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May 14, 2017, 11:50 PM

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Brad Smith / Microsoft on the Issues:
New York Times:
Europol chief says 200K computers in 150 countries were affected by WannaCry ransomware, while experts warn that new wave of attacks next week is likely  —  LONDON — Security experts are warning that the global cyberattack that began on Friday is likely to be magnified in the new workweek …
Troy Hunt:
Everything you need to know about the WannaCry / Wcry / WannaCrypt ransomware  —  I woke up to a flood of news about ransomware today.  By virtue of being down here in Australia, a lot happens in business hours around the world while we're sleeping but conversely, that's given …
The Guardian:
Cybersecurity researcher @MalwareTechBlog accidentally finds kill switch to stop spread of WannaCry malware by registering domain hardcoded into malware  —  Expert who stopped spread of attack by activating software's ‘kill switch’ says criminals will ‘change the code and start again’
Phillip Misner / MSRC:
In response to WannaCry attacks, Microsoft issues security update for older Windows versions, including Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003  —  Microsoft solution available to protect additional products Today many of our customers around the world and the critical systems they depend …
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Lyft and Waymo confirm a deal was reached to collaborate on self-driving cars, which sources say will be through pilot projects and product development efforts  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As the race to bring self-driving vehicles to the public intensifies, two of Silicon Valley's most prominent players are teaming up.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Source: Apple has acquired AI company Lattice Data, a specialist in unstructured “dark data”, for around $200M  —  As large tech companies gear up to make a stronger push into machine learning and artificial intelligence, Apple has acquired a company to fill out its own capabilities in the area.
Leena Rao / Fortune:
Mobile auction marketplace Tophatter raised $21M Series B from Goodwater Capital, says it's profitable and expects $100M in 2017 revenue, up from $40M in 2016  —  Early stage startups that achieve profitability are a rarity in Silicon Valley.  Tophatter, a startup you have probably never heard of, may be an exception.
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
How Google outmaneuvered Apple and Microsoft over five years to gain dominance in classrooms with Chromebooks and free apps like Classroom, Docs, and Gmail  —  The tech giant is transforming public education with low-cost laptops and free apps.  But schools may be giving Google more than they are getting.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Amazon doesn't let you block contact from specific people on Echo, says it “will be available in the coming weeks”  —  The new Alexa feature has some major privacy flaws  —  Amazon seems to have made a significant oversight in bringing voice calls and messaging to its Echo speakers …

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Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
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