This is what it really looks like inside a bank’s cybersecurity center right before an attack

Businessman standing in front of window with business thinking.baona | iStock | Getty ImagesThe following is a modified excerpt from CNBC cybersecurity reporter Kate Fazzini’s « Kingdom of Lies: Unnerving Adventures in the World of Cybercrime, » on sale wherever books are sold. Names of corporations and individuals have been changed to protect sources. In 2012 and 2013, Iranian sponsored distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that took down the websites of several prominent banks, including NOW Bank, one of the world’s largest.The attacks were not damaging in terms of monetary losses,…

Here’s how the Apple Watch will soon help protect your hearing

You shouldn’t be in an environment louder than 100 decibels for longer than 3 minutes, according to the World Health Organization.Todd Haselton | CNBCApple will update the Apple Watch with its latest software, watchOS 6 in the fall. It’ll include a new feature called Noise that can be used to notify you if the environment you’re in is loud enough to damage your hearing. I tried it out using the watchOS 6 beta, and it’s pretty neat.Noise is off by default. But you can turn it on inside the new watchOS…

Here’s how big tech companies like Google and Facebook set salaries for software engineers

Spencer Platt | Getty ImagesWhen recent college graduates and friends Zuhayeer Musa and Zaheer Mohiuddin started to break into the software industry, everything they found on the internet about engineering jobs seemed to be missing the actual information they needed: How much do these jobs pay?Software engineers straight out of college often make six-figure salaries, not counting equity compensation. Depending on seniority, some coders make millions of dollars per year. But where on that spectrum any given engineer lands often depends on a single number — what’s often called a…

Apollo in talks to finance Dish Network bid for T-Mobile and Sprint assets

Charles Ergen, chairman and co-founder of Dish Network CorpJonathan Alcorn | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesPrivate equity group Apollo Global Management is in talks with satellite TV provider Dish Network to finance a bid for wireless assets that will be divested in the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, according to two people familiar with the matter.The two U.S. wireless carriers have agreed to sell prepaid brand Boost Mobile to gain regulatory approval for the $26 billion merger. Sources said that Dish is interested in the assets.The talks between Apollo and…

Alphabet investors and employees are planning a joint demonstration at shareholders’ meeting

Larry PageDavid Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesGoogle employees and shareholders are coordinating a joint demonstration at Alphabet’s shareholder meeting next Wednesday.The groups will try to pressure company stakeholders and leaders to vote on proposals that ban non-disclosure agreements in harassment and discrimination cases and tie executive compensation to its diversity goals. Another includes a proposal to publish a human rights impact assessment for its potential search engine with China called Project Dragonfly.The joint effort comes as Google employees and partners become increasingly vocal over company policies and government…

The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL are $300 off at B&H Photo

Updated 11:58AM ET, June 14th: B&H Photo’s deal is back, and it includes more phones this time around. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in “not pink” with 64GB of storage are $300 off, bringing prices down to $499 and $599, respectively. B&H Photo is offering a great deal on the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL with 64GB of storage in the “not pink” color variant. Each are $300 off of their original prices, and the Pixel 3 starts at $499, while the Pixel 3 XL is $100…

The Google Pixel 4: everything we know so far

Google’s Pixel 4 is already official — sort of. Instead of dealing with the endless cycle of leaks that have plagued its recent phones, Google is taking a different approach this time: officially revealing the phone months in advance, tweeting out images of the back of the phone and revealing a new dual-camera image sensor. While we now know what it looks like, there’s still a lot we don’t know about the phone, and there will likely be plenty of news coming between now and when the phone goes on…

Ex-FTC chief: Elizabeth Warren right to worry about Big Tech power but wrong to seek break up

Lawmakers need to strike a balance between calls for breaking up Big Tech and focusing more on data privacy regulation, former Federal Trade Commission Chairman William Kovacic told CNBC on Friday. « There’s a synthesis of these two positions, » Kovacic said in a « Squawk Box » interview. He led the FTC during George W. Bush’s presidency from 2008-2009.Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren — one of the many candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination — published a blog post in March called, « Here’s how we can break up Big Tech, » which…

The Pixel 4 has already been photographed out in the wild

9to5Google has received a couple of photos of the upcoming Pixel 4, out in the world. Their tipster says the photos were taken in London and they confirm what Google had already shown with its tease earlier this week: there’s a big, square camera bump on the back. According to 9to5Google, the person who spotted the phone and snuck the photos also managed to get a glimpse of the front of the device, which reportedly did not have a notch but instead a large “forehead” with two cameras in it.…

Google CEO says regulating tech could have ‘unintended consequences’

Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, December 11, 2018.Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty ImagesGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai said he’s concerned about the « unintended consequences » of tech regulation as his company reportedly faces an antitrust probe from the U.S. Justice Department. « I worry that if you regulate for the sake of regulating it, it has a lot of unintended consequences, » Pichai said in an interview with CNN’s Poppy Harlow. « You know, if you take…

Cisco and American Well are teaming up to let you talk to your doctor from your TV

