May 17, 2020

Three ex-Google employees create new blockchain community

xGoogler Blockchain Alliance
Jonathan Dyble
1 min
Three prominent ex-Googlers have announced the creation of a new blockchain community named the xGoogler Blockchain Alliance (GBA) that looks to induce...

Three prominent ex-Googlers have announced the creation of a new blockchain community named the xGoogler Blockchain Alliance (GBA) that looks to induce collaboration and development on blockchain initiatives.

The community platform will aim to bring ex-Google employees with a particular interest in blockchain together to share ideas in order to further educate those involved.

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Andy Tian, former Strategic Partnership Development Manager at Google, has revealed that Googlers are in a prime position to explore such technologies as leading technology-focused innovators:

“Google has always been in the forefront of new technologies worldwide, from Android to AI,” Tian said. “As Googlers, we can bring our unique experiences to expand blockchain's influence, to everyone, everywhere.”

Co-Founders of the platform alongside Andy Tian include Daniel Wang, a former Tech Lead at Google and Senior Engineering Director at, and Hitters Xu, previously a member of Google’s Search & Anti-Fraud team and former Director of Ant Financial’s Blockchain Platform.

“Googlers who are prominent influencers in 'classic internet' can play important role in blockchain space,” said Xu.

According to a statement from GBA, the community is currently already active in San Francisco, Beijing and Shanghai.

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Jul 7, 2021

ServiceNow pumps millions into EU service compliance

Schrems II
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ServiceNow has announced a multimillion euro investment in EU services, providing customers even greater trust, choice, and control over their data

ServiceNow, the digital workflow company, has announced a multimillion euro investment to help EU customers meet compliance requirements.

The legal, technical and organisational safeguards will help companies to comply with the the Schrems II judgment and European Data Protection Board (EDPB) Recommendations issued in June 2021.

ServiceNow’s investment means all EU-hosted data will be exclusively handled within the EU, and the cloud-hosted digital workflow provider claims its solution will come “without impact on current delivery and service”.

ServiceNow upgrade: free of charge

There will be no cost for current customers to opt in to the data compliance solution, even though ServiceNow is investing an unspecified multimillion euro sum and hiring more than 80 new staff across the bloc.

Mark Cockerill, vice president legal, EMEA and global head of privacy at ServiceNow, said: “With any regulation change, cloud services companies have a choice. They can adopt a ‘wait and see’ approach or get proactive and help customers and partners innovate. At ServiceNow we are on the front foot, continually investing in our customers, allowing them to operate with the highest level of choice and control over their EU data.

ServiceNow upgrade: ‘peace of mind’

“Our new EU-centric service delivery model will give our current customers and partners peace of mind. For customers and partners operating in highly regulated industries, or in the public sector, or those that have yet to make the switch to the cloud, this model gives them certainty and simplicity when selecting the cloud service that best suits their needs.”

Carla Arend, lead analyst, cloud in europe for IDC, said, “The Schrems II ruling has led European organizations to revisit their cloud-related data protection policies and processes when it comes to international data transfers through cloud services.

“Contractual, privacy, and security safeguards and the assurance that data will be kept and handled in the EU help European organizations to comply with European data protection laws while taking advantage of global cloud platforms. Vendors, such as ServiceNow, that invest to support their customers in response to this ruling are providing essential choice to their customers.”

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