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4/21/2017

Over 1,200 hotels -- not 12, as originally reported -- were affected by the InterContinental Hotels Group breach, which lasted from September through December last year, the company said. Five of the company's chains, including Holiday Inn, Hotel indigo and Staybridge Suites, were hit by the malware attack.

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CNET
4/21/2017

Sinergia Tech is developing Latin America's first hardware accelerator in Montevideo, Uruguay. Twenty startups will be selected as finalists for the first round of investments, with five winners receiving between $25,000 and $100,000.

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ReadWrite
4/21/2017

The Australian Cyber Security Growth Network has launched the Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan. The process will be used to triple the nation's cybersecurity sector to make Australia a global leader in cybersecurity.

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ZDNet
4/21/2017

Creating a cybersecurity ratings system for devices is a good idea, but implementing such a system would have its challenges, an Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology analysis states. Obstacles include companies that would want to make criteria less regulated, consumers who would find the details too difficult to understand, and the need to keep up with evolving cyberthreats.

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Nextgov
4/21/2017

ESG's spending intentions research shows that the demand for cybersecurity technologies and cyberinsurance policies is growing, while board involvement is driving data and metrics, Jon Oltsik writes. The research also shows a shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals and a need for more training, he writes.

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Network World
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4/21/2017

Western Digital is pressing its case to acquire Toshiba's memory chip business, citing the unit's long alliance with WD's SanDisk subsidiary and negotiating with Innovation Network Corp. of Japan and Development Bank of Japan to join its bid, while also reportedly trying to draw Apple into the deal. Meanwhile, SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-won will visit Japan next week to meet Toshiba executives and lobby for a merger with SK Hynix.

4/21/2017

Microsoft is introducing internet of things service IoT Central and the Azure Time Series Insights tool. IoT Central is designed to simplify deployment of IoT products, while Azure Time Series Insights is based on the technology Microsoft uses to log events on Azure.

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TechCrunch, ReadWrite
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4/21/2017

A dual-camera mount could be the most significant design difference on the soon-to-be-released Samsung Galaxy Note 8 from the Galaxy S8, says KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. If so, the Galaxy Note 8 will be Samsung's first dual-camera phone, catching the company up to rivals.

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CNET
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Samsung, Ming-Chi Kuo, KGI Securities
4/21/2017

Relying on the grid without plans for backup power or uninterrupted power supplies puts critical data at risk in smart cities, writes Totem CEO Brian Lakamp. Resilience should be part of any smart city strategy, with governments taking a more active role, utilities enabling resilience and certification programs integrating resilience benchmarks, he writes.

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ReadWrite
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Brian Lakamp
4/21/2017

World Health Organization research shows that more than 5.5 million people die each year because of air pollution, leading cities to launch initiatives aimed at more effectively monitoring air quality. Smart cities are using sensors and the internet of things to gather, send and analyze data.