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The radical history of Mother's Day you never knew about

If you thought Mother's Day started out as a ploy by greeting card companies to pocket your hard-earned money, you're in for a big surprise.  Though the annual American holiday became a commercial affair years after its founding, it actually began in 1905 as a way to honor the legacy of activist Ann Reeves Jarvis.  In 1868, decades before her death, Jarvis organized a "Mothers' Friendship Day" to help women from opposing sides of the Civil ...
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NHS cyber attack: Infosec bod halts WCry spread... by buying a domain for eight quid

Infosec bod halts WCry spread... by buying a domain for eight quid A BRIT INFOSEC BOD has halted the global spread of the WannaCry ransomware, by buying a domain name for eight quid. The dude in question, a 22-year-old cybersecurity researcher who tweets as [email protected] ', discovered a kill switch in the code of the ransomware that struck NHS hospitals across the UK on Friday .  The kill switch detects that a particular web domain exis...
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Yes, Apple is building a car

The experts say Apple's self-driving car project is canceled, delayed or converted into a software play. They'll also tell you that cars are a weird business for Apple to be in. The experts have it all wrong. Apple is going pedal-to-the-metal on building a car and for good reason. Here’s why. Talk about titans Steve Jobs wanted Apple to make an "iCar." The late Apple founder and CEO wanted more than that, according to J. Crew CEO and chairm...
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Brazil’s fintech boom offers new vertical opportunities for investors

Romero Rodrigues Contributor Romero Rodrigues is a managing partner at Redpoint eVentures , the Brazilian-focused arm of the Silicon Valley venture firm Redpoint. More posts by this contributor: Fintech is booming around the world. Global investments in fintech companies have continued to rise during the last two years. After international financing for fintech startups hit $19 billion in new funding rounds at the end of 2015, the volume cr...
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10 awesome music festivals you can trust not to burn down like Fyre Fest

By now, you’ve probably heard about Fyre Festival, the doomed brainchild of B-list rapper Ja Rule and silver spoon tech-bro entrepreneur Billy McFarland. For the measly price of a few thousand dollars (chump change, right?), you could book a private flight to a private island in the Bahamas, where Wolfgang Puck himself would cook you breakfast to kick off a weekend full of celebrity encounters, bikini-clad models and inebriated debauchery. ...
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NASA Won't Fly Astronauts On First Orion-SLS Test Flight Around the Moon

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Space.com: The first flight of NASA's next-generation heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), is now scheduled for 2019 and will not include a human crew , agency officials said today (May 12). As of 2016, NASA had planned for the SLS' first flight to take place in 2018, without a crew on board. But the transition team that the Trump administration sent to the agency earlier this year asked...
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Wow in the World - NPR

Wow in the World NPR Genre: Kids & Family Release Date: May 5, 2017 Wow in the World is a podcast and a new way for families to connect, look up and discover the wonders in the world around them. Every episode, hosts Mindy and Guy guide curious kids and their grown-ups away from their screens and on a journey. Through a combination of careful scientific research and fun, we'll go inside our brains, out into space, and deep into the coolest ...
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Major cyber attack hits companies, hospitals, schools worldwide

By Costas Pitas and Carlos Ruano | LONDON/MADRID LONDON/MADRID A global cyber attack leveraging hacking tools believed to have been developed by the U.S. National Security Agency has infected tens of thousands of computers in nearly 100 countries, disrupting Britain's health system and global shipper FedEx. Cyber extortionists tricked victims into opening malicious malware attachments to spam emails that appeared to contain invoices, job of...
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Elon Musk's tunnel transit video is mesmerizing, may make you sick - CNET

Elon Musk is very serious about getting down to boring. Late last year the Tesla and SpaceX CEO announced he was creating a new venture, The Boring Company , to start digging traffic-tackling tunnels under Los Angeles. Last month he showed off a concept video explaining how it could work, and on Friday he shared another video showing a test of an actual high-speed sled moving through a tunnel. Before you click play below, be advised there a...
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Overnight Fruit Salad

I first tasted this rich fruit salad at my wedding reception almost 40 years ago. The ladies who did the cooking wouldn't share the recipe at the time, but I eventually got it. I've made it for many meals, and our daughters copied the recipe when they married. —Eileen Duffeck, Lena, Wisconsin Original link
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Leaked NSA Hacking Tool On Global Ransomware Rampage

Welp. What was that we were saying about the problems of the NSA creating hacking tools that leak , rather than helping patch security flaws ? Oh, right. That it would make everyone less safe . And here we are. With a global ransomware rampage , referred to as "WannaCry" putting tons of people at risk, thanks to leaked NSA malware: Leaked alleged NSA hacking tools appear to be behind a massive cyberattack disrupting hospitals and companies ...
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Google’s Fight Against Uber Takes a Turn for the Criminal

Things don’t look good for Uber and autonomous vehicle wunderkind Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer who now leads the startup’s robocar program. This week, US District Court William Alsup made two decisive decisions in the lawsuit between Google’s autonomous vehicle spinoff  Waymo and Uber . You know, the one accusing Levandowski of swiping 14,000 confidential documents from and taking them with him to Uber. First, Alsup rebuf...
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A global cyberattack on hospitals and other organizations so far hasn’t crippled the U.S., an official says

