China’s JD.com leads $19M investment in Southeast Asian online fashion brand Pomelo


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 This year has seen unprecedented interest in Southeast Asia’s startups from Chinese tech firms, and today we can add another deal to the pile. JD.com, the close rival to Alibaba, has led a $19 million investment in Bangkok-headquartered online fashion brand Pomelo. The deal, which is the largest Series B for a Thai startup to date, is co-led by Indonesia’s Provident Capital… Read More

New York terror suspect was an Uber driver


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 New York terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov was a driver for Uber, the company confirms. He has been accused of driving a truck into a crowd near the World Trade Center in Manhattan on Tuesday, reportedly killing at least eight and injuring 11 more. “We are horrified by this senseless act of violence. Our hearts are with the victims and their families. We have reached out to law enforcement… Read More

IBM Cloud Private brings cloud native computing to your data center


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 As companies search for ways to modernize their technology stacks, they struggle with managing the legacy software (and hardware) inside their own data centers. IBM introduced a new private cloud product today that is supposed to ease the transition to cloud computing and containerization and place those legacy applications in a more modern IT management context. IBM Cloud Private wants to… Read More

Microsoft 365 for small and medium businesses is now generally available


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Microsoft 365 lets businesses subscribe to a bundle with Office 365, Windows 10 and the company’s mobile device management tools. The early focus for this program was enterprises, but a few months ago, the company also launched a preview version of Microsoft 365 for small and medium businesses. Today, Microsoft 365 Business is coming out of beta and is now generally available to… Read More

Slack is still down and it’s past 5 o’clock, so go home (Update: It’s back)


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 Slack has been down for just over an hour, according to its official status page — which itself was down when I first checked a few minutes after the widely-used productivity tool bit it for us. At this point the end of the workday is pretty much shot, so you can go home. I would but I work from home so I have to sit here. Read More

In their first Russia hearing, tech giants try to placate Congress (with mixed results)


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 On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off the first of three hearings this week examining the relationship between social media and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The hearings mark the first time that lawmakers will hear testimony from Google, Facebook and Twitter around how their platforms were and are manipulated as part of Russian political… Read More

I feel like I know these computer-generated celebrities already


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 If there’s one thing this Earth of ours is short on, it’s celebrities. I mean, if there were enough, why would they keep making them? We need the help of our computer friends. Luckily they are obliging. An AI that in its existence has only known the faces of celebs (how I envy it!) was tasked with making up new ones by the dozen. The results are… well, you should see for… Read More

The Golden Knights, live gambling and the future of live sports attendance


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 One of the biggest early season NHL stories has been the success of the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights. If they can maintain anything close to current attendance and demand levels, their sports-gambling-friendly approach may do more than just help the NHL solve the “warm-weather problem” — it could be the biggest boon to event attendance since the advent of the dome. Read More

Signal escapes the confines of the browser with a standalone desktop app


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 If you’re an active Signal user (and why aren’t you?) you likely already know about the desktop app — or what passes for one. It’s actually Chrome App, requiring Google’s browser to function. Well, that nightmare is over, as Signal has released a standalone app with no troubling dependencies on billion-dollar companies. Read More

Creative-focused app PicsArt hits 100M MAUs, attracting brands tired of trolls


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 You would think that social networks are more or less “done” now. What would be the point of another in a world filled with so many options? But in fact, there remains a niche which has been growing steadily in the creative corners of the Internet. PicsArt has been building growing since it was started in 2011. It’s now announced new growth figures which have hit 100… Read More

Early cancer-detection startup Grail is reportedly trying to raise more money


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 Just months after Grail raised a $900 million Series B round, the startup that aims to detect cancer early on is looking for additional funding, CNBC reports. Prior to the $900 million round, Grail raised $100 million last year to develop initial studies of its blood test technology. Read More

Congress grills Facebook, Twitter, Google on shells hiding election meddlers


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 How can Internet giants know that innocent-seeming US companies aren’t actually shell vehicles for malicious foreign actors to buy ads to interfere with elections? The short answer is they can’t, and that drew questioning from a congressional probe today into Facebook, Twitter, and Google being used to manipulate the 2016 presidential election. The hearing saw Facebook’s… Read More

Congress grills Facebook, Twitter, Google on shells hiding election meddlers


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 How can Internet giants know that innocent-seeming US companies aren’t actually shell vehicles for malicious foreign actors to buy ads to interfere with elections? The short answer is they can’t, and that drew questioning from a congressional probe today into Facebook, Twitter, and Google being used to manipulate the 2016 presidential election. The hearing saw Facebook’s… Read More

Highlights from the O’Reilly Security Conference in New York 2017


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Watch highlights covering security, defense, culture, and more. From the O’Reilly Security Conference in New York 2017.

Defenders from across the security world are coming together for the O’Reilly Security Conference in New York. Below you’ll find links to highlights from the event.

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