TechSummit Rewind 089

This is the TechSummit Rewind, a daily recap of the top technology headlines.

Pokemon Go on iOS digs deep into linked Google accounts

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If you’ve played Pokemon Go on your iOS device and signed into your Google account, you’ve handed the keys to the account to Niantic, the game’s developer. According to Red Owl Analytics principal architect Adam Reeve, the sign up process doesn’t indicate that you’re giving the app full access.

According to the Google help page, this means that the app is now able to “see and modify nearly all information in your Google account,” including the ability to read/access your email, your Google Drive documents, your search history, private Google Photos, etc. This wouldn’t be an issue if you signed up for the game with a Pokemon Trainer Club account.

In a statement, Niantic Labs and The Pokemon Company confirmed that they aren’t reading emails, and they are working on a fix for the client to request only the necessary permissions. Google will reduce Pokemon Go’s access on its end “soon.”

Project Fi subscribers now get high-speed wireless data when traveling internationally

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Google’s Project Fi wireless service has included 2G wireless access for its customers in over 135 countries without any surcharges. However, the company announced today that Fi will now offer its customers high-speed international rates at speeds that are at least 10-20x faster than before.

Fi-enabled phones will now use the fastest available network.

“In some cases, that would be LTE networks, in others it would be 3G networks (depending on roaming agreements). Different countries will have different speeds, which is why we set a range.”

-A Google spokesperson

According to Google, the plan is possible thanks to the addition of international carrier Three to the Project Fi network among others. Three will power the network’s high-speed access throughout Europe.

Project Fi starts at $20/month for unlimited calls and texts, with an additional $10 charge per gigabyte of data used. If you end up using less data than you paid for, Google will refund you the difference.

Microsoft launches Surface as a Service program to get devices into enterprise

xxx is seen at Windows 10 Devices Event, on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 in New York, New York.  (Mark Von Holden/AP Images for AP Images for Windows)
xxx is seen at Windows 10 Devices Event, on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 in New York, New York. (Mark Von Holden/AP Images for AP Images for Windows)

Microsoft has announced Surface as a Service, a program designed to expand Surface’s footprint in the enterprise. The initiative will allow businesses to lease Surface devices alongside Office 365 and Windows 10 subscriptions.

The Redmond, Washington-based company also announced new partnerships with IBM and Booz Allen Hamilton to become Surface solution integrators.

IBM will deliver industry-specific solutions for the financial services and consumer packaged goods sectors that take advantage of Surface’s hardware capabilities, according to Microsoft, while Booz Allen Hamilton focuses on solutions for government, the public sector, and healthcare.

The program is initially being launched with European cloud solution provider ALSO, according to Microsoft, with plans to expand worldwide.

Organizations in Surface as a Service will have their devices always updated with the latest versions of Windows 10 and Office 365.

Microsoft is also adding CDW, SHI, Insight, and Zones to the Surface Multi-National Purchasing Program, making it easier for businesses to put Surface devices and accessories on their company-wide purchasing lists with the resellers.

Microsoft prices Windows 10 Enterprise E3 subscription at $84/user/year

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Windows 10 Enterprise E3 will be available as a subscription service for $7/user/month ($84/user/year).

Windows 10 Enterprise E3 is the name of the lower-end of Windows 10’s two enterprise SKUs with Enterprise E5 having Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, a new Microsoft service for detecting and responding to attacks.

According to Microsoft, users that don’t want to buy Windows 10 Enterprise as a subscription will still be able to get Enterprise E3 on a per-device basis through the company’s licensing programs.

eBay acquires SalesPredict to boost its machine learning

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eBay will acquire predictive analytics startup SalesPredict to improve its “artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science efforts.”

A number of SalesPredict employees will be joining eBay, from its Israeli development center in Netanya, including SalesPredict CEO Yaron Zakai-Or, who will serve as director of product management for technology, and chief technology officer Kira Radinsky, who will serve as eBay’s director of data science and the chief scientist of eBay Israel.

“We will help arm eBay sellers with more information about the value of items, ultimately helping to increase customer sales conversions.”

-Yaron Zakai-Or, SalesPredict CEO

Facebook signs deal to use some Office 365 services

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Add Facebook to the list of Microsoft Office 365 customers.

According to Facebook CIO Tim Campos, the Menlo Park, California-based company’s employees will use “some portions of Office 365” including email and calendar, but not Yammer or Skype for Business, which compete directly with Facebook’s own offerings.

Google plans to train two million Android developers

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Google has launched the Android Skilling program, which is designed to train two million Android developers in India for free across hundreds of universities and training schools.

According to Google, the program will also be available through India’s National Skills Development Corporation.

“We believe India is uniquely placed to innovate and shape the internet experience of billions of users who are and will come online on the mobile platform.”

-Caesar Sengupta, Google vice president of product management

“We are hoping to get in about 2,000 different universities, training about 4,000 faculty to reach in excess of 250,000 students in these universities every year.”

-Peter Lubbers, Google head of developer training

Twitter signs live video deals with CBS, Bloomberg

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Twitter has inked deals with CBS and Bloomberg to livestream content from the respective networks.

For the former, the social network will simulcast CBSN’s coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. However, Twitter will not have rights to stream coverage from the CBS broadcast network.

“Twitter is the fastest way to find out what’s happening in politics and to have a discussion about it. We believe we’re giving people around the world the best way to experience democracy in action.”

-Anthony Noto, Twitter CFO

In terms of Bloomberg, the financial news channel will partner with Twitter to stream three shows: Bloomberg West (covering the tech industry), What’d You Miss (a recap of the New York marketday), and With All Due Respect (covering politics).

Twitter will show ads both in-stream during the broadcasts and before highlights of the show that are shared on Twitter.

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