Monthly Archives: November 2016

Security firm Optiv files for IPO, seeks to raise $100 million — VentureBeat

(Reuters) – Cybersecurity company Optiv Security, majority owned by Blackstone Group, filed with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering of its common stock on Friday. The company set a nominal fundraising target of $100 million in its filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The filing showed that both Optiv and its shareholders…

via Security firm Optiv files for IPO, seeks to raise $100 million — VentureBeat

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How tech usurped the word ’empathy’ — VentureBeat

GUEST: Six years ago, during a tense job interview, an executive asked me what the most important trait was for a product leader. I responded, discerned the frustration in his movements, and then responded again. He cut me off. “No, no, no … the most important trait is empathy.” I left the interview dejected ……

via How tech usurped the word ’empathy’ — VentureBeat

How blockchain can change the future of IoT — VentureBeat

GUEST: The Internet of Things (IoT) is a fast-growing industry destined to transform homes, cities, farms, factories, and practically everything else by making them smart and more efficient. According to Gartner, by 2020, there will be more than 20 billion connected things across the globe, powering a market that will be worth north of $3…

via How blockchain can change the future of IoT — VentureBeat

Senior U.S. officials reportedly recommend removal of NSA director — VentureBeat

(Reuters) – The heads of the Pentagon and the U.S. intelligence community have recommended to President Barack Obama that the director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Michael Rogers, be removed from his position, sources familiar with the matter said on Saturday. The recommendation by Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Director of National Intelligence James…

via Senior U.S. officials reportedly recommend removal of NSA director — VentureBeat

Cybersecurity must be open, replaceable — VentureBeat

GUEST: Late last month the Internet was brought to a grinding halt due to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack launched from millions of infected web-attached devices. And in international news, US officials formally accused Russia of attempting to subvert the US elections via hacking. I spent eight years fighting pay TV hackers for…

via Cybersecurity must be open, replaceable — VentureBeat

Susan Sarandon Announces Support for Jill Stein, Annoying Everyone — Flavorwire

Queen of the Bernie-Bros and Hollywood notable Susan Sarandon has thrown her gravitas behind third party Troll Jill Stein, exciting Jill Stein’s small but irritating contingent of supporters and exasperating the rest of us who admire Sarandon’s work in such films as Thelma and Louise, Dead Man Walking, and Rocky Horror Picture Show, as well […]

via Susan Sarandon Announces Support for Jill Stein, Annoying Everyone — Flavorwire

Controversial crime reporting app Vigilante banned from App Store — TechCrunch

A controversial crime-reporting app called Vigilante has been kicked out of the App Store for an app that encouraged, well – vigilantism – and led to the potential for violent responses and racial profiling. The app had only been live for a week in New York before getting the boot, after promising a tool that […]

via Controversial crime reporting app Vigilante banned from App Store — TechCrunch

Rachel Dolezal’s TEDx Talk — TED Blog

In April 2016, Rachel Dolezal spoke at an independently organized TEDx event held at a university. This particular talk has sparked much debate, including internally on our own staff. For some, sharing the talk risks causing deep offense, and runs counter to TED’s mission of ideas worth spreading. But for others, now that the talk has been recorded, not posting it would unduly limit an important conversation about identity

via Rachel Dolezal’s TEDx Talk — TED Blog

We are on the verge of a consumer M&A avalanche — TechCrunch

If you believe in the mantra “innovate or die,” you might conclude that the largest consumer and retail brands are terminally ill. Giants like Kraft and Clorox all seem to be too slow and enslaved to shareholders to innovate. At the same time, they may be too large to perish… at least for now.

via We are on the verge of a consumer M&A avalanche — TechCrunch

Signups for encrypted mail client ProtonMail double after election — TechCrunch

The election of Donald Trump has lots of Americans worried about their privacy, and they’re turning to encrypted communication platforms to protect themselves. During an interview yesterday, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden encouraged those concerned about the ramifications of Trump at the helm of the NSA to use encryption — and it seems like people are […]

via Signups for encrypted mail client ProtonMail double after election — TechCrunch

Instant apps are publishers’ newest ‘frenemy’ when it comes to monetization — TechCrunch

