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Situational awareness: Twitter stock rose by nearly 4% in pre-market trading on better-than-expected performance in a new user metric, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
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More than half of IT security managers don't know whether the cybersecurity products they use actually work as promised, according to a soon-to-be-released survey from the Ponemon Institute and security firm AttackIQ.
Why it matters: It's a little unsettling to find out the ship's captain has no idea if the boat is watertight, writes Axios cybersecurity reporter Joe Uchill.
The cybersecurity industry is good at inspiring a lack of faith in the cybersecurity industry.
To be sure: Many cybersecurity tools are pretty good at what they do. The problem is that the function of security products is a black box — users can't see the gears turning to verify that a tool works or that they are using it properly.
The bottom line: In a better world, security products would inspire more confidence from the people who use them — especially given the cost of cybersecurity.
"Do you have confidence in your door locks?" Kennedy says. "Put millions of dollars in investment into them, then, yeah, you should have confidence in the product."
A digital shoe appears on the left side of Adobe's transparent display prototype, with a real sneaker in a light box in the background. Photo: Adobe
Researchers at Adobe have developed a new type of transparent display that allows virtual images and video to appear convincingly next to real objects.
Why it matters: Glasses offer one way to bring together the digital and physical worlds, but that approach requires each person viewing to have the headset on, while this approach would allow the same effect to be shown to many people at once, which would be more useful for retail and other settings.
The company plans to detail the effort, known as Project Glasswing, at the SIGGRAPH conference next week, but gave Axios a sneak peek at company HQ yesterday.
Background: Traditional LCD displays can be transparent, but only by removing the backlight, which makes them dim and unable to truly overlay an object behind them.
How it works: Adobe's new approach combines a transparent LCD layer with the kind of technology used in smart glass that quickly shifts between total opacity or full translucency.
Details: Importantly for Adobe, the content for Glasswing's display can be easily created from existing Adobe apps like Photoshop, After Effects or Premiere Pro.
The big picture: Adobe is looking at a number of ways to bring the digital and physical worlds closer together for content creators. While Glasswing is a research project, two other efforts are expected to be made available as products later this year.
What's next: Adobe isn't looking to get into the monitor-making business, but hopes the effort will help convince display manufacturers that the idea is worth pursuing.
Watch: To really get a feel for how Glasswing works, check out this video.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere (left) with Sprint executive chairman Marcelo Claure. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
The Justice Department has called an 11 am ET press conference on Friday, with antitrust chief Makan Delrahim set to "announce a significant merger enforcement action."
What's happening: The agency has reportedly been pushing Sprint and T-Mobile to divest enough assets to create a viable fourth national wireless carrier in order to secure approval for the $26 billion merger.
Why it matters: According to the Wall Street Journal, the DOJ has also been working to convince a number of state attorneys general, who have sued to block the deal, to approve the transaction with the new conditions.
What we're hearing: Sprint and T-Mobile have been talking with Dish Network about selling some spectrum and prepaid business, though analysts have questioned just how viable a national player Dish would make.
There was plenty to digest in quarterly earnings reports from both Amazon and Google on Thursday, but what struck me was the contrast between the two tech giants' cloud businesses.
Why it matters: Google is widely seen as No. 3 in the cloud space, trailing both Amazon and Microsoft.
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