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Lithuanian Pleads Guilty To Stealing $100 Million From Google, Facebook

schwit1 writes: Evaldas Rimasauskas, a Lithuanian citizen, concocted a brazen scheme that allowed him to bilk Facebook and Google out of more than $100 million. The crime defrauded Google of $23 million and Facebook of $99 million. Rimasauskas committed the crimes between 2013 to 2015, an indictment was issued in 2017, and he was formally indicted Wednesday in New York after he pleaded guilty to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and three counts of money laundering. "As Evaldas Rimasauskas ...


Researchers Created Reprogrammable Molecular Algorithms For DNA Computers

dmoberhaus writes: In a major breakthrough for DNA computing, researchers from UC Davis, Caltech and Maynooth University developed a technique for creating molecular algorithms that can be reprogrammed. Prior to this research, molecular algorithms had to be painstakingly designed for specific purposes, which is "like having to build a new computer out of new hardware just to run a new piece of software," according to the researchers. This new technique could blow open the door for a host of futu...


Microsoft Revived and Killed Clippy in a Single Day

The dream of the '90s was alive in Microsoft Teams this week when Microsoft's old office assistant, Clippy, showed up. From a report: If you used Microsoft Office between 1997 and 2001, you likely remember Clippy as the animated paperclip that popped up and offered tips for using the software. Microsoft did away with Clippy in 2001, so people were surprised to see Clippy stickers appear in Microsoft Teams this week. And they were even more surprised when, just a day later, Microsoft offed the li...


FEMA Data Breach Hits 2.5 Million Disaster Survivors

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) unlawfully shared the private information of 2.3 million hurricane and wildfire survivors with a federal contractor that was helping them find temporary housing, an inspector general from the Department of Homeland Security said Friday. The data includes "20 unnecessary data fields" such as "electronic funds transfer number," "bank transit number" and addresses. CNN reports: FEMA said it began filtering the data in December 2018 to prevent this info...


Insider Threats Pose the Biggest Security Risk

An anonymous reader shares a report: According to a new study 91 percent of IT and security professionals feel vulnerable to insider threats, and 75 percent believe the biggest risks lie in cloud applications like popular file storage and email solutions including Google Drive, Gmail and Dropbox. The report from SaaS operations management specialist BetterCloud also shows 62 percent of respondents believe the biggest security threat comes from the well-meaning but negligent end user. Among oth...


Google Stadia is a Net Neutrality Nightmare

At the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this year, Google announced that it has taken up the long and ever-lengthening dream of the video game streaming service. Meant to replace the hefty, pricey, altogether confounding experience of buying and using various gaming hardware, Google Stadia will run video games on Google’s own hardware in a server […]
Tags: Opinion, GDC, GDC 2019, Google, Stadia


US disaster agency exposed private data of 2.3m hurricane and wildfire survivors

Report finds Fema unnecessarily shared personal information, including bank details, with outside contractorThe US disaster relief agency unnecessarily released sensitive identifiable data, including banking information, of 2.3m disaster survivors to an outside contractor, according to a report by theOffice of Inspector General.The survivors, who were affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as the 2017 wildfires in California , had provided their information to the Federal Emerg...
Tags: US news, Privacy, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Hurricanes, US politics, Data protection, Technology


US disaster agency exposed data of 2.3m hurricane and wildfire survivors

Report finds Fema unnecessarily shared personal data, including bank details, with outside contractorThe US disaster relief agency unnecessarily released sensitive identifiable data, including banking information, of 2.3m disaster survivors to an outside contractor, according to a report by theOffice of Inspector General.The survivors, who were affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as the 2017 wildfires in California , had provided their information to the Federal Emergency Ma...
Tags: US news, Privacy, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Hurricanes, US politics, Data protection, Technology


Elon Musk defends tweets in SEC’s contempt proceedings

Tesla CEO Elon Musk argued Friday that his Twitter use did not violate a settlement agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and that the agency’s request to have him held in contempt is based on a “radical interpretation” of the order, according to court papers filed in Manhattan federal court. The SEC has asked a judge to hold Musk in contempt for violating a settlement agreement reached last year over Musk’s now infamous “funding secured” tweet. Under that agreement, Musk...
Tags: Automotive, Transportation, Cars, Elon Musk, Tesla, Tesla Model S, The Boring Company, Twitter, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission


What’s the cost of buying users from Facebook and 13 other ad networks?

