Twitter rolls out new tool to combat misinformation about US census

Twitter | February 12, 2020

Twitter said Tuesday that users looking for information about the US census will see a link to the official website at the top of their search results, a tool meant to crack down on misinformation. The social network's move comes as the US Census Bureau turns to tech giants, including Facebook and Google, to combat fake news.
Twitter also said that a policy that bars users from posting content that misleads others about how to participate in a civic event such as elections also applies to the US census. The census, which takes place every 10 years, helps determine which states and communities get billions of dollars in federal funding and the number of seats each state gets in Congress.
"Ensuring the public can find information from authoritative sources is a key aspect of our commitment to serve the public conversation on Twitter," said Kevin Kane, Twitter's public policy manager in a blog post.

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Ingram Micro Cloud Now Offers Google Cloud Platform, Google Workspace and Chrome Enterprise Portfolio in Southeast Asia

Ingram Micro Cloud | July 08, 2022

Ingram Micro Cloud today announced it is now offering Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Google Workspace and Chrome Enterprise to its reseller network across Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. Ingram Micro Cloud is making its distinctive Google Cloud offerings – previously launched in the US, UK, Canada and France – exclusively available to its network in these markets for the first time. The move bolsters the global offering of Ingram Micro’s Cloud Marketplace, with partners now having the ability to leverage Ingram Micro Cloud to grow their Google Cloud Platform, Google Workspace and Chrome Enterprise businesses. Google Cloud and Ingram Micro Cloud are working together to advance channel partners’ current skills and offerings, and develop new resources to support partners in managing end customers. Ingram Micro Cloud also covers a wide range of partner enablement and support initiatives to help partners build GCP, Google Workspace and Chrome Enterprise practices through its partner programs, which provide end-to-end engagement models for Ingram Micro Cloud to enable systems integrators (SIs) and independent software vendors (ISVs). Victor Paradell, executive director, cloud channel sales, emerging markets at Ingram Micro Cloud, says, “Channel partners in the region will benefit from the strength of this collaboration to capture significant growth opportunities across Google’s end-to-end cloud services offerings. Victor Paradell, executive director, cloud channel sales, emerging markets at Ingram Micro Cloud, says, “Channel partners in the region will benefit from the strength of this collaboration to capture significant growth opportunities across Google’s end-to-end cloud services offerings.” Paradell continues, “Ingram Micro Cloud is incredibly excited to partner with Google Cloud, and in turn provide our reseller partners across Southeast Asia with exclusive access to our Google Cloud Platform, Google Workspace and Chrome Enterprise portfolio. With this announcement, we show our commitment to ensuring our partners have access to the best cloud productivity, collaboration and infrastructure solutions, services, and enablement benefits that allow them to unlock the digital opportunity uptake in this region, which is one of the fastest growing in the world.” As a result of this expanded relationship with Google Cloud, Ingram Micro Cloud expects its vast partner network to have new opportunities to meet customer needs, while expanding their IaaS businesses. The news comes amid a boom in the global IaaS market, with Gartner reporting 40.7% growth in worldwide IaaS public cloud services in 2020 and market researchers predicting that the industry will reach $74.63 billion by 2025. “We’ve been experiencing unprecedented demand from businesses as they embrace the cloud to drive resilience, innovation and growth. This surge in cloud deployments means that the need for highly-skilled partners to advance our customers’ digital transformation goals has never been greater,” said Ruma Balasubramanian, managing director, Southeast Asia at Google Cloud. “With Ingram Micro Cloud’s proven experience in establishing and scaling successful Google Cloud practices, SIs and ISVs can gain significant opportunities to deliver high-value implementation and professional services, vertical solutions, and digital transformation expertise. We are proud that our partners have seen impressive growth across virtually every facet of their business, and our collaboration with Ingram Micro Cloud is part of our commitment toward providing the region’s partner ecosystem with the products, services, training and go-to-market support that’s needed to accelerate our joint momentum.” For further information about Ingram Micro Cloud’s Google Cloud offerings, visit our IaaS landing page. About Ingram Micro Cloud Ingram Micro Cloud brings together innovators and problem solvers to help the world accomplish more. It facilitates and manages the cloud’s complex digital value chain—all powered by CloudBlue technology. With unmatched global reach, easy access to automated go-to-market and integration tools, deep technical expertise, and a curated selection of scalable SaaS and IaaS solutions, Ingram Micro Cloud helps vendors, resellers, and managed service providers by offering More as a Service. Detailed information is available at www.ingrammicrocloud.com.

