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Ryuk ransomware banks $3.7 million in five months
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The Ryuk ransomware hasn't just causing grief for newspapers — it's also quite lucrative for its operators. Researchers at CrowdStrike and FireEye both estimate that the code has produced the equivalent of $3.7 million in bitcoin since August, spre…

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New ransomware rakes in $4 million by adopting a “big game hunting” strategy
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(credit: Tracy O / Flickr) A recently discovered ransomware group has netted almost $4 million since August, in large part by following a path that’s uncommon in its industry—selectively installing the malicious encryption software on previously infected targets with deep pockets. The method differs from the usual one of indiscriminately infecting all possible victims. That’s […]

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Improbable, Epic Games Establish $25 Million Fund To Help Devs Move To 'More Open Engines' After Unity Debacle
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Lucas Matney writes via TechCrunch: Improbable is taking a daring step after announcing earlier today that Unity had revoked its license to operate on the popular game development engine. The U.K.-based cloud gaming startup has inked a late-night press release with Unity rival Epic Games, which operates the Unreal Engine and is the creator of […]

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Tiger Global just invested $18 million in Olo, a low-flying ordering platform for more than 50,000 fast-casual restaurants
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Few outside of the food service industry know about Olo a 13.5-year-old, New York-based mobile and online ordering platform for 250 restaurant chains, from Applebee’s to Cheesecake Factory, Chipotle to Denny’s, and Jamba Juice to Chili’s. Tiger Global has been tracking the company’s growth, however. In fact, in a new secondary transaction, Tiger just snapped […]

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Netflix says over 45 million accounts have watched 'Bird Box'
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Netflix's Sandra Bullock-led film Bird Box started streaming December 21st and now in a rare move, the company has shared viewing numbers. From its Netflix Film Twitter account, the company said over 45 million accounts had watched Bird Box so far, a…

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Huawei exceeds 200 million smartphone shipments, setting company record     – CNET
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It credits the success of its P20 and Honor 10 phones, among others.

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Quora says 100 million users may have been affected by data breach
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Quora said today that a security breach may have compromised data from about 100 million users. In an email sent to users today and a blog post by CEO Adam D’Angelo, the company said a “malicious third party” gained unauthorized access to Quora’s systems on Friday. Its internal security teams and a “leading digital forensics […]

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Cord Cutting Accelerates as Pay TV Loses 1 Million Customers in Largest-Ever Quarterly Loss
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Cable and satellite TV providers lost about 1.1 million subscribers during the July to September period, the largest quarterly loss ever — and the first time the industry lost more than 1 million subscribers in a quarter, according to media and telecommunications research firm MoffettNathanson. From a report: After Dish Network reported its third-quarter earnings […]

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SF fines two landords $2.25 million for illegal Airbnb rentals
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San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is laying down the law — literally. Today, Herrera’s office announced a $2.25 million settlement with two property owners in the city. The landlords, Darren and Valerie Lee, ran “an illicit hotel chain during San Francisco’s housing crisis rather than lawfully renting the units to residential tenants,” Herrera’s office […]

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