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Arduino Day 2019: Thank you 659 times!

By Arduino Team

This year’s Arduino Day, held on March 16th, consisted of 659 celebrations across 106 countries with talks, project exhibitions, open activities, workshops, live demos, hackathons, and Ask the Expert sessions.

The Official Arduino Day event took place in Milan, in collaboration with Manifattura (see photos), where Massimo Banzi and Fabio Violante unveiled some important figures on Arduino, including the number of IDE downloads over the last year (28M), active users (863K), and Forum contributors (762K). They also presented the latest additions to the MKR family — the MKR GPS Shield, the MKR RGB Shield, the MKR ENV Shield and the MKR THERM Shield — as well as announced the development of the Vidor Visual Composer.

Other keynote sessions by our team focused on Arduino and the open source community, the winners of the Arduino Day Community Challenge, the new Arduino IoT Cloud, and highlights around Arduino Education.

Were you unable to join us in Italy or tune in to the Arduino Day live stream? Well, we’ve got some good news. You can watch the event in its entirety below, including the AMA with Massimo Banzi!

We are immensely proud of the amazing success of Arduino Day 2019, and we want to THANK all of the communities that helped make this special occasion possible. Already looking ahead to next year? Mark your calendars, because Arduino Day 2020 will be taking place on March 21st. In the meantime, don’t forget to share any images or videos of your Arduino Day fun with the hashtag #ArduinoD19!

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Germany’s 5G Spectrum Auctions Begin, Powered by Fax Machines

By Grace Dobush


Europe’s largest economy is taking its first steps towards building a next-generation mobile network. Germany’s 5G bandwidth spectrum auctions began Tuesday morning at the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) in Bonn, with four telecoms companies bidding on 41 spectrum bundles.

Just as 4G networks made it possible for smartphones to become a part of our everyday lives, 5G networks are expected to enable the full potential of the Internet of Things, including autonomous driving. The procedure to award these slices of the future takes a surprisingly old-fashioned form, however.

The four firms, Deutsche Telekom, Telef?nica, Vodafone and Drillisch 1&1, are bidding via a secure network from separate rooms in a former army barracks, Reuters reports. Having surrendered their smartphones upon entering, the representatives can only discuss strategy with their head offices via fax machine.

Despite being renowned worldwide for their technology, Handelsblatt reports that two-thirds of German companies regularly use faxes, whereas only half of them use video conferencing technologies — and just one-third use messaging services or online collaboration tools. The simple reason is that Germans consider faxes more secure than digital messaging and that faxed documents carry legal weight with banks and insurance companies, while emailed documents do not.

Vodafone Germany CEO Hannes Ametsreiter tweeted Tuesday morning: “The network of the future waits behind this door. The #5G auction is starting, and our bids are submitted from this strictly secured auction room In D?sseldorf [sic]. I’m going in there now. My phone, unfortunately, has to stay outside.”

Hinter dieser T?r wartet das Netz der Zukunft. Die #5G-Auktion startet – und aus diesem streng gesicherten Auktionsraum in D?sseldorf werden unsere Gebote abgegeben. Ich geh’ jetzt mal da rein. Mein Handy muss leider draussen bleiben. pic.twitter.com/ljec0OilW4

— Hannes Ametsreiter (@H_Ametsreiter) March 19, 2019

The 41 spectrum bundles are being auctioned simultaneously, with one hour allotted for each round of bidding. Bidding will take place from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with a lunch break from noon to 2 p.m.

The auctions are expected to take at least three weeks and could raise as much as EUR5 billion ($5.7 billion) for Germany’s federal government. Germany’s last spectrum auction in 2015 raised EUR5.1 billion from three bidders: Deutsche Telekom


, Vodafone


und Telef?nica



Drillisch 1&1’s entry into the 5G auctions was not certain until January. The subsidiary of United Internet


currently relies on using other telecoms’ networks as a “virtual” mobile network. CEO Ralph Dommermuth arranged EUR2.8 billion in funding for the 5G spectrum auction in the hope of becoming Germany’s fourth mobile network.

Starting bids for each 5G spectrum block ranged from EUR1.7 million to EUR5 million. In the first round of bidding Tuesday, Drillisch 1&1 came out stronger than any of its competitors with high bids of more than EUR20 million for numerous spectrum blocks.

The 5G auctions come after months of uncertainty. A German court last week dismissed lawsuits from the telecoms operators, who had argued that the government’s requirement to provide high-speed coverage to 98% of German households by 2022 was too demanding. Regulators also had to clarify rules on network equipment following U.S. pressure to ban China’s Huawei Technologies on national security grounds. Germany decided instead to impose stricter requirements on all hardware vendors.

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Brace yourselves: New variant of Mirai takes aim at a new crop of IoT devices

By Dan Goodin

Brace yourselves: New variant of Mirai takes aim at a new crop of IoT devices

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Mirai, the virulent Internet of Things malware that delivered record-setting denial-of-service attacks in 2016, has been updated to target a new crop of devices, including two found inside enterprise networks, where bandwidth is often plentiful, researchers said on Monday.

The malware infects webcams, routers, DVRs, and other Internet-connected devices, which typically ship with default credentials and run woefully outdated versions of Linux that are rarely, if ever, updated. The rapidly spreading Mirai first made a name for itself in 2016, when it helped achieve record-setting DDoS attacks against KrebsOnSecurity and French Web host OVH.

A newly discovered variant contains a total of 27 exploits, 11 of which are new to Mirai, researchers with security firm Palo Alto Networks reported in a blog post Monday. Besides demonstrating an attempt to reinvigorate Mirai’s place among powerful botnets, the new exploits signal an attempt to penetrate an arena that’s largely new to Mirai. One of the 11 new exploits targets the WePresent WiPG-1000 Wireless Presentation systems, and another exploit targets LG Supersign TVs. Both of these devices are intended for use by businesses, which typically have networks that offer larger amounts of bandwidth than Mirai’s more traditional target of home consumers.

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