Bezos’ $10B Climate Fund, Bluetooth Bugs, and More News

A $10 billion climate fund has been proposed and bluetooth devices are exposed, but first: a cartoon about a modern day Lion King. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

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With a $10 billion fund, Jeff Bezos can control the planet’s future

In an Instagram post this week, the world’s richest man committed $10 billion of his personal fortune to set up the new Bezos Earth Fund, which will support “scientists, activists, NGOs—any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world.” While it’s not clear exactly how the money will be spent, the amount easily dwarfs the $4 billion that 29 philanthropic organizations pledged to fight climate change in 2018—the largest investment of its kind at the time—and it could end up shaping the very nature of the climate movement.

Bluetooth-related flaws threaten dozens of medical devices

Researchers from Singapore University of Technology and Design discovered 12 new Bluetooth bugs that potentially expose more than 480 devices, from fitness trackers and smart locks to medical tools and implants. These particular bugs can’t be exploited over the internet, but a hacker within radio range can launch attacks to crash devices, disable their connection, or in some cases take them over.

Fast Fact: 542

That’s how many of the 2,666 passengers aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship became infected with the Covid-19 virus, which has infected 75,000 people worldwide. The two-week trip left port on Jan 20, and passengers spent two weeks in onboard quarantine.

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