If You Want to Live Longer, Keep Working, Study Suggests. Or, You Know, Start a Business After You Retire.

‘It may not apply to everybody, but we think work brings people a lot of economic and social benefits that could impact the length of their lives,’ researcher says.

 

 

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In rare unanimous move, House passes bill to protect email and cloud privacy

 
 

The U.S. House of Representatives, in a rare unanimous vote, has approved a bill to strengthen privacy protections for email and other data stored in the cloud.

The Email Privacy Act would require law enforcement agencies to get court-ordered warrants to search email and other data stored with third parties for longer than six months. The House on Wednesday voted 419-0 to pass the legislation and send it to the Senate.

 

The bill, with 314 cosponsors in the House, would update a 30-year-old law called the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Some privacy advocates and tech companies have been pushing Congress to update ECPA since 2011.

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IDG Contributor Network: Blockchain technology: hype or reality?

 
 

There’s been a lot of coverage in the technology press recently about an emerging technology garnering a lot of interest in multiple industries: blockchain, and it’s ecosystem. There are still some limitations with the technology before it is widely accepted and deployed, but in some industries (for example, banking), initial testing has proven to be successful. Today’s CIO should take a closer look at this technology, as there are some real benefits that are starting to come to light through these tests and initial deployments

Even though there are disadvantages, and gaps requiring closure, the fast developing blockchain ecosystem is addressing these for closure to drive further blockchain adoption and deployment

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GoDadddy CTO and cloud VP heads to Google

Screen Shot 2016-04-16 at 11.34.35 AM GoDaddy’s chief technology officer – amid a time when the company is expanding its cloud-computing operations – is departing, according to a regulatory filing. Elissa Murphy will be leaving the company later in May. Her departure comes as GoDaddy has begun building out cloud infrastructure, helping it evolve from a simple hosting service to something more robust. These kinds… Read More

Intercom Grabs $50m Funding Round

Customer communication platform Intercom has raised $50 million, bringing the company’s total funding to $116 million. Index Ventures led the round, with participation from previous backers ICONIQ Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners and Social Capital. “We’ve been really fortunate at Intercom that our core focus on product continues to pay off,” said Intercom Co-founder and CEO Eoghan McCabe. “Unlike conventional software companies, the strength of our technology has generated incredible organic revenue growth, meaning we don’t have to pump a ton of capital into sales and marketing. We can continue to focus on building product to help businesses communicate with their customers in a more personal way.”

 

CrownPeak, a cloud-based experience management provider, has raised $50 million in funding from K1, and has merged with U.K.-based ActiveStandards. The funds will be used to support the re-launch of the company and for future product enhancements. “As global enterprises undergo a transformation in digital marketing they are increasingly challenged to deploy and maintain high-quality digital experiences across many touchpoints,” said Jim Yares, CEO of CrownPeak. “Our powerful union with industry leader, ActiveStandards, and support from K1 will allow us to address and surpass this need. We will offer clients the clear solution to manage and deliver rich and consistent content-driven customer experiences.”

 

Internet of Things platform Electric Imp has closed a Series C round of funding worth $21 million. Rampart Capital led the round, with participation from returning investor Redpoint Ventures and company insiders. Electric Imp has now raised a total of $43 million. “This funding is a natural step in Electric Imp’s ongoing expansion and validates our approach with large commercial and industrial customers including Pitney Bowes and other yet to be announced global enterprises,” said Hugo Fiennes, CEO and co-founder of Electric Imp. “Our company is strategically positioned to maximize the potential of our industry-leading technology platform where proven security and scalability are critical to commercial and industrial enterprises.”

 

Clutter, an on-demand physical storage provider, has raised $20 million from Sequoia Capital. Clutter previously raised $9 million in Series A funding in late 2015, a round led by Sequoia. “Clutter’s strong use of technology enables them to provide a step-function better storage experience at price parity with the incumbents in this $30 billion market,” said Omar Hamoui, partner, Sequoia. “Brian, Ari and team have surpassed all our expectations and we’re excited to double down on our support for their efforts to build a transformative company.”

 

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Microsoft is putting Windows 10, Cortana at the center of smart homes

 
 

Are you too lazy to open the door or switch on a light? Let Windows 10 and its Cortana voice-activated digital assistant do the job for you.

Microsoft’s vision is to make home automation a breeze in Windows 10, and the company featured several related Internet-of-things announcements at its ongoing Build conference.

Windows 10 will work with a wider range of devices and appliances by integrating new Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) protocols, scheduled to be released in 2017. Additionally, Cortana will allow users to easily automate tasks using a Windows PC, mobile device, Xbox console or Raspberry Pi 3.

Users will be able to program “actions” so Cortana can be used to switch on lights, air conditioning or even unlock cars. For example, users will be able to speak, “lights” to their smartphones, and the bulbs will turn on.

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