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The desperate journey of a refugee

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Tens of thousands of refugees are attempting to avoid the Greek islands using a new route across the Evros River, but many are dying from exposure and the harsh conditions of a refugee's journey.Warning -- you may find some of the images distressing.Refugees are attempting to cross into Europe using a new route with deadly consequences.Fewer are taking the old route across the Aegean Sea to the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios.Once on the islands, many of them have to endure dire conditions.Now, thousands are heading north to cross the land border from Turkey into northeastern Greece.But that means crossing the Evros River which has proved fatal for hundreds of refugees... Read More
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Facebook Squashes 19-Year-Old Bug, and More Security News This Week

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The biggest story in tech this week—and maybe this year—was net neutrality, which the FCC effectively abolished by rolling back Obama-era rules that prevented the creation of internet “fast lanes.” They did so despite overwhelming evidence that the mandatory public comment period was overrun with bots, form letters, and over maladies. How bad was it? We tracked down all 39 Nicholas Thompsons who commented, and could only confirm that three were humans. This week also saw the resolution of last year’s biggest cybersecurity story, the DDoS attack that took down much of the ... Read More
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Stealth turns 40: Looking back at the first flight of Have Blue

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Enlarge / One of the two Have Blue prototypes sits in a hangar at Lockheed's Skunk Works in Burbank, California in this 1978 photo. The aircraft was the first real "stealth" aircraft, designed to have a radar cross section the size of "an eagle's eyeball".Lockheed Martin On December 1, 1977, a truly strange bird took flight for the first time in the skies over a desolate corner of Nevada. Looking more like a giant faceted gemstone than something designed to lift-off, the aircraft (nicknamed the "Hopeless Diamond") had been flown ou... Read More
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Online streaming wars: Behind the Disney-Fox deal – Counting the Cost

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It's one of the biggest media shake-ups in recent history.The Walt Disney Company is in the process of buying up the entertainment businesses of Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox in a landmark $52.4bn deal. If it's approved, it'll be a union of Hollywood's heavyweights.But the wider story is about how people consume entertainment content in the digital age and what this means for the corporate landscape."In the media world this is absolutely huge, but in the tech world, the combined entity is still far off the likes of Facebook, Google and Amazon, and I think that's actually the point. Disney and Fox are realising that with the growth that you're seeing within the tech versus media compa... Read More
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Nadezhda Kutepova: Life in Russia’s secret nuclear city – Talk to Al Jazeera

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Human rights activist Nadezhda Kutepova first realised there was something different about the town where she lived when she was on a school trip outside of Ozersk. Her and the other children were prevented from telling people where they were from."I began to think that [there's] something special [about] our place, but I didn't know what exactly," she says. Codenamed 'City 40', Ozersk in Russia's southern Urals houses the Mayak plant, which is the birthplace of the Soviet Union's nuclear weapons programme.Ozersk was built in secrecy for Mayak's workers and scientists after the second world war. For decades, the city did not appear on maps and its inhabitants' identities were erased from... Read More
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Russia Jails former minister for eight years

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The corruption case against Alexei Ulyukayev has exposed in-fighting among elites in Russia and is highlighting the strength of Putin's allies.A Russian court has sentenced a former economy minister to eight years in prison.Alexei Ulyukayev has been found guilty of corruption.He was accused of accepting a $2m bribe from an oil giant.But he says he was framed.Al Jazeera’s Sonia Gallego reports from Moscow.- Subscribe to our channel: ... Read More
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MobileCoin: A New Cryptocurrency From Signal Creator Moxie Marlinspike

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In the early bitcoin years, proponents promised that you would soon be able to pay for anything and everything with cryptocurrency. Order pizza! Buy Etsy trinkets! Use a bitcoin ATM! While PayPal had existed for more than a decade, frictionless, social payment platforms like Venmo were just first taking off, and cryptocurrency seemed like a legitimate way for digital transactions to evolve. It didn't happen. Cryptoc... Read More
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California issues safety guidelines for cellphones

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Published on Dec 15, 2017The California Department of Public Health has issued new guidelines on exposure to cellphone radiation and how to reduce the possible risks. CBS San Francisco's Susie Steimle reports. Category License Standard YouTube License N... Read More
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A road map and recipe for US-India defense ties

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The U.S.-India partnership has seen substantial growth since the early 1990s, and defense cooperation with India has emerged as the defining pillar of this important relationship. The focus on defense cooperation can be attributed to two major concerns that give both nations common cause: stability in the Indo-Pacific and international counterterror efforts. To achieve both, India needs to modernize its military and ensure some level of interoperability with its partners. The past few years witnessed the leadership of both nations... Read More
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Trump’s 2019 budget could freeze federal employee pay

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President Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget proposal will likely include a pay freeze for all civilian federal employees, according to a non-public document communicating Office of Management and Budget guidance from the president to the Department of Homeland Security, which was obtained by Democratic staff of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and summarized for ... Read More
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The DeanBeat: How Canada’s game industry is thriving, one Cuphead at a time

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I spent a few days at the Montreal International Game Summit this week, where 2,600 game developers gathered to talk shop. It was, once again, a good place to visit to hear about what is going right with gaming. It was a change of pace to hear about how valuable gaming has become to a nation’s economy, and how it is also good, as one game developer put it, to be a “disciplined warrior of light and courage.” Amid a ten-degree Farenheit snowstorm and a lot of chatter about Donald Trump, the show went on. It opened with a ... Read More
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A huge military buildup is underway in Qatar. But who will man the systems?

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BEIRUT – Qatar’s launch of a huge air power buildup has raised a series of questions about the country’s ability to incorporate systems into its military amid a crisis faced with the Gulf nations. One industrial source with knowledge of the matter stressed expanded capabilities provided by the three new jets, noting that “the air force will now have a total of 96 new aircraft, compared to its current Mirage-2000 fleet of a dozen. ... Read More
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A huge military buildup is underway in Qatar. But who will man the systems?

