Shocking Twitter hack this summer started with tech support scam, New York regulators allege

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The hackers who took over a number of high profile Twitter accounts, including those belonging to Barack Obama and Elon Musk, for several hours this summer gained entry into Twitter’s internal systems simply by posing as company IT officials making a support call, according to an investigative report Wednesday by New York regulators.



Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Kim Kardashian are posing for a picture: From left clockwise, Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Kim Kardashian and Joe Biden


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From left clockwise, Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Kim Kardashian and Joe Biden

At the time of the July 15 attack, Twitter had no chief information security officer and suffered from poor internal security controls, the report concluded.

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Officials behind the report called for additional cybersecurity regulation of major tech platforms.

“In other industries that are deemed critical infrastructure, such as telecommunications, utilities, and finance, we have established regulators and regulations to ensure that the public interest is protected,” said the report from New York’s Department of Financial Services. “With respect to cybersecurity,

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Business leaders call for ‘patience and civility’ ahead of US election, tying economic health to democracy

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Business leaders are calling on Americans to be patient and civil ahead of the 2020 presidential election, citing the importance of maintaining confidence in democracy during the coronavirus pandemic.



Michael E. Porter wearing a suit and tie: Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter.


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Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter.

More than 50 executives across the fields of tech, finance, retail, and real estate signed onto a statement released Wednesday by the Leadership Now Project, a group founded by Harvard Business School alumni focused on protecting democracy.

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“America has successfully held elections through previous challenges, like the Civil War, World Wars l and ll, and the 1918 flu pandemic… we can and must do so again,” the group said in the statement. “As business leaders, we know firsthand that the health of America’s economy and markets rests on the founding principle of our democracy: elections where everyone’s vote is counted.”

The statement was backed by big names in

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Azure Data Explorer gets new engine, numerous enhancements and Synapse integration

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Today, at a dedicated online event for Azure Data Explorer (ADX), Microsoft is announcing numerous enhancements to the service, including a next-gen release of the underlying engine and an array of integration points that should make it more accessible, more enticing and more useful. ADX, which is most often used for telemetry data lake workloads and analytical solutions as a service, will now run even faster overall than it had, will have numerous optimizations and will connect with a variety of other data services, streaming data sources and data visualization solutions. This will help a service that’s been very successful but not especially well-known, even among Azure analytics experts, achieve more mainstream appeal.

Performance gains galore

What new features are coming to ADX? To start with, Microsoft’s introducing a new version of the core engine (in preview, with GA expected in February), which

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Google Pixel 5 review: new phone, old tricks

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The amount of effort Google seems to put into its Pixel phones while simultaneously ensuring that they look and feel mundane never ceases to astonish me. The new Pixel 5 is the epitome of this trend, though it’s been present since the beginning.

The Pixel 5 is unassuming. Instead of pushing the state of the art forward, Google has seemingly retreated to simpler, more reliable, and less expensive technology. The Pixel 4 had face unlock, squeezable sides, and a literal radar chip. The Pixel 5 has a simple rear-mounted fingerprint sensor that harkens back to Android phones from 2018, not 2020.

And yet, it’s still a very good phone for $699. It’s not impressive or flashy. By spending just a little (or a lot) more money, you can get better specs, larger camera arrays, prettier screens, and fancier designs. The Pixel 5 is trying to sell something else, sometimes to

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M1 Finance closes $45M Series C mere months after it raised its $33M Series B

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Just months after it announced a $33 million Series B, Chicago-based M1 Finance today disclosed a $45 Series C.

The new financing event was led by Left Lane Capital, the same investor that led M1’s Series B. Bear in mind that so-called inside rounds are now a bullish sign in 2020, as opposed to in prior VC eras when they were viewed more cooly. Other M1 investors include Jump Capital, Clocktower Technology Ventures and Chicago Ventures, though only the first two appear to have taken part in this round.

