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11/21/2017

House Democrats on the independent election security task force are floating the idea of using $400 million left over from the 2002 Help America Vote Act to help bolster election security. The funds could be used to replace outdated voting machines, the group wrote in a letter to the House Appropriations Committee.

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11/21/2017

Amazon will release a (RED)-branded Echo to raise money for the global fight against AIDS. The limited-edition version is expected to be available Dec. 6, and the company will donate $10 of the purchase price, $99.99, to the Global Fund for every device bought.

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11/21/2017

The release of the iPhone X and iPhone 8 led to Apple gaining 72% of smartphone profits in the third quarter, per data from Canaccord Genuity. The company also noted that Apple is doing well globally and should see 635 million installed devices by 2017's end.

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11/21/2017

Intel issued an advisory on Monday, saying the Management Engine feature in its chips could be compromised by attackers, after cybersecurity researchers reported the flaw to the company. The vulnerability may be present in many new internet of things devices, PCs and servers.

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11/21/2017

Amazon Web Services Secret Region has launched to handle classified information for US intelligence agencies. Access to the secure cloud feature is part of an existing contract worth $600 million with spy agencies.

11/21/2017

Augmented reality has the potential to change how people interact with everyday environments, particularly in urban settings. Three AR entrepreneurs share their thoughts on this future, including AR's ability to bring the 2D information available on the internet into a 3D setting that intersects with the real world.

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11/21/2017

Drivers will be able to get live updates on a rider's location with a new feature on Uber's app. Another update is a gift option with which riders can order an Uber for a guest even if the guest has no smartphone.

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11/21/2017

AT&T is proposing to acquire Time Warner for $84.5 billion, raising complicated questions that involve US antitrust law. Kevin Granville and Tiffany Hsu look back at AT&T's antitrust battle history and show that the rapidly changing US media environment is only further complicating the current issue.

11/21/2017

CEOs and company boards have growing concerns about cybersecurity, leading many to look more thoroughly into the security skills and experience of chief information officer candidates, Korn/Ferry International's Gerry McNamara said. Also, potential new hires should do their own due diligence about cybersecurity skills requirements before accepting job offers, McNamara noted.

11/21/2017

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has announced that the state will launch the Cyber Oregon initiative to improve cybersecurity as part of a bill that called for the development of a Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. Companies in the state have reported 165 data breaches since Jan. 1, 2016.

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