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3/22/2019

GlobalPlatform is offering open specifications that could lead to the standardization of integrated secure elements, providing a way to combine SIMs, smart cards, smart microSDs and USB tokens in integrated systems. The industry organization published the Open Firmware Loader and Virtual Primary Platform documents.

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New Electronics
3/22/2019

The use of artificial intelligence in health care systems could carry unintended consequences, according to a report in the journal Science by researchers at Harvard University and MIT. The report raises the prospect of adversarial attacks or manipulations that can alter the behavior of AI systems by employing small segments of digital data.

3/22/2019

General Atlantic has led a $170 million new round of funding for French startup Doctolib, a global leader in cloud service for health care scheduling. The new funding brings Doctolib's post-money valuation to $1.13 billion.

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TechCrunch
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3/22/2019

Facebook employees for years reportedly employed apps that logged millions of users' credentials using plain text. The company attributed the practice to an error it says has now been corrected.

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Ars Technica, Reuters
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Facebook
3/22/2019

Facebook faces a growing challenge from Google in app retargeting as the latter's share of the market grew 190% in the last six months of 2018. AppsFlyer, the source of these data, reports the gains were particularly strong in the nongaming sector due to Google's search process.

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Google, Facebook
3/22/2019

Brandon Vigliarolo explains the intent and features of the Apple Developer Program, the company's tool for building, testing and introducing apps. MFi and the Enterprise Program are variant options, while the main program includes access to beta builds of Apple's operating systems and access to analytics through the App Store.

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TechRepublic
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3/22/2019

Uber and Lyft have yet to appear in British Columbia, and locally based Kater beat them to the ride-hailing punch. The service plans to have 140 cars available in the next few weeks in Vancouver and will include cameras on the vehicles to track their whereabouts.

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The Toronto Star
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British Columbia
3/22/2019

Organizations in the Washington, D.C., area have teamed up to form the Greater Washington Smart Region Movement. The goal is to come up with tech-enabled solutions to challenges such as smart parking apps and free public Wi-Fi.

3/22/2019

Los Angeles has signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract with the California Department of Technology to handle the city's data center needs. Officials say the deal takes advantage of economies of scale and will lead to greater IT efficiency.

3/22/2019

Artificial intelligence will transform life as we know it, and the steps stakeholders take now will determine whether it enables a more level playing field or disenfranchises vulnerable populations, according to experts at the AI Agenda conference. Change is inevitable, but "how do we understand that change better and make sure that the change is happening in a way that's consistent with the values we have as societies?" MIT's Daniel Weitzner asks.

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Smart Cities Dive
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Daniel Weitzner, AI, MIT