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Sophisticated Watering Hole Attack

Google’s Project Zero has exposed a sophisticated watering-hole attack targeting both Windows and Android: Some of the exploits were zero-days, meaning they targeted vulnerabilities that at the time were unknown to Google, Microsoft, and most outside researchers (both companies have since patched the security flaws). The hackers delivered the exploits through watering-hole attacks, which compromise sites frequented by the targets of interest and lace the sites with code that installs malware on ...
Tags: Google, Nsa, Uncategorized, US, Cyberattack, Hacking, Zero-Day, Exploits, Bruce Schneier, Google Microsoft


Walmart, Amazon and other US corporate giants in cutting off donations to Republican lawmakers who opposed Biden's certification as president

Supporters of US President Donald Trump broke into the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Walmart will halt political donations to lawmakers that opposed certifying president-elect Joe Biden's victory. It joins Amazon, Morgan Stanley, Dow, and AT&T in deciding to cut funding to specific Republicans. Separately, JP Morgan, Citibank, Microsoft, and Facebook said they will temporarily pause all political donations to both Republicans and Democrats...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, Microsoft, Congress, Hotels, Finance, Senate, US, Trends, Tech, General Motors, Walmart, Bloomberg, Joe Biden


Jedox raises over $100M to expand its financial modeling and analytics software to more verticals

Organizations today — perhaps more than ever before — are relying on technology to help them figure out what the next weeks, months, and years will hold for their business at what has been one of the more tumultuous periods for our global economy in decades. Today, a company that is providing the platform to do that is announcing a significant fundraise to tap into that opportunity. Jedox, a German startup that builds tools to help companies with their financial planning and analysis using data ...
Tags: TC, Microsoft, Tech, Anaplan, Ibm, Palantir, Abb, Google Microsoft, Palo, Florian, Winterstein, Jeff Lieberman, Wecken Cie, Insight Partners, Jedox, Iris Capital eCAPITAL


IBM leads U.S. patent list for 2020 as total numbers decline 1% in pandemic year to 352,000

One year in, the Covid-19 global health pandemic continues to have something of a dragging effect on many aspects of life, but today a key bellwether for how technology is developing underscored how the industry continues to march on. The number of patents granted in the US in 2020 totaled 352,013, representing a decline of just under 1% compared to the year before (the final tally for 2019 was 354,428 patents granted). At the same time, patent applications rose almost 5% last year, a sign of ho...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Microsoft, US, Samsung, Tech, Cisco, Intel, NEC, Ford, Gm, Sony, Ibm, Toyota


Amazon joins Airbnb, Marriott, and other US corporate giants in cutting off donations to Republican lawmakers who opposed Biden's certification as president

Supporters of US President Donald Trump broke into the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Amazon has become the latest US corporate giant to cut off donations to GOP lawmakers who objected to certifying Democrat Joe Biden as president. It joins Morgan Stanley, Dow, and AT&T in deciding to cut funding to specific Republicans. Separately, JP Morgan, Citibank, Microsoft, and Facebook said they will temporarily pause all political donations to both...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, Microsoft, Congress, Hotels, Finance, Senate, Boston, US, Trends, Tech, General Motors, Bloomberg, Joe Biden


This Week in Apps: Apple bans party app, China loses 39K iOS games, TikTok births a ‘Ratatousical’

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with  204 billion total downloads and $120 billion in global consumer spend in 2019. Not including Chinese third-party app stores, iOS and Android users in 2020 130 billion apps and spent a record $112 billion. In 2019, people spent three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Due to COVID-...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Google Play, Facebook, Apps, New York, Hollywood, Media, Instagram, China, Disney, Samsung, Tech, Ios Apps, Developers


Yayzy app automatically calculates the environmental impact of your spending

Ahead of the turning of the New Year, many people are wishing they could do something about the environment. Now, a UK startup hopes to make our environmental impact more personal. Yayzy has now launched an iOS app (but Android is coming) which literally links to your bank account to work out the environmental impact of what you buy. It uses payment data via Open Banking standards to automatically calculate the carbon footprint of each purchase a user makes, giving them a picture of their total ...
Tags: Google, Android, Energy, TC, Europe, UK, Microsoft, Mexico, US, Articles, Tech, Renewable Energy, United States, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, United Kingdom, United Nations


How Google, Microsoft and others plan to work post-pandemic

The new normal of how we'll work after the pandemic will be all about flexibility.
Tags: Cnn, Google Microsoft


