U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence told SolarWind hack affected 60 Microsoft customers

During a U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Microsoft Corp’s president Brad Smith stated, the company has notified 60 customers that their data was most likely compromised by hackers during a hacking campaign revolving around Texas-based software firm SolarWinds Corp. In prepared remarks, Smith told members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that…

AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate works: British government’s Chief Scientific Adviser

In a statement, Patrick Vallance, the Chief Scientific Adviser to the British government stated in response to doubts that thave been raised regarding AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, the main point about AstraZeneca’s vaccine against COVID-19 was that it worked. “The headline result is the vaccine works and that’s very exciting,” said Vallance during a news…

Facebook partners with external researchers to study impact of social media during 2020 U.S. Presidential election

In a significant development, Facebook Inc disclosed that it has partnered with external researchers to examine its impact during the crucial 2020 U.S. presidential election. The findings of the studies will be published in the middle of 2021, at the earliest. The initiative expands its Social Science One project wherein academics study the political impacts…

COVID-19 patients respond positively to Gilead Sciences experimental drug

Shares of Gilead Sciences Inc’s shares jumped by 16% following news reports that its experimental drug remdesivir is proving to be effective in U.S. trials of patients who have been severely afflicted by the COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus. According to a report from medical news website STAT, a University of Chicago hospital participating…

European Commission scrutinizing how FB and Google monetizes data, leverages it to expand, block competitors

In a statement, the European Commission said, it is investigating how Facebook collects and monetizes its data. The development signals the opening of a second front, on top of an existing investigation, into Facebook’s marketplace. As part of preliminary investigations into both Facebook and Google, the EU executive said, it had sent out questionnaires to…

Google signs healthcare data deal with Ascension, gets access to health records of millions of Americans

In a deal that provides Alphabet Inc’s Google Inc more data to finetune its artificial intelligence tools, the search giant has signed its biggest cloud computing customer in healthcare to date with Ascension. In a joint statement Ascension, which operates 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities across the United States, and Google…