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Intel buys Smart Edge platform from Canada-based Pivot Technology Solutions for $27M

In the latest move to expand its edge computing business, Intel Corp. has agreed to purchase Smart Edge computing platform, an indirect subsidiary of Pivot, for US$27 million on Oct. 15.

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Datto report says average cost of downtime due to ransomware highest in Canada

The world’s most prominent malware threat is alive and well, and its devastating financial impact on businesses has only increased, especially in Canada, according to Datto Inc.’s fourth annual Global State of the Channel Ransomware Report.

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Hashtag Trending – AMC streaming, more WeWork issues, no Pixel 4 in India

*Sigh* … Anoooother player enters the streaming wars, reports surface of a cancer risk at WeWork phone booths, and the Pixel 4 isn’t launching in India because of specific computer chip.

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Hashtag Trending – Made by Google event recap

Hashtag Trending is all about Google today. At its launch event in New York City, Google launched…

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ITWC’s 2020 flagship events program revealed

ITWC, Canada’s largest content provider serving the IT industry,  is pleased to announce the 2020 schedule for…

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McAfee to launch new channel program in the New Year

On January 1, 2020, it will kick off its new partner program, MPact, which will let partners define who they want to be, indicated the company’s head of channel sales and operations, Americas, Ken McCray,

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New study says Canadian SMBs incur a potential productivity loss of $2 billion using old technology

A recent study commissioned by Microsoft and Intel reported that the cost of using a PC older…

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Hashtag Trending – Amazon unstoppable?; Cook explains Hong Kong app removal; Toys R Us is back

Amazon may be unstoppable; Tim Cook explains removal of Hong Kong app; Toys R Us making online…

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Time for channel partners to ride the XaaS wave, says Deloitte

A new Deloitte study is providing some insight into how OEMs and channel partners can help each ride the Everything-as-a-Service wave.

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Canadian SMBs incur a potential productivity loss of CA$2 billion using older technology 

A recent study commissioned by Microsoft and Intel reported that the cost of using a PC older…

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SecTor 2019: Experts say more resources needed to meet cybersecurity skills shortage

Governments and the private sector have to do more if Canada wants to overcome the shortage of cybersecurity talent needed to meet online threats, experts stressed during a security conference.

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Hashtag Trending – Apple removes police tracker app; global PC shipment rising; Apple reactivates voice data collection

Apple removes app that tracks Hong Kong police movement, global PC shipment hits a seven-year high, Apple…

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Hashtag Trending- You need to install this Windows update; macOS upgrade woes; Twitter phone number mess

Microsoft asks users to install a critical patch once again, Apple macOS Catalina messes up music tools,…

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Microsoft introduces several new capabilities to Office 365 and Surface devices

In addition to announcing several new devices at its Surface event, Oct. 2, 2019, Microsoft also shared…

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Hashtag Trending – No Adobe for Venezuela; Apple buries iTunes; Instagram goes dark

Adobe deactivates all Adobe accounts in Venezuela, MacOS Catalina kills iTunes, Instagram gets a dark mode! That’s…

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Editorial: Don’t water down the meaning of the word innovation

With an overdue recession looming over the country and the rest of the world, it’s time to think about what partners can do right now to be prepared.

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Hashtag Trending – Ransomware cripples hospitals; new Amazon tablets; Sonos Speaker subscription?

Three Alabama hospitals fold to ransomware demands, Amazon releases new budget tablets, Sonos launches speaker subscription. That’s…

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AWS is making moves in Canada, but so are its critics as protests disrupt summit

The AWS Summit in Toronto featured a bit of everything last week, some news, some demos, and some protests.

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Survey reveals growth in use of online videos among Canadian marketers and marketing agencies

The 13th annual digital marketing pulse survey revealed a continuous growth in the usage of online video,…

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Hashtag Trending – Uber launches job app; the office is dying; Netflix uses 15% of internet

Uber launches new job app; the physical office is dying; Netflix uses 15% of world’s internet Uber…

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Avaya announces strategic partnership with RingCentral

While it didn’t get acquired like many were anticipating, the unified communications and contact center solutions provider today announced a strategic partnership with RingCentral.

