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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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Bombshell Text Messages Support Roger Stone’s Claims About WikiLeaks Backchannel

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dailycaller.com - Text messages released on Wednesday appear to support Trump confidant Roger Stone’s testimony that a New York radio show host was his source for information about WikiLeaks’ plans to release informat…

Michigan College Cancels ‘The Vagina Monologues’ Because ‘Not All Women Have Vaginas’

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www.faithwire.com - Leaders at a college in Michigan decided to cancel its production of “The Vagina Monologues” because it’s discriminatory, given “not all women have vaginas.” The women’s resource center at Eastern Mi…

Ep. 1288 Decriminalize Mushrooms

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tomwoods.com - In recent years researchers have discovered therapeutic uses for psilocybin mushrooms where the results have been extraordinary. Kevin Matthews of Decriminalize Denver joins me to discuss these findi…

A few thoughts on HTC’s blockchain phone and what you can expect

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thenextweb.com - HTC has been teasing images of its upcoming blockchain-powered Android smartphone – the Exodus 1 – for months now, but we might have to wait a little longer to see how it actually performs in the rea…

Microsoft Knocks out IBM for Enterprise Blockchain Crown: Report

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www.ccn.com - Microsoft’s Blockchain-as-a-Service (Baas) platform has taken the top spot in a ranking compiled by market foresight advisory firm ABI Research. Per the report , Microsoft managed to beat competitors…

Russian hacking group 'Cozy Bear' likely responsible for phishing campaign, US security firm says

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thehill.com - A U.S. security firm on Monday said a Russian hacker group is likely responsible for a phishing campaign that used emails to impersonate a State Department employee. FireEye researchers tied the spea…

Hard Drive Buying Tips: Figuring Out What Hard Drive You Should Buy

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www.backblaze.com - Over the last few years we’ve shared many observations in our quarterly Hard Drive Stats reports that go beyond the hard drive failure rates. We decided to consolidate some of these additional observ…

Ajit Pai wants to raise rural broadband speeds from 10Mbps to 25Mbps

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arstechnica.com - The Federal Communications Commission is planning to raise the rural broadband standard from 10Mbps to 25Mbps in a move that would require faster Internet speeds in certain government-subsidized netw…

Tumblr booted from App Store due to child porn

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techcrunch.com - Tumblr’s app was booted out of the iOS App Store a few days ago due to an issue with child pornography getting its way past the app’s filtering technology, according to a report from CNET, which Tumb…

How a small French privacy ruling could remake adtech for good

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techcrunch.com - A ruling in late October against a little known French adtech firm that popped up on the national data watchdog’s website earlier this month, is causing ripples of excitement to run through privacy w…

Half-Life turns 20, and we all feel very old

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techcrunch.com - The only thing that’s crazier than the fact that Half-Life was released exactly 20 years ago is that I wrote up its 10th anniversary on this very website… well, 10 years ago. We’ve both aged well, I …

Gift Guide: Black Friday tech deals that are actually pretty good

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techcrunch.com - Black Friday is, for the most part, bad. People are awful, retailers pull all sorts of shenanigans to make it seem like you’re getting a better deal than you are, and a lot of people end up buying ju…

Xiaomi gobbles up selfie phone brand Meitu as revenue jumps 49%

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techcrunch.com - Xiaomi is diversifying into a new range of phones as the Chinese smartphone maker announced impressive growth with its latest financials. The company announced it will take over selfie app maker Meit…

Half a million Android users tricked into downloading malware from Google Play

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techcrunch.com - More than half-a-million users have installed Android malware posing as driving games — from Google’s own app store. Lukas Stefanko, a security researcher at ESET, tweeted details of 13 gaming apps —…

Autodesk agrees to buy PlanGrid for $875 million

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techcrunch.com - Autodesk announced plans to acquire PlanGrid, a San Francisco startup that helped moved blueprints from paper to the iPad when it launched in 2011. This digitization of construction fits with Autodes…

Kindred’s robots help retailers handle fulfillment centers — and take on Amazon

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techcrunch.com - Since taking the reins as chief executive of Kindred at the beginning of the year, Jim Liefer has been focused on commercializing his company’s autonomous robots. But unlike forward-projecting use-ca…

Our 3 favorite startups from Morgan Stanley’s 2nd Multicultural Innovation Lab Demo Day

