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5/27/2020

Apps for investment and trading are providing new opportunities for investors and new headaches for traders. Isabel Kunkle, a technology and telecom editor at SmartBrief, takes a look at five of the most popular apps on the market.

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5/27/2020

Zappar's Universal AR, a new set of application programming interfaces and software development kits, lets developers create augmented reality experiences for both desktop programs and mobile apps. Universal AR is compatible with Unity, JavaScript, Three.js, A-Frame and C++, and it offers world tracking in real time, plus image tracking and face tracking.

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5/27/2020

Tencent, creator of messaging service WeChat, is investing $70 billion in new technology infrastructure, an initiative that could bolster Beijing's tech-driven efforts to restore its economy in the wake of the coronavirus. Investments will focus on artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cybersecurity, blockchain technology and the internet of things, among other areas.

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5/27/2020

SwissCovid is the pilot program launched in Switzerland that is using a contact tracing app jointly developed by Google and Apple, with public availability set for mid next month. A statement from the companies notes, "SwissCovid operates in a 'decentralized' way, which means that the operations that are essential from a privacy point of view are not carried out on a centralized server, but on each phone."

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5/27/2020

Clients generally expect that law firms will provide the option to make credit card or e-check payments online, which is an especially important option to offer during the coronavirus pandemic, writes Nicole Black of MyCase. Black outlines how online payment processing works, and she notes that software specific to law firms "is preferable because it is ethically compliant and ensures that all fees are deducted from your firm's operating account rather than its trust account."

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ABA Journal online
5/27/2020

Cybersecurity firm Promon has discovered a vulnerability called Strandhogg 2.0 that enables malicious apps to potentially access passwords and other data. It affects all versions of Android prior to version 10, although Google has only released a patch for Android 9, 8.1 and 8.

5/27/2020

A class-action suit seeking over $22 billion has been filed in the UK against EasyJet budget airline over a recent data breach that exposed the personal data of up to 9 million customers.

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5/27/2020

The long-rumored breach of blogging platform LiveJournal has been confirmed, with the initial access occurring as far back as 2014. The breach is also affecting users of DreamWidth, which was forked from LiveJournal's code, and people who use the same credentials on other websites.

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5/27/2020

The Maryland National Guard is helping the state recover from last year's cybersecurity attack on Baltimore and shore up its defenses as ransomware attacks occur on health care institutions fighting the coronavirus. The Guard is assessing the vulnerability of state websites and networks as well as assisting the security operations center, a service valued at about $1 million.

5/27/2020

The Federation of European Risk Management Associations said that the European Commission needs to create a private-public insurance program to cover pandemics and cyberattacks.

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