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Is America’s Federal Banking System Considering Its Own Digital Cryptocurrency?

Today at 01:34 AM, via Slashdot

America’s lawmakers and Federal Reserve officials “are so concerned about Facebook’s plans to launch a new digital currency,” reports Politico’s financial services reporter, “that they’re contemplating a novel response — having the central bank create a competitor.”
Momentum is building for an idea that was once considered outlandish — a U.S. government-run virtual currency that would replace...

‘South Park’ Nears $500-Million Deal for US Streaming Rights

Today at 00:34 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes the Los Angeles Times:

“South Park” is the latest beneficiary of Hollywood’s rerun mania. The show’s creators and media giant Viacom Inc. expect to share between $450 million and $500 million by selling the streaming rights to the animated comedy, one of the longest-running TV series in U.S. history, according to people familiar with the matter. As many as a...

Australia’s Buggy Automated System Suspended 1 Million Welfare Payments This Year

Yesterday at 23:34 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian’s report on last year’s update to Australia’s automated system for welfare benefits:

Welfare advocates say the consequences have been disastrous… In 12 months, welfare payments were stopped an extra 1 million times… [A] recipient’s money is cut off automatically until they satisfy their job agency consultant that they are committed to looking for work…...

Why The ‘Not-Com’ Stock Bubble Is Popping

Yesterday at 22:34 PM, via Slashdot

“In the dot-com bubble, public investors got hosed,” remembers The Atlantic. “Today, it’s public investors that are doing the hosing.”

When the web browser Netscape went public on August 9, 1995 — the day many cite as the beginning of the dot-com bubble — its stock skyrocketed from $28 to $75 in a matter of hours, even though the company wasn’t profitable. In today’s market, the opposite is...

Huawei Says US Firms Have Expressed Interest In Licensing Its 5G Technology

Yesterday at 22:04 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:

Blacklisted Chinese telecoms equipment giant Huawei is in early-stage talks with some U.S. telecoms companies about licensing its 5G network technology to them, a Huawei executive told Reuters on Friday. Vincent Pang, senior vice president and board director at the company said some firms had expressed interest in both a long-term deal or a one-off transfer,...

Forbes Raves Upcoming Linux Desktop Will ‘Embarass’ Windows 10 and macOS

Yesterday at 21:34 PM, via Slashdot

Forbes senior contributor Jason Evangelho dedicated a whole article to a coming update for one Chinese-domestic Linux distribution:

If you haven’t been paying attention to a little Linux desktop distribution called Deepin, it’s time to put it on your radar. Nevermind that Huawei chose Deepin to ship on their MateBook laptop lineup. Nevermind that Deepin Cloud Sync [for system settings] is a...

Google Criticized After Voice From ‘Nest’ Camera Threatens to Steal Baby

Yesterday at 20:34 PM, via Slashdot

Jack Newcombe, the Chief Operating Officer of a syndication company with 44 million daily readers, describes the strange voice he heard talking to his 18-month old son:

She says we have a nice house and encourages the nanny to respond. She does not. The voice even jokes that she hopes we don’t change our password. I am sick to my stomach. After about five minutes of verbal “joy riding,” the...

Russian Cyber-Espionage Group Controlled Its Malware Partly Through Reddit Posts

Yesterday at 19:34 PM, via Slashdot

“Cyber-espionage operations from Cozy Bear, a threat actor believed to work for the Russian government, continued undetected for the past years by using malware families previously unknown to security researchers,” reports BleepingComputer — citing a surprisingly detailed report:

Relying on stealthy communication techniques between infected systems and the command and control servers, the group...

Blizzard Suspended Three College ‘Hearthstone’ Players For Pro-Hong Kong Protests

Yesterday at 19:04 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes the Verge:

Blizzard has suspended three college Hearthstone players for six months after they held up a sign that read “Free Hong Kong, Boycott Blizz” while participating in an official competition stream. The ban, which was first reported by VICE Games, comes just over a week after Blizzard suspended a professional Hearthstone player, Ng “Blitzchung” Wai Chung for...

Blizzard Criticized By Bipartisan Group of US Lawmakers (Including Ron Wyden, Marco Rubio, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)

Yesterday at 18:34 PM, via Slashdot

“If Blizzard wanted to keep politics out of its eSports scene, the Hearthstone publisher has failed miserably in just about every regard,” reports Forbes.
After suspending a player for his pro-Hong Kong protest, Blizzard faced a backlash which Forbes describes as “swift,” “fierce,” and “almost universal. From across the political spectrum, from socialist left to alt-right, gamers were...

Would You Trust Amazon To Run Free and Fair Elections?

Yesterday at 17:34 PM, via Slashdot

More than 40 of America’s 50 states now use Amazon’s technology infrastructure for their elections, according to this Reuters article shared by joeblog. And so do both of America’s political parties:

While it does not handle voting on election day, AWS — along with a broad network of partners — now runs state and county election websites, stores voter registration rolls and ballot data,...

Unpatched Linux Bug May Open Devices To Serious Attacks Over Wi-Fi

Yesterday at 16:34 PM, via Slashdot

Long-time Slashdot reader Kekke shared this article from Ars Technica:

A potentially serious vulnerability in Linux may make it possible for nearby devices to use Wi-Fi signals to crash or fully compromise vulnerable machines, a security researcher said.

The flaw is located in the RTLWIFI driver, which is used to support Realtek Wi-Fi chips in Linux devices. The vulnerability triggers a buffer...

The most-watched TV shows in South Africa

Yesterday at 15:26 PM, via MyBroadband

The Broadcast Research Council of South Africa (BRCSA) has released its television audience measurements for September 2019.

Dr Sarah E Hill: ‘We have a blind spot about how the pill influences women’s brains’

Yesterday at 15:00 PM, via The Guardian

The social psychologist’s new book tackles the tricky subject of how oral contraceptives may affect women’s minds

At a time when women’s reproductive freedoms are under attack, any suggestion that the birth control pill could be problematic feels explosive. But Sarah E Hill, a professor of social psychology at the Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas argues we need to talk about...

The Most Important Right-To-Repair Hearing Yet Is On Monday

Yesterday at 15:00 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: On Monday, the right-to-repair movement will have its best chance at advancing legislation that would make it easier to repair your gadgets. The Massachusetts state legislature is holding a three-hour hearing on the Digital Right to Repair act, a bill that would require electronics manufacturers to sell repair parts and tools, make repair...

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