When the App Store opened there were 552 apps. Today, there are 2 million iOS apps, and 2.2 million apps in Android’s Google Play store. Needless to say, getting a single app noticed in a sea of 4.2 million is far from simple. What’s more, individuals tend to use only a limited number of apps per month, and most of their time in apps is concentrated across a very small number of them.

via Instant apps are publishers’ newest ‘frenemy’ when it comes to monetization — TechCrunch

Facebook suddenly says a bunch of its users are dead. Don’t panic. — TechCrunch

Over the last half hour or so, reports have started pouring in from Facebook users that the social network has suddenly “memorialized” their pages, strongly suggesting that they are dead to everyone who stops by. Take the above profile of our own Darrell Etherington — who is very much not dead, as in I’m talking […]

via Facebook suddenly says a bunch of its users are dead. Don’t panic. — TechCrunch

DigitalGlobe’s new imaging satellite makes it to space — TechCrunch

This morning, the United Launch Alliance sent an Atlas 5 401 rocket loaded with DigitalGlobe’s WorldView 4 satellite into space. The satellite will create a new pipeline for sending high quality satellite imagery back to earth. DigitalGlobe worked with Lockheed Martin to build a satellite capable of taking crystal-clear photos from 400 miles away while moving at 17,000 […]

via DigitalGlobe’s new imaging satellite makes it to space — TechCrunch

Tech tips to help stay safe in Trump’s America — TechCrunch

[tc_dropcap]Tech is as much a liability as it is an opportunity, as this election demonstrated. The next few years will be scary for many reasons, and to some more than others, and part of that will be the continued and likely expanded exploitation of the technologies and services we’ve come to rely on. Communities likely […]

via Tech tips to help stay safe in Trump’s America — TechCrunch

NSF may shut down West Virginia’s Green Bank Telescope and people aren’t happy — TechCrunch

Tight budgets have forced the National Science Foundation to consider shutting down and deconstructing the Green Bank Telescope, the largest steerable telescope in the world. This consideration has caused controversy among astronomers and members of the general public alike. Located in Green Bank, West Virginia, the GBT was opened in 2001 and is a state-of-the-art […]

via NSF may shut down West Virginia’s Green Bank Telescope and people aren’t happy — TechCrunch

Facebook will disable “ethnic affinity” targeting for housing, employment and credit-related ads — TechCrunch

It may be tough to remember given all the discussion about the role that Facebook’s News Feed may have played in getting Donald Trump elected, but the company was also criticized recently for its “ethnic affinity” ad targeting. Today, Facebook announced that it’s making some changes. The targeting allows advertisers to focus on users whose Facebook activity indicates an […]

via Facebook will disable “ethnic affinity” targeting for housing, employment and credit-related ads — TechCrunch

Yahoo admits employees discovered hack in 2014 — TechCrunch

Yahoo admitted today that some of its employees were aware of the theft of 500 million users’ data as early as 2014 — years before Yahoo publicly acknowledged the hack. The hack, which Yahoo has attributed to an unnamed “state-sponsored actor,” occurred in late 2014, and according to today’s filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, […]

via Yahoo admits employees discovered hack in 2014 — TechCrunch

Snowden says tech companies should protect privacy no matter who is president — TechCrunch

Edward Snowden gave an extended interview today touching on numerous topics, from the Trump Presidency to his own future. Overall his message was clear: it’s not about thwarting one leader or even one government, but using technology that guarantees rights across borders and administrations. In other words: don’t hate, innovate.

via Snowden says tech companies should protect privacy no matter who is president — TechCrunch

#Calexit is Silicon Valley’s plan to pack up its toys and leave — TechCrunch

California’s reliably-blue votes gave Hillary Clinton a boost on election night, but they weren’t enough to carry her to the presidency. Now, Californians angered by Donald Trump’s win have proposed a ballot measure to begin the process of secession — and the referendum is receiving funding from investor and Hyperloop One co-founder Shervin Pishevar. The […]

via #Calexit is Silicon Valley’s plan to pack up its toys and leave — TechCrunch

Kitt.ai’s ChatFlow helps you build better chatbots — TechCrunch

The current generation of chatbots is, at best, disappointing. Kitt.ai, which is launching its private beta today, hopes to change that. The team of three AI PhDs that founded the company believes that its ChatFlow framework will make it easier for developers to build useful chatbots that can work on multiple platforms and easily hold multi-turn conversations. […]

via Kitt.ai’s ChatFlow helps you build better chatbots — TechCrunch

New Psychic Attack

(c)  Terry Floyd Johnson, 2016  ( Zoua; the OutRyder )

 

A couple of weeks ago, I had another- new psychic attack, which took me a few days to get rid of:

I was in the middle of something, when I got a psychic view of someone, who was far away, coming toward me, but I thought I had time to finish what I was doing, so I continued doing it.

