Um bug no navegador foi suficiente para invadir um Amazon Echo

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Dois pesquisadores de segurança foram coroados os principais hackers em concurso de hackers Pwn2Own deste ano depois de desenvolver e testar várias explorações de alto perfil, incluindo um ataque contra um Amazon Echo.

Amat Cama e Richard Zhu, que formam o Team Fluoroacetate, receberam US $ 60.000 em prêmios por sua exploração de estouro inteiro contra o mais recente Amazon Echo Show 5, um display inteligente equipado com Alexa.

Os pesquisadores descobriram que o dispositivo usa uma versão mais antiga do Chromium, os projetos de navegador de código aberto do Google, que haviam sido bifurcados há algum tempo durante seu desenvolvimento. O bug permitiu que eles assumissem "controle total" do dispositivo se conectado a um ponto de acesso Wi-Fi malicioso, disse Brian Gorenc, diretor da Zero Day Initiative da Trend Micro, que colocar no concurso Pwn2Own.

Os pesquisadores testaram suas façanhas em um gabinete de blindagem de radiofrequência para impedir qualquer interferência externa.

"Esse gap de correção era um fator comum em muitos dos dispositivos de IoT comprometidos durante o concurso", disse Gorenc ao TechCrunch.

Amat Cama (à esquerda) e Richard Zhu (à direita), que compõem o Team Fluoroacetate. (Imagem: ZDI)

Um erro de estouro inteiro acontece quando uma operação matemática tenta criar um número, mas não tem espaço para ele em sua memória, fazendo com que o número transborde para fora da memória alocada. Isso pode ter implicações de segurança para o dispositivo.

Quando alcançada, a Amazon disse que estava “investigando esta pesquisa e tomará as medidas apropriadas para proteger nossos dispositivos com base em nossa investigação”, mas não disse que medidas seriam necessárias para corrigir as vulnerabilidades – ou quando.

O Echo não foi o único dispositivo conectado à Internet no show. No início deste ano, o concurso disse que os hackers teriam a oportunidade de invadir o Portal do Facebook, a tela inteligente ativada para chamadas de vídeo da gigante de mídia social. Os hackers, no entanto, não conseguiram explorar o portal.

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AO VIVO: Chris Cox, ex-diretor de produtos do Facebook, em conversa com Lauren Goode, da WIRED

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AO VIVO: Estamos vivendo com Chris Cox, ex-diretor de produtos, Facebook, da nossa cúpula # WIRED25 em conversa com a escritora sênior da WIRED, Lauren Goode.

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postado por WIRED sexta-feira, 8 de novembro de 2019

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Quanto ao que especificamente o levou a sair, Cox explicou que: "Não era algo que eu achava que queria passar mais 13 anos nas mídias sociais. Mark e eu vimos as coisas um pouco diferente. . . Eu pensar nós estão ainda investigando u00a0Como a indústria, quão Faz você Saldo protegendo a privacidade do povos em formação e continuando u00a0para manter pessoas seguro - disse Cox.

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Sobre se a mudança para a criptografia era parte disso, ele disse que acha que a criptografia é “ótima: e que“ oferece uma enorme quantidade de proteção ””, mas observou “icertamente torna algumas dessas coisas mais complicadas ”no equilíbrio entre privacidade e segurança. Ele complementou os esforços do Facebook para criar maneiras de capturar maus atores, mesmo que eles sejam protegidos por criptografia. Isso inclui iniciativas de alfabetização digital no Brasil e na Índia antes das eleições e oferece sistemas de encaminhamento para o envio de informações questionáveis ​​a verificadores de fatos. "Acho que existem prós e contras com esses sistemas e não sou um defensor de nenhum deles", disse Cox, e observou que o que o Facebook está construindo é "ressonante com o que as pessoas querem".

