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Facebook Plans to Launch ‘GlobalCoin’ Cryptocurrency in 2020

The setting up of a digital payments system in a dozen countries would allow Facebook users to make purchases or transfer money without needing a bank account. Photograph: Loïc Venance/AFP/Getty Images
Facebook is planning to launch its own cryptocurrency in early 2020, allowing users to make digital payments in a dozen countries.
The currency, dubbed GlobalCoin, would enable Facebook’s 2.4 billion monthly users to change dollars and other international currencies into its digital coins. The coins could then be used to buy things on the internet and in shops and other outlets, or to transfer money without needing a bank account.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Facebook, last month met the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, to discuss the plans, according ...

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Microsoft Cyber Security Chief Urges Users to Stop Using Outdated Internet Explorer Browser and Move to ‘Modern’ System

by Chris Jackson, Microsoft
From time to time, I am asked by customers, “How do I ensure that all web traffic goes to Internet Explorer?” In fact, I was recently asked this question by someone trying to help a hospital. Now, I understand the scenario. In healthcare (as in many other industries), it’s often the case that you’re running with an extremely thin team. As a result, it can seem that using Internet Explorer be default for all situations is the “easy button” because, well, most of your sites were designed for Internet Explorer, so…just…always use it, ok?
In short, this seems like a deliberate decision to take on some technical debt. It’s true that most organizations have some technical debt lying around...

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13-Year-Old Michigan Boy Dies Two Days After Attempted Suicide Despite Mother’s Pleas With School to Help Stop Bullying

Joanna Wohlfert with her son Michael Martin. Martin, 13, an eighth grader at Everett New Tech High School, died by suicide Jan. 25. (Photo: Photo courtesy of Joanna Wohlfert)
In the months before Michael Martin died, he rarely went to school unless his mother was home to make sure he got there.

Most weekday mornings, Joanna Wohlfert reports to her job in Ionia by 6 a.m. She and Michael’s stepfather, Joe Wohlfert, routinely left the house before Martin, 13, needed to get on a bus to Everett High School, where he was in eighth grade.
Until last fall, Michael could be counted on to get to the bus stop near his Lansing home every day, his mother said. Michael had been a good student who loved school and didn’t skip class.
The bullying, Wohlfert said, began in the fall on the bus and at schoo...

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HQ Trivia and Vine Co-Founder Colin Kroll Dies of Apparent Overdose

LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 09: Honoree Colin Kroll attends the Variety Breakthrough of the Year Awards during the 2014 International CES at The Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on January 9, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steven Lawton/Getty Images for Variety)
Colin Kroll, a technology executive who co-founded the HQ Trivia app, has been found dead in New York at the age of 34.
The city’s police department said officers had gone to Kroll’s Manhattan apartment early on Sunday after getting a call asking for a wellbeing check on him. He was found unconscious and unresponsive on his bed.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. The New York medical examiner’s office will determine the cause of death.
Kroll was the chief executive of the trivia app, which livestreams short trivia shows to user...

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Facebook Admits COO Sheryl Sandberg Directed Staff to Dig for Dirt On George Soros After he Criticized Social Giant

Facebook stressed its COO Sheryl Sandberg “never directed research on Freedom from Facebook,” one of the main groups a conservative-linked PR firm it hired sought to undermine. | Jose Luis Magana/AP Photo
Facebook acknowledged Thursday night that chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg asked staff for information on billionaire George Soros’ financial activity, the latest development in the controversy over the company’s efforts to scrutinize and undermine critics.
Sandberg “sent an email asking if Mr. Soros had shorted Facebook’s stock” while the company was researching the motivations behind the philanthropist’s criticisms of Silicon Valley, a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement provided to POLITICO.
Facebook earlier this year hired political communications firm Definers Public Aff...

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Google Shuts Down Google Plus After WSJ Report Reveals Bug Leaked Personal Information On Half a Million Users

FILE – In this Dec. 4, 2017 file photo, people walk by Google offices in New York. Google is closing the consumer version of its long-spurned Plus social network after discovering a bug earlier this year that leaked some of the personal information about up to 500,000 people who still have accounts on the dying service. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
Google is shutting down its long-shunned Plus social network for consumers, following its disclosure of a flaw discovered in March that could have exposed some personal information of up to 500,000 people.
The announcement came in a Monday blog post , which marked Google’s first public description of the privacy bug.
Google deliberately avoided disclosing the problem at the time, in part to avoid drawing regulatory scrutiny and damaging it...

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What We Know About Google’s Next Phones From the Rumors and Leaks

As the calendar has now turned to October, the fall smartphone season continues to heat up. With the latest Galaxy Note from Samsung and iPhones from Apple now announced, anticipation turns to what is next from other manufacturers including OnePlus, Razer and Google, all of which have events lined up for later this month.
While some of these companies have kept their phones under wraps, Google’s rumored upcoming Pixels have appeared all over the internet in recent months, even popping up in the back of a Lyft.
Here’s a roundup of what we expect at Google’s big event on Oct. 9.
Names and design
Similar to last year, Google is expected to introduce two new Pixel phones: a Pixel 3 and larger Pixel 3 XL. Both phones are slated to get design upgrades and feature two front cameras...

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How to Shut Off Unlocking Your Phone With Your Face or Fingerprint

Having to type in a passcode to unlock your smartphone is worse than having the device recognize your face or fingerprint – with one exception.
That’s if somebody with a badge directs you to unlock your device with one of those biometric identifiers. Courts have held that while law-enforcement officials can’t force you to enter a passcode, they can demand that you show your face or touch a fingertip.
In one recent case, a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent unlocked an iPhone X by holding it up to the suspect’s face and asking him to look at it – revealing evidence of child pornography on the phone.
That case looks like a criminal getting what he deserved...

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Apple May Be Making Its iMac Pros and MacBook Pros Harder to Fix

When your computer breaks, it’s always recommended to go back to the manufacturer before trying other repair options. They are likely to have a guaranteed fix and sometimes can do it free of charge, with third-parties coming in handy if the fix is simple or if the manufacturer is charging too much.
For users of Apple’s iMac Pro and 2018 MacBook Pros, however, the manufacturer and its authorized service partners may soon be the only option.
According to documents received by MacRumors and Motherboard, the computers will need to run a proprietary piece of Apple diagnostic software once parts are replaced before computer can be used again, locking users out otherwise.
The new policy affects repairs for the 2018 MacBook Pro’s display, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, casing, keyboard, bat...

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Tim Berners-Lee, Father of the Web, Has New Plan to Upend the Internet

Tim Berners-Lee [Photo: Flickr user gdsteam]Last week, Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, asked me to come and see a project he has been working on almost as long as the web itself. It’s a crisp autumn day in Boston, where Berners-Lee works out of an office above a boxing gym. After politely offering me a cup of coffee, he leads us into a sparse conference room. At one end of a long table is a battered laptop covered with stickers. Here, on this computer, he is working on a plan to radically alter how all of us live and work on the web.

“The intent is world domination,” Berners-Lee says with a wry smile. The British-born scientist is known for his dry sense of humor. But in this case, he is not joking.
This week, Berners-Lee will launch, Inrupt, a startup that he has b...

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