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9/29/2016

Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft have come together to form "Partnership on AI," a group that aims to be inclusive of businesses of all sizes and to openly share research on AI topics such as privacy and ethics.

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9/29/2016

The cyberattack on Yahoo that led to 500 million accounts being stolen was the result of a criminal effort and not a state-sponsored attack, InfoArmor says. Intel experts say that the focus should be on finding and catching criminals, rather than punishing the companies that fall victim to hacking attempts and data breaches.

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Yahoo, Intel, InfoArmor
9/29/2016

Amazon's voice-activated assistant is appearing on more devices both in and outside of Amazon's branded device lineup. Alexa will be loaded on Jam Audio's forthcoming $70 smart speaker, which hits shelves Oct. 30 at Best Buy, and on Amazon's new $40 Fire TV stick, which will ship Oct. 20.

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9/29/2016

Fitbits are still the most popular wearable, data from a Raymond James survey indicate. Of 500 respondents, 14% owned a Fitbit and 16% planned to purchase one, though Apple is gaining in popularity, with only 2% ownership but 9% planning on purchasing an Apple Watch.

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Apple, Raymond James, Fitbit, Fitbits
9/29/2016

Several industries, including health care, are advised to watch out for Mamba, a new strain of ransomware that encrypts an organization's entire hard drives, making Windows and files inaccessible to personnel, tw-Security experts say. Keith Fricke, a partner and principal consultant at the firm, notes that health care organizations can't do anything but pay the ransom, find another computer or use a cellphone to send emails.

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9/29/2016

Virtual reality represents an opportunity to rethink and reinvent games in a new way, even for video game makers that have been in the industry for a long time. "We always wanted to build places and worlds, not just games, and [VR] just does that," said Rand Miller, a designer behind games "Myst" and "Obduction."

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9/29/2016

An acquisition deal is reportedly in the works for music streaming service Spotify to purchase competitor SoundCloud. Bloomberg in July reported that SoundCloud was exploring a sale that could value the company at $1 billion.

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SoundCloud, Bloomberg, Spotify
9/29/2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Dell will continue to build solutions for, and introduce larger partnerships with, Microsoft's Azure. HP Enterprise is unveiling an integrated stack solution for Azure-compatible platform-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service for on-premise data centers, while Dell is offering new combinations of its servers and Microsoft software.

9/29/2016

A law set to take effect Saturday in Montgomery County, Md., will require employers to provide paid sick leave based on the number of hours employees work. Businesses with five or more employees will have to provide an hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours an employee works, up to 56 hours annually.

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9/29/2016

Electronic Technology Associates plans to open a cybersecurity training center for public-sector workers this year in Baltimore, state officials say. The center will simulate cyberattacks against US infrastructure and assets.

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