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2/27/2017

Yahoo has sent a letter to the Senate providing details on its 2013 and 2014 breaches and outlining measures the company has taken in response to shore up its defenses and investigate the breaches. The letter states that the company doubled its internal staff and spent $250 million on security initiatives and is putting systems in place to defend against more sophisticated attacks.

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2/27/2017

Sony and Line, a popular Japan-based messaging app, may partner to use artificial intelligence to improve the digital personal assistant experience. The announcement was made at a conference in Spain, and during that time, Sony also showed off earphones that use Xperia Agent, a virtual butler.

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Bloomberg
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2/27/2017

Intel's new Xeon "Skylake" processors have been installed in the servers for Google Cloud as a result of the agreement between Google and Intel announced in November. The deal means Google is the first big provider of public clouds to take advantage of the new chip's capabilities, ahead of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud.

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Fortune, Network World
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2/27/2017

While Wal-Mart has caught on in the US, it has struggled to find the same success in China due to such issues as inaccurate stocking that shows a lack of awareness of the Chinese consumer, paying low wages and not understanding Chinese infrastructure. But the discovery could come too late, as stores have closed and business has slowed throughout the country.

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ReadWrite
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2/27/2017

The shortage of cybersecurity experts is expected to increase to more than 1.8 million in five years, a Center for Cyber Safety and Education study states. It also found that just 12% of industry talent is younger than 35, showing a deficit of millennial workers, while small and midsize businesses are hit hardest by the cybersecurity skills shortage.

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CRN.com (U.S.)
2/27/2017

The Virginia Cyber Range has partnered with Amazon Web Services to provide course materials and a lab environment to students learning about cybersecurity. The Cyber Range is providing cybersecurity opportunities for more than 250 students at two Virginia colleges, with additional cybersecurity courses planned.

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2/27/2017

Hackers could derail progress and cause a major technology setback if they attack the US smart grid, Dan Lohrmann writes, citing data from the Energy Department's Quadrennial Energy Review. Key findings from the report include the facts that the grid lacks resilience metrics and measures and that outages would be devastating to low-income and minority communities.

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2/27/2017

The attacks on Ukraine's power grid in 2015 and 2016 show that this could one day be a reality for the US power grid, write Manimaran Govindarasu and Adam Hahn. Although all of the elements of the grid make it more complicated to protect, implementing standards and guidelines, running simulations and systematically analyzing risks could significantly boost the security of the grid, they write.

2/27/2017

MIT researchers used artificial intelligence to improve gameplay in Nintendo's "Super Smash Bros. Melee" by allowing a computer player to take more strategic actions. The bot player has won matches against some of the top 100 globally ranked players since the update.

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TechCrunch
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MIT, artificial intelligence
2/27/2017

One Sony decision-maker admits that he was not prepared for the soaring popularity of the brand's virtual-reality headsets, especially in Japan. The global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Andrew House, reports that 915,000 PlayStation VR headsets have been purchased in the four months since they were initially released -- and that the company goal of selling 1 million in six months is easily within reach.