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CIOs not entirely sold on generative AI copilots

CIO

A new breed of AI assistant has set its sights on the enterprise user in recent months, with Microsoft and other vendors promising huge productivity gains that offset the cost. But Microsoft still has work to do on its value proposition. Its Copilot for Microsoft 365, a high-profile offering among the growing list of AI agents, costs $30 per seat per month, with a 300-seat minimum.

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Web3 Venture Funding Bounces Back Slightly From Last Year’s Lows

Crunchbase News

Editor’s note: For more Web3 coverage, visit Crunchbase’s Web3 Tracker , where we track startups, investors and funding news in the Web3, cryptocurrency and blockchain space, powered by Crunchbase ’s live, comprehensive data. Web3, once the buzziest of all buzz words in the venture landscape, saw its funding slightly increase in the first quarter of the year compared to last year’s fourth quarter — the first uptick Web3 funding has realized since the fourth quarter of 2021.

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Oracle to invest $8 billion in Japan through 2034

CIO

Oracle is planning to invest $8 billion in Japan over the next 10 years in order to expand its cloud infrastructure footprint, which in turn will help the company meet the growing demand for AI-based workloads, the company announced on Wednesday. As part of the investment, the company said it will increase local customer support of its public cloud regions in Tokyo and Osaka.

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From Battlefields To Boardrooms: The Rise Of Military Veterans Turned Venture Capitalists

Crunchbase News

By Ikram Mansori Kevin O’Connor ‘s story isn’t your typical Silicon Valley success story. A former Navy SEAL, O’Connor swapped military commands for corporate boardrooms, founding DoubleClick — an internet ad services giant that Google acquired for $3.1 billion. His journey illustrates the untapped potential of military veterans in the venture capital industry.

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10 Rules for Managing Apache Cassandra

It’s no surprise that Apache Cassandra has emerged as a popular choice for organizations of all sizes seeking a powerful solution to manage their data at a scale—but with great power comes great responsibility. Due to the inherent complexity of distributed databases, this white paper will uncover the 10 rules you’ll want to know when managing Apache Cassandra.

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Cloud native platforms: To build or to buy?

CIO

When it comes to cloud native application platforms, we’re at an important evolutionary point: will the best practice for platforms be to build or to buy? Should you choose the components you need for a platform and integrate them together, or should you buy a pre-integrated platform? Unless you’re a handful of organizations, the practical answer is that you should buy the platform.

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Stability AI Lays Off 10% Of Staff — Report

Crunchbase News

This has been a tough week on the layoffs front for AI startups. Troubled artificial intelligence startup Stability AI is laying off 10% — estimated to be about 20 people — of its workforce, per a report by CNBC. The layoffs are just the latest hit for the artificial intelligence-driven visual art startup. In 2022, Stability AI locked up a $101 million raise led by Coatue , Lightspeed Venture Partners and O’Shaughnessy Ventures.

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How aware are you of your team’s level of burnout?

thoughtLEADERS, LLC

Our reader poll today asks: How aware are you of your team’s level of burnout? I’m extremely aware of when they’re getting burned out 15.55% I’m very aware of them getting burned out 39.19% I’m generally aware but sometimes miss the signs 29.73% I’m not as aware as I need to be 11.48% I’m not aware at all of how burned out they are 4.05% Pay attention to the burn.

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5 Strategies for Improving Mental Health at Work

Harvard Business Review

Companies are investing in — and talking about — mental health more often these days. But employees aren’t reporting a corresponding rise in well-being. Why? The author, who wrote a book on mental health and work last year, explores several key ways organizations haven’t gone far enough in implementing a culture of well-being. She also makes five key suggestions on what they can do to improve the mental health of their employees.

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Eye On AI: Microsoft’s G42 Deal Could Bring More AI Money, Tech To UAE

Crunchbase News

This column is a look back at the week that was in AI. Read the previous one here. The big news in AI this week was undoubtedly Microsoft ’s huge $1.5 billion strategic investment in United Arab Emirates-based artificial intelligence firm G42 — the biggest private round to go to an AI startup this year. Of course, Microsoft betting big on AI firms is nothing new.

