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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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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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Manhattan Emptied Out During the Pandemic. But Big Tech Is Moving In.

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Facebook has just leased enough new office space in Manhattan to nearly triple its current local work force, including at one of the city’s most iconic buildings, the 107-year-old former main post office complex near Pennsylvania Station.

Apple, which set up its first office in New York a decade ago, is expanding to another building in Manhattan. And Google and Amazon are stitching together corporate campuses in the city more quickly than anywhere else in the world. Amazon paid roughly $1 billion in March for the iconic Lord & Taylor building on Fifth Avenue.

Despite a pandemic that has ravaged New York, hollowed out many of its office buildings and raised fundamental questions about its future, the four companies collectively known as Big Tech are all significantly expanding their footprint in the city, giving it a badly needed vote of confidence.

With fears that the virus could spike again in

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The best Prime Day 2020 deals on electronics, tech and gadgets

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Amazon’s long-awaited Prime Day 2020 is now live with thousands of deals across every category.

For two days, Amazon will slash prices on its most-popular products and devices, while offering “flash sales” and “lightning deals” throughout the day.

The mega online shopping event has become a staple of the industry. It has surpassed Black Friday and Cyber Monday in terms of sales, and other retailers now hold competing events, as well.

If you’re not already a Prime member, you can sign up for a free trial so you don’t miss out on the sales.

We’ve rounded up some of the top deals on electronics — one of which is Apple’s AirPods with a charging case for just $115, the lowest price we’ve seen so far. (You can browse all electronics deals here.)

Amazon devices

–Echo Dot (3rd Generation) for $19, instead of $50

–Echo Dot (3rd Generation) bundle with Amazon

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It’s Time For Startups To Use AI To Battle Tech Giants In Patent Wars

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Technology giants such as Alibaba and IBM are eating startup innovators’ lunch. These behemoths are seeking to devour even more market share by publishing patents at unprecedented speed in emerging technologies such as blockchain.

As some of the richest companies on the planet, the corporations have the resources to manage the laborious search of existing patents and to overcome the outdated administrative hurdles so that they can file for intellectual property rights.

Patents are definitely old school. Patent laws started with the rise of the nation-state, so they began in the 18th century and were then fully developed in the 19th century. Some changes may have been made to reflect new technologies, but the basic patent laws haven’t evolved to meet the needs of the 21st century.

We’re patenting ideas based on today’s high-tech of artificial intelligence and blockchain with laws that were established centuries ago.

All this puts early-growth

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What’s the tech behind Question 1?

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The initiative is aimed at rectifying a loophole in the original Right To Repair measure, passed eight years ago, which required automakers to sell to independent repair shops in Massachusetts the same digital diagnostic tools and software they provide to their own dealerships.

Now, drive a Ford or a Toyota or a Mercedes into pretty much any repair shop, not just here in Massachusetts but across the country, and a mechanic can plug into the vehicle and talk to all of its onboard computers.

But the carmakers stopped short of providing those mechanics with remote access to the data your car can transmit wirelessly, a huge convenience for vehicle owners, who don’t have to first drive to the repair shop to have a problem diagnosed. A large and growing number of vehicles are capable of this — GM cars equipped with the company’s OnStar system, for instance.

“This is like

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The best tech of 2020: meet TechRadar’s Product of the Year award winners

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Before we close out the year we felt it was our duty – and it’s our pleasure – to pick out what we think is the very best tech of 2020: the 30 most impressive and/or groundbreaking devices we’ve reviewed across 30 categories.

Our list includes the best laptop, smartphone, tablet, TV, fitness tracker, headphones, and a host of other products, with the list of winners whittled down from the hundreds of products our team has tested over the last 12 months.

The goal of this list is three-fold: first, we want to help you pick the best products, period – that’s TechRadar’s mantra, after all. Second, we want to highlight the best tech in the industry, celebrating the innovation and vision of the world’s top tech companies. And lastly, consider this a time capsule – a snapshot of the best tech of today against which future devices and gadgets

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Sterling Group acquires Dubai’s computer brand iLife as pandemic makes tech an investor favourite

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Remote work and schooling is making tech and tech brands popular with investors. The Sterling deal will speed up iLife’s moves into new categories.
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Dubai: The Sterling Group, the private equity firm, has acquired Dubai-based iLife Digital Technology, a PC brand, for an undisclosed amount. The investment will be used to speed up iLife Digital’s growth plans as well as increase its market share. Other geographies too might be added.

“Coronavirus has created PC sales spike – globally,” said Anees Mian, co-founder of iLife Digital Technology. “With accelerated spread of Covid-19 there has been a surge in consumers buying devices in order to work-from-home – partnering with Sterling Group was a strategic move.” 

Pick up COVID-19 generated growth

For Sterling, it meant an exposure in a “lucrative sector buoyed by positive developments”. Headquartered in Dubai, iLife has had a pan-India presence for around three years. It plans

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10 things in tech you need to know today

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Fortnite parodied Apple’s famous 1984 ad Epic Games

  1. A judge ruled Apple doesn’t have to bring Epic Games’ ‘Fortnite’ back to the iPhone App Store. Epic sued Apple in August over allegations of anticompetitive behavior.
  2. 60 employees voluntarily resigned from Coinbase over its new ‘apolitical’ policy. Tensions came to a head in a company-wide meeting when employees demanded CEO Brian Armstrong say the words “Black lives matter”. 
  3. Peloton removed QAnon hashtags from its platform as tech companies continued to grapple with the conspiracy theory movement. “Peloton was built on community, inclusivity, and being the best version of yourself,” a spokesperson said.
  4. Leaked audio revealed Google CEO Sundar Pichai saying he plans to expand ‘hub’ offices for a more flexible working future. Pichai
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Tech Dominates FlexJob’s Top 50 Companies Hiring For Remote Jobs

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  • 24 of the top 50 companies who posted the most remote job openings on FlexJobs between March 1 and September 15, 2020, are software and technology-based.
  • Atlassian, Amazon, Collabera, CrowdStrike, Oracle, Red Hat, Tanium and Twilio are a few of the many tech companies actively looking to fill remote-based job positions today.  
  • Amazon has 949 open work-from-home positions open today on their Amazon Jobs site, 287 of which are for Solution Architect roles, 99 in Software Development and 83 in Project/Program/Product Management Non-Tech.   

FlexJobs is one of the leading sites and subscription services specializing in verified high quality, remote and flexible jobs. They have seen an increase of more than 50% in remote job listings in the areas of Computer/IT, Customer Service, Accounting & Finance, Project Management, Marketing

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