Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, says his group is ready to give tech companies exclusive information about CIA hacking tools to help them fix vulnerabilities in their technology. This may create a dilemma for Silicon Valley firms torn between shoring up the security of their products and deciding whether to trust WikiLeaks, which the US government has condemned.
Members of Congress worried about the ability of cybercriminals to hack the data used by state governments are starting to press for legislation requiring the federal government to help states cope with the threat. Measures aimed at sharing federal resources with state and local governments are piling up.
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Alphabet, Amazon, IBM, Intel and Microsoft are among the large tech firms investing in the artificial intelligence market and its startups. Startups in the AI segment saw $1.05 billion in investments in the third quarter of 2016, per CB Insights.
Google revealed new security products, including a custom chip dubbed Titan, which it believes will instill confidence in businesses concerned about security. The company also released a data loss prevention application programming interface for the Google Cloud Platform.
Companies that dominate their industries see growth and profitability, but that success doesn't seem to trickle down to workers, according to research of company financial data. While employees at such "superstar firms" make more, on average, there are fewer of them in total.