Google adds one-time cloud-holdout Etsy, months after Amazon rolled out its own craft shop

(Etsy Photo) Over the last few years, Etsy was something of a stalwart supporter when it came to the virtues of maintaining one’s own computing infrastructure, but it has changed its mind. Over the next two years, Google Cloud will be responsible for the computing infrastructure that supports the craft marketplace, the two companies announced Thursday. “Moving to Google Cloud Platform is a transformational change for Etsy,” said CTO Mike Fisher in the release. He’s not kidding. Two years ago, right before Etsy went public, the company gave a detailed overview of its homegrown computing infrastructure to The Next Platform. One obvious factor in Etsy’s reliance on its own compute… Read More

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DOD shows components proving Iran provided missiles fired at Saudi Arabia

Department of Defense In a presentation that echoes assertions by another administration that Iraq was concealing weapons of mass destruction, US officials have created a display of evidence that the Trump administration hopes will trigger further action against Iran. In a hangar at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, DC, today, Department of Defense (DOD) officials accompanied by US United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley put on display debris from what they claim are Iranian-built ballistic missiles and other weapons recovered by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The presentation comes as the Secretary General of the United Nations is scheduled to release a report on Iran’s lack of compliance with… Read More

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What’s Next for Net Neutrality? Lawsuits Against the FCC

In a fight over the future of the Internet, 18 state attorneys general have petitioned Ajit Pai’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to cooperate with New York’s Eric Schneiderman in an investigation over fake net neutrality comments that used stolen American identities. Schneiderman, in a separate press release, also announced he would lead a multi-state net neutrality lawsuit. The FCC lawsuit was announced shortly after the net neutrality vote that approved a repeal of regulations on broadband internet providers. The FCC’s fraudulent comment problem has been an issue that’s been plaguing the net neutrality debate for some time. Earlier in December, Schneiderman called for the net neutrality vote to be delayed… Read More

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Oscar Health is making a big bet on personalized care that people traditionally spend as much as $40,000 on

Oscar Health, the $2.7 billion health insurance startup, wants to have all of its members using concierge medical care in 2018. The plan to create ‘Concierge for All’ relies on teams of doctors and other healthcare professionals who work with Oscar to help you navigate everything from insurance benefits to questions about your health. It’s something people often spend tens of thousands of dollars on every year in addition to their traditional insurance. Oscar Health, the health insurance startup, is giving all of its members access to a team of healthcare professionals they can turn to for help navigating their healthcare. The service is what’s known as concierge care, and… Read More

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Apple opens its promised podcast analytics service in beta

Apple hinted earlier this year at WWDC that it was planning its own podcast analytics service so show creators could see how their podcasts are performing. The company has finally launched a beta version of that free service today, reports Recode, which gives more information on who is listening on Apple’s Podcast app and their behaviors and preferences. The free analytics service can tell creators which episode a listener tuned out, the average completion rate of an episode, the total time listened, and time per device. It also reveals which countries listeners are from, for over 150 countries in which the podcasts app is available. But it will only include… Read More

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