May, 2024

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How Researchers Cracked an 11-Year-Old Password to a $3 Million Crypto Wallet

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Thanks to a flaw in a decade-old version of the RoboForm password manager and a bit of luck, researchers were able to unearth the password to a crypto wallet containing a fortune.

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Visualize This (2nd ed.): A real book that’s almost here

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Visualize This is a real book now! The official publication date is May 29, but you might get it early if you order now , depending on where and when you order it. The publication process is interesting, because you write and write and make lots of charts over many months. There’s editing and revision. It’s on your mind constantly. Then there’s a gap when your part is done and your publisher (for me, Wiley) takes over.

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25 Years of Krita

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Twenty-five years. A quarter century. That's how long we've been working on Krita. Well, what would become Krita. It started out as KImageShop, but that name was nuked by a now long-dead German lawyer.

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'Smart' antibiotic can kill deadly bacteria while sparing the microbiome

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Compound called lolamicin targets a group of harmful microbes but does not disturb those that live peacefully in the gut. Compound called lolamicin targets a group of harmful microbes but does not disturb those that live peacefully in the gut.

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The AI Superhero Approach to Product Management

Speaker: Conrado Morlan

In this engaging and witty talk, we’ll explore how artificial intelligence can transform the daily tasks of product managers into streamlined, efficient processes. Using the lens of a superhero narrative, we’ll uncover how AI can be the ultimate sidekick, aiding in decision-making, enhancing productivity, and boosting innovation. Attendees will leave with practical tools and actionable insights, motivated to embrace AI and leverage its potential in their work. 🦸 🏢 Key objectives:

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2023 planetary heat uptake from termination shock of inadvertent geoengineering?

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Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect of anthropogenic greenhouse gases has been partially balanced by the cooling effect of anthropogenic aerosols. In 2020, fuel regulations abruptly reduced the emission of sulfur dioxide from international shipping by about 80% and created an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock with global impact.

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Mystery malware destroys 600k routers from a single ISP during 72-hour span

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Executive Summary Lumen Technologies’ Black Lotus Labs identified a destructive event, as over 600,000 small office/home office (SOHO) routers were taken offline belonging to a single internet service provider (ISP). The incident took place over a 72-hour period between October 25-27, rendered the infected devices permanently inoperable, and required a hardware-based replacement.

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Google just updated its algorithm. The Internet will never be the same

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Over the last two years, a series of updates to Google Search amount to a dramatic upheaval to the Internet's most powerful tool, complete with an unprecedented AI feature.

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'Operation Endgame' Hits Malware Delivery Platforms

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Law enforcement agencies in the United States and Europe today announced Operation Endgame, a coordinated action against some of the most popular cybercrime platforms for delivering ransomware and data-stealing malware.

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First Bioprocessor Powered by Human Brain Organoids

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A Swiss biocomputing startup has launched an online platform that provides remote access to 16 human brain organoids. FinalSpark’s Neuroplatform is claimed to be the world’s first online platform delivering access to biological neurons in vitro.

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Toxoplasma Gondii significantly alters wolf behavior

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A study of 26 years' worth of wolf behavioral data, and an analysis of the blood of 229 wolves, has shown that infection with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii makes wolves 46 times more likely to become a pack leader.

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Provide Real Value in Your Applications with Data and Analytics

The complexity of financial data, the need for real-time insight, and the demand for user-friendly visualizations can seem daunting when it comes to analytics - but there is an easier way. With Logi Symphony, we aim to turn these challenges into opportunities. Our platform empowers you to seamlessly integrate advanced data analytics, generative AI, data visualization, and pixel-perfect reporting into your applications, transforming raw data into actionable insights.

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Let yourself be monitored: EU governments to agree on Chat Control

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Based on a new proposal by the Belgian Minister of the Interior, EU governments could endorse the much-criticised child sexual abuse regulation (CSAR or chat control) as early as June after all.

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Cybercriminals pose as "helpful" Stack Overflow users to push malware

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Cybercriminals are abusing Stack Overflow in an interesting approach to spreading malware—answering users' questions by promoting a malicious PyPi package that installs Windows information-stealing malware. [.

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A myopia epidemic is sweeping the globe

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Time spent outdoors is the best defence against rising rates of short-sightedness, but scientists are searching for other ways to reverse the troubling trend. Time spent outdoors is the best defence against rising rates of short-sightedness, but scientists are searching for other ways to reverse the troubling trend.

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API Shouldn't Redirect HTTP to HTTPS

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Instead of redirecting API calls from HTTP to HTTPS, make the failure visible by either returning a clear HTTP error response or disabling the HTTP interface altogether. Unfortunately, many well-known API providers do not currently do so.

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Entity Resolution: Your Guide to Deciding Whether to Build It or Buy It

Adding high-quality entity resolution capabilities to enterprise applications, services, data fabrics or data pipelines can be daunting and expensive. Organizations often invest millions of dollars and years of effort to achieve subpar results. This guide will walk you through the requirements and challenges of implementing entity resolution. By the end, you'll understand what to look for, the most common mistakes and pitfalls to avoid, and your options.

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The Nonprofit Industrial Complex and the Corruption of the American City

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What is taking place in America’s most performatively socialist urban areas is that taxes are constantly raised in order to fund public services, resulting in some of the most heavily taxed populations in the country. But this tax revenue is then squandered on private contracts to unaccountable nonprofit organizations whose activities do little to rectify the problems they are nominally being funded to address.

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An Anonymous Source Shared Thousands of Leaked Google Search API Documents with Me; Everyone in SEO Should See Them

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On Sunday, May 5th, I received an email from a person claiming to have access to a massive leak of API documentation from inside Google’s Search division. The email further claimed that these leaked documents were confirmed as authentic by ex-Google employees, and that those ex-employees and others had shared additional, private information about Google’s search operations.

