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uBiome Appoints Dr. Peter Turnbaugh, PhD, Associate Professor of…

The leader in microbial genomics appoints professor and researcher with the G.W. Hooper Research Foundation at the University of California San Francisco to its board of scientific advisors. (PRWeb October 18, 2018) Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/ubiome_appoints_dr_peter_turnbaugh_phd_associate_professor_of_microbiology_and_immunology_at_university_of_california_san_francisco_to_its_scientific_advisory_board/prweb15845817.htm

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MIT announces new college of computing with $1 billion commitment

MIT announced today that it is massively doubling down on the future of computer science with the launch of a new college of computing . The university is committing $1 billion in resources to the new school, and the university received a $350 million donation from Stephen A. Schwarzman, who will be the naming donor. MIT said that its commitment is the largest of a university yet to the discipline. The university is already one of the leaders in computer science, with a famed department located in the School of Engineering. The new initiative will see computer science, artificial intelligence, and data science placed in the new school, complete with a new dean and around 50 new faculty positions according to the university. In a statement, MIT said that it hoped the new home would “help position the United States to lead the world in preparing for the rapid evolution of computing and AI.” For students, MIT is taking an even more bullish stance: that every graduate should encounter computer science and AI before graduation. The objective of the new school will be to ensure that all MIT students become familiar with the field regardless of their chosen profession. The school will be housed in a new building on MIT’s Cambridge, Massachusetts campus. Creating a separate school for computer science will change the Institute, and will position it more similarly to its peer rival Carnegie Mellon, which has had a separate School of Computer Science for some time. The $350 million gift from Stephen A. Schwarzman for naming rights is in line with other massive recent gifts to MIT’s close neighbor Harvard, which received $400 million from John A. Paulsen to name the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and $350 million from Gerald Chan to name the School of Public Health. Schwarzman, the co-founder, CEO, and chairman of alternative investment firm Blackstone, has been on a philanthropic binge recently

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Axios Autonomous Vehicles – Axios

Axios Axios Autonomous Vehicles Axios Just ask Blackberry . What's next: Ford is using its commercial vehicles expertise to develop routing and dispatch technology for fleet management, and is building out a transportation-as-a-service platform to integrate with its business partners. The ... and more »

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Defcon Voting Village report: Bug in one system could “flip Electoral College”

Enlarge / A voting machine is submitted to abuse in DEFCON's Voting Village. (credit: Sean Gallagher) Today, six prominent information-security experts who took part in DEF CON's Voting Village in Las Vegas last month issued a report on vulnerabilities they had discovered in voting equipment and related computer systems. One vulnerability they discovered—in a high-speed vote-tabulating system used to count votes for entire counties in 23 states—could allow an attacker to remotely hijack the system over a network and alter the vote count, changing results for large blocks of voters. "Hacking just one of these machines could enable an attacker to flip the Electoral College and determine the outcome of a presidential election," the authors of the report warned. The machine in question, the ES&S M650 , is used for counting both regular and absentee ballots. The device from Election Systems & Software of Omaha, Nebraska, is essentially a networked high-speed scanner like those used for scanning standardized-test sheets, usually run on a network at the county clerk's office. Based on the QNX 4.2 operating system—a real-time operating system developed and marketed by BlackBerry, currently up to version 7.0—the M650 uses Iomega Zip drives to move election data to and from a Windows-based management system. It also stores results on a 128-megabyte SanDisk Flash storage device directly mounted on the system board. The results of tabulation are output as printed reports on an attached pin-feed printer. The report authors—Matt Blaze of the University of Pennsylvania, Jake Braun of the University of Chicago, David Jefferson of the Verified Voting Foundation, Harri Hursti and Margaret MacAlpine of Nordic Innovation Labs, and DEF CON founder Jeff Moss—documented dozens of other severe vulnerabilities found in voting systems. They found that four major areas of "grave and undeniable" concern need to be addressed urgently. One of the most critical is the lack of any sort of supply-chain security for voting machines—there is no way to test the machines to see if they are trustworthy or if their components have been modified. Read 3 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Binance launches an incubator program to develop early stage blockchain startups, will take on around 8-10 companies per batch for a 10-week period…

Jon Russell / TechCrunch : Binance launches an incubator program to develop early stage blockchain startups, will take on around 8-10 companies per batch for a 10-week period   —  Who needs VCs?  The largest companies in the crypto world are continuing to build the ecosystem through aggressive investments of their own, as I forecasted at the start of this year.

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A look at the Russia-linked NotPetya cyberattack, which caused an estimated $10B+ in damages worldwide after initially targeting Ukrainian companies…

Andy Greenberg / Wired : A look at the Russia-linked NotPetya cyberattack, which caused an estimated $10B+ in damages worldwide after initially targeting Ukrainian companies   —  Crippled ports.  Paralyzed corporations.  Frozen government agencies.  How a single piece of code crashed the world.

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Alibaba’s Q1 revenue beats estimates, rises 61% YoY to ~$12.2B, but net income falls 41% YoY to ~$1.27B (Catherine Cadell/Reuters)

Catherine Cadell / Reuters : Alibaba's Q1 revenue beats estimates, rises 61% YoY to ~$12.2B, but net income falls 41% YoY to ~$1.27B   —  BEIJING (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N), the world's biggest online retailer, said on Thursday first-quarter revenue rose 61 percent, beating analysts' estimates, driven by growth in its core e-commerce business.

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Australia bans Huawei and ZTE from providing 5G equipment to support the country’s new telecom networks, citing risks of foreign interference and…

Raymond Zhong / New York Times : Australia bans Huawei and ZTE from providing 5G equipment to support the country's new telecom networks, citing risks of foreign interference and hacking   —  BEIJING — The fog of cyberespionage concerns surrounding Huawei has for years kept the Chinese technology giant largely out of the United States.

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Facebook says it has suspended 400+ apps since launching investigation into app data use, including myPersonality, which may have misused data of 4M+…

Ime Archibong / Facebook : Facebook says it has suspended 400+ apps since launching investigation into app data use, including myPersonality, which may have misused data of 4M+ users   —  Today we banned myPersonality — an app that was mainly active prior to 2012 — from Facebook for failing to agree to our request …

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Source: Facebook to remove Onavo, its VPN app, from Apple’s App Store after Apple informed Facebook last week that Onavo violated its data-collection…

Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal : Source: Facebook to remove Onavo, its VPN app, from Apple's App Store after Apple informed Facebook last week that Onavo violated its data-collection policies   —  Apple last week informed Facebook that the Onavo app violated data-collection policies  —  Facebook Inc. FB .59% plans to pull …

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