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H&R Block turns to A.I. to tackle your tax return

H&R Block is betting that customers will be willing to have IBM's Watson assist their human tax preparers in getting them the biggest refunds possible or at least reduce how much they owe.

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Putting data into the sales process with InsideSales

Artificial intelligence is a much-hyped buzzword. Without data fueling it, it's an empty promise.

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Review: The best frameworks for machine learning and deep learning

TensorFlow, Spark MLlib, Scikit-learn, MXNet, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, and Caffe do the math.

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HPE acquires security startup Niara to boost its ClearPass portfolio

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has acquired Niara, a startup that uses machine learning and big data analytics on enterprise packet streams and log streams to detect and protect customers from advanced cyberattacks that have penetrated...

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Cloud services accounted for half of revenue growth at SAP in 2016

SAP's revenue from cloud subscriptions and support grew so quickly in 2016 that the company has raised its forecasts for 2017 and 2020.

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Ransomware takes a nasty turn

Ransomware without the ransom request? The recent attacks on hadoop are redefining what ransomeware is all about.

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Tech luminaries team up on $27M A.I. ethics fund

A team of philanthropists and tech luminaries have put together a fund that’s aimed at bringing some more humanity into the A.I. development process. It’s called the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund, and it will...

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Uber to provide anonymized data to city officials

Uber Technologies is offering data from trips on its ride-hailing platform to city officials, planners and policymakers to help them better understand traffic patterns and invest in infrastructure.

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Busted! 5 myths of digital transformation

Let’s get digital: Serious opportunities await those who can cut through the bull surrounding everything that can make an organization digital.

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Alibaba’s Taobao back on U.S. blacklist

Alibaba’s Taobao.com marketplace is in the eye of a storm after the U.S. trade representative included the popular online Chinese marketplace on the list of "Notorious Markets" for 2016, after a long break.

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8 big data predictions for 2017

Research firm Ovum estimates the big data market will grow from $1.7 billion in 2016 to $9.4 billion by 2020. As the market grows, enterprise challenges will shift, skills requirements will change, and the vendor landscape will morph...

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Privacy protections for wearable devices are weak, study says

The rapidly expanding wearable device market raises serious privacy concerns, with some device makers collecting massive amounts of personal data and sharing it with other companies, according to a new study.

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Get started with Azure Machine Learning

Jump into Microsoft’s drag-and-drop machine learning studio with InfoWorld’s hands-on tutorial.

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Splunk goes down-market and leverages AWS' market dominance

Splunk is all grown up now and, as such, needs to continuously ramp up revenue. Riding on AWS' coattails is one method.

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Will A.I. usher in a new era of hacking?

It may take several years or even decades, but hackers won’t necessarily always be human. Artificial intelligence –- a technology that also promises to revolutionize cyber security -- could one day become the go-to hacking tool.

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ZoneSavvy taps big data to help SMBs find best sites for businesses

Location, location, location: As the old joke goes, those are the three keys to business success. Now, with big data analysis, corporations can be smarter than ever before about where to open up new offices or businesses.

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Tech skills earning the highest cash premiums -- no certification required

Some employers pay cash premiums to their tech professionals for specific hot skills and certifications. Here's a ranking of the highest paying tech skills right now at 3,000 U.S. and Canadian companies that don't require a...

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Is Trump's unexpected victory a failure for big data? Not really

The failed predictions in the U.S. presidential race could cast doubts on some hot technology sectors, including big data and customer relationship management.

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