Tag: Communications

Is Zoom Video Communications (ZM) Outperforming Other Computer and Technology Stocks This Year?

For those looking to find strong Computer and Technology stocks, it is prudent to search for companies in the group that are outperforming their peers. Has Zoom Video Communications (ZM) been one of those stocks this year? Let’s take a closer look at the stock’s year-to-date performance to find out.

Zoom Video Communications is a member of our Computer and Technology group, which includes 613 different companies and currently sits at #11 in the Zacks Sector Rank. The Zacks Sector Rank gauges the strength of our 16 individual sector groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups.

The Zacks Rank emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find stocks with improving earnings outlooks. This system has a long record of success, and these stocks tend to be on track to beat the market over the next one to three months. ZM is currently sporting

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$45.5 billion cloud communications company Twilio is reportedly getting ready to acquire data startup Segment for $3.2 billion



a man sitting on a leather couch: Jeff Lawson, co-founder and CEO of Twilio, launched his business during the recession. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)


© (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)
Jeff Lawson, co-founder and CEO of Twilio, launched his business during the recession. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)

  • Cloud communications company Twilio is set to acquire data startup Segment for $3.2 billion, sources tell Forbes, though a deal is not yet final.
  • Twilio has emerged as a winner in the pandemic economy, with its stock price just about tripling since the beginning of the year. The company now commands a market cap of over $45 billion.
  • Segment was last valued at $1.5 billion in an April 2019 funding round, and counts Accel, Y Combinator, and Alphabet’s GV (formerly Google Ventures) among its investors.
  • Segment laid off 10% of its staff in May, in anticipation of a tougher IT spending environment amid the pandemic. However, the company indicated in September that it now has over 20,000 customers — up from 19,000
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Communications Platform Experiencing Connection, ‘Degraded’ Performance Issues

With the start of the workweek underway, many at-home workers woke up to a Slack (WORK) outage that has made it difficult to send messages or use the platform at all.

Customers reported on Twitter that they were having problems with the communications site on Monday. The program’s name even trended on the social media platform nationwide with many users saying that “If Slack isn’t working today neither are we.”

Slack updated its status site multiple times on Monday, noting the issues.

The status site said there are issues with the platform which is preventing some users

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Boeing wins $298 million Space Force contract for jam-resistant communications satellite

The contract is for the Evolved Strategic Satellite Communications program, known as Evolved Strategic Satcom

WASHINGTON — Boeing received a $298 million contract to build a satellite payload prototype and develop a secure communications architecture for the U.S. Space Force’s Evolved Strategic SATCOM (ESS) program, the company announced Oct. 1.

The ESS will replace the existing Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellites made by Lockheed Martin.

Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin will be developing competing designs for the ESS program.

Each company is building prototypes to be completed by 2025. Like AEHF, the new ESS program is intended to provide secure, jam-resistant communications for high-priority military operations and national command authorities.

Boeing is a longtime supplier of military communications satellites. It is the prime contractor for the Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) constellation, and is also working on the Protected Tactical Enterprise Service and Protected Tactical Satcom programs. These programs

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Salesforce launches clouds for media, communications, public sector, utilities


The Industry Cloud: Why It’s Next

The industry cloud has taken off and big businesses have been built by the likes of Veeva, Rootstock and others. Here’s why the focus has allowed the industry to thrive even as giants like Salesforce, Oracle and SAP eye their turf.

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Salesforce is launching four industry clouds for communications, media, utilities and public sector courtesy of its Vlocity acquisition.

The industry clouds from Salesforce build on previous efforts in verticals such as financial services and healthcare. Software-as-a-service providers have been targeting verticals. For instance, ServiceNow has stepped up industry specific services for telecommunication providers and financial services.

