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UK cybersecurity darling Darktrace is at risk of being pulled into the US fraud case against tech billionaire Mike Lynch and his former Autonomy colleague Sushovan Hussain.US court documents show that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents held a voluntary interview with Darktrace’s co-chief executive Nicole Eagan, as first reported by the Sunday Telegraph.Read more: Mike Lynch-backed legal AI startup valued at $100m after funding roundThe US government is trying to establish links between Darktrace and Invoke Capital, an investment vehicle founded by Lynch.Hussain was found guilty on fraud charges last year in connection to the sale of Autonomy to Hewlett Packard for $11.8bn (£9.2bn), while Lynch is fighting US extradition to face fraud charges over the same deal.Prosecutors were frustrated in attempts to get non-US firm Invoke to hand over evidence, and have shifted their attention to Darktrace which has a US presence.
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With Live Photos turned on, your iPhone records 1.5 seconds of footage before and after you tap to snap a photo.That’s why you may see your photos animate when you scroll through your camera roll, and you can also tap and hold on them to bring them to life.A three second video inevitably takes up more space than a static photo, so you may decide you want to stretch your iPhone storage further or reduce the size of your iCloud backup by switching Live Photos off.Luckily, it’s easy to do.Here’s how to turn off Live Photos:Open the camera app, make sure you’re in Photo mode, and look at the top of the screen.
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Ubers kinesiska konkurrent Didi kommer inom kort varsla 15 procent av arbetsstyrkan om uppsägning, vilket motsvarar 2.000 personer, skriver Reuters med hänvisning till källor.Uppsägningarna kommer genomföras under innevarande år, uppger källorna.Om uppgifterna är korrekta är det bolagets första större uppsägning, som sker efter att Didi tvingats ta itu med nya regelverk som införts mot bolaget efter att två passagerare våldtagits och mördats av sina förare under 2018.Samtidigt som uppsägningarna görs ska bolaget satsa hårt på säkerhet, och ta in motsvarande arbetsstyrka för ändamålet, enligt källorna.Didi har i princip monopolställning på marknaden i Kina sedan man begravit stridsyxan med Uber.Didi har också sagt sig planera expansion utomlands för att utmana Uber och Lyft.
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Pirates have been abusing Apple’s enterprise developer program to distribute hacked versions of popular apps, reports Reuters.Versions of Spotify, Pokémon Go, Minecraft, and Angry Birds were discovered, which had been modified to block in-app advertisements and to make paid features available for free, depriving their original developers — as well as Apple itself — of revenue.Although Apple banned several of these apps after first being told about them by Reuters, the publication reports that they were back up under different certificates “within days.” The discovery suggests that Apple is struggling to control access to its enterprise certificates, which developers can use to circumvent Apple’s strict App Store rules by saying that an app is intended for use by their employees only.Among the pirated apps was a version of Spotify which had been modified to block the advertisements that play when you’re listening with a free subscription.Also available was a free version of Minecraft, which normally retails for $6.99 on the App Store.Responding to the Reuters’ report, a spokesperson from Apple said, “Developers that abuse our enterprise certificates are in violation of the Apple Developer Enterprise Program Agreement and will have their certificates terminated, and if appropriate, they will be removed from our Developer Program completely.” The company has also confirmed that it would be requiring developers to add two-factor authentication to their accounts by the end of the month.
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Last September, when Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appeared in front of US Congress, several Republican representatives asked him about the company’s bias against conservatives on the platform.While Dorsey denied this claim, the accusations continued to roll in over the following months.Later, in an interview with NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen in September, Dorsey admitted that the majority of Twitter employees have a left-leaning bias, so much so that their conservative colleagues are afraid to talk about their opinions.This week, a parliamentary committee in the country – where Twitter is believed to have some 30 million users has summoned company executives to discuss social media rights for users – allegedly over concerns of bias against right-wingers.According to a report by PTI, the panel has asked Dorsey to appear before it on February 25, after a meeting with the company’s India representatives on Monday.A person handling social media for the BJP’s Akhil Bhartiya Vidya Parishad (ABVP) student wing in the state of Assam is believed to be behind the account.
