Google co-founders step down as Alphabet execs | AWS previews Amazon Braket quantum computing | T-Mobile turns on 5G low-band network
December 4, 2019
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Google co-founders step down as Alphabet execs
Larry Page and Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google, are stepping down from executive positions at parent Alphabet and are handing Alphabet's leadership to Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Page and Brin will remain active as shareholders and board members but say "it's time to assume the role of proud parents."
San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (12/4),  The Verge (12/3) 
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AWS previews Amazon Braket quantum computing
Amazon Web Services has released a preview of Amazon Braket, a cloud-based quantum computing service created for scientists, researchers and developers. The platform lets customers develop and test quantum algorithms in simulations on hardware from providers such as D-Wave Systems, IonQ and Rigetti Computing.
ZDNet (12/2) 
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Mobile & Wireless
T-Mobile turns on 5G low-band network
T-Mobile turns on 5G low-band network
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T-Mobile has lit up its 5G network, which covers more than 200 million people in upward of 5,000 localities, using low-band 600 megahertz spectrum. Compatible handsets -- Samsung's Galaxy Note10+ 5G and the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren -- are expected to hit the market Friday, and the network initially will deliver data speeds comparable to those of advanced LTE networks, but T-Mobile says download rates will eventually get faster.
VentureBeat (12/2),  Light Reading (12/2) 
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Fake chat app is actually spyware for Android phones
Fake chat app is actually spyware for Android phones
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A fake chat app called Apex App is infecting Android phones with the CallerSpy espionage malware, which can monitor texts, collect call logs and record audio using the phone's microphone. The app cannot be used for chatting.
ZDNet (12/3) 
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Security & Privacy
Legal battle over Merck cyberattack has wide implications
Legal battle over Merck cyberattack has wide implications
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A 2017 cyberattack on Merck shut down production for weeks, causing $1.3 billion in damage and leading to litigation when most of Merck's 30 insurers and reinsurers denied coverage. This in-depth look at the attack and its aftermath explores how the dispute, in which the insurers claim the Russia-linked attack constituted an act of war, could have far-reaching consequences for companies and insurers.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (12/3) 
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Twitter offers central resource for privacy information
Twitter has launched the Twitter Privacy Center, which details user and partner policies and will be the go-to place for security-related announcements and tools. The move is in compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act, which requires companies to provide consumers more transparency and control over their personal information.
TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (12/2),  Reuters (12/2) 
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Cybersecurity forecast: More "deepfakes," phishing scams
The new year will bring more scams involving faked audio and video as well as more sophisticated phishing threats, according to the Experian Data Breach Industry Forecast. Experian's Michael Bruemmer says criminals might target cannabis and cryptocurrency companies because those sectors are "putting more money into growth and less into cybersecurity."
Corporate Counsel online (12/2) 
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Health Care IT
App aims to help patients manage medical bills
App aims to help patients manage medical bills
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A blockchain-based app by Atana automates the process of disputing medical bills, and if beta testing is successful, the app will be offered to employers as an employee benefit. The app analyzes photos of medical bills uploaded by patients; checks for errors, duplicate charges and consistency of the charges; identifies potential savings; and, if authorized, negotiates on the patient's behalf with health care providers or debt collectors.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Baltimore (12/3) 
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Government IT
Senate GOP may back tougher privacy law
The Senate Commerce Committee may draft privacy legislation at hearings today as Republicans are prepared to back tougher federal measures to circumvent proposed state laws, including a California law that takes effect Jan. 1, said committee chairman Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss. Wicker said he would introduce a draft measure aimed at finding common ground with Democrats who have proposed their own measure.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (12/2) 
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