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Cox foi questionado sobre o grande debate sobre se o Facebook deveria permitir publicidade política. “Acreditamos que a publicidade política pode ser boa e útil. Muitas vezes, favorece os concorrentes e os concorrentes. ”Ainda assim, na verificação de fatos, ele disse:“ Sou um grande fã ”, mesmo que o Facebook não esteja aplicando isso a anúncios políticos. Ele notou que "Eu pensar a companhia devemos investigar e é investigando micro alvejando . . . E se centenas do variantes ser corre do a criativo então u00a0Está complicado para pegue seu braços por aí o que é ser disse. ”Ele também defendeu mais contexto na interface do usuário, distinguindo anúncios políticos. u00a0

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Chris Cox fala na Wired25

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Próximos projetos de Cox

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Desde que deixou o Facebook, Cox ingressou no conselho consultivo de um grupo chamado Acrônimo, que está ajudando a criar a pilha de campanhas e tecnologias de mensagens para candidatos progressistas. "este é a área Onde meu percepção é este a progressistas ter fui atrás em a habilidade para desenvolve e usar Como uma equipe a infraestrutura este ajuda você ter uma Boa eleitor arquivo, como desenvolve Mensagens - u00a0somente básico política no 2019. ”

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Lauren Goode, da Wired, perguntou se ele estava se alinhando com os progressistas, adotando uma postura política e se ele poderia fazer isso ainda no Facebook. "absolutamente não - respondeu Cox. "E porque é este Eu pensar quando você é no uma muito u00a0Senior Função às uma plataforma, você tem o dever de ser muito mais neutro em sua política. ”

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Ele então saiu com uma declaração ousada, possibilitada por sua independência. “Acho que Trump não deveria ser nosso presidente. A outra coisa com a qual me preocupo muito agora é com as mudanças climáticas e ele não vai nos ajudar lá. ”

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Isso levou Cox a discutir que ele também estava trabalhando para aconselhar a startup de São Francisco Planet Labs, que usa imagens de satélite para rastrear as mudanças climáticas. "o visão estava para Construir estes pequeno, sobre sapatocaixa-Tamanho satélites com solar painel painel asas e ter uma frota do eles no espaço, qual é real-Tempo imagem a Terra."

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Com esses dados, Cox explicou que você pode rastrear incêndios, desmatamento, usinas de carvão, gás metano e muito mais. Então, "Você pode começar para contribuir para tendo uma saúde sistema, Onde você estão basicamente imagem a Terra cada hora, e então você é criando alguns público dados conjunto com Ferramentas este plugue para dentro decisão fabricantes, bancos, seguro empresas, formuladores de políticas, investidores, jornalistas, estudantes ... "

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Questionado sobre a responsabilidade da grande tecnologia em lidar com as mudanças climáticas, Cox disse "Eu pensar às a muito menos Está fazer uma comprometimento para ser carbono-negativo ".

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O trabalho do Sigla e do Planet Labs se entrelaça, pois Cox acredita que os dados climáticos comprovam a necessidade de alguém novo no Salão Oval. Embora Cox não tenha discutido isso no palco, a Wired o listou como parte do Shasta Group, que é o veículo de Cox para contribuir com esses projetos. Ainda assim, ele não está pronto para lançar uma empresa completa em política e clima. "Eu estou ainda tão jovem u00a0às esta campo este Eu não ter o suficiente confiança no meu próprio mental modelo do a mundo."

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Cox concluiu que, aproveitando os funcionários das grandes empresas e fazendo com que os líderes de equipe dediquem mais atenção às mudanças climáticas, "Eu Faz pensar tecnologia pode chumbo. " u00a0

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Chegou a palavra oficial das autoridades federais sobre uma causa potencial da doença misteriosa que afeta os usuários de vape: o acetato de vitamina E, um produto químico encontrado em alguns produtos vaping que demonstrou permanecer nos pulmões por muito tempo. A descoberta foi chamada de "avanço", mas está longe de ser a última palavra sobre a situação.

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Infelizmente, a condição já matou pelo menos 39 pessoas e mais de 2.000 casos foram registrados coletivamente em todos os estados, exceto no Alasca. Atualmente, o único conselho oferecido foi pare de vaping completamente.

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Em uma teleconferência da mídia, os chefes da investigação dos Centros de Controle e Prevenção de Doenças explicaram a base para apontar o dedo para o acetato de vitamina E. A substância foi citada como um possível problema desde o início, mas apenas testes recentes a estabeleceram como um suspeito de boa-fé, explicou a equipe.

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Amostras retiradas dos pulmões de 29 vítimas da doença foram enviadas de 10 estados diferentes, e o acetato de vitamina E foi encontrado em todos eles. "Essas descobertas fornecem evidências diretas de acetato de vitamina E como o principal local de lesão nos pulmões", disse Anne Schuchat, vice-diretora principal da CDC .

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Embora ela tenha concordado que essa evidência é uma "descoberta", ela observou que atualmente é apenas uma correlativo finding u2014 more research is required to establish causalidade, ou seja, o mecanismo de dano, embora outro trabalho tenha sido feito nessa área.