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T-Mobile to acquire most of U.S. Cellular in $4.4B deal

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U.S. Cellular shares soared Tuesday after T-Mobile announced it will acquire most of the company in a deal worth $4.4 billion. It plans to use the wireless company to improve coverage in rural areas.

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Possible association between tattoos and lymphoma revealed

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Lund University. Our knowledge regarding the long-term health effects of tattoos is currently poor, and there is not a lot of research within this area. Now a research group at Lund University has investigated the association between tattoos and lymphoma.

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The Project Clinic: Assessing Project Health, Planning, and Execution

Speaker: Ketan Jahagirdar

Picture your projects as patients, each with its own unique rhythm and pulse, thriving under your care 🥼 🩺 Step into the role of an innovative project doctor in our upcoming webinar! This session is your guide to evaluating the health of your projects through Waterfall and Agile practices like Scrum and Kanban. We’ll explore the vital signs of project success through the lens of the “iron triangle” metrics, using deliverables as tracers.

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Fort Worth's tallest building sells for $12.3M, bought for $137.5M in 2021

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The tallest building in Fort Worth, Texas, has been bought by a bank for $12.3 million, three years after it sold $137.5 million. Burnett Plaza has 40 stories and is 567 feet tall.

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It's Settled, More Nuclear Energy Means Less Mining

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The Breakthrough Institute is an environmental research center based in Berkeley, California. Our research focuses on identifying and promoting technological solutions to environmental and human development challenges in three areas: energy, conservation, and food and farming.

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To the brain, reading computer code is not the same as reading language

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MIT neuroscientists have found reading computer code does not rely on the regions of the brain involved in language processing. Instead, it activates the “multiple demand network,” which is also recruited for complex cognitive tasks such as solving math problems or crossword puzzles.

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Majorana, the search for the most elusive neutrino of all

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Neutrinos may be even stranger than they seem, if indeed they are the only fermions (particles of matter) that are their own antiparticles. Proof would be a rare form of radioactive decay called neutrinoless double-beta decay, which could only be seen if there’s virtually no background interference. The MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR now under construction at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in the Black Hills of South Dakota aims to prove these near-perfect conditions can be met.

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Generative AI Deep Dive: Advancing from Proof of Concept to Production

Speaker: Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks & Tony Karrer, CTO at Aggregage

Executive leaders and board members are pushing their teams to adopt Generative AI to gain a competitive edge, save money, and otherwise take advantage of the promise of this new era of artificial intelligence. There's no question that it is challenging to figure out where to focus and how to advance when it’s a new field that is evolving everyday. 💡 This new webinar featuring Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks, will explore a practical framework to transform Generative AI pr

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Feral goldfish are threatening the Great Lakes ecosystem [video]

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For many people, the humble goldfish is their first pet. Swimming in a tank in your house, it’s hard to imagine it’s much of a threat. But released into the Great Lakes, this iconic fish can imperil the fragile ecosystem of the largest freshwater system in the world. Christopher Booker has the story.

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The solar industrial revolution is the biggest investment opportunity in history

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Solar is in the process of shearing off the base of the entire global industrial stack - energy - and the tech sector still lacks a unified thesis for how to best enable, accelerate, and exploit this transition.

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Sharing details on a recent incident impacting one of our customers

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Google Cloud shares details of an incident impacting one Australian customer's use of Google Cloud VMware Engine. Learn what happened and how we're preventing it from happening again.

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Cement recycling method could help solve one of the big climate challenges

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Researchers from the University of Cambridge have developed a method to produce very low emission concrete at scale – an innovation that could be transformative in the transition to net zero.

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Beyond the Basics of A/B Tests: Highly Innovative Experimentation Tactics You Need to Know

Speaker: Timothy Chan, PhD., Head of Data Science

Are you ready to move beyond the basics and take a deep dive into the cutting-edge techniques that are reshaping the landscape of experimentation? 🌐 From Sequential Testing to Multi-Armed Bandits, Switchback Experiments to Stratified Sampling, Timothy Chan, Data Science Lead, is here to unravel the mysteries of these powerful methodologies that are revolutionizing how we approach testing.

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We're Ending Our Samsung Collaboration

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It’s not us, it’s you. It’s with a heavy wrench that we have decided to end our partnership with Samsung. Despite a huge amount of effort, Samsung’s approach to repairability does not align with our mission.

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How to Build 300k Airplanes in Five Years

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It’s no secret that the Allies won World War II on the back of the U.S.’s enormous industrial output. Even before the U.S. entered the war, the Americans provided hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of equipment to the Allies, and between 1938 and 1943 U.S.

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He Trained Crypto Cops to Fight Crypto Crime—and Allegedly Ran a $100M Dark Web Drug Market

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The strange journey of Lin Rui-siang, the 23-year-old accused of running the Incognito black market, extorting his own site's users—and then refashioning himself as a legit crypto crime expert.

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Stark Industries Solutions: An Iron Hammer in the Cloud

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The homepage of Stark Industries Solutions. Two weeks before Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, a large, mysterious new Internet hosting firm called Stark Industries Solutions materialized and quickly became the epicenter of massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on government and commercial targets in Ukraine and Europe. An investigation into Stark Industries reveals it is being used as a global proxy network that conceals the true source of cyberattacks and disinformation c

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Demystifying DAPs: A Practical Guide to Digital Adoption Success

Speaker: Pulkit Agrawal

Digital Adoption Platforms (DAPs) are revolutionizing the way organizations interact with and optimize their software applications. As digital transformation continues to accelerate, DAPs have become essential tools for enhancing user engagement and software efficiency. This session is your guide into the robust world of DAPs, exploring their origins, evolution, and the current trends shaping their development.