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Industrial IoT company PTC to acquire Onshape, maker of a SaaS product development platform for CAD, for $470M; Onshape has received over $150M in VC funding (Stephanie Condon/ZDNet) October 23, 2019

Stephanie Condon / ZDNet: Industrial IoT company PTC to acquire Onshape, maker of a SaaS product development platform for CAD, for $470M; Onshape has received over $150M in VC funding  —  The $470 million deal should help PTC, a major industrial IOT player, accelerate its transition to a SaaS-based business model. Industrial IoT company PTC […]

US lawmakers balk at call for IoT security regulations

The U.S. government needs to pass regulations mandating internet of things security measures before device vulnerabilities start killing people, a security expert told lawmakers.

A massive distributed denial-of-service attack aided by IoT devices in October “was benign” because a couple of websites crashed, said Bruce Schneier, a veteran cybersecurity researcher and lecturer at Harvard University. But the next attack may be more dangerous.

With cars, airplanes, thermostats, and appliances now connected to the internet, “there’s real risk to life and property, real catastrophic risk,” Schneier told two House of Representatives subcommittees Wednesday.

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Your disappearing Snaps could be worth billions (The 3:59, Ep. 142) – CNET

We discuss Snapchat’s confidential IPO filing, new restrictions on Airbnb and Google PhotoScan.
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Teardown shows you'll have a hard time fixing your new MacBook Pro – CNET

iFixit pulled the Touch Bar off the latest MacBook and found very few replaceable parts.
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Amazon offers Prime discount to honor 'Grand Tour' show launch – CNET

You can sign up Friday for Amazon’s premium service at a $20 discount and also enable an Alexa skill for the new “Top Gear” spinoff series.
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Microsoft delivers test builds of Visual Studio for Mac, Visual Studio 2017 for Windows

Microsoft is releasing a first Visual Studio for Mac preview, as well as a near-final Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2017 for Windows.
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Microsoft's SQL Server Next for Linux, Windows hit public preview

Microsoft’s next version of SQL Server is available in public preview form for both Linux and Windows. Microsoft also is introducing SQL Server 2016 SP1.
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The real medical drama behind high-tech show 'Pure Genius' – CNET

Doctor and writer David Renaud describes how his own accident drew him to “Pure Genius”, the story of a Silicon Valley billionaire’s cutting-edge hospital.
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Google Allo gets smarter with its smilies – CNET

Google Allo hasn’t been on the messaging scene for long, but some new features announced today might tantalize people to make the switch.
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Now you too can own a pair of Halo Sport headphones – CNET

The high-end sport headphones designed to improve focus for Olympians and NFL players is now available to the public.
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Maybe Facebook, Google just need to stop calling fake news "news" – CNET

Commentary: The internet has a problem with fake news. Here’s an easy fix.
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Akamai warns: Look for IoT devices to attack during Thanksgiving, Christmas

The annual holiday uptick in denial of service attacks will likely continue this year only this time with a new devastating weapon: Internet of Things (IoT) devices, according to Akamai.

In its quarterly State of the Internet/Security Report, the company says certain types of DDoS attacks are on the rise compared to the third quarter last year, both in size and number. That doesn’t bode well for users of the internet starting next week.

“Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the holiday season in general have long been characterized by a rise in the threat of DDoS attacks,” the report says. “Malicious actors have new tools—IoT botnets—that will almost certainly be used in the coming quarter.”

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Carrie Fisher had 'intense' affair with Harrison Ford on Star Wars set – CNET

Fisher reveals the relationship in her upcoming autobiography after keeping it secret for forty years.
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Microsoft offers concessions to EU regulators over LinkedIn purchase: Report

Microsoft is said to be offering concessions to EU antitrust regulators in the hopes of getting approval for its pending LinkedIn purchase.
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Amazon offers peek at month of Black Friday deals – CNET

The hottest deals will likely come between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday, but the internet giant plans deals through December 22.
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San Francisco limits Airbnb rentals to 60 days a year – CNET

The city’s Board of Supervisors comes down hard on the home-rental site, curbing the amount of days people can rent out their home.
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What NBA star Andre Iguodala is learning as a tech investor – CNET

The Golden State Warriors swingman talks about assisting fellow NBA players in investing in tech.
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Lamborghini Huracan RWD Spyder can walk on water – Roadshow

Lamborghini has a new Huracan, and with this one, less is more.
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Apple's peach emoji looks like a butt again, world rejoices – CNET

iOS 10.2 originally took away the butt-shaped peach emoji — but Apple is now proving to be a company that cares.
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Uber execs are really nasty, says Lyft – CNET

Technically Incorrect: In a new ad campaign, Lyft paints Uber’s senior management as slick, unpleasant oafs.
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Space station caught eclipsing supermoon – CNET

The moon is as big and bright as the International Space Station is small and fast, but that didn’t stop one ambitious photographer from capturing both.
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Oreo heard you like Oreo, so they stuffed candy bars with Oreos – CNET

You can buy one variety of the chunky, chocolate-and-cream filled bars now. Two other treats are waiting till January, to lay waste to our New Year’s diets.
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Tech's gender pay gap wider than many US sectors, study finds – CNET

Twelve of the 16 most popular tech jobs had pay gaps above the adjusted national average, Glassdoor found.
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Ask Alexa for the value of pi (if you have time to kill) – CNET

Get comfortable. Amazon’s Alexa assistant gives a long-winded, not entirely literal answer when you request the value of pi.
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12 awesome drone-photography shots on Instagram – CNET

Social Studies: Instagram has great stuff beyond your regular feed if you know where to look. I hunted for drone photography and wasn’t disappointed.
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15 tweets to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the Xbox – CNET

Social Studies: Microsoft launched the Xbox on November 15, 2001, and the rest is console gaming history.
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