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10/16/2018

Google's Pixel 3 is underlining the usefulness of artificial intelligence in smartphones, as the phone itself seems designed to serve AI functions, write Khari Johnson and Kyle Wiggers. Meanwhile, Brian Heater delves into the hardware changes for the new device, including a larger 5.5-inch screen, dual-facing front cameras and wireless charging.

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10/16/2018

Twilio is reportedly acquiring SendGrid in a nearly $2 billion stock deal that is expected to close during 2019. The deal will allow Twilio to add email delivery to its offerings, while SendGrid would operate as an independent unit.

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10/16/2018

Restaurant chains take different approaches to landing the "hungry searcher" who goes online to seek a specific cuisine, executives said during a recent panel discussion. Pei Wei depends on positive customer reviews to get its name into top search results, while Curry Up Now gets its brand name out through online messaging about school- and community-related events.

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10/16/2018

Responding to internal dissent, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos defended his and other tech companies' work with the Pentagon as a service to the country. "If big tech companies are going to turn their back on US Department of Defense, this country is going to be in trouble," Bezos said at the WIRED25 summit.

10/16/2018

Amazon ranks first among digital retailers, but Best Buy and Home Depot aren't far behind, as they and other chains continue to meld their in-store and online retail efforts, states a report from Gartner and L2. The report bestows "Genius Status" on the two chains and dubs Walmart, Target and Wayfair as "Gifted."

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10/16/2018

Because Transport Layer Security 1.0 and TLS 1.1 have gone unmodified for 20 years, the top four web browsers will disable the technology in 2020. While specific security threats have not been detected, "[t]wo decades is a long time for a security technology to stand unmodified," says Kyle Pflug of Microsoft.

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10/16/2018

While it took only 55 days on average to identify data breaches in the health care sector, compared with 197 days among all organizations, health care organizations took 1,037 days on average to contain a data breach, an IBM survey has found. The survey also found that just 1% of data breaches were attributed to health care organizations, compared with 16% in financial services, 14% in manufacturing and 13% in technology.

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10/16/2018

A safety alert has been issued by the Food and Drug Administration for two programmers that are used to control Medtronic pacemakers. The devices' internet connections were found to be vulnerable, putting the devices at risk of cyberattack.

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10/16/2018

CyberPolicy research shows that cyberinsurance among small and medium businesses has grown 69% on average each quarter over the past year, making it the fastest-growing insurance market for small-business owners. Nearly half of SMBs say the main reason for purchasing cyberinsurance is vendor contract requirements, while the price of cyberinsurance has dropped substantially in recent months.

10/16/2018

Onslow County, N.C., has been targeted by hackers in a ransomware scheme. No customers were affected by the attack, but officials said many databases would have to be rebuilt from scratch.