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Global Automotive Cybersecurity Market Analysis Report 2021 Featuring AWS, Microsoft, VW, Tesla, Cybellum, Argus Cybersecurity, Bosch, GM, Harman Cybersecurity, SafeRide, & Upstream Security - ResearchAndMarkets.com

Business Wire | Jan. 21, 2022, 1:07 p.m.

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Global Automotive Cybersecurity Growth Opportunities" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. This study of the global automotive cybersecurity landscape includes an in-depth analysis of key cybersecurity market and technology trends in the connected vehicles space across passenger and commercial vehicle segments. It also explores different types of cybersecurity solutions and strategies value chain partners offer for mitigating threats during a

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DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman departs Google

Artificial Intelligence News | Jan. 21, 2022, 12:45 p.m.

DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman has departed Google after an eight-year stint at the company. Suleyman co-founded AI giant DeepMind alongside Demis Hassabis and Shane Legg in 2010 before it was acquired by Google in 2014 for $500 million. DeepMind has become somewhat of an AI darling and has repeatedly made headlines for creating neural networks... Read more »The post DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman departs Google appeared first on AI News.

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Telenor inks deal with AWS to expand 5G core transformation

5G RCR Wireless | Jan. 21, 2022, 12:27 p.m.

Nordic carrier Telenor signed a strategic collaboration agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help expand its 5G core transformation, the telco said in a release. The telco said that the new deal will allow it to deliver new 5G and edge services to enterprise customers worldwide. As part of the agreement, Telenor and AWS […]The post Telenor inks deal with AWS to expand 5G core transformation appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

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Allego Enters into Strategic Partnership with ARCOS A355 Motorway, Subsidiary of VINCI Autoroutes

Business Wire | Jan. 21, 2022, 11:09 a.m.

PARIS & ARNHEM, Netherlands & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Allego Holding B.V. (“Allego” or “the “Company”), a leading pan-European electric vehicle charging network that recently announced a business combination with Spartan Acquisition Corp. III (“Spartan”) (NYSE: SPAQ), today announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with ARCOS, a subsidiary of VINCI Autoroutes, to build a charging site along the A355 motorway in France. The A355 Motorway is highly trafficked, with, on average

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Comcast Business enters the private wireless game

Light Reading | Jan. 21, 2022, 10:01 a.m.

Comcast and Nokia are building a private 4G/5G private network at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center. In addition to supporting a range of use cases, Comcast will also use the deployment to showcase its private wireless prowess.

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How Anonybit plans to crack honeypots storing identity data

VentureBeat | Jan. 21, 2022, 9 a.m.

Anonybit dices up sensitive identity data into anonymized bits that are distributed throughout a peer-to-peer network of nodes.

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Israel’s Entrée Capital raises $300M for Israel-focused fund, Adi Gozes becomes Partner

TechCrunch | Jan. 21, 2022, 7:37 a.m.

The Israeli VC scene seems to be on a bit of a New Year roll. Hot on the heels of the news that Viola Ventures, an Israeli VC, has closed its sixth fund of $250 million, comes news from  Entrée Capital, another firm in the country, that has closed its fourth Israel-focused early-stage fund and its second […]

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Zero-trust trends for 2022

VentureBeat | Jan. 20, 2022, 5:27 p.m.

Demand for endpoint security visibility and control will grow faster than the market, leading all zero-trust priorities in 2022. Improving Identity and Access Management (IAM) effectiveness, hybrid cloud integrations, and automating patch management will follow. Cloud-first zero trust platforms have won the enterprise because of the cost savings, speed, and scale they deliver over legacy […]

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Puffy Lux mattress review: A soft and marshmallowy mattress for plush bed lovers - CNET

CNET | Jan. 20, 2022, 4:23 p.m.

With a light and airy memory foam feel, there's a reason why this mattress is covered in clouds.

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What is HPC-as-a-service and why does it matter?

VentureBeat | Jan. 20, 2022, 9:30 a.m.

HPC-as-a-service is a growing category of cloud service offerings that aims to make available powerful compute resources to customers.

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Virtru raises $60M to bring zero trust security to data sharing

VentureBeat | Jan. 20, 2022, 9 a.m.

Virtru offers encryption technology for secure data sharing in Google Workspace, Microsoft 365, and other SaaS apps.

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McAfee and FireEye merger produces XDR provider Trellix

TechHQ | Jan. 20, 2022, 6:35 a.m.

Trellix will deliver XDR solutions with focus on accelerating technology innovation through machine learning and automation. The post McAfee and FireEye merger produces XDR provider Trellix appeared first on TechHQ.

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The Cold Truth of TCO in Data Center Choices: EcoDataCenter

TechHQ | Jan. 20, 2022, 4:34 a.m.

