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6/21/2018

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.

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6/21/2018

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."

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6/21/2018

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.

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6/21/2018

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.

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6/21/2018

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.

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6/21/2018

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.

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Ars Technica
6/21/2018

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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6/21/2018

Jeeo has launched a line of smart home products, including smart plugs and lightbulbs. Users of the devices can also download the Jeeo Smart Home App to interact with smart products and use voice control.

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Dealerscope
6/21/2018

Mighty Bear Games is raising funds for the creation of its next-generation online games. The company is testing games in the Philippines and India, with the intention of rolling out games for iOS and Android this year.

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6/21/2018

Bose has launched wireless SleepBuds, which are designed to help consumers fall and stay asleep. The new products come on the heels of the company's acquisition of Hush.

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