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Australia’s government and political parties hit by cyber attack from ‘sophisticated state actor’ – TechCrunch

The Australia government suffered a cyber attack that it suspects is the work of a “sophisticated state actor,” according to the country’s Prime Minister. PM Scott Morrison said today the computer network of the country’s parliament, and those belonging to Liberal, Labor and Nationals parties, were targeted by an attack which took place a few weeks ago, The Sydney […]

Nokia to lay off around 350 employees

File Photo Nokia has revealed plans to lay off around 350 of its 6,000 employees in Finland this year as part of a cost-savings programme designed to shed €700 million from its operating and production expenditure by end-2020. The Finland-based vendor said consultations with employee representatives will begin on 22 January and the cuts will […]

How to read fiction to build a startup – TechCrunch

“The book itself is a curious artefact, not showy in its technology but complex and extremely efficient: a really neat little device, compact, often very pleasant to look at and handle, that can last decades, even centuries. It doesn’t have to be plugged in, activated, or performed by a machine; all it needs is light, […]

Scientists develop molecules that may reverse memory loss

Scientists have developed new therapeutic molecules that may reverse memory loss linked to depression and ageing. The molecules were invented by scientists at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to treat cognitive symptoms such as memory loss that occur in depression, ageing, and other mental illnesses. A dosage of these molecules was administered […]

Google reportedly scored tax breaks using secret shell companies

Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.  Stephen Shankland/CNET Google used shell companies and subsidiaries to hide its involvement in expansion plans that yielded millions of dollars in tax breaks, according to a report by The Washington Post on Friday, casting light on how tech companies cut deals with local governments. When the search giant planned […]

Samsung’s new tablet sports Bixby 2.0 – TechCrunch

Bixby’s been on a bunch of phones and several appliances. Until now, however, Samsung’s smart assistant has been largely MIA on the company’s tablets. Of course, I’ve never pretended to have the faintest idea of the company’s strategy here. Anyway, just ahead of MWC and its own Unpacked (S10) event, the company just dropped a […]

Facebook taps user data to defend workers from threat

Agence France-Presse Facebook gathers intelligence from its platform to identify people who threaten the firm or its workers, the social network said Thursday in response to media reports of the security tactic. CNBC reported that it interviewed more than a dozen former Facebook security employees, some of whom questioned the ethics of what was portrayed […]

Samsung leaks lineup of new wearables in app update

Samsung’s accidental sneak peek at its new lineup of wearable devices. Samsung Samsung on Thursday inadvertently revealed its new lineup of wearable devices in an update to its Galaxy Wearable app. Samsung leaks lineup of new wearable devices. Steven Musil/CNET The new products include wireless earbuds, a smartwatch and a fitness band, according to images […]

Huawei to build data centres in South Africa

Agence France-Presse China’s Huawei will build two data Centres in South Africa from March,it said, as part of plans to expand cloud services across Africa. “The company is working with South African partners for the construction of the data centres in Johannesburg initially and later Cape Town,” Huawei said in a statement. Its cloud service […]

Malt raises $28.6 million for its freelancer platform – TechCrunch

French startup Malt is raising a $28.6 million funding round (€25 million) with Idinvest Partners leading the round and existing investors ISAI and Serena also participating. Overall, the company has raised $36.6 million since its creation (€32 million). Malt has created a marketplace for engineers working as freelancers and companies. There are currently 100,000 freelancers […]

Amazon Meshes With Eero | Home Tech

By John P. Mello Jr. Feb 13, 2019 5:00 AM PT Amazon has scooped up mesh WiFi network maker Eero, the home network company known for making an easy-to-set-up product that can blanket a home with high-quality WiFi. Amazon announced the deal Monday night but did not disclose any financial details. “We are incredibly impressed […]

Samsung Galaxy S10 reservations are open now

Get your name down for a Galaxy S10. Samsung Samsung’s opened up reservations for the Galaxy S10 a week ahead of its debut. If you’re quick to sign up, you could have your new phone by March 8, the company said, and its trade-in system could save you up $550. A reservation will also net […]

BuzzFeed News employees vote to unionize – TechCrunch

Shortly after BuzzFeed News employees revealed that they had voted to unionize, its editor-in-chief said the company wants to meet with them to discuss voluntarily recognition. Employees announced today that they are organizing as BuzzFeed News Union under the NewsGuild of New York. “Our staff has been organizing for several months, and we have legitimate […]

Russia moves to isolate self from global internet

Russia’s Lower House of Parliament on Tuesday gave tentative approval to draft legislation for the country to instate measures to isolate itself from the global internet. The bill is intended to position the country to fend off potential cyber attacks from abroad, particularly from the United States, the legislature said in a statement. The concept […]

China calls US concerns over Huawei ‘groundless’

Agence France-Presse Beijing called the latest US warning against using Huawei equipment “groundless” on Tuesday, as the Chinese telecom giant faces espionage fears in a growing number of countries. The world’s second-largest smartphone maker and biggest producer of telecommunications gear has been under fire in recent months after the arrest of a top executive in […]

5G prep boosts wireless speeds across US cities

Mobile subscribers in cities across the US are getting fasters wireless service as they await the promise of 5G.  Sarah Tew/CNET Mobile 5G may not be here yet, but investments carriers have been making to get ready for 5G in dense urban areas is already paying off in terms of faster and more reliable service. […]

InReach Ventures, the ‘AI-powered’ European VC, closes new €53M fund – TechCrunch

InReach Ventures, the so-called “AI-powered” venture capital firm based in London, is announcing the first closing of a new €53 million fund targeting early-stage European technology companies — surpassing the original fund target of €50 million, apparently. Founded by former Balderton Capital General Partner Roberto Bonanzinga, along with Ben Smith (former U.K. Engineering Director at […]