date for Intercloud Fabric for Business and Intercloud Fabric for Providers for April 12, 2017. Application support for the products will last until 2020, although the Open Stack-based platform will begin shutting down even sooner. Intercloud was originally announced in January of 2014 and launched in that September. The company was later opened to developers in mid-2015. Kip Compton, Cloud Platform and Services VP said, “the CIS multi-tenant hosting platform will be shut down and all tenants fully migrated to other platforms.” Cisco is going to begin focusing on “Enterprise Hybrid Cloud and SP Network Function Virtualization.” Read more here.

SiberName Now Able to Offer Google’s G-Suite

SiberName, a domain registration and web hosting company, recently announced they will offer Google’s G-Suite to customers. The company was established in 2000 and it’s headquartered in Ontario, Canada. They already offer a wide range of hosting options including email options, reseller hosting and WordPress hosting. With the ability to offer the G-Suite, the company will provide an even better product for customers. G-Suite includes many Google Apps, such as Gmail, Google+, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Slides, Sites and more. Read the full story here.

HostForLIFE.eu announced Joomla 3.6.4 Hosting Options

Recently, HostForLIFE.eu, a European web hosting company, announced the launching of new hosting options to support Joomla 3.6.4. The company is headquartered in London and specialized in hosting on the Windows platform. The new hosting options will provide a better option for web developers using Joomla 3.6.4. Joomla provides an Open Source Content Management System anybody can use with the free download. It’s not as popular as WordPress, but comes in second when it comes to CMS choices. Read the full story here.

GoDaddy Speeding Things Up While Other Companies Slow Down

Usually, the holiday season is a time for companies to slow down a bit, but GoDaddy is doing the opposite. Recently, then announced a $1.9 billion acquisition of Hosting Europe Group and they are making another move now. GoDaddy has appointed a new head of hosting, Raghu Murthi. He will succeed Jeff King, who will move onto new opportunities. Murthi has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry and most recently served as the VP of the Amazon Kindle division. Read the full story here.

Azure Stack Looking for Success Where Private Clouds Have Failed

HPE announced they will provide Azure Stack within the next six month at the HPE Discover Conference last month in London. This week, Jason Zander, the corporate vice president of Microsoft Azure, expanded on how Azure Stack will address challenges other companies have when implementing private clouds. Azure Stack is trying to figure out how other private cloud implementations are failing. They want to make sure they get the hardware and the software right in order to succeed where others have failed. Microsoft has worked with HPE, Lenovo and Dell to get this right. Read the full story here.

Rally by Bitcoin Beats Out All other Currencies in 2016

Bitcoin has emerged as a better bet than any major foreign-exchange trade, commodity contract or stock index. The electronic coin is regulated like gold and oil and has surged 79% since the beginning of 2016. It’s up to $778, which is the highest it has been since early in 2014. The electronic currency has outperformed the Russian ruble and Brazilian real by as much as four times, which are the two top hard currencies in the world. Many reasons have caused the currency to have a large comeback since falling 58% in 2014. With new consumers and companies adopting the currency, some expect it to continue to rise. Read the full story here.

Cisco Loses in Federal Court to Arista

Arista Networks has been in a long legal battle with Cisco Systems and caught a big break recently. Cisco’s demand for $335 million in damages was denied by a Northern California federal court. The court ruled that Arista Networks didn’t infringe on a Cisco patent or copyright. This decision goes against the ruling from a week ago made by the International Trade Commission. The ruling stated that Arista has violated two Cisco patents after they had already violated three other patents. For a short time, Arista was even banned from importing their products into the United States. Read the full story here.

ViaWest Has Been Recognized as One of Utah’s Best Companies to Work For

Recently, the Hybrid IT Solutions Provider ViaWest, was recognized as one of the best companies to work for in Utah. Utah Business Magazine gave the company an award for this honor because of the inspirational culture and the commitment the company shows to its employees. After a full examination, only a few elite companies were named to the magazine’s list. ViaWest is a part of Shaw Communications Inc, which is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado. They have a large presence in Salt Lake City, Utah with about 60 employees in the city. The company provides services and products in the colocation, managed hosting and disaster recovery space, along with hybrid cloud and cloud solutions. Read the full story here.

Tom Wheeler, Champion for Net Neutrality, Leaving Office January 20th

When President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in on January 20th, 2017, Net Neutrality Champion Tom Wheeler will be leaving office. He has made this announcement after stating that serving as the FCC Chairman has been a great honor. Republicans are a bit hostile to the Democratic regulations passed including the net-neutrality rule. Agit Pai may be named the acting chairman when Wheeler departs. The Republicans may be targeting rules, such as the net-neutrality regulation, privacy rules and others. However, Wheeler could be chosen to remain as commissioner through his term, which ends in 2018. Read the full story here.