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BEIRUT – Qatar’s launch of a huge air power buildup has raised a series of questions about the country’s ability to incorporate systems into its military amid a crisis faced with the Gulf nations. One industrial source with knowledge of the matter stressed expanded capabilities provided by the three new jets, noting that “the air force will now have a total of 96 new aircraft, compared to its current Mirage-2000 fleet of a dozen. ... Read More
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Survey: New York manufacturers grows at slightly slower pace

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Factories in New York State grew more slowly this month as shipments rose and new orders slipped. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Friday that its Empire State Manufacturing index declined to 18 in December from 19.4 last month. The index is down from a three-year high of 30.2 last month. Still, any reading over zero signals growth. The index is watched closely by economists because it provides a first look at the health of U.S. manufacturing each month. A measure of shipments increased at a faster pace in December, while a gauge of new orders rose at a slightly slower pace. Hiring slipped but remained positive. U.S. factories are benefiting from solid global growth and a cheaper dollar, which makes U.S. goo... Read More
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Millicent Simmonds: AP’s 2017 Breakthrough Entertainers

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"Wonderstruck” breakout star Millicent Simmonds was "blown away" by meeting Will Smith at the Cannes Film Festival. (Dec. 8)Subscribe for more Arts and Entertainment News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPressGet fast, accurate coverage of every arts and entertainment story making headlines worldwide, from festivals and premieres to births, deaths, scandals and arrests, plus celebrity reactions to news events.The Associated Press is the... Read More
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Cuphead’s creators get back to normal after their colossal — and exhausting — year

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Presented by Intel For StudioMDHR, life is anything but normal. And the Moldenhauer brothers might be the happiest people in the world right now. In September, StudioMDHR founders Chad and Jared Moldenhauer (along with a small army of artists, animators, programmers, and musicians) released Cuphead, a dazzling tribute to Betty Boop-era cartoons and brutally difficult arcade games. On paper, it’s a disparate combination that, in the hands of a lesser team, probably wouldn’t work. But for Chad and Jared — who don’t have any formal game dev experience — those influences were a vital part of their childhood. They wanted to see what would happen if they combined those elements into one game. It wor... Read More
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The Hard Math Behind Bitcoin’s Global Warming Problem

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Let me freak you out for a second. You know what bitcoin is, right? I mean, no, but quickly, it’s a “cryptocurrency” that’s basically secret computer money. One bitcoin, which doesn’t actually have a real, physical form, is worth at this moment upwards of $16,000. But to get one, you either have to buy them from online exchanges or use specialized computing hardware to “mine” it. That last bit is where the freak-out comes in. In a report last week, the cryptocurrency website Digiconomics ... Read More
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Riding a Time Capsule to Apartment 8G

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Below the indicator box, where a modern elevator just has blank space, is the black-handled mechanism that drives the elevator. It’s called a control switch. In Mr. Rivera’s elevator, the switchworks are hidden within a weathered-bronze Frisbee-shaped cover bearing the logo of Haughton Elevators. (Haughton’s competitors included Gurney, Watson, Otis and A.B. See. Only Otis still exists.)As Mr. Rivera throws the handle to the left, a swiveling contact bar inside the cover opens one circuit and closes another. This sends two electrical messages to a control panel in the basement: to power up the motor, and make it spin forward. T... Read More
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AR and VR could be educational — and profitable — tools for museums

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Museums are wonderful institutions and treasures to society with a serious and important mission to preserve our history. What major city doesn’t boast at least one incredible museum that local communities and traveling visitors alike can enjoy and learn from? Although significant as centers of culture and history, museums are a difficult business. For many museums, less than 27 percent of annual operating budgets are covered by revenue from ticket sales, with the great majority of the shortfall offset by endowments and donations. A museum is really only as st... Read More
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Schools warned over hackable heating systems

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Dozens of British schools' heating systems have been found to be vulnerable to hackers, according to a probe by a security research firm.Pen Test Partners says the problem was caused by the equipment's controllers being connected to the wider internet, against the manufacturer's guidelines.It says it would be relatively easy for mischief-makers to switch off the heaters from afar.But an easy fix, pulling out the network cables, can address the threat.Even so, the company suggests the discovery highlights that building management systems are often installed by electricians and engineer... Read More
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How bots are manipulating cryptocurrency prices

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The cryptocurrency market has grown exponentially this year, with a current market cap of $440 billion at time of writing. The largest cryptocurrency is, of course, Bitcoin, which has gone up 1,500 percent year to date and trades a daily notional value of over $10 billion. But how much of this trading is attributed to real, human buyers, and how much of it is automated? As it turns out, bots may make account for a large part of short-term holdings. Worse, bot trading could be freely manipulating the market, artificially inflating prices and causing individual investors to overpay on their executed trades. What is a bot? A bot is an automated trader that buys and sells automatically, usually in the short-term market... Read More
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Spotify’s valuation jumps 20% to $19 billion in private trading

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(Reuters) — The value of music streaming service Spotify, which is planning a stock market listing, has grown around 20 percent to at least $19 billion in the past few months, outperforming U.S. and European tech indexes, sources familiar with the matter said. The most recent private trades in the Swedish company have taken place at above $4,000 per share according to sources. One of the sources said the recent trades were at a record-high of $4,200, valuing the firm at $19 billion or more. That compares to around $16 billion earlier this autumn. Spotify is aiming to file its intention to float with U.S. regulators toward the end of this year, sources said. Also supporting perceptions of Spotify’s... Read More
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DOD shows components proving Iran provided missiles fired at Saudi Arabia

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks about evidence of Iran’s destabilizing activities in the Middle East and Iran’s effort to cover up continued violations of UN resolutions at a press conference at Joint Base Anacostia-Boling. Department of Defense An Iranian unmanned aerial attack vehicle on display at Joint Base Anacostia-Boling. Serial numbers and markings were noted as evidence of the origin of the drone. The ballistic missile components on display at the ... Read More
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Intellect vs. intelligence: The difference matters in AI

