Jeffrey Epstein accused of running a sex trafficking ring
5 months ago by kyle | 5 facts | 0 comments | 16 votes

  • Authorities say he paid underage girls for massages and then molested them at his homes in Florida and New York in the early 2000s. -
  • Epstein faces a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison if convicted. -
  • He is registered as a sex offender in Florida under a nonprosecution agreement he signed with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami. -
  • Federal prosecutors announced sex trafficking and conspiracy charges against wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein. -
  • The girls were as young as 14 years old. -

Debian 10 "Buster" released
5 months ago by kyle | 7 facts | 1 comments | 17 votes

  • Over 91% of the source packages included in Debian 10 are reproducible builds. -
  • Debian 10.0 was released July 6th, 2019. -
  • GNOME defaults to using the Wayland display server instead of Xorg. -
  • Ten architectures are supported: amd64, i386, ppc64el, s390x, armel, armhf, arm64, mips, mipsel, and mips64el. -
  • Available desktops: Cinnamon 3.8, GNOME 3.30, KDE Plasma 5.14, LXDE 0.99.2, LXQt 0.14, MATE 1.20, Xfce 4.12. -
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Raspberry Pi 4 released
5 months, 2 weeks ago by kyle | 12 facts | 1 comments | 24 votes

Verizon and a BGP Optimizer Knocked Large Parts of the Internet Offline
5 months, 2 weeks ago by kyle | 10 facts | 1 comments | 23 votes

  • A small company in Northern Pennsylvania became a preferred path of many Internet routes through Verizon (AS701), a major Internet transit provider. -
  • This should never have happened because Verizon should never have forwarded those routes to the rest of the Internet. -
  • Massive route leak impacts major parts of the Internet, including Cloudflare -
  • Even if they had sufficient capacity DQE, Allegheny and Verizon were not allowed to say they had the best route to Cloudflare, Amazon, Linode, etc... -
  • It doesn't cost a provider like Verizon anything to have such limits in place. -
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TikTok parent ByteDance announces plans to launch a search product
4 months ago by kyle | 4 facts | 0 comments | 9 votes

  • "In summary, ByteDance is highly likely to take a significant bite out of Baidu's market share." -
  • TikTok parent ByteDance recently announced plans to launch a search product to challenge incumbent Baidu. -
  • The search engine will likely launch within ByteDance’s existing products like Toutiao. -
  • Baidu has more than 80% market share on mobile, the platform ByteDance is trying to challenge it in, and this could make it tough for the TikTok owner. -

Huawei launches new operating system called HongmengOS
4 months ago by kyle | 4 facts | 0 comments | 9 votes

  • HarmonyOS is open-source, which means that other device-makers could theoretically use its operating system. -
  • That could ultimately help its business, as the company sells products from smart speakers to smartphones. -
  • Yu said the operating system can be used across different devices from smartphones to smart speakers and even sensors. -
  • Huawei’s operating system will be called the HongmengOS, known in English as the HarmonyOS. -

Walmart sues Tesla for negligence after repeated solar system fires
3 months, 2 weeks ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 1 votes

  • In the lawsuit, it asks for the court to require Tesla to remove all of its systems from Walmart stores, which are now all de-energized. -
  • Walmart Inc (WMT.N) on Tuesday sued Tesla Inc (TSLA.O), accusing it of “widespread negligence” that led to repeated fires of its solar systems. -

Boeing creates $100 million 737 Max victim fund
5 months, 1 week ago by john | 5 facts | 0 comments | 18 votes

  • Boeing is starting a $100 million fund for the families and communities of the people who died in the two 737 Max crashes since last October. -
  • These funds will support education, hardship and living expenses for impacted families, community programs, and economic development in impacted communities. -
  • Boeing employees can also make donations which will be matched by Boeing through December 31, 2019 -
  • A lawyer who is representing the families of 23 victims on the crash, said that the announcement is not going over well with the families he's spoken with. -
  • Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said, "We hope this initial outreach can help bring them comfort." -

S&P 500 jumps above 3,000
5 months ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 14 votes

  • Stocks reached record highs Wednesday after testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell bolstered the case for easier monetary policy in the U.S. -
  • The S&P 500 briefly broke above 3,000 for the first time, while the Nasdaq Composite and Dow Jones Industrial Average also reached all-time highs. -
  • The S&P 500 gained 0.6% to break above 3,000 for the first time ever as the energy and tech sectors outperformed. -

US government approves T-Mobile/Sprint merger
4 months, 2 weeks ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 5 votes