NSO Group spyware 'dangerous', say tech firms in legal filing

Israeli company should be held liable to American anti-hacking laws, Google, Microsoft and others argueSpyware made by NSO Group is “powerful and dangerous” and the Israeli company should be held liable to US anti-hacking laws, Google, Microsoft, Cisco and other leading technology companies have said in a .An amicus brief filed by the companies in support of WhatsApp, which has sued NSO Group in the US, appears to mark a major turning point in the popular messaging app’s legal fight against the...
Tags: Google, Technology, Microsoft, Law, Israel, US, Cisco, World news, US news, Whatsapp, Software, Hacking, Technology sector, Espionage, Google Microsoft, NSO Group


Google leads $145M investment in India’s Glance; backs DailyHunt in $100M round

Indian startup Glance, which serves news, media content, and games on the lock screen of over 100 million smartphones, has a new investor: Google. The two-year-old Glance, which is part of advertising giant InMobi Group, said on Tuesday that it has raised $145 million in a new financing round from Google and existing investor Mithril Partners. The new round values Glance at over $1 billion, a person familiar with the matter said, making the startup a unicorn. Glance uses AI to offer person...
Tags: Google, Android, Startups, Apps, Asia, India, Funding, Samsung, Xiaomi, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Inmobi, Roposo, Josh, Google Microsoft, Bharat


Google invests in Indian startups Glance and DailyHunt

Google said on Tuesday it is investing in two Indian startups, Glance and DailyHunt, as the Android-maker makes further push in the world’s second largest internet market. Two-year-old Indian startup Glance, which serves news, media content, and games on the lock screen of over 100 million smartphones, has raised $145 million in a new financing round from Google and existing investor Mithril Partners. The new round values Glance at over $1 billion, a person familiar with the matter said, maki...
Tags: Google, Android, Apps, Asia, India, Funding, Samsung, Tech, Xiaomi, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Inmobi, Roposo, Josh, Google Microsoft, Bharat


Apple and Other Browser Makers Ban Kazakhstan HTTPS Certificate Used to Surveil Citizens

Apple has teamed up with Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla to block a web browser root certificate that was being used by the Kazakhstan government to surveil its citizens. The certificate allowed authorities to monitor people's online activity by intercepting and decrypting HTTPS traffic from residents in Nur-Sultan, the capital city of Kazakhstan. Local ISPs were required to block foreign websites including Google and Twitter, unless users had the certificate installed, but Apple and the other...
Tags: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Safari, Mozilla, Kazakhstan, Google Microsoft, Zdnet, Nur Sultan, Surveil Citizens, Chrome Edge Mozilla, Google Microsoft Safari Mozilla Kazakhstan


Cloud-gaming platforms were 2020’s most overhyped trend

It was an unprecedented year for [insert anything under the sun], and while plenty of tech verticals saw shifts that warped business models and shifted user habits, the gaming industry experienced plenty of new ideas in 2020. However, the loudest trends don’t always take hold as predicted. This year, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon each leaned hard into new cloud-streaming tech that shifts game processing and computing to cloud-based servers, allowing users to play graphics-intensive cont...
Tags: Health, Amazon, TC, Gaming, Cloud, Tech, Ubisoft, Subscription Services, Epic Games, Google Microsoft, Cloud Gaming, Stadia, Google Microsoft Facebook


Bizzabo raises $138M for a platform that helps you build and run virtual conferences

Conferences have — for better or worse (and if you’ve ever been trapped in a cavernous CES exhibition hall, you might say worse) — become a significant cornerstone of how industries engage with their audiences, whether they are comics superfans, or iOS developers, or insurance brokers. This year has undoubtedly seen a huge shift in how those conferences exist. The Covid-19 health pandemic has drastically curtailed travel and how people spend time in crowded places, decimating the wider event ind...
Tags: TC, Europe, Tech, Google Microsoft, Viola, Kaltura, Bizzabo, Eran Ben Shushan, Tel Aviv New York, Insight Partners, Matt Gatto, Ben Shushan, Alon Alroy, COVID, Boaz Katz, Uber Gainsight Github WeWork Accenture


AWS updates its edge computing solutions with new hardware and Local Zones

AWS today closed out its first re:Invent keynote with a focus on edge computing. The company launched two smaller appliances for its Outpost service, which originally brought AWS as a managed service and appliance right into its customers’ existing data centers in the form of a large rack. Now, the company is launching these smaller versions so that its users can also deploy them in their stores or office locations. These appliances are fully managed by AWS and offer 64 cores of compute, 128GB o...
Tags: Google, TC, Cloud, New York, Enterprise, Microsoft, Developer, Minneapolis, Cloud Computing, Boston, Los Angeles, Web Hosting, Tech, Atlanta, Chicago, Computing


