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Colonial Pipeline attack: A 'wake up call' about the threat of ransomware

A relatively unsophisticated ransomware attack that caused a days-long shutdown of America's largest fuel pipeline last week — resulting in gas shortages, spiking prices and consumer panic — is exactly the sort of situation that cybersecurity experts have warned about for years.


Ransomware took down the Colonial Pipeline. You could be at risk too

Ransomware attacks draw headlines when they take down major operations: hospitals, cities and most recently, a US fuel pipeline. Not only do cybercriminals scam businesses demanding large sums of money or they'll wreak havoc on their computer systems, this week's gas shortages showed how it can also have broader impacts.


Bitcoin plunges 12% after Elon Musk tweets that Tesla will not accept it as payment

The price of bitcoin has nosedived after Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his company was suspending plans to accept the cryptocurrency as payment for electric vehicles.


Apple parts ways with newly hired ex-Facebook employee after workers cite 'misogynistic' writing

Apple parted ways with a new employee this week after thousands of workers petitioned the company to investigate how it hired the man, who had previously published an autobiography they said contains misogynistic statements.


Chips are in short supply. Manufacturers are spending big to prevent a repeat

As the world grapples with a shortage of semiconductors, South Korea's chipmakers are spending huge amounts of money to shore up their production in the decade ahead.


Bill Gates's 2020 resignation from Microsoft's board of directors came after the board hired a law firm to investigate a romantic relationship he had with a Microsoft employee, according to new reporting from the Wall Street Journal. CNN's Christine Romans reports.



What an ancient poem says about China's fearful tech tycoons

A thousand-year-old poem just cost Chinese delivery giant Meituan tens of billions of dollars in market value, further rattling a tech industry that is already on edge.


This AI tool writes real estate descriptions without ever stepping inside a home

"L O V E L Y Oakland!" the house description began. It went on to give a slew of details about the 1,484 square-foot home — light-filled, charming, Mediterranean-style, with a yard that "boasts lush front landscaping" — and finished by describing the "cozy fireplace" and "rustic-chic" pressed tin ceiling in the living room.


Apple parts ways with newly hired ex-Facebook employee after workers cite 'misogynistic' writing

Apple parted ways with a new employee this week after thousands of workers petitioned the company to investigate how it hired the man, who had previously published an autobiography they said contains misogynistic statements.


Bird pioneered scooter sharing. Now it's going public

Bird, the startup that pioneered shared electric scooters, plans to go public as soon as this summer.


The bizarre story of the inventor of ransomware

Eddy Willems was working for an insurance company in Belgium back in December 1989 when he popped the floppy disc into his computer.


Alibaba's sales surge but cloud growth slows

Alibaba has reported earnings for the first time since China imposed a record fine on the tech giant — and the numbers were not as awful as some feared.


Reality show 'Unicorn Hunters' is looking for the next $1 billion company

A new reality TV show called "Unicorn Hunters" borrows the pitch-for-fame-and-fortune concept popularized by "Shark Tank" but adds an unusual twist: It's not just the judges throwing money at the businesses. Viewers at home can invest, too.


Colonial Pipeline posted a cyber security manager job weeks before the attack

Colonial Pipeline was looking for a cyber security manager even before it got hacked


Big Asia merger creates $18 billion ride-hailing and e-commerce group

Gojek and Tokopedia — two of Indonesia's biggest startups — have agreed to merge to create the largest tech group in the country and one of the biggest ride-hailing and e-commerce companies in southeast Asia.


Microsoft board investigated Bill Gates over an alleged affair with employee, report says

Bill Gates's 2020 resignation from Microsoft's board of directors came after the board hired a law firm to investigate a romantic relationship he had with a Microsoft employee, according to new reporting from the Wall Street Journal.


These electric self-driving tractors could make farming much greener

California-based Monarch says it has developed the world's first fully electric autonomous tractor.


US agrees to lift Trump-era ban on China's Xiaomi

The US government will no longer blacklist Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, lifting a short and contentious ban on Americans investing in the company that was introduced by the Trump administration.


More than 40 attorneys general urge Facebook to stop plans for an Instagram for kids

Facebook's plans to launch a version of Instagram for children under the age of 13 continues to get backlash.



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