A government spending bill that provides funding for securing election systems and defending against Russian cyberattacks passed the House on Thursday and will make its way to the Senate. The bill would provide $380 million in grants to update voting systems and $307 million for counterintelligence against Russian cyberattacks.
August's second- and third-generation smart locks, August Smart Lock and August Smart Lock Pro, now work with Apple's HomePod. Users of August Smart Locks will be able to access and control the locks with Apple's voice assistant, Siri.
Microsoft released Azure Databricks on Thursday, taking the product out of beta. The new offering allows customers to perform big data jobs and can integrate with Microsoft's first-party offerings.
President Donald Trump has announced tariffs expected to affect at least $50 billion worth of technology goods from China, in a move Trump says is designed to combat intellectual property theft that allows for the creation of cheaper goods in China. The tariffs could have a ripple effect on the prices of products associated with Chinese items, including smartphones and even social networks, writes Tom Simonite.
Five universities have partnered to create OmniSOC, an operations center providing cybersecurity information to its members. Northwestern University, Rutgers University, Purdue University, Indiana University and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln created OmniSOC, which will focus on reducing the time between discovering a threat and mitigation through real-time monitoring and threat detection services.
The city of Atlanta's network was hit by a ransomware attack recently, leaving many government applications down, officials announced. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told residents and employees to monitor their accounts while the FBI investigates the attack to determine if sensitive data were accessed.
Korea Telecom has announced that it will offer 5G starting in March 2019. The carrier says the 2019 launch will give it time to perfect the service, with company executive Oh Seong-Mok promising "true 5G" nationwide coverage.
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