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South Korea Fines Bitcoin Exchanges Over Privacy Violations
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Bitcoin is supposed to allow for “anonymous” transactions, but that doesn’t mean people’s privacy can’t be at risk when dabbling in cryptocurrency markets—as evidenced by fines just issued by South Korea’s data protection regulator. On Wednesday, the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) whacked eight cryptocurrency exchanges and wallet services with fines ranging from $9,000 to $14,000 […]

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Intel Says the Patch Designed to Fix Flawed Chips Is Faulty
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Intel Corp (intc) said on Monday that patches it released to address two high-profile security vulnerabilities in its chips are faulty, advising customers, computer makers and cloud providers to stop installing them. Intel Executive Vice President Navin Shenoy disclosed the problem in a statement on the chipmaker’s website, saying that patches released after months of […]

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Icahn, Deason to jointly push Xerox to explore selling itself, other options: WSJ
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(Reuters) – Investor Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason, the biggest- and third-largest shareholders of Xerox Corp, jointly plan to push the printer and photocopier maker to explore options, including a sale of the firm, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. Icahn and Deason, who together own 15.7 percent of the photocopier pioneer, have earlier […]

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Rocket Lab Test Flight Launches Three CubeSats to Orbit
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The launch company Rocket Lab has amusing names for its missions. The first, in May, was called “It’s a Test” (it was). When the staff debated what to call the second launch of their diminutive Electron rocket, so sized (and priced) specifically to carry small satellites to space, they said, “Well, we’re still testing, aren’t […]

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Facebook, Twitter Take New Steps to Combat Fake News and Manipulation
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Facebook and Twitter both revealed on Friday more about how they plan to deal with the spread of fake news and propaganda on their services. Facebook said that it would ask its users to tell it which news sources they read and trust to help it decide which ones should be featured more prominently. These […]

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Amazon Joins Growing List of Employers That Won’t Ask About Your Salary History
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Will this be the year we finally make progress in closing the gender pay gap? It’s only the middle of January, but 2018 has already seen the implementation of new laws and policies that have the potential to boost women’s paychecks. The latest news comes from Amazon, which this week banned its hiring managers from […]

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Startups Race to Create Cancer Screens from DNA
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Silicon Valley is out for blood—and not just the rejuvenating blood of the young. Biomedical engineers are enthralled by the promise of liquid biopsies, noninvasive tests that detect and classify cancers by identifying the tiny bits of DNA that tumors shed into the bloodstream. Studies at leading cancer centers have already shown the technology’s effectiveness […]

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U.S. enterprise telecoms firm Avaya trades again after bankruptcy
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(Reuters) – Avaya Holdings Corp (AVYA.N) shares started trading on Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange, the first time the enterprise telecommunications provider has been public in more than a decade. Shares ended down 0.9 percent at $20.80. Avaya spent the past year sorting its financials in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy process before listing […]

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21 states sue to keep net neutrality as Senate Democrats reach 50 votes
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(Reuters) – A group of 21 U.S. state attorneys general filed suit to challenge the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to do away with net neutrality on Tuesday while Democrats said they needed just one more vote in the Senate to repeal the FCC ruling. The state attorneys, including those of California, New York and Virginia […]

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