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Meet Allison Arzeno, the data science whiz leading insurance tech company Assurance IQ

GeekWire

It’s been a leadership roller coaster ride over the past two years for Allison Arzeno , chief executive officer of Seattle insurance technology company Assurance IQ. Assurance, which uses tech to match customers with insurance plans, was navigating a pandemic that disrupted its business.

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A Geico Data Breach Let Cyber Fraudsters Steal Customers' Driver's License Numbers

GizModo VR

Car insurance giant Geico has quietly disclosed that a recent security breach allowed cyber thieves to steal customers’ driver’s license information right off the company’s website.

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Geico data breach exposed customers’ driver’s license numbers for more than a month

The Verge

Insurance company Geico suffered a data breach earlier this year that exposed customers’ driver’s license numbers for more than a month, according to a data breach notice filed with the attorney general of California. Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge.

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Apple's security chief charged over alleged iPads for gun licenses scheme

TechSpot

James Jensen of the sheriff's department and insurance broker Harpreet Chadha were indicted by a grand jury last week following a two-year investigation into the alleged scheme The LA Times writes that Apple Chief Security Officer Thomas Moyer, Santa Clara County Undersheriff Rick Sung, Capt.

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Porch completes $100M Homeowners of America acquisition, doubling down on insurance market

GeekWire

Based in Irving, Texas, Homeowners of America operates in six states but is licensed to operate in 31 states. Porch says it will use the acquisition to build its national footprint in the home insurance market. Matt Ehrlichman, Porch founder and CEO. Porch Group Photo).

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Newly public, Porch makes 4 acquisitions for more than $122M, discloses larger-than-expected loss

GeekWire

It makes money from software licenses and transaction fees that it receives when connecting homebuyers to movers, insurance agents, home automation and security firms, TV/internet companies and other service providers. Real Estate Homeowners of America Insurance Porch Group

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AI Solution Development Requires Trusted Cooperation For The Long Haul

Forrester's Customer Insights

Many AI practitioners and those exploring AI solutions expect to reap the benefits of AI technologies simply by adopting licensed API services in the cloud. application development & delivery artificial intelligence (AI) computer vision emerging technology machine learning AI Automation digital business digital insurer Emerging Technologies innovation

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Seattle launches permit system for companies testing self-driving vehicles on city streets

GeekWire

The permit also requires companies to share information with the city on their test driver training programs, any collisions or other incidents involving their vehicles, and proof of insurance. A Zoox vehicle makes its way around Amazon’s campus in Seattle.

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Marc Andreessen on the future of technology and implications for interactions between government and citizens

CTOvision

A key examplesto consider is health insurance. We can now envision entirely new ways of conceiving health insurance– if you take big data/machine learning approach. We can say the same with auto insurance and crop insurance, financial services, loan risk scoring – all of which can be done far more accurately now than historically. Also consider the application of AI and automation to constructs like the drivers license. By Bob Gourley.

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How CIOs Can Become Artificial Intelligence Experts

The Accidental Successful CIO

However, now, industries as diverse as retailing, manufacturing, finance and insurance are taking advantage of new products that make it much easier for businesses to create AI tools specific to their needs.

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Token-Based Identity

Phil Windley

Both Alice and Bob have a number of credentials (tokens) in their digital wallets that they control and will be important in creating the report: Proof of insurance issued by their respective insurance companies.

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Senators ask regulators to investigate bank and crypto ties, citing Washington state bank

GeekWire

By acquiring Farmington, Moonstone received a banking charter , a business license required for U.S. million, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and it did not offer online banking or credit cards. Elizabeth Warren at a 2019 campaign rally in Seattle.

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Exclusive: Google quietly acquired a Seattle digital health startup that built an app to monitor breathing

GeekWire

Food and Drug Administration to market the app, opening the door to reimbursement from insurance companies. The Senosis deal came with a non-exclusive license, enabling other companies interested in the technology to license it as well.

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Magic Leap somehow raised $500 million to make another AR headset

The Verge

She listed the company’s enterprise customers, including Ericsson, and Farmers Insurance, the latter of which used the company’s tech to train new employees remotely during the pandemic. Magic Leap.

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Parker Manufacturing Hit with Conti Ransomware

SecureWorld News

This information may have included individuals' names in combination with one or more of the following: Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, driver's license numbers, U.S.

