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February 11, 2018, 9:20 PM

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Chris Williams / The Register:
4200+ websites, including USCourts.gov, UK's NHS services, other government sites were infected today with cryptocurrency mining malware via hacked plugin  —  Biz scrambles to shut down crafty coin crafting operation  —  Thousands of websites around the world - from the UK's NHS and ICO …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Qualcomm last announced a new smartwatch chip two years ago, allowing the Android Wear ecosystem to stagnate  —  This weekend will mark two years since Qualcomm's last smartwatch chip was announced.  —  Ars Technica would like to wish a very special second birthday to the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Study: facial recognition systems of Microsoft, IBM, and China's Megvii had 21%-35% error rate for dark-skinned women versus below 1% for light-skinned men  —  Facial recognition technology is improving by leaps and bounds.  Some commercial software can now tell if a person in a photograph is male or female 99 percent of the time.
Melanie Ehrenkranz / Gizmodo:
Tech firms on mandatory arbitration agreements for employees: Amazon and Verizon have none, Facebook does, no comment from Google, Uber, Twitter, Apple, Lyft  —  Last year, after former Uber engineer Susan Fowler published her blog post alleging the company was rife with sexual harassment …
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James Risen / The Intercept:
Sources: US officials tweeted from @NSAGov to prove to Russians that US government was indeed behind secret negotiations to buy stolen NSA documents  —  The United States intelligence community has been conducting a top-secret operation to recover stolen classified U.S. government documents …

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
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.
Zoho:
It's go time for Go Zoho!  —  It's not often that you hear of a tech company taking a vintage Airstream trailer on the road to help users in their own neighborhood.  Then again, Zoho's no ordinary tech company.

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