13 Feb 2020

As WhatsApp Tops 2 Billion Users, Its Boss Vows to Defend Encryption

One of the world’s leading messaging apps, WhatsApp, has recently surpassed more than two billion active users. Will Cathcart, CEO of WhatsApp, pledged to defend the app’s users through enacting new cybersecurity measures that aim to combat threats from governments around the world. Cathcart stated that the app’s global popularity

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13 Feb 2020

A Cry for Help: Vigilantes Enlist Children to Fight Mexican Cartels

Mexico is currently facing an issue in which small indigenous villages are enlisting children to fight criminal gangs in the country’s ruthless cartel war. Over 30 children ranging in age from 6 to 15 are trining to become vigilantes and fight cartel forces that have taken over and terrorized these

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13 Feb 2020

Coronavirus: Sharp increase in deaths and cases in Hubei

Yesterday, 242 deaths from the coronavirus were recorded in the Chinese province of Hubei, becoming the epidemic’s deadliest day. There was also a sharp increase in the number of cases, with over 14,000  people diagnosed with the virus in just one day. Hubei has begun to use a broader definition

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13 Feb 2020

US Bank Slammed for “Vague and Deceptive” Breach Disclosure

American-based Fifth Third bank has received a lot of criticism for a cryptic breach disclosure letter that was sent to its customers. The letter reportedly contained vague and deceptive language, according to recipients. The company wrote to its customers after discovering a breach in which at least two of its

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13 Feb 2020

Defense Digital Service is Taking Over a Drone and Counter-Drone Development Team

Rogue Squadron, a California based done focused defense Innovation Unit team has been adopted by the Defense Digital Service’s purview, according to a statement released by Defense officials on Wednesday. The agency stated that the group’s transition was executed to scale drone and counter-drone capabilities and expertise across the Defense

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13 Feb 2020

Apple Will Manage 10% Of Global Credit Card Transactions By 2025, Analyst Says

Apple’s services and subscription revenues have skyrocketed over the past few years as the company developed value-added services instead of hardware only revenue. Apple Pay is one of these, a purchasing technology that uses traditional credit card mechanics in a modern way through utilizing powerful technology. Even though Apple Pay

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12 Feb 2020

Xi’s reemergence shows how carefully China is controlling the coronavirus narrative

Xi Jinping, China’s current president, appeared to speak about the national health epidemic occurring in the province of Wuhan on Monday in an attempt to stifle criticism of how the issue is being handled by Chinese authorities. The video was released to a Chinese broadcaster, CCTV, and featured Xi visiting

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12 Feb 2020

30 dead, including pregnant woman and baby, in Nigeria militant attack

This week in Lagos, Nigeria, 30 people died after Boko Haram militants set fire to a campsite set up by travelers while they were sleeping in the region of Borno State, Nigeria. Borno’s governor reported the incident to CNN on Monday. The attacks occurred in Auno Village, which is located

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12 Feb 2020

Administration Proposes At Least Half a Billion in Quantum Investments

The Trump administration has reported that its latest budget request contains at least a half-billion dollars across three federal agencies in order to advance the US’s quantum information research efforts. The proposal aims to develop the US’s program for quantum computing and information science before 2021, and includes millions to

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12 Feb 2020

Eyeing Amazon, 7-Eleven Tests A Cashierless Store

7-Eleven, a US convenience store giant, announced yesterday that they are testing a new system at their corporate headquarters in Texas in which their stores will not have cashiers. Instead, the program will only accept payment through the mobile app to check into the store, pay for items, and receive

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