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2/24/2017

President Donald Trump is expected to boost cybersecurity spending and focus on enhanced surveillance and encryption systems, cybersecurity experts say. Other plans could include using the National Security Agency and other agencies to enhance cyberdefense, they say.

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PCWorld, CyberScoop
2/24/2017

The chance of a cyberattack is high, but a large number of corporate directors said they are not prepared for a major incident, and only 38% said they are worried about a breach. The lack of expertise and knowledge around cybersecurity is one of the leading reasons boards are not ready to deal with threats.

2/24/2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is struggling to transform its business model, missing analysts' revenue estimates for a third straight quarter and losing cloud-based business to Amazon and Microsoft. CEO Meg Whitman lowered the company's earnings guidance after fiscal first-quarter sales fell 10% to $11.4 billion as enterprise server, storage and networking revenues all dropped, while earnings rose a penny per share to 16 cents per share, or $267 million.

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Bloomberg, Light Reading, eWeek
2/24/2017

The city of Las Vegas is shooting to have a working model within 90 days of a smart lighting system that identifies faulty streetlights. This follows a University of Nevada, Las Vegas, team's use of open data to identify and notify officials about burned out streetlights, an idea that led to the team's victory at last month's Smart Cities Hackathon.

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UNLV
2/24/2017

Smartphone cameras and microphones are potential malware targets, analysts say. Outdated software and hardware can leave phones vulnerable to malware that is used to spy on conversations and track unaware phone users.

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2/24/2017

Grand Valley State University will offer cybersecurity programs for graduate and undergraduate students at its Padnos College of Engineering and Computing. The institution will also add a Network and Security Lab at its Allendale campus for hacking and cyberattack simulations.

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MiBiz (Michigan)
2/24/2017

St. Louis and Orlando and Tampa, Fla., were the cities with the top instances of malware infections across the US last year, reporting rates more than five times the national average, a report from Enigma Software Group states. Also in the top 10 were Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Madison, Wis., Newark, N.J., and Washington, D.C.

2/24/2017

Spotify will release three new podcast series exclusive to its network to help it stand out from other music streaming services. The first, "Showstopper," is live now, while "Unpacked" will be added in March and the third, "The Chris Lighty Story," is coming in April.

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2/24/2017

Google has changed the name of its default SMS app to Android Messages. The messaging system supports RCS and is part of a three-part messaging strategy created by Google that also includes its Allo and Hangouts apps.

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The Verge
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Google, Android
2/24/2017

Audio hardware sales drove the consumer electronics segment in the fourth quarter of 2016, seeing a 28% rise over that period, per a Futuresource Consulting report. Home audio and headphone sales grew year-over-year by 33% and 24%, respectively, the report notes.

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TWICE