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Hashtag Trending – New privacy tools from Google, Alexa goes job hunting, UPS delivery drones approved

Google rolls out new privacy features, Alexa steps up to help people find jobs, and UPS gets federal approval for a fleet of delivery drones.

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Hashtag Trending – Zuckerberg is nervous, Facebook unlikes ‘likes’, Amazon Go-ing mainstream

Democratic presidential candidate hopeful Elizabeth Warren makes Mark Zuckerberg nervous, Facebook tests the removal of its ‘likes’…

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Canadian government data is getting cloudier, signaling a ‘massive leap of faith’ in public cloud, says Microsoft

The Canadian government’s ongoing effort to adopt the public cloud took another step forward this summer with the help of Microsoft and AWS.

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Hashtag Trending – WeWork pulls its IPO; Facebook testing out removing visible likes; female streamers face harassment on Twitch

WeWork pulls its IPO; Facebook testing out removing visible likes; female streamers face harassment on Twitch The…

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Hashtag Trending – WeWork to clean house; More CEOs bite the dust; Facebook top propaganda platform

WeWork to clean house after CEO steps down; Even more CEOs leave their companies; Facebook listed as…

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Former finalist in Ingram Micro Comet ISV search says distributor is still helping them succeed

Ingram Micro’s Comet Competition has expanded to Canada, and according to one of last year’s finalists from New Hampshire, contest applicants potentially have a lot to gain outside of the $5 million cash prize.

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Who should the CISO report to, and other CloudSec 2019 takeaways

Cloud computing has become widely accepted by Canadian businesses, but that doesn’t mean they’ve figured out how to use it effectively, or more importantly, how to secure their data floating around in someone else’s computer.

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Hashtag Trending – WeWork Canada in limbo, Match.com sued, Facebook standards confusion

WeWork Canada’s plans are in limbo after its CEO exits, Match.com allegedly tricked hundreds of thousands of users into buying subscriptions, and Facebook confirms that politicians aren’t held to a higher standard on its platform.

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Hashtag Trending – Google wins privacy case, SAY WHAT AGAIN, Trump talks CrowdStrike

Google wins a big European privacy case, Amazon introduces a celebrity guest voice, and a controversial phone call between President Donald Trump and the president of Ukraine raises eyebrows.

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MSPs helping VARs get their heads in the cloud

The adoption of cloud is in full swing, but that doesn’t mean it comes easy.

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Addressing Canada’s long wait times with OpenShift

By Catherine Morin Canadian patients often have to wait in pain for hours before being seen. The…

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Non-disruptive solutions tackling privacy regulations

Canadian companies transacting with Europe (and now California) are vulnerable if they don’t address their data privacy and security policies. Datex has a solution for that.

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Tidal Migrations shrinks the migration bubble

Tidal Migrations is CDN’s diamond award winner in the Next Generation Channel Innovator category for the second year in a row.

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An automation tool for the unstructured data in your business

A Kitchener Ont.-based company has built an automated tool that solves the chaos associated with the 85 per cent of the world’s unstructured data.

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WebSan Solutions app helps clients keep track of operations

The multi-award-winning enterprise developed a Microsoft-based solution that gives one of their clients visibility into their sales and inventory.

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Compugen helps classrooms learn from people in other countries or from outer space

Solution Transforming Workspaces winner Compugen collaborated with Parkland School Division 70 on a project to bring the world to students in isolated communities north of Edmonton, Alberta through telepresence.

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Tickit Health sees data collection go up 400% after questionnaires go digital

Vancouver, B.C.-based Tickit Health is bringing the questionnaires patients fill out when they visit a doctor into…

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Hashtag Trending – Google voice data privacy; gaming scholarships; Apple to retain Mac Pro production in the U.S.

Google promises not to store your voice data, colleges are giving gamers scholarships, Apple to keep its…

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Microsoft releases new features, updates for Dynamics 365

Microsoft Corp. released a wide swath of updates and releases for its Dynamics 365 suite this week,…

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Hashtag Trending – Vancouver opens door to ride-hailing; 100,000 AI-generated headshots; Google invests in renewable energy

Vancouver finally allows ride-hailing in the city; 100,000 AI-generated headshots have hit the market for free; Google…

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CIRA calls for federal parties to support an open Canadian Internet

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), the non-profit organization that oversees all .ca domain names, published its new vision for the future internet in Canada.

