Thirty-eight states have requested $250 million of federal funding to bolster election cybersecurity, said Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., during a Senate Rules and Administration Committee hearing Wednesday. Of the $380 million allotted for election security, $150 million has been distributed, Blunt confirmed.
Microsoft has determined that the Xbox One will not receive virtual reality support, despite earlier comments that the feature would be supported. When asked about the possibility of VR in the future, Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer Mike Nichols said, "Our perspective on it has been and continues to be that the PC is probably the best platform for more immersive VR and MR."
Brands must reflect a strong vision, exhibit their values and have a distinct personality, writes Alan Siegel, who offers 10 tips for marketers such as the authentic communication of a brand's conscience and being nimble enough to respond immediately to criticism. Ultimately, "all organizations with a distinctive voice have a visionary leader who is unwilling to compromise the brand's core values," he writes.
AT&T is considering an acquisition of AppNexus for $1.6 billion. Through this move, AT&T could gain a larger portion of the digital ad sales market, allowing the company to compete more directly with Google and Facebook.
Microsoft has purchased tech startup Bonsai in an effort to expand its Azure cloud offerings. Bonsai specializes in artificial intelligence tools that help applications "adapt" to changes.
Hackers are taking advantage of vulnerabilities to infect D-Link DSL 2750B modem/routers and make them part of the Satori botnet, security researchers say. The vulnerability was disclosed no later than 2016, and so far, the company has not provided guidance on how device owners should proceed.
All 50 state election systems were probably scanned by Russians leading up to the 2016 election, says Michael Daniel, cybersecurity coordinator under President Barack Obama. Daniel told a Senate panel Wednesday that it is critical to understand what happened in 2016 before protecting future elections.
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