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Previously secret CIA report documents spear attack against surveillance plane

An aerial image from a low-level overflight of the Congo by a US Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in 1964 caught this moment in which a spear was thrown at the aircraft. In the 1960s, during the civil wars and political upheaval that rocked what is today the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United States Air Force flew frequent low-level reconnaissance missions over missionary outposts to check on their condition and safety. One flyover in 1964 drew an attack from the ground that was captured in part by an aerial photograph: a thrown spear. The episode, documented in a 1979 article for the Central Intelligence Agency's internal publication, Studies in Intelligence, "President Truman and the Congolese SAM" — classified as "SECRET NOFORN" (Not for Foreign Dissemination)—was recounted to Harry S. Truman as part of a periodic intelligence briefing provided to the former president by the administration of Lyndon Johnson. Declassified a decade ago, the article was recently resurfaced during archive scouring by MuckRock Executive Editor "JPat" Brown, though it was also included in a book by the article's original author, former CIA Senior Imagery Analyst Dino Brugioni . Read 4 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Research: 55% of consumers regularly watch music videos on YouTube, compared to a combined 37% for all free audio streaming services (Mark…

Mark Mulligan / Music Industry Blog : Research: 55% of consumers regularly watch music videos on YouTube, compared to a combined 37% for all free audio streaming services   —  Firstly, happy new year to you all.  Now on to the first post of 2019.  —  The Article 13 debate that shaped so much of the latter part of 2018 will continue …

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Crypto efforts of banks like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Barclays are in limbo after bitcoin’s months-long fall and weak demand from institutional…

Alastair Marsh / Bloomberg : Crypto efforts of banks like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Barclays are in limbo after bitcoin's months-long fall and weak demand from institutional clients   —  Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and many more built it.  But they didn't come.  —  Limbo—that's where to find Wall Street when it comes to cryptocurrencies.

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How a US shutdown affects its cybersecurity workforce: NIST among worst-hit agencies with 85% staff furloughed, DNI’s analysis and operations staff…

Justin Lynch / Fifth Domain : How a US shutdown affects its cybersecurity workforce: NIST among worst-hit agencies with 85% staff furloughed, DNI's analysis and operations staff cut by 60%   —  America's federal cybersecurity workforce will see sharp reductions if Congress fails to pass a spending bill to keep the government open …

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Temi, a startup that plans to officially launch its telepresence robot in January, raises a $21M Series B led by Alibaba’s ex-CTO, bringing total…

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat : Temi, a startup that plans to officially launch its telepresence robot in January, raises a $21M Series B led by Alibaba's ex-CTO, bringing total raised to $83M   —  Temi, a robotics startup headquartered in New York, is betting big on its eponymous Temi telepresence product — and it's taking new investors along for the ride.

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Congress passes the Open Government Data Act, which requires public information to be open to the public by default in a machine readable format (Alex…

Alex Howard / E Pluribus Unum : Congress passes the Open Government Data Act, which requires public information to be open to the public by default in a machine readable format   —  On December 21, 2018, the United States House of Representatives voted to enact H.R. 4174, the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017 …

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How Alexa has used machine learning to get smarter over the last year, with a 25% error rate reduction, carrying over context from one query to the…

Brian Barrett / Wired : How Alexa has used machine learning to get smarter over the last year, with a 25% error rate reduction, carrying over context from one query to the next, more   —  IT'S FAIR TO say that when Amazon introduced the first Echo speaker in the fall of 2014, most people weren't quite sure what to make of it.

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HQ Trivia launches HQ Words, a Wheel of Fortune-style game that’s been in closed beta for months, and reinstalls Rus Yusupov as CEO (Josh…

Josh Constine / TechCrunch : HQ Trivia launches HQ Words, a Wheel of Fortune-style game that's been in closed beta for months, and reinstalls Rus Yusupov as CEO   —  HQ's expansion beyond trivia is emerging from beta, but the question is whether it's different and accessible enough to revive the startup's growth.

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Study: crypto asset service providers have 139M total users and at least 35M identity-verified users whose growth nearly doubled in first three…

Cambridge Judge Business School : Study: crypto asset service providers have 139M total users and at least 35M identity-verified users whose growth nearly doubled in first three quarters of 2018   —  Findings by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance describe the evolution of an industry that saw big growth in 2017.

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A secured lender is selling off assets, including AR/VR patent portfolio, of Osterhout Design Group, the maker of R-9 and other smartglasses (Ian…

Ian Hamilton / UploadVR : A secured lender is selling off assets, including AR/VR patent portfolio, of Osterhout Design Group, the maker of R-9 and other smartglasses   —  Osterhout Design Group (ODG) may be dead before mass shipping its R-9 augmented reality glasses, with an asset sale planned for January focused on the AR company's patent portfolio.

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Wiki site Fandom says it will acquire Curse Media, which runs gaming wiki site Gamepedia, from Twitch, which bought Curse Media parent Curse in Aug….

Cecilia D'Anastasio / Kotaku : Wiki site Fandom says it will acquire Curse Media, which runs gaming wiki site Gamepedia, from Twitch, which bought Curse Media parent Curse in Aug. 2016   —  Wiki site Fandom announced yesterday that they will acquire Curse Media, which runs gaming wiki site Gamepedia, from Twitch.

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Sources: Niantic, publisher of Pokémon Go, is in the process of raising a $200M funding round that would value the company at $3.9B (Katie…

Katie Roof / Wall Street Journal : Sources: Niantic, publisher of Pokémon Go, is in the process of raising a $200M funding round that would value the company at $3.9B   —  The $200 million funding round is expected to be led by IVP, with participation from strategic investors Samsung Electronics Co. and aXiomatic Gaming LLC.

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In a court filing, Apple argues that China’s ban on the sale of some iPhones, which it is appealing, would force it to settle its licensing battle…

Bloomberg : In a court filing, Apple argues that China's ban on the sale of some iPhones, which it is appealing, would force it to settle its licensing battle with Qualcomm   —  Apple Inc. said a Chinese ban on the sale of some models of the iPhone will force it to settle a long and bitter licensing battle …

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Adobe reports mixed Q4 results, with revenue of $2.46B, up 23% YoY, vs. $2.43B est., and FY2018 revenue of $9.03B, up 24% YoY, vs. $8.99B est….

Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet : Adobe reports mixed Q4 results, with revenue of $2.46B, up 23% YoY, vs. $2.43B est., and FY2018 revenue of $9.03B, up 24% YoY, vs. $8.99B est.   —  This is Adobe's first financial report since acquiring marketing automation firm Marketo for $4.75 billion back in October.

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SEC filing: IMAX will close its remaining three virtual reality centers and write off “certain VR investments”; the three sites are expected to close…

Janko Roettgers / Variety : SEC filing: IMAX will close its remaining three virtual reality centers and write off “certain VR investments”; the three sites are expected to close in Q1 2019   —  Imax is making its exit from virtual reality (VR) official: The company notified shareholders with a SEC filing Thursday …

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