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Intellect is the faculty of reasoning and objective understanding. Intelligence is the ability to acquire knowledge and skills. Both of these definitions were yielded to me by my laptop, a general purpose machine, which is itself an ancestor of the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC). The ENIAC was the first programmable machine, built at the University of Pennsylvania in 1946. Up to that point, all tools were single-purpose — that is, designed to do one thing. Hammers, c... Read More
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The 15 best movies of 2017

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The year-end list-making urge is powerful. It’s like a nesting instinct — a drive to put things in order, to organize the world into something comfortable and manageable and orderly by assembling the best of everything in one place. For critics, it’s also a rare chance to remind themselves and their readers why they most likely got into this industry — to see amazing movies, to think about them in depth, and to try to call more attention to the industry’s most exceptional, affecting, and sometimes overlooked work. Every year-end best-of list is subjective, and this one is too. Personally, I’m a big fan of ambition, innovation, daring, and beauty in movies, and a film that tries something radical and mostly succeed... Read More
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Read FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s statement on killing net neutrality

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When Ajit Pai was named FCC chairman earlier this year, shortly into the start of the Trump administration, he quickly made it a goal to reverse the net neutrality rules passed in 2015. Today, he got his wish, and he explained why he felt it was appropriate in a speech ahead of the vote. In his comments, Pai reiterates a number of his regular talking points, saying once again that “the internet wasn’t broken in 2015. We weren’t living in a digital dystopia” and t... Read More
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Seoul and Beijing: Repairing relations or widening gulf?

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President Moon Jae-In was welcomed in the Great Hall of the People by leader Xi Jinping. Moons says he wishes to strengthen ties - and is calling for a 'new era' in the relationship based on trust and friendship.It is their first meeting since the US Secretary of State opened the door to unconditional talks with North Korea. It was also a chance to defuse Chinese tension surrounding the deployment of a US missile defence system in the south.Warmer relations between the neighbours could play a crucial role in organising talks with the north. Can South Korea and China help bring Pyongyang to the negotiating table?Presenter: Laura Kyle. Guests: Victor Gao - Ch... Read More
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New-to-Export? Find the Right Export Market with Our New Video Series

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By Curt Cultice, Senior Communications Specialist, and Jennifer Stone Marshall, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service. Many U.S companies—particularly small and medium-sized businesses—don’t export because they believe it’s too burdensome, or don’t know where to start. How about your company?  Are you leaving money on the table by not selling to the 95 percent of world consumers who live outside of the United States? We can help you find the right export market. The internet, improved logistics options, and the array of available export assistance through the U.S. Commercial Service and federal, state and local partners... Read More
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Protecting your game cyber attacks (VB Live)

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The video game industry is being targeted more than ever by cyber attacks, taking massive financial and reputational hits every day. But there are increasingly sophisticated ways to lock out the hackers, keep your users safe, and your intellectual property secure. Catch up on this VB Live event to learn more! Access this VB Live event on demand right here for free. Hackers go where the money is — and right now, the games industry is booming. In 2017, the ... Read More
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EPA chemical safety nominee drops out amid strong opposition

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency withdrew his nomination Wednesday after bipartisan opposition made his Senate confirmation unlikely. Officials at the White House and the Senate told The Associated Press that Michael Dourson had sent a letter asking his name to be removed from consideration to serve as head of the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. The two officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and sp... Read More
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Why Horizon Zero Dawn is my game of the year

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It’s been a shockingly packed year for great new video games. Over the course of the last 12 months, it seemed like there was never really a pause, or a moment when there wasn’t something interesting to play. To celebrate, this week Verge staff will be publishing essays on their favorite releases of the year, the games that spoke to us personally. Expect to see a new one each morning, culminating in a list of our collective 15 favorite games of 2017 on Friday. You can keep up with it all right here. Playing Horizon Zero Dawn for the fi... Read More
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Apple’s Final Cut Pro now supports VR and HDR video editing

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The new iMac Pro is available today, and right in time Apple has released a major update to one of its most important professional apps. Final Cut Pro 10.4 comes with support for 360 VR, HDR, and new color grading tools that may make it a more appealing option for videographers. 360-degree video can be edited in monoscopic and stereoscopic formats, depending on whether you’re intending it to be viewed on a flat screen or a VR headset. An update to companion app Motion allows you to insert graphics and text into the video, and you can view your project in real time through a connected VR headset. ... Read More
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Unhappy 10th Anniversary, Great Recession. You Still Hurt Us

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Enlarge this image Job seekers line up to enter a career fair in Los Angeles, on Dec. 1, 2010. At the peak of the recession, the unemployment rate hit 10 percent. It's now 4.1 percent. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption ... Read More
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In China, a Three-Digit Score Could Dictate Your Place in Society

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In 2015, when Lazarus Liu moved home to China after studying logistics in the United Kingdom for three years, he quickly noticed that something had changed: Everyone paid for everything with their phones. At McDonald’s, the convenience store, even at mom-and-pop restaurants, his friends in Shanghai used mobile payments. Cash, Liu could see, had been largely replaced by two smartphone apps: Alipay and WeChat Pay. One day, at a vegetable market, he watched a woman his mother’s age pull out her phone to pay for her groceries. He decided to sign up. To get an Alipay ID, Liu had to enter his cell phone number and scan his national ID card. He did so reflexivel... Read More
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Iron Mountain to buy IO data centres for $1.3 billion

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Iron Mountain has announced a commitment to purchase the U.S. data centre facilities from IO Data Centers LLC. Iron Mountain has agreed to pay $1.315 billion (approx. £1 billion), plus up to an additional $60 million based on future performance. With the acquisition, Iron Mountain will take possession of four data centres in the U.S. located in Phoenix, AZ, Scottsdale, AZ, Edison, NJ and Columbus, OH. The four sites have a combined total of 728,000 square feet and 62 MW capacity, with the potential to expand to an additional 77 MW in the Arizona and New Jersey locations. The latest purchase follows Iron Mountain’s data centre acquisition strategy, with the purchase of ... Read More
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Bitcoin fever exposes cryptocurrency market weaknesses

