How ethical hackers are trying to protect the 2020 U.S. elections

After the surprising outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, many have feared that the country’s voting system is vulnerable to external attacks. In response, loosely affiliated groups of “ethical hackers” have been pooling their resources to research the issues and sound the alarm.

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Microsoft and MITRE release framework to help fend off adversarial AI attacks

Microsoft, the nonprofit MITRE Corporation, and 11 organizations including IBM, Nvidia, Airbus, and Bosch today released the Adversarial ML Threat Matrix, an industry-focused open framework designed to help security analysts to detect, respond to, and remediate threats against machine learning systems.

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Data privacy startup Mine raises $9.5 million and expands to the U.S.

Mine, which is developing a platform that helps discover and manage personal data on the web, today closed a $9.5 million funding round led by Gradient Ventures, Google’s AI-focused venture firm. The cash infusion comes as Mine prepares to launch in the U.S.

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4iQ raises $30 million for AI that attacks the trade in stolen digital identities

Digital identity protection startup 4iQ today announced a $30 million round it will use to ramp up investments in its go-to-market activities. The funding comes as 4iQ brings former Waterline Data head Kailash Ambwani on as CEO.

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Infiot emerges from stealth with $15 million to manage edge devices using AI

Infiot emerged from stealth today with $15 million to develop its access platform for internet of things devices. The company says it will put the funds toward product R&D and accelerating its go-to-market efforts.

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Accurics raises $20 million for ‘self-healing’ cloud monitoring tools

Accurics, a company providing what it describes as “self-healing” infrastructure for cloud environments, has raised $20 million. A spokesperson says the funding will be used to bolster Accurics’ 35-person workforce as it pursues customer acquisition opportunities.

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Google should have picked Microsoft’s app store principles over Apple’s

Microsoft this week outlined a list of 10 principles for the Microsoft Store on Windows in a not-so subtle jab at Apple and Google. The overall message: Microsoft supports Epic Games in its war with Apple and Google over the 30% cut the companies take of every purchase on the iOS App Store and the Google Play store, respectively.

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U.S. Congress calls for antitrust reforms to limit powers of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

Members of Congress investigating the activity of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google say antitrust law reform is needed to safeguard democracy and “ensure that our economy remains vibrant and open in the digital age.”

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AI industry remains strong despite academic brain drain, tech nationalization

London-based venture capital firm Air Street Capital today published the State of AI Report 2020, its third annual survey canvassing research, talent, industrial, and political trends in the field of AI.

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Arm unveils new chips for advanced driver assistance systems

Arm today announced a suite of technologies intended to make it easier for autonomous car developers to bring their designs to market. According to the company, integrating three new processors onto a system-on-chip…

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How U.S. tech policy could change if Democrats win back the Senate

Election Day in the U.S. is now only weeks away, and the variables and stakes are rapidly mounting. If Democrats succeed in taking control of the legislative and executive branches of government, the shift could end a long-standing policy gridlock. To get an idea of how Democratic control of Congress could influence tech policy…

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