The Swedish climate, renewable energy, and massive bandwidth & connectivity make EcoDataCenter's data centre offerings a winner for the security- and cost-conscious IT decision-maker.The post The Cold Truth of TCO in Data Center Choices: EcoDataCenter appeared first on TechHQ.

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Austria’s PlanRadar, which digitizes construction and real estate docs, raises $70M Series B

TechCrunch | Jan. 20, 2022, 3:01 a.m.

Back in March Vienna-based PlanRadar snapped up a €30 million Series A to digitize construction and real estate. The Austrian startup – a platform for documentation and communication in construction and real estate projects – is continuing its funding roll with a $70 million fundraising round co-led by Insight Partners and Quadrille Capital. The round […]

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Comcast Technology Solutions launches Video AI service

Broadband TV News | Jan. 20, 2022, midnight

Comcast Technology Solutions is opening up Video AI technology used by Comcast Cable and Sky as a new software-as-a-service (SaaS). The technology is being made available to the broader media and entertainment industry as a fully managed, 24×7 service. Customers can use VideoAI to automatically analyse their video assets to identify and tag key onscreen […]

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Telenor looks to go “beyond connectivity” with new AWS partnership

Total Telecom | Jan. 19, 2022, 7 p.m.

Telenor has today announced that it has expanded its collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), aiming to extend its cloud footprint and develop additional 5G and edge services for industry customers.The agreement builds on Telenor’s existing work with AWS, which includes various explorations of private 5G in both Europe and Asia. Perhaps the most notable development of the companies’ collaboration so far is the development of Telenor’s “network on wheels (NOW)”…read more on TotalTele.com »

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With 100GB of online storage, G Cloud offers peace of mind when it comes to your online data

VentureBeat | Jan. 19, 2022, 4 p.m.

Highly-rated and with over 5 million downloads, G Cloud is an easy-to-use, secure, all-in-one storage solution for digital media.

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Why Microsoft’s $2T+ market cap makes its $68B Activision buy a cheap bet

TechCrunch | Jan. 19, 2022, 3:30 p.m.

Wth a market cap just over $2 trillion, Microsoft has vast resources to invest in the most logical parts of its business.

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Is Microsoft building a gaming monopoly?

The Verge | Jan. 19, 2022, 12:30 p.m.