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From spinning disks to flash, world’s largest steel company says Pure Storage’s Evergreen program is the real deal

The world’s largest steel company talks about its experience with Pure Storage’s Evergreen program.

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Hashtag Trending – Huawei Mate 30 phones; Scotiabank data leak; Amazon buys electric trucks

Huawei officially launches Mate 30 smartphones, Scotiabank accidentally displays private code for public viewing, Amazon buys 100,000…

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Hashtag Trending – Facebook’s new business venture, IT safeguards from Elections Canada, Uber’s new safety system

Facebook is hoping to replace your smartphone with smart glasses, Elections Canada beefs up IT security ahead…

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Dell releases PowerEdge server solutions with AMD Epyc processors

Dell releases new PowerEdge server solutions with AMD’s 2nd-gen Epyc processors.

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Oracle and VMware partner up to support customers’ hybrid clouds

Oracle and VMware have announced an expanded partnership.

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OVHcloud Partner Program arrives to Canada

Earlier this week, OVH announced that it is bringing its OVHcloud Partner Program to Canada.

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Hashtag Trending – Apple doesn’t want to pay back taxes; Sanders calls for ban on facial recognition; Cattle farming could go extinct

Apple refusing to pay back taxes owed to EU; Bernie Sanders call for ban on police use…

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AppDirect announces a partnership with Google, among other announcements at AppDirect Engage

AppDirect has announced a partnership with Google to bring its services to the Google Cloud Platform and to begin reselling Google Cloud products through its own platform.

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Hashtag Trending – iPhone update catching sketchy apps; Tech companies dying out?; No more need to cancel subscriptions

The new iPhone update is already catching sketchy activity from apps; It could be that “tech companies”…

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Wi-Fi Alliance officially announces Wi-Fi 6 certification

Wi-Fi Alliance has launched the Wi-Fi Certified 6 certification program, meaning manufacturers that meet its criteria get to put an important badge on their products’ packaging.

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Microsoft’s Exchange Server 2010 has its end of support pushed back by nine months

Microsoft Corp. is pushing back its January 14, 2020 end of support date for Exchange Server 2010 by nine months.

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Hashtag Trending – Seniors love Alexa, terrible-looking websites, and Google changes algorithm

A new report says seniors enjoy the benefits of voice-assistants like Alexa, another report highlights the websites that don’t know what they’re doing, and Google is changing its search algorithm to prioritize original news reporting.

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The Reddit Recap – Cat breaks down DNS, Datto webinar, service desk manager peer group

A cat breaks down DNS, a Datto webinar makes its rounds, and someone seeks a service desk manager peer group

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D&H Canada adds HP’s LaserJet 400 series to its lineup

Canadian VARs and other channel partners can now get their hands on HP’s LaserJet 400 series printers.

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Hashtag Trending – Firefox VPN; SMS SIM attack; financial firms need better websites

Mozilla launches secure connection service in Firefox, new cellphone vulnerability can take over a device using SMS,…

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VMware reveals details of new partner program

VMware recently unveiled further details of the revamped partner program it first announced in April.

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IBM announces new z15 mainframe for the enterprise

IBM releases updated mainframe computers for the enterprise.

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Huawei Kirin 990 chipset first to have a 5G modem

Huawei announced Kirin 990, the first chipset with an integrated 5G modem that will power its future smartphones, at IFA 2019 held in Germany last Friday.

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Hashtag Trending – Uber cuts hundreds of jobs, California’s new bill, e-scooter scorn

Uber cuts more than 400 jobs, California introduces a bill that will require companies like Uber and Lyft to treat contract workers as employees, and Toronto discusses banning e-scooters from its sidewalks.

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Hashtag Trending – Apple releases iPhone 11 Pros; autonomous Toronto shuttles; Amazon worker climate strike

Apple launches iPhone 11, autonomous shuttles are coming to Scarborough, Amazon employees plan to strike over climate.

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Government of Canada picks KeyData for cybersecurity contract

A Toronto-based cybersecurity firm today announced it has been selected to provide the Canadian federal government with security solutions and systems integration services.

