Salesforce buys Tableau

Salesforce buys Tableau for an amount of $15.7B, in not only its largest M&A deal to date, but probably one of the largest deals ever. After Google only acquired Looker earlier past week, it seems the race for Business Analytics is on.

SaaS giant Salesforce announced that it has signed an agreement with Seattle-based data visualization and analysis platform Tableau for $15.7 billion in stock. Both companies’ boards of directors approved the deal, which “is expected to be completed during Salesforce’s fiscal third quarter […]

Source: Salesforce To Buy Tableau For $15.7B In Its Largest M&A Deal To Date

Google to Acquire Looker

Google spent $2.6 billion all cash to acquire business intelligence platform Looker.

Google LLC today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Looker, a unified platform for business intelligence, data applications and embedded analytics, in a $2.6 billion all-cash…

Source: Alphabet : 06.06.2019 Google to Acquire Looker more | MarketScreener

Google stored G Suite passwords in plaintext

In today’s edition of privacy related topics, it is Google that apparently stored customer passwords in plaintext. Google didn’t disclose which (enterprise) customers have been affected, but was clear that improper access is out of question. With this recent incident, Google joins ranks of Facebook, Instagram, but also Twitter and LinkedIn.

Google says it discovered a bug that caused some of its enterprise G Suite customers to have their passwords stored in an unhashed form for about 14 years.

Source: Google stored some G Suite passwords in plaintext for 14 years

GCP can run untrusted workloads

Google’s Kubernetes Engine (GKE) now supports node pools that are wrapped in gVisor to allow running untrusted workloads. The idea behind gVisors is to emulate all system calls in user space and provide a sandbox to processes that cannot be trusted. GKE allows to enable this with a configuration option now.

GKE on GCP

New GKE Sandbox brings added security to your containers running in Google Kubernetes Engine clusters.

Source: GKE Sandbox: Bring defense in depth to your pods | Google Cloud Blog

google.io 2019

News Coverage and liveblogs on Google I/O over on TechCrunch, The Verge and Engadget.

Most noteworthy, Google released a new, more affordable Pixel 3a, updates to Google Assistant, put more emphasis on security upgrades. In other announcements, Nest Hub has been pronounced the new name for Google Home Hub, along with a bigger ‘Max’ edition of the device. There are also announcements on Android 10 Q, which The Verge covered previously

26 incredibly useful Google Calendar tips

Google Calendar is sure popular with people in likewise positions. The linked article has a bunch of pointers that I had no clue about yet. Those are useful for me, thought I share.

Upgrade your agenda with this cornucopia of advanced options, shortcuts, and features for Google Calendar.

Source: 26 incredibly useful Google Calendar tips

#GoogleCloudSummit 2017 in Munich

While Amazon Web Services reported another record quarter with $4,53B in October 2017, and Microsoft reporting 93% growth of their cloud business, Google is the third major player in the market for cloud services.

At the same time, Google is not (yet) explicitly reporting numbers on their cloud offering. However, “all other” businesses, including Play Store,  also showed impressive 42% growth recently.

To demonstrate how serious the company is about their cloud products, Google demonstrated their commitment in roadshows, the Google Cloud Summit. Among others, like in Paris or Singapore, the Summit was held in Munich On December 6th in the MOC Munich.

Following a keynote between 9am an 11am, Google prepared 4 tracks covering diverse, cloud oriented topics in the areas of Application Development, Big Data & Machine Learning, Infrastructure & Operations, Startup. These tracks had continuous talks between 11am and 6pm, touching all topics from the field you could think of, starting with containers, docker and Kubernetes, going over IoT and Industry 4.0, touching Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, to Data Loss Protection and GDPR. All that along with Innovation and Agility in the context of security and privacy.

To round up the event,  outside the track rooms had an exhibition of selected cloud partners, from consultancy to implementation service, but also SaaS offerings leveraging the Google Cloud Platform.

While the market news seem that Google is late to the game, their commitment and quality of offering surely put them in an interesting spot and an alternative to the other two cloud vendors. The cloud summit definitely answered questions on Googles capabilities.

Go best practices

Peter Bourgon has some experience with go, and he shares this on his website. Go is a language developed at Google 2007 and released to the public in 2009. In first place, this is fairly unrelated, but we’re currently evaluating go as a language for an IoT project, which makes it fit the topic of this blog.

Even though go does a great job providing a newbie with an environment to get started, there are experiences you can avoid making, listening to somebody that did it before.

via: Go best practices, six years in

Google’s OnHub Gets New Smarthome Functionality

Googles approach to the smart home gateway on their OnHub Router.

This router wants to be more than a router—but Echo is still more robust for talking to your home.

http://fortune.com/2016/05/01/googles-onhub-smarthome/

Revolv Smart Home Service being shut down

Remember the Revolv home automation hub? Probably not. The device was released in late 2013, and while fantastic, it largely flew under the radar before Google’s Nest division bought the company,…

Well, neither do I remember the Revolv devices, and they’re apparently out of sale since they were acquired by Nest/Google. Now that their cloud service is being shut down, they make a good point for open standards though. Without the possibility to operate them further and their manufacturer out of business, the hardware will only be good as a doorstop starting May this year.

via: TechCrunch