John Applebaum

John Applebaum

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Better get used to it and do regular backups, as Google study discovers how lucrative ransomware is for criminal gangsThe scourge of ransomware is here to stay, Google has warned in new research presented at the Black Hat 2017 security conference in Las Vegas.The study, produced by Google, with input from the University of California San Diego, New York University and blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis, found that ransomware has also become a profitable venture for criminal gangs in the past year and a half.According to the Google research, ransomware now regularly makes more than $1m (£761,500) a month for its creators.Ransom payments (typically in bitcoins) are often moved across multiple wallets by criminals, who them sell the bitcoins for cold hard cash at an exchange.Indeed, more than 95 percent of bitcoin payments for ransomware were cashed out at Russia’s BTC-e exchange.“It’s become a very, very profitable market and is here to stay,” Elie Bursztein from Google was quoted as saying.
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Yet unlike the government’s case against Microsoft, Trump’s recent attacks against Amazon are shrouded in the politics of red states versus blue states, and the reality that its founder, Jeff Bezos, owns The Washington Post.In widely-followed tweets on Monday, Trump charged that the Post is being used by Bezos to protect the company from higher taxes, or even an antitrust investigation by the DOJ.While the matter of taxes was dealt with here, the issue of whether Amazon has become a monopoly over certain markets is much harder to establish.Leaving aside the political context of Trump’s accusations, suing Amazon for antitrust violations would require meeting a difficult and daunting set criteria, said Diana L. Moss, president of the American Antitrust Institute, a non-profit organisation that promotes competition on behalf of consumers and businesses.There would have to be strong proof from market participants that Amazon engaged in exclusionary practices, and the government would have to be pretty concerned about its conduct in many of the markets that it participates in.”Antitrust law requires evidence that a company has engaged in anti-competitive, exclusionary or predatory pricing that may have led to higher costs for consumers, or a loss of sales at competing companies, said Amy Ray, a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, who specialises in antitrust matters.
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toimitusjohtaja Rajeev Suri arvioi "vuoden 2017 markkinaolosuhteiden olevan hieman ennakoitua haastavammat ensisijaisella kohdemarkkinallamme viestintäpalvelujen tarjoajien keskuudessa"."Tämänhetkisen arviomme mukaan markkinan supistuminen on 3-5 prosentin paikkeilla, kun aiempi näkemyksemme supistumisesta oli muutaman prosentin luokkaa.Lisäksi arvioimme edelleen verkkoliiketoiminnan liikevaihdon vastaavan markkinakehitystä", hän sanoo tiedotteessa."Uskon, että Nokian kurinalainen toimintamalli saattaa meidät näistä haasteista huolimatta hyvään asemaan menestyäksemme kaikenlaisissa olosuhteissa ja tuottaaksemme jatkossakin osakkeenomistajille vakaata lisäarvoa.Näemme lisäksi Yhdysvalloissa, Kiinassa ja Japanissa merkkejä 5G:n kehityksen nopeuttamisesta sekä merkittävien käyttöönottojen aloittamisesta vuonna 2019."
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Nope, says PR, Meg 'plans to stay ... until her work is done'Those oh so loquacious sources told Bloomberg a handful of candidates were in the running for the top job at the app-based taxi business, and that Whitman had met with the leadership team on more than one occasion in recent weeks.The report further claimed that Uber’s HR head, Liane Hornsey, had told staff a brand spanking new chief exec will be hired inside six weeks.HPE dismissed the suggestion that Whitman will be leaving for cash-burning Uber, which turned over $6.5bn in fiscal ’17 and went through $2.8bn in cash.“As Meg has said several times before, she is fully committed to HPE and plans to stay with the company until her work is done,” a PR handler told The Reg.Uber had not responded to an email request for comment at the time of writing.
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Nintendo has delivered its latest round of financial results, and it would appear that Switch is still selling very well.Of course, it doesn’t necessarily take a financial report to figure that out, as the Switch can still be difficult to find in some place.This continuing shortage is indicative of the Switch’s success, with Nintendo reporting that it sold 1.97 million consoles in the three-month period ending in June.With this recently-ended quarter’s 1.97 million units accounted for, Switch sales now sit at 4.7 million worldwide.5 million total sales is within sight, and given the Switch’s popularity, it’s possible that the console has already hit that milestone.Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in particular seems to be selling very well, which could mean that we’ll see more of these Wii U re-releases in the future.
