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Research: healthcare AI startups have raised $4.3B across 576 deals since 2013, topping all other industries in AI deal activity (CB Insights…

CB Insights Research : Research: healthcare AI startups have raised $4.3B across 576 deals since 2013, topping all other industries in AI deal activity   —  AI needs doctors.  Big pharma is taking an AI-first approach.  Apple is revolutionizing clinical studies.  We look at the top artificial intelligence trends reshaping healthcare.

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Durable iPhones can result in lower replacement rates but they expand Apple’s client base via resales which can then be monetized via accessories and…

Horace Dediu / Asymco : Durable iPhones can result in lower replacement rates but they expand Apple's client base via resales which can then be monetized via accessories and services   —  I think Lisa Jackson's presentation at the September 2018 iPhone launch event was perhaps the most interesting and most profound.

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New York’s regulator sues the US government claiming it usurped state powers by awarding national bank charters to online lenders and payment…

Jonathan Stempel / Reuters : New York's regulator sues the US government claiming it usurped state powers by awarding national bank charters to online lenders and payment companies   —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state's top banking regulator on Friday sued the federal government to void its decision to award national bank charters …

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Esports companies like Blizzard are growing by replicating traditional sports leagues like NBA that are structured around local franchises and fanfare…

Jason M. Bailey / New York Times : Esports companies like Blizzard are growing by replicating traditional sports leagues like NBA that are structured around local franchises and fanfare   —  Jay Goldthwaite had never felt passion for a Boston sports team, no matter how often his neighbors' cheers pierced the walls …

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Let’s Encrypt has issued 380M+ free TLS certificates on 129M unique domains in three years since launch, making it the largest certificate issuer in…

Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch : Let's Encrypt has issued 380M+ free TLS certificates on 129M unique domains in three years since launch, making it the largest certificate issuer in the world   —  Bon anniversaire, Let's Encrypt!  —  The free-to-use nonprofit was founded in 2014 in part by the Electronic Frontier Foundation …

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After running Tezos blockchain network in beta since June, Tezos Foundation will officially launch its protocol on Monday (Brady Dale/CoinDesk)

Brady Dale / CoinDesk : After running Tezos blockchain network in beta since June, Tezos Foundation will officially launch its protocol on Monday   —  The “experimental” phase for the Tezos blockchain is over.  —  On Monday morning, the Tezos Foundation will officially announce that the protocol will no longer be in a beta period …

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FEMA to send its first ‘Presidential Alert’ in emergency messaging system test

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will this week test a new “presidential alert” system that will allow the president to send a message to every phone in the US. The alert is the first nationwide test of the presidential alert test, FEMA said in an advisory , which allows the president to address the nation in the event of a national emergency. Using the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system, anyone with cell service should receive the message to their phone. “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed,” the message will read, due to be sent out on Thursday at 2:18pm ET. Minutes later, the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will broadcast a similar test message over television, radio, and wireline video services. Emergency alerts aren’t new and warning systems have long been used — and tested — in the US to alert citizens of local and state incidents, like AMBER alerts for missing children and severe weather events that may result in danger to or loss of life. But presidential alerts have yet to be tested. Unlike other alerts, citizens will not be allowed to opt out of presidential alerts. Allowing the president to send nationwide alerts was included in the passing of the WARN Act in 2006 under the Bush administration , creating a state-of-the-art emergency alert system that would replace an aging infrastructure. As alarming as these alerts can (and are designed to) be, the system aims to modernize the alerts system for a population increasingly moving away from televisions and towards mobile technology. These presidential alerts are solely at the discretion of the president and can be sent for any reason, but experts have shown little concern that the system may be abused. But the system isn’t perfect. Earlier this year, panic spread on Hawaii after an erroneous alert went out to residents warning of a “ballistic missile thread inbound.” The message said, “this is not a drill.” The false warning was amid the height of tensions between the US and North Korea, which at the time was regularly testing its ballistic missiles as part of its nuclear weapons program.