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(Reuters) — As bitcoin raced to another record high on Tuesday, one of the biggest providers of digital currency wallets, Coinbase, went down under the weight of traffic, leaving many of its more than 10 million customers unable to access their funds. At the same time, Bitfinex, the world’s biggest bitcoin exchange by trading volume, said it was under a heavy denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, meaning its servers had been intentionally flooded with junk online requests, taking down its website and crippling its services. The latest outages show how the market infrastructure for an immature and volatile instrument that millions of investors have piled into may be ill-equipped to cope with sudden shifts in demand, ... Read More
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Rerouting Thousands: City Plans for L Train Closure

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Eighty percent of the L train’s burden is expected to shift to alternative subway lines, said Veronique Hakim, the managing director of the Transportation Authority. To accommodate passengers, trains will be beefed up on the J, M, Z and G, with free MetroCard transfers between the lines at certain junctures. More trains will run on those lines, and on the C and G tracks, trains will also have extra cars. New stairs and turnstiles will be added at a number of stations.The plans represent a major challenge for the city, eclipsed in scope in recent history perhaps only by the transportation challenges following the Sept. 11, 2001 terr... Read More
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‘Nothing more natural’: Turkey-Qatar procurement business flourishes

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ANKARA, Turkey — Much of Turkey’s ups and downs in its procurement relations with other countries have gone in line with its foreign policy goals: markets lost and markets won. One recent example is flourishing business with Qatar, Turkey’s only staunch ally in the Middle East. Turkey and Qatar have shared common policies over multiple divergences in this very volatile part of the world. They have supported Sunni Islam and championed Islamist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt and the Palestinian Hamas. ... Read More
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Tech Fix: The Biggest Tech Failures and Successes of 2017

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AdvertisementLet’s face it: Technology this year was one big “fail” after another. And the biggest loser from all of this was you.It’s easy to count the ways that tech did you wrong, especially when it came to information security. On the other hand, there was also plenty of good technology this year that worked well and offered benefits for your money. ... Read More
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The Mirai Botnet Was Part of a College Student Minecraft Scheme

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The most dramatic cybersecurity story of 2016 came to a quiet conclusion Friday in an Anchorage courtroom, as three young American computer savants pleaded guilty to masterminding an unprecedented botnet—powered by unsecured internet-of-things devices like security cameras and wireless routers—that unleashed sweeping attacks on key internet services around the globe last fall. What drove them wasn’t anarchist politics or shadowy ties to a nation-state. It was Minecraft. It was a hard story to miss last year: In France last September, the telecom provider OV... Read More
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The dataset snowball effect: How AI is changing SaaS

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From machine learning-powered fraud defense on Shopify to Salesforce’s Einstein, over the past couple of years, SaaS industry leaders have invested heavily in artificial intelligence R&D and have rapidly acquired AI companies to give themselves a lead over the competition. Thanks to cloud computing services democratizing access to AI, we may be on the cusp of a new age when emerging SaaS providers begin to roll out AI applications that really so... Read More
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Any lawful device: Nearly 50 years after the Carterfone decision

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Enlarge / Ever hear of this classic tech? As tomorrow's FCC net neutrality vote looms, Ars has been sharing as much of our reporting on the topic as possible. And this week, a longtime reader nudged us about this classic on the FCC's Carterfone decision from nearly 50 years ago. "This story is extremely relevant to the current Net Neutrality debate in that it provides a historical precedent to debunk arguments a... Read More
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When mothers live near fracking sites, babies are more likely to be born underweight

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Children born near fracking sites are 25 percent more likely to weigh less than what is healthy at birth, according to a new study. Why this is happening isn’t clear, but the researchers believe that it might have to do with environmental pollution, which may have negative health effects on mothers — and their babies. Researchers analyzed data from more than 1 million births in Pennsylvania from 2004 to 2013, before and after fracking began. Babies born to mothers living up to 1.8 miles from a fracking site were found to have poorer health, and babies born within 0.6 miles saw the largest impacts, ... Read More
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Mirai botnet: Three admit creating and running attack tool

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A US-based man has pleaded guilty to creating a giant botnet that was used to disrupt access to much of the web in October 2016.The Mirai malware also caused havoc later last year when it was used to stop people's internet routers working.Paras Jha has admitted working with others to infect more than 300,000 devices and using them to carry out distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and other criminal activity.He has yet to be sentenced.Two other people - Josiah White and Dalton Norman - have also agreed to plead guilty to using the botnet for criminal gain. The details we... Read More
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What can we do to promote diversity in IT?

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As the technologically-employed father of two daughters who will both be embarking on their own careers in the next four to six years, I am keen to promote diversity in the workforce, especially in my own beloved IT. How could the IT industry that has been so kind to me over my 25-year career be less than welcoming to my female offspring?  Yet, apparently, this is so. The diversity issue in IT CA Technologies CEO Mike Gregoire addressed this issue in an interview with Arianna Huffington held at the World E... Read More
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The RetroBeat: The Ataribox tests the limits of nostalgia

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The Ataribox is going to start its crowdfunding campaign on December 14. I wish I could say I was excited. I am interested in this machine. Atari’s first system in decades will be part-retro box, similar to the NES Classic Edition, and part-modern console. It will come with built-in classic Atari games, but it will also have an AMD custom processor with Radeon graphics that will help it run... Read More
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The Best Insulated Vest

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Our 20 testers took 15 vests to nine states and two countries to put them to the test. From sightseeing waterfalls in Iceland to playing cornhole in Michigan, our testers evaluated these vests across different climates and different scenarios, including: Thru-hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail, a 1,200-mile-long backpacking trip from the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park to the Pacific Ocean in Olympic National Park through Montana, Idaho, and Washington Hiking and sightseeing in Iceland, including a visit to Gullfoss Falls Backpacking in ... Read More
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Blockchains are the new fraud fighters

