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Month: June 2020 (Page 2 of 7)

Google announces new licensing program to support news industry

Google announced a licensing program to pay publishers for high-quality content for a new news experience launching later this year. This program will help participating publishers monetize their content through an enhanced storytelling experience that lets people go deeper into more complex stories, stay informed and be exposed to a world of different issues and interests. To start, Google has signed partnerships and is working with publishing partners with local and national publications in Germany, Australia and Brazil, with more publishers in a number of countries around the globe to come soon. The new product will launch first on Google News and Discover.

This endeavor will diversify Google’s support for news businesses, building on the value already provided through Search and our ongoing efforts with the Google News Initiative to help journalism thrive in the digital age. While they’ve previously funded high-quality content, this program is a step forward in how they will support the creation of this kind of journalism. Where available, Google will also offer to pay for free access for users to read paywalled articles on a publisher’s site. This will let paywalled publishers grow their audiences and open an opportunity for people to read content they might not ordinarily see.

https://www.blog.google/outreach-initiatives/google-news-initiative/licensing-program-support-news-industry-/

Polyverse announces Polyscripting for WordPress

Polyverse Corporation announced the immediate availability of Polyscripting for WordPress. Polyscripting for WordPress removes the problem of Remote Code Execution, Backdoor and File Inclusion attacks by transparently scrambling the syntax and grammar of the language in which WordPress is built (PHP), preventing any non-approved code from executing. This enables the detection and defense of cyberattacks easily and cleanly. 90% of all hacked CMS sites were WordPress in 2018 and 70% of current WordPress installations are vulnerable to known (and patched) issues. Polyverse Polyscripting for WordPress is applied easily and transparently without impacting developer productivity or runtime performance. Polyscripting for WordPress is installed using a one-line command that connects to a customer’s existing WordPress files and MySQL/MariaDB database. Enterprise WordPress users can contact Polyverse for a demo.

https://polyverse.com/

Serviceaide introduces Luma Knowledge

Serviceaide, Inc., a provider of intelligent, enterprise service management solutions, announced the launch of Luma Knowledge, a self-learning, knowledge-centered product that optimizes access, creation and reuse of enterprise knowledge to service and support needs of users and customers. The maker of the AI-powered Luma Virtual Agent, Serviceaide is leveraging AI technologies like natural language processing and machine learning in digital interactions, knowledge and automation to bring advanced capabilities and business value to service and support functions across the enterprise. Features and capabilities:

  • The Luma Knowledge hub provides a common tool to actively correlate and access information federated across the enterprise.
  • Luma Knowledge offers a common semantic pathway to all enterprise knowledge.
  • Natural Language Processing auto extracts topics and pulls text from complex documents to auto-create FAQs. 
  • A dynamic guided search capability, based on available knowledge, helps users access the right information even when they don’t know exactly what to ask for, and don’t know what is in the knowledge base.
  • Automated learning leverages machine learning to auto-tune retrievals and identify missing content or other related issues.
  • Knowledge Sharing – Federating across multiple knowledge bases, semantic searches and guiding requests deliver accurate knowledge
  • Knowledge Discovery – Proactively discovering knowledge both inside an organization and from external sources
  • Knowledge Improvement – Continuous monitoring of knowledge and feedback to provide recommendations for needed knowledge, correcting knowledge and searches, and retiring unused knowledge

https://serviceaide.com

Databricks introduces Delta Engine and acquires Redash

Databricks announced the availability of Delta Engine and the acquisition of Redash. These new capabilities make it faster and easier for data teams to use its Unified Data Analytics platform for data science, machine learning, and a broad range of data analytics use cases. Delta Engine is a high-performance query engine on cloud data lakes and Redash is an open-source dashboarding and visualization service for data scientists and analysts to do data exploration.

Delta Engine is tailored for use with Delta Lake, the open-source structured transaction layer for data lakes. Organizations can now build curated data lakes that include structured and semi-structured data and run all their analytics on high quality, fresh data in the cloud. Databricks acquired Redash, the company behind the successful Redash open source project, to provide easy-to-use dashboarding and visualization capabilities on these curated data lakes. With Redash, data scientists and SQL analysts can eliminate the complexity of moving data into other systems for analysis.

The open source Redash project was created to help data teams make sense of their data. Data scientists and SQL analysts can easily gather a wide variety of data sources, including operational databases, data lakes, and Delta Lake, into thematic dashboards. The results can be visualized in a wide variety of formats like charts, cohorts, and funnels, and are easily shareable across an organization or with external users. Redash can be used with Databricks today using a free connector, and Redash will be fully integrated into Databricks’ Unified Data Analytics Platform and the Databricks workspace in the coming months and take advantage of capabilities like Delta Engine.

https://databricks.com/

iManage Delivers AI and Knowledge Management to Document Management Users

iManage announced the availability of iManage RAVN Knowledge Unlocked. With Knowledge Unlocked, iManage has productized Knowledge Management and RAVN AI, making them accessible to a broader market through packaged solutions that are easy to deploy and use, and integrated with their document and email management product, iManage Work 10. iManage enables law firms, legal departments, and professional services organizations of any size to use AI with Work 10 plug-ins that minimize the need for dedicated Knowledge Management (KM) staff, AI expertise, or outside services. IT-implemented and user-driven, Knowledge Unlocked enables knowledge workers to capture and reuse important data locked in data repositories, mine best practices, and identify knowledge and experts across their organizations to get to the information they need, when they need it.