I wasn’t done, when I felt a flash of fear, and I looked up, and the man I had seen, was now almost right up to me.

This person’s goal was to take me over. Fought him or his Sensi all day.

Aspects of the attack:

  1. person, who would seem to take awhile to come up to you psychically, now uses hyperdimensional speed to get next to you almost instantly
  2. He and his Sensi, attacked immediately, still using hype dimensional hypergates to go on the attack, and if you try to grab them, its hard, for they can move quickly
  3. I’ve had similar attacks where attackers use superspeed to come at me, and to keep me from grabbing them, so I have to use my psychic talent, to try to guess where they will go next ( a tv show the Avengers had a similar scene, except this was in the real world, where John Steed, was in the center and a man in a miniature racing car, going around him, Steed got him, with a machine gun, which he sprayed the whole area, hitting and killing his opponent.
  4. I’m getting hyperdimensional or dimen attacks daily now.

This is now within the band of attacks I get throughout the day(s).

Both Samsung Galaxy S8 models will reportedly have an edge display — VentureBeat

A report in Korean investment publication The Bell (via Droid-Life) claims that next year’s first-half Android flagship from Samsung, presumably marketed as the Galaxy S8, will follow a trend begun with 2015’s Galaxy S6 and come in two different variants. But unlike S6 — and this year’s Galaxy S7 — both S8 models will feature…

via Both Samsung Galaxy S8 models will reportedly have an edge display — VentureBeat

Trump election ignites fears over U.S. encryption, surveillance policy — VentureBeat

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (By Dustin Volz and Joseph Menn, Reuters) – Donald Trump’s surprise election victory has alarmed technology companies and civil libertarians fearful that a self-described “law and order” president will attempt to expand surveillance programs and rejoin a long-running battle over government access to encrypted information. Trump’s campaign featured numerous broadsides against the tech…

via Trump election ignites fears over U.S. encryption, surveillance policy — VentureBeat

RiskIQ raises $30.5 million to use machine learning to assess security risks — VentureBeat

RiskIQ, a startup with a new kind of security technology, has raised $30.5 million in a third round of funding. Georgian Partners led the round, with participation from existing investors Summit Partners, Battery Ventures, and MassMutual Ventures. RiskIQ notes that threats outside the firewall are vast and dynamic, so the company provides clients with access to the…

via RiskIQ raises $30.5 million to use machine learning to assess security risks — VentureBeat

Encrypted email service ProtonMail says new signups doubled after Trump win — VentureBeat

ProtonMail, an encrypted email service that has previously touted itself as “NSA-proof,” has claimed that it has seen double the number of new signups since Trump’s election victory compared to last week. The company claims that, as a Swiss entity that benefits from support from the Swiss government, it is officially neutral in terms of…

via Encrypted email service ProtonMail says new signups doubled after Trump win — VentureBeat

Revealing an actor’s age is illegal? IMDb website sues California — VentureBeat

(Reuters) — Many actors think there ought to be a law against posting their ages online, and California has obliged critics of ageism in Hollywood with legislation targeting a leading online source for information on movie and television figures. The law, passed earlier this year, has been challenged in a lawsuit by the company IMDb,…

via Revealing an actor’s age is illegal? IMDb website sues California — VentureBeat

Global industry groups voice opposition to China cyber security law — VentureBeat

(Reuters) – More than 40 international business and technology organizations representing hundreds of companies on Friday expressed “deep concerns” to the Chinese government about a new cyber security law they said would likely increase the separation between China and the rest of the world economy. Beijing on Monday adopted a cyber security law it called…

via Global industry groups voice opposition to China cyber security law — VentureBeat

