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AlienVault, Dragos, Lastline and NEC Corporation have joined the Cyber Threat Alliance, a nonprofit founded by cybersecurity heavy hitters that include Cisco, McAfee and Symantec to share cyber threat information to improve protection against sophisticated adversaries.

Why it matters: The burden to build cyber defenses is split between the government and the private sector, but cybersecurity and tech vendors have some of the best access to data about threats. "Unlike a lot of other national security areas where we’ve given the government a monopoly … it does not have the monopoly on the cyberspace," Michael Daniel, the CEO and President of CTA and Barack Obama's former cybersecurity coordinator, said on a panel Thursday morning.

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When U.S. politicians exploit foreign disinformation

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U.S. political actors will keep weaponizing the impact of widespread foreign disinformation campaigns on American elections, making these operations that much more effective and attractive to Russia, China, Iran or other countries backing them.

Why it matters: Hostile powers’ disinformation campaigns aim to destabilize the U.S., and each time a domestic politician embraces them, it demonstrates that they work.

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Samsung debuts Note 20, new foldable smartphone

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Samsung unveiled its crop of new mobile devices Wednesday, including two versions of the Note 20 smartphone, an updated foldable device, two tablets and a watch.

Why it matters: The new devices aim to give Samsung an early start at the second half of the year, with products aimed at parents buying fresh gear for the back-to-homeschool season.

Joe Biden will no longer travel to Milwaukee for Democratic convention

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Joe Biden will no longer be traveling to Milwaukee the week of Aug. 17 to accept his nomination in person at the Democratic National Convention due to COVID-19 concerns, the DNC announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: No planned speakers will travel to Milwaukee, meaning that the convention will be entirely virtual — unlike the hybrid event that the party had previously been planning. Biden will accept the nomination from his home state of Delaware.