The Register: Cisco requires COVID-19 shots for all US staff – even remote workers

The Register: Cisco requires COVID-19 shots for all US staff – even remote workers. “Cisco has updated its COVID-19 vaccination policy for US staff to make the jabs mandatory – even for those who work remotely. The new policy, a copy of which was obtained by The Register, requires ‘all US-based employees (including US Territories), regardless of whether you work remotely or in a Cisco facility, be fully vaccinated … or have an approved medical or religious accommodation, by December 8, 2021.’”

Asian Age: Cisco partners Google to roll out public WiFi in Bengaluru

Asian Age: Cisco partners Google to roll out public WiFi in Bengaluru. “US networking giant Cisco on Monday said it is collaborating with Google for its ‘gStation’ offering that provides access to free and high-speed WiFi at public locations across the country. Under the partnership, Cisco is providing the network infrastructure and a pilot has been rolled out in Bengaluru. About 25 locations in the city are already live and another 200 locations will go live in the next 2-3 months.”

eWeek: Duo Security Digs Into Chrome Extension Security With CRXcavator

eWeek: Duo Security Digs Into Chrome Extension Security With CRXcavator. “Cisco’s Duo Security business unit is announcing the public beta of a new tool called CRXcavator on Feb. 21 that will make it easier for organizations to take inventory of the Chrome extensions running across their enterprise, understand what if any risk they pose and then link that to a policy for secure deployment. As part of the effort to build CRXcavator, Duo also looked at more than 120,000 Chrome extensions to discover potential security concerns and risks.”

Google Blog: Coming together to create a prior art archive

Google Blog: Coming together to create a prior art archive. “A healthy patent system requires that patent applicants and examiners be able to find and access the best documentation of state-of-the-art technology. This documentation is often found in sources other than patents. Non-patent literature can be particularly hard to find and access in the software field, where it may take the form of user manuals, technical specifications, or product marketing materials. Without access to this information, patent offices may issue patents covering existing technology, or not recognize trivial extensions of published research, removing the public’s right to use it and bringing the reliability of patent rights into question. To address this problem, academia and industry have worked together to launch the Prior Art Archive, created through a collaboration between the MIT Media Lab, Cisco and the USPTO, and hosted by MIT. The Prior Art Archive is a new, open access […]

Tubefilter: Cisco Announces YouTube Ad Boycott, Citing Fear Of A “Brand-Tarnishing Experience”

Tubefilter: Cisco Announces YouTube Ad Boycott, Citing Fear Of A “Brand-Tarnishing Experience”. “After 300 brands — including telecom giant Cisco — were discovered to have run YouTube ads last month on videos promoting Nazism, pedophilia, and conspiracy theories, the video giant is once again facing advertiser fallout. Cisco announced in a blog post Wednesday that it was pulling all ads from YouTube due to brand safety concerns — though it promptly removed and re-edited the post 24 hours later.”

CNBC: Google and Cisco team up in the cloud wars against Amazon

CNBC: Google and Cisco team up in the cloud wars against Amazon. “When Chuck Robbins was promoted to CEO of Cisco in 2015, the company’s technology was in danger of losing relevance. When Google named Diane Greene as head of its cloud division that same year, her unit was desperate to close the gap with Amazon Web Services. Two years later, Robbins and Greene are teaming up to develop and sell cloud technology and services in a whole new way and to take on AWS.”

Engadget: Cisco’s web meeting plugin for Chrome has a whopping flaw

Engadget: Cisco’s web meeting plugin for Chrome has a whopping flaw. “If you participate in corporate web meetings, there’s a good chance you have Cisco’s WebEx Chrome extension. If so, you’ll want to check that it’s patched to version 1.03, because it has a scary hole that leaves machines open to drive-by attacks. In other words, ‘any website could just install malware on your machine silently,’ security expert Filippo Valsorda tweeted.”