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Presented by Aston Fraud is rampant. For example, health care fraud in the U.S. is in the tens of billions of dollars, according to various estimates, and that number is growing. While cutting elsewhere, the Trump administration requested $70 million to combat health care fraud in its latest budget, based on the drag on the economy. “A ... Read More
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The $177,843.34 Facebook ad test: Collection vs. single video

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Facebook launched its Collection ad format for ecommerce in early March of this year amid a lot of fanfare. Given that I oversee millions of dollars of ad spend per month, I was more than a little curious about its impact. So I ran a $177K test, pitting the new Collection ads agains standard single video ads. Below are the results of that test. Before we get to the results, though, here’s what you need to know about Facebook’s Collection ads if you haven’t been exposed to them yet. A Collection ad is a mobile-only newsfeed ad that combines a video (or image) with a product catalogu... Read More
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Ophelia Dahl’s National Health Service

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In many ways, life in Great Missenden was idyllic, bucolic, sweet. The author Roald Dahl and the movie star Patricia Neal called their cottage there, in the rolling English countryside of Buckinghamshire, Gipsy House, because they’d parked a bright-blue caravan in the garden for their four children to play in, and because there was a freewheeling spirit to the place. A dozen people might show up for dinner on any given night; Neal would frequently be on her way to the United States to shoot a film; Dahl wrote his famous children’s books in a little hut—his “nest”—at the edge of the garden, surrounded by the roses and rhododendrons he liked to tend. “It was a very unmanufactur... Read More
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Estonia, the Digital Republic

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Up the Estonian coast, a five-lane highway bends with the path of the sea, then breaks inland, leaving cars to follow a thin road toward the houses at the water’s edge. There is a gated community here, but it is not the usual kind. The gate is low—a picket fence—as if to prevent the dunes from riding up into the street. The entrance is blocked by a railroad-crossing arm, not so much to keep out strangers as to make sure they come with intent. Beyond the gate, there is a schoolhouse, and a few homes line a narrow drive. From Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, you arrive dazed: trees trace the highway, and the cars go fast, as if to get in front of something that no one can see. With... Read More
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1998 attack that messes with sites’ secret crypto keys is back in a big way

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Yuri Samoilov/FlickrA surprisingly big number of top-name websites—Facebook and PayPal among them—recently tested positive for a critical, 19-year-old vulnerability that allowed attackers to decrypt encrypted data and sign communications using the si... Read More
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Bitcoin Is Soaring. Here’s Why It’s Not Ready for the Big Time

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“To the moon!” The phrase is the battle cry of true believers in cryptocurrency bitcoin—and charts of its price in recent weeks point directly heavenward. Yet beyond a batch of newly minted crypto-millionaires, the digital asset’s recent bull run has also exposed long-standing weakness in the underlying technology that could crimp bitcoin’s long-term viability. Bitcoin was a gift to the world from Satoshi Nakamoto, a pseudonymous person or persons who laid out the design in a 2008 white paper. The paper complained that conventional financial institutio... Read More
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Poland will piece together its own solution for short-range air defense

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WASHINGTON — Poland plans to piece together its own solution for short-range air defense using indigenous radars, potentially even developing its own command-and-control capability and incorporating it into a system that will fill its urgent need, according to the secretary of state in Poland’s Ministry of National Defense. The country has been on a long road to procure a medium-range air-and-missile defense system and is nearing a final agreement with the U.S. government to buy Raytheon’s Patriot air-and-missile defense sys... Read More
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Cuphead developers bet everything on a 1930s-cartoon-style game

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Studio MDHR has sold an estimated 1.5 million copies of Cuphead for the PC and Xbox One since the challenging run-and-gun game debuted on September 29. It’s a surprise hit of the fall, made by a family-run company whose leaders mortgaged their homes to finish it. Chad, Jared, and Maja Moldenhauer of Studio MDHR talked about making Cuphead and the reaction to it in the opening fireside chat at the ... Read More
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China is right: The world doesn’t need Silicon Valley

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Ever since the Chinese Government banned Facebook in 2009, Mark Zuckerberg has been making annual trips there attempting to persuade its leaders to let his company back in. He learned Mandarin and jogged through the smog-filled streets of Beijing to show how much he loved the country. Facebook even created new tools to allow China to do something that goes against Facebook’s founding principles — censor content. But the Chinese haven’t obliged. They saw no advantages in letting a foreign company dominate their technology industry. China also ... Read More
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Waste Not, Want Not: Drink Beer To Feed Fish And Help Save The Planet

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Enlarge this image Forage fish like these at a Chilean processing plant are often used for fish meal used in aquaculture. But critics consider this inefficient and wasteful and worry it could deplete fish populations. Now several companies are developing protein substitutes to replace fish meal. Julio Etchart/ullstein bild via Getty Images ... Read More
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Storify is shutting down and will delete all posts next May

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Storify, a service that let users create stories by compiling posts from Twitter, Facebook, and more into an embeddable package, is shutting down in May 2018. As of today, no new Storify.com accounts can be created. At its heyday a few years ago, Storify was popular with storytellers and journalists for being an easy way to create and embed a timeline of various social media content into their work — similar to what Twitter’s Moments is today. Existing customers can continue to use the service and creating new stories until May of next year. The FAQ section recommends that users export any content th... Read More
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Keeping smart-home devices secure

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People have fallen in love with smart-home speakers like Amazon's Echo and Google Home, but this technology can also raise privacy and security concerns that could expose personal data. CNET reporter Alfred Ng joins CBSN to discuss what people should consider before purchasing one of these devies.Subscribe to the "CBSN" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch "CBSN" live HERE: ... Read More
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Burn Out

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When Faraday Future emerged from stealth mode in 2015, it promised to transform the car industry with an American-made luxury electric vehicle that would someday be fully autonomous, maybe even sold through a subscription service. As we learned at ... Read More
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Amnesty: European governments complicit in abuse of refugees, migrants

