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Google veteran joins Palo Alto Networks

Amit Singh
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Cybersecurity heavyweight Palo Alto Networks has appointed Google and Oracle veteran Amit Singh as president, the company announced Monday. Singh had served in a variety of roles at Google, helping establish Google's workplace efforts at Google Cloud before his most recent position in the firm's VR unit.

Why it matters: Singh joins Palo Alto Networks CEO Nikesh Arora, another Google alum, as the company seeks, along with its competition, to ride the cybersecurity boom.

Go deeper: Google's Discover wants to replace your news feed

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No one ever says "Let's see what's on Google" the way they might say "Let's see what's on Facebook" when they turn on their phones or computers. The search giant is hoping to change that, with the announcement Monday that it will offer a personalized feed of stories, items and links on the Google search home page on all mobile browsers.

Why it matters: After 20 years of dedication to its minimalist home screen, Google may be ready to embrace the shape of Facebook's News Feed, which holds users longer.

Google's Feed, renamed Discover, gets prime location

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Google Feed, which surfaces content on topics users' activities show they're interested in, is getting a new name, Discover, and a home on the mobile search screen directly below the search box.

Why it matters: The change, part of a set of updates to Google's search services announced on the 20th anniversary of the search engine's 1998 launch, reflects Google's deep-set faith that individual interests, rather than social trends, are the best way to serve users' informational needs.