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Toyota is working on a next-generation electric car powered by a new type of battery which will mean improved range and significantly reduced charging times compared to today's vehicles.By using solid-state batteries instead of the lithium-ion cells used by the likes of Nissan, Tesla and BMW today, Toyota believes it can achieve a longer range than current electric cars, while cutting recharge time from almost an hour to just a few minutes.But, according to a report by Japanese daily newspaper Chunichi Shimbun, cited by Reuters, Toyota is still several years away from making these cars available to the public.The report claims the firm's first solid-state battery powered cars will arrive in 2022, going on sale in Japan first.Toyota will be looking to use the new battery technology to leapfrog its rivals, who, in the form of Tesla at least, have already accelerated away.The Japanese firm's traditional rivals are also poised to strike, with Nissan, General Motors, BMW and the Volkswagen Group, which is made up of Audi, VW, Porsche, Skoda and others, all preparing to launch electric vehicles before the end of the decade.
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One of the most popular television shows is also one of the most pirated television shows: Game of Thrones.The series has been marred by piracy in various ways throughout its life, not the least of which was the major leak that resulted in a handful of episodes hitting torrents networks before airing on HBO.Now that the seventh and final season is underway, HBO is in overdrive trying to protect its property, and it has its sights set on pirates.Game of Thrones has earned the record of ‘most pirated TV show’ multiple times, and there’s no signs of that slowing down…in fact, the rate of piracy is likely to increase now that the show is in its final season.Season 7 pirates were quick to get the new premiere episode onto the popular torrenting sites like The Pirate Bay, and HBO is in the midst of them, nabbing data on exposed users.HBO has tapped anti-piracy entity Echelon to deal with the content thieves, and Echelon is working over time in sending out warnings to pirates.
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Python är det mest populära verktyget bland utvecklarna, i alla fall om man får tro den färska undersökningen Packt’s 2017 Developer Skills and Salary Report.Läs också: 9 språk att hålla ögonen påAv de 4 731 utvecklarna som svarat på enkäten var det hela 20 procent som svarade att Python var det verktyg som de flitigast använde.Enligt undersökningen är det inte bara utvecklarna som värderar Python högt utan även företagen, då kunskaper i språket kunde ge en märkbar skillnad i lönekuvertet.”I en värld där automation och hastighet blir allt mer essentiellt för de moderna it-proffsen, och deras organisationer, passar Python väldigt bra och gör dig verkligen värdefull”, skriver Packt.Men när det kommer till höga löner låg det dock andra verktyg i topp, som Splunk, Kafka och Hadoop.
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Lastinkäsittelylaitteita valmistavan Cargotecin liikevoitto ennen uudelleenjärjestelykuluja kasvoi huhti-kesäkuussa 72,1 miljoonaan euroon viime vuoden 64,8 miljoonasta.Tulos oli hieman odotettua parempi.Analyysipalvelu Factsetin mukaan yhtiöltä odotettiin keskimäärin 70,1 miljoonan euron liikevoittoa.Liikevoittomarginaali oli 8,5 prosenttia, kun se vuosi sitten oli 7,2 prosenttia.Osakekohtaista tulosta yhtiö teki 0,58 euroa, kun vuosi sitten viivan alle jäi 0,63 euroa.Analyytikot odottivat yhtiöltä 0,74 euron tulosta ennusteiden vaihdellessa 0,69 ja 0,79 euron välillä.
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Robots have been taking our jobs since the 1960s.Traditional 20th century robots were automated machines and robotic arms building cars in factories.Commercial 21st century robots are supermarket self-checkouts, automated guided warehouse vehicles, and even burger-flipping machines in fast-food restaurants.They do not think, they just act, in very accurate but very limited ways.But this is all set to change thanks to a new wave of smarter, better value machines that can adapt to multiple tasks.Traditional robots focused on single, fixed, high-speed operations and required a highly skilled human workforce to operate and maintain them.
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Norwegian Hudya was founded in 2016, with the aim to build a platform where customers can buy different kinds of services.the Idea is that everything should go under one bill and handled by one and the same customer service.In the summer launched the platform in Sweden and now informs the company that they have taken in 14 million, in a rights issue in which in addition to the founders also the Norwegian Adolfsen Group, attended.see also: Nordic startup wants to reduce electricity costs with a "digital battery"The new money will be used among other things to switch up the business in Sweden.”In the first place, we shall build on the platform and the launch of new services, but the money will also go to some specific areas in Sweden as partnership and collaborations, and to increase marketing in social media", says Niclas the East, which is the sweden manager at Hudya, Di Digital.
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Runtom i hela Sverige sitter nervösa tonåringar i knäpptysta väntrum inför besök på ungdomsmottagningar.Det problemet vill Göteborgsentreprenören Cecilia Videcél ta tag i.Hon försökte leta upp information på nätet om det eftersom hon inte ville prata om det.Det enda man hittade då var exempelvis dejtingsidor för HIV-smittade där man fick betala 30 dollar i månaden.Jag ville bygga något helt gratis med riktig och relevant information”, säger hon.“Jag googlade runt lite på de här frågorna och då var det mest Flashback man hittade.