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Amnesty International is accusing European governments of knowingly exposing thousands of refugees to torture and abuse in their efforts to curb migration. In a report published on Tuesday, the rights group says the EU's policy of containment shows little care for those trapped in Libya, where the enslavement of many migrants drew outrage across the world.Al Jazeera's Imtiaz Tyab reports.- Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe- Fol... Read More
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Bitcoin futures suggest price gains to slow down

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(Reuters) — Newly launched bitcoin futures on Monday suggested that traders expect the cryptocurrency’s blistering price gains to slow in the coming months, even as it blasted above $17,000 to a fresh record high in the spot market. Chicago-based derivatives exchange Cboe Global Markets launched the futures late on Sunday, marking the first time investors could get exposure to the bitcoin market via a large, regulated exchange. The one-month bitcoin contract opened at 6 p.m. local time on Sunday at $15,460. By late afternoon on Monday in New York, it was trading at $18,650, roughly 8 percent above bitcoin’s spot price of $16,900 on the Bitstamp exchange BTC=BTSP. Bitcoin earlier hit a record high of $1... Read More
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Bomber Strikes Near Times Square, Disrupting City but Killing None

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Police released a photo of Mr. Ullah that appeared to have been taken inside the subway walkway after the blast. In it, he is curled in a fetal position; his exposed stomach is blackened.Mayor Bill de Blasio found himself for the second time in two months calming the city after a terrorist attack, in this case, on the system that moves millions of people across the city every day.“Our lives revolve around the subway,” he said at a news conference on Eighth Avenue a few hours after the incident. “The choice of New York is always for a reason, because we are a beacon to the world. And ... Read More
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Nope, this isn’t the HTTPS-validated Stripe website you think it is

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EnlargeIan Carroll For a decade, some security professionals have held out extended validation certificates as an innovation in website authentication because they require the person applying for the credential to undergo legal vetting. That's a step up from less stringent domain validation that requires applicants to merely demonstrate co... Read More
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Does the TEL tell the tale? [Commentary]

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Don’t try saying the title of this article out loud because those hearing it might think you are saying nonsense. But it isn’t. A TEL is a transporter, erector and launcher for missiles. These come in many sizes, including vehicles that can carry a huge, fully assembled intercontinental missile, transport it to a launch site, raise it up to launch position, and then when its engines start, release the missile. Who makes these things? They are custom platforms usually designed to carry a specific type of missile. Russia makes t... Read More
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India puts forward new plan to buy helicopters after ending talks with Lockheed

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NEW DELHI ― After suspending negotiations with Lockheed Martin in April over the price of 16 naval multirole helicopters, India’s Ministry of Defence has mooted a fresh plan for acquiring 24 helicopters for about $1.87 billion. A high-priority global tender will now be floated instead to source the 24 helicopters off the shelf to meet a pressing need within the Indian Navy, according to an MoD official. Negotiations with Lockheed... Read More
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Game Boss interview: New CEO Pete Hawley will focus Telltale on its core strengths

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Pete Hawley joined Telltale Games as its new CEO a couple of months ago, and he is coming up for air to talk about it. Five years ago, Telltale had its breakout hit with The Walking Dead: Season One. The game was a gut-wrenching tale that forced players to make choices about who to save or who to abandon to the zombie horde. Under founders Dan Connors and Kevin Bruner, Telltale started taking on a load of new games. It expanded to more than 350 employees and started working on titles such as Batman: The Enemy Within, Minecraft: Story Mode, Game of Thrones, and others. During 2017, t... Read More
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Qatar to negotiate with Nexter for armored vehicles, add-ons

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PARIS — A letter of intent from Qatar for exclusive negotiations with Nexter has opened talks for various versions of the VBCI armored vehicle and an exploration of onboard systems, weaponry and services, according to three French defense executives. The Gulf state has chosen the VBCI in a vehicle tender and signed the letter for talks with Nexter, the French Armed Forces Ministry said Dec. 9. A lengthy Qatari competition led to a ... Read More
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Louisiana man admits misusing Trump’s Social Security number

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana private investigator pleaded guilty on Monday to misusing Donald Trump’s Social Security number in repeated attempts to access the president’s federal tax information before his election last year. Jordan Hamlett, 32, faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine following his guilty plea in federal court. Authorities have said Hamlett failed in his attempts to get Trum... Read More
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Gary Shapiro interview: CES 2018 will have 4,000 exhibitors across 2.6 million square feet

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Gary Shapiro is the showman of the greatest technology show on Earth. As the president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), he presides over CES, commonly known as the Consumer Electronics Show. CES 2018 is just around the corner, running from early press events starting on January 7 through January 12. The big tech trade show drew 184,498 people earlier this year, and Shapiro is planning for another record-breaking event in January. The show will likely have more than 4,000 exhibitors across 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, though final numbers ... Read More
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Qatar inks deal with UK for 24 Typhoon jets, training package

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LONDON — Britain has signed a deal with Qatar to supply 24 Typhoon fighters as well as a weapons and training package — the biggest export sale of the jet by the U.K. in more than a decade. Recently appointed U.K. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson was in Qatar‘s capital Doha on Dec. 10, along with his Qatari counterpart, Khalid Bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah, for the signing of a deal expe... Read More
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The 2018 Golden Globes continue tradition by totally ignoring female directors

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The nominations for the 2018 Golden Globes were announced this morning. Let’s see if you can spot the commonality among your options for Best Director! Here they are: Guillermo del Toro (Shape of Water), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Ridley Scott (All the Money in the World), Steven Spielberg (The Post). Great, yes. They are all men. Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird is nominated for Best Musical or Comedy at the awards show. It was lauded in... Read More
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Laser League will have a closed beta this weekend

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Laser League, a unique team-based multiplayer game where players have to avoid lasers in an arena, is hosting a closed beta this weekend on PC via Steam. It will start on December 15 and go on until December 17. You can sign up for the beta here. We had the chance to check out Laser League at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. We were impressed enough to give the game the ... Read More
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Learning on the upswing [Commentary]