Nvidia's game streaming service is now on the iPhone and will let you play Fortnite soon

Game streaming services from Google, Microsoft and Nvidia have so far been unavailable on iPhones and iPads because of Apple's strict...
Tags: Apple, Nvidia, Google Microsoft, Fortnite


How To Upskill Your Startup Team This Winter

Workers in startups are always juggling multiple responsibilities. This is what makes startup work so much fun: you’ll be talking to customers one minute, heading into an important business meeting the next and the following day you’ll be drawing up spreadsheets of sales data to report on your finances. While this requires a steep learning curve from all your employees, there are small ways in which you can help upskill your team on the job. Here are four ideas to help you furnish your core sta...
Tags: Startups, Learning, Customer Service, Others, Google Microsoft, Upskilling, Upskill Your Startup Team


Pre-launch code names of disruptive startups.

Here is a collection of 186 code names with explanations from companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Canonical, Red Hat, Adobe, Mozilla, Automatic and more.  
Tags: Uncategorized, Branding, Google Microsoft


Amazon is letting some office employees work remotely through June 2021, joining other major tech companies

Amazon office front desk pictured in Manhattan, New York Reuters Amazon is giving some employees the option to continue working remotely through June 2021, Bloomberg reported Tuesday and Business Insider confirmed. "Employees who work in a role that can effectively be done from home are welcome to do so until June 30, 2021," an Amazon spokesperson told Business Insider. Amazon's warehouse workers, which the company has deemed essential, have continued working in-person throughout the pande...
Tags: Amazon, Work From Home, US, Trends, Remote Work, Bloomberg, Manhattan, Working Conditions, Google Microsoft, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Tech Insider, Business Insider Amazon, Coronavirus, Tyler Sonnemaker, New York Reuters Amazon


Microsoft App Store Playbook Swipes at Apple, Google

In a not-so-subtle dig at Apple and Google, Microsoft today announced a series of "principles" for its Windows 10 App Store -- including letting users choose their own payment system for in-app purchases -- that it says should serve as a model for other app stores. From a report: The move comes as antitrust regulators in the U.S. and around the world are spotlighting how both Apple and Google manage their mobile platforms and as some developers charge them with running their app stores unfairly....
Tags: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Tech, Apple Google, Google Microsoft


Researchers interviewed execs from Google, KPMG, and Microsoft and discovered the 10 guiding principles that make work meaningful for employees

Researchers found the way Google executives welcomed employees at orientation set them up for meaningful work. They communicated how important each employee is to the organization's success. Alain Jocard/Getty Images An incredible 9 out of 10 people would take a pay cut to have a job with more meaning, per a 2018 poll of over 2,000 people. So how can managers and leaders make workers feel like their work has meaning? University of Pennsylvania researchers Wesley Adams and Tamara Myles ...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Trends, University of Pennsylvania, Kpmg, Gallup, Adams, Google Microsoft, Myles, Wesley Adams, Marguerite Ward, Google KPMG, Tamara Myles, Google Microsoft KPMG, SV Consulting Group, Hubspot During


As it closes in on ARM, Nvidia announces UK supercomputer dedicated to medical research

As Nvidia continues to work through its deal to acquire ARM for $40 billion from SoftBank, the computing giant is making another big move to lay out its commitment to investing in UK technology. Today the company announced plans to develop Cambridge-1, a new AI supercomputer that will be used for research in the health industry in the country, the first supercomputer built by Nvidia specifically for external research access, it said. Nvidia said it is already working with GSK, AstraZeneca, Londo...
Tags: Health, TC, Europe, UK, London, Enterprise, Softbank, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, NHS, Healthcare, Cambridge, Nvidia, Supercomputer, Gpu, King


Cloud companies oppose TRAI recommendations to DoT on mandatory registration

Cloud service companies like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft and IBM don’t want to have to register in an industry organisation created by the Department of Telecommunications, the Economic Times reported. TRAI had recommended to the DoT on September 14 that to regulate cloud service providers, there should be an industry body that works in tandem with the DoT and TRAI.  Telecom operators, too, have opposed this move. Why cloud companies oppose regulation We reached out to the clo...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, News, Microsoft, India, Telecom, Aws, Ibm, Mumbai, Amazon Web Services, Trai, Google Microsoft, AIC, ACCA, Jio


