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12/13/2018

Apple will invest $1 billion to construct a 133-acre campus in Austin, Texas, that initially will support 5,000 new employees. The company also intends to build new sites in San Diego, Seattle and Culver City, Calif., and will add to its facilities in New York, Pittsburgh and Boulder, Colo.

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12/13/2018

Children's advocacy group Save the Children was bilked of $1M in a cyberattack last year that was eventually traced to Japan. Insurance covered most of the losses, and the charity has since adopted more stringent cybersecurity measures to protect itself from attacks.

12/13/2018

Nintendo released "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" in Japan on Friday, and three days later, it had sold 1.2 million copies. Early signs for the game and Nintendo's Switch console bode well for the company's holiday sales prospects.

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12/13/2018

MetaCert is working on an app that can alert users to links in emails that are likely to be part of phishing attacks. Users will need to allow MetaCert access to their emails, which some may find a stumbling block.

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Computerworld
12/13/2018

Facebook is giving all developers, including those that have no relationship with businesses or brands, access to the platform's app review system. The move comes in response to complaints that some developers were being unnecessarily excluded.

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12/13/2018

A Motorola Solutions survey of 120 land mobile radio system managers found that slightly more than half actively monitor security, and less than 30% report doing regular risk assessments. "Managing and staying ahead of evolving threats requires consistently applying measures such as risk assessments, information assurance road maps, security patching, and active security monitoring to your LMR systems and associated technologies," the report states.

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12/13/2018

A ransom attack on Bay & Bay, a trucking and logistics company based in the Minneapolis suburb of Eagan, Minn., ultimately led the company to pay a ransom to unlock its system. The incident showcases just how vulnerable the transportation industry can be and how important vigilant cybersecurity measures are for protecting customer data and other information.

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Transport Topics
12/13/2018

With recent, large-scale cyberattacks being traced to China, the Trump administration is cracking down, weighing options including indictments and sanctions, which could cause additional upheaval between the two countries. "I don't know whether this practice of applying maximum pressure is the right way to do it," says Herbert Lin, a senior research scholar for cyberpolicy at Stanford University.

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12/13/2018

Multiple third-party retailers are selling Apple's HomePod for lower than its retail price of $349, and the company faces stiff competition, as sales for smart speakers are highest among lower-cost models. Speakers under $100 make up about 76% of unit sales and 44% of revenue sales, per data from NPD.

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12/13/2018

Brisbane, Australia's #include has developed a new tool called Viewr; it allows users to share their virtual reality experience with spectators. The tool comes as a Unity software development kit and allows developers to embed the ability directly in VR games.

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