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In today’s world, continuous learning is the key to survival, not only for the organization but for the individual. Change occurs at such a rapid pace, that only the “prepared mind” can take advantage of Fortuna and the slings and arrows that she sends our way. Lady Fortuna is our future, for as far as we can see. Rising and falling world powers, seismic changes in the Middle East power structure, highly chaotic weather systems, national political upheavals, and unpredictable financial markets – all contribute to our sense... Read More
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How drone swarms could change urban warfare [Commentary]

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For the first time since Korean War, the U.S. military has had to worry about enemy bombs dropping on them in combat. This threat doesn’t come from multibillion-dollar next-generation aircraft dropping precision-guided bombs on open battlefields, but from cheap commercial drones dropping low-tech explosives during urban battles fought amongst civilian populations. To take back the initiative, the Army should deploy cu... Read More
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Interview: L3 CEO Michael Strianese reflects on two decades of leadership

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Michael Strianese, the outgoing CEO of L3 Technologies, discusses with Defense News the effects of sequestration. For L3 CEO Michael Strianese, it’s been a journey. He sat down with Defense News on Dec. 1 to discuss his tenure, and why — after 21 years with the company and 11 at the helm — he’s ready to pass the baton. I want to look back a bit. You have been with L3 since the company was established as a result of a Lockheed divestiture... Read More
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In Effort To Court Drivers, Lyft Offering Education Discounts

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Enlarge this image A Lyft driver places a company emblem on his dashboard Jan. 31, in San Francisco. Lyft announced it's offering education benefits, a move aimed at recruiting and retaining drivers in its competition with Uber. Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images for Lyft hide caption ... Read More
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Menlo Security raises $40 million to help companies block malware

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Cybersecurity startup Menlo Security has closed a $40 million series C round of funding from American Express Ventures, Ericsson Ventures, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, General Catalyst, Sutter Hill Ventures, Osage University Partners, and Engineering Capital. Founded out of Menlo Park in 2013, Menlo Security’s core raison d’être is to protect organizations from cyberattacks by blocking malware from the web, documents, and email. The so-called Menlo Security Isolation Platform (MSIP) basically sits between the end user’s device and the internet. All web access requests are proxied via the MSIP, which connects to a site and then streams a safe version of the webs... Read More
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You Give Up a Lot of Privacy Just Opening Emails. Here’s How to Stop It

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"I just came across this email," began the message, a long overdue reply. But I knew the sender was lying. He’d opened my email nearly six months ago. On a Mac. In Palo Alto. At night. I knew this because I was running the email tracking service Streak, which notified me as soon as my message had been opened. It told me where, when, and on what kind of device it was read. With Streak enabled, I felt like an inside trader whenever I glanced at my inbox, privy to details that gave me maybe a little too much information. And I certainly wasn’t alone. There are some ... Read More
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New York Today: New York Today: A Culinary School for Refugees

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Photo Kerry Brodie, 27, founded the charity Emma’s Torch. In New York, she says, “there is so much good will to help others.” Credit James Estrin/The New York Times Good morning on this bright Monday.... Read More
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L3 CEO: It’s time to overcome the ‘boom or bust’ funding environment

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Michael Strianese, the outgoing CEO of L3 Technologies, discusses with Defense News the effects of sequestration. Serving U.S. Department of Defense customers is an honor and a privilege. It is made more meaningful by knowing that our industry’s products and services can directly affect our men and women in uniform and the security of our nation. Our mission requires careful planning and thoughtful execution, both of which are subject to the federal budgeting process. Simply put, the more clarity we have about the budget and the funding that will be a... Read More
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European Business Summit chief: The EU defense market — a sea serpent becoming reality?

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If the defense sector has always been of crucial importance for the European project, the establishment of a common defense market has presented itself as a struggle. Ever since the era of the Cold War and the failure of the European Defence Community to fully emerge, the shadow of a common defense market has not ceased haunting its Brussels offices. Yet, nowadays, some encouraging developments must be highlighted, notably the signature of 23 member states as part of a joint notification on Permanent Structured Cooperation, or PES... Read More
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Argentina invests billions of dollars in nuclear energy

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Brazil and Mexico both have nuclear energy but when it comes to nuclear power production, Argentina is Latin America’s leader. It already has three nuclear plants and plans to start construction on two new reactors next year. Argentina also has the distinction of being the only country in the region capable of designing, producing and exporting nuclear power to the world. The two soon-to-be-built reactors represent a 15 billion dollar investment that will increase the country’s long-term energy security. Nuclear energy offers sustainable and low carbon-energy production. Advocates claim it also aids in the effort to slow climate change. But major accidents in past decades have div... Read More
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Drawboard’s position-tracking pen writes in virtual reality

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We’ve all tried writing in VR but, with the way we hold our Oculus Touch controllers and HTC Vive wands, it’s an awkward experience at best. Drawboard wants to change that for the better. Drawboard’s creators call this new peripheral a pen, but it also reminds us of the type of stylus you might use on a tablet, only for VR. Essentially, it’s a pen-shaped controller that you hold as you would a real one. It’s tracked using Leap Motion’s hand-tracking controller on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive to enable six degrees of freedom (6DOF), capturing your full range of movement. Interestingly it also works with Microsoft’s Windows... Read More
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How to Get Over Phobias

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People can be afraid of a lot of things, but one phobia in particular seems to stand out among those seeking treatment. We spoke with Dr. Dena Rabinowitz, founder of Cognitive Behavioral Psychology of NY, to find out one of the most common phobias she sees with her patients, and how someone might be able to overcome their fear. Following is a transcript of the video.Dena Rabinowitz: The most common type of anxiety disorder for Americans are specific phobias. But many people don't get treatment for a specific phobia, because it's not always relevant.I'm terrified of snakes, but I live in New York City, so it just doesn't come up that often. However, if you have social anxiety or social phobia, ... Read More
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How to Protect Yourself After the Next Big Corporate Hack

