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Brad's big bucks banish bothersome Budapest bungMicrosoft has cut a deal with the US government to settle charges one of it's European subsidiaries was bribing officials from 2013-2015.Under the deal announced Monday, Microsoft will pay $8.7m to settle the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act on the part of its Microsoft Hungary business, or to give it it's full name Microsoft Magyarország Számítástechnikai Szolgáltató és Kereskedelmi Kft.In paying the money, Microsoft avoids having the matter go to court and will not face prosecution.All of the staff involved have lost their jobs.To recap: after accusing Redmond of paying money to skirt legal process, the US government asked Microsoft to pay it money rather than go through the legal process.
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A significant number of European organisations have admitted that they are still not compliant with GDPR data protection rules.A survey from tax audit advisors RSM found that 30 percent of European businesses are still not compliant with GDPR, despite it being over a year since it was introduced and the threat of hefty financial penalties.Data protection is still costing firms dear.Facebook was recently fined $5bn for the Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal, and Marriot Hotels was stung with £99m fine.British Airways was hit with a £183m fine for a data breach.The survey from RSM found that only 57 percent of businesses are confident that their business follows the rules, with a further 13 percent unsure either way.
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By now the Pixel 3 XL’s giant notch has become something of a meme in the tech world.The most egregious example of an unfortunate design trend, it’s a testament to human adaptation that the phone’s users were eventually kinda-sorta able to ignore the notch.Almost a year after I reviewed the Pixel 3 XL, the notch still haunts me now and then, especially when I see at a bezel-less phone like the OnePlus 7 pro.Google appears to have relented with the Pixel 4.While the company has already shown us what the back of the Pixel 4 will look like in a rare move meant to undermine leakers, new leaks give us a picture of what the front of the phone could look like.Reliable leaker OnLeaks partnered with iGeeksBlog and showed off renders of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.
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“We also discovered a tar.gz archive containing the usernames and passwords needed to login into hundreds of Magento sites”Cybersecurity company Malwarebytes says it has traced the host servers of a Magecart card skimming campaign to the so-called “independent Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (D/LPR)” in eastern Ukraine: site of a festering war that has resulted in over 13,000 deaths to date.So-called “bulletproof hosting” (hosting services resilient to law enforcement takedowns) are nothing new, but locating them in what is effectively a war zone put a unique twist on the offering.Malware War Zone: More than a MetaphorThe area has been the site of a bitter conflict after local militia seized government buildings in Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv in early 2014, declared the independence of “people’s republics”, and called referenda on joining Russia, which they scheduled for 11 May.Russia, however, never recognised the statelets, although it covertly sent troops to bolster their defence against Ukrainian efforts to retake them.
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The recent study from Burst Biologics challenges existing standards and outlines future safety and potency benchmarks.Previous research has demonstrated that UCB contains cytokines and growth factors, components that are integral to bone consolidation and tissue repair."Based on these findings, clinical suitability of cord blood allografts must account for the non-cellular components while evaluating their promising role in tissue regeneration," stated Jones.In the study, the identity of BioBurst Rejuv was established by use of flow cytometry, a mass spectrometry-based proteomic approach and protein multiplexing testing.The non-cellular components were found to be effective in promoting cell proliferation, migration and neutralizing redox-stress in vivo and MSCs treated with a UCB-sourced allograft demonstrated boosted potential for tissue regeneration.The UCB-sourced allograft was also found to be functionally stable up to 2 years when stored at optimum conditions.
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Bentley has unveiled its newest ultra-luxury ride called the Flying Spur First Edition at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Gala.The vehicle was auctioned off to support the fund-raising that the charity hosted at the inaugural Midsummer Party, Picozzi’s Villa Dorane on July 24.The Flying Spur First Edition is limited to 12 months of production and is meant to be rare, collectible, and luxurious.While some will never drive the Bentley they own, this one has impressive performance for those who do drive.Bentley promises the car will reach 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.The car features an Active All-wheel drive system with All Wheel steering for engaging driving dynamics.
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Equifax agreed to pay at least $575 million to the US Federal Trade Commission and other government agencies over its massive 2017 data breach.If that isn't enough compensate people impacted by the breach, the credit reporting company could have to pay up to $700 million.Hackers stole the personal information -- including Social Security numbers and home addresses -- of more than 147 million Americans from Equifax's servers in a data breach that ran from May and July 2017."Equifax failed to take basic steps that may have prevented the breach that affected approximately 147 million consumers," FTC Chairman Joe Simon said in a release announcing the agreement."This settlement requires that the company take steps to improve its data security going forward, and will ensure that consumers harmed by this breach can receive help protecting themselves from identity theft and fraud."First published at 5:02 a.m. PT.