The Department of Homeland Security has received no confirmed reports from U.S.-based hospitals, power plants, water systems or other entities considered to be critical infrastructure that they’ve been affected by a massive cyberattack that disrupted Britain’s health system and other computers worldwide, an agency official told Recode. By Friday night, as many as 99 countries had been hit by hackers who exploited a known vulnerability in Mi...
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TA17-132A: Indicators Associated With WannaCry Ransomware

Original release date: May 12, 2017 | Last revised: May 13, 2017 Systems Affected Microsoft Windows operating systems Overview According to numerous open-source reports, a widespread ransomware campaign is affecting various organizations with reports of tens of thousands of infections in as many as 74 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Russia, Taiwan, France, and Japan. The software can run in as many as 27 diffe...
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A 'kill switch' is slowing the spread of WannaCry ransomware

Friday’s unprecedented ransomware attack may have stopped spreading to new machines -- at least briefly -- thanks to a "kill switch" that a security researcher has activated. The ransomware, called Wana Decryptor or WannaCry, has been found infecting machines across the globe . It works by exploiting a Windows vulnerability that the U.S. National Security Agency may have used for spying. The malware encrypts data on a PC and shows users a n...
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Weekend Warrior – Nier-ly To The End Of The Week

It's almost Mother's Day, which means that it time to take a break from video games and show your mom that you care by taking her to Applebee's. What do you have planned for the weekend? Share your plans in the comments below. Kyle Hilliard ( @KyleMHilliard ) - I'm hoping to start Nier: Automata, after finishing off Horizon Zero Dawn last weekend. A fancy dinner is in order, too, for Mother's Day. Maybe some mowing. It's all very exciting. ...
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Today’s Massive Ransomware Attack Was Mostly Preventable—Here’s How To Avoid It

Photo: Getty Ransomware may be mostly thought of as a (sometimes costly) nuisance, but when it hinders the ability of doctors and nurses to provide aid to those in need of emergency medical care, then it qualifies as armed robbery. On Friday, a quickly spreading, nasty piece of malware crossed mountains and oceans to infect more than 70,000 machines around the world in a matter of hours. Among those infected were more than a dozen hospitals...
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Today’s Massive Ransomware Attack Was Mostly Preventable—Here’s How To Avoid It

Photo: Getty Ransomware may be mostly thought of as a (sometimes costly) nuisance, but when it hinders the ability of doctors and nurses to provide aid to those in need of emergency medical care, then it qualifies as armed robbery. On Friday, a quickly spreading, nasty piece of malware crossed mountains and oceans to infect more than 70,000 machines around the world in a matter of hours. Among those infected were more than a dozen hospitals...
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Surface Laptop vs. Surface Pro 4: We compare prices, features and more

Microsoft's Surface Laptop is aimed at supplanting the MacBook Air as a college-student favorite. The svelte, stylish clamshell also fills a middle ground between its cousins, the Surface Pro 4 tablet and Surface Book powerhouse 2-in-1, providing a third option that could appeal to many regular consumers.  We went  hands-on with the Surface Laptop  last week and plan to test it in advance of its June launch. Until then, if you're trying to ...
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Gersterbread

There are several recipes available on the internet, and they don't vary in ingredients, but in the sequence of operations. Some where flamed before letting the dough rise, some where right before the baking, some where coated with sourdough, some with salted water and some just with water. So I tried all possibilities out with a variety of smaller buns. I left out a coating with potato-starch wash, because I couldn't find an equivalent in ...
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Merger talks between T-Mobile and Sprint are back on

T-Mobile US and Sprint have revived discussions of a potential merger between the two mobile carriers, according to Bloomberg . After their first attempt at a deal fell apart under the Obama administration and Tom Wheeler’s FCC, the two sides have been unable to hold talks for an extended period of time because of the recent spectrum auction, which T-Mobile dominated . But the quiet period concluded on April 27th, leaving Deutsche Telekom a...
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FTC says antitrust suit against Qualcomm should continue, Samsung concurs

Responding to Qualcomm's recent bid to dismiss a U.S. Federal Trade Commission antitrust lawsuit concerning chip licensing practices, the governmental trade body in a court filing on Friday called the company a monopoly and said the case should proceed. In April, Qualcomm lodged a motion to dismiss an antitrust complaint the FTC filed with the U.S. District Court of Northern California earlier this year . Alleging the chipmaker takes part i...
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NASA pays the price of being subjected to a massive, expensive rocket

reader comments 159 It's not easy to build the world's largest rocket. Here are some views of the process of constructing the Space Launch System at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana. NASA A liquid oxygen tank being manufactured for weld confidence testing shows how domes are added to make tanks in the Vertical Assembly Center. NASA The intertank to be flown on the first integrated flight of the Space Launch System and Orion is ...
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Echodyne’s pocket-sized radar may be the next must-have tech for drones (and drone hunters)

Just because we live in an age of many sensors doesn’t mean we always have the right one for the job. One in particular we’ve been lacking is a radar system that can detect obstacles and aircraft hundreds of meters out, yet fit comfortably on a small drone. The laws of physics, it seemed, prevented it — but Echodyne made it work anyway . And it’s ready to put out its first product. The problem isn’t that the drone in your back yard doesn’t ...
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Microsoft posts PowerShell script that spawns pseudo security bulletins

A Microsoft manager this week offered IT administrators a way to replicate -- in a fashion -- the security bulletins the company discarded last month. "If you want a report summarizing today's #MSRC security bulletins, here's a script that uses the MSRC Portal API," John Lambert, general manager of the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center, said in a Tuesday message on Twitter . Lambert's tweet linked to code depository GitHub, where he post...
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