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Hashtag Trending – Apple breaks Chinese labour law; Russia accuses ad giants of election interference; 120 million will need reskilling

  First up we turn to LinkedIn. Apple and its manufacturing partner, Foxconn, has found itself in…

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The Reddit Recap – Positive and toxic work environments, and password inquiries

What makes an MSP a good and bad place to work? Plus a question about passwords in this week’s Reddit Recap.

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Hashtag Trending – Windows 10 most popular; Google bans unproven medical ads; WhatsApp call through Google Assistant

Windows 10 finally beats Windows 7 in market share, Google bans unproven medical treatment ads, you can…

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Insight Canada says Channel blockbuster deal between Insight and PCM a big deal for Canada

The blockbuster deal between Insight and PCM a big deal for Canada, says Insight Canada’s SVP and general manager.

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Commvault acquires SDS startup for $225 million

Data management firm Commvault made a bold acquisition this week.

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Hashtag Trending – Yahoo goes down, an Android update, Canadian cybersecurity talent shortage

Yahoo goes down, the latest Android update brings with it a bunch of new features, and a story about Canada’s cybersecurity talent shortage goes viral.

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Martello software now services over 1 million Mitel users

Ottawa’s Martello, the solutions provider for unified communication networks, has reached an important milestone with its big partner Mitel.

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Hashtag Trending – Canada’s top startups, messaging app usage explodes, Amazon hotline

LinkedIn lists Canada’s top startups, downloads for a specific messaging app explodes, and former Amazon employees create a hotline to report unsafe working conditions.

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Municipalities often struggle with backup and recovery, MSP says, but tiny Alberta township sets the right example

A small township in Alberta recently experienced something few townships talk about openly – hardware failure.

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Hashtag Trending – Classrooms ban phones, Facebook rethinking ‘likes’, Airbnb versus rental market

Ontario says no to cellphones in classrooms, Facebook isn’t sure about its own ‘like’ button, and a new study sheds light on Airbnb’s impact on Toronto’s rental market.

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Hashtag Trending – An unlikely team-up, cool office perks, Jack gets hacked

Alphabet teams up with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, are office perks still cool, and Twitter CEO’s gets hacked.

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Healthcare the new top industry targeted by Canadian MSPs, according to Datto report

Nearly half of the 150-plus MSPs surveyed – which is less than last year’s 250 – said they’re specializing their services for a particular industry.

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The Reddit Recap – List of tips, discussion on reporting, list of hacks

The Reddit recap highlights last week’s top trending posts on the r/msp subreddit. This is the largest MSP-related…

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Hashtag Trending – Apple reverses stance on repairs, coffee shop etiquette, Facebook addiction

Apple reverses its stance on iPhone repairs, some tips on proper coffee shop etiquette for those who write in them a lot, and research finds heavy Facebook users make impaired decisions like drug addicts.

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Upcoming Huawei flagship phones will not be getting Google apps

Google has confirmed that the upcoming Huawei flagship phones will not have Google apps. This means that the…

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Hashtag Trending – Apple suspends human voice analysis; Android app infected with malware;

Apple to stop listening to your voice commands, popular Android app has a deadly payload, social media…

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2019 CDN Women in the IT Channel Hall of Fame inductee: Judy D’Souza

For Microsoft Canada’s Judy D’Souza, fearlessness has meant leading by example and understanding the importance of culture and of a growth mindset in an organization focused on achieving the highest level of customer and partner satisfaction.

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Chronicle, Google search for your security data, is coming to Canada through Herjavec Group

Herjavec Group is adding a pair of security intelligence products from Google to its managed security services portfolio, the cybersecurity firm announced Tuesday.

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Hashtag Trending – Ditch cellphone during breaks; Apple reissues security patch; Apple saving Amazon rainforest

Using phones during breaks can prevent your brain from resting, Apple re-issues a security patch, Tim Cook…

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: a paragon of costly excellence

The Galaxy Note 10+ touts several significant improvements over the Galaxy Note 9, bringing with it a larger battery, improved pen, larger battery, a new camera system, and faster hardware.

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Canadian customers’ heads are still in the clouds, and so is VMware’s

Cloud is a force multiplier for Canadian businesses, but they’re still having a hard time figuring it out, says VMware

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Hashtag Trending – Pleas to big tech, AI predicts when you’ll quit, a robotic exosuit

Companies ask tech giants Apple and Amazon to think about the planet, Harvard says it can use machine learning to predict who is going to quit their job next, and a robotic exosuit that can boost your ability to walk and run.