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the Swedish Tax agency started last year, hundreds of investigations against the persons who acted with kryptovalutor.But the authority just think it is a fraction and tightening up, therefore, the control of kryptovalutor but also influerare.the Number of people that reported trade in the kryptovalutor increased greatly during the last year.”3000 people reported kryptohandel in his declaration in 2018.these people declared a turnover of sek 2.5 billion”, says Henrik Kisterud, kontrollsamordnare on the Tax.Di Digital has previously reported, inter alia, on the case with Linus Dunkers who have received a skattesmäll of 4.1 million after his bitcoinhandel.
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Since its introduction over a decade ago, blockchain has become one of the most talked about technological developments in years, with organisations across all industries considering the impact it might have on their business.While its technological capabilities continue to evolve, however, Gartner believes it is not yet capable of justifying the hype in terms of mission-critical use within the enterprise.But this note of caution doesn’t appear to have affected the optimism of the business community.What’s more, several big players including Telstra, Orange and Verizon have invested in blockchain-related projects, prototypes and frameworks, while others, including BT and AT, have filed patents regarding the application of blockchain technology in telecoms.Serious consideration is therefore being given as to how it can be applied to use cases involving multiple parties, in which information transparency is needed, or in which there is limited trust, requiring transactions to be recorded as digital contracts between each party.Examples of such emerging use cases include the need for supply chain visibility, asset tracking, digital twins, record management, and the increasing emergence of distributed apps (Dapps).
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Both relate to mobile networks, but there is a lot of confusion about the technology right now.In short, the G stands for generation, so 5G is the collective term for the fifth generation of mobile network technology.What advantages does 5G bring?“The main advantage that 5G offers over 4G LTE is faster speeds — primarily because there will be more spectrum available for 5G and it uses more advanced radio technology,” Els Baert, director of marketing and communications at NetComm, told Digital Trends.The theoretical top speeds for 5G are extremely fast, between 1 and 10Gbps download speeds and 1 millisecond latency, but realistically we might expect minimum average download speeds of 50 Mbps and latency of 10ms, compared to current average 4G speeds around 15Mbps and 50ms.The higher speeds that really set 5G apart from any of the 4G LTE flavors require mmWave (millimeter wave) high-frequency bands.
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A family which believes their father may be guilty of historical rapes for which his son was convicted have won permission to have his body exhumed.Eric McKenna, 60, was jailed for 23 years last March for two separate rapes of women in Newcastle and Gateshead in the 1980s.He was caught after he was cautioned for urinating on a plant pot in a neighbour dispute, and DNA swabs were taken which linked him to the unsolved street attacks.Relatives have now gained Church of England permission to exhume the body of his father, Thomas Edward McKenna, who died in 1993 and is buried in a cemetery in Elswick, Newcastle.They believe Thomas McKenna could be responsible for the rapes and want to extract his DNA from the remains.A spokesman for the Diocese of Newcastle said: “The Church of England will only grant permission to exhume a person’s remains from consecrated ground in exceptional circumstances.
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The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is calling Altria and Juul to meet in Washington to discuss their tie-up and how it impacts the companies’ plans to combat teen vaping.Earlier this year, Altria href="https://techcrunch.com/2018/12/20/juul-labs-gets-12-8-billion-investment-from-marlboro-maker-altria-group/">invested $12.8 billion investment in Juul.“After Altria’s acquisition of a 35 percent ownership interest in JUUL Labs, Inc., your newly announced plans with JUUL contradict the commitments you made to the FDA,” Commissioner Scott Gottlieb wrote in a strongly worded letter addressed to Altria chairman and chief executive, Howard A. Willard III.“When we meet, Altria should be prepared to explain how this acquisition affects the full range of representations you made to the FDA and the public regarding your plans to stop marketing e-cigarettes and to address the crisis of youth use of e-cigarettes,” Gottlieb wrote.The commissioner sent a similarly worded message to Juul’s chief executive, Kevin Burns.As part of that deal, Juul is getting access to Altria’s retail shelf space; the company is sending out direct communications pitching Juul to adult smokers through cigarette pack inserts and mailings to the company’s database of customers; and the two will combine the power of their respective sales and distribution backend which reaches roughly 230,000 retailers across America.
