New Defense Bill Would Reestablish Cybersecurity Position Previously Nixed by Trump Administration

A provision to establish a national cybersecurity director at the White House has been included in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which outlines the budget for national defense spending. In 2018, the administration of President Donald Trump eliminated a similar position.

James Langevin wearing a suit and tie sitting on a stage: The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act could provide for a new national director of cybersecurity, according to Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin.

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The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act could provide for a new national director of cybersecurity, according to Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin.

Rhode Island Democrat Congressman Jim Langevin, a senior member of the House Armed Servies Committee, co-introduced separate legislation in June to create the position. The provision included in the 2021 NDAA is based on that legislation, known as the National Cyber Director Act.

“I’ve been working on bolstering our nation’s cybersecurity for more than a decade, and it is abundantly clear the country needs someone in charge of cybersecurity at the highest levels

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Grab tells staff it’s ‘in a position to acquire’ after Gojek merger report

By Chen Lin

logo: A Grab logo is pictured at the Money 20/20 Asia Fintech Trade Show in Singapore

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A Grab logo is pictured at the Money 20/20 Asia Fintech Trade Show in Singapore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The CEO of Singapore ride-hailer Grab told employees in an internal note on Thursday that the firm is in a position to make acquisitions, following a report it is close to a merger with regional rival Gojek.


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The two firms have made substantial progress in talks to merge Southeast Asia’s two most valuable startups, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.

Sources familiar with the matter have previously told Reuters that over the last few years, large investors of the two companies have backed a merger of both loss-making firms.

“There is speculation again about a Gojek deal,” Anthony Tan told employees in a note on the company’s internal communication platform, seen by Reuters.

“Our business momentum is good, and as with any market consolidation rumours, we

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XpresSpa Group Appoints David Kohel to Newly Created Chief Technology Officer Position

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NEW YORK, Dec. 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — XpresSpa Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: XSPA) (“XpresSpa” or the “Company”), a health and wellness company, today announced that it has named David Kohel as its Chief Technology Officer, a newly created position at the Company. In this role, he will be responsible for all aspects of developing technology to support the Company’s long-term opportunity of building the leading global Travel Health and Wellness brand.

“David is a great addition to our leadership team and brings to us extensive technology experience in driving innovation along with demonstrated success,” said Doug Satzman, XpresSpa Group CEO. “His customer-centric approach aligns perfectly with our vision of creating a new business that leverages our historic Travel Wellness experience and new-found Healthcare expertise, enabling us as

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USAT Appoints Ravi Venkatesan to Newly Created Chief Technology Officer Position

USA Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: USAT) (“USAT”), a cashless payments and software services company that provides end-to-end technology solutions for the self-service retail market, today announced that Ravi Venkatesan will be joining the Company in the newly created position of Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Venkatesan joins from Bakkt, where he was Head of Innovation. He held the dual roles of Chief Technology Officer and Chief Product Officer at Bridge2 Solutions, prior to its sale to ICE, the parent company of Bakkt. He will be responsible for leadership of USAT’s architecture, development, network operations and product teams.

“Ravi is a great addition to our leadership team and brings with him extensive technology experience and demonstrated success,” said Sean Feeney, chief executive officer, USA Technologies. “As part of our commitment to help consumers ‘buy it and go,’ we are enhancing our product and technology teams with someone who brings deep expertise

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Xiaomi zooms past Apple in global smartphone sales in third quarter; Samsung holds pole position

a statue in front of a building: Xiaomi had a market share of 12.1 per cent, near to 4 per cent rise from last year.

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Xiaomi had a market share of 12.1 per cent, near to 4 per cent rise from last year.

Xiaomi has overtaken Apple. According to Gartner, Xiaomi, the Chinese multinational electronic giant zoomed past Apple in smartphone sales in the third quarter of 2020. Xiaomi sold 44.4 million handsets this summer, a more than 11 million jump in the sale as compared to a year earlier. While Xiaomi had a market share of 12.1 per cent, near to 4 per cent rise from last year, its US counterpart too gained market share but suffered a slight dip in sales with 40.6 million units in the same period.