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techcrunch.com - The Morgan Stanley Multicultural Innovation Lab, Morgan Stanley’s in-house accelerator focused on companies founded by multicultural and female entrepreneurs, hosted its second Annual Showcase and De…

Valve is discontinuing the Steam Link, at least the hardware part

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techcrunch.com - Valve has quietly updated the Steam page for the Steam Link. The message says that Valve is discontinuing the Steam Link. The device will become unavailable once all units have been sold. When Valve …

iHeartMedia to acquire radio adtech company Jelli

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techcrunch.com - Radio giant iHeartMedia announced today that it’s reached an agreement to acquire Jelli, a company bringing programmatic ad-buying to radio broadcasters. In fact, iHeartMedia was already working with…

Microsoft acquires FSLogix to enhance Office 365 virtual desktop experience

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techcrunch.com - Back in September, Microsoft announced a virtual desktop solution that lets customers run Office 365 and Windows 10 in the cloud. They mentioned several partners in the announcement that were working…

Argent, a smart crypto wallet app with a banking look, raises $4M from Euro VCs

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techcrunch.com - One of the biggest problems for the mainstream adoption of crypto is the need for memorizing seed phrases, the inability to get your cryptocurrency back if something goes wrong, the list goes on. Unt…

LinkedIn launches its own Snapchat Stories: “Student Voices”

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techcrunch.com - The social media singularity continues with the arrival of Snapchat Stories-style slideshows on LinkedIn as the app grasps for relevance with a younger audience. LinkedIn confirms to TechCrunch that …

How to sign PDFs without printing them first

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thenextweb.com - Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and connected services. PDFs are great for when you need to share official doc…

Hacker Ben Heck is back to fix the flawed Neo-Geo Mini

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arstechnica.com - When the worlds of retro gaming and customized hacks collide, chances are, you'll find Benjamin Heckendorn (better known as Ben Heck) standing by with a soldering iron. The finished product (right) a…

Forget VR treadmills—Google patents motorized, omnidirectional VR sneakers

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arstechnica.com - WHAT ARE THOSE? Google wants to add sneakers to your existing VR setup. You can just walk forever, and the shoe wheels will keep you in the VR safe zone. Patents always aim for the widest coverage po…

What you need to know before importing that exotic Chinese Android phone

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arstechnica.com - In the last few years, we've witnessed a big change to the way the smartphone market works. China has become both the biggest smartphone market on Earth and home to some of the most interesting smart…

Report: Uber self-driving team was preparing for CEO demo before fatal crash

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arstechnica.com - We've known since May that serious flaws in Uber's self-driving software contributed to the fatal crash that killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona, back in March. For example, Uber had …

Now it’s Office’s turn to have a load of patches pulled

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arstechnica.com - After endless difficulties with the Windows 10 October 2018 update—finally re-released this month with the data-loss bug fixed—it seems that now it's the Office team's turn to release some updates th…

E-commerce site is infected not by one, but two card skimmers

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arstechnica.com - Payment card skimming that steals consumers’ personal information from e-commerce sites has become a booming industry over the past six months, with high-profile attacks against Ticketmaster, British…

By defining “l33t” and “Thanks Obama,” Dictionary.com became the Web’s reference

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arstechnica.com - Talking with Dictionary.com CEO Liz McMillan at the 2018 Collision Conference. Rather than racing to the bookshelf and grabbing the old-reliable, these days most people simply type into their search …

Samsung’s foldable phone is real, and it launches next year

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arstechnica.com - There are two displays on Samsung's phone. One static phone-style display on the outside and the folding display on the inside. Putting the folding display on the inside of the device means putting a…

Ukraine detects new Pterodo backdoor malware, warns of Russian cyberattack

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arstechnica.com - The Computer Emergency Response Team of Ukraine (CERT-UA) and the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine have detected a new strain of the Pterodo Windows backdoor targeting computers at Ukrainian g…

Samsung reportedly planning five flagship phone models for early 2019

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arstechnica.com - The Galaxy A9, with its four rear cameras. The S10 setup will probably be similar. The S10 is expected to use the third "hole punch" display pictured here, from Samsung's developer conference. We're …

Why are Micro-Experiences so important to UX Design?

