November 13, 2019

US investigates escort and massage sites over human trafficking

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By Jon Fingas From engadget Backpage is no more, but US authorities are still determined to crack down on sites that enable human trafficking and other crimes. Wall Street Journalsources say Homeland Security, the Justice Department and others are reportedly investigating escort and massage sites Eros.com, EroticMonkey.ch and Rubmaps.ch to see if they’ve either participated in or […]

World’s societal issues

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John Holcroft Illustrates the Modern World’s Societal Issues From Designer Daily Based in UK, John Holcroft is a talented illustrator who works for commission projects for all kinds of publishers, such as the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, or the Guardian. When he is not working for these clients, the artist takes his talent to personal projects […]

Cryptocurrency exchange accused of covering up $850 million loss

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By Richard Lawler From engadget New York AG claims Bitfinex took hundreds of millions from its Tether ‘stablecoin.’ In the evolving story of a so-called “stablecoin” the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James accused iFinex Inc. — operator of the Bitfinex exchange and the Tether cryptocurrency — of trying to cover up “the apparent loss […]

Transformation projects require clear job descriptions

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By Dietmar Schantin, founder and CEO, Institute for Media Strategies From Reuters Does your newsroom have them? It is an uncomfortable fact in many newsrooms that strategic thinkers are valued more than the people who do the heavy lifting of implementing their plans. If someone is a strategic thinker, they can sometimes advance more easily in the […]

Amazon’s next healthcare move is software that can mine medical records

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By Mallory Locklear From engadget Amazon is offering a new software that can mine medical records for information, the Wall Street Journal reports. The software can reportedly scan digitized patient records and pull out data, a service that healthcare professionals can use when considering treatments and hospitals can use to cut costs. “We’re able to […]

Meeting between Xi Jinping and Donald Trump would play ‘key role’ in easing tensions

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By Laura Zhou From South China Morning Post China’s top US envoy said a meeting between presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump on the sidelines of next month’s G20 summit would play a “key, irreplaceable role” in easing tensions. But analysts were not optimistic about a breakthrough being reached on the trade war. In an […]

North Korea skirts US sanctions by secretly selling software around the globe

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By Taylor Hatmaker From TechCrunch Fake social media profiles are useful for more than just sowing political discord among foreign adversaries, as it turns out. A group linked to the North Korean government has been able to duck existing sanctions on the country by concealing its true identity and developing software for clients abroad. This […]

China’s largest oil group CNPC refutes subsidiary’s role in 1MDB money-laundering scandal

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By Georgina Lee From South China Morning Post The pipeline project unit of China’s state-owned oil and gas giant says funds from China’s EximBank were paid only to its own bank accounts China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering (CPP), a unit of China’s state-owned oil and gas giant China National Petroleum Corp, had refuted a media report […]

Billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel bets on crypto start-up Block.one

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By Kate Rooney From CNBC PayPal co-founder and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel was a part of Cayman Islands start-up Block.one’s most recent funding round announced Monday. The company raised a record $4 billion this year to fund its blockchain platform EOSIO through an ICO, outdoing the world’s biggest initial public offerings on stock exchanges […]

Google would like you to know that your Gmail is safe even though people you don’t know can read it

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By Chris Smith From BGR After a Wall Street Journal exposé that revealed some companies use humans to read some of your emails, to improve the services and apps they have built upon email, Google came out with its blog post to reassure users that their Gmail accounts are safe. That’s the right response, considering […]