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Generative AI Deep Dive: Advancing from Proof of Concept to Production

Speaker: Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks & Tony Karrer, CTO at Aggregage

Executive leaders and board members are pushing their teams to adopt Generative AI to gain a competitive edge, save money, and otherwise take advantage of the promise of this new era of artificial intelligence. There's no question that it is challenging to figure out where to focus and how to advance when it’s a new field that is evolving everyday. 💡 This new webinar featuring Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks, will explore a practical framework to transform Generative AI pr

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UN Security Council to vote Friday on Palestinian UN membership

Ooda Loop

On Friday, the United Nations Security Council is scheduled to vote on a Palestinian request for full U.N. membership.

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How to upstream code to open source projects

InfoWorld

Code commonly flows downstream, from an open-source project into an organization’s own products. Upstreaming is the process of reversing that flow—contributing code back to an open-source project. The value proposition of upstreaming includes harnessing the strength of an open-source community to examine code, find and fix problems, and add their own features that make the code more valuable to everyone using it.

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Research: Boards Still Have an ESG Expertise Gap — But They’re Improving

Harvard Business Review

The role of U.S. public boards in managing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues has significantly evolved over the past five years. Initially, boards were largely unprepared to handle materially financial ESG topics, lacking the necessary background and credentials. However, recent developments show a positive shift, with the percentage of Fortune 100 board members possessing relevant ESG credentials rising from 29% to 43%.

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Java services hit hardest by third-party vulnerabilities, report says

InfoWorld

Java services are the most-impacted by third-party vulnerabilities, according to the “State of DevSecOps 2024” report just released by cloud security provider Datadog. Released on April 17, the report found that 90% of Java services were susceptible to one or more critical or high-severity vulnerabilities introduced by a third-party library. The average for other languages was 47%.

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10 Rules for Managing Apache Kafka

Without proper guidance, it’s easy to miss out on Kafka’s full capabilities. While not the easiest technology to optimize, Kafka rewards those willing to explore its depths. Under the hood, it is an elegant system for stream processing, event sourcing, and data integration. Download this white paper to learn the 10 critical rules that will help you optimize your Kafka system and unlock its full potential.

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Cultivating Collective Intelligence

CEO Insider

I recently delivered a one-hour Expert Insight for REF Global on LinkedIn Live titled Collective Intelligence: The Intersection of Servant Leadership and Innovation. In preparing for this talk, I reflected on my relationship with Mr. Clifford Boatner – my high school math teacher. Mr. Boatner was particularly relevant to me and the theme of my […] The post Cultivating Collective Intelligence appeared first on CEOWORLD magazine.

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How Microsoft’s Git fork scales for massive monorepos

InfoWorld

Building applications at scale is nothing compared to building an operating system like Windows, especially when it comes to source code control. How do you manage the repository (or repositories) for such a software behemoth, with thousands of developers and testers, and with a complex build pipeline that’s continuously delivering fresh code? Microsoft’s history with internal source control systems is convoluted.

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Kafka-docker-composer: A Simple Tool to Create a docker-compose.yml File for Failover Testing

Confluent

Learn how to use kafka-docker-composer, a simple tool to create a docker-compose.yml file for failover testing, to understand cluster settings like Kraft, and for app development.

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How Microsoft scales Git for massive monorepos

InfoWorld

Building applications at scale is nothing compared to building an operating system like Windows, especially when it comes to source code control. How do you manage the repository (or repositories) for such a software behemoth, with thousands of developers and testers, and with a complex build pipeline that’s continuously delivering fresh code? Microsoft’s history with internal source control systems is convoluted.

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Embedding BI: Architectural Considerations and Technical Requirements

While data platforms, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and programming platforms have evolved to leverage big data and streaming data, the front-end user experience has not kept up. Holding onto old BI technology while everything else moves forward is holding back organizations. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) aren’t built for modern data platforms and don’t work on modern architectures.

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US Air Force confirms first successful AI dogfight

Ooda Loop

The US Air Force is putting AI in the pilot’s seat. In an update on Thursday, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) revealed that an AI-controlled jet successfully faced a human pilot during an in-air dogfight test carried out last year.

