Inside CTO/CIO - March 14th, 2019 |

Inside CTO/CIO (Mar 14th, 2019)

Facebook investigation, MongoDB crushes, Azure gov explodes

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1. Facebook is under criminal investigation for its data trading practices. Federal prosecutors via the Eastern District of New York subpoenaed records from two major smartphone and device makers to find out exactly what kind of data trading Facebook has been up to. The as-yet-unnamed companies were among more than 150 (including Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Sony) that Facebook was potentially providing with the data of millions of consumers. Many suspected this was what prompted CEO Mark Zuckerberg's privacy comments last week. In a statement, Facebook said it was cooperating with multiple investigations. --NYT

2. Cloud company MongoDB has crushed earnings expectations. The company surpassed $100 million in annualized revenue run rate less than three years from launch. In contrast, MongoDB shares plunged twice recently on the competitive threat posed by Amazon, as well as Lyft's announcement of migration to another service. The segment overall is up 400 percent — CNBC

3. Microsoft has new 365 Government Cloud updates. The company's push to enhance IT modernization ops and comms for a bunch of government agencies include new cloud services and capabilities with Teams, Power Platform and Dynamic 365 High. Teams now wrangles all the collaboration into one spot, where groups can fuss with communications through chat, voice, collaborative editing and document workspaces. It only makes sense now that Microsoft rules the hybrid cloud space. --GOVERNMENT CIO

4. HP has expanded its laptop battery recall to 78,500 units due to "fire and burn hazards." If you suspect any of your teams use HP laptops, be sure to use this handy checker to make sure none of the affected hardware is in your organization. HP announced a wider recall in January, but because of the U.S. government shutdown the CPSC was not able to disclose the issue on its website until March 12. Now that it has, it's time to spread the word  --TOM'S HARDWARE

5. The battle between infosec and the C-suite on cloud security is changing. Namely, CIO and CISO are at odds about deploying apps on time while keeping them secure. Security usually loses, but accountability and the command chain are changing this. --CIO DIVE

6. Google built a circuit that solves quantum computing’s temperature problems. Google researchers, along with folks at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and UC Santa Barbara, made a huge breakthrough by creating a key control circuit in CMOS that works at cryogenic temperatures. --IEEE SPECTRUM

7. Brexit was delayed Thursday but it'll take more than a vote from Parliament for the country's IT systems to be ready. MPs on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) warned that the UK government has moved too slowly to be ready for a no-deal Brexit, indicating errors and backup disasters ahead. For instance, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' no-deal planning includes developing six critical IT systems -- and only two have gone live. --THE REGISTER

8. The shift in enterprise from public to private on-premise cloud is undeniable, says CIO Magazine. Two separate surveys show public cloud use dropping rapidly, especially in the US -- and the main reason for this trend appears to be security (with performance and cost close behind). --CIO MAGAZINE

9. Bookseller Barnes & Noble has hired a CIO after its former tech chief was bumped up to CDO. New CIO Carlo Pochintesta was formerly CIO of retailers Rag & Bone Holdings and Steve Madden. However, after a rough two years trying to keep its CEO position filled, the retailer has yet to find a new CEO. --CIO DIVE

10. Leading through change can be a rocky road, but getting to the next level means confronting the primary forms negativity takes, such as admitting fault and dealing with that one person who wants to see you fail. --THE ENTERPRISERS PROJECT

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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