Morning Beat: Facebook Inc (FB), VMware, Inc. (VMW), and PayPal Holdings Inc (PYPL)

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French authorities have ordered Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) to stop tracking browser activity of non-users. It has emerged that the social network uses cookies on computers of non-users, to track their browsing activity. The use of the cookies in such a way according to authorities is a violation of French laws.

The data protection agency has also asked Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) to stop transferring personal data belonging to French nationals to the US. Facebook has three months to adhere to the orders.

The orders are expected to strain the relationship between the European Union and the US on the sharing of key information.

VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW)’s Horizon product lines have received major upgrades as part of an effort that seeks to make it easy for administrators to deliver applications and secure data on a variety of devices. Horizon 7 and Horizon Air Applications will come with a hybrid mode that offers desktop and app delivery from the cloud.

VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW) has also unveiled Workspace One, mooted as the next version of Workspace Suite. The new Workspace One suite is designed to consolidate and enhance enterprise mobility. The suite includes self-service access as well as choice of devices and productivity tools. Its primary task is setting up an app catalog that should help in mixing and matching tools on devices.

PayPal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:PYPL)’s Chief Technology Officer, James Barrese is to step down from his post effective April 1, according to a filing to the SEC. Vice President of global platform and infrastructure Sri Shivananda is to take over as the Chief, technology officer. William Ready, who currently oversees the product and engineering team, will head payment services functions as part of the management changes.

There is no word on why Barrese is leaving Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:PYPL) and why his post is being split into two. The changes come just weeks after the payment giant posted stellar fourth quarter earnings revenues having increased by 17%.

Voice dictation is the latest feature to be added by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to tvOS that powers Apple TV. With the addition, users can now speak into the Siri remote to enter text into any field. The feature will support spelling of usernames as well as passwords.

The dictation feature also simplifies the process of searching the App store from anywhere within Apple TV. By simply holding the Siri button one should be able to carry out commands such as ‘Search the App Store.’

The software update also comes with fixes to previous complaints such as the addition of Bluetooth Keyboards, Live Photos, and iCloud Photo Libraries.

Viraj Shah

Viraj Shah has completed M.Com (Finance) and is currently pursuing his CFP. He tracks US markets along with other global markets like India very closely. He is very passionate about stocks, real estate, and technology. He also believes that money can always be made in the market.

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