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White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow is reportedly meeting Silicon Valley bigwigs today to discuss the placement of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei on the US trade ban Entity List.The placement of Huawei and other firms on the Commerce Department's Entity List requires US suppliers to seek permission, which is rarely granted – before trading with them.American treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin was said to be attending the meeting along with execs from Intel, Qualcomm, Google, Micron, Microsoft and Broadcom, according to Reuters.US prez Donald Trump's administration confirmed the meeting was happening, but claimed it was to discuss broader economic issues.However, the official also told Reuters that Huawei was expected to come up.Huawei's placement on the list was originally billed as a national security issue, but Trump later linked Huawei's legal status with a wider trade deal with China.
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The “Bitcoin BTC playboy” that made it rain money over one of Hong-Kong‘s poorest neighborhoods has been handed a suspended prison sentence for the stunt.Wong Ching-kit, also known as “Coin Young Master,” fessed up to the stunt and accepted charges for “committing a nuisance in a public place,” South China Morning Post reports.He has been given a sentence of 10 days imprisonment, suspended for two years.Magistrate Leung Siu-ling said the promotional stunt “could easily have turned ugly when there were up to 300 people on site.”Wong was arrested in December last year after appearing at the center of a publicity stunt where he threw HK $100 ($13) bills from the roof of a building in Kowloon district.The Robin Hood-esque stunt though, was nothing more than guerrilla marketing to promote one of his cryptocurrency businesses.
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The Beijing Internet Court on July 19 ruled in favor of Tencent in a copyright infringement case that the gaming giant filed against a Beijing-based tech company for appropriating WeChat’s stickers and red packet feature, Beijing Business Today reported.Why it matters: Tencent has previously sued other businesses for infringing on WeChat copyrights, and has been much more aggressively using legal means to address intellectual property (IP) disputes.However, this is the first time that the company has filed and won a lawsuit involving WeChat’s more peripheral features.Tencent filed the case against Beijing Qingshu Technology in April, requesting RMB 5 million (around $726,900) in damages.Details: The court lowered Tencent’s requested compensation of RMB 5 million to RMB 400,000, citing “minor innovations” that Qingshu Technology made in its messaging app, “Chuiniu,” which means “boasting” in English.Tencent claimed that Chuiniu used six of Tencent’s original stickers and copied its red packet feature without authorization.
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In a piece co-published by Wired and EdSurge last week, Emily Tate detailed a troubling facet of the burgeoning online video teaching industry.According to US-based English tutors she spoke with, some of their young students in China were being beaten and scolded by their parents for making mistakes during these lessons – on camera.Hundreds of thousands of children in China currently use online tutoring services to learn English, from platforms like QKids, Magic Ears, DaDa, Gogokid, and VIPKid (which has raised more than $800 million in funding since it was founded in 2014).Tate noted that of the two dozen educators she spoke with, two-thirds of them had witnessed disturbing punishments meted out to their students by parents.The piece raises important questions about how these education platforms currently handle such incidents (spoiler: there’s not a lot they can do, besides end video lessons when abuse is reported by teachers), and whether it’s anyone’s business but that of the parents to decide how to raise their children.In the context of platforms policing abuse, it seems more complicated than simply opposing corporal punishment – particularly when we’re dealing with different cultures, as well as remote teachers and customers.
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Tune in today to hear from Sumo Logic on real-time monitoring and app stack troubleshootingSponsored webcast It is not unusual for organisations to amass such large volumes of data that they struggle to examine it for real-time operational insights that will help them resolve issues and grow their business.Technology developments, such as next-generation application stacks, distributed cloud architectures, containerisation and micro-services, can make the task even more complicated.Add a shortage of skilled professionals who know how to bring order to a steadily increasing and constantly changing heap of information, and you could end up with a serious headache.How do you make the pain go away?Tune in online today at 2pm, Monday, 22 July, to hear experts from machine-learning company Sumo Logic explain how their customers are reaping the benefits of advanced IT analytics.