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"Pesquisas anteriores que não fazem parte do CDC sugerem que quando o acetato de vitamina E é inalado, ele pode interferir na função pulmonar normal", disse ela.

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"É importante observar que essas descobertas não descartam outros possíveis compostos ou ingredientes que podem estar causando essas lesões nos pulmões", continuou ela. "Pode haver mais de uma causa do surto."

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Igualmente importantes são as estatísticas envolvidas com as fontes das substâncias em questão. Como mencionado anteriormente na investigação, uma grande proporção das pessoas que sofrem dessa condição estava usando produtos THC, e especificamente aqueles adquiridos através de canais não regulamentados, como vendedores ambulantes.

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O acetato de vitamina E pode ter sido adicionado com o objetivo de essencialmente cortar o produto, mencionou Schuchat em resposta a uma pergunta da chamada.

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"Isso pode ser feito com a finalidade ilícita, ou com fins lucrativos, de diluir os materiais, fazendo com que pareça agradável e talvez não seja necessário usar tanto THC ou outros ingredientes ativos", disse ela.

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Outros produtos químicos potencialmente perigosos foram identificados nos produtos vape quando aquecidos e em aerossol, incluindo muitos que mesmo os criadores podem não ter previsto.

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O conhecimento de um possível culpado não está no cerne do problema, que seria esse produto químico (talvez entre outros) que já se acumula há meses ou anos nos pulmões de usuários frequentes de vape. O tratamento é uma linha paralela de pesquisa, mas conhecer pelo menos uma substância responsável deve ser útil.

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The CDC’s previous advice still stands, the officials noted: They advise avoiding vaping altogether, as there are very few controls at present over which ingredients are allowed in vape products, and what must be declared on the packaging, or indeed whether those declarations are in any way accurate.

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To learn more about the next wave of consumer startup investment outside Silicon Valley, Iu2019m speaking to leading B2C-focused investors in various hubs about the trends they’re excited about right now.u00a0

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Recently, I shared the responses from several London-based investors; today, we spoke to eight of New Yorku2019s top consumer VCs:

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Consumer health and banking startups were recurring areas of interest, and there’s a sense that apps and product brands which provide a deeper sense of community are an untapped opportunity.

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Rebecca Kaden, Partner at Union Square Ventures

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At USV, we are focused on opportunities that broaden access by leveraging technology to increase value and decrease cost in big buckets of consumer spend. In doing so, we are looking for ways to make products and services previously available to a select segment available to many more. In particular, we have been investing in areas of consumer health where the delivery mechanism not only makes the care more convenient but also more affordable and higher quality; products and platforms in financial services that change the traditional underlying model to drive financial health for a mass customer; and opportunities that create new access to education both for kids and lifelong learners.u00a0

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Within each of these segments, I’ve been very interested in how new communities are forming inside products–users that come for a specific offering are forming allegiance and increasing engagement by interacting with other users. I think that is a trend we will only see accelerate.

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David Tisch, Founding Partner at BoxGroup

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People are bored on their phones, not of their phones. I am most excited to meet founders working on consumer apps that bring happiness and fun to a mass consumer audience, as I continue to believe we are in the early days of mobile and the app store is not dead.

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These apps may look like a game, they may be a game, or they may be a new feed, but TikTok, Twitch, HQ, Yolo and other Snap app kit apps, Tinder and others have shown consumers want new apps, the barrier for adoption and retention isu00a0 just very high. All apps and games have a half-life, creating something with a very long one is really hard, but the demand is sitting on the phone scrolling thorough feeds, waiting for some new fun. We are excited about apps that allow people to interact with others in different ways, in new worlds, using new hardware, or new interfaces.

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Anu Duggal, Founding Partner at Female Founders Fund

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With the rise of the sober curious movement, we invested in Kin Euphorics, offering consumers a sexy option to an alcoholic drink, creating a social experience around a non-alcoholic beverage that doesnu2019t exist in the market today. With beer sales decreasing five years in a row, brands like Heineken are offering alcohol-free alternatives catering to this growing audience.

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With the decline of religion, we have seen the rise of what we call the u201crise of the alternate community.u201d Consumers are looking for ways to connect online and offline based on specific interests. Examples of this in our portfolio include The Wonder, a membership model for familyhood, Peanut, a social network for modern motherhood, and Co-Star, an astrology app.

