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Last week, news coming out of CES 2020 in Las Vegas captivated the tech sector. The annual consumer electronics show proved that everything from handsets to businesses to cities plans to run on 5G. Sony surprised with a connected car prototype, while other company executives debated the cybersecurity risks associated with remote software updates for new smart cars. Outside of CES, regulatory risks continue to weigh on cash-rich tech giants and newer financial technology firms moving into banking.

On the global stage, U.S. businesses and utilities could be targeted by Iran after the assassination of the Islamic republic's top military commander.

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Wireless vehicle updates pose big cybersecurity risk for automakers, consumers

Over-the-air updates, software or data delivered wirelessly to cars, pose the greatest risk to automakers amid a growing number of cybersecurity concerns as vehicles become more connected, experts said.

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CES 2020: Sony surprises with connected car prototype

During its press conference at CES, Sony unveiled a car prototype and said it will continue to invest in autonomous vehicle technology, and it also revealed the latest sales figures for the PlayStation 4 gaming console.

CES 2020: FTC plans to release antitrust guidance for tech companies

Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons suggested the agency could conclude one or more antitrust investigations into big tech companies in 2020.

CES 2020: Quibi takes shot at mobile video revolution with Google, T-Mobile

Upcoming mobile entertainment video app provider Quibi unveiled its product at CES 2020, outlining its new proprietary tech, a range of partnerships, a launch date, ad sales and content plans.

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Iran may test US corporate cyber defenses as nation braces for retaliation

An Iranian cyberattack is seen as high on the list of possible threats from Tehran after the U.S. assassinated Iranian military chief Qassem Soleimani in Iraq on Jan. 3. "The first and most likely target is data," said one cybersecurity researcher.


Data Dispatch: The year in fintech: Megamergers, Madden fix and stalled fintech charter

The financial industry is watching three major areas in fintech: continued consolidation, legal and regulatory developments, and fintechs launching into banking.


Battle bots: J&J, Medtronic challenge pioneer Intuitive in surgical robot market

The surgical robot market is expected to reach $275 billion by 2025, nearly tripling in size from 2018 as new systems from some of the biggest device-makers challenge Intuitive Surgical.

Top Research

Technology: 5G drives near-term global small cell forecast to $2.2 billion

Small cell technology will be fundamental in mobile network coverage expansion over the next five years, as both wireless operators and enterprises leverage a combination of indoor and outdoor solutions to deliver 5G services as broadly as possible.

Technology: Demand for connected TV advertising propels expansion for ad tech vendors

As viewers move away from traditional linear TV toward streaming services, the ad dollars are slowly following them. The increase in CTV ad revenue has encouraged many advertising technology vendors to follow the opportunity.

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Data Dispatch: US regulatory pressures to shape big tech's 2020 spending strategies

With big M&A likely off the table, some industry observers expect U.S. tech firms to use their cash to get ahead of looming regulatory penalties and also to bolster their respective businesses in growth areas such as 5G and cloud computing.

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