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uxdesign.cc - We have all heard the phrase, “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff”. It’s a common way of letting people know to shrug off the little things and instead, worry about the bigger, more important things. Great …

Flywheel WordPress Hosting Review: Everything You Need To Know 2018

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winningwp.com - Have you heard of Flywheel WordPress hosting yet? Maybe you’re a designer or web design agency owner looking for a web host for your clients and someone has recommended Flywheel. Or maybe you’ve just…

Revealed: The latest JavaScript trends

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www.creativebloq.com - JavaScript is an essential component in any web developer's toolkit. It's top of our list of web skills that pay, but it's a discipline that requires you to keep on learning. You might be au fait wit…

Facebook And Instagram Are Down In Second Snag This Week

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www.forbes.com - The Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, WhatsApp and Youtube icons are shown on the screen of an iPhone. (Credit: Getty)Getty Getty Global Facebook users have reported outages this morning on the web's la…

Second WordPress hacking campaign underway, this one targeting AMP for WP plugin | ZDNet

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www.zdnet.com - A second vulnerability in a high-profile WordPress plugin has come under active exploitation in the span of a week, ZDNet has learned from WordPress security firm Defiant. Attacks are currently ongoi…

Instagram’s Crackdown on Fake Followers Just Might Work

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www.wired.com - Instagram Monday said it would again crack down on users who pursue “inauthentic activity” to boost an account’s popularity. Within hours, BlackHatWorld, a forum popular with self-proclaimed “black h…

FCC to Release Report Wednesday Telling You If Your Broadband Provider Is Screwing You

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gizmodo.com - The Federal Communications Commission plans to publish a report on Wednesday that will purportedly reveal whether internet service providers are providing the broadband speeds they claim they are. FC…

LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK9 is their first Smart Display with Google Assistant

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androidcommunity.com - If you still don’t believe that Google and other OEMs are pushing Smart Displays as the next big thing when it comes to connected devices, then the latest product that LG has announced is more eviden…

Xiaomi buys Meitu’s hardware business through “strategic corporation agreement”

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androidcommunity.com - If you’re thinking that Xiaomi’s mission is eventually to take over all the Chinese OEMs that they can buy, we can’t fault you for thinking that given its current buying power. Their latest acquisiti…

New LG Q9 image renders show up, phone looks a lot like the LG G7 Fit

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androidcommunity.com - LG launched the mid-range Q series last year with the Q6 as the first ever phone. The device launched with a FullVision display but at a lower price. It was soon followed by the LG Q7, LG Q7+, LG Q8,…

OPPO foldable phone patent surface, may be followed by OnePlus

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androidcommunity.com - OPPO may be venturing into the foldable phone category. That’s the latest we have about the Chinese OEM and it somehow gives us a glimpse of the future of OnePlus. In case you haven’t realized it yet…

One UI beta screenshots for Galaxy S9 leaked

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androidcommunity.com - We all know better than to hold our breath and wait for the rollout of the Android 9.0 Pie update. Given our experience of the past years, we’ll believe that it will roll out when we see it on our de…

Google Assistant to add 14 new languages in next update

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androidcommunity.com - When it comes to supported languages, Google Assistant has seen a slow but steady growth. It only launched a couple of years ago in 2016 but it was only available in a few languages and regions. Over…

Pandora Premium now available for Amazon Echo smart speakers

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androidcommunity.com - Good news for music lovers with Amazon Echo smart speakers lying around their house and who also happen to be Pandora Premium subscribers. The latter can now be played on the former. All of Amazon’s …

Capturing the Loyalty of the Skeptical Consumer

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loyalty360.org - CrowdTwist recently conducted research into consumer attitudes towards loyalty programs, brand engagement, emerging technologies, and shopping experiences. The research found that only 46% of consume…

Driving Customer Loyalty Through Content: A Laborious but Rewarding Process

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loyalty360.org - In the modern era of quick, convenient purchasing, online businesses continuously seek a “wow” factor to make them stand out from the competition. Since many in-person retail strategies don’t transla…

Julian Assange Isn’t Worth It

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www.theatlantic.com - We know virtually nothing about the specifics of the charges against Assange, leaving the question of which criminal statutory authority the government has relied upon open to speculation. Are these …

Microsoft Whiteboard Launches for Education Customers With Cool New Features - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - Microsoft is today bringing its Whiteboard app to its Education customers. The company is launching a preview for Whiteboard for Edu, which is mostly focused at schools and students. The point of the…

You Can Now Sign-In to Your Microsoft Account Without a Password - Thurrott.com

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www.thurrott.com - Microsoft has taken a major step towards its goal of eliminating passwords this week. You can now sign-in to your Microsoft account by using Windows Hello or a hardware security key instead of your u…

Are you Sharing your Personal Data for Free Software?

