Coffee Briefing, April 27, 2021 – Cisco, HPE and others announce plans to address climate crisis, remembering Dan Kaminsky

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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:

  1. Innovative and/or imaginative climate solutions that drive forward net-zero or circular/regenerative economies.
  2. 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

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.


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

Canada should follow U.S. program to scrutinize ICS in electric utilities: Expert [Full Story]

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. 

New Apple iMac and iPad Pros now use the M1 chip [Full Story]

It didn’t take long for Apple to put its M1 chip into its other products. During its product event on April 20, Apple’s M1 system-on-chip (SoC) made its way into the new iMac and iPad Pro.

Apple targeted by ransomware group claiming to have stolen product details from supplier [Full Story]

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 announces first renewable energy project in Canada [Full Story]

Amazon has announced its first renewable energy investment in Canada, a solar project in the County of Newell in Alberta.

Profitable next moves for customer experience service providers – CMO Talks with Douglas Hayward [Full Story]

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.

Amazon launches IP Accelerator program in Canada to help SMBs protect their brands [Full Story]

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 unveils additional support for partners selling on AWS [Full Story]

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.

Former CDW Canada and Nest Wealth talent fill out Arctiq’s new executive team [Full Story]

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.

Use of TLS to protect malware communications has doubled, says Sophos [Full Story]

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.

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Her characters are bold and smart, but in real life, Pragya is afraid of going upstairs when it is dark behind her. Born and raised in the capital city of India - Delhi - bounded by the Yamuna River on the west, Pragya has climbed the Himalayas, and survived medical professional stream in high school without becoming a patient or a doctor. Pragya now makes her home in Canada with her husband - a digital/online marketing professional who also prepares beautiful, healthy and delicious meals for her. When she isn’t working or writing around tech, she’s probably watching art films on Netflix, or wondering whether she should cut her hair short or not.

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