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6/28/2017

A new ransomware attack, which some are calling "NotPetya," has targeted thousands of PCs globally, including in banks, airports, government agencies and other businesses in the UK, Ukraine and Spain, and has caused many entities to shut down. The attack highlights the importance of good cybersecurity protection, the need to patch vulnerabilities and the shared responsibility to protect businesses, agencies and consumers.

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6/28/2017

The value of the international app market is expected to reach $6.3 trillion by 2021, an App Annie report states -- a 380% rise over last year. Mobile shopping is one of the largest drivers of app adoption, the report states.

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6/28/2017

Comcast and Charter are considering a possible agreement with Sprint to resell the wireless carrier's services. This mobile virtual-network operator arrangement is controversial, as it could limit competition, while from a retailer perspective, it could also cause the companies to lose their own customers in favor of these third-party services.

6/28/2017

Five cities have been added the Smart Gigabit Communities program in addition to the 19 that were previously selected. Albuquerque, N.M.; Washington, D.C.; Tennessee's Jackson Energy Authority; Phoenix; and San Diego are the new members, with two additional cities expected to be selected in coming weeks.

6/28/2017

Nvidia has partnered with Volvo and Autoliv to bring its Drive PX platform to self-driving vehicles expected to hit the road in 2021. Separately, the company has also teamed up with Volkswagen to expand the use of deep learning and artificial intelligence beyond the connected car platform.

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6/28/2017

Facebook now has 2 billion users globally, up from a few hundred students in 2004 and its university origins at Harvard. The growth is attributed to a team of experts and a groundbreaking data- and product-driven strategy, one that may now begin yielding fewer easy gains with two-thirds of the world's internet population already signed on.

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6/28/2017

Yahoo Mail has undergone a design and tech overhaul that includes the rollout of a new subscription plan called Yahoo Mail Pro. It's part of a sweep of changes under way at Yahoo after its acquisition by Verizon.

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6/28/2017

Former IBM Chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano and Illumio's Nathaniel Gleicher discussed recent trends and strategies for cybersecurity on the McKinsey Podcast. Palmisano talked about the benefits of private-public collaborations to provide governments with much-needed cybersecurity skills, while Gleicher highlighted the importance of quantification and segmentation.

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6/28/2017

Allegations that the federal government hacked Georgia's voting systems are unfounded, Department of Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth wrote in a letter. "[T]he evidence demonstrated normal and appropriate use of Georgia's public website," the letter states.

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6/28/2017

More than 600 companies have joined the Z-Wave Alliance, a group of companies attempting to make internet of things devices compatible across platforms. Globally, more than 70 million Z-Wave devices are in use, the alliance reported.

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