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6/19/2018

The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team has issued a warning about a newly discovered malware launched by North Korean group Hidden Cobra, also known as Lazarus Group. "These files have the capability to download and install malware, install proxy and Remote-Access Trojans (RATs), connect to command-and-control servers to receive additional instructions, and modify the victim's firewall to allow incoming connections," the US-CERT report notes.

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6/19/2018

GameStop has received buyout interest from private-equity firms, including Sycamore Partners, and is in talks about potential deals, sources said. The retailer has carved out a niche in used games, but it's struggling to boost sales as more gaming shifts to online streaming.

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Reuters
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Sycamore Partners, GameStop
6/19/2018

General Motors recently wrapped up a multiyear effort to reorganize IT operations and bring them in-house, says Chief Information Officer Randy Mott. GM has automated tasks and consolidated its footprint, focusing on two enterprise data centers and four geographically situated innovation centers.

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Forbes
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General Motors
6/19/2018

Google has updated its Messages platform to allow Android users to have web-based access to text messaging. The service uses the RCS messaging standard, which provides similar functionality to Apple's iMessage.

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TechCrunch
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Google, Apple
6/19/2018

More restaurant chains including White Castle, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Denny's and Arby's are raising brand awareness on social media by creating distinctive personas. Smaller players can level the field by striking the right tongue-in-cheek tone without crossing a line, marketing experts said.

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CNBC
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Taco Bell, White Castle
6/19/2018

Forty-seven percent of small businesses were cyberattacked once last year, while 44% were attacked two to four times, a Hiscox survey has found. Despite the prevalence of attacks, only about half of small businesses have a clear cybersecurity strategy, while almost two-thirds did not increase security after being attacked, the survey found.

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CNBC
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Hiscox
6/19/2018

More than 400 models of internet of things cameras from Axis Communications can be taken over remotely by hackers using just the IP address, VDOO researchers have found. Updated firmware was released two months before the report was released, and owners are being advised to update their cameras immediately if they haven't already.

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ZDNet
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Axis Communications, IoT
6/19/2018

Amazon has launched the Alexa for Hospitality program, which will expand its service into the hotel sector. Through the system, guest information can be more easily managed, while smart room functions such as raising the blinds and adjusting the thermostat are enabled.

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Alexa, Amazon
6/19/2018

Sonos faced challenges when Amazon's Echo was unveiled but has been able to compete in the market by adding smart speaker functionality to much of its line of offerings. The company also released Beam, a soundbar that offers a better audio experience and is less expensive than other options in the market.

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ZDNet
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Sonos, Amazon
6/19/2018

Sensible Objects, a startup that develops games that become interactive through the use of smart speakers, has raised $3.2 million in a funding round that included an investment from the Alexa Fund. The London-based startup's first game works exclusively with Alexa, but a Google Assistant version will be available early next year.

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VentureBeat
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Alexa Fund, Alexa, Google