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Jordan Strauss/Invision for SCEA/AP Images

Former Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton spoke yesterday about North Korea's infamous 2014 hack of his company's systems, during an interview at the Lerer Hippeau Ventures CEO Summit in New York City. Takeaways:

  • Lesson learned: Lynton, now chairman of Snap, says that he no longer keeps emails online for more than 10 days, either deleting them or moving them to a non-networked hard drive. He believes that such strategies are important for companies to somehow mirror, even if it causes minor revolt among factions like sales.
  • Key to a crisis: He says it is essential that a CEO not delegate decisions during a crisis, and also that he or she project confidence to employees that they will all get through the danger together. Privately, however, Lynton had serious fears that Sony Entertainment would not survive.
  • Communication: One major challenge in the immediate aftermath was figuring out how to communicate with global employees, given that many of Sony's servers were down and it was unclear if corporate emails were still at risk. The make-shift solution was what Lynton called a "text messaging tree."

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Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to Texas abortion law

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

Officials warn 5 key tech sectors will determine whether China overtakes U.S.

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U.S. intelligence officials responsible for protecting advanced technologies have narrowed their focus to five key sectors: artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotechnology, semiconductors and autonomous systems.

Why it matters: China and Russia are employing a variety of legal and illegal methods to undermine and overtake U.S. dominance in these critical industries, officials warned in a new paper. Their success will determine "whether America remains the world’s leading superpower or is eclipsed by strategic competitors."