Amazon announces Luna game-streaming platform

At its Devices and Services event, Amazon launched its own cloud gaming competitor to Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud. It’s called Luna. The company is launching the product in early access at an introductory price of $5.99 per month. Users will be able to stream titles wirelessly without downloading the games and can play across PC, Mac and iOS (via the web). Users in the United States can request early access starting today. Amazon says they will be launching with more than 50 games in the ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Microsoft, Tech, United States, Ubisoft, Alexa, Luna, Google Microsoft, AWS Amazon, Amazon Hardware Event 2020, Google Stadia Amazon, Luna Controller


Amazon Defends Working With Oil Companies To Reach Its Zero-Carbon Goal

Partnering with oil and gas producers is necessary for Amazon and other companies to achieve their climate goals, the tech giant's chief of sustainability, Kara Hurst, said during an Axios virtual event on Thursday. From a report: Amazon aims to hit carbon neutrality in 2040, 10 years earlier than the Paris climate accord. The company plans to reach its goal in part by helping companies develop climate-friendly technologies through a $2 billion venture fund. The first recipients were announced o...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Paris, Google Microsoft, Kara Hurst


How the crown prince of Saudi Arabia made his way into Silicon Valley circles with a $3.5 billion investment in Uber

Mohammad bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck are both Pulitzer Prize finalists and reporters for The Wall Street Journal, where Hope covers finance and malfeasance and Scheck covers global white collar crime. The following is an excerpt from their new book "Blood and Oil: Mohammed bin Salman's Ruthless Quest for Global Power" which delves into the life of Mohammed bin Salman, the 35-y...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Uber, Mark Zuckerberg, Books, Japan, New York, Hope, London, California, Saudi Arabia, New York City, US, San Francisco, Trends, Strategy


'Unusually Large Number' of Breached Sendgrid Accounts Are Sending Spams and Scams

Krebs on Security reports: Email service provider Sendgrid is grappling with an unusually large number of customer accounts whose passwords have been cracked, sold to spammers, and abused for sending phishing and email malware attacks. Sendgrid's parent company Twilio says it is working on a plan to require multi-factor authentication for all of its customers, but that solution may not come fast enough for organizations having trouble dealing with the fallout in the meantime... [A] large numbe...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Twilio, Sendgrid, Google Microsoft, Krebs, Cauce, Schwartzman, Rob McEwen, McEwen, Neil Schwartzman


Facebook quietly created a new team, Network.AI, to turbo-charge its data centers with new AI infrastructure (FB)

Facebook is doubling down on using AI to support its data centers and network infrastructure. The social networking firm has formed a new infrastructure team, Network.AI, according to a recent job posting. The team is now hiring as it looks to build out hardware and software that supports Facebook's AI infrastructure. The effort underscores the ever-growing importance of AI to Facebook, and in networking more broadly. "As we continue to use our advances in AI and ML more and more, it's natural...
Tags: Facebook, Trends, Alibaba, Signal, Idc, Google Microsoft, Rob Price, Facebook Instagram WhatsApp, Google Microsoft Cisco, Facebook Infrastructure, Amazon Investing, Crawford Del Prete, Contact Business Insider, Michael Dortch


Red Hat, Google, Microsoft, GitHub, and Others Launch the Open Source Security Foundation

InfoQ reports on a new security group that launched last week: Supported by The Linux Foundation, the Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF) aims to create a cross-industry forum for a collaborative effort to improve open source software security. The list of initial members includes Google, Microsoft, GitHub, IBM, Red Hat, and more. "As open source has become more pervasive, its security has become a key consideration for building and maintaining critical infrastructure that supports miss...
Tags: Tech, Ibm, Linux Foundation, Vmware, Foundation, Google Microsoft, Mark Russinovich, Microsoft CTO, Open Source Security Foundation, Intel IBM Uber


Countering Google, Microsoft Promises Its Own Open Source Service Mesh for the CNCF (slashdot)

"As controversy rages over the governance of Google's Istio service mesh, Microsoft has seen an opportunity to offer a simple and truly open alternative," reports InfoWorld: Microsoft has announced that it will release its own open source service mesh — called Open Service Mesh (OSM) — and transfer it to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as soon as possible. This sets the Redmond-based company apart from its cloud rival Google, which recently announced that its own Istio service mesh ...
Tags: Google, News, Microsoft, InfoWorld, Kubernetes, Redmond, Google Microsoft, OSM, Cloud Native Computing Foundation CNCF, EditorDavid, CNCF