Israel’s blockchain startups look to disrupt more than banking — VentureBeat

GUEST: A Deloitte report released earlier this year describes 38 Israeli startups currently developing blockchain applications ranging across the entire spectrum of services: security, hardware, new currency, payments, P2P, online commerce, and social platforms. These early-stage blockchain startups have been working closely with large, well-established financial institutions, banks in particular — a striking contrast to…

via Israel’s blockchain startups look to disrupt more than banking — VentureBeat

Our next major war could be a cybersecurity war — VentureBeat

GUEST: Earlier this year, a disturbing piece of news on the other side of the world became a prime example of the growing menace of serious cyber attacks. South Korea’s spy agency informed government lawmakers that the number of North Korean cyber attacks had doubled in only one month. That was February – versus January.…

via Our next major war could be a cybersecurity war — VentureBeat

Netatmo’s security camera Presence uses deep learning to spot intruders, animals, and cars — VentureBeat

Netatmo is launching Presence, a smart outdoor security camera that will send you an alert if someone is loitering around your house, in the U.S. market for $300. The product is available now and is one more piece of the smart home, which is expected to become a $71 billion market by 2018, according to Jupiter…

via Netatmo’s security camera Presence uses deep learning to spot intruders, animals, and cars — VentureBeat

Tech companies don’t want to talk about the lack of disability diversity reporting — TechCrunch

The questions — which I put to Intel, Apple, Twitter, Facebook, Slack, Google, and Salesforce — were pretty straightforward. I simply wanted to know why none of the major technology companies in the U.S. (with the exception of LinkedIn) include disability in their public diversity reporting, and if they had plans to do so. Read…

via Tech companies don’t want to talk about the lack of disability diversity reporting — TechCrunch

A big earthquake hit Oklahoma’s oil hub, and the oil industry likely has itself to blame. — Grist

Cushing, Oklahoma, was shaken on Sunday night by a 5.0 magnitude temblor. About 40 to 50 buildings were damaged, some substantially, according to the Associated Press, but no major injuries have been reported. The quake was felt as far away as Illinois, Iowa, and Texas. Cushing — aka the “Pipeline Crossroads of the World” — is home to…

via A big earthquake hit Oklahoma’s oil hub, and the oil industry likely has itself to blame. — Grist

Oil industry’s sneaky plan could make it nearly impossible to ban fracking in Colorado — Grist

The Colorado oil and gas industry is poised to strike a devastating blow against anti-fracking activists Tuesday. Enactment of Amendment 71, a statewide ballot initiative campaign that’s backed by the industry, will make it, in the words of the Denver Post’s editorial board, “nearly impossible” for Colorado voters to amend their state constitution to allow for local…

via Oil industry’s sneaky plan could make it nearly impossible to ban fracking in Colorado — Grist

Environmentalists are raising the pressure on Obama over Dakota Access. — Grist

Responding to the mass arrests of protesters last week, Greenpeace called on President Obama to “revoke all permits and halt construction of the pipeline,” send Justice Department observers to protect the civil rights of protesters, and order North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple to remove the National Guard from protest encampments along the pipeline’s planned route. The Sierra Club, the…

via Environmentalists are raising the pressure on Obama over Dakota Access. — Grist

Stripe launches Works With Stripe, a directory of apps that integrate with its payments — TechCrunch

Stripe, the company that competes against the likes of PayPal by letting businesses add payment services into their apps and websites with a few lines of code, is today launching a new directory that plays into its bigger ambition to position itself as not just a payment tech startup, but a wider platform for business services. Works With Stripe, as the…

via Stripe launches Works With Stripe, a directory of apps that integrate with its payments — TechCrunch

The Koch brothers and their dirty energy buddies are trying to kill a carbon-tax ballot initiative in Washington state. — Grist

Oddly, that puts them on the same side as Van Jones, Naomi Klein, and some other environmental and social justice activists. I-732 has split the environmental community, as we reported last week. Some climate activists and scientists like James Hansen support it as a way to make polluters pay and start fighting climate change. Others,…

via The Koch brothers and their dirty energy buddies are trying to kill a carbon-tax ballot initiative in Washington state. — Grist

Native American religion and Standing Rock: What you need to know — Grist

In recent weeks, protests against the building of the Dakota Access pipeline across North Dakota have escalated. Native American elders, families, and children have set up tipis and tents on a campsite near the pipeline’s path in the hope of stopping the pipeline’s construction. Dave Archambault Jr., the leader of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe…

via Native American religion and Standing Rock: What you need to know — Grist