14 May 2019

Starbucks, Nordstrom And Whole Foods Now Accept Bitcoin

A new payments application allows for the use of cryptocurrencies in popular retail stores. While the half-hearted step requires the use of a special application as opposed to accepting cryptocurrencies via a wallet/blockchain transaction, it does offer a new use case for spending cryptocurrencies at popular vendors and retailers. “Companies

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14 May 2019

Grindr is the latest victim of US-China tensions

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) had previously identified the foreign ownership stake in Grindr as representing a security risk to the United States. Now CFIUS has reached an agreement with the company Beijing Kunlun Tech which acquired a 60% stake in Grindr to sell its

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14 May 2019

Dog disease that can be passed to humans confirmed in Iowa

A disease that can be passed from dogs to humans has been confirmed in Iowa. While officials say the risk to humans is relatively low, it does represent a case of animal to human transmission that health officials will continue to track. In this instance, canine brucellosis was found at

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14 May 2019

IARPA Launches “Superforecaster” Challenge with $250k in Prize Money

IARPA has announced a follow-on to their first super forecasting contest that seeks to integrate a 20% improvement over the last competition which was won by researches at the University of PA. “Geopolitical Forecasting Challenge 2 encourages novel approaches that embrace non-traditional methods and harnesses the collective community, while offering

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14 May 2019

Oil pipelines attacked by drones in Saudi Arabia

Following yesterday’s attack on oil tankers, today Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al Falid disclosed that two East/West oil pipeline pumping stations were attacked with drones. The attack was denounced as’an act of terrorism’ that targeted global oil supplies. “Falih said that Saudi oil output and exports for crude and refined

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14 May 2019

U.S. Embassy in Israel warns of terrorist attack during Eurovision

“the US Embassy in Jerusalem warned of a terrorist attack or violent protests on Tuesday May 14, the anniversary of the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.  ‘Terrorist groups may choose the anniversary, which coincides with the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv (May 14-18), or Nakba Day (May

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14 May 2019

Use a 3rd Party to Setup Office 365? DHS Says You May Be at Risk.

The Department of Homeland Security CISA has issued an analysis highlighting observed security risks resulting from the use of third parties to move organizations to the Microsoft Office 365 Cloud.

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13 May 2019

More Expert Context On How The rise in Artificial Intelligence Will Change the American job market

Investigative Journalist James Rosen has been digging deep into how the rise of Artificial Intelligence and how it will impact the job market in the U.S. In a recent video report, Rosen interviewed expert Dion Hinchcliffe, principal analyst at Constellation Research. Context from Hinchcliffe included: “The world economic forum says

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13 May 2019

A Cisco Router Bug Has Massive Global Implications

A duo of vulnerabilities present in Cisco routers could have significant impact on thousands of companies and government entities. The code not only allows for remote access but allows an attacker to compromise Cisco’s trusted boot process, thereby impacting the integrity of the device. As noted by Wired, “In practice,

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13 May 2019

WhatsApp exploit let attackers install government-grade spyware on phones

A vulnerability that allowed cyberattacker to remotely install malicious software on mobile phones remotely has been fixed by the Facebook WhatsApp team. The vulnerability was exposed as having been used to install software by the Israeli based NSO Group which has come under fire for selling zero-day exploit services to

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