While President Donald Trump's appointment of a cybersecurity coordinator is a step in the right direction, the critical role of chief information security officer remains unfilled, experts say. "The federal CISO is concerned much more than the White House," says Sanjay Beri of Netskope, adding, "But with the entire federal infrastructure."
Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Amazon have all submitted proposals to gain the rights to stream the NFL's Thursday night games, sources say. The NFL could make a decision on streaming rights as early as next month.
Video game retailer GameStop has announced that it will close at least 150 stores this year and focus more on non-game product categories as physical game sales continue to shift to digital downloads. GameStop's sales of collectibles grew 59.5% last year, and the retailer intends to open 35 new collectibles stores in 2017.
Intel has established the Artificial Intelligence Products Group, pulling together its AI efforts in one organization, including chips by Movidius and Nervana Systems, companies Intel acquired in 2016. Naveen Rao, the former Nervana CEO, will serve as vice president and general manager of the new group.
Philadelphia will be using money from a Smart Cities Council grant to move forward with smart city projects. The city will also be working with a consultant to create a road map on how to tackle current projects, including the installation of speed sensors on roads, gunshot detection technology and a smart water meter system.
Federal agencies, local lawmakers and schools across the country are addressing the need for workers skilled in cybersecurity, cryptography and related fields through new curricula and programs. At the high-school level, some cybersecurity initiatives involve blending hands-on technical skills such as network programming with humanities-focused lessons on cybersecurity law and ethics.
In a letter, bipartisan lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform and Education and the Workforce committees pressed the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Education about security concerns after an IRS tool was removed from the federal student aid application. The letter asked about IRS-Education Department communications on recommendations for the classification of the incident, and it also probed the agencies about post-incident recovery services.
Self-driving vehicles could help elderly individuals stay more independent by offering transportation to those who are no longer able to drive. "The aging of the population converging with autonomous vehicles might close the coming mobility gap for an aging society," MIT AgeLab Director Joseph Coughlin says.
Vudu's Disc-to-Digital service, which allows users to convert physical DVDs into digital storage by using the bar code numbers as verification, is adding a mobile app option. The mobile feature will enable users to covert select DVDs and watch them instantly on VUDU-compatible devices for a fee.
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