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New Palm Phone Details Officially Revealed – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo New Palm Phone Details Officially Revealed Ubergizmo It was reported earlier this year that TCL will be reviving the Palm brand by launching a new Android-powered smartphone. An image of this device leaked online a couple of months back and now it's finally official. The first Palm phone has been ... and more »

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U.S. lawmakers warn Canada to keep Huawei out of its 5G plans

In a letter addressed to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Senators Mark Warner and Marco Rubio make a very public case that Canada should leave Chinese tech and telecom giant Huawei out of its plans to build a next-generation mobile network. “While Canada has strong telecommunication security safeguards in place, we have serious concerns that such safeguards are inadequate given what the United States and other allies know about Huawei,” the letter states . The senators warn Canada to “reconsider Huawei’s inclusion in any aspect of Canada’s 5G development, introduction, and maintenance.” The outcry comes after the head of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security dismissed security concerns regarding Huawei in comments last month. The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security is Canada’s designated federal agency tasked with cybersecurity. Next generation 5G networks already pose a number of unique security challenges . Lawmakers caution that by allowing companies linked to the Chinese government to build 5G infrastructure, the U.S. and its close allies (Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.) would be inviting the fox to guard the henhouse. As part of the Defense Authorization Act , passed in August, the U.S. government signed off on a law that forbids domestic agencies from using services or hardware made by Huawei and ZTE. A week later, Australia moved to block Huawei and ZTE from its own 5G buildout. Due to the open nature of intelligence sharing between the U.S. and its closest allies, the Canadian government would be able to obtain knowledge of any specific threats that substantiate the U.S. posture toward the Chinese company. “We urge your government to seek additional information from the U.S. intelligence community,” the letter implores. View this document on Scribd

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Want to reduce fraud? Make a better password, dummy!

Researchers at Indiana University have confirmed that stringent password policies – aside from being really annoying – actually work. The research , led by Ph.D. student Jacob Abbott, IU CIO Daniel Calarco, and professor L. Jean Camp. They published their findings in a paper entitled “Factors Influencing Password Reuse: A Case Study.” “Our paper shows that passphrase requirements such as a 15-character minimum length deter the vast majority of IU users (99.98 percent) from reusing passwords or passphrases on other sites,” said Abbott. “Other universities with fewer password requirements had reuse rates potentially as high as 40 percent.” To investigate the impact of policy on password reuse, the study analyzed password policies from 22 different U.S. universities, including their home institution, IU. Next, they extracted sets of emails and passwords from two large data sets that were published online and contained over 1.3 billion email addresses and password combinations. Based on email addresses belonging to a university’s domain, passwords were compiled and compared against a university’s official password policy. The findings were clear: Stringent password rules significantly lower a university’s risk of personal data breaches. In short, requiring longer passwords and creating a truly stringent password policy reduced fraud and password reuse by almost 99%. Further, the researchers found that preventing users from adding their name or username inside passwords its also pretty helpful

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The real-life Emery and Evan from “Fresh off the Boat” launch Batu Capital for cannabis, crypto and big data startups

Brothers Evan and Emery Huang, founders of Batu Capital Restaurateur and raconteur Eddie Huang is the best known of the three “Fresh off the Boat” brothers (it was his memoir that inspired the ABC sitcom), but his younger brothers Emery and Evan remain relatively mysterious even to its most loyal viewers. Though the two’s namesake characters are also prominently featured on the show, their real-life counterparts have kept a much lower public profile, making sporadic appearances on Eddie’s social media. Emery and Evan, however, have been busy investing in real estate and recently branched into tech startups. Though their multi-family investment office Batu Capital just launched this year, it reached a big milestone this week when one of their first investments, MJ Freeway , an enterprise software developer for the cannabis industry, entered into a merger agreement with MTech that will make it part of a Nasdaq-listed holding company. The fictionalized versions of Evan and Emery Huang, portrayed on “Fresh off the Boat” by Ian Chen and Forrest Wheeler. (Photo by Vivian Zink/ABC via Getty Images) In an interview, the two brothers told TechCrunch about moving into the tech sector and the startups they want to fund in the United States, China and Southeast Asia. Batu Capital is focused on finding companies in the cannabis, blockchain and crypto sectors, as well as big data. In addition to MJ Freeway, which provides enterprise resource planning and compliance tracking software for the cannabis businesses, its portfolio also includes Vidy , a startup building a new approach to video ads on Ethereum, and Sora Ventures , a crypto-backed blockchain and digital currency venture fund. Batu Capital invests in seed or Series A stage companies or Series C and pre-IPO and its typical check size will be about $500,000 to $2 million. Though Batu isn’t a single family office, instead raising capital from a network of limited partners for each investment, its creation was motivated by Emery and Evan’s desire to protect their family’s assets after several generations of political and social upheaval. “Long story short, our family has made and lost fortunes more than five times within the past two generations and quite frankly I’ll be damned if we let it happen again in me and Evan’s lifetime,” Emery says.

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EU Parliament rules that data generated by autonomous cars, including telemetry data, can be copyrighted, likely by car manufacturers to sell to…

Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing : EU Parliament rules that data generated by autonomous cars, including telemetry data, can be copyrighted, likely by car manufacturers to sell to third-parties   —  Today, the EU held a routine vote on regulations for self-driving cars, when something decidedly out of the ordinary happened...