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Error'd: Believe It Or Not

The Daily WTF

This week we have a special visit from a mythical beast: the snarklemma. But first, a non-error Error'd. Obsessive Optimizer Ian K. "Walmart's nationwide network of warehouse stores means they can save time and money by shipping locally. FedEx has them covered: Their nationwide shipping fleet determined the shortest path from Houston to its largest suburb goes via Georgia." Not the shortest path, nor the fastest, but surely the cheapest one that meets the delivery date requiremen

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#775 Navigating Business & IT Evolution as an Award-Winning Company with Frank DeGeorge, CTO at Impact Networking

Modern CTO

Today we’re talking to Frank DeGeorge, CTO at Impact Networking. We discuss what went into Impact Networking’s “best workplace” award, the ways in which Frank thinks about business evolution from his perspective as CTO, and how AI continues to change the game for his operations. All of this right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast! To learn more about Impact Networking, check out their website here.

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How Automation And Real, Human-To-Human Collaboration Go Hand-In-Hand In The Working World

Ooda Loop

Since generative AI burst onto the scene, much of the discussion around AI and automation in general seems to be focused on how it can eliminate the human element from the working world. Look deeper, however, and it’s apparent that this actually isn’t the case.

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Get Better Network Graphs & Save Analysts Time

Many organizations today are unlocking the power of their data by using graph databases to feed downstream analytics, enahance visualizations, and more. Yet, when different graph nodes represent the same entity, graphs get messy. Watch this essential video with Senzing CEO Jeff Jonas on how adding entity resolution to a graph database condenses network graphs to improve analytics and save your analysts time.

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Explainable AI in Practice (In Plain English!)

Dataiku

As organizations scale their data science, machine learning (ML), and artificial intelligence (AI) efforts, they are bound to reach the impasse of learning when to prioritize white-box models over black-box ones (because there is a time and a place for those ) and how to infuse explainability along the way.

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Worldcoin, Sam Altman’s eye-scanning crypto project, announces its own blockchain

Ooda Loop

Worldcoin Foundation, the company behind Worldcoin, today announced World Chain, a permissionless, open-source Ethereum layer 2 that’s expected to launch mid-2024. The blockchain will be deeply entwined with the Worldcoin protocol and is aimed at accelerating adoption of “World ID.

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Security Theater: Don’t Hang your Hat on Compliance

Prisma Clud

Security breaches can cost millions. Everyone answers to someone — whether it's a manager, director, CISO, CEO or the company board. They’re going to want to know how security teams are protecting their infrastructure. Prologue : Intro to Security Theater Security theater. What are you talking about? Security theater is essentially the illusion of security.

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Improving decision-making in LLMs: Two contemporary approaches

Ooda Loop

Emergent large language models (LLMs) such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT (particularly its latest iteration, GPT-4), Claude AI and Gemini have demonstrated limited decision-making. In this article, we’ll discuss contemporary research surrounding decision-making by LLMs and what it could mean for their future.

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How to Leverage AI for Actionable Insights in BI, Data, and Analytics

In the rapidly-evolving world of embedded analytics and business intelligence, one important question has emerged at the forefront: How can you leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance your application’s analytics capabilities? Imagine having an AI tool that answers your user’s questions with a deep understanding of the context in their business and applications, nuances of their industry, and unique challenges they face.

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Foxconn Chairman Young Liu Sheds Light on Rotational CEO System Approach

CEO Insider

Amid swirling speculations regarding Foxconn’s potential adoption of a rotational CEO system, Chairman Young Liu shed light on the internal deliberations during his attendance at Autotromics Taipei on April 17. Liu revealed that an internal plan for the rotational system had been in motion since April, marking a strategic initiative aimed at enhancing leadership dynamics […] The post Foxconn Chairman Young Liu Sheds Light on Rotational CEO System Approach appeared first on CEOWORLD m

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Malicious Google Ads Pushing Fake IP Scanner Software with Hidden Backdoor

Ooda Loop

A new maladvertising campaign through Google with the moniker MadMxShell is leveraging several domains to replicate a legitimate IP scanner software. Google Ads to push fake decoy domains as the top search engine results for keywords is how the threat actors were able to target victims.

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Google Restructures Finance Organization to Prioritize AI Investments

CEO Insider

In a memo circulated on Wednesday, Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat unveiled Google’s plans to restructure its finance organization, signaling a strategic shift towards prioritizing investments in artificial intelligence (AI). The restructuring, which encompasses layoffs and relocations, reflects the company’s commitment to adapting to the evolving landscape of the tech sector.