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Editor’s note: A version of this post by Thomas Graziani first appeared on WalktheChat, which specializes in helping foreign organizations access the Chinese market through WeChat, the largest social network on the mainland.Building companies versus building ecosystemsChinese and Western companies tend to have a dramatically different approach to expansion.As a consequence, Pinduoduo heavily integrates with WeChat and offers WeChat Pay as a recommended payment method, while JD.com doesn’t support Alipay at all.These acquisitions can be major operations aimed at overtaking superstar products (such as Facebook acquisition of WhatsApp, Instagram and Oculus Rift or Apple acquisition of Shazam last September).But more often than not, these acquisitions are technology or acqui-hiring operations aimed at developing existing products, such as the acquisition of Redkix by Facebook in July 2018 (which was merged with Workplace by Facebook) or the purchase of Senosis by Google in September 2018 (which was merged with Nest Lab).
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Assuming your smartphone has the ability to tether to other devices and share internet, your Chromebook might well be able to make use of said ability this week.The most recent update from Chromebooks Product Manager Jesse Johnston gives us the situation – there’s need to get on the web on your Chromebook, but there’s no local wi-fi.You start your smartphone’s cellular network connection tethering ability up and you’re on your way.This week the folks at Google responsible for getting Chromebooks online made a giant step toward versatility.This new option on a Chromebook goes by the name Instant Tethering.With this ability, Chromebooks are able to “connect to the internet via a paired Android phone’s cellular network connection, as long as tethering is enabled on your mobile data plan.”
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Med mer koldioxid i atmosfären borde väl träden trivas och växa?Nej, riktigt så enkelt verkar det inte vara, enligt en ny studie.Vi har lärt oss att träd och växter behöver koldioxid för att växa, och att det som grönskar även kan hjälpa oss att fånga in koldioxid från luften.Men en ny studie komplicerar bilden av koldioxidens positiva effekter på det som är grönt.En kanadensisk forskargrupp har tittat närmare på hur våra ökade koldioxidutsläpp har påverkat gamla cederträd i västra Quebec.Det är påtagligt att träden har påverkats, men inte på det sätt som många kanske tror, berättar CBC News.
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A Brexit-backing Tory MP has hung up on a radio host after it was pointed out that a claim he made in a tweet this weekend was wildly inaccurate.Daniel Kawczynski, MP for Shrewsbury, said on Saturday that during World War II Britain had “mortgaged herself up to the eyeballs” yet had since paid in millions to an “ungrateful EU”.Britain helped to liberate half of Europe.We gave up war reparations in 1990.— Daniel Kawczynski (@DKShrewsbury) February 2, 2019The Marshall Plan was an American financial initiative to rebuild western Europe after devastation of the war.
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Downloading isn’t as simple as clicking a link and waiting for your content.Well, sometimes it is, but if you’re short on storage space, worried about your connection speeds or just want to store stuff in the cloud until you need it, you’ve got some tough decisions to make.Before you get tangled up in multiple downloads and conflicting storage options, Offcloud can streamline the entire process for you.Right now, you can get this versatile downloader at over 80 percent off its regular price, just $49.99 for lifetime access with this latest offer from TNW Deals.Offcloud is all about making consuming digital content as easy as possible.The tool empowers users to unlock and download content from blogs, media, BitTorrent, streaming or storage sites at blazing speeds.
