18 Oct 2016

Google and Facebook Double Down on Internet Infrastructure With New Pacific Cable

“Google is doubling down on its submarine cable investments in the Pacific ocean, this time with Facebook’s backing. The two tech companies announced last week they are joining a consortium to build a new transpacific submarine cable system that will be ready in 2018.” Source: Google and Facebook Double Down on Internet

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17 Oct 2016

The World’s First Commercial Drone Delivery Service Has Launched in Rwanda

“The world’s first commercial drone delivery service is in Rwanda, and it’s delivering blood. The service is operated by Zipline, a US robotics and drone company. The drones drop blood parcels on parachutes outside remote health centers. Rwanda’s government pays Zipline for the deliveries, each of which costs about the

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13 Oct 2016

Pentagon Urgently Pushing Anti-Drone Tech to ISIS Fight

“Peshmerga fighters operating against ISIS near Erbil, Iraq, shot down a small hobby drone, the kind you might buy off of Amazon. But when they investigated the downed device, it exploded, killing them and injuring two French paratroopers, based out of Orleans, according to Le Monde. With that unfortunate blast,

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11 Oct 2016

US Army’s Next Drone May Fit in a Soldier’s Pocket

“The U.S. Army may become the latest service to dabble in micro UAVs, with a plan to invite bids to supply a short-range micro drone as early as 2018, said Col. Courtney Cote, the Army’s project manager for unmanned aircraft systems. Other services are already exploring the possibilities afforded by smaller, lower-cost drones,

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08 Oct 2016

At Booz Allen, a Vast U.S. Spy Operation, Run for Private Profit

“Booz Allen, a consulting firm that earns billions of dollars by working for American intelligence agencies, has been called the world’s most profitable spy organization. News this week of Mr. Martin’s arrest in August could renew scrutiny of the firm’s operations and, more broadly, the lucrative contracting business that American

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07 Oct 2016

Indian Army in Global Hunt for Assault Rifles, Endangering Excalibur

“India has begun a global hunt to buy 185,000 7.62x51mm-caliber assault rifles, with more than $1 billion set aside for acquisition project, putting into question the fate of the homegrown assault rifle Excalibur, which is still in development by the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).” Source: Indian Army

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05 Oct 2016

The Fight to Modernize the Nuclear Cruise Missile

“The Pentagon says it needs to develop a new nuclear capable cruise missile. But critics in Congress — and now Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton — question whether the program is necessary.” Source: The Fight to Modernize the Nuclear Cruise Missile

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05 Oct 2016

Armed Drone Export Standards Sought by U.S. and Dozens of Allies

“The Obama administration is working with as many as 40 nations to develop principles for the export of armed drones — and unarmed versions configured to carry weapons — in recognition of the booming demand worldwide for pilotless aircraft.” Source: Armed Drone Export Standards Sought by U.S. and Dozens of

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19 Jul 2016

Is the Future of Cybersecurity in M&A?

“In 2015, Cybersecurity startups saw 332 funding deals with investments hitting the highest ever at $3.8 billion (235 percent growth over 5 years). New funds have been raised dedicated to this segment. What we’ve also seen is the increase in M&A. For 2015, there were 133 information security M&A deals,

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29 Jun 2016

Insecurity for Cybersecurity

“But now the cybersecurity industry has reached a critical crossroads. The industry’s relative newcomers such as FireEye and Bromium are under pressure to prove they can be lasting winners or sell out as the fragmented industry gives way to consolidation. Members of the computer security old guard including Symantec, meanwhile, are scrambling

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