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Collaboration services provider Zoom Video Communications Inc. held its annual user event, Zoomtopia, this week in its home city of San Jose, California.

This has become the event for the company to set its vision for the industry and launch new products. In 2022, Zoom used the conference to boldly launch its Mail and Calendar features within the Zoom client.

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Veeam Software Inc. Wednesday announced a couple of new offerings in the backup-as-a-service market: Cirrus by Veeam for Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure.

I had a chance to get a pre-briefing with Veeam Chief Technology Officer Danny Allan and asked him what was behind this move. He said it’s primarily about giving customers the flexibility to choose how they want to use Veeam to protect their business whether it’s in the cloud, on-premises or a combination of both.

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Unified communications provider Mitel Networks Inc. today announced it has closed on the transaction with Atos SE to purchase Unify, formerly Siemens Enterprise.

In January of this year, Mitel announced it had entered exclusive negotiations to acquire Unify, expecting to close in the year’s second half. All the regulatory issues have been cleared, and the two companies are set to come together.

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The 2023 Ryder Cup is being held through Oct. 1 at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome, and the event is expected to take in 250,000 spectators — most of whom will be looking to text, tweet, Instagram and Facebook.

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Major League Baseball kicked off a Virtual Ballpark experience for a Sept. 20 game between the Angels and Rays that uses startling 3D graphics to depict baseball games in real time.

Built in partnership with British metaverse company Improbable, it’s not without its early bugs, since the Virtual Ballpark UI was a little choppy. But like anything new, the experience should get better over time.

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