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Yesterday morning, Microsoft announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard, publisher of games ranging from the Call of Duty series to Candy Crush Saga, for $68.7 billion. Microsoft says the move would make it the third-largest gaming company by revenue, following Tencent and Sony. The company, already a giant in the market, would gain even more leverage over how games are made and distributed. That’s assuming regulators approve it — something that’s not guaranteed amid a new push for scrutiny of potential tech monopolies.After a damaging antitrust case in the 1990s, Microsoft has mostly escaped the more recent antitrust criticism directed at tech companies like Apple, Meta, and Amazon. But the company has been steadily building its power in the games world for the past few years. In 2021, it closed an acquisition of ZeniMax Media, giving it ownership of subsidiaries like Fallout maker Bethesda Softworks for a total of 23 first-party game studios. Meanwhile, Microsoft has built its Xbox brand into a gaming service that spans both consoles and PCs. The company recently revealed that its Xbox Game Pass subscription service had grown to 25 million subscribers after launching in 2017. With the Activision Blizzard acquisition, it would integrate a massive game publisher into that system.Microsoft has budgeted time for heavy scrutinyThat new market power could raise eyebrows at the US Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission, which will have to approve the merger. While neither agency has commented on the recent announcement, they’ve committed to more carefully examining tech industry consolidation — launching a joint process yesterday to start overhauling the approval process. Expecting resistance, Microsoft has budgeted an extended timeline for the process, planning for it to close by the fiscal year of 2023.Microsoft acquiring Activision Blizzard fits the form of a vertical merger: where two companies that offer complementary services combine forces, like a major telecommunications company buying a media production company. In this case, it’s a major game studio joining a major game storefront and console company. (Since Microsoft already owns several first-party game studios, there’s also a level of horizontal merger, where directly competing companies combine.)The new generation of antitrust activists has recently taken particular aim at vertical mergers. In September of last year, the FTC withdrew Trump administration-era guidelines that agency chair Lina Khan said wrongly attributed helpful effects like increased efficiency to them — calling claims that they provided consumer benefits “misguided.”A video game industry merger might not seem as immediately dangerous as something like a sprawling Amazon retail monopoly or a locked-up mobile app store. But Microsoft’s growing power in games could reduce its incentive to work fairly with third-party developers who rely on products like the Xbox and Game Pass to reach players. It could also increase the dominance of Game Pass and its leverage to raise prices on subscribers.“It’s all about the Game Pass subscription model,” explains Matt Stoller of the American Economic Liberties Project. “Everyone who doesn’t own massive distribution is going to have an increasingly difficult time producing games and getting them distributed.”Stoller believes there’s a precedent for blocking Microsoft’s merger as anti-competitive. He cites United States v. Paramount Pictures, a landmark 1948 Supreme Court decision that took aim at Hollywood studios’ control over the distribution of movies and the theaters where they were shown. The resulting consent decree barred studios from also owning theaters and imposed other restrictions like an end to “block booking,” which forced theaters to book slates of films in advance. (The decree was officially terminated in 2020 after a judge determined it was “unlikely” the studios would wield the same monopoly power today.) The Paramount decision “created an open market for creative content,” says Stoller — it’s credited with helping fuel the rise of television and freeing actors from restrictive contracts by reducing studios’ power.Stoller sees Paramount-like consolidation today in games. “What you’re finding here is that it was an open market for gaming content, but it’s increasingly being closed off into walled gardens,” he says — although he acknowledges that companies like Nintendo have long maintained closed ecosystems. The recent rise of game streaming, a system where companies can exercise even more control over how content is distributed and played, could further consolidate the industry. “Game streaming giants will make it much harder for independent game producers to get into the market,” warns Stoller. And Microsoft is one of the biggest players in that space thanks to its cross-platform Xbox Cloud Gaming (formerly xCloud) service.One lawmaker has cited “encouraging” signs from MicrosoftThis doesn’t necessarily mean that regulators — or lawmakers who have expressed a broad interest in tightening the rules for mergers — will be hostile to Microsoft’s merger. The company’s acquisition of ZeniMax didn’t meet substantial resistance in either Europe or the US — although the latter was then still operating under Trump’s administration, which put less weight on antitrust. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), a prominent Republican supporter of antitrust reform, tweeted yesterday that he’d received “encouraging” assurances from Microsoft that the deal wouldn’t decrease competition. “They’ve suggested that they’re going to emphasize access to titles and competition in the marketplace as well as the individual gaming experience,” Buck said.Buck’s comment hits on one of the key splits in recent antitrust debates: whether anti-monopoly efforts should focus narrowly on the direct effects on consumers or the market as a whole. As Khan has noted, combining two complementary services doesn’t necessarily grant benefits to end users. But even if it does, it could have ripple effects that change the way games are made and played, putting more pressure on developers to play by Microsoft’s rules. And in an era of renewed suspicion of monopolies, that might raise more red flags than usual.

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With Activision, Microsoft is one gigantic step closer to game subscription dominance

The Verge | Jan. 19, 2022, 11:13 a.m.

Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge This weekend, I noticed that my PS5 and Switch were literally collecting dust — and realized that’s because I’ve been playing my games almost exclusively on Xbox Game Pass instead. The service has an incredible wealth of titles; in just the past couple weeks, I’ve finished Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, unpacked boxes in Unpacking, tried and failed to get invested in Mass Effect Legendary Edition, watched my wife deliver mail in Lake, and am currently living out my Jedi dreams in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. I can check out new games almost as easy as hitting play on a Netflix show, too, thanks to the recently added ability to stream titles from the cloud. But now that Microsoft is paying $68.7 billion to acquire Activision Blizzard — the company’s biggest buy in history — it’s going to be even harder for other gaming companies to pull me away from Game Pass as its power and influence grow.Microsoft has been leading the charge on a Netflix-esque gaming serviceMicrosoft has been leading the charge on a Netflix-esque gaming service for years. The company first launched Xbox Game Pass in 2017, and it feels like it’s been on a shopping spree ever since. It acquired Skyrim-maker Bethesda Softworks, Tim Schafer’s Double Fine, and the studio behind the Forza Horizon series to bolster its roster of developers and, importantly, the number of games it can exclusively offer on Game Pass. With its priciest $15-a-month plan, Microsoft lets you play many Game Pass games on many non-Xbox devices via the cloud, too — a useful option at a time when new Xbox consoles are hard to come by.With Activision, Microsoft would get a huge stable of hit games that could make the already-great Game Pass nearly unbeatable, particularly if Microsoft were to withhold them from other platforms like Sony’s PlayStation. Perhaps the most obvious potential addition is the hugely popular Call of Duty series — Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has already indicated that a streaming Call of Duty could be in the cards. But it doesn’t stop there: Blizzard’s Overwatch 2 could become an Xbox console exclusive on Game Pass. Microsoft could decide to bring back Guitar Hero. And, of course, Blizzard can easily bring early hit PC games like Warcraft and Starcraft to the PC side of Game Pass, too. These are only a few of the possibilities on the table, and I’m sure Microsoft is thinking about many more.Game Pass is such a big part of Microsoft’s gaming strategy that my colleague Tom Warren argued in July 2020 that Game Pass is the company’s true next-gen Xbox. And that was before Microsoft’s big deals for Bethesda and Activision. The company’s huge investments and focus have put Microsoft leagues ahead of any competition, and it’s looking increasingly tough for anyone to catch up. Sony’s subscription efforts for PlayStation, for example, don’t offer day-and-date access to the company’s biggest exclusive games, which is arguably Microsoft’s biggest advantage with Game Pass. Even though Sony is reportedly planning to merge its PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now services into a Game Pass competitor, Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, who scooped the existence of Sony’s plans, says you still shouldn’t expect it to have Sony’s biggest games the day they’re out. That means you might have to pay full price to play God of War: Ragnarok when it releases, while Game Pass subscribers won’t have to drop a dime extra to play Starfield. This new service, expected in the spring, will likely retain the "PlayStation Plus" branding. Don't expect Sony to include its big new games day one like Game Pass does, but the expectation is a stronger offering than PlayStation Now— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) December 3, 2021Sony also has ground to make up in cloud gaming. The company had a major head start, buying cloud gaming startup Gaikai in 2012 and launching cloud gaming with PlayStation Now in 2015, but Sony has largely squandered its lead. Sure, PlayStation Now lets you stream back-catalog PS4, PS3, and PS2 games, but with Game Pass, you can stream new Microsoft games like Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5. And in a weird twist of corporate cooperation, Sony is relying on Microsoft for the future of its cloud gaming after the two tech giants announced a partnership in 2019.Nintendo is even further behind. Nintendo Switch Online (NSO) does let you play some of the company’s very best older games, but only on a Nintendo Switch system — unlike Game Pass, you can’t play those games on your PC or your phone. To relive the glory days of Nintendo 64 games, you have to pay $30 extra annually for the premium tier. NSO doesn’t offer cloud gaming at all, though Nintendo does sell cloud versions of some third-party games, such as the three mainline Kingdom Hearts titles and Control. And while possible, it seems extremely unlikely that Nintendo will offer day-and-date releases for its upcoming titles in the near future on NSO; you will almost certainly have to buy the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on its own when it comes out.Other gaming subscription services also don’t pose much competition to Microsoft. One of the best is perhaps EA Play, but that’s already included with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. Ubisoft has its own take, Ubisoft Plus, and while it isn’t bundled with Game Pass, Ubisoft is planning to bring the service to Xbox in the future. Apple and Google also offer gaming subscriptions, and even Netflix is getting into games, but all have a limited selection right now, and all are focused on gaming on phones.Microsoft arguably leads in cloud gaming, tooAt one point, cloud gaming seemed like a way other companies might offer potentially great Netflix-like subscriptions, but that just hasn’t come to pass. Google had promising plans with Stadia, but it decided that investing in original content wasn’t worth it and shut down its in-house game development studios. Amazon’s Luna — which is still in early access more than a year after its initial launch — relies on other publishers for content, and the only publisher contributing major games is Ubisoft (which runs its own Ubisoft Plus channel that costs a separate subscription fee). Nvidia’s GeForce Now is technically impressive, especially its new RTX 3080 tier, but the company has struggled with publishers over rights to content. Cloud gaming services from companies like Walmart, Verizon, EA, and Comcast have fallen by the wayside. Microsoft, on the other hand, has found success offering cloud gaming as a perk instead of relying on the technology as the core of its subscription.Microsoft’s huge investment in Game Pass and studios like Activision could help it upend the traditional console business that’s been largely dominated by Sony and Nintendo. All three companies have fought for players’ attention for years with exclusive games from first-party studios that are available only on their respective consoles. You have to buy the right hardware to be able to experience the exciting new games everyone is talking about. But with Game Pass, you could play Halo Infinite, one of Microsoft’s biggest games of 2021, on day one with just your laptop, an Xbox controller, and a good internet connection — no expensive console required.That scenario is in line with things Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer has said before. “I don’t need to sell any specific version of the console in order for us to reach our business goals,” he told The Verge in 2019, when the Xbox Series X was codenamed Project Scarlett and Xbox’s cloud gaming wasn’t out yet. “In the end, how many subscribers you have to something like Game Pass, how many games people are buying, those are much better metrics on the health of the business.”Right now, Microsoft is competing for more exclusive games for Xbox at an unheard-of scale — the nearly $69 billion Activision deal is set to be more than double Microsoft’s previous largest — and making those games easier to play than ever by adding them to that widely-accessible Game Pass subscription. Microsoft is making the gamble that Game Pass is the future of the gaming industry. Even if it’s wrong, the company will have an impressive roster of new Xbox games. But if it’s right, the Activision deal could give it a huge lead.

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