US Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into Google

Stephanie Mlot, reports on that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is leading 50 states in a bipartisan investigation of Google’s business practices. They intend to investigate Google’s overarching control of online advertising markets and search traffic, which may have led to anticompetitive behavior.

“Now, more than ever, information is power, and the most important source of information in Americans’ day-to-day lives is the Internet,” Paxton said. “When most Americans think of the Internet, they no doubt think of Google.”

For most of us, myself included, Google is my primary web browser and search engine. Every one of us at times has “Googled” something. It’s so common that the term has entered our language as a verb.

But as Mlot has pointed out, there are also potential dangers from monopolistic domination.

According to eMarketer, Google is expected to collect more than $48 billion in U.S. digital ad revenue this year, capturing 75 percent of all spending on search ads in…

Microsoft Invests $1 Billion in OpenAI

According to Michael Kan writing in PCMag, Microsoft's most recent goal is to build an AI that will be capable of running society and solving our most pressing problems. Last Monday, the company said it wants to lay the foundation for its creation by investing $1 billion into OpenAI, a San Francisco-based company co-founded by Elon Musk.

The idea is to create an artificial general intelligence (AGI). Currently, the most cutting-edge AI programs have been designed to focus only on a single task. AGI is far more ambitious: Imagine a computer smart enough to master one field, and then another, and another, and then using that knowledge for the betterment of society. "The creation of AGI will be the most important technological development in human history, with the potential to shape the trajectory of humanity," OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said in today's announcement. "Our mission is to ensure that AGI technology benefits all of humanity."

Whether or not creating …

Apple's iPhone 12 Years Later

In 2007, Apple released the first iPhone. This innovative and revolutionary product that would define what a “smartphone” was, made its debut six months earlier at MacWorld. Here’s what was said about it way back at its introduction:

“The iphone—called the iphone, and not any derivative, as had been speculated—will serve both as an ipod as well as 3g phone, somehow cramming a "3g" radio, ipod functionality, and even a version of os x into the phone-size package. The phone itself is dominated by a giant touchscreen, the patent apple applied for in February.”
And the rest is history.

Over the years, the iPhone has slimmed down, bulked up, added new colors, another antenna, more carriers, a friendly yet somewhat sassy personal assistant named Siri, and, oh yeah, gained a few million customers along the way.

It hasn't been a completely smooth ride however. Apple would like to forget the iPhone 4 “death grip,” Mapgate, and Bendgate, among other things.

The iPad may have conq…

Salesforce to Embed Blockchain Network into CRM

According to Mike Vizard, writing in ITBusinessEdge, Salesforce announced plans to roll out a blockchain network that organizations will be able to invoke from within the company’s customer relationship management (CRM) application platform.

Announced at the company’s TrailheadX 2019 conference, Salesforce says organizations will not only be able to create a blockchain network using Salesforce development tools, but also view all the nodes that make up that network as objects within Salesforce applications.

Salesforce CTO Parker Harris told conference attendees that Salesforce is leveraging its software-as-a-service (SaaS) application to both launch blockchain networks and monitor events such as transactions as they occur across that network. “We’re bringing the ease of use of Salesforce to managing a blockchain network,” says Harris.

If Salesforce is successfil, blockchain networks will simply be an extension of a suite of digital business applications that all share a common object…

Running Containers and Kubernetes for Production. Are you Ready?

According to a recent study by Gartner, the container ecosystem is immature and lacks operational best practices. But adoption of containers and Kubernetes is increasing for legacy modernization and cloud-native applications.

By 2022, more than 75% of global organizations will be running containerized applications in production, which is a significant increase from fewer than 30% today.
Key Challenges facing Business include: Container usage for production deployments in enterprises is still constrained by concerns regarding security, monitoring, data management and networking.Cloud-native applications require a high degree of infrastructure automation and specialized operations skills, which are not commonly found in enterprise IT organizations.Identifying, creating and empowering the right team is challenging, due to legacy mindsets and operational burdens on team members.There is a hodgepodge of competing vendor interests, uncertain monetization strategies and varied consumption m…

Brand-New Airbus A330 Assembled in Two Minutes

Airbus has released a video, filmed at the plane manufacturer’s plant in Toulouse, France, showing the assembly of an A330-900. From delivery of components, to the assembly line, and then takeoff.

The video begins with the parts being unloaded from an Airbus Beluga 3, one of the company’s original fleet of five whale-shaped cargo planes which fly its aircraft components between European production sites and final assembly lines in Toulouse, Hamburg and Tianjin, according to CNN.


2019 Billionaire's Challenge

Our winner this year is Matthew Stankovsky who made over $11 billion. Each semester students in BUS 350 Operations Management compete to see who can make the most in the simulation which uses Microsoft Excel's "Solver" add-in. Congratulations!