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To learn more about the next wave of consumer startup investment outside Silicon Valley, Iu2019m speaking to leading B2C-focused investors in various hubs about the trends they’re excited about right now.u00a0

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Recently, I shared the responses from several London-based investors; today, we spoke to eight of New Yorku2019s top consumer VCs:

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Consumer health and banking startups were recurring areas of interest, and there’s a sense that apps and product brands which provide a deeper sense of community are an untapped opportunity.

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Rebecca Kaden, Partner at Union Square Ventures

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At USV, we are focused on opportunities that broaden access by leveraging technology to increase value and decrease cost in big buckets of consumer spend. In doing so, we are looking for ways to make products and services previously available to a select segment available to many more. In particular, we have been investing in areas of consumer health where the delivery mechanism not only makes the care more convenient but also more affordable and higher quality; products and platforms in financial services that change the traditional underlying model to drive financial health for a mass customer; and opportunities that create new access to education both for kids and lifelong learners.u00a0

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Within each of these segments, I’ve been very interested in how new communities are forming inside products–users that come for a specific offering are forming allegiance and increasing engagement by interacting with other users. I think that is a trend we will only see accelerate.

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David Tisch, Founding Partner at BoxGroup

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People are bored on their phones, not of their phones. I am most excited to meet founders working on consumer apps that bring happiness and fun to a mass consumer audience, as I continue to believe we are in the early days of mobile and the app store is not dead.

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These apps may look like a game, they may be a game, or they may be a new feed, but TikTok, Twitch, HQ, Yolo and other Snap app kit apps, Tinder and others have shown consumers want new apps, the barrier for adoption and retention isu00a0 just very high. All apps and games have a half-life, creating something with a very long one is really hard, but the demand is sitting on the phone scrolling thorough feeds, waiting for some new fun. We are excited about apps that allow people to interact with others in different ways, in new worlds, using new hardware, or new interfaces.

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Anu Duggal, Founding Partner at Female Founders Fund

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With the rise of the sober curious movement, we invested in Kin Euphorics, offering consumers a sexy option to an alcoholic drink, creating a social experience around a non-alcoholic beverage that doesnu2019t exist in the market today. With beer sales decreasing five years in a row, brands like Heineken are offering alcohol-free alternatives catering to this growing audience.

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With the decline of religion, we have seen the rise of what we call the u201crise of the alternate community.u201d Consumers are looking for ways to connect online and offline based on specific interests. Examples of this in our portfolio include The Wonder, a membership model for familyhood, Peanut, a social network for modern motherhood, and Co-Star, an astrology app.

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Recently reelected, Indonesian President Joko Widodou00a0announced a desire to move the nation’s capital from Jakarta to the East Kalimantan region, citing environmental concerns, the most exigent of these being the fact that Jakarta is literally sinking due to the uncontrolled extraction of groundwater. Widodo said he wished to separate Indonesiau2019s government from its business and economic hub in Jakarta.

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However, what would a move from Jakarta do to Indonesiau2019s burgeoning startup economy?

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Shifting administrative governmental hubs

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According to Widodo, studies have determined that the best site for the proposed new capital is between North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kertanegara, both located in East Kalimantan. The basis of this selection is due to studies highlighting the regionu2019s relative protection from natural disasters, especially when compared to other regions. This would definitely be a benefit for the governmental heart of Indonesia, ensuring continuous administrative functions in a disaster-prone region. Other governments have separated administrative centers from their economic hubs with varying degrees of success, with some examples being Brazilu2019s creation of Brasu00edlia, as well as Koreau2019s projected move from Seoul to Sejong.

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What is most interesting to note from prior examples is that these newer branched-out cities are non-surprisingly, heavily government-centric. In Brasu00edlia, roles tied to the government make up nearly 40% of all jobs, while in Sejong, a lack of facilities like public transit and commercial mall space cause many to commute into Sejong for government work, instead of permanently settling in the area. Given the semi-undeveloped nature of East Kalimantan, these anecdotes are quite troubling if the government is actually moving to North Penajam Paser or Kutai Kertanegara.

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These facts raise the question of economic impacts of such governmental moves. In fact, one may even opine that while these moves do allow for governmental growth, ultimately, they may hurt the country economically due to a divestment between both government and economic hubs. In this specific instance, it is most important to analyze the impact of such a move on Indonesiau2019s startup economy, as the nation is one the worldu2019s leaders in startup growth.

