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7/18/2018

Cybersecurity incidents in the first quarter of the year were up 32% from the same period last year, a Positive Technologies report states. The report also states that malware attacks were up 75% from last year, while data theft rose 13%.

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7/18/2018

Walmart is reportedly looking to take on Netflix and Amazon Prime with the launch of its own streaming video service. The over-the-top offering would cost less than $8 per month and would have an ad-supported free video tier.

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Walmart, OTT, Amazon, Netflix
7/18/2018

The European Union issued Google a $5 billion antitrust fine for allegedly using its Android operating system to keep competitors from succeeding in the market, with an appeal to Google to rewrite its partner contracts. The EU said Google's bundling of apps stymied competition, but Google CEO Sundar Pichai says its Android business model has created more competition, not less.

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7/18/2018

Texas Instruments announced CEO Brian Crutcher has resigned over code of conduct violations. Chairman Rich Templeton will return to the president and CEO roles indefinitely, the company said.

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7/18/2018

Major Twitter personalities typically lost 2% to 3% of their followers after last week's purge of questionable accounts, but Twitter's official account saw a whopping 12.4% decline, according to Socialbakers. Other big names losing followers, though in single-digit percentages, were official accounts for 50 Cent, Ashton Kutcher and People magazine.

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Twitter, Ashton Kutcher
7/18/2018

Instagram has confirmed that it is working to build a non-SMS two-factor authentication system to prevent SIM hacking. The system would work with apps including Duo and Google Authenticator to generate a unique code that can't be ported to another SIM card.

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Instagram, Google
7/18/2018

A group of former cybersecurity officials on Tuesday wrote a letter to Census Bureau Director Ron Jarmin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross emphasizing the importance of securing 2020 census data. The letter pushes for the release of a cybersecurity plan surrounding the storage and collection of data.

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FCW
7/18/2018

Nest is being folded into Google's home and living room team six months after it was acquired, and CEO Marwan Fawaz will leave his post as a result. Per a statement, Fawaz will stay on as an adviser to the team.

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Google
7/18/2018

Google has developed a new feature for its assistant that will allow it to provide a visual snapshot of the user's daily activities by aggregating data from user calendars, reminders, package deliveries, flights, restaurant and movie reservations, and more. The new feature rolled out Tuesday on Android and iOS platforms.

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7/18/2018

Samsung is developing a foldable smartphone under the codename "Winner" and intends to release it early next year. The early prototype showed a 7-inch screen, which would make the device about the size of a small tablet.

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