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Giganet expands offering via channel partner programme

Giganet | August 02, 2022

UK ISP, Giganet is expanding business opportunities in the channel market with the introduction of a number of new FTTP and Ethernet offerings, thanks to its new Channel Partner Programme. The move follows a £250 million-pound investment in the ISP from Fern Trading last year, and a number of initiatives including a multi-year agreement with global supply chain solutions provider, Anixter to support the expansion of full fibre, and investment in training and development. The ISP was also one of a number to commit to helping customers during the cost-of-living crisis by freezing prices for consumers in 2022. The launch of the Channel Partner Programme will see the ISP combine the power of its own infrastructure, CityFibre and Openreach, to generate a wave of new Business FTTP and Ethernet products for the channel market, which the company says will offer exciting business opportunities for Telecoms resellers, MSPs and ISPs. Paul North, head of channel at Giganet, explained: ‘One of the best things about being a nimble provider means we’re not held back by legacy revenues, systems, or technology. Giganet won’t be offering any copper-based services, we’re full fibre all the way and so we’re leading with a bold partner programme that’s focused on the rapidly expanding FTTP opportunity. It’s no secret that our vision is to become the best ISP in the UK, we’re here to disrupt the industry. We make it our mission to make broadband easier for our customers, and we extend that ethos to our partners by giving them the ability to utilise these powerful infrastructures. Our initial product is a Business FTTP proposition over the CityFibre and Openreach networks, designed for the SME market, and we can’t wait to get going.’ Giganet said that it will add more products and services to its portfolio in due course.

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Zebra Technologies Introduces New PartnerConnect Public Sector Specialization Program for Channel Partners

Zebra Technologies | June 30, 2022

Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), an innovator at the front line of business with solutions and partners that deliver a performance edge, today announced a new, vertical market specialization for government and education technology providers in North America. The Public Sector Specialization Program, developed as a strategic component of Zebra’s PartnerConnect program, will support federal, state and local government, as well as K-12, colleges and universities. Zebra’s Public Sector Specialization Program recognizes partner expertise and investment in government and education technology solutions. Qualified program members will have access to unique business-building benefits including growth incentives, go-to-market support, pre-qualified leads, marketing funding, increased channel account management and planning as well as a customizable logo recognizing their expertise in the industry. “Zebra’s PartnerConnect Public Sector Specialization Program reflects our continued commitment to help our partners differentiate themselves while also helping governments and educational institutions meet their digital transformation needs,” said Bill Cate, Vice President of Marketing and Channels, Zebra Technologies. “Zebra’s PartnerConnect Public Sector Specialization Program reflects our continued commitment to help our partners differentiate themselves while also helping governments and educational institutions meet their digital transformation needs,” said Bill Cate, Vice President of Marketing and Channels, Zebra Technologies. “By uniting Zebra’s innovative solutions with resellers’ expertise, local presence and unique capabilities, we can help public sector entities untangle complex technology needs to achieve new levels of productivity, accuracy, and speed that benefits their staff and constituents.” Zebra’s public sector solutions empower front-line personnel by enhancing communications, streamlining workflows and providing situational awareness to improve critical decision making and gain a performance edge. Agencies deploying school and facility security, warehouse management, eCitation, healthcare and inspections and maintenance solutions can leverage Zebra’s complete product portfolio and partner ecosystem to enhance operational efficiency, reducing time-consuming and error-prone administrative tasks. Zebra’s solutions adhere to the highest security standards while providing manageability and longevity, freeing resources for public service and enabling convenient and precise control of end user experiences. KEY TAKEAWAYS Zebra’s new North American PartnerConnect Public Sector Specialization Program will support government and education technology providers serving federal, state and local government, as well as K-12, colleges and universities. Qualified program members will have access to business-building benefits such as go-to-market support, pre-qualified leads, marketing funding, and growth incentives. The PartnerConnect program makes it easier for partners to work with Zebra and differentiate themselves while rewarding them for their commitment, competency and performance. ABOUT ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES Zebra (NASDAQ: ZBRA) empowers organizations to thrive in the on-demand economy by making every front-line worker and asset at the edge visible, connected and fully optimized. With an ecosystem of more than 10,000 partners across more than 100 countries, Zebra serves customers of all sizes – including 94% of the Fortune 100 – with an award-winning portfolio of hardware, software, services and solutions that digitize and automate workflows. Supply chains are more dynamic, customers and patients are better served, and workers are more engaged when they utilize Zebra innovations that help them sense, analyze and act in real time. Zebra recently expanded its industrial automation portfolio with its Fetch Robotics acquisition and increased its machine vision and AI software capabilities with the acquisitions of Adaptive Vision, antuit.ai and Matrox Imaging. Zebra is #25 on Newsweek’s inaugural list of America’s Most Loved Workplaces and #79 on Forbes’ list of America’s 500 Best Midsize Employers. Learn more at www.zebra.com or sign up for news alerts. Follow Zebra’s Your Edge blog, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, and check out our Story Hub: Zebra Perspectives. ZEBRA and the stylized Zebra head are trademarks of Zebra Technologies Corp., registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2022 Zebra Technologies Corp. and/or its affiliates.

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Hippo | June 28, 2022

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