Dell sells RSA to consortium led by Symphony Technology Group for over $2B
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Dell sells RSA to consortium led by Symphony Technology Group for over $2B

Dell Technologies announced today that it was selling legacy security firm RSA for $2.075 billion to a consortium of investors led by Symphony Technology Group. Other investors include Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and AlpInvest Partners. RSA came to Dell when it bought EMC for $67 billion in 2015. EMC bought the company in 2006…

‘Capitalism generates a lot of wealth depending on the situation’
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‘Capitalism generates a lot of wealth depending on the situation’

In an extended interview, writer Ben Tarnoff weighs the ethics of technology Greg M. Epstein is the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard and MIT, and the author of The New York Times bestselling book “Good Without God.” Described as a “godfather to the [humanist] movement” by The New York Times Magazine in recognition of his efforts…

UCLA backtracks on plan for campus facial recognition tech
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UCLA backtracks on plan for campus facial recognition tech

After expressing interest in processing campus security camera footage with facial recognition software, UCLA is backing down. In a letter to Evan Greer of Fight for the Future, a digital privacy advocacy group, UCLA Administrative Vice Chancellor Michael Beck announced the institution would abandon its plans in the face of a backlash from its student…

We spoke to Verizon’s SVP of Technology and Planning about the digital transformation of telecoms
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We spoke to Verizon’s SVP of Technology and Planning about the digital transformation of telecoms

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Connectivity & Tech subscribers earlier today.To get this story plus others to your inbox each day, hours before they’re published on Business Insider, click here.Disruptive forces are reshaping the global telecommunications market and changing how mobile network providers operate. New networking technologies are offering telecoms the opportunity…

U.S. Trial Finds CRISPR-Edited Cells Are Safe in Cancer Patients
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U.S. Trial Finds CRISPR-Edited Cells Are Safe in Cancer Patients

Above, a doctor prepares to modify the T cells of a cancer patient for CAR T cell therapy. Photo: Getty ImagesFor years, scientists have hoped to use the gene-editing technology CRISPR to help treat all sorts of diseases, including cancer. Now for the first time in the U.S., researchers say they’ve shown that CRISPR-edited immune…

West Virginia Plans to Allow Mobile Voting for Disabled People in 2020 Race
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West Virginia Plans to Allow Mobile Voting for Disabled People in 2020 Race

Photo: David McNew (Getty)While e-voting still has a lot of the U.S. nervous and fretting about cybersecurity concerns, West Virginia is planning to roll out the mobile voting technology to even more residents. Governor Jim Justice aims to sign a bill next week requiring that all counties provide an online ballot option to voters with…

Amazon is helping brands build custom text-to-speech voices for their Alexa skills
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Amazon is helping brands build custom text-to-speech voices for their Alexa skills

Amazon announced today that it will now work with brands to help them make custom text-to-speech voices for their Alexa skills. Imagine, for example, that you’re ordering KFC using KFC’s Alexa skill, but instead of the default Alexa voice replying to you, it’s Colonel Sanders himself. That’s what Amazon’s going for here, and it’s something…

The FBI is investigating the Bezos hack
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The FBI is investigating the Bezos hack

The FBI is investigating the alleged hack into Jeff Bezos’ phone by Saudi Arabia, The Guardian reports. The Amazon CEO was interviewed by federal investigators last April as part of a larger probe into Israeli technology firm NSO Group, according to Reuters. Bezos’ personal cellphone was hacked via WhatsApp in May 2018, allegedly by Saudi…

The latest USB-C chargers are apparently more powerful than Apollo 11’s computer
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The latest USB-C chargers are apparently more powerful than Apollo 11’s computer

Over the past decade, it’s become commonplace to try to put the progress of technology into perspective by pointing out that most people’s smartphones are more powerful than the guidance computer that took Apollo 11 to the Moon in 1969. Now, however, we might have a new milestone to measure ourselves against after Apple developer…