President Trump sets time clock on TikTok's US business | Proprietary Intel data posted | 40% of Android devices have vulnerable Snapdragon chip
August 7, 2020
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Citing national security concerns, President Donald Trump signed executive orders that target ByteDance's TikTok and Tencent's WeChat, also based in China, prohibiting American companies from conducting "transactions" with them. The orders take effect Sept. 20 with TikTok saying the order risks "undermining global businesses' trust in the United States' commitment to the rule of law."
Full Story: TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (8/7),  The Drum (free registration) (8/7),  ABC News (8/6) 
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Proprietary Intel data posted
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Intellectual property is part of 20 GB of data belonging to chipmaker Intel that is now posted online. The data, which does not appear to include information about employees or customers, was posted by Swiss researcher Till Kottmann, who said an anonymous hacker sent it to him.
Full Story: ZDNet (8/6) 
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More than 40% of Android devices contain a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip that researchers say has more than 400 vulnerabilities, putting them at risk of malicious activity such as denial of service, data theft and spying. Qualcomm has patched the vulnerabilities, though the threat remains until networks and vendors push updates out to users.
Full Story: CNET (8/6),  Forbes (8/6) 
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Google has unveiled Android 11's last beta edition, which mostly features optimizations and bug fixes, in advance of the operating system's official release date. The update includes Exposure Notification System enhancements that allow the contact-tracing app to run without requiring users to turn on location settings.
Full Story: TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (8/6),  9to5Google (8/6) 
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WordPress' parent company, Automattic, is making its own internal collaboration tool, called P2, available for free in beta in an effort to help facilitate collaboration among teams. The tool, which Automattic has been using for more than 10 years, concentrates on cross-time-zone asynchronous communication.
Full Story: VentureBeat (8/6) 
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IT Channel
VMware's recently released Horizon 8 comes with new support for more cloud services, instant clone capabilities, improved collaboration support and better security. The platform also lets customers handle hybrid environments and provides more RESTful APIs.
Full Story: TechRepublic (8/6) 
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IT Workforce
A crisis can be used by leaders to uncover what's not working and discover opportunities for growth, writes Eileen McDargh. She offers six questions leaders can ask to pinpoint such improvements and how to develop the "intelligent optimism" that marks resiliency.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (8/6) 
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CompTIA News
CompTIA has launched a beta test for an updated version of its Cloud+ certification, a professional credential that validates abilities, knowledge and skills required of IT professionals working in data centers. For the first time, CompTIA is making the beta exam available via a remote testing option. Visit CompTIA Cloud+ for complete details on the exam, including pricing, registration and test-taking options.
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A dozen academic institutions and training organizations whose commitment to preparing individuals for careers in technology has not wavered in the midst of a global pandemic have been recognized by CompTIA. The awards, presented during the recent CompTIA Partner Summit, single out organizations for their innovation and leadership in preparing individuals for careers in technology. Complete details are available in the CompTIA Newsroom.
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Research from CompTIA finds that a majority of managed services providers expect to expand their service portfolio over the next year. Cybersecurity specialization and services linked to the Internet of Things are expected to lead their next wave of technology offerings. Visit the CompTIA Resource Center to download a free copy of "Trends in Managed Services."
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