Inside CTO/CIO - March 12th, 2019 |

Inside CTO/CIO (Mar 12th, 2019)

VMware Linux lawsuit, Nvidia buys Mellanox, Home Depot automates hiring

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1. A German court has dismissed the VMware Linux lawsuit. VMware made a braggy blog post about the dismissal, but this fight is far from over. VMware was accused of illegally using Linux code in its flagship VM hypervisor and was sued by the Software Freedom Conservancy in 2015The Conservancy's executive director responded to press saying it still believes litigation is necessary "against willful GPL violators, particularly in cases like VMware where this is strong community consensus that their behavior is wrong." --ZDNET

2. Nvidia is buying Mellanox for $6.9 billion. Nvidia outbid Intel to nab the Israeli company, and its biggest-ever acquisition leapfrogs Nvidia into a rapidly-expanding market for data center components. Some are wondering if it's a good time to buy Nvidia stock; Mellanox’s stock surged prior to news of the deal, as many have an interest in adding Mellanox’s capabilities to enterprise products to attract major buyers of computer infrastructure, such as Google, Amazon's AWS, and Microsoft's Azure. --BLOOMBERG

3. F5 Networks says it is acquiring NGINX for $670M, grabbing one of the internet's most popular web servers. The cloud and security app services company brings more application infrastructure in-house, as F5 transitions from hardware company to software and services for building apps that work across multiple cloud usage scenarios. NGINX had been shopping itself around, and some thought it was going to get picked up by Citrix. F5 said it'll be merging its ops with those of NGINX. --GEEKWIRE

4. The Home Depot is about to hire 80,000 employees using new tech developed​ by its own engineers. The company's new hiring automation helps recruiters get the candidates into part- and full-time positions across 2,000 of its stores and 100 distribution centers. The home improvement chain joins other companies like Walmart and Lowes that are innovating and integrating in-house tech to streamline employment-related functions. --HR DIVE

5. The Linux Foundation has launched the Red Team Project to help secure open source software. Jason Callaway, Customer Engineer at Google, did a Q&A with the Foundation to explore the project's scope, which includes cyber range automation, containerized pentesting utilities, binary risk quantification, and more. --THE LINUX FOUNDATION

6. One in three organizations have experienced data breaches via mobile devices. A new report by Verizon highlights a troubling gap between organizations' mobile security risks and the actual mobile security best practices they use. --CSO ONLINE

7. Leadership roles require soft skills, like staying cool in hot moments and summoning empathy when you're not feeling it. Fortunately, there are eight great TED Talks that provide quick hacks, tips, and cheats to transform nascent soft skills into assets. --ENTERPRISERS PROJECT

8. Over half of tech execs think AI should be regulated. According to a new Edelman survey conducted with the World Economic Forum, 54% of c-suite execs (and 60% of the public) believe the risk posed by AI abuse in facial recognition and so-called "deepfakes" should be regulated for safety. --TECH REPUBLIC

9. Zerto just hired former VMware and Cisco channel executive Jim Ortbals. The disaster recovery and IT resiliency provider is leaning on his 20 years of building and developing channel teams and partner ecosystems to drive growth for the company’s newly-combined worldwide channel partner and cloud businesses. --CHANNEL FUTURES

10. Many C-suite execs are wondering what to do under vague new provisions to China's cybersecurity laws. The legislation includes the requirement of onsite and remote inspection of computer networks for companies that do business with the country. Recorded Future’s analysis provides background and guidance on navigating our new uncertainties. --CSO ONLINE

This newsletter is curated and authored by author and reporter Violet Blue, who covers security and privacy for outlets ranging from CBS News and CNET to Financial Times and ZDNet. Ms. Blue has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN, she writes the Engadget column "Bad Password," and she is the author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy. Violet is on the Advisory Board for privacy nonprofit Without My Consent and a member of the Internet Press Guild. Find her sharing thoughts on Twitter @violetblue.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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