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Between Thor 4, Black Widow, a new Doctor Strange movie, there's plenty to be excited about in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend.And while Phase 4 includes many new and old faces, noticeable absent are the Guardians of the Galaxy.Fear not, Guardians fans, as director James Gunn confirmed via Twitter that a third Guardians of the Galaxy film is still happening.On Sunday, Gunn tweeted in celebration of Avengers: Endgame besting Avatar to become the highest grossing film ever.A fan asked him why Phase 4 didn't include the Guardians, and Gunn responded: "Sorry to disappoint.3 IS happening, but I am finishing The Suicide Squad first."
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A version of this first article appeared in our members-only newsletter on July 6, 2019.What follows is a greatly abridged translation of a long-form investigation of Indian hospitality unicorn OYO conducted by Chinese journalists.The budget hotel brand offers rooms in 800 cities globally and is valued at $10 billion after founder Ritesh Agarwal bought a $2 billion stake from Sequoia Capital and Lightspeed Venture Partners on Friday.Just a few short months before, OYO had employed nearly 9,000.Diving into mainland China at the end of 2017, it swam to the front of the hotel sector with its free franchise and low commission model.6 hotel chain is swimming alongside a massive iceberg of falsified data, whispers of money-laundering, and massive layoffs.
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Apple’s AirPods may be derided for its odd appearance but few have complaints about its convenience especially when pairing and reconnecting with a phone.Since there are no single Bluetooth earbuds in the Android world, Google has to develop a solution that will satisfy and work with many but definitely not all Bluetooth audio devices.That’s what Android’s upcoming Fast Pair is all about and the platform maker is revealing more details about it that go beyond simply pairing with devices instantly.Android Fast Pair isn’t actually new, introduced way back in 2017.It picked up attention at I/O 2019 last May when Google pushed the technology to more devices as well Qualcomm’s Smart Headset Development Kit.Despite its name, however, Fast Pair isn’t just about connecting quickly.
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Harley Quinn isn't the type of comic book character to follow the rules, so her new DC Universe show might as well offer something a bit more unusual than the typical animated series.Fans got a peek at the new Harley Quinn animated series at the DC Universe panel Saturday night at San Diego Comic-Con.In the series, Harley Quinn (Kaley Cuoco) breaks up with The Joker (Alan Tudyk) and tries to make it on her own as Gotham City's criminal "Queenpin."She also ends up teaming up with Batman and flirts with Poison Ivy, all while cursing up a storm.This is the first full trailer released for the adults-only Harley Quinn animated series.Previously there was a teaser shown at last year's New York Comic-Con.
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Tech has invaded pretty much every aspect of our lives nowadays, making things easier and more novel.Until it rises up against us, it’s creating more and more career opportunities.Naturally, tech industries are booming, and the roles on offer are as varied as they are numerous.If you like the idea of quitting your job and trying a tech career instead, we might be able to help.We’ve picked out three of the best offers that are still live in case you missed them.The Google Cloud Platform is Google’s answer to AWS.
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SpaceX hosted its fourth annual SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition finals on Sunday at the test tube it built outside its Hawthorne HQ.We were on site for the competition, and watched as Team TUM, from the Technical University of Munich, took home the win thanks to achieving the top speed overall of any team to run in the finals.That’s the fastest overall for a Hyperloop pod thus far – it beat its own record from last year of 284 mph set during the third SpaceX student run-off.It wasn’t without incident, however – near the end of its run, there was a spark and some debris appeared to fly off the craft, but it still survived the run mostly intact and satisfied SpaceX judges to qualify for the win.TUM beat out three other finalist competitors, including Delft Hyperloop, EPFL Hyperloop, and Swissloop.Delft unfortunately had a communication error that cut their run short at just around 650 feet into the just over 3/4 mile SpaceX Hyperloop test track.
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The crew capsule which will carry American astronauts to the moon as part of the Artemis project has been completed.The completion of the Artemis 1 capsule was announced by Vice President Mike Pence during a speech at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the historic Apollo moon landing mission.Fifty years after successfully landing a man on the moon, NASA is hoping to recreate this feat.But this time, at least one of the crew members will be a woman.NASA has announced that this capsule will carry the “first woman on the moon.”“Similar to the 1960s, we too have an opportunity to take a giant leap forward for all of humanity,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement.
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The short answer, and the great news, is that yes, you can easily watch Amazon Prime Video on Chromecast now.How to watch Amazon Prime Video on a ChromecastFrom a smartphone or tabletThis post assumes that you have a Chromecast connected to a TV and set up already.If not, check out our guide on how to set up a Chromecast using any platform.Make sure that the Amazon Prime Video app on your phone is updated.
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