Blair Hanley Frank

U.S. Correspondent

Blair Hanley Frank is primarily focused on the public cloud, productivity and operating systems businesses for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

Google preps Android for an A.I.-laden future

Google Cloud growth is outpacing the company's ad business

Google Cloud growth is outpacing the company's ad business

Google is still an advertising company, but the tech titan’s cloud business is growing faster than its advertising revenue. That’s one of the key take-aways from the company’s first quarter earnings report released Thursday.

With CRM integration, Microsoft finds another use for LinkedIn

With CRM integration, Microsoft finds another use for LinkedIn

Microsoft is wielding LinkedIn against Salesforce in the battle for the CRM market. Starting Tuesday, salespeople will get LinkedIn Sales Navigator data alongside other information in the Dynamics 365 Sales dashboard.

Microsoft acquires Deis to boost its Kubernetes chops

Microsoft acquires Deis to boost its Kubernetes chops

Microsoft is acquiring Deis, a company that makes tools to work with the Kubernetes open-source container orchestration system. The deal, announced Monday, marks Microsoft’s continued interest in container orchestration.

Labor Department accuses Google of underpaying women

Labor Department accuses Google of underpaying women

The U.S. Department of Labor says Google discriminates against female employees in pay at a level that's even worse than the tech industry as a whole, The Guardian reported on Friday.

Microsoft launches Windows 10 beta program for business users

Microsoft launches Windows 10 beta program for business users

Business users get access to their own version of the Windows 10 beta program this week. Microsoft unveiled the Windows Insider Program for Business, alongside its first post-Creators Update Windows 10 beta.

Facebook's M assistant launches in U.S., will offer chat suggestions

Facebook's M assistant launches in U.S., will offer chat suggestions

More than a year after introducing a virtual assistant in its Messenger app, Facebook is launching M to the masses. M now offers a set of suggestions to help with the conversation being carried out.

Tableau moves to subscription pricing for its BI products

Tableau moves to subscription pricing for its BI products

Tableau is making a big change in the way it sells its business intelligence products. The company announced Thursday that all of its software will be available as a subscription, rather than a single license plus a service fee.

Google bets on another Asia-Pacific submarine cable

Google bets on another Asia-Pacific submarine cable

Google is investing in another massive undersea fiber-optic cable as a part of its plans to build out network connectivity around the world. The project, called Indigo, will connect Jakarta, Singapore, Perth and Sydney to one another....

Google says its AI chips smoke CPUs, GPUs in performance tests

Google says its AI chips smoke CPUs, GPUs in performance tests

Google released a paper Wednesday detailing the benefits of using its dedicated Tensor Processing Units for machine learning inference, and the results are staggering.

Google's Espresso networking tech takes SD-WAN to internet scale

Google's Espresso networking tech takes SD-WAN to internet scale

Google is working to accelerate the performance of its applications over the internet by building out a software-defined network at a broad scale. The company announced Espresso, a system that provides increased network performance to...

DigitalOcean adds free monitoring to its cloud virtual machines

DigitalOcean adds free monitoring to its cloud virtual machines

DigitalOcean’s cloud platform became more useful to developers running production applications, thanks to Tuesday's addition of monitoring capabilities for its virtual machines.

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