  • The DOJ's approval is not the last one T-Mobile and Sprint need, because 13 states and the District of Columbia sued the companies to block the merger. -
  • The Justice Department today announced its approval of the T-Mobile/Sprint merger as part of a settlement. -
  • The DOJ convinced the companies to sell Dish spectrum licenses, wholesale network access, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. -

7-Eleven Japan to suspend payment app after hack
5 months ago by kyle | 5 facts | 0 comments | 14 votes

  • The app allowed password resets to be sent to any arbitary email address instead of the only verified account owners. -
  • A hacker only needed to know a 7pay user's email address, date of birth, and phone number. -
  • 7-Eleven Japan shut down its mobile payment app after hackers stole $500,000 from users -
  • The vulnerability caused about 900 customers to have money stolen. -
  • Birthdays defaulted to January 1, 2019 if the user did not enter one. -

SoftBank plans to lend $20 billion to its CEO and employees amid volatile markets
3 months, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 1 facts | 0 comments | 3 votes

  • SoftBank is planning to lend $20 billion to its employees with the hope that the employees will reinvest the capital in SoftBank. -

British Airways faces record £183m fine for data breach
5 months ago by kyle | 8 facts | 1 comments | 13 votes

  • British Airways is facing a record fine of £183m for last year's breach of its security systems. -
  • The ICO said in a statement that the fine is related to infringements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). -
  • Cybercriminals diverted traffic from the British Airways website to a fraudulent site through which they harvested data from unwitting customers. -
  • About 500,000 customers had their information leaked -
  • The ICO said it was the biggest penalty it had handed out and the first to be made public under new rules. -
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Ubuntu MATE is changing the default video player from VLC to GNOME MPV
5 months, 2 weeks ago by kyle | 4 facts | 1 comments | 21 votes

  • Lead developer Martin Wimpress says "The reasons for switching to GNOME MPV are similar to swapping out Thunderbird for Evolution; better desktop integration." -
  • The change will take place in Ubuntu MATE 19.10 -
  • GNOME MPV will soon be renamed to Celluloid -
  • GNOME MPV takes up a comparatively svelte 27MB on the ISO image, whereas Qt5-based VLC requires closer to 70MB. -

Toni Morrison has Died
4 months ago by kyle | 14 facts | 0 comments | 9 votes

  • Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for Beloved (1987). -
  • Before the third novel of the trilogy came out, in 1993 Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. -
  • Morrison had stopped working on her latest novel when her son died. -
  • Although her novels typically concentrate on black women, Morrison did not identify her works as feminist. -
  • Children's literature (with Slade Morrison) [ edit ] -
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Bill Gates calls failure to fight Android his “greatest mistake”
5 months, 2 weeks ago by kyle | 5 facts | 0 comments | 19 votes

  • "There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share," Ballmer once told USA Today. -
  • The launch of the iPhone was a huge inflection point in the tech landscape, and the way companies reacted to it would shape their fortune for years to come. -
  • Google was investing in mobile before the iPhone was announced, having acquired Andy Rubin's Android, Inc. in 2005. -
  • Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates recently gave a wide-ranging interview to VC firm Village Global, and at one point, the topic of mobile came up. -
  • Today, Android owns 85 percent of the smartphone OS market and is the most popular operating system in the world—mobile or otherwise—just ahead of Windows. -

Ubuntu to drop 32-bit support
5 months, 2 weeks ago by kyle | 7 facts | 1 comments | 20 votes

  • i386 will not be included as an architecture for the 19.10 release -
  • Canonical says Ubuntu will now continue to build and maintain a 32-bit archive going forward — albeit, not a full one. -
  • The i386 repo will still be available, however packages will be frozen at the 18.04 versions -
  • Upgrades have been disabled from 18.04 to 18.10 for i386 system -
  • 1% of Ubuntu user's are on the 32-bit version Ubuntu 18.04 LTS which is supported until 2023 -
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Apple considers moving iPhone production from China
5 months, 2 weeks ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 20 votes

Alphabet overtakes Apple to become most cash-rich company
4 months, 1 week ago by kyle | 2 facts | 0 comments | 1 votes

  • Alphabet holds $117 billion in liquid reserves, compared to $102 billion, net of debt, for Apple. -
  • Apple has now been overtaken by both Amazon and Microsoft, the latter of which is the only company to currently have a market cap above 1 trillion dollars. -

Saudi Arabia backs $550 million investment in health start-up Babylon
4 months, 1 week ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 1 votes

  • British health technology start-up Babylon has raised $550 million in an investment round backed by Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund. -
  • The London-based company said Friday that it was now worth $2 billion following the fundraising. -
  • Babylon said that $450 million of capital has already been committed, and includes an option for one investor to pump another $50 million at a later date. -

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