Among the top competitors, Samsung held the first spot with 80.8 million sales and 22 per cent market share. Huawei sales were most affected by the US-China trade wars as sales dipped from 65.8 million in 2019 to

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Vubiq Networks Strengthens Millimeter Wave Innovation Leadership Position with New Technology Patent Grant

Vubiq Networks, Inc., the innovation leader in millimeter wave wireless broadband technology, announced today that the company has been awarded a new technology patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The new patent grant, number 10,818,997, is titled Waveguide Interface and Printed Circuit Board Launch Transducer Assembly and Methods of Use Thereof.

Over the past five years, Vubiq Networks has been awarded an evolutionary series of four US patents, one European patent, and one international patent publication for the company’s modular millimeter waveguide technology. This patented technology separates the digital modulation components from the analog radio frequency components for millimeter wave broadband communications solutions, allowing for rapid development of new products and solutions without the expense of complete circuit board redesigns.

Applications for this patented technology include high-speed, point-to-point telecommunications; radio frequency identification (RFID); vehicular radar; internet of things (IoT) sensors; 5G connectivity; wireless fabric; and other emerging hyperimaging

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Schrems II: 90% of Organisations Are Searching For A New Defensible Business Position For Lawful Cloud Processing

Over 1800 executives, general counsels, and privacy professionals from 59 countries and over 1700 different organisations signed up to participate in a panel presented by Anonos last week on 29 October, 2020. The panel covered the Schrems II decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union invalidating the Privacy Shield for lawful international data transfer. Representatives from the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), Promontory, Cooley, fieldfisher and Anonos led the discussion to educate and inform participants on how to bring their organisations into compliance with the new Schrems II ruling.

Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) offered by US and other non-EU service providers are not enough to make Cloud, SaaS, outsourcing and other solutions lawful after Schrems II, and new technically-enforced “Additional Safeguards” are also now required to comply. The panelists discussed the fact that, despite some confusion in the industry, Additional Safeguards do exist and are available.


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Voltus Raises $25M To Grow Leadership Position In Distributed Energy Resources In Financing Round Led By NGP Energy Technology Partners III

SAN FRANCISCO – October 29, 2020 – ( )

​Voltus, Inc., the leading distributed energy resources (DER) platform, today announced it has raised $25 million in a Series B financing. The round was led by NGP Energy Technology Partners III (“NGP ETP III”) and included existing investors Prelude Ventures and Ajax Strategies.

The funding will be used to create more jobs, develop additional products, and enter new markets, allowing Voltus to increase its leadership position delivering cash to commercial and industrial customers via innovative DER solutions.

Since its founding in 2016, Voltus has increased the market potential for DERs, entering every North American market and becoming the first aggregator of retail customers in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), in addition to being the first to offer capacity, ancillary services, and energy DER products in these same markets. In total, Voltus has secured

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Xiaomi moves to third position as global smartphone company

a man holding a sign: K. M. Leong at a recent Xiaomi event. The company shipped 46.5 million devices globally with 13.1 percent share. - NSTP/MOHAMAD SHAHRIL BADRI SAALI

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K. M. Leong at a recent Xiaomi event. The company shipped 46.5 million devices globally with 13.1 percent share. – NSTP/MOHAMAD SHAHRIL BADRI SAALI

KUALA LUMPUR: Xiaomi has announced that the company has become the third largest smartphone company based on worldwide shipments in third quarter of 2020, according to reports by market analysts firms Canalys, IDC and Counterpoint.

Xiaomi shipped 46.5 million devices globally with 13.1 percent share and 42 percent year-on-year (YoY) growth as reported in IDC’s Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. This achievement is due to strong gains in India and a continued strong presence in China, which accounted for 53 percent of the company’s volume in Q3 2020. In India, Xiaomi’s production capacity recovered to nearly 85 percent of its pre-pandemic level, which helped it cater to strong demand.

Among Xiaomi’s top selling smartphone series include the Redmi 9 Series. In

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Fluor Selected for 5-Year Position for the U.S. General Services Administration’s One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services Contract

Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) announced today that the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) awarded the company a five-year position on the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services Contract (OASIS).

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As a company selected for a position on OASIS, Fluor is now eligible to compete for task orders designed to provide flexible and innovative solutions for complex professional services spanning multiple professional service disciplines and multiple contract types. The core areas of scope are program management services, management consulting services, logistics services, engineering services, scientific services and financial services.

“It is an honor to be selected to support the GSA to help provide greater efficiency to federal agencies,” said Tom D’Agostino, president of Fluor’s Government Group. “This award positions Fluor as a best-in-class solutions provider that will deliver a wide range of innovative and best value solutions for our

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