Senate Committee Confirms Nomination of Simington to FCC

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President-elect Joe Biden hasn’t even assumed office yet, and it’s already time for him to reach across the aisle and say with sincere force, “c’mon man!”

Along with combating a once-in-a-generation plague and a severe economic recession, cleaning up Ajit Pai’s FCC is a necessary early step for the Biden administration to get the country back on track. On Wednesday, that effort encountered a setback. At a hearing for the Senate Commerce Committee, members voted 14-12 along party lines to advance the nomination of Nathan Simington to become an FCC commissioner. The last-minute nomination of Simington by President Trump was rammed through after the re-nomination of Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly was abruptly pulled in August.

Illustration for article titled Republican Plan to Keep the Internet Screwed Under Biden Moves Ahead

The FCC is typically controlled by the party that occupies the White House. Regulations dictate that no more than three members of the panel can be

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OnePlus confirms Snapdragon 888 flagship is coming in first half of 2021

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  • OnePlus has confirmed that it will launch a Snapdragon 888 flagship in H1 2021.
  • This marks the continuation of a years-long release tradition for the brand.
  • Xiaomi, Oppo, and Realme have also dished out Snapdragon 888 flagship details.

Qualcomm has revealed a few details regarding its new Snapdragon 888 flagship processor, and we’re expecting it to power a host of high-end smartphones in 2021.

Now, an official OnePlus video posted on the Snapdragon Tech Summit website has revealed that OnePlus will launch a Snapdragon 888-toting flagship in the first half of 2021.

“We believe that the technological innovation of this flagship platform in 5G, games, camera, and other aspects will contribute to the high-end flagship to be launched by OnePlus in (the) first half of next year,” an executive says in the video.

It’s no surprise to hear that OnePlus is working

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Facebook Confirms To Buy Kustomer For $1 Billion

Facebook has reached an agreement to acquire Kustomer, a top-rated CRM that enables businesses to effectively manage all customer interactions across channels. With this acquisition, Facebook wants to give businesses access to best-in-class tools that deliver excellent service and support. The deal was valued at a little more than $1 billion.

Facebook has made customer service a central part of its business strategy on WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging service, and the platform also has many commerce related integrations such as rolling out payment services in India recently, and this means more customer support service interactions. “Any business knows that when the phone rings, they need to answer it. Increasingly, texts and messages have become just as important as that phone call — and businesses need to adapt. We’ve witnessed this shift firsthand as every day, more than 175 million people contact businesses via WhatsApp. This number is growing

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Industrial Computer Maker Confirms Ransomware, Data …

Advantech reports the stolen data was confidential but did not contain high-value documents.

Industrial computer manufacturer Advantech has confirmed a ransomware attack that led to the theft of confidential, though low-value, corporate documents, BleepingComputer reports. 

Advantech, a global leader of embedded and automation platforms for Internet of Things (IoT) system integrators, manufactures embedded PCs, industrial IoT (IIoT) devices, network devices, servers, intelligent systems, and intelligent healthcare tools among its many offerings.

The Conti ransomware group was reportedly behind this attack and demanded a $12.6 million ransom to both decrypt target systems and stop publishing the data they stole. They also claimed they would remove backdoors installed on Advantech’s network if the ransom was paid. Attackers began to leak stolen data on their ransomware data leak website on Nov. 26. 

Advantech reports the affected server has been recovered and all key operating systems are functioning as normal.

Read more details here.

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Xiaomi confirms November 26 launch for new Redmi Note 9 series

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  • Xiaomi has confirmed the launch date of the new Redmi Note 9 series.
  • Three devices are expected to make their debuts, with a 5G Pro version being the rumored headliner.
  • The launch is penned for November 26 in China.

It’s official. After months of speculation and name-guessing, Xiaomi will unveil the new Redmi Note 9 series next week.

Made official in a Weibo post, Xiaomi confirmed that three devices will be on offer. The Chinese OEM also revealed the official physical design for at least one of the devices. It’s unclear if all three phones will share this design.

Nevertheless, expect at least one Redmi Note 9 model to feature a circular rear camera array housing four shooters. Color options will include two shimmering finishes – a gray-violet and a sky blue. The official render provided matches previous shots we’ve seen of the phones on TENAA.

xiaomi redmi note 9 launch render

Beyond the render, Xiaomi

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