Amazon, SpaceX Win $279M In NASA Contracts

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Amazon’s satellite venture, SpaceX, and other satellite firms have won a combined $278.5 million in contracts from NASA to develop communications in space in a move to privatize the space agency’s current satellite network. Amazon’s Project Kuiper won $67 million …

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Philippines’ PLDT Sells Telecom Towers to Malaysian Firms for $1.5B

Fourth EstatePhilippines' PLDT Sells Telecom Towers to Malaysian Firms for $1.5B

PLDT, the Philippines’ largest telecom company, announced on Tuesday that it sold thousands of its telecoms towers to two Malaysian firms for 77 billion pesos ($1.47 billion). Smart Communications and Digitel Mobile Philippines, both PLDT subsidiaries, have signed deals to …

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Nokia Reportedly Leaves Cybersurveillance Tools in Russian Hands

Nokia has reportedly developed Russia’s “most powerful tool for digital surveillance.” According to a report from the New York Times, Nokia helped connect the System for Operative Investigative Activities (SORM) to Russian telco MTS which was under Federal Security Service …

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Large Scale Hacking Attack Downs Ukrainian Telecommunications Network

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Ukrainian state-owned telecommunications company Ukrtelecom reported that it experienced a 15-hour outage after being hit by an alleged cyberattack. According to NetBlocks, Ukretelecom’s connectivity collapsed to 13% of pre-war levels on the morning of Thursday 24 February 2022. “Today, the …

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Prominent Ukrainian Telecom Provider Suffers Large-Scale Cyberattack

Ukrtelecom, a prominent Ukrainian telecommunication provider, suffered a large-scale cyberattack on March 28, but services have begun to recover, according to Ukrainian authorities. “Today, the enemy launched a powerful cyberattack against Ukrtelecom’s [Information Technology]-infrastructure,” Ukraine’s State Service of Special Communications …

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U.S. Senators to Introduce ‘Kids Online Safety Act’

Bipartisan U.S. senators are set to introduce a bill that would require social media platforms to provide tools that will keep children and minors safe online. The “Kids Online Safety Act” — co-sponsored by Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from …

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‘SNL’ to Re-Air Episode Hosted by Betty White Following Actress’ Death

Saturday Night Live has released a 2010 episode Betty White hosted following her death to pay tribute to her. White, who died in her sleep overnight Thursday into Friday at the age of 99, just a few weeks shy of …

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