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Indonesiau2019s startup economy

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Indonesia has emerged as a startup hub within Southeast Asia in recent years, with its population of over 260 million marking it as the worldu2019s fourth-most populous country. Additionally, Indonesiau2019s mobile-first population has enabled the full embrace of the internet era, with 95% of all internet users in Indonesia connected to the web via a mobile device.

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Similarly, startup growth has boomed in the island archipelago, with several Indonesian-based unicorns disrupting local, regional, and global economies. Softbank-backed ecommerce giant Tokopedia is currently in talksu00a0for a pre-IPO funding round, while emerging super-app Gojek controls significant portions of the ride-sharing industry in Asia, simultaneously expanding intou00a0separate industriesu00a0to include digital payments, food delivery, and evenu00a0video-streaming. Additionally, online travel portal Traveloka (in which Expedia has a minority stake) has recentlyu00a0entered the financial services space, furthering its impact within Asia. These specific examples of high-growth startups demonstrate a population hungry for innovation, further driving the developing startup economy.

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The crowded landscape of programs teaching non-technical people to become software developers has been a proving ground for a new model of education financing: income share agreements (ISAs). With an ISA, students avoid paying tuition upfront or taking out private loans, instead paying a percentage of their income for a time after graduation after they’re earning a minimum income.

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The model aligns education providers with students’ career outcomes, and one startup is staking a claim to be the leader in the space; Kenzie Academy, a year-long program with a physical campus in Indianapolis u2014 and a student body that’s 66 percent online u2014 announced a partnership with Community Investment Management (CIM) earlier this week that provides $100 million in debt to cover the operating costs associated with students who defer payment through ISAs.

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Kenzie co-founder and CEO Chok Ooi says that core to Kenzie’s mission is the goal that its graduates “can stay in the heartland and attract more jobs so that someone coming out of the Midwest no longer has to move to Silicon Valley or New York to have a successful career in tech.” This $100 million is one of the largest commitments yet to financing ISAs and Kenzie is using it to recruit a more diverse population of students who may not be able to afford tuition or qualify for student loans otherwise.

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I interviewed Ooi to understand how Kenzie differentiates itself from competitors, how it has iterated its model to improve retention and job placement and how he expects the ISA market to evolve over the next couple years. Here’s the transcript of our conversation, edited for length and clarity:

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Eric Peckham: The landscape of software developer training programs is crowded. Where did you see an opportunity to do something different, and how do you position Kenzie relative to others in the market?

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Chok Ooi: My co-founder came from Galvanize, so we observed firsthand the proliferation of tech and coding boot camps. These are typically short-term, three-to-five month programs and they tend to do well serving people with college degrees. I would say that they are disrupting the masters’ program space. We saw a major gap in programs that serve a much larger demographic of people who are much earlier in their development. People who never went to college, or did a little bit of college and dropped out, or just never had a professional work experience. A three-month training is insufficient to get them to a point where they could land a technical job and be successful.

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We saw an opportunity to bring high-quality tech education to the American heartland that is 12 months in length. For about two-thirds of our students, this is their first post-secondary credential training.

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We are giving them not just the technical skills, but elements from a traditional four-year college as well, like critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills.

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Compared to those other bootcamps or training programs, is Kenzie targeting different job outcomes for its graduates?

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We did a survey of our students that asked them to name the top five tech companies they desired to work for. None of the Silicon Valley companies made the list other than Salesforce. Indianapolis is the second largest Salesforce office outside of San Francisco. The rest of the companies our students named were companies like DMI and Zylo that people in Silicon Valley don’t hear about but are doing very well in the Midwest. Their friends work there. They’re a fabric of the community. If we really want to create job opportunities for the rest of America, we cannot adopt the Silicon Valley mindset.

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Kenzie Academy co-Founder and CEO Chok Ooi.

Kenzie Academy co-founder and CEO Chok Ooi.

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So how do you evaluate technical aptitude and critical thinking in the admissions process? What’s that process look like, and how has it evolved over the last couple of years? What have you learned in order to make that more effective?

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Prior to founding Kenzie, I started a company nine years ago called AglityIO. The model for AgilityIO was similar to companies like Andela. We were trying to solve the talent crunch in the Bay Area by recruiting and training people with the raw talent in Vietnam. Today, that company works with Google, Uber, NerdWallet, Meetup.com and 150 other tech companies. So Iu2019ve experience in developing processes to identify raw talent in this context.

