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1/18/2019

Venture capitalists sank a record $5.3B into funding cybersecurity companies last year, but experts say much of the money was spent not on tech to go up against cyberattacks but on marketing. Also troubling is that most cybersecurity startups are creating similar technology, says Ilia Kolochenko, CEO of web security company High Tech Bridge.

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Forbes
1/18/2019

Google will buy the intellectual property rights to Fossil's smartwatch in a deal worth $40 million. The purchase will include some of Fossil Group's research and development team moving over to Google.

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ZDNet, Ars Technica
1/18/2019

Facebook is bringing its output-focused Spectrum image processing library on GitHub out of beta. Spectrum is designed to make mobile image uploads better and more reliable across the company's array of apps for iOS as well as Android.

1/18/2019

Ride-hailing, bike-sharing and other "new mobility" services are already changing how people get around in cities around the world -- but not always for the better, especially for lower-income people. Governments can incentivize these services through policy to reduce congestion, improve safety and improve quality of life for all citizens, not just the wealthy, Aniruddha Dasgupta and Guangzhe Chen write.

1/18/2019

To address the gap in the number of male and female members of the cyberskills workforce -- almost 90% are male -- the UK is launching free all-female CyberFirst Defender courses through the National Cyber Security Centre. There will be 600 spaces at several sites for the four-day courses.

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BBC
1/18/2019

The massive data breach that compromised the information of almost 400 million customers was traced to one of Marriott's loyalty programs, so the company has unveiled Marriott BonVoy, a new loyalty program that will take the place of the previous three offered by the company. Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest -- which was determined to be the source of the breach -- will be replaced by Marriott BonVoy on Feb. 13.

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Starwood
1/18/2019

A phishing attack targeting the Democratic National Committee hit several days after the 2018 midterm elections, the organization revealed in court documents Thursday. Dozens of DNC emails were targeted in the attack, which the DNC blames on Russian intelligence.

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New York Post
1/18/2019

Microsoft will not release its own smart speaker and instead will use its virtual assistant, Cortana, in other projects, says Chief Technology Officer Kevin Scott. "On the smart speaker side of things, we've got a bunch of partners who are building Cortana-powered things right now and we're super excited about all of those, but it's not like we're going to have a single Microsoft-branded Cortana smart speaker that's going to be the thing that carries Cortana to customers," Scott says.

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VentureBeat
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Kevin Scott
1/18/2019

Project Alias is a system designed by Bjorn Karmann and Tore Knudsen to help protect users' private conversations from being recorded and transmitted by their smart speakers. The device includes a 3D-printed housing that uses a microphone and speaker to produce white noise and prevent eavesdropping.

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VentureBeat
1/18/2019

Multiple TV-makers at CES 2019 discussed their upcoming 8K options, with TCL, Sony, Samsung and LG reportedly planning on shipping big-screen 8K models this year. In addition, Hisense, Sharp, Changhong and Skyworth showed off prototypes of their 8K options.

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TWICE
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Changhong, Samsung, TCL, Sony, Skyworth