Workplace Theft Is On the Rise

rfengineer tipped us off to this story. The Atlantic reports: Your office is a den of thieves. Don’t take my word for it: When a forensic-accounting firm surveyed workers in 2013, 52 percent admitted to stealing company property. And the thievery is getting worse. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners reports that theft of “non-cash” property — ranging from a single pencil in the supply closet to a pallet of…

March 2, 2019
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How Can You Decide Which VPN To Trust?

Slate’s senior technology writer reports that his hunt for a reliable ISP “led me on a convoluted journey through accusations and counteraccusations, companies with shadowy leadership and those with conflicts of interest, and VPN ratings sites that might be even shadier than the companies they’re reviewing.” Many VPNs appear to be outright scams. Others make internet browsing sluggish. Free versions bombard you with ads. It’s a world so thicketed that…

March 2, 2019
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Source: Circle, which runs cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex and was reportedly valued at ~$3B last year after raising $246M, is raising another $250M (Jon Victor/The Information)

March 2, 2019

Jon Victor / The Information: Source: Circle, which runs cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex and was reportedly valued at ~$3B last year after raising $246M, is raising another $250M  —  Circle, one of the biggest cryptocurrency startups in the U.S., is seeking to raise about $250 million in a combination of equity and debt … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Four New DNA Letters Double Life’s Alphabet

Joe_NoOne (Slashdot reader #48,818) shares this update from Nature: The DNA of life on Earth naturally stores its information in just four key chemicals — guanine, cytosine, adenine and thymine, commonly referred to as G, C, A and T, respectively. Now scientists have doubled this number of life’s building blocks, creating for the first time a synthetic, eight-letter genetic language that seems to store and transcribe information just like natural…

March 2, 2019
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Police Department Accused of Updating Their Radios With Pirated Software

Winnipeg’s police department used encrypted radios to stop the public from listening in to their conversations with police scanners. But did they pirate their software keys? Long-time Slashdot reader Curtman shares this report from CBC News: Winnipeg police have arrested a manager with the city for allegedly updating police radios with fraudulent software he got from a person considered to be a security threat by the U.S. Department of Homeland…

March 2, 2019
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Leaked Facebook memo describes company’s lobbying efforts in 2012 and 2013 against a proposed European data directive which later became GDPR, more (The Guardian)

March 2, 2019

The Guardian: Leaked Facebook memo describes company’s lobbying efforts in 2012 and 2013 against a proposed European data directive which later became GDPR, more  —  Social network targeted legislators around the world, promising or threatening to withhold investment  —  Facebook has targeted politicians around … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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