CROWDSTRIKE SAYS CONFIGURATION UPDATE AFFECTED FALCON SENSOR, WINDOWS OS

Wed 24 July 2024: CrowdStrike said Wednesday a content configuration update affected the Falcon Sensor, which protects key risk areas, and the Windows Operating System caused a global IT outage last week. The American cybersecurity technology firm said it released a content configuration update Friday for the Windows sensor to gather telemetry on possible novel […]

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EMOTION-TRACKING AI ON THE JOB: WORKERS FEAR BEING WATCHED – AND MISUNDERSTOOD

Wed 24 July 2024: Emotion artificial intelligence uses biological signals such as vocal tone, facial expressions and data from wearable devices as well as text and how people use their computers, promising to detect and predict how someone is feeling. It is used in contexts both mundane, like entertainment, and high stakes, like the workplace, hiring and health […]

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GOOGLE REVERSES DECISION TO REMOVE AD-TRACKING COOKIES ON CHROME BROWSER

Wed 24 July 2024: Google has announced it will no longer eliminate cookies from its Chrome web browser, reversing its four-year effort to phase out the technology that enables businesses to track users online. This decision marks a significant shift from its initial plans to enhance user privacy through the Privacy Sandbox initiative. Impact on […]

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$23BN ACQUISITION TALKS BETWEEN ISRAELI CYBERSECURITY FIRM WIZ AND GOOGLE HAVE ENDED

Tue 23 July 2024: Israeli cybersecurity firm Wiz has terminated negotiations with Google parent company Alphabet regarding a proposed $23 billion acquisition, which would have marked Alphabet’s largest acquisition to date, according to Haaretz. Wiz CEO, Assaf Rappaport, stated that the company will now shift its focus towards an initial public offering and aim to achieve $1 billion […]

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TESLA TO BEGIN USING HUMANOID ROBOTS IN 2025, SAYS ELON MUSK

Tue 23 July 2024: U.S.-based global electric carmaker Tesla will start using humanoid robots next year, CEO Elon Musk said Monday. “Tesla will have genuinely useful humanoid robots in low production for Tesla internal use next year and, hopefully, high production for other companies in 2026,” he wrote on his personal X account. Tesla’s humanoid robot named Optimus was first unveiled […]

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WHATSAPP DEVELOPS INSTANT MESSAGE TRANSLATION AND VOICE NOTE TRANSCRIPTION FEATURES

Mon 22 July 2024:  WhatsApp is enhancing its platform with a new feature that translates messages using various language packs. This follows the recent introduction of voice note transcription, aiming to facilitate seamless multilingual communication within the app. Enhanced Communication with Instant Translation The new feature allows for instant message translation during chats, promoting smoother […]

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WHAT IS CROWDSTRIKE FALCON AND WHAT DOES IT DO? IS MY COMPUTER SAFE?

Sun 21 July 2024: A massive IT outage is currently affecting computer systems worldwide. In Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, reports indicate computers at banks, media organisations, hospitals, transport services, shop checkouts, airports and more have all been impacted. Today’s outage is unprecedented in its scale and severity. The technical term for what has happened to the affected computers […]

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MICROSOFT SAYS ABOUT 8.5 MILLION OF ITS DEVICES AFFECTED BY CROWDSTRIKE-RELATED OUTAGE

Sat 20 July 2024:  A global tech outage that was related to a software update by cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike affected nearly 8.5 million Microsoft devices, Microsoft said in a blog on Saturday. “We currently estimate that CrowdStrike’s update affected 8.5 million Windows devices, or less than one percent of all Windows machines,” it said in the […]

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GLOBAL DISRUPTIONS AS MICROSOFT OUTAGE IMPACTS AIRLINES, BANKS, AND MORE

Fri 19 July 2024: A widespread technical glitch linked to a Microsoft outage caused disruptions across various sectors globally, from airlines to banks. The cascade of failures began in the US and spread to Asia, impacting major companies such as McDonald’s, United Airlines, and LSE Group. The exact cause of the outage remains unclear, but […]

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