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As people are doing the online assessments, we collect data points of how long it takes for them to solve the problem, what their different decision points are and things like that. Then as they get enrolled in Kenzie, we continue to collect attendance data, grades, and then placement data and use that to look at success and failure cases. We constantly refine our assessment.

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Are you seeing any particular pattern or cluster in the applications youu2019re receiving or the candidates youu2019re accepting in terms of prior field of employment or aspect of their background?

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These projects often focus on machine learning and artificial intelligence, and since Microsoft is on a mission to infuse all of its products with more AI smarts, it’s no surprise that it’s also seeking ways to integrate Microsoft Research’s innovations into the rest of the company.

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Across the board, the company is trying to find ways to become more innovative, especially around its work in AI, and it’s putting processes in place to do so. Microsoft is unusually open about this process, too, and actually made it somewhat of a focus this week at Ignite, a yearly conference that typically focuses more on technical IT management topics.

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At Ignite,u00a0Microsoft will for the first time present these projects externally at a dedicated keynote. That feels similar to what Google used to do with its ATAP group at its I/O events and is obviously meant to showcase the cutting-edge innovation that happens inside of Microsoft (outside of making Excel smarter).

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To manage its AI innovation efforts, Microsoft created the Microsoft AI group led by VP Mitra Azizirad, who’s tasked with establishing thought leadership in this space internally and externally, and helping the company itself innovate faster (Microsoft’s AI for Good projects also fall under this group’s purview). I sat down with Azizirad to get a better idea of what her team is doing and how she approaches getting companies to innovate around AI and bring research projects out of the lab.

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“We began to put together a narrative for the company of what it really means to be in an AI-driven world and what we look at from a differentiated perspective,” Azizirad said. “What we’ve done in this area is something that has resonated and landed well. And now we’re including AI, but we’re expanding beyond it to other paradigm shifts like human-machine interaction, future of computing and digital responsibility, as more than just a set of principles and practices but an area of innovation in and of itself.”

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Currently, Microsoft is doing a very good job at talking and thinking about horizon one opportunities, as well as horizon three projects that are still years out, she said. “Horizon two, we need to get better at, and that’s what we’re doing.”

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It’s worth stressing that Microsoft AI, which launched about two years ago, marks the first time there’s a business, marketing and product management team associated with Microsoft Research, so the team does get a lot of insights into upcoming technologies. Just in the last couple of years, Microsoft has published more than 6,000 research papers on AI, some of which clearly have a future in the company’s products.

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Securing a green card can feel overwhelming for people in Silicon Valley who were born in India and China. But with the right help and guidance from a skilled immigration attorney, the process can be simpler, smoother and more successful.

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Limits written into existing immigration laws on both the number of green cards issued each year, as well as the number of green cards available based on country of origin, leave some waiting half a century or more for a green card, with people from India and China facing the longest wait times for employment-based green cards.

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In this fiscal year, which ended on October 31, 226,000 family-sponsored green cards and 141,918 employment-based green cards were available. And the per-country cap, which is the maximum number of green cards available to individuals born in a particular country, was 25,754.u00a0

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Although these U.S. laws pose an extra challenge for people born in countries with the highest demand for green cards, if you were born in India or China, there are some things you can do to mitigate this wait.

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o EB-1A green card for extraordinary ability does not require an employer sponsor or even a job offer, which means itu2019s one of the few self-petition green cards. To demonstrate eligibility,u00a0you must be able to show you have extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics and that you and your work have received national or international acclaim.u00a0

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Individuals who apply for the EB-1A do not need to obtain labor certification (as required of employers). That means the process is simpler and can be much faster than typical employment-based green cards. Also, an individual applicant may have more flexibility to change jobs than if an employer applied on their behalf.

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o EB-1B green card for outstanding researchers and professors requires an employer to sponsor you. Candidates for the EB-1B green card must demonstrate great achievements in their academic field.u00a0

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And finally, the EB-1C green card for multinational managers and executives enables an employer to bring an executive or manager who has been working abroad over to the U.S. to live and work. The EB-1C candidate must have worked outside the U.S. for the employer for at least one year.

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Amat Cama and Richard Zhu, who make up Team Fluoroacetate, scored $60,000 in bug bounties for their integer overflow exploit against the latest Amazon Echo Show 5, an Alexa-powered smart display.

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An integer overflow bug happens when a mathematical operation tries to create a number but has no space for it in its memory, causing the number to overflow outside of its allotted memory. That can have security implications for the device.

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