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THE CLOUD COMPUTING REPORT: An introduction to cloud solutions and their use cases

Cloud computing — on-demand, internet-based computing services — has been successfully applied to many computing functions in recent years.

From consumer-facing, web-based productivity apps like Google Docs to enterprise database management suites, the tools businesses rely on are increasingly moving to the cloud.

But developing a cloud strategy is no easy task. Public cloud solutions will likely come to dominate the market over the next decade, but business constraints, such as security concerns and the limitations of existing infrastructure, make it difficult for companies to fully adopt the public cloud right now.


Tim Armstrong's dad gave him important career advice the night before he started as AOL's CEO

Tim Armstrong, CEO of AOL, had built an impressive career for himself in his mid-30s.

He was an executive at Google who helped build some of the company's key advertising products, like AdSense. While those in a similar position may have settled into the comfort of a job they had already mastered, Armstrong decided to risk it all and start over fresh at a new company.

In an episode of Business Insider's podcast, "Success! How I Did It," Armstrong spoke with Business Insider US editor in chief Alyson Shontell about a conversation he had with his father before his first day at AOL in 2009.


Elon Musk bails on Trump's advisory councils after US withdraws from Paris climate deal (TSLA)

Elon Musk is breaking his ties with the White House now that President Donald Trump has said he will pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO said on Wednesday that he would have "no choice" but to leave the two advisory councils he sits on if the US withdrew from the landmark climate deal — a commitment he reiterated on Thursday after Trump made the announcement.

"Am departing presidential councils," Musk tweeted. "Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world."

Musk is on two of Trump's councils: an economic advisory board and the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative.

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Uber's CEO wrote a touching tribute honoring his late mother

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has published a deeply personal and touching tribute to his late mother, less than a week after both his parents were involved in a tragic boating accident. Kalanick's mother died in the accident, while his father remains in the hospital in "serious" condition. 

"So many of you have asked me what my Mom was like," Kalanick wrote in a post on his Facebook page. "The best answer I can give is that she was a lover. She wore her heart on her sleeves — yes, both of them — and when she walked into a room, her warmth, her smile and her joy would instantly fill it. They were infectious."

"And now, as I miss her terribly and feel the hole that she left in my heart, I realize much more fully the gift she gave me, and commit to live it and express it in her honor," Kalanick wrote.


Facebook execs face more questions and concerns about fake news (FB)

Fake news dominated the discussion at Facebook's annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday. 

The company received several questions and comments from investors about what it was doing to combat false stories and hoaxes posted to its site, and had to fend off a shareholder resolution urging the company publish a report about the extent of the problem and how the social media giant is handling it. 

The steps Facebook has taken so far have been too little, too late, said Natasha Lamb, a managing partner at Arjuna Capital. 

"Fabricated news stories cause a great deal of confusion about basic facts and events," Lamb said. "Facebook is at risk if it maintains a platform of distortion."


Google is about to start blocking annoying ads so you don't have to (GOOGL)

Google's Chrome browser will automatically block certain ads starting next year.

The new feature will filter out ads that have been deemed "unacceptable" by the Coalition for Better Ads, an industry coalition whose listed membership includes the Interactive Advertising Bureau, the digital ad world's leading trade group.

News of this Chrome feature was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

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'The time to act is now': The private sector must pave the way for renewables (BUD)

The problems associated with traditional energy sources are well documented and extensive. Fossil fuels contribute directly to climate change, and they have a direct human cost as well. Increasing renewable energy capacity in every market around the globe is vital to addressing these problems and turning the tide on climate change. It is clear that renewables will be a crucial part of the energy mix in the future.

While there are ongoing efforts to tackle the energy divide between the developed and developing worlds, the reality is that, in most countries, the renewable energy infrastructure is still significantly under-developed. This creates a major barrier to economic growth, and it does nothing to confront the environmental and health issues caused by traditional sources of energy.


Blue Apron has filed to go public — and it lost almost as much last quarter as it did all last year

Meal-delivery service Blue Apron on Thursday offered a detailed look at its financials for the first time as it filed to go public.

The main takeaways: Revenue is growing. With the company spending a ton on marketing, so too are losses. And Blue Apron, which was valued at $2 billion in its last venture round, says investors can expect more of the latter.

"We have a history of losses, and we may be unable to achieve or sustain profitability," the company says in its S1 filing.

Goldman Sachs is leading the offering, but we don't know yet what Blue Apron expects to raise in the IPO, because it hasn't priced its shares or said how many it plans to sell.

Blue Apron's move comes amid tough times for the new wave of meal-delivery companies. San Francisco-based Sprig


It'll take years for Trump to pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement — here's why

While President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he was pulling the US out of the landmark Paris climate agreement, it will take until the day after the next presidential election for the US to fully exit the pact.

The Paris agreement, which 195 nations signed in December 2015, set the global goal to keep the planet from warming by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels — a threshold that scientists say could keep the planet from launching into a tailspin of irreversible consequences, from unpredictable superstorms to crippling heat waves.

And with so many moving parts, the accord has quite a few rules.


What it's like to use Blue Apron, the amazing meal-delivery startup that's about to go public

Blue Apron, a meal-delivery service based in New York City, filed an S-1 on Thursday as the company plans to go public. Though the company has a history of losses, its revenue continues to grow each year.

I tried Blue Apron for myself a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it. Back then, the meal plan was pre-set, but now, depending on your meal plan, you can select three dishes sent you each week in advance from eight different choices.

That's thanks to the range of ingredients as well as the meal presentation that made me look like an expert chef.

It also put an emphasis on cooking tutorials and instructions online, so I really felt as if I was improving my cooking skills with each recipe instead of just "painting by numbers," so to speak.

So should you give it a try yourself?

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