Salesforce combined Vlocity’s technology with its Salesforce Customer 360 platform. The new clouds will have purpose-built apps as well as industry-specific data models.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Communications Cloud includes pre-built industry processes and product models for service providers. The Communications Cloud is also designed to
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New system detects faint communications signals using the principles of quantum physics

New system detects faint communications signals using the principles of quantum physics
The incoming signal (red, lower left) proceeds through a beam splitter to the photon detector, which has an attached time register (top right). The receiver sends the reference beam to the beam splitter to cancel the incoming pulse so that no light is detected. If even one photon is detected, it means that the receiver used an incorrect reference beam, which needs to be adjusted. The receiver uses exact times of photon detection to arrive at the right adjustment with fewer guesses. The combination of recorded detection times and the history of reference beam frequencies are used to find the frequency of the incoming signal. Credit: NIST

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have devised and demonstrated a system that could dramatically increase the performance of communications networks while enabling record-low error rates in detecting even the faintest of signals, potentially decreasing the total amount of

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The Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties Partners with Martin Communications on “Bringing You Home” Campaign

Durham, NC, Sept. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties (HBA DOC) has partnered with Martin Communications, an integrated marketing and communications agency, to create and launch a campaign to educate homeowners on the significance of utilizing industry professionals for home construction and renovation projects.

A result of joint efforts between The HBA DOC and Martin Communications, the digital Bringing You Home campaign features a set of rotating ads promoting HBA DOC member services in the categories of home improvement, new construction, healthy living, home maintenance and industry professionals.

“We launched this campaign to provide consumers with an extensive pool of licensed, knowledgeable experts for their home building and renovation needs,” said Holly Fraccaro, CEO, HBA DOC.  “We also wanted to highlight our incredible sponsors to recognize the generous support they provide to our industry, members and greater community.”

The campaign—which will

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The Prison Communications Nonprofit Backed By Twitter’s Jack Dorsey And Former Google Chief Eric Schmidt

In March, two current students from Yale—Uzoma Orchingwa and Gabe Saruhashi—started a new nonprofit called Ameelio, which is working in order to connect prison inmates with their loved ones for free. Equipped with the understanding that inmates who keep in touch with their families and friends do better after release, the two founders are using new tech—an app that makes delivering letters easier and free for families, as well as a videoconferencing tool—to change how inmates communicate with their loved ones. They’ve already attracted donations from two Silicon Valley billionaires.

The existing system for communicating with inmates is expensive for friends and family of incarcerated people. The for-profit $1.2-billion-a-year prison phone industry can charge more than $1 a minute. “There’s a lot of money being made

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Cloud Communications Platform, Melrose Labs to Protect Businesses from Fraud with New Technology Partnership

EDINBURGH, Scotland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Following the launch of its voice and messaging services earlier this year, Melrose Labs’ new partnership will see the platform develop new identity verification services that will protect businesses and improve customer engagement.

The new offerings will also enhance Melrose Labs’ existing Identity and Location, and One-Time Password (OTP) services.

When SMS is used to deliver a one-time password to a user, there is a risk that the message could be intercepted. With these new services, businesses will be able to identify SIM swapping and deny the use of OTP to prevent fraudulent use of a user’s account. Mark Hay, CEO of Melrose Labs says:

“Identity verification is essential to reducing fraudulent activity and is a key part of ensuring secure and trustworthy customer engagements in online transactions. Our new partnership with Phronesis Technologies will allow us to develop new services and enhance our existing offerings.

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Protecting Satellite Communications – SpaceNews

A secure system that allows troops at the tactical edge to communicate securely

The U.S. Space Force acquires, operates and maintains a constellation of Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellites that are reserved for strategic, high-priority military missions, providing secure, jam-resistant communications.

While tactical military forces do use AEHF, its primary mission is to provide 100% assured communications for the national command authority and strategic or nuclear forces.

The Department of Defense recognized a need for a tactical alternative to AEHF to guarantee U.S. warfighters and allies have access to secure satellite communications during critical missions and during the heat of battle. The solution: Protected Anti-Jam Tactical Satellite Communications or PATS.Advertisement

“We built upon some of the strengths of AEHF, but the real difference is that PATS provides more bandwidth, more resources, and allows for more users,” said John DeNorscia, product area technical director at Raytheon Intelligence & Space, one of

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