The Unbelievable Fragmentation of America, With Russia’s Help

November 5, 2017

For the best reading experience, I recommend you view this content natively at: The Unbelievable Fragmentation of America, With Russia’s Help. — by Andy Denzler Maybe Putin is trying to get Trump elected so that he’ll be able to play the role of international savior from the (then obviously evil) US. And in order to do that, he’s collecting as much as possible that he (or someone else) can use…

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No, the Linux Desktop Hasn’t Jumped in Popularity

An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet: Stories have been circulating that the Linux desktop had jumped in popularity and was used more than macOS. Alas, it’s not so… These reports have been based on NetMarketShare’s desktop operating system analysis, which showed Linux leaping from 2.5 percent in July, to almost 5 percent in September. But unfortunately for Linux fans, it’s not true… It seems to be merely a mistake. Vince Vizzaccaro,…

November 5, 2017
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Mozilla Might Distrust Dutch Government Certs Over ‘False Keys’

Long-time Slashdot reader Artem Tashkinov quotes BleepingComputer: Mozilla engineers are discussing plans to remove support for a state-operated Dutch TLS/HTTPS provider after the Dutch government has voted a new law that grants local authorities the power to intercept Internet communications using “false keys”. If the plan is approved, Firefox will not trust certificates issued by the Staat der Nederlanden (State of the Netherlands) Certificate Authority (CA)… This new law gives…

November 5, 2017
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Two Russian state-owned companies, VTB Bank and Gazprom, owned stakes in Yuri Milner’s DST Global funds that invested in Facebook and Twitter pre-IPO (The Guardian)

November 5, 2017

The Guardian: Two Russian state-owned companies, VTB Bank and Gazprom, owned stakes in Yuri Milner’s DST Global funds that invested in Facebook and Twitter pre-IPO  —  Institutions with close links to Kremlin financed stakes through business associate of Trump’s son-in-law, leaked files reveal Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Hole In The Ozone Layer Smallest In 29 Years

An anonymous reader quotes the Weather Channel: The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is the smallest it’s been since 1988, NASA said. According to a press release, the hole in the Earth’s ozone layer is 1.3 million square miles smaller than last year and 3.3 million square miles smaller than 2015… This year, the hole grew to 7.6 million square miles. NASA and NOAA scientists said warmer temperatures…

November 5, 2017
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Hack the dina VM (CTF Challenge)

November 5, 2017

Hello friends! Today we are going to take another CTF challenge known as dina. The credit for making this vm machine goes to “Touhid Shaikh” and it is another boot2root challenge where we have to root the server to complete the challenge. You can download this VM here. Let’s Breach!!! Let us start form getting to know the IP of VM (Here, I have it at 192.168.1.104 but you will have to find your…

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New Victims in the ‘Billionaire War on Journalism’

Newsweek offers a new reminder that internet journalism can vanish in a corporate shutdown or be “sued out of existence” — so it certainly isn’t permanent. Writers at the local New York City news sites DNAinfo and Gothamist — as well as Gothamist’s network of city-specific sister sites, such as LAist and DCist — learned this chilling lesson on Thursday, when billionaire Joe Ricketts abruptly shut down the publications and…

November 5, 2017
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Pandora Loses 7 Million Listeners

An anonymous reader quotes the Bay Area Newsgroup: So many listeners have turned off Pandora that Friday could have been called the day the music died for the internet radio streaming pioneer. Late Thursday, Pandora said it ended its third quarter with 73.7 million active listeners, a decline of more than 7 million listeners from the 81 million it had in the same quarter a year ago. Declining listener numbers,…

November 5, 2017
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A list of all the questions Facebook, Google, and Twitter told Congress they would answer later (Bloomberg)

November 5, 2017

Bloomberg: A list of all the questions Facebook, Google, and Twitter told Congress they would answer later  —  Unanswered questions mean tech companies need to follow up  —  Lawmakers sought detailed information in Russia meddling probe  —  Facebook Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Twitter Inc. faced hours … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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