Afternoon Coffee: Google’s Private Catalog ‘Gains IT Procurement Powers’; Volkswagen Tracking Cobalt Supply Chain

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IT admins across the enterprise will now be able to wield more control over accessibility of apps, thanks to Google Private Catalog.

In beta, Private Catalog allows the IT department control over how apps are made available and distributed, thus helping businesses remain compliant and collaborative while simultaneously reducing failures and waste.

State Senate committee approves Duke Energy-backed bill

A controversial bill that may give Duke Energy the leeway to hike rates multiple time in the next five years has been passed by the North Carolina Senate committee. This is the first step in a process which, if it goes through eventually, will give the energy firm permission to request rate increases to fund specific projects.

Opponents say the bill would decrease regulatory oversight of Duke’s plans. Duke Energy will produce or purchase a total of 602 MW of energy from solar projects under North Carolina’s Competitive Procurement of Renewable Energy (CPRE) program.

Volkswagen joins network to track cobalt supply chain

Volkswagen will now be part of a global blockchain-based supply network that includes Ford and IBM for responsible sourcing of strategic minerals, including cobalt.

Cobalt is used in auto batteries and in mobile devices.

Recent media reports have highlighted the use of child labor and dangerous working conditions in the artisanal mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo, home to two-thirds of the world’s cobalt reserves.

Interos to provide AI-based tech for F-35 program

Interos has been selected to supply an artificial intelligence-based technology for the F-35 Joint Program Office in order to manage potential risks to the latter’s supply chain.

The Interos SaaS platform helps look for patterns from business operations, financial market activity or geopolitical situations in order to understand the potential impacts of different global events on supply chains.

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