Knowledge Unlocked brings together various KM and AI capabilities – including classification, search, and machine learning – in an integrated package, taking what would previously have been individual products and combining them to solve specific KM problems with greater efficiency. The solution extends the document retrieval-oriented search of Work 10 to knowledge search that enables organizations to surface relevant matters, clauses, people or expertise that could be of value to the user.

Knowledge Unlocked is available in three editions – Essentials, Professional, and Enterprise – each with an increasing level of capability and sophistication. The tiers have been designed so that organizations don’t have to go through expensive system replacement to get to the next level in AI – they can continue to build upon Knowledge Unlocked.

https://imanage.com/

MariaDB releases MariaDB Community Server 10.5

MariaDB Corporation announced the general availability of MariaDB Community Server 10.5, a major release that brings high-performance analytics to the open source database. In a push to mainstream analytics and to make it as popular as MariaDB’s transactional engine, the company added a new, native columnar storage engine to the community database server and a new, native MariaDB Python Connector and Microsoft Power BI integration. All new analytical capabilities in MariaDB Community Server 10.5 are available for free with unrestricted use to broaden adoption of hybrid transactional and analytical processing, and modern analytical approaches.

MariaDB Server is compatible with the widely used MySQL database protocol and therefore supports native integrations with BI and data analysis tools and frameworks. This compatibility also enables access to data in any MariaDB storage engine, including ColumnStore. In addition, MariaDB released two new, native connectors to make data analysis with MariaDB easier and faster. MariaDB Community Server 10.5 including ColumnStore is available immediately for free direct download on the MariaDB website now and through Docker Hub by the end of June. MariaDB Connector/Python and MariaDB Power BI adapter can be downloaded from mariadb.com. For customers interested in MariaDB for demanding production environments with built-in high availability and massively parallel processing (MPP), please contact MariaDB for early access to MariaDB Enterprise Server 10.5.

https://mariadb.com

BigCommerce unveils Page Builder

BigCommerce announced the release of Page Builder, a drag-and-drop visual design tool that helps merchants quickly build shopping experiences across their online storefront. Now natively available to BigCommerce merchants across all plan types, Page Builder simplifies a brand’s ability to quickly build new and edit existing pages with drag-and-drop blocks of content called widgets—including individual products, carousels, text blocks, branded images and video, promotional banners, buy buttons, blocks of custom HTML and more. BigCommerce merchants leveraging Page Builder can:

  • Get up and running faster with drag-and-drop widgets: Design and launch your commerce site with an easy-to-use drag-and-drop solution for creating and managing page content. 
  • Personalize pages across your online storefront: Brands can change up the look and feel of their store including the homepage, product and category pages, as well as content and cart pages.
  • Preview before publishing and make changes on the fly: Test out new content and preview how pages will appear across different devices before publishing. Merchants can quickly make changes in real-time by accessing Page Builder directly from any live page.
  • Elevate your brand with the Widgets API: Developers can extend what’s possible with Page Builder and create custom applications for shopping experiences using BigCommerce’s Widgets API to inject custom capabilities via HTML, JavaScript and CSS. 

https://www.bigcommerce.com

MACH Alliance launches to promote “best-of-breed” solutions for digital experience

Commercetools, Contentstack, EPAM Systems and Valtech launched the MACH Alliance, a group of independent, tech companies dedicated to advocating for open technology ecosystems. The Alliance is rooted in the common belief that the interoperability and open architecture of modern software will propel current and future digital experiences. Algolia, Amplience, Cloudinary, Constructor.io, Contentful, E2X, Fluent commerce, Frontastic, Mobify and Vue Storefront have joined as inaugural members, and the Alliance invites like-minded companies to do the same.

The “MACH” namesake, which stands for Microservices based, API-first, Cloud-native SaaS and Headless, is inspired by the supersonic speed at which software ecosystems can better serve enterprises. The MACH Alliance is committed to helping enterprises adopt and adapt agile systems, processes and skills to turn their digital practices into business differentiators. The MACH Alliance will ensure the “best-of-breed” alternative is clear, visible and omni-present, by:

  • Sharing technical knowledge about MACH, and why and when it is better than what a suite can offer.
  • Creating best practices that show organizations how to transition to a MACH architecture.
  • Publishing technical documentation, such as architectural blueprints and other technical content, demonstrating how to integrate MACH technologies.
  • Developing and hosting MACH Alliance events and serving as a collective resource at industry events to demonstrate and educate the industry on the benefits of adopting an open, cloud-native, API first headless architecture technology ecosystem. 

One of the Alliance’s top priorities is to expand its footprint by welcoming like-minded independent technology and services companies to be a part of this open ecosystem technology collaboration. 

https://machalliance.org/

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