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins speaks at the 4th World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China, in December 2017.- | AFP | Getty ImagesCisco is teaming up with telemedicine provider American Well on a project to convert people’s television sets into a virtual medical office.The tech giant in the early stages of developing a device that sits on top of televisions and integrates with American Well’s technology. The idea is to target people who have serious medical conditions, as well as older Americans, who might regularly need medical assistance. These users would…

Facebook, Google and Twitter need to do more to tackle fake news, EU says

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes his keynote speech during Facebook Inc’s annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., April 30, 2019.Stephen Lam | ReutersFacebook, Google and Twitter ramped up their efforts to fight fake news ahead of elections last month but « more needs to be done » in the face of ongoing threats from Russia, EU officials said Friday.In a joint statement and report, the EU reported evidence of « coordinated inauthentic behavior » such as bots and fake accounts trying spread divisive content on online platforms…

Huawei delays foldable phone launch until September to do extra tests after Samsung’s troubles

Huawei’s Mate XBenjamin Hall | CNBCHuawei said its foldable phone will launch in September, slightly later than it was reportedly set to, as it does extra tests following the debacle Samsung went through with its rival device.A spokesperson for the Chinese technology giant told CNBC on Friday that the company is trying to launch the Huawei Mate X globally, focusing on markets that are rolling out next-generation mobile networks known as 5G. The Mate X, which starts at around 2,299 euros or roughly $2,600, is a 5G-capable device.The Mate X…

Google Chrome 76 beta makes it harder to use Flash, easier to dodge paywalls

Google Chrome’s last big feature was dark mode in Chrome 73 and 74, and version 75 didn’t bring much of note, but Chrome 76, in beta today, has some sneaky features you may want to know about. While Adobe Flash won’t truly die till 2020 and has been blocked by every major browser in one way or another for several years now, Chrome 76 is taking it one step further. Not only are individual Flash items blocked by default, but now the entire browser feature is off by default as…

Uber, payments firms reportedly sign on to back Facebook’s blockchain project

Uber, PayPal, Visa and Mastercard have committed to support Facebook’s upcoming blockchain project, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Thursday.Facebook has already signed up more than a dozen companies to support its blockchain effort, according to the Thursday report. The companies will invest approximately $10 million into a consortium that will govern Facebook’s cryptocurrency effort.That project will reportedly be unveiled as soon as next week. Multiple reports in recent months have said Facebook is putting together a cryptocurrency tied to the value of government-issued currencies.The companies did not…

CBS-Viacom merger talks are about to get serious, but CBS board has concerns about leadership

Shari Redstone, chairman and chief executive officer of Cinebridge Ventures Inc.Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesCBS and Viacom are expected to begin seriously discussing a merger next week, culminating months of speculation about an eventual combination, according to people familiar with the matter.CBS is holding a meeting of board members tomorrow, and though no formal announcements are planned, the board of directors is expected to decide to increase the level of seriousness around discussions with Viacom, said the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions are…

Microsoft xCloud and Google Stadia hands-on: Why I can’t compare them yet

Cloud gaming is the undeniably industry-altering shadow looming over this year’s E3 video game conference. Paired with the rise of subscription services, the idea of running games from remote servers could not only change how they’re are played, distributed and sold, but even how games are developed, thanks to the promise of running software off the equivalent of multiple consoles strung together. The two frontrunners in the race are Google and Microsoft, two of the tech industry’s most powerful companies and two of the largest players in the existing cloud…

Apple makes Comcast and Charter sell iPads, other devices as part of mobile deal

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California, June 3, 2019.Mason Trinca | ReutersComcast and Charter have learned a hard lesson as they build out their mobile offerings: this is Apple’s world, and they’re just living in it.As part of their deal to carry the iPhone with their fledgling mobile plans, Apple has compelled the two largest U.S. cable companies to sell large numbers of other Apple devices as well, according to people familiar with the matter. (Comcast owns NBCUniversal, the parent company…

Broadcom falls after slashing revenue guidance

Hock Tan, chief executive officer of BroadcomMartin H. Simon | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesShares of chipmaker Broadcom fell more than 7% on Thursday after the company reported lower-than-expected revenue for the second quarter of its 2019 fiscal year, which ended on May 5.Here are the key numbers:Earnings: $5.21 per share, excluding certain items, vs. $5.16 per share as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.Revenue: $5.52 billion, vs. $5.68 billion as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.Broadcom’s revenue grew 10% year over year in the quarter, according to a statement.In recent…

Tesla loses key Autopilot engineer to self-driving truck start-up Embark

Embark self-driving truckEmbarkZeljko Popovic, a leader within Tesla’s Autopilot team, is leaving for Embark, the autonomous trucking start-up in San Francisco, according to a person familiar with the move. Embark confirmed the hire.The departure comes at a critical time, as Tesla is promising its electric vehicles will be capable of operating as « robotaxis » by the end of next year — which is to say, they’d be fully self-driving in normal conditions, without human intervention. Tesla also says it plans to start production of its long-awaited electric semi trucks by the…

Allscripts is buying ZappRx, a prescription drug start-up

Zoe Barry, CEO and co-founder, ZappRxSource: Zoe Barry Medical software company Allscripts has bought ZappRx, a start-up that aimed to modernize how people access prescription medicines, say two people familiar with the deal, the company confirmed on Thursday.ZappRx raised more than $40 million from investors ranging from GV, Alphabet’s early-stage venture arm, and SR One, the corporate venture firm for pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline. Two people familiar with the deal declined to disclose the financial terms of the deal, but said the price was less than the amount raised in venture…

Google made a video game that lets you build video games

Google has created a video game called Game Builder that allows you to craft simple Minecraft-style games for yourself and others to play through. The game lets you drag and drop characters and scenery into an empty sandbox to construct your world, then use preset commands to string together how things interact. It’s free to play and available on both Windows and macOS. The game comes from Area 120, Google’s incubator for experimental projects (some of which have quickly disappeared, others of which have made their way into other Google…

General Electric’s venture group is trying to find a buyer for its start-up portfolio

Larry Culp, CEO, General ElectricScott Mlyn | CNBCGE Ventures is looking for a buyer for its portfolio of more than 100 start-ups, according to people familiar with the matter, as parent company General Electric tries to orchestrate a turnaround and get its debt problem under control.The venture arm, which started in 2013, has been shopping itself for several months and is in discussions with other venture firms as well as groups of limited partners who invest in those funds, said the people, who asked not to be named because the…

One of Google’s former top investors has new fund for tech companies solving society’s problems

Valo Ventures partner Scott Tierney is leading a new fund aimed at using tech for good.Valo VenturesGoogle Capital co-founder Scott Tierney is launching a new $175 million investment fund with hopes of using technology to fix societal issues, some of which have been amplified by technology.Under his venture firm Valo Ventures, which also includes partners Mona Einaggar and Julia Brady, the new fund focuses on trends including user rights, autonomy and the future of work. It’s the firm’s first fund since Valo’s launch last year. The fund comes during a…

Why I turned on iMessage

After years of refusing to turn on iMessage — even when I’m using an iPhone — I have flipped that little toggle button to on, and I don’t know when (or if) I’ll ever be able to turn it off again. The decision to use iMessage is super minor for the vast majority of people, especially in America where Apple’s messaging service has its strongest base of usage. But for me, it’s extremely consequential and sadly informative about the state of messaging in this country. My decision to flip on…

How to back up your Google Photos

So now that automatic synchronization between Google Photos and Google Drive is going away, how can you be sure that your photos and videos are being backed up safely? It’s actually pretty simple. Your photos can be backed up to Google Photos either via its mobile app or using Google’s Backup and Sync application for Windows and macOS systems. A couple of notes first. If you decide to remove the Photos app from your Android phone, the Backup and Sync will not automatically turn off, so you’ll want to turn…

UK app-only bank Monzo expands to the US to take on the likes of JP Morgan and Citi

A Mastercard debit card from U.K. digital bank Monzo.MonzoBritish fintech start-up Monzo has launched in the United States, as it looks to challenge the country’s established banking giants.The London-based company said Thursday that it would initially offer a « few thousands cards » to American customers at launch events in Los Angeles, California.Monzo is one of several so-called challenger banks that operate with only an ATM card and an app. These are new digital banks that are looking to take a slice of the massive financial services sector.There are already…

AT&T cancels orders for Samsung’s folding phone with no launch date in sight

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold screen is broken after just two days of use. This phone costs $2,000.TodD Haselton | CNBCAT&T has canceled pre-orders for Samsung’s $2,000 Galaxy Fold, according to the website Tom’s Guide, which received an email on Wednesday evening confirming the order had been cancelled.AT&T was not immediately available to comment.Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is one of the first folding phones and was supposed to launch on April 26, but that date was pushed back indefinitely after review units, including one tested by CNBC, broke after just a couple days…

Huawei reportedly asks Verizon to pay more than $1 billion for over 230 patents

In this photo illustration, the Huawei logo and Chinese flag is seen displayed on an Android mobile phone.Omar Marques | LightRocket | Getty ImagesHuawei Technologies has told Verizon Communications that the U.S. carrier should pay licensing fees for more than 230 of the Chinese telecoms equipment maker’s patents and in aggregate is seeking more than $1 billion, a person briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.Verizon should pay to « solve the patent licensing issue, » a Huawei intellectual property licensing executive wrote in February, The Wall Street Journal reported…

The Pixel 4 is shaping up to be a Huawei Mate 20 Pro by Google

When Google announced its new interface gestures in Android Q, I got a sense of déjà vu, because I’d already seen them in Huawei’s EMUI. And when Google candidly revealed the rear of its upcoming Pixel 4 phone last night, I was again reminded of a Huawei product, this time the Mate 20 Pro of last year, which had the same square camera module filled with lenses. Combining the two together, I can’t help but feel that the stuff Google is cooking up for us in late 2019 will be…