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How Jeff Bezos was reportedly hacked: Could you be next?

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

It was recently revealed that Jeff Bezos' iPhone was reportedly hacked, but how? The tech tycoon received a seemingly innocent message believed to have originated from Saudi Arabia, said U.N experts and published reports. A video file contained sophisticated malware that gave attackers access to files on Bezos' smartphone. The country disputes the claims. While it's no surprise why bad actors would want to target or exploit the richest man in the world, it's not as if the same type of hack can't happen to you.


Saudi Arabia denies hacking Jeff Bezos' phone

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was reportedly hacked, but by whom? An investigation conducted by FTI Consulting revealed that the tech tycoon was probably hacked in 2018 after receiving a malicious WhatsApp message, The Financial Times reported. A digital forensic analysis found it "highly probable" that the number that texted Bezos originated from a chat account linked to Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, FT reported. Tuesday, Saudi Arabia denied it was responsible for the cyberattack and called for a formal government investigation. "Recent media reports that suggest the Kingdom is behind a hacking of Mr. Jeff Bezos' phone are absurd. We call for an investigation on these claims so that we can have all the facts out," the Saudi Embassy in Washington tweeted.


Israel's industry 4.0 Ecosystem map

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As part of running Israel's industry 4.0 innovation hub, we keep a close look at new players, both'in and out of the game'. In the past, we generated an open Google sheet and published a startup map,). This year, we are proud to release the 2019 map and the list of relevant startups (Please add your startup as well!). After gathering great feedback from the previous map, we noticed that manufacturing companies and startups also interested in innovation. Thus we expanded the map to include active technology vendors and enablers, as well as integrators and implementers that active in Israel in the industry 4.0 field.


The Uber CEO's Mistaken Notion of What a Mistake Is

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Is the killing and dismemberment of a journalist a mistake? During an interview aired on Sunday, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said he believed both were mistakes. The interview, filmed with journalists Mike Allen and Dan Primack for the program Axios on HBO, touched on the company's relationship to its fifth largest shareholder, the Saudi Arabia sovereign wealth fund. "That government said that they made a mistake," Khosrowshahi said of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, in a response to a question about Uber's continued relationship with Saudi Arabia. Then Khosrowshahi likened the murder to mistakes Uber has made.


Dubai robotic factory to process 12,000 daily orders to support e-commerce

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IQ Fulfillment, the Middle East and North Africa region's first robotic fulfillment centre, has opened in Dubai. Launched by IQ Holding, the centre provides full back-end solutions using the latest in robotics, AI and software platforms to support the supply chain and logistics industry. The robotic technologies used at the centre help process 12,000 robotic orders daily, delivering a 99.9 percent accuracy rate, and three times the human output, a statement said. It added that the key features are robotic picking, end to end track & trace, intelligence storage, package protection, gift wrapping and seasonal packing. IQ Fulfillment said it supports the needs of small and medium enterprises, incubators, accelerators and e-commerce players, enabling them to accelerate their business growth.



Alphabet shares sink despite making $8.9bn profit in last quarter

The Guardian

Alphabet, the parent company of the internet search giant Google, earned $39.27bn in the last three months of 2018, but its share price sank as its costs rose. Alphabet's revenues for the quarter were 22% higher than the same period last year and the company made a profit of $8.9bn, the company announced on Monday. Revenues in the US rose 20% while revenues from Europe, the Middle East and Africa rose 29%, helped by the strength of the euro and the pound. It was the latest tech company to announce strong revenue growth – news that has cheered investors – but rising costs that come as the company is facing increasing competition from Amazon clouded the news. The fees that Alphabet pays to companies like Apple for Google to be their default search engine rose to $7.4bn up from $6.6bn for the same period last year.


Facebook, boosting artificial-intelligence research, says it's 'not going fast enough'

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Facebook will dramatically accelerate its research into artificial intelligence, its chief AI scientist said Tuesday, in hopes of ensuring the social network doesn't fall behind with the technology it will need to contend with Internet rivals and police its gargantuan audience. The world's biggest social network said it would recruit high-profile engineers and expand its AI-research division to roughly 170 scientists and engineers across eight global offices, including Paris, Pittsburgh, Montreal, London and Tel Aviv. The expansion of the international labs and new academic partnerships will be devoted to the study of robotics, virtual animation, learning machines and other forms of AI. Yann LeCun, Facebook's chief AI scientist and an early machine-learning architect, said the expanded research effort was pushed by Facebook leaders such as CEO Mark Zuckerberg. "AI has become so central to the operations of companies like ours, that what our leadership has been telling us is: 'Go faster.


Facebook, boosting artificial-intelligence research, says it's 'not going fast enough'

Washington Post - Technology News

Facebook will dramatically accelerate its research into artificial intelligence, its chief AI scientist said Tuesday, in hopes of ensuring the social network doesn't fall behind with the technology it will need to contend with Internet rivals and police its gargantuan audience. The world's biggest social network said it would recruit high-profile engineers and expand its AI-research division to roughly 170 scientists and engineers across eight global offices, including Paris, Pittsburgh, Montreal, London and Tel Aviv. The expansion of the international labs and new academic partnerships will be devoted to the study of robotics, virtual animation, learning machines and other forms of AI. Yann LeCun, Facebook's chief AI scientist and an early machine-learning architect, said the expanded research effort was pushed by Facebook leaders such as CEO Mark Zuckerberg. "AI has become so central to the operations of companies like ours, that what our leadership has been telling us is: 'Go faster.


Xiaomi, Aramco Will Likely List in Hong Kong, Exchange Chief Says

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

The proposed changes include permitting IPOs that restrict shareholders' voting rights, secondary listings by Chinese and international companies already listed elsewhere and primary listings by unprofitable biotech firms. The reforms are set to become effective April 30. The exchange will begin taking listing applications in early May, Mr. Li said. "This probably is the largest reform we've ever had in the last 25 years," he said, adding that it's "only a matter of time" before the likes of Alibaba and Xiaomi list in Hong Kong. Mr. Li is one of several speakers who are discussing some of the most compelling ideas emerging globally.