Back from the beach and back in the saddle bringing you this week’s Actuator. I’m also gearing up for VMworld, which is coming up fast! If you are attending, let me know, as I’ll be there to work the booth and deliver a session titled "Performance Deep Dive for Demanding Virtual Database Servers."

 

As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!

 

The Defense Department has produced the first tools for catching deepfakes

Deliberate misinformation has been around since humans learned to communicate. For more than a thousand years, we have tried to discover what information is real, and what is fake. This “arms race” isn’t new, it’s as old as human civilization.

 

#1 Microsoft Widens Lead Over #2 Amazon In Cloud Revenue

I love that Azure can make a case for being a leader over AWS in some areas of cloud computing. What I love even more is that after years of telling you that there are only two cloud providers (AWS and Azure), everyone else is finally starting to see that truth as well.

 

Apple hangs onto its historic $1 trillion market cap

The reason this is so amazing is the fact that Apple is a company with essentially one product, the iPhone. But with this leverage, they could buy Alphabet, and then create a third player in the Cloud Wars.

 

While Music Streaming Sales Surge, Singers Still Get Paid a Song

Something tells me that artists have been getting less than their fair share for a long, long time.

 

Blue Apron shares sink as customers ditch its meal-kits

We tried Blue Apron a while back and were underwhelmed by the service. Now that grocery stores have upped their game, companies like Blue Apron need to bring something else to the table otherwise they won’t be invited for dinner much longer.

 

A collection of dataviz caveats

Brilliant summary of things not to do with data visualizations. If you read this, and still use a pie chart as a default, shame on you.

 

Blockchain, Once Seen as a Corporate Cure-All, Suffers Slowdown

Blockchain is at best a very slow distributed database, a glorified linked list. But here’s what Blockchain is not: a security protocol. While Blockchain will provide the ability to verify the authenticity of a transaction, the fact is you could be conducting a transaction with Satan. As companies start to figure this out, the hype pushing the Blockchain Train seems to be losing steam.

 

I could get used to life at the beach: