The high costs of drug discovery and commercialization, looming patent cliffs, and increasing regulatory pressure on drug pricing have created a perfect storm of margin and growth pressures on the pharma sector. In an apparent response to these pressures, M&A activity in pharma is back. This month, Bristol Myers Squibb’s announced its $74 Billion acquisition of Celgene, and Eli Lilly did the same with its $8 Billion acquisition of Loxo….
User lockouts, combined with requirements for new passwords, indicate an attack on accounts at the popular social media platform. Source: http://www.darkreading.com
By selling more products of its own, Amazon is becoming a competitor to the outside manufacturers it hosts on its platform — and that’s worrying regulators around the world. From a report: Governments have rarely tried to rein in Amazon’s ambitions, allowing it to avoid most of the recent scrutiny directed at other large tech platforms. But the increased focus on Amazon’s house-brand offerings suggests it may now be Amazon’s…
Todd Spangler / Variety: Amazon’s IMDb launches Freedive, an ad-supported streaming service offering movies and TV shows in the US; site now lists 130+ free movies and 29 shows — Amazon has extended its tentacles into the ad-supported VOD space — stocking IMDb with a back-catalog of dozens of movies and TV shows that are free to watch. Source: http://www.techmeme.com
Researchers built a tool that can predict where you live and work, as well as other sensitive information, just by using geotagged tweets.Source: https://www.wired.com
Scientists say the warming of the world’s oceans is accelerating more quickly than previously thought, a finding with dire implications for climate change given that almost all of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases ends up stored there. From a report: A new analysis, published Thursday in the journal Science, found that the oceans are heating up 40 percent faster on average than a United Nations panel estimated five years…
Until now, the military has required a human to be in the decision-making process for when to use deadly force.
The eagerness to tie recent Ryuk ransomware attacks to a specific group could be rushed, researchers say. Source: http://www.darkreading.com
Make no mistake, however: We’ll always have to be on guard. And we can take some lessons from the world of industrial cybersecurity. Source: http://www.darkreading.com
T-Mobile is beginning to roll out support for call verification technology, which will confirm that a phone call is actually coming from the number listed on caller ID. From a report: Now, if one T-Mobile subscriber calls another T-Mobile subscriber, the person receiving the call will see a message saying “Caller Verified” if they have a supported phone. Unfortunately, there’s only one supported phone — Samsung Galaxy Note 9 —…