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Pentagon warned of Kaspersky products 13 years before government-wide ban: Report

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The Pentagon’s intelligence agency flagged Russian software company Kaspersky Lab as a potential threat as far back as 2004, the Department of Homeland Security banned the government from using its products, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Kaspersky producers were the subject of a Pentagon-wide threat assessment circulated by the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2013, according to an email sent from the Department of Defense this week to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, The Journal reported after reviewing the message. The DIA “began producing threat reporting referencing Kaspersky Lab as a threat actor as early as 2004,” the email said, suggesting the government’s suspicions about the antivirus vendor started well before recent reports linking it to Russian intelligence. The DHS recently issued a directive on September 13 ordering federal agencies to audit their systems for Kaspersky products and remove them within 90 days, citing “information security risks.” “The Department is concerned about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies, and requirements under Russian law that allow Russian intelligence agencies to request or compel assistance from Kaspersky and to intercept communications transiting Russian networks,” the directive said. “…

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Tesla to enter trucking business with new electric semi

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DETROIT (AP) - After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs - and, more recently, solar panels - Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks. The company will unveil its new electric semitractor-trailer Thursday night near its design center in Hawthorne, California. The move fits with Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s stated goal for the company of accelerating the shift to sustainable transportation. Trucks account for nearly a quarter of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., according to government statistics. Tesla also could equip its trucks with th…

Twitter strips blue verification badges from racists amid authentication policy overhaul

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Twitter has released a new set of rules governing how it goes about awarding its blue “verified” badges to users and has begun stripping the accounts that violate its guidelines after coming under fire last week for giving one to Jason Kessler, the white nationalist who organized the infamous “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The blue check marks are meant to authenticate users of public interest but have become misinterpreted as official endorsements, Twitter acknowledged Wednesday in announcing the policy change. “We gave verified accounts vi…

Apple's diversity chief out after outcry

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Apple’s diversity chief is stepping down after only six months on the job — after causing an outcry by saying that being a minority or a woman are not the only criteria for diversity, according to reports. Denise Young Smith, who was named vice president of diversity and inclusion in May, made controversial comments last month during a One Young World Summit in Bogotá, Colombia. “There can be 12 white, blue-eyed, blond men in a room and they’re going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation,” the …

Stitch Fix IPO sees orders coming in under range

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Source: Stitch Fix Online personal shopping company Stitch Fix is likely to price its IPO below its targeted $18 to $20 range and roughly $1.8 billion valuation, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. It is more likely to price the IPO at $15 to $16 a piece. Stitch Fix founder, Katrina Lake, will no longer sell $1 million of her shares in the offering, the news service added. The company did not have an immediate comment. The underwhelming IPO highlights the challenges e-commerce companies face going public in the wake of poor performances from Snap and Blue Apron. It …

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'Nightmare-inducing' robots are now able to do back-flips

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(Credit: Boston Dynamics YouTube) If you thought the rise of the machines was going to take years – think again. Boston Dynamics, the company known for its terrifying-looking robots, has released a new video of its humanoid robot. Ordinarily, this would be cause for attention, but the new video shows the robot jumping from block to block and it eventually does a back flip, further casting a light on our robot-pocalypse future. A number of commenters on the video expressed their concerns about what they witnessed, with describing it as "[t]his is scary…

Top 5 Black Friday smart speaker deals: Amazon Echo leads the pack

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