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3/21/2017

Insurance for ransomware-related costs is readily available, at least for now, experts say. Historically, coverage for ransomware attacks is sublimited within cybersecurity policy limits, but now policyholders may be able to obtain full limits for the coverage, said Matt Chmel, Chicago-based team leader of Aon Risk Solutions' professional risk solutions team. Policy language should be reviewed with a broker, Chmel advised. There are 67 cyberinsurers, "each one with different language and verbiage," he said. Read more.

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businessinsurance.com
3/16/2017

Samsung's Galaxy S8 will include a pressure-sensing home button, similar to the 3D Touch technology of Apple's devices, a report indicates. The change would allow users to press the home button harder to access additional features.

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Android Authority
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3/16/2017

T-Mobile has announced plans to increase its LTE coverage to include the remaining 700,000 square miles that its closest competition, Verizon, is covering. Chief Financial Officer Braxton Carter said T-Mobile will use its spectrum resources, noting, "[W]e really truly want to build out the full footprint in the United States."

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BroadbandReports.com
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3/16/2017

Former FBI agent LaRae Quy shares what she considers the 10 essential skills of mentally tough leaders, including the ability to adapt to new situations, emotional competence, self-awareness and not being afraid to fail sometimes.

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SmartBrief/Leadership
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3/16/2017

President Donald Trump's first budget proposal calls for an appropriation of $1.5 billion for the Department of Homeland Security to protect US computer networks and critical infrastructure from attacks by hackers. The document also urges stronger cooperation between the private sector and government on cybersecurity issues.

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The Hill
3/16/2017

FirstNet is awaiting a decision from the US Court of Federal Claims, an appeals court, so it can move forward with a contract to provide a broadband network for public safety. The $6.5 billion contract was put on hold in November after a competing bidder, Rivada Mercury, protested the lack of competition for the contract.

3/9/2017

Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son met with aides to President Donald Trump last month, per a report that states that parent company SoftBank wants to accelerate plans to merge with T-Mobile US or Comcast. Son is said to be preparing for the onset of next-generation wireless technology in the US.

3/9/2017

Repairly, a UK-based smartphone repair business, offers pickup and delivery service to provide customers a hassle-free repair experience. Co-founder Rich Edwards says Repairly meets a need for on-demand smartphone repair services similar to what Uber and Deliveroo provide in other industries.

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Alphr (UK)
3/9/2017

Smartphone cameras and video recorders have become increasingly sophisticated at a time when new technologies have made those features increasingly important, analysts say, pointing to recent releases from Huawei and Sony. Impending phones from Apple and Samsung also will likely feature dramatically improved cameras, IDC's Ryan Reith says.

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Computerworld
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3/9/2017

Microsoft carried its campaign for the government to free up unlicensed spectrum to a Senate hearing last week, in which an executive urged regulators to enact "reasonable" rules to support white space spectrum technology that would help meet the demand for Wi-Fi and other services.

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