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Out of that sales volume, $19.8 billion will originate from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as currently close to 88 percent of UAE’s population are internet users with smartphone penetration at 78 percent.These statistics clearly show the tremendous opportunities that lie ahead for the online retailers.Here are some of the key issues:There are high trade barriers in the region which makes it difficult for online retailers ship products.According to World Bank, the average ranking for starting a business in the Middle East stands at 117, which is far below the rankings of the US and the UK.This is true for most of the world but it’s an alien concept in the Middle East as businesses are forced to operate with outdated legal and regulatory systems.
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Enligt Financial Times kommer Andy Rubins slimmade Essential Phone att komma till Storbritannien och andra onämnda europeiska länder.När telefonen lanserades i början av sommaren var enheten endast tillgänglig i USA.Även om Essential Phone kanske inte släpps officiellt i just Norden bör det i vilket fall bli lättare för intressenter att importera telefonen.Det som får enheten att sticka ut är de mycket tunna ramarna kring skärmen, med en ovanlig placering av främre kameran som sticker ned i mitten av statusfältet.Kompletta uppgifter om hårdvaran finns i artikeln om presentationen.Essential Phone skulle ha börjat levereras till kunder i USA i juni men försenades.
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There’s big buzz around the latest retro gaming console, which is expected to come from a resurgent Atari, which slid into bankruptcy in 2013.Atari CEO Fred Chesnais, who owns the company, confirmed to Venture Beat last month that new hardware was on the way, and now we’re getting our first look at what has become known as the “Ataribox.” And it might turn out to be more than just a classic game machine.Chesnais told Venture Beat that the classic gaming icon is profitable once again thanks to mobile games and licensing, like the little bit in the new Blade Runner 2049 movie out later this year.In a post, Chesnais said the Ataribox will include both classic and “current” gaming content – which we hope means “new games,” of course.The photos of the box indicate it will have Ethernet, USB and HDMI connectivity, so we can finally get our Asteroids on in full HD.There’s no firm date on when the Ataribox will arrive or what the price will be, but considering how popular the Nintendo NES Classic retrobox was last holiday season, we’d lay odds it’ll arrive just before the biggest shopping season of the year.
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Gordon Kelly, who is techreporter on the Forbes have had to take some of the pictures from the designer Nodus.Nodus has, in turn, managed to obtain the CAD files for the Iphone 8 by the company's supply chain and now reveals the new mobile phone design.Forbes has since rendered these to visualize the final design and believe the rumors that Apple had plans to fall back on a less ambitious design are unfounded, writes Finwire.My @Forbes Exclusive: this is the iPhone 8... https://t.co/QLO2PJXmso— Gordon Kelly@GordonKelly) July 17, 2017the Iphone 8 also reported to come with an elongated 5.8-inch display, making it larger than the iPhone 6 plus and the Iphone 7 plus.
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Two former staffers of a congresswoman were indicted Thursday on charges of posting nude pictures of the lawmaker and her husband on social media and of lying to investigators about it.The indictments surround former aides to Stacey Plaskett, a Democrat and non-voting delegate to the House representing the Virgin Islands.The cyberstalking charges allege that Juan McCullum, Plaskett's general counsel, published nude images of the congresswoman and her husband on a fictitious Facebook account and elsewhere.Another staffer, secretary Dorene Browne-Louis, 45, is accused of covering up last year's scandal.The indictment alleges that, during the course of his employment, McCullum offered in March 2016 to assist the House member in repairing the member’s malfunctioning, password-protected cellular iPhone by taking the device to a local Apple store.McCullum was not given permission to take, copy, or distribute any of the contents of the iPhone.
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in Turku and Salo has originated more than 300 startups.the number of New businesses growing every year.Turku is the main startup environment, so the Finnish and Nordic standards.in Turku already operates a dozen startups-services to the producing companies and the community, and in addition, the region will be held in Finland one of the biggest start-up event for The Shift.Startups-services to producers of, inter alia, companies such as SparkUp, Boost Turku and Klopan Startup Studio.klopa was ceo Sebastian haapahovi according to the area high schools, thanks to the huge amount of technical knowledge.
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Det har bara gått en månad sedan Microsoft visade upp Xbox One X, men redan nu är utvecklingen av efterföljaren i full gång.Enligt Jez Corden på Windows Central har den nya spelkonsolen fått ett kodnamn och just nu filas det på designen.Om allt går enligt planerna kan vi få se den färdiga produkten i början av nästa årtionde.
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Mariya Moeva from Google posted a new and helpful frequently asked questions document in the webmaster help forums around the new job search functions in Google.Google is encouraging webmasters to mark up their job listings so that Google can show them in web search for job-related queries.Yesterday, Google published this helpful FAQ around this topic.Here is a copy of the FAQs for job search postings for webmasters:Q: Why aren’t my jobs appearing in this feature?As with any other structured markup feature in Search, having markup doesn’t guarantee appearing in the Search results.
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