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Insurers Cut Cyber Cover as Ransomware Losses Surge
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Insurers Cut Cyber Cover as Ransomware Losses Surge

Insurance firms are worried about profits as ransomware gangs become more sophisticated.

IBM Turns to AI to Predict and Mitigate Climate Risk
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IBM Turns to AI to Predict and Mitigate Climate Risk

Extreme weather is already affecting supply chains around the planet.

Digital Gender Gap Has Cost Over $1 Trillion - So Far
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Digital Gender Gap Has Cost Over $1 Trillion - So Far

Men are more than half as likely to have Internet access than women in the world's poorest countries.

Google Pledges $1 Million to Secure Open Source Software
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Google Pledges $1 Million to Secure Open Source Software

Google's Open Source Security Team is starting with a $1-million investment, and plans to expand the program's scope based on community feedback.

Counterfeit, Substandard Chips are Penetrating the Supply Chain, Industry Insiders Warn
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Counterfeit, Substandard Chips are Penetrating the Supply Chain, Industry Insiders Warn

Many electronic manufacturers are turning to risky supply channels to meet demand.

Royal Navy Reveals Future Vision Based on Autonomous Technology
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Royal Navy Reveals Future Vision Based on Autonomous Technology

The Navy's vision sees drones based in the stratosphere, which are capable of being launched at a moment's notice.

Autonomous Electric Cargo Ship will Make First Voyage This Year
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Autonomous Electric Cargo Ship will Make First Voyage This Year

It will transport its first container from the town of Herøya to Brevik in Norway.

White House Pushes for Stronger Critical Infrastructure Security
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White House Pushes for Stronger Critical Infrastructure Security

Securing critical infrastructure requires a "whole-of-nation" effort, government official says.

France Fines Google €500 Million Over Publication Rights
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France Fines Google €500 Million Over Publication Rights

France's Autorité de la Concurrence ordered Google to present a remuneration offer to news publishers and agencies for the use of their copyrighted content.

A New Use for Excess Datacenter Heat
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A New Use for Excess Datacenter Heat

An innovative use for excess heat, which takes the data center's remote location into account.

Silver Lining for Ransomware Victims: Payments May be Tax Deductible
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Silver Lining for Ransomware Victims: Payments May be Tax Deductible

The incentive could entice businesses to pay ransoms, funding continued criminal activity.

GCHQ Violated Human Rights with Mass Data Interception, European Court Rules
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GCHQ Violated Human Rights with Mass Data Interception, European Court Rules

However, the decision to operate such scheme did not itself breach the European convention on human rights, it says

Government Funding Could Help Set Up 'Seven to 10 New Chip Factories'
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Government Funding Could Help Set Up 'Seven to 10 New Chip Factories'

Government funding is needed to unlock private capital for chip invest, suggests U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.

Cloudflare Reveals Plan to End CAPTCHA 'Madness'
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Cloudflare Reveals Plan to End CAPTCHA 'Madness'

Cloudflare says the CAPTCHA system wastes nearly 500 human years every single day.

U.S. Gmail Users are Most Popular Targets for Email Phishing, Malware Attacks
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U.S. Gmail Users are Most Popular Targets for Email Phishing, Malware Attacks

Third-party data breaches also make users more attractive targets for cyberattacks.

Microsoft Claims Breakthrough in Quantum Computing with Gooseberry Chip and Cryo-computing Core
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Microsoft Claims Breakthrough in Quantum Computing with Gooseberry Chip and Cryo-computing Core

The company says its new system is a leap ahead from previous technology.

U.K. Government Test-and-Trace Program Illegal under GDPR
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U.K. Government Test-and-Trace Program Illegal under GDPR

The government skipped essential data privacy impact assessments in its rush to get the system up and running.

IT is Essential. Furlough Elsewhere
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IT is Essential. Furlough Elsewhere

IT is central to continuity and recovery and job cuts should be avoided, but there are plenty of other places savings can be made.

Covid-19: The Race to Create Privacy-focused Contact Tracing Tools
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Covid-19: The Race to Create Privacy-focused Contact Tracing Tools

As authorities seek technological solutions to the pandemic, experts fear the consequences for civil liberties.
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