Friday’s Five: A Handful of Tech Headlines You May Have Missed, Mar. 4

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As we head into the weekend there’s that nagging feeling that you may have missed something. You’re busy, and it’s hard to keep up with every piece of news that is important to your business. This weekly column aims to wrap up the news we didn’t get to this week (in no particular order), and that may have slipped under your radar, too. If you’ve got something to add, please chime in below in the comments section or on social media. We want to hear from you!
  1. IBM undergoes “massive” layoffs in Global Technology Services (GTS), other divisions

IBM has declined to comment on just how much of its workforce is impacted by its layoffs this week, but employees in its Global Technology Services (GTS) division were hit the hardest, according to a report by our sister site WindowsITPro.IBM recently cut its severance from six months pay to just one month, making the layoffs particularly painful this time around.

2. How Cybersecurity-Literate are You?

Cybersecurity literacy is becoming more than a nice-to-know in today’s business climate, but how much do you really know about keeping your organization secure? The five-hour Cyber Security Seminar/Data Breach Boot Camp as part of Data Center World’s Premium Pass program on Monday, March 14 could help bring you up to speed enough to save your company from an embarassing, and costly, security breach.

3. Meg Whitman Says EMC-Dell Merger Is Good for HP Enterprise

In a Q1 earnings call this week, HPE CEO Meg Whitman took some jabs at Dell, telling investors that its “super-focused” on being nimble for its customers; “I happen to like our hand better than the Dell-EMC hand,” she said.

4. U.S. tech companies unite behind Apple ahead of iPhone encryption ruling

More than two dozen Internet companies, including AT&T, Microsoft, and Facebook filed legal briefs this week asking a judge to support Apple in its battle with the US government. As Reuters notes, “the companies backing Apple largely echo the iPhone maker’s main argument, that the 1789 All Writs Act at the heart of the government’s case cannot be used to force companies to create new technology.”

5. Apprenda pulls another Hail Mary, pivots to Kubernetes

PaaS vendor Apprenda announced this week that it is integrating its existing cluster management stack and operational suite with Kubernetes, in order to provide a single platform for both existing and new, cloud-native applications, and offer such benefits as fast scaling for containers.

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