Julian Shapiro Contributor Share on Twitter Julian Shapiro is the founder of BellCurve.com, a growth marketing agency that trains you to become a marketing professional. He also writes at Julian.com. More posts by this contributor Which types of startups are most often profitable? Founder Stories: Webflow’s Y Combinator Journey This post reveals the cost of acquiring a customer on every ad channe...
Tags: Column, Amazon, Bing Ads, Digital Marketing, E-commerce, Facebook, Food, Google, Google Ads, Instagram, Internet traffic, LinkedIn, Marketing, Online Advertising, Photo Sharing, Pinterest


Germany Urged To Champion Global Treaty To Ban 'Killer Robots'

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams and other activists warned on Thursday that fully autonomous weapons could be deployed in just 3-4 years and urged Germany to lead an international campaign for a ban on so-called "killer robots." Williams, who won the Nobel in 1997 for leading efforts to ban landmines, told reporters Germany should take bold steps to ensure that humans remained in control of lethal weapons. "You cannot lead from the rear,...


Knowing how artificial intelligence works empowers clinicians to be at the forefront of using it

Physicians and other health care professionals are uniquely suited to understand artificial intelligence. They’ve studied or routinely use mathematics, data analysis, and algorithms. They comprehend pattern recognition, decision trees, rules-based systems, and statistics. These are the very components of AI.  Perhaps the only thing our premed and medical training didn’t teach us was how to […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn mo...
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Why You Should Consider Keynote as an Apple User

At Ethos3, we create the bulk of our designs in PowerPoint. As one of the largest presentation platforms, it is by far the most commonly used within the presentation community. And while PowerPoint happens to be our favorite presentation tool, we think presenters who operate in the Apple ecosystem might benefit from checking out Keynote on occasion. You might be wondering why you should bother learning a new system if you’re already comfortable with PowerPoint, especially since it’s such a great...
Tags: Design, Apple, Deliver, Develop, Keynote, Macbook, Presentation, Public, Public Speaking, Speaking


WATCH: What are platforms, and why should you care?

Are broker platforms augmenting or replacing existing MLS platforms? What is the impact to industry participants? Explore why this topic is the new buzzword of the industry and what the future looks like.
Tags: Agent, Brokerage, Connect Video, Data, Select, Technology, Adi Pavlovic, Greg Robertson, ICNY, Icny 19, ICNY 2019, Inman Connect New York, Inman Connect New York 2019, Keller Williams, Midwest Real Estate Data, Rebecca Jensen


Police Officers In Berlin Had To Break Up Fight Between Supporters of Two Rival YouTubers

More than 100 police officers were deployed to break up a mass brawl reportedly organized by two rival YouTube stars in Berlin. The BBC reports: The fight broke out on Thursday evening on Alexanderplatz square in the German capital, police said, adding that nine people were arrested. More than 400 people had gathered after two social media influencers reportedly urged their fans to join a face-off. As tensions escalated, a large melee involving around 50 people erupted. Officers used pepper spra...


Dashcam Video Shows Tesla Steering Toward Lane Divider - Again

AmiMoJo shares a report from Ars Technica: The afternoon commute of Reddit user Beastpilot takes him past a stretch of Seattle-area freeway with a carpool lane exit on the left. Last year, in early April, the Tesla driver noticed that Autopilot on his Model X would sometimes pull to the left as the car approached the lane divider -- seemingly treating the space between the diverging lanes as a lane of its own. This was particularly alarming, because just days earlier, Tesla owner Walter Huang ha...


Equity Shot: Pinterest and Zoom file to go public

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. What a Friday. This afternoon (mere hours after we released our regularly scheduled episode no less!), both Pinterest and Zoom dropped their public S-1 filings. So we rolled up our proverbial sleeves and ran through the numbers. If you want to follow along, the Pinterest S-1 is here, and the Zoom document is here. Got it? Great. Pinterest’s long-awaited IPO fili...
Tags: Startups, TC, Venture Capital, Alex Wilhelm, Bessemer Venture Partners, Ceo, Cisco, Economy, Equity podcast, Eric Yuan, Finance, FirstMark Capital, Kate Clark, Katy Perry, Lyft, Money


Remine lays off two-thirds of sales staff a month after raising $30M

Property data and analytics firm Remine laid off dozens of staff members Friday as part of a "strategic decision to double down" on its technology plans.
Tags: Industry News, Technology, Layoffs, Leo Pareja, Mark Schacknies, Remine


Remine lays off majority of staff a month after raising $30M round

Property data and analytics firm Remine laid off dozens of staff members Friday as part of a "strategic decision to double down" on its technology plans.
Tags: Industry News, Technology, Layoffs, Remine


Our 9 favorite startups from Y Combinator W19 Demo Day 2

Heathcare kiosks, a home-cooked food marketplace, and a way for startups to earn interest on their funding topped our list of high-potential companies from Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 Demo Day 2. 88 startups launched on stage at the lauded accelerator, though some of the best skipped the stage as they’d already raised tons of money. Be sure to check out our write-ups of all 85 startups from day 1 plus our top picks, as well as the full set from day 2. But now, after asking investors and conferrin...
Tags: Apps, Biotech, Food, Funding, GreenTech, Hardware, Health, Logistics, Startups, TC