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Moonstone Bank, the Washington state bank with ties to FTX, will wind down crypto operations

GeekWire

By acquiring Farmington, Moonstone received a banking charter , a business license required for U.S. million, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and it did not offer online banking or credit cards.

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Microsoft's Docs.com is sharing dangerously sensitive personal files and information

Network World

PCWorld found social security numbers, health insurance ID numbers, bank records, job applications, personal contact details, legal correspondence, and drivers license numbers with just a few minutes of searching. If you use Microsoft’s Docs.com to store personal documents, stop reading this and make sure you aren’t inadvertently leaking your private information to the world.

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CIOs Struggle To Find The Machine Learning Employees That They Need

The Accidental Successful CIO

People with the CIO job at banks, insurers and other financial companies say efforts to expand their use of artificial intelligence are being hampered by a scarcity of both data and employees with the skills that are needed.

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Reddit’s lead GameStop hypebeast is being sued for his role in the stock surge

The Verge

The lawsuit claims that he created a “fake persona” of an investment newbie, while actually having several financial certifications and working for an insurance company (which is also named as a defendant, with the case citing “failure to supervise”). Image: Roaring Kitty/Keith Patrick Gill.

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Building Identity Systems on the Sovrin Network

Phil Windley

For example, I may have a credential representing my drivers license and one representing my employee ID. Drivers license. Business licenses. Professional licensing (government and private). Insurance cards. Insurance claims.

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Veritone launches new platform to let celebrities and influencers clone their voice with AI

The Verge

that will let creators, media figures, and others generate deepfake clones of their voice to license as they wish. Although Veritone markets itself as an “AI company,” a big part of its revenue apparently comes from old-school advertising and content licensing. Veritone’s Marvel.AI

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Healthcare Provider Suffers Data Breach Impacting 1.3 Million Patients

SecureWorld News

The healthcare sector continues to be a high priority target for malicious threat actors, as it has been throughout the pandemic. The industry is strained by so many factors that proper cybersecurity protocols can be overlooked, presenting an opportunity for threat actors to try to turn a quick buck.

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Amazon launching ‘Amazon Clinic,’ a virtual health service intended to treat a variety of conditions

GeekWire

The service will initially operate in 32 states, and does not yet accept insurance. The company announced in September that it is licensing its virtual care delivery platform in a deal with Tacoma, Wash.-based (Amazon Image). Amazon is trying its hand at another healthcare service.

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71 countries and counting. Uganda joins Spearline fixed-line testing!

Spearline

SimbaNET is a licensed East African Public Data Operator. SimbaNET’s client list includes some of East Africa’s largest banks, regional hotel chains, insurance, education institutions, ISPs and several government ministries, institutions and agencies. Hello Uganda!

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Porch Group makes unusual promise in latest acquisition — guaranteeing its stock will double

GeekWire

Big deals have become almost run-of-the-mill for Seattle-based home services tech company Porch Group , which has been acquiring an array of companies in areas such as home inspections, moving, real estate, and insurance. million; California-based CSE Insurance for $48.6

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Seattle startup JetClosing, which launched in 2016 to digitize home closing process, is shutting down

GeekWire

The company charged a flat escrow fee to both sides for each transaction and made additional revenue on issuing owners and lenders title insurance policies. JetClosing is licensed to operate in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington. (JetClosing Photo).

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The FAA is opening the door a crack for self-flying drones like Skydio to reach their potential

The Verge

It’s not the first time the FAA has granted a BVLOS waiver; the agency has granted limited waivers since the first drone rules rolled out, but early waivers were often for a single flight or series of flights by a licensed pilot who’d applied months in advance. But now, we’re talking about a waiver for a consumer-grade drone, under the standard Part 107 license anyone can apply for to start a drone business, that applies across an entire state for multiple years at a time.

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Avalara’s acquisition spree continues: Seattle tax automation company to buy INPOSIA Solutions

GeekWire

Earlier this month, Seattle-based Avalara acquired Impendulo Limited , a London-based company that sells insurance tax compliance software. Last month, Avalara said it paid $97 million in cash and stock to buy the operational assets of Business Licenses , a Monsey, N.Y.-based

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Ransomware Backlash: Patients Are Suing Scripps Health

SecureWorld News

The personally identifiable information (PII) compromised Social Security numbers, driver license numbers, health insurance information, and medical records, among others. It is not very often that a ransomware attack can actually cause physical harm to a person.

