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Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Former IBM developer Xu Jiaqiang pleads guilty to theft of source code with intent to give it to China; sentencing scheduled for October 13   —  A former developer for IBM pled guilty on Friday to economic espionage and to stealing trade secrets related to a type of software known as a clustered file system …
May 23, 2017, 12:05 AMIn context
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Google and Facebook were victims of a $100M phishing scam by a Lithuanian man arrested in March 2017; both companies say they have recouped the funds   —  When the Justice Department announced the arrest last month of a man who allegedly swindled more than $100 million from two U.S. tech giants, the news came wrapped in a mystery.
Apr 28, 2017, 8:25 AMIn context
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
CyberGRX, a startup that vets third-party suppliers on their cybersecurity practices, raises $20M Series B led by Bessemer   —  CyberGRX believes it has solved a security problem that has long vexed many companies: How to ensure that third-party suppliers don't provide a way for hackers to attack their networks?
Apr 23, 2017, 7:10 AMIn context
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Google launches Protect Your Election, a set of security tools to help election websites, human rights groups, and others defend against DDoS and other attacks   —  As worries mount about cyberthreats to democracy, Google on Tuesday announced the launch of a free set of tools to help election websites …
Mar 21, 2017, 11:35 AMIn context
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Google's Jigsaw unveils Perspective, an AI-powered tool for publishers to weed out abusive comments, available as an API for free   —  A research team tied to Google unveiled a new tool on Thursday that could have a profound effect on how we talk to each other online.
Feb 23, 2017, 7:45 AMIn context
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
SCOTUS will hear patent case that could limit “venue shopping”, the patent troll practice to file cases in friendly jurisdictions like Eastern District of Texas   —  In a move that may shake-up U.S. patent law, the Supreme Court this week decided to hear a case about where patent owners …
Dec 18, 2016, 9:30 PMIn context
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Alibaba's Ant Financial acquires US biometric authentication startup EyeVerify; source says for $100M   —  Alibaba's payments arm, Ant Financial, has acquired EyeVerify, a maker of optical recognition technology used byWells Fargo along with dozens of regional banks and credit unions across the country.
Sep 13, 2016, 8:45 PMIn context
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Palantir files suit against early investor Marc Abramowitz, claiming the investor stole confidential info about key projects, then filed patents independently   —  Palantir, a secretive firm that supplies data analytics to companies and governments, filed a dramatic lawsuit against one of its early investors …
Sep 6, 2016, 11:25 AMIn context
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Oracle says it is funding anti-Google research group The Google Transparency Project   —  Groups with words like “transparency” in their name are typically very open about how they operate.  That's why the “Campaign for Accountability,” a non-profit hatched in Washington this spring …
Aug 19, 2016, 11:35 PMIn context
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
What's at stake in Google and Oracle's $9.3B fair use fight over Java APIs   —  Gather round tech folks, it's time for an epic rematch between two industry giants.  At stake is not just billions of dollars in copyright claims, but also a controversial legal concept that could roil the entire software industry.
May 11, 2016, 10:50 PMIn context

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