Amazon well-positioned as Pentagon readies cloud computing plans | Telcos partner to create cybersecurity group | Android manufacturers lied about security patches, researchers say
April 13, 2018
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Amazon well-positioned as Pentagon readies cloud computing plans
In the coming days, the Defense Department will revise the requirements for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract, or JEDI. Pentagon officials say they plan to award the contract to a single bidder, which likely positions Amazon as the leading contender, despite objections from its rivals.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/12) 
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Telcos partner to create cybersecurity group
Telcos partner to create cybersecurity group
Four telcos have joined forces to create the Global Telco Security Alliance. SoftBank, Singtel, Etisalat and Telefónica will share data on cyberthreats, serve each other's clients and be able to respond better to threats.
ZDNet (4/12) 
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Android manufacturers lied about security patches, researchers say
Some manufacturers of Android devices are deceiving users about software updates, Security Research Labs reports. Missed security patches were detected on devices from major manufacturers such as Sony and Samsung, even when the software claimed it was up-to-date.
Wired (tiered subscription model) (4/12),  The Verge (4/12) 
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NIST develops laser chip, foreshadowing quantum sensors
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has come up with a prototype device that generates infrared light at a 780-nanometer wavelength, which is directed into a small vapor of atoms to provide a length reference for calibrating instruments. The chip's waveguides are fabricated with silicon nitride, and the vapor cell is made of micromachined silicon with glass windows.
New Electronics (4/11) 
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IT Channel
Allure Security customers drive launch of DDR platform
Allure Security is launching new data loss detection and response offerings through a partner program. Allure's John Sullivan says the change was driven by customers asking if they had managed security service providers offering its DDR product as a service.
Channel Partners (4/12) 
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IT Workforce
What we're losing with virtual communication
Virtual communication usually lacks the emotional subtext businesspeople need to correctly convey their intent, writes Nick Morgan. "Because we make decisions with our emotions, moreover, when you take them out of the communication, or the audio conference, or the webinar, it becomes almost impossible to make good decisions when we're immersed in the virtual stream," he argues.
Public Words (4/10),  Public Words (4/12) 
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Policy Watch
Facebook backs down on fight against proposed Calif. privacy legislation
Facebook backs down on fight against proposed Calif. privacy legislation
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Facebook has announced that it will stop pushing back against the California Consumer Privacy Act, a proposal that would mandate that companies disclose what type of personal data they gather and give consumers blocking options. "We took this step in order to focus our efforts on supporting reasonable privacy measures in California," a company spokesman said.
CNET (4/11),  Variety (4/11) 
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