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FBI launches operation to remove backdoors from hacked Microsoft Exchange servers

A court in Houston has authorized an FBI operation to “copy and remove” backdoors from hundreds of Microsoft Exchange email servers in the United States, months after hackers used four previously undiscovered vulnerabilities to attack thousands of networks.
The Justice Department announced the operation on Tuesday, which it described as “successful.”
In March, Microsoft discovered a new China state-sponsored hacking group — Hafnium — targeting Exchange servers run from company networks. The four vulnerabilities when chained together allowed the hackers to break into a vulnerable Exchange server and steal its contents. Microsoft fixed the vulnerabilities but the patches did not close the …

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New Quest 2 software brings wireless PC streaming, updated ‘office’ mode

After a relatively quiet couple of months from Oculus on the software front, Facebook’s VR unit is sharing some details on new functionality coming to its Quest 2 standalone headset.
The features, which include wireless Oculus Link support, “Infinite Office” functionality and upcoming 120hz support will be rolling out in the Quest 2’s upcoming v28 software update. There’s no exact word on when that update is coming but the language in the blog seems to intimate that the rollout is imminent.
The big addition here is a wireless version of Oculus Link which will allow Quest 2 users to stream …

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How one founder identified a huge healthcare gap and acquired the skills necessary to address it

Our new podcast Found is now available, and the first episode features guest Iman Abuzeid, co-founder and CEO of Incredible Health. Abuzeid’s story of founding and building Incredible Health, a career platform for healthcare professionals focusing specifically on nurses, is all about a focused entrepreneur building a unique skill set, and acquiring the experience necessary to create a world-leading solution.
Abuzeid went to medical school and acquired her MD, but decided before residency to instead go get an MBA from Wharton, in order to pursue her dream of entrepreneurship, inspired by two generations of entrepreneurs in the family that …

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Scale CEO Alex Wang and Accel’s Dan Levine explain why sometimes unconventional VC deals are best

Few companies have done better than Scale at spotting a need in the AI gold rush early on and filling that gap. The startup rightly identified that one of the tasks most important to building effective AI at scale — the laborious exercise of tagging data sets to make them usable in properly training new AI agents — was one that companies focused on that area of tech would also be most willing to outsource. CEO and co-founder Alex Wang credits their success since founding, which includes raising over $277 million and achieving break-even status in terms of revenue, to early support from …

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Watch a monkey equipped with Elon Musk’s Neuralink device play Pong with its brain

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Elon Musk’s Neuralink, one of his many companies and the only one currently focused on mind control (that we’re aware of), has released a new blog post and video detailing some of its recent updates — including using its hardware to make it possible for a monkey to play pong with only its brain.
In the video above, Neuralink demonstrates how it used its sensor hardware and brain implant to record a baseline of activity from this macaque (named ‘Pager’) as it played a game on-screen where it had to move a token to different squares using …

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Accelerated Adoption of Technology in Education | Mohammed Ashoor

Accelerated Adoption of Technology in Education

Mohammed Ashoor
Co-founder & CEO, Springring

Mohammed is a Computer Engineer, ex-investment banker and serial entrepreneur based in Bahrain. After founding VII Tech Solutions, a Digital Development Agency in 2012, his latest venture is Springring, co-founded in 2019, and is a SaaS product aiming to help Pre-K/K-12 schools manage their school-home communication needs.


Springring was co-founded in Bahrain in 2019 to bridge the communication gap between the home and schools, by providing a School Communication Management Platform to bring school administrators, teachers, parents and students on a unified hub of communication, through both Web & Mobile Apps.

Having opened a public beta version of the Platform to schools in Bahrain at the beginning of 2020, Springring has seen a 10x growth in both user adoption and activity due to the effects of COVID-19 on Education, and are currently planning on expanding their footprint beyond Bahrain’s borders.

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How Jamaica failed to handle its JamCOVID scandal

As governments scrambled to lock down their populations after the COVID-19 pandemic was declared last March, some countries had plans underway to reopen. By June, Jamaica became one of the first countries to open its borders.
Tourism represents about one-fifth of Jamaica’s economy. In 2019 alone, four million travelers visited Jamaica, bringing thousands of jobs to its three million residents. But as COVID-19 stretched into the summer, Jamaica’s economy was in free fall, and tourism was its only way back — even if that meant at the expense of public health.
The Jamaican government contracted with Amber Group, a technology …

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Phishing Tests Are Necessary. But They Don’t Need to Be Evil.

Although phishing tests can be helpful to protect users, using questionable tactics has the potential for harming relationships between a company and its employees. The authors suggest that managers avoid this damage by employing phishing tests with three criteria: Test teams, not individuals; don’t embarrass anyone; and gamify and reward.

Last December, the website hosting company GoDaddy.com sent 500 employees an email offering a $650 holiday bonus. Unfortunately, the bonus emails were not sent in appreciation for their record year, as indicated by the email — it was a phishing test. Those who clicked the link were rewarded, not with a …

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Microsoft outage knocks sites and services offline

Microsoft is experiencing a major outage, so that’s why you can’t get any work done.
Besides its homepage, Microsoft services are down, log-in pages aren’t loading, and even the company’s status pages were kaput. Worse, Microsoft’s cloud service Azure appeared to also be offline, causing outages to any sites and services that rely on it.
It’s looking like a networking issue, according to the status page — when it loaded. Microsoft also tweeted that it was related to DNS, the internet system that translates web addresses to computer-readable internet numbers. It’s an important function …

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Apple releases iPhone, iPad, and Watch security patches for zero-day bug under active attack

Apple has released an update for iPhones, iPads and Watches to patch a security vulnerability under active attack by hackers.
The security update lands as iOS 14.4.2 and iPadOS 14.4.2, which also covers a patch to older devices as iOS 12.5.2. watchOS also updates to 7.3.3.
Apple said the vulnerability, discovered by security researchers at Google’s Project Zero, may have been “actively exploited” by hackers. The bug is found in WebKit, the browser engine that powers the Safari browser across all Apple devices.
It’s not known who is actively exploiting the vulnerabilities, or who might have fallen victim. Apple did not say …

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