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www.reveantivirus.com - There’s been much debate over how social media platforms gather user information and use it for marketing purposes. However, it is not just the social media websites, but internet users are sharing t…

A Closer Look At The Kodi Controversy - Is It Legal? | Bit Rebels

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www.bitrebels.com - Kodi is an app for Smart TVs, smartphones and computers which enables users to stream content from a huge variety of online services. In the past few years, it’s become hugely popular around the worl…

5 Reasons Adaptability Is Key To Business Success | Bit Rebels

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www.bitrebels.com - The only constant is change. In life, as in business, the ability to adapt to change will often determine how successful your efforts prove. While there’s certainly plenty of value in developing long…

Pros And Cons Of Using Local Web Designers | Bit Rebels

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www.bitrebels.com - Anyone that runs their own business these days will know the importance of having a strong web presence. We live in a digital age and this means you have to ensure you promote your business online. P…

How to check if Black Friday is cheaper

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www.bbc.com - It's time for that seasonal debate once again: Are so-called Black Friday bargains all they are cracked up to be? Research from the consumer group Which? suggests that most products are actually chea…

The Most Productive Meetings Use Collaborative Display Technology

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www.industryandbusiness.ca - Meetings are a necessary part of doing business, but without the right tech tools they can be a complete waste of time. Small business owners are keenly aware that meetings can be one of the biggest …

Secret tapes provide new twist in alleged $400K GoFundMe scam

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nypost.com - New twist in the alleged ‘Go Fund Me’ scam: a lawyer for the woman involved says there’s a secret recording proving she was also duped. @arobach has the story. https://t.co/4Oj3rnBSlK pic.twitter.com…

Facebook is finally rolling out its “how long do I spend on Facebook” dashboard

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techcrunch.com - 15 weeks after Facebook announced its “Your Time On Facebook” tool that counts how many minutes you spend on the app, the feature is finally rolling out around the world. Designed to help you manage …

6 Types of Emails to Send to Your List to Build Rapport & Grow Your Income • My Lead System PRO (MLSP) Blog

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blog.myleadsystempro.com - So you’ve been creating great content, generating leads, and building your list. But now you might be wondering, “Ok, so what the heck do I actually send to my subscribers to get them to open my emai…

Four Simple Tech Hacks That Will Make You More Productive

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www.fastcompany.com - While technology’s omnipresence in our lives affords us the opportunity to get work done from anywhere at anytime, being on devices all the time can lead us down time-wasting tunnels, making us less …

Instagram Algorithm Update & Tips For Staying Alive On Instagram • My Lead System PRO (MLSP) Blog

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blog.myleadsystempro.com - The Instagram algorithm was updated on March 15th, and as Instagram promised, it was one of their biggest updates to date. It will affect the way you view your posts. They stated on their blog,”You m…

The Fast Simple Way to Gain Expert Status (Even if You're a Total Newbie) • My Lead System PRO (MLSP) Blog

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blog.myleadsystempro.com - Having your own product, even if only a simple one, is going to set you apart from everyone else and help you have instant authority with your prospects. And you don’t have to wait until you become “…

AMP Design Functionality: What Else is Possible?

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instapage.com - Build a PWA Create a checkout page Build a comment section AMP Stories More visibility in Bing Scroll-bound effects AMP for email Create high-speed landing pages Optimize landing pages Google webinar…

Video Marketing Strategy: The Video Content Marketing Formula for Maximum Results • My Lead System PRO (MLSP) Blog

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blog.myleadsystempro.com - I hope you are ready, because you're about to get a full-blown video marketing strategy handed right to you. One that you can start running with TODAY, and get leads very quickly. If you are ready to…

Know Exactly What To Do The Next Time Your Car Needs Fixed

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carshopping.biz - You should prepare yourself with the right information to have a general understanding of how a car troubles start. Continue reading and you’ll learn what you need to know when it comes to auto repai…

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