2017

Equifax slapped with UK’s maximum penalty over 2017 data breach
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Credit rating giant Equifax has been issued with the maximum possible penalty by the UK’s data protection agency for last year’s massive data breach. Albeit, the fine is only £500,000 because the loss of customer data occurred when the UK’s prior privacy regime was in force — rather than the tough new data protection law, […]

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HP Spectre x360 13 (late 2017) review: HP's tiny 2-in-1 ain't perfect — but it's getting close     – CNET
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The updated Spectre x360 13-inch convertible laptop adds terrific battery life and top-notch performance to its class-leading design.

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Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (15-inch, 2017) review: No longer the king of high-end laptops, but still royalty     – CNET
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The old but still current 15-inch MacBook Pro’s flawed keyboard bogs it down, but the giant touchpad and its performance hold up pretty well against newer competitors.

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With at least $1.3 billion invested globally in 2018, VC funding for blockchain blows past 2017 totals
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Although bitcoin and blockchain technology may not take up quite as much mental bandwidth for the general public as it did just a few months ago, companies in the space continue to rake in capital from investors. One of the latest to do so is Circle, which recently announced a $110 million Series E round led by bitcoin […]

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FTC-mandated audit cleared Facebook's privacy policies in 2017
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When Facebook struck a deal with the Federal Trade Commission in 2011 following an investigation into its privacy practices, it was required to undergo an external audit every two years. That's why it was a mystery how the fact that Cambridge Analyti…

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ICOs delivered at least 3.5x more capital to blockchain startups than VC since 2017
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 Recently, we found that, for 2018, the amount of money being raised by blockchain and blockchain-adjacent companies via traditional VC rounds is on pace to surpass 2017’s highs. But despite more than $900 million in recorded venture funding in 2017, and more than $375 million in known venture funding for the first two months of 2018 […]

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HP Spectre x360 13 (late 2017) review     – CNET
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The updated Spectre x360 13-inch convertible laptop adds terrific battery life and top-notch performance to its class-leading design.

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After WannaCry and NotPetya, ransomware dwindled in 2017     – CNET
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Hackers wreaked havoc all summer with ransomware. Researchers from Malwarebytes think users might have stopped hackers by getting smart.

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iPhone 7 Plus was almost China's top selling phone in 2017     – CNET
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Apple, the only foreign phone maker to hit China’s top 10 list, was beaten to the top spot by Oppo’s R9S.

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