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Roche acquires Flatiron Health in $1.9 billion deal

Roche has announced the acquisition of Flatiron Health in a deal worth $1.9 billion. On Friday, the global pharmaceuticals conglomerate said the deal will “accelerate industry-wide development and delivery of breakthrough medicines for patients with cancer.” In a statement announcing the purchase, Roche said that Flatiron Health will continue to operate as a separate legal entity, but the acquisition will ...

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Google acquires LogMeIn’s Xively IoT platform for $50 million

Google on Thursday announced it will acquire LogMeIn’s Xively IoT platform for $50 million. Google said the deal will “complement” its Google Cloud efforts for a fully managed IoT service. “With the addition of Xively’s robust, enterprise-ready IoT platform, we can accelerate our customers’ timeline from IoT vision to product, as they look to build their connected business,” Google wrote ...

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NBN joint committee extends investigation to business case, rural rollout

After completing its initial report last year, the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network is now holding inquiries into NBN’s business case as well as its rollout in regional and rural Australia. As spotted by Computerworld, the committee is accepting submissions on both inquiries until March 29. The business case inquiry is looking into NBN’s long-term financial outlook, ...

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Cybersecurity startup Penten scores AU$1.3m from Defence for cryptography

Australian cybersecurity firm Penten has received AU$1.3 million from the Department of Defence to develop a cryptography solution for the Australian Army. The contract will see the Canberra-based startup further develop its AltoCrypt technology, which enables secure mobile access to government networks. The expected aim of the project is to deliver Defence secure wireless devices to counter new cyber threats ...

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Amazon redesigns Alexa Skills Developer Console

Amazon on Thursday launched a new Alexa Skills Kit Developer Console in beta, with an updated user interface to provide a more “streamlined” development process. The console allows developers to create, manage, and publish skills for Alexa-enabled devices like Echo. With the update, Amazon’s developer console now organizes skill tasks into build, test, launch, and measure phases that are accessible ...

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iPhone owners plagued by yet another iOS 11 bug

Video: Change these iOS 11 privacy and security settings now iPhone owners, brace yourself for yet another bug that pranksters and other ne’er-do-wells can use to crash your iPhone and block access to messaging apps like iMessage and even third-party apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Gmail. Must read: Apple products you shouldn’t buy in 2018 The bug, spotted by ...

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Reflect: Embedded meta analytics, built for developers

Video: How big data powers digital transformation Analytics and data visualization are commoditized. There is a wide selection of solutions, ranging from traditional BI tools to self-service and cloud-based solutions, and from full stack suites to bare bones libraries. This is either a nightmare to navigate or a consumer’s delight, depending on how you look at it. From the vendor ...

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‘Russian military behind NotPetya attacks’: UK officially names and shames Kremlin

All you need to know about ransomware in 60 seconds The UK government has officially accused the Russian government of June’s disruptive and hugely costly NotPetya malware attack. “The UK Government judges that the Russian government, specifically the Russian military, was responsible for the destructive NotPetya cyber-attack of June 2017,” Foreign Office minister for Cyber Security, Tariq Ahmad, said in ...

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​Will Bixby consolidate Samsung’s smart TV and IoT experience?

Will AI complete Samsung’s IoT vision? (Image: Corinne Reichert/ZDNet) Samsung Electronics is set to unveil details of its new premium QLED TV line-up next month. Among the line-up will likely be its smart TV experience with new AI features led by its virtual assistant Bixby, as teased by the company at last month’s CES. The South Korean tech giant’s Internet ...

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StarHub looks to increase enterprise AI

StarHub has continued leaning on its enterprise fixed arm to grow its overall revenues, with CEO Tan Tong Hai saying the Singaporean telecommunications provider will be adding more artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities this year. “Our enterprise fixed business plays a key role, and it has registered a strong finish to the year with a second consecutive quarter of double-digit revenue ...

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