Data Stolen from Yahoo Includes Information from Government Employees

A report recently showed that more than 150,000 US government and military victims were included in the one billion people impacted by the Yahoo hack in 2013. The information taken includes email addresses, passwords, telephone numbers, birth dates, security questions, names and even back up email addresses. This leak could allow foreign intelligence services to hack into the personal and work accounts of the military and government employees. It poses a risk to national security. The employees had trusted Yahoo with their official government accounts in case they were ever locked out of other accounts. Some of the government accounts hacked include FBI agents, White House Staff, US congressmen, NSA officials, CIA members and many others. Some of the employees on the list hold high positions, as well. Read the full story here.

Yahoo Announced, One Billion Accounts Were Hacked in 2013

Yahoo has revealed that they were a victim of the largest hack in the world in 2013, which impacted one billion account holders. The first disclosure from the hack happened in 2014, which they admitted included 500 million accounts including email addresses and passwords. Yahoo was established in 1994 and was once the acquisition target of Microsoft. However, they suffered a loss of $4.3 billion in 2015 and downsized 15% of the workforce to improve profitability. This announcement is another huge setback for Yahoo as they are still trying to sell the company. Verizon is still interested in acquiring Yahoo, but has asked for a $1 billion discount due to the hacking reports. Read the full story here.

Apple Pay Available to GoDaddy Merchants

GoDaddy has announced Wednesday that Apple Pay will be available to GoDaddy merchants. Now GoDaddy Online Store merchants with Stripe credit card payments can offer Apple Pay without any additional fees. Cristina Cordova, Head of Business Development at Stripe said that competitors that have been offering Apple Pay have seen much higher conversion rates. Apple Pay provides end-to-end encryption to ensure customers privacy and simple tap payment. 60 percent of GoDaddy website traffic was from mobile devices. Greg Goldfarb, Vice President of Commerce and Email Marketing, said recently, “Mobile shopping is driving e-commerce activity. Simplifying the consumer purchase experience with things like Apple Pay is a big advantage for small businesses.” Read more here.

Amazon Opens New Data Centers in UK

The cloud hosting division of Amazon, Amazon Web Services has opened up new data centers in the UK. Amazon announced the new data centers in a statement on Wednesday. The company hopes to expand their presence in the region and to stay head of the competition. IBM and Microsoft Corp. have also decided to expand their presence in the UK as well. The Amazon data region of the UK includes two time zones and contains multiple data centers. This is the 16th Amazon data center worldwide, and the third in Europe. The company is already planning a fourth European location in France and is planned to open next year. Read more here.

Web.com has Announced it will Acquire Donweb.com

Donweb.com will be acquired by Web.com according to a recent announcement. The goal through the acquisition for Web.com is to drive international growth. With a large base of small business customers found in Latin America, the company believes this is a step towards reaching these customers. Web.com is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, while Donweb.com is headquartered in Santa Fe, Argentina. Web.com offers services for small businesses, which allow for website building and design, along with SSL certificates, cloud servers, email marketing and more. Donweb.com offers a range of email marketing services, along with VPS hosting, dedicated servers and domain registration. Both companies cater to small and medium-sized businesses. The acquisition will be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2017. Read the full story here.

HostingForLIFE.eu has Announced the Launch of MediaWiki 1.28.0 Hosting

With so much demand for MediaWiki 1.28.0 hosting, HostForLIFE has responded by launching hosting options for MediaWiki 1.28.0. MediaWiki is a MySQL and PHP-based solution allowing for easy creation of a website similar to Wikipedia. It’s an Open Source solution and free to download. HostForLIFE is headquartered in the United Kingdom and known as one of the top hosting choices in Europe. It has a presence in Italy, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, Germany, Belgium, United Kingdom and Netherlands. Read the full story here.

Police Crack Down on DDoS Tools

Police agencies internationally are cracking down on people using DDoS tools. Europol announced Monday that 34 people have been arrested so far. Law enforcement agencies from Australia, Belgium, France, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the FBI carried out a joint operation to target individuals with access to the “Netspoof” stresser, which is a DDoS tool available on the dark web. Most of the suspects have been described as young men under the age of 20. Read more here.

Amazon Introduces AWS Managed Services

Amazon introduced AWS Managed Services on Monday. AWS Managed Services will provide a suite of automated services including change requests, monitoring, patch management, security, and backup services. The AWS Managed Services website explains, “By implementing best practices to maintain your infrastructure, AWS Managed Services helps to reduce your operational overhead and risk. Our rigor and controls help to enforce your corporate and security infrastructure policies, and enable you to develop solutions and applications using your preferred development approach. AWS Managed Services improves agility, reduces cost, and unburdens you from infrastructure operations so you can direct resources toward differentiating your business.” Read more here. 

Flywheel Acquires Pressmatic to Expand its’ WordPress Reach

A recent announcement stated that Flywheel, a WordPress hosting and management company, has acquired Pressmatic, a local WordPress manager. The acquisition has changed the name of Pressmatic to Local by Flywheel and the served is now offered for free. Flywheel is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska and offers many different hosting services for designers and creative agencies. Pressmatic is a local WordPress development app used to as a manager. It allows developers to use WordPress on the OS X operating system. Read the full story here.

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