Per M1, the Series C comes just 120 days after it raised a Series B. A good question is why M1 has raised more capital, and why Left Lane Capital wanted to lead two rounds for the consumer-focused fintech provider. Going back to our prior coverage, we can figure it out.

In February, we reported that M1 Finance had reached the

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Netflix ends free trials in the US after years of giving away first month

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Try it free? Not anymore, apparently.


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Netflix has ended free trials for new customers in the US, after years of giving away the first month of its service free. The streaming service’s US sign-up page said trials are no longer available, with Netflix instead touting how it lets you cancel anytime at no cost. Newer rivals tend to offer shorter free-trial periods, though some of Netflix’s biggest, longstanding competitors still offer an introductory month free. 

“We’re looking at different marketing promotions in the United States to attract new members and give them a great Netflix experience,” a Netflix spokeswoman said Tuesday. The end of free trials in the US was reported earlier Tuesday by TV Answer Man. 

Netflix, the world’s biggest subscription video service with more

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Razer Gaming Headsets, Mice, And More Discounted For Prime Day 2020

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Right now, Amazon Prime Day 2020 is in full swing, and there are already a ton of deals for games and hardware. In addition to several sales on games like The Last of Us: Part II, gaming hardware is also on the menu, and the company Razer has got an assortment of gear for Prime Day 2020. Currently, there are over two dozen Razer products on sale for Prime Day, and you can take advantage of these deals from now through the end of the day. They cover a huge array of needs and products across PC and console. Even mobile players are covered in the sale.

Recently, Razer unveiled a new suite of hardware at RazerCon 2020. The new products included a gaming chair, laptop, and more, all of which are scheduled for future releases in 2020 and beyond. To tide people over until then, the company has numerous

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Gabb Life Launches Kids T-shirt Design Contest; Winner Receives an Art Lesson from Prodigy Tyler Gordon and a Cash Prize

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Series of monthly contests will highlight the community of young artists and athletes who are doing more because they are spending less time on their phones

The interactive youth website Gabb Life by Gabb Wireless is kicking off six months of contests to inspire kids to live beyond the screen. The first in the series is a t-shirt design contest, where young people can win cash, cellphones, merchandise and a personal art lesson from nationally recognized teen artist Tyler Gordon. The winner’s t-shirt design will be added to the Gabb Life apparel line.

Entrants can submit t-shirt designs from Oct. 19 through Oct. 29. Gabb Life site visitors and Gabb Brand Ambassadors will select winners in two rounds. More details and the submission form are here.

Following this competition, Gabb Life will host skateboarding, surfing, ski/snowboard, and music contests. Each month, a kid will win $500 and a cool experience

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Intersectional Gender And Pay Parity In Tech

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AnitaB.org CEO Brenda Darden Wilkerson shares top takeaways focused on driving change toward intersectional gender and pay parity for the tech industry coming out of vGHC 2020.

Where to start? This was the question that opened the annual Grace Hopper Celebration several weeks back as it has been the topic leading millions of conversations on the pandemic, social justice, political unrest, natural disaster and more. In acknowledging the many trying moments of recent months, especially within the setting of a celebration, the focus became less about what one might expect to hear, and more about what needs to be said.

When it comes to achieving intersectional gender and pay parity around the world, let alone in the tech industry, figuring out where to start is an

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How U.S. Army’s Billion-Dollar Gamble On Drone Defense Could Go Wrong

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The U.S. Army has just put more than a billion dollars into a new air defense system called IM-SHORAD to protect soldiers from drone attacks. It is a vital mission – but the last time the Army tried to develop something like this the project failed horribly. And even if the new system works as intended, serious questions remain.

The U.S. has enjoyed air superiority, if not air supremacy, in every conflict for decades. American planes have swept the enemy aircraft from the sky or destroyed them on the ground. The last time an American soldier was killed by enemy air attack was during the Korean War. As a result, while the Russians and others have continued to develop generations of armored vehicles carrying surface-to-air missiles

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