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Malvertising campaign hits US users hard over Presidents’ Day weekend

A massive malvertising campaign has hit US users over the extended Presidents’ Day weekend, according to Confiant, a company that tracks bad ads. In a private report shared with ZDNet, Confiant researchers say they’ve seen as many as 800 million malicious ad impressions part of this malvertising campaign. Image: Confiant When clicked, the ads would redirect users to a wide… Read more →

How to keep your employees satisfied in the workplace

Employers are prioritizing employee job satisfaction more and more these days, especially since workplace satisfaction has been decreasing over the past 20 years. The idea of working exclusively for a pay check at the end of the month does not satisfy people’s craving for career fulfilment according to a recent survey. Menomonee Falls, WI-based ERP and CRM company Workwise recently… Read more →

Gasp! Samsung Galaxy S10 has no iPhone-style notch

Ugly? Or a new standard of beauty? Screenshot by ZDNet It seemed inevitable that every Android manufacturer would copy the iPhone X’s notch. Once deemed blindingly ugly, it suddenly became the normal way to house front-facing camera sensors. Even if Apple itself desperately tried to hide it. So much so that one customer sued Apple for hiding it in its ads. But… Read more →

Google to acquire data migration startup Alooma

Google announced on Tuesday that it plans to acquire the cloud migration startup Alooma. The startup is known for its tool that lets enterprises automate data ingestion pipelines into the cloud, as well as for its cloud migration and data cleansing services. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.  Alooma has been an integration partner for Cloud Spanner, Google’s… Read more →

Why Palo Alto Networks paid $560 million for Demisto: Security operations need to be automated

Palo Alto Network is spending $560 million for privately held Demisto in a deal designed to build out the company’s application framework strategy and consolidate the security tools within an enterprise. Demisto focuses on security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) tools. SOAR is a hot market in security. The plan for Palo Alto is to take Demisto’s technology and combine… Read more →

DIY: Meet the ultimate robotics kit for makers

Bolstered by $10M in Series A funding, Vincross, a consumer robotics company we’ve been following closely, is releasing what may be the most alluring DIY robotics kit for makers yet. Vincross is best known for its six-legged all-terrain robot called HEXA, which was geared toward developers and garnered strong reviews from robotics professionals and enthusiasts  Combining an impressive central processing… Read more →

Instagram influencer marketing is exploding in popularity — but watch out for fraud

In 2018, Instagram reached one billion monthly active users and is showing no signs of slowing down. Its visual content, and engaged communities, show that Instagram is a key marketing channel for brand-influencer collaborations. But is it a safe bet for your marketing dollars? Tel Aviv, Israel-based Influencer marketing platform Klear‘s, State of Instagram Influencer Marketing Report 2019 shows that… Read more →

On the eve of Samsung’s Galaxy S10: Is there any innovation left in the smartphone market?

All eyes are on Samsung’s Unpacked event in San Francisco and the launch of the Galaxy S10. Can Samsung’s next flagship device save the smartphone industry? This roundtable discussion seems as relevant as ever. Welcome to what I hope is the first of a regular series of virtual roundtable discussions about important questions facing the future of technology. In this… Read more →

Skills gap, corporate culture holding back AI adoption, O’Reilly survey says

Enterprises are facing a machine learning and artificial intelligence skill shortage even as they plow ahead with implementations. According to O’Reilly’s 2019 artificial intelligence survey, 23 percent of respondents said that lack of skilled people is slowing adoption. In O’Reilly’s 2018 AI survey, 20 percent of respondents said lack of skilled people hampered adoption. Primers: What is AI? Everything you need… Read more →

Bitdefender releases third GandCrab ransomware free decrypter in the past year

For the third time in the past calendar year, the team at Bitdefender, working with Romanian Police and Europol, has released a free decrypter that can help victims of the GandCrab ransomware recover files locked by this malware. This most recent version of the Bitdefender GandCrab Decryption Tool was updated to decrypt files locked by GandCrab versions from 5.0.4 through… Read more →

Rietspoof malware spreads via Facebook Messenger and Skype spam

Avast security researchers have discovered a new malware strain named Rietspoof that’s currently being spread to victims via instant messaging clients such as Facebook Messenger and Skype. In a report published over the weekend, researchers described this new threat as a “multi-stage malware,” that was first spotted in August 2018, but which was largely ignored until a noticeable uptick in… Read more →