Digital scrapbooking site Pinterest files for IPO

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Digital scrapbooking site Pinterest on Friday filed for an initial public offering of stock. It follows a similar filing with securities regulators earlier this month by ride-hailing company Lyft in what is shaping up to be a busy season for technology IPOs. Also expected to sell stock to the public in […]
Tags: Business, Nation, Technology


Drone analytics startup Aria Insights suddenly shutters

Earlier this year, Helen Greiner-founded drone startup CyPhy Works announced a major change. The company was rebooting and renaming itself Aria Insights, a move that arrived with a newfound AI/data-driven focus. Now, just over two months later, the company is no more. Reports that Aria had shuttered began surfacing earlier this week. Moments ago, the company confirmed the move in a tersely worded statement offered to TechCrunch: Aria Insights has ceased operations effective March 21, 2019. That’...
Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Hardware, Aria Insights, CyPhy Works, Drone


Here are all the TV shows and movies we expect to see at Apple’s March 25 event

Apple has an ambitious slate of original programming it has been developing in recent years, so will the March 25 event finally reveal when — and where — we will be able to see some of these TV shows and movies? The post Here are all the TV shows and movies we expect to see at Apple’s March 25 event appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Movies & TV, News, Apple TV


Pinterest drops its IPO filing

Pinterest, the nearly decade-old visual search engine, has unveiled its S-1 as it prepares for an initial public offering expected in April. The paperwork emerged just hours after another tech unicorn, Zoom, filed to go public, too. Pinterest, valued at $12.3 billion in 2017, took its first official step toward a 2019 IPO, hiring Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase as lead underwriters for its big offering. Pinterest has raised around $1.5 billion in venture capital funding, listing both ear...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Venture Capital


MIT Develops Algorithm To Accelerate Neural Networks By 200x

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ExtremeTech: MIT researchers have reportedly developed an algorithm that can accelerate [neural networks] by up to 200x. The NAS (Neural Architecture Search, in this context) algorithm they developed "can directly learn specialized convolutional neural networks (CNNs) for target hardware platforms -- when run on a massive image dataset -- in only 200 GPU hours," MIT News reports. This is a massive improvement over the 48,000 hours Google reported taking t...


How to Boost Mobile Game Performance and Battery Life on Your Android 

As mobile games get more sophisticated and their graphics get better and beefier, smartphones require higher hardware specs in order for these games to look great. Whether your smartphone is brand-new or showing its age a bit, you can probably squeak out higher frame rates. Tweak your phone or tablet’s display…Read more...
Tags: Android, Mobile Gaming, Gaming, Display, Resolution


What’ll you do with all the money you save buying these $16 smart bulbs instead of $50 Philips Hues?

If you decide to go with Philips Hue smart lights, you can easily spend hundreds of dollars on each room as you upgrade your old "dumb" lights to smart LED bulbs. After all, standard A19 color bulbs from Philips Hue are a whopping $50 each. Here's another option: check out MagicLight WiFi Smart Light Bulbs, which offer very similar features for just $16 a bulb or under $15 if you buy a 2-pack. In other words, you can buy three of these bulbs for every one comparable bulb from Philips Hue!Her...
Tags: Google, News, Voice Control, Philips, Philips Hue, Amazon Echo, Alexa Google, Philips Hues, Philips Hue Here


The 12 Easiest Ways to Keep Your Touchscreen Clean - Because It's Disgusting AF

Neglecting to clean your cell phone is a nasty tech habit that everyone should break. Cell phones have been proven to carry bacteria, germs, and even feces. Yes, feces. If there's one new routine to create for yourself this year, it should be keeping that smartphone shiny and clean (your health will thank you). Ahead, check out a few of our tech-friendly tips to clean that gadget. Related: ...
Tags: Apple, Instagram, Cdc, Religion, Smartphones, How To, Phones, Digital Life, Don, Tech Tips, How-Tos, Technology & Gadgets, Geek Tip, Screen Mom Natural Screen Cleaner Kit, Clic Air Antibacterial Case, BioArmor Antimicrobial Screen Protector


The US Desperately Needs a 'Fiber For All' Plan

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published a new report calling for a "fiber for all" plan to combat the broadband access crisis in the United States. Government data and independent analysis show we are falling behind the rest of the developed world in this area, and "the U.S. is the only country that believes having no plan will solve this issue," writes Ernesto Falcon from the EFF. "We are the only country to completely abandon federal oversight of an uncompetitive, highly concentrated ...


This is how much money Pinterest execs made last year

Silicon Valley is known for its massive wealth. When these companies file to go public, we all finally get to know how much money these executives take home each year, and the millions they’ll take home after the IPO. In Pinterest’s S-1, which it filed earlier today, we see that co-founder and CEO Ben Silbermann earned a salary of $197,100. But that’s actually nothing compared to Pinterest CFO Todd Morgenfeld, who earned a base salary of $360,500 with stock awards worth $22,028,696. It’s sti...
Tags: Finance, TC, Ben Silbermann, IPO, Pinterest



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