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Profile of Procore, a cloud-based platform for the $1T US construction industry that has raised $200M+ and is thinking about IPO after barely…

Alex Konrad / Forbes : Profile of Procore, a cloud-based platform for the $1T US construction industry that has raised $200M+ and is thinking about IPO after barely surviving in 2008   —  n a quiet street in Montecito, California, a suburb of Santa Barbara, Procore CEO Craig “Tooey” Courtemanche is considering how best to break into his own house.

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HYP3R, a location-based marketing platform, has raised $17M Series A; HYP3R says it has geofenced ~300K hotels worldwide for extremely accurate…

Kimberly Collins / ClickZ : HYP3R, a location-based marketing platform, has raised $17M Series A; HYP3R says it has geofenced ~300K hotels worldwide for extremely accurate location data   —  Today, HYP3R announced $17M Series A funding to continue innovating location-based marketing for brands in travel, retail, and entertainment.

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Study: Facebook engagement for sites identified as publishing fake news dropped by 50%+ between 2016 election and July 2018, while shares on Twitter…

Will Oremus / Slate : Study: Facebook engagement for sites identified as publishing fake news dropped by 50%+ between 2016 election and July 2018, while shares on Twitter kept rising   —  Facebook's efforts to reduce misinformation in its news feed since the 2016 election have opened the company to all manner of criticism …

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Cryptocurrency mining attacks using leaked NSA hacking tools are still highly active a year later

It’s been over a year since highly classified exploits built by the National Security Agency were stolen and published online. One of the tools, dubbed EternalBlue, can covertly break into almost any Windows machine around the world. It didn’t take long for hackers to start using the exploits to run ransomware on thousands of computers, grinding hospitals and businesses to a halt. Two separate attacks in as many months used WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware, which spread like wildfire. Once a single computer in a network was infected, the malware would also target other devices on the network. The recovery was slow and cost companies hundreds of millions  in damages. Yet, more than a year since Microsoft released patches that slammed the backdoor shut,  almost a million computers and networks are still unpatched and vulnerable to attack. Although WannaCry infections have slowed, hackers are still using the publicly accessible NSA exploits to infect computers to mine cryptocurrency. Nobody knows that better than one major Fortune 500 multinational, which was hit by a massive WannaMine cryptocurrency mining infection just days ago. US Treasury sanctions North Korea over Sony hack and WannaCry attack “Our customer is a very large corporation with multiple offices around the world,” said Amit Serper, who heads the security research team at Boston-based Cybereason . “Once their first machine was hit the malware propagated to more than 1,000 machines in a day,” he said, without naming the company. Cryptomining attacks have been around for a while

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Cryptocurrency mining attacks using leaked NSA hacking tools are still highly active a year later

It’s been over a year since highly classified exploits built by the National Security Agency were stolen and published online. One of the tools, dubbed EternalBlue, can covertly break into almost any Windows machine around the world. It didn’t take long for hackers to start using the exploits to run ransomware on thousands of computers, grinding hospitals and businesses to a halt. Two separate attacks in as many months used WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware, which spread like wildfire. Once a single computer in a network was infected, the malware would also target other devices on the network. The recovery was slow and cost companies hundreds of millions  in damages. Yet, more than a year since Microsoft released patches that slammed the backdoor shut,  almost a million computers and networks are still unpatched and vulnerable to attack. Although WannaCry infections have slowed, hackers are still using the publicly accessible NSA exploits to infect computers to mine cryptocurrency. Nobody knows that better than one major Fortune 500 multinational, which was hit by a massive WannaMine cryptocurrency mining infection just days ago. US Treasury sanctions North Korea over Sony hack and WannaCry attack “Our customer is a very large corporation with multiple offices around the world,” said Amit Serper, who heads the security research team at Boston-based Cybereason . “Once their first machine was hit the malware propagated to more than 1,000 machines in a day,” he said, without naming the company. Cryptomining attacks have been around for a while. It’s more common for hackers to inject cryptocurrency mining code into vulnerable websites, but the payoffs are low. Some news sites are now  installing their own mining code as an alternative to running ads

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