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The Internet Bill of Rights is just one piece of our moral obligations

David Gorodyansky Contributor David Gorodyansky is the CEO and co-founder of AnchorFree , maker of privacy app Hotspot Shield. More posts by this contributor Warrantless surveillance law proves it’s time to take privacy into our own hands This is the future if net neutrality is repealed; the creeping, costly death of media freedom Congressman Ro Khanna’s proposed Internet Bill of Rights pushes individual rights on the Internet forward in a positive manner. It provides guidelines for critical elements where the United States’ and the world’s current legislation is lacking, and it packages it in a way that speaks to all parties. The devil, as always, is in the details—and Congressman Khanna’s Internet Bill of Rights still leaves quite a bit to subjective interpretation. But what should not be neglected is that we as individuals have not just rights but also moral obligations to this public good—the Internet. The web positively impacts our lives in a meaningful fashion, and we have a collective responsibility to nurture and keep it that way. Speaking to the specific rights listed in the Bill, we can likely all agree that citizens should have control over information collected about them, and that we should not be discriminated against based on that personal data. We probably all concur that Internet Service Providers should not be permitted to block, throttle, or engage in paid prioritization that would negatively impact our ability to access the world’s information. And I’m sure we all want access to numerous affordable internet providers with clear and transparent pricing. These are all elements included in Congressman Khanna’s proposal; all things that I wholeheartedly support. As we’ve seen of late with Facebook, Google, and other large corporations, there is an absolute need to bring proper legislation into the digital age. Technological advancements have progressed far faster than regulatory changes, and drastic improvements are needed to protect users. What we must understand, however, is that corporations, governments, and individuals all rely on the same Internet to prosper. Each group should have its own set of rights as well as responsibilities.

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Legal chatbot service DoNotPay now helps users lock down privacy settings of social media accounts and help sue companies that expose users’ data…

Rob Price / Business Insider : Legal chatbot service DoNotPay now helps users lock down privacy settings of social media accounts and help sue companies that expose users' data through hacks   —  - Automated legal tool DoNotPay is trying to help people lock down their online privacy settings and sue companies that get hacked.

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How some climate scientists use a Fortnite channel on Twitch to discuss and disseminate information about climate change to a young audience (Angela…

Angela Watercutter / Wired : How some climate scientists use a Fortnite channel on Twitch to discuss and disseminate information about climate change to a young audience   —  I KNOW VERY little about climate change.  I know even less about Fortnite.  And Twitch.  (Yes, I know; I should be fired.)

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New York-based Loadsmart, which uses AI to automate freight booking, raises $21.6M Series A led by Maersk Growth, the shipping giant’s investment arm…

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat : New York-based Loadsmart, which uses AI to automate freight booking, raises $21.6M Series A led by Maersk Growth, the shipping giant's investment arm   —  Roughly 80 percent of all cargo in the United States is transported by the 7.1 million people who drive flatbed trailers, dry vans …

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Google makes alert center for G Suite, launched in beta in September, generally available to help organizations identify security threats and mitigate…

Charlie Osborne / ZDNet : Google makes alert center for G Suite, launched in beta in September, generally available to help organizations identify security threats and mitigate them   —  The alert center's security notification system has been opened up days after Google revealed a service-ending Google+ data leak.

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Julian Assange steps down as editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks but retains publisher title, appoints Icelandic journalist Kristinn Hrafnsson to replace him…

Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge : Julian Assange steps down as editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks but retains publisher title, appoints Icelandic journalist Kristinn Hrafnsson to replace him   —  Julian Assange has stepped aside as editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, with the group saying his departure was “due to the extraordinary circumstances” …

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Apple’s big bet on the future of USB is increasingly looking like a rare misfire – Business Insider Australia

Business Insider Australia Apple's big bet on the future of USB is increasingly looking like a rare misfire Business Insider Australia USB -C is hyped as the replacement for regular-old USB , also known as USB Type-A. It can handle charging, plugging in external monitors, and any and all other kinds of accessories from a single cable. It's neat! But also, it means that you have to buy ... and more »

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Alibaba’s Ant Financial denies stealing from Equifax

Ant Financial has denied claims that it covertly raided Equifax — the U.S. credit firm that was hit by a hack last year — to grab information, including code, confidential data and documents to help recruit staff for its own credit scoring service. The Alibaba affiliate, which is valued at over $100 billion , launched Sesame Credit in China in 2015, and a report this week from The Wall Street Journal suggests that it leaned heavily on Equifax to do so. Ant Financial hired China-born Canadian David Zou from Equifax and the Journal claims that Zou looked up employee information to gauge potential hires and squirreled away confidential documents via his personal email account. Ant was said to have offered Chinese staff at Equifax lucrative raises — reportedly tripling their salaries — with a focus on those who “provided instructions on specific Equifax information… if they jumped ship.” Apparently, however, only Zou did. Zou, for this part, denies the claims. He said he looked up Equifax team members to help with work on his project in Canada, and forward information to his email account in order to continue his work when he went home. Ant Financial went a step further with its own denial — from the firm’s statement : Ant Financial did not use Equifax intellectual property or trade secrets, including code, algorithms or methodology in the development of our credit rating product. Ant Financial has found absolutely no evidence of Equifax software, data or code having been transferred to our systems. We did not directly or indirectly encourage potential job applicants to obtain Equifax intellectual property or trade secrets. This would be a violation of Ant Financial’s Code of Business Conduct and we would take immediate action against any employee found engaging in this behavior. Further, we have specific agreements with our third-party recruiters that prohibit them from violating intellectual property rights of any parties. If any recruiter is found to have conducted such activities, we will stop accepting candidate referrals from them and may take legal action against them. Ant said the Journal’s report is “full of innuendo based on disjointed facts and coincidence in timing.” Beyond Ant, the report claims Equifax firm was also concerned when an unnamed Chinese firm swapped members of its delegation in the run-up to a meeting, a tactic that is apparently common among potential cases of espionage

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