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Stromer ST2 e-bike review: too hot for Europe

The Verge

Makers of s-pedelecs like the Stromer ST2 are subjected to a grueling certification process that then requires owners to hold a moped-class driver’s license, liability insurance, and registration. EU requires moped license, registration, and liability insurance.

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Ransomware Backlash: Patients Are Suing Scripps Health

SecureWorld News

The personally identifiable information (PII) compromised Social Security numbers, driver license numbers, health insurance information, and medical records, among others. It is not very often that a ransomware attack can actually cause physical harm to a person.

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Tech Moves: Former Rover CTO joins moving startup Dolly; Egencia’s CFO to depart; and more

GeekWire

Regi Vengalil , the CFO at Expedia Group’s corporate travel business unit Egencia, will be departing in May to join pay-per-mile auto insurer Metromile as CFO. In addition to offering its own auto insurance policies, the company also licenses its cloud-based technology to other insurers.

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You've Had an Automobile Accident: Multi-Source Identity to the Rescue

Phil Windley

Both Alice and Bob have a number of credentials in their digital wallets that they control that will be important in creating the report: Proof of insurance issued by their respective insurance companies. Driver's license issued by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) in Alice's case and the DMV in Bob's. The exchange works regardless of the fact that Alice and Bob use different insurance companies. Summary: The real world is messy and unpredictable.

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Kitty Hawk abandons its Flyer project, lays off dozens

The Verge

TechCrunch reports that a few Flyer staff will be brought over to the Heaviside project, and the rest will walk away with 20 weeks of pay, annual bonuses, and will have their health insurance covered through the end of the year. Image: Kitty Hawk.

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JetClosing closes $11M investment round, names Seattle tech vet Anna Collins as CEO

GeekWire

The company charges a flat escrow fee to both sides for each transaction and makes additional revenue on issuing owners and lenders title insurance policies. JetClosing is licensed to operate in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington.

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With pandemic taking a toll on mental health, Joon Care raises $3.5M to help teens and young adults

GeekWire

The Joon Care app connects customers to a licensed youth-focused therapist. Joon Care does not contract directly with insurance, but therapists can provide an itemized statement for out-of-network reimbursement. Joon Care co-founders Amy Mezulis and Josh Herst. Joon Care Photos).

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Seattle mental health startup Alongside raises $5.5M, aims to test app with schools

GeekWire

Adolescents have a massive barrier to accessing help — cost, stigma, language, and limited supply of licensed therapists are all well documented problems. There is too little supply, and it is too expensive, especially with insurance rarely helping. Alongside CEO Jay Goyal.

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Amazon reserves up to 83 rocket launches for Project Kuiper broadband satellite constellation

GeekWire

” The FCC license requires Amazon to launch at least half of its planned 3,236-satellite constellation by 2026, and today Amazon said its procurement plan should meet that schedule.

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Relationships in the Self-Sovereign Internet of Things

Phil Windley

In addition to relationships with owners, cars also have relationships with other players in the vehicle ecosystem including: mechanics, gas stations, insurance companies, finance companies, and government agencies. Doug also has a relationship with his insurance company.

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Authentic Digital Relationships

Phil Windley

Both Alice and Bob have a number of credentials that will be necessary to create the report: Proof of insurance issued by their respective insurance companies. Driver's license, potentially from a different agencies than the one who registers cars and potentially in different states.

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JetClosing raises $8.5M as pandemic highlights demand for digital title and escrow service

GeekWire

The company charges a flat escrow fee to both sides for each transaction and makes additional revenue on issuing owners and lenders title insurance policies. JetClosing is now licensed to operate in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington.

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Bank downplays ties to FTX sister company in latest fallout from crypto exchange failure

GeekWire

million, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and it did not offer online banking or credit cards. By acquiring Farmington, Moonstone received a banking charter, a business license required for financial institutions handling deposits and offering other bank-like services.

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Fred Hutch spinout lands $10M for precision test to guide cancer treatment, develop drugs

GeekWire

One aim is to generate data showing the value and effectiveness of the test for insurance companies. Its model is to take candidates through early testing and regulatory hurdles, licensing them when they are ready for phase 1 clinical trials.