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In case you missed it
The recent tech news that we maybe didn’t get to yet, or it’s the news we’ve reported on and feel is worth resurfacing.
Cisco commits $100M to help address climate change
Cisco recently announced that it’s committing $100M over 10 years to help reverse the impact of climate change.
Cisco says it will allocate its funding in these two areas:
- Innovative and/or imaginative climate solutions that drive forward net-zero or circular/regenerative economies.
- Community education and engagement around climate, eco-awareness, and working toward individual habit change and effective collaborative action.
You can read more details about the announcement here.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Facebook and Microsoft grant free patent access for low-carbon innovators
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Facebook and Microsoft have announced the launch of the Low-Carbon Patent Pledge, an HPE-led initiative as part of which the three technology leaders are making key patents available royalty-free to accelerate the adoption of low-carbon technologies.
Under the pledge, hundreds of patents that could support technologists developing low-carbon solutions for generating, storing and distributing low-carbon energy will be listed at lowcarbonpatentpledge.org.
Toronto-based networking services company closes $14.7 million private placement
Toronto-based networking services company TeraGo announced that it has closed its previously announced private placement with certain institutional investors, including the Canada-based investment company Cymbria, acting at the direction of its portfolio manager, Toronto-based investment management firm EdgePoint Investment Group.
An April 21 news release indicated that TeraGo intends to use the net proceeds of the private placement in support of its proposed launch of 5G fixed wireless services in Canada, to continue testing and trialling 5G technology, upgrade its core network, and support its current networking business. In addition, portions of the net proceeds will be used to repay indebtedness and for general corporate purposes.
Celebrated information security researcher dies at 42
The computer world is mourning the death of Dan Kaminsky, who died last week at the age of 42. He was known for having a technical ability matched only by his compassion and support for the industry.
The reaction to the news was met with an outpouring of emotions and stories dedicated to Kaminsky’s memory.
— Marc Rogers (@marcwrogers) April 24, 2021
We are saddened to hear the news of the passing of Dan Kaminsky. Rest in Peace. pic.twitter.com/zrud3ckXCk
— Black Hat (@BlackHatEvents) April 24, 2021
Dan Kaminsky once found a flaw in DNS that would have basically destroyed the internet and helped fix it in secret. Doesn’t get any more legendary than that. RIP. https://t.co/suzTRqhdEA
— rob rhyne (@robrhyne) April 24, 2021
Aw Dan. The year we met, you showed me a camera that fit in an Altoid box the night HD told me he was building metasploit.
Your DNS bug catalyzed the creation of Microsoft Vulnerability Research. But your kindness is what we’ll miss. Rest easy old friend🖤https://t.co/cbeta7uRGe
— Katie Moussouris (she/her) is 1/2 vaccinated (@k8em0) April 24, 2021
An obit in The Register cited a statement from Kaminsky’s family that said he died as a result of diabetic ketoacidosis.
ICYMI – IT World Canada
Ottawa should follow a U.S government program to have electric utilities carry out a so-called 100-day sprint look at and improve the readiness of their industrial control systems to resist cyberattacks, according to an expert in cybersecurity for critical systems.
A ransomware group is trying to squeeze Apple into paying for blueprints of upcoming products it says have been stolen from a Taiwan-based manufacturing company.
ICYMI – IT Business Canada
Amazon has announced its first renewable energy investment in Canada, a solar project in the County of Newell in Alberta.
Douglas Hayward, a research director responsible for IDC’s Worldwide Digital Strategy and Agency Services research stream, joined ITWC President Fawn Annan in April 2021 for an installment of CMO Talks, a podcast series produced by ITWC to address today’s marketing challenges. Hayward shared his thoughts on next moves for customer experience (CX) service providers.
Last week, Amazon announced the launch of its Intellectual Property (IP) Accelerator program in Canada to help small and medium-sized (SMBs) businesses across the country secure a trademark and protect their brands both in Amazon’s stores and the broader marketplace quickly and cost-effectively.
ICYMI – Channel Daily News
Trend Micro announced updates to its partner program, a move that the cloud security firm says will benefit partners selling through authorized distributors like AWS.
Ever since they turned heads at Red Hat’s North American Partner Conference in 2017 by winning the Canadian Partner of the Year Award and earning the trust of large Canadian enterprise customers along the way, Toronto-based solution provider Arctiq has been on a tear.
A common cryptographic protocol used to protect the majority of website communications and some virtual private networks is increasingly being used by threat actors to protect their attacks, according to a new report.