Security flaw in ‘nearly all’ modern PCs and Macs exposes encrypted data — TechCrunch

Most modern computers, even devices with disk encryption, are vulnerable to a new attack that can steal sensitive data in a matter of minutes, new research says.

via Security flaw in ‘nearly all’ modern PCs and Macs exposes encrypted data — TechCrunch

Jeff Bezos launches $2 billion fund to finance preschools and help homeless families — TechCrunch

In a tweet this morning, Amazon founder (and the world’s richest man) Jeff Bezos announced that he and his wife were creating a $2 billion fund to finance a network of nonprofit preschools and donate funds to organizations helping homeless families.

via Jeff Bezos launches $2 billion fund to finance preschools and help homeless families — TechCrunch

US lawmakers warn spy chief that ‘deep fakes’ are a national security threat — TechCrunch

What once sounded like science fiction is now a reality: creating almost-perfectly faked videos of people saying things they never did. Surprise: now they’re a reality, thanks to modern computing power and the power to instantly share it on the world’s social stage.

via US lawmakers warn spy chief that ‘deep fakes’ are a national security threat — TechCrunch

Iowa governor flew to game on vendor’s plane — National Post

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds received approval from an ethics regulator to fly with her family to Iowa State’s bowl game free of charge on the jet of a state vendor, despite a law barring public officials and their relatives from accepting gifts, a review by The Associated Press shows…

via Iowa governor flew to game on vendor’s plane — National Post

Booming sales for Woodward’s ‘Fear,’ Trump presidency book — National Post

NEW YORK — Bob Woodward’s “Fear” is spreading quickly. Woodward’s account of a dysfunctional Trump White House has already sold more than 750,000 copies, Simon & Schuster announced Wednesday, the day after the book arrived in stores. “Fear” has dominated political headlines since reports about it emerged last week…

via Booming sales for Woodward’s ‘Fear,’ Trump presidency book — National Post

Remembering 9/11.

17 years ago today I was in New York City with some of you at the MSGI offices on 7th Avenue, just a few blocks south of Madison Square Gardens.

As I do every September 11th, I think of all of all of you, and how everyone in the office, especially Jeremy B., came together and worked tirelessly to ensure everyone, especially those directly affected by the tragedy, were safe. And for those stranded by the transportation gridlock that lasted for several days, had someplace to go.

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It was an incredible lesson for me about the character and bravery of the people I was with, and worked with, in the face of not only the attacks on the WTC, but also the uncertainty that followed of what was going to happen next.

One memory that stands out for me this year, and probably also for those who were there, was the sight of a squadron of American fighter jets circling Manhattan Island overhead for hours. It just added to the uncertainty of the moments following the attack.

I will say, it was the spirit and calm determination of everyone in that office, and the entire city for that matter, that left an indelible impression on me about the resolve and determination of everyone I met, that can only be described as what the real America is all about.

Dan Stiel

 

Alibaba announces CEO Daniel Zhang will succeed Jack Ma as chairman next year — TechCrunch

Following speculation about Jack Ma’s imminent retirement, Alibaba Group announced today that its CEO, Daniel Zhang, will succeed Ma as chairman next year. After stepping down as chairman on September 10, 2019 (exactly a year from now), Ma will continue serving as a board member until its annual general shareholders’ meeting in 2020…

via Alibaba announces CEO Daniel Zhang will succeed Jack Ma as chairman next year — TechCrunch