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At this point, it's safe to assume that everyone's been affected by one megabreach or another. But when the next Equifax debacle happens, know that there's plenty you can do to help dampen the fallout. When a big company that has your personal information—like passwords or credit card numbers—gets hacked, it means, in a way, that you got hacked too. At the very least, it means some of your most sensitive information out there in the ether, just waiting for a hacker or identity thief to make your life miserable. The most frustrating part of these breaches, whether they affect 70 million people like the 2014 Target hack... Read More
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Google Advanced Protection: The Most Secure Account of All

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There was a time when high-status people signaled their worth with an ostentatious key fob for an expensive car. Today the keyring of an important person—or at least a paranoid one—might be distinguished by a less obvious marker: a pair of inconspicuous plastic dongles that protect an inbox full of secrets worth keeping. In October Google announced a feature called Advanced Protection, a security setting designed to offer its strongest protection yet against any hackers who would try to break into your Google account and access your email, documents, calendar, and every other piece of sensit... Read More
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Food, and business lessons, for thought

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Several hundred business leaders attended Food BizLI, an inaugural tradeshow at Woodbury-based Crest Hollow Country Club presented by Long Island Business News Tuesday. There were nearly 40 food vendors as well as dynamic breakout sessions where industry experts spoke of the day’s challenges: financing and capital, mergers and acquisitions and marketplace disruptions. Guest speakers offered a bit of inspiration, along with in-the-trenches story. John King, the CEO and chief customer officer of J. Kings Food Service Professionals in Holtsville, kicked off the event. King spoke about how he “started in the deli business in high school” back in 1974. For six years, he worked five days at a German deli and t... Read More
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Pentagon Announces First-Ever Audit Of The Department Of Defense

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Enlarge this image "Beginning in 2018, our audits will occur annually, with reports issued Nov. 15," Defense Department Comptroller David L. Norquist said in announcing the Pentagon's first-ever audit. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption... Read More
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Inside the Magically Mundane Lab of a Nobel Prize-Winning Chemist

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Receiving a call from the Nobel Prize committee is a fantasy nearly every scientist entertains at some point. And no wonder: It’s an incredible achievement, one followed by a glamorous awards ceremony, not to mention countless interviews, TV appearances, and magazine features. But it only comes after years of tedious, often frustrating, work in a lab. Jos Jansen captures this day-to-day reality in the photo series Playground. The images take you inside the lab of Ben Feringa, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands who develops nanomachines. That may sound exciting, but it... Read More
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Searching for Madoff’s money

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When investigators arrived at Bernie Madoff’s office in the Lipstick building in Manhattan a few weeks before Christmas in 2008, they found a surprise in the office of the former NASDAQ chairman. About $179 million in checks were awaiting his signature. “He was writing to his favorite customers,” Stephen Harbeck, CEO of the Securities Investor Protection Corp., charged with overseeing the effort to recover money for investors, told LIBN. “The checks had been drafted. He was in the process of signing them. Those checks did not go out.” While those checks ended up in custody of law enforcement, many checks have gone out since to Madoff customers. But not with Madoff’s name. And they’re continuing to go out as b... Read More
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Long Island Concerts & Events December 8-10

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Samantha Fish The Bouncing SoulsA temporary ceasefire in the age-old rivalry between Long Island and New Jersey will allow these punk stalwarts from the Garden State to bring their hard-charging singalongs to the South Shore. Sure, they’ve grown up a bit—as evident by their lyrics maturing from earlier party-themed anthems—but their new material gets the adrenaline pumping just as hard and fast as The Good, The Bad & The Argyle. Warming up the crowd is TSOL and Stay Wild. Mulcahys Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $25-$28. 7 p.m. Dec. 8. ChevelleT... Read More
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Megabreaches Happen. Here’s How to Protect Yourself When They Do

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At this point, it's safe to assume that everyone's been affected by one megabreach or another. But when the next Equifax debacle happens, know that there's plenty you can do to help dampen the fallout. When a big company that has your personal information—like passwords or credit card numbers—gets hacked, it means, in a way, that you got hacked too. At the very least, it means some of your most sensitive information out there in the ether, just waiting for a hacker or identity thief to make your life miserable. The most frustrating part of these breaches, whether they affect 70 million people like the 2014 Target hack... Read More
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Elon Musk says Tesla is working on custom AI chips

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Designing specialized processing chips for artificial intelligence is becoming common for serious tech companies, and Tesla, it seems, is no exception. According to reports from both The Register and CNBC, CEO Elon Musk was talking up the company’s custom AI chips at machine learning conference NIPS last night, telling attendees that Tesla is “developing specialized AI hardware that we think will be the best in the world.” “I ... Read More
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Looking to 2018’s digital dangers

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2017 saw some high profile hacks, exposing the private data of millions. Some of the attacks were launched by individuals, while others were launched by state actors. John Hultquist, director of intelligence analysis for FireEye, joins CBSN to break down this ever changing digital landscape and the threats that lie ahead in 2018.No Closed Captioning Detected within this Video.... Read More
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A Way Out’s prison break is slated for March 23

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The innovative co-op game A Way Out is breaking out of prison on March 23, 2018. Developer Hazelight Studios will be launching it on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, as well as PC through Electronic Arts’s Origin platform. Players will also be able to download a “friend pass,” which acts as a free trial that enables them to join a co-op game with a friend who owns the game. Each player will control either the characters Leo or Vincent, and they’ll have to work together to bust out of jail and face the obstacles beyond. Cinematic scenes occur on a single screen. The camera ducks and weave... Read More
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Dubious claim of week: Air Force’s “EMP missile” could disable N. Korean ICBMs

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Frying computers like a CHAMP?Boeing On Monday, NBC Nightly News broadcast a report claiming that White House officials had discussed using an experimental weapon to disrupt or disable a North Korean missile launch. The weapon in question, the product of the US Air Force's Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP), uses bursts of microwave energy to disable electronic devices such as computers, communications and air defens... Read More