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As phishing scams become increasingly sophisticated, Google’s engineers have been exploring ways to help users better identify potentially nefarious URLs.Google Chrome is currently testing a new warning to flag these types of domains, CNET reported Tuesday.The feature was highlighted this week by Emily Stark, an engineer on Google Chrome’s security team, who spoke Tuesday at the Enigma Conference in Burlingame, California.According to CNET, the tool would essentially flag mistyped URLs or shady domains looking to deceive web users by closely mimicking the addresses of other websites – a tactic used to manipulate users into sharing payment or other personal information.When this happens, the tool will prompt users headed to a bunk or sketchy URL to instead reroute to a legit one.The new warning, which is still being tested, alerts users to the fact that they aren’t heading to a popular website or a website they’ve engaged with in the past.
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Engineers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a new noninvasive technique for simulating repairs to the heart's mitral valve with levels of accuracy reliable enough for use in a clinical setting.Left unchecked, MV disease can lead to heart failure and/or stroke.This advance in computational modeling technology allows surgeons to provide patient-specific treatments, a development that will improve the long-term efficacy of current medical approaches.Led by Michael Sacks, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering, the team outlined their computational modeling technique for imaging MV leaflets -- flaps located on the base of the valve that open and close to regulate blood flow from the left atrium to left ventricle of the heart -- in recent issues of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering and the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.For instance, heart attacks may disrupt the MV leaflets' capacity to close properly, resulting in blood leaking back into the heart's left atrium.The importance of healthy MV function is thus widely understood within the medical community, but there is not a consensus on how best to treat common MV disorders such as regurgitation, prolapse and mitral valve stenosis.
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BBC presenter Dianne Oxberry died suddenly from ovarian cancer, her husband has confirmed.The former Radio 1 presenter passed away at Christie Hospital in Manchester earlier this month, at the age of 51.Dianne worked alongside Simon Mayo and Steve Wright on Radio 1 before moving to North West Tonight in 1994, where she worked until her death.She was the main weather presenter on the programme and also fronted regional current affairs show ‘Inside Out North West’.He now wants to set up a charity in her memory to raise awareness of the illness.The symptoms of ovarian cancer can be vague, according to Cancer Research UK, particularly when the disease is in its early stages.
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Alibaba-owned food delivery platform Ele.me is upping the ante by targeting 30-minute deliveries over Spring Festival, as more delivery people are willing to stay in big cities over the holiday period.Chinese consumers can order goods from 7,000 supermarkets around China during the national holiday.An Ele.me spokesperson told TechNode that delivery people who work during the Spring Festival would receive a bonus of up to RMB 1,800 (around $270) per week.Since being acquired by Alibaba in April 2018, Ele.me has escalated a cash-burning subsidy war with Meituan Dianping.Ele.me announced last summer that it planned to spend more than $400 million from July to September to increase its market share to over 50% as the competition between the two companies heated up.“There is a considerable increase in the number of deliverymen who are willing to stay [and deliver] this year,” an Ele.me spokesperson told TechNode.
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The charges against him, in an indictment handed down by a federal grand jury convened by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, include witness tampering, obstruction of a Congressional investigation, and six counts of making false statements to Congress.The advisor allegedly concealed the nature of those communications with WikiLeaks, lied about who acted as his intermediary, and made Godfather II references in his messages urging radio host Randy Credico—one of his go-betweens to Assange—not to contradict details of his testimony.The evidence listed against him in the indictment includes emails, text messages, and other communications—communications that contradict Stone's contention to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) that all his communications were over the phone and with only one individual.He also left an email trail of his alleged misdeeds seemingly spanning a mile wide.The first stages of Stone's involvement with WikiLeaks as described in the indictment have been confirmed by Jerome Corsi, who was interviewed by the Special Counsel Investigation team in September 2018 and is referred to as Person 1 throughout the document.I expect that much of next dump focus, setting stage for Foundation debacle.”
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