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Hashtag Trending – Bad location data botches court cases; unsafe items on Amazon; YouTube pulls more than 200 channels

Denmark to review court cases after discovering faulty cell location data, unsafe items being are sold on…

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The Reddit Recap – Compromised MSP cause for ransomware case, cybersecurity PSA, SEO tips

Compromised MSP leads to multiple Texas governments getting hit with ransomware, how to convince SMBs they need better security, and more from last week’s top posts on Reddit’s MSP subreddit.

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VMware goes on a shopping spree, scoops up Carbon Black and Pivotal for a combined $4.8B

It’s a pivotal moment for VMware Inc., which announced the acquisition of security company Carbon Black and…

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Hashtag Trending – No YouTube ads for kids; Shopify delivery; how to clean a credit card

YouTube to curb targeted ads for kids, Shopify looking to develop its own delivery network, Apple Card…

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Hashtag Trending – YouTube Flags fighting robots; world’s largest compute chip; Facebook privacy tool

YouTube flags fighting robots for animal cruelty, Cerebras Systems creates the world’s largest chip, Facebook gives users…

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Jabra PanaCast webcam has three cameras for true 180° vision

Jabra, the audio equipment manufacturer, today announced PanaCast, a true 180-degree field-of-view (FOV) webcam. The PanaCast’s most…

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2019 CDN Women in the IT Channel Hall of Fame inductee: Cheryl McGrath

Looking for more info on the event? Click here! Customers are becoming increasingly overwhelmed by the thousands of…

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2019 CDN Women in the IT Channel Hall of Fame inductee: Priscilla Petgrave

Ahead of CDN’s 2019 Women in the IT Channel Recognition Luncheon event Aug. 22, read about one of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, Priscilla Petgrave, senior sales consultant with Information Systems Architects.

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Box announces new set of security controls for the enterprise

The cloud content management firm this morning announced Box Shield, a new set of content security controls and intelligent threat detection capabilities.

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Deanna Thomson on life after Dell EMC, and the growth of the Canadian channel

The signs were there from the beginning. Twenty-five years ago, Deanna Thomson, who would later become the…

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Hashtag Trending – Sketchy Airbnb host, Silicon Valley 2.0, Twitter bans 200,000 accounts

Airbnb comes down hard on a sketchy host, a Wall Street Journal story about big U.S. tech companies setting up shop in Canada continues to spur discussion, and Twitter shuts down 200,000 accounts believed to be part of a Chinese government sponsored campaign that’s against the protest movement in Honk Kong.

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Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra hides a computer in its stand to save space

Dell today announced the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra, a modular compact PC designed for the space-constrained and open-plan…

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Hashtag Trending – U.S. delays Huawei ban; IKEA diving into smart home market; Disney streaming coming to Canada

The U.S. has delayed its ban on Huawei; IKEA opens business unit devoted to smart home products;…

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Cogeco Peer 1 renames itself Aptum, launches managed AWS offering

Cogeco Peer 1’s new owner today officially renamed the acquired managed hosting and cloud services provider to Aptum, and said it’s focused on becoming Canada’s first independent, neutral-host provider of small cell and 5G infrastructure across greater Toronto and Montreal.

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The Reddit Recap – PSA on Veeam, outdated Microsoft servers, questions about backup

The Reddit recap highlights last week’s top trending posts on the r/msp subreddit. This is the largest MSP-related…

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Browse the CDN Archives

Take a journey through the years of CDN Channel coverage. With key articles and events highlighted.

2018

A big year for Blockchain, AI and Hybrid Cloud.

2017

The year of the Cloud.

2016

Big changes in the Canadian Channel.

2015

A hard year for the markets and the channel.

2014

A year of growth.

2013

A banner year for the channel.

2012

Another year in the life.

2011

A year of difficulty.

2010

A year of growth.

2009

A year of indecision.

2008

Not two thousand and late.

2007

Prosperity

2006

Channel growth.

2005

Status quo.

2004

A big year for virtualization.

2003

The shift to managed services.

2002

Software as a Service.

2001

The dawn of a new century.

2000

Y2Nay

1999

The year of fear.

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