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Invisible Ink Brings an A in Ninja History Class

October 11, 2019 |

A professor in Japan had to concede that a student in ninja history knew her stuff when she turned in an essay in invisible ink that she’d made herself. The essay came with a note written in regular ink saying to heat before reading. Once the professor held the paper…

‘Glee’ star Lea Michele brings Mandeville Canyon contemporary to market

October 5, 2019 |

Actress-singer Lea Michele of “Glee” fame has listed her Brentwood home for sale at $ 3.15 million.

L.A. Times – Business

Locker Room Rant Brings Firing

October 4, 2019 |

Penny Toler, GM of the Los Angeles Sparks, has lost her job after giving her team a locker room speech laden with obscenities and racial epithets during the playoffs last month. Toler hadn’t disputed her use of the terms, but had said , “By no means did I call my players…

HackerOne just closed a new round of funding that brings its total funding to $110 million

September 9, 2019 |

HackerOne, the seven-year-old, San Francisco-based company that mediates between hackers and companies interested in testing their online vulnerabilities, has raised $ 36.4 million in Series D funding that brings the company’s total funding to date to  $ 110 million.

The deal was led by Valor Equity Partners, which was joined by the company’s earlier investors, including Benchmark, New Enterprise Associates, Dragoneer Investment Group and EQT Ventures.

The company says it now works with more than 1,500 customers that use the company to help find critical security weaknesses so they can address them before players with nefarious intentions find and exploit them. Among the list of companies that pay for its help are Google, Intel, Airbnb, Alibaba, General Motors, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

As we reported late last month, HackerOne is also working with Facebook and its partners on the Libra cryptocurrency project; specifically, it’s developing a bug bounty program for applications built on its blockchain.

With data breaches becoming an everyday occurrence for all kinds of businesses — often caused by flaws in payment systems but also sometimes the simple result of poor cyber hygiene — it’s no surprise that HackerOne, along with competitors like Synack and BugCrowd, are becoming more central to many more companies.

With more outfits under attack than ever before, the rewards that hackers can earn is also on the rise. While each client determines what it will pay for a job, with more complicated issues typically promising higher bounties (HackerOne refers to each task as “piece work”), the average bounty Hacker One paid for critical vulnerabilities has increased to $ 3,384 in the last year, a 48% increase over the prior year’s average.

The company meanwhile says that six hackers on its platform have now earned more than $ 1 million each in lifetime earnings. The first of these, a 19-year-old, self-taught hacker from Argentina, became the first person to earn more than $ 1 million in bounty awards from HackerOne back in March. He has reported more than 1,670 valid unique vulnerabilities to companies, including Verizon Media Company, Twitter, WordPress parent Automattic.

Since then, five more hackers have joined the million-dollar club, says HackerOne.

HackerOne works with hundreds of thousands of individuals in service to its customers. At an event hosted by this editor last year, HackerOne CEO Marten Mickos suggested that a fair number are teenagers, too. Said Mickos at the time: “Some [of the hackers we work with] are teenage boys and girls today, and they’ll write us and say their life has changed. They bought an apartment for their mother, or they bought a motorbike for themselves. They show up on social media in their HackerOne hoodies. That’s their identity. It’s shaping them into respectable, contributing citizens who take responsibility for the world. It’s amazing to see how these young people stand up when we adults have been screwing up this world.”



Kanye West Brings Sunday Service Home to Chicago, Chance Joins Him

September 8, 2019 |

Kanye West resurrected in his hometown — with Chance the Rapper, no less — and the people of Chicago did NOT miss the opportunity to come out and bear witness. Ye held his Sunday Service in Chi-Town this week, hosting a massive crowd at the…

‘Girls’ star Zosia Mamet brings Upper West Side co-op to market in Manhattan

September 6, 2019 |

In Manhattan, ‘Girls’ star Zosia Mamet and her husband, actor Evan Jonigkeit, are asking $ 1.295 million for their Upper West End co-op near the Hudson River.

L.A. Times – Business

Six-month-old girl in critical condition after father brings her across border illegally, officials say

August 24, 2019 |

A six-month-old girl is in critical condition at a Texas hospital after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents apprehended her, her father and 21 other people who illegally crossed the Rio Grande into the United States, officials said Saturday.
FOX News

Louisiana boy, 5, brings cocaine to school, police say; 2 adults arrested

August 23, 2019 |

A man and woman in Louisiana were arrested after a kindergartner brought three bags of cocaine to a New Orleans-area school Tuesday, investigators said. 
FOX News

PR: Australian Bitcoin Cash Conference Brings Cryptocurrency Leaders to Townsville

August 15, 2019 |

PR: Australian Bitcoin Cash Conference Brings Cryptocurrency Leaders to Townsville

Global leaders from the Bitcoin Cash community will gather at the first Bitcoin Cash City Conference in Australia, being held in Townsville on September 4 & 5.

Townsville has really embraced Bitcoin Cash, so hosting this conference in the cozy, coastal suburb was a natural next step. Australia’s first gathering of enthusiasts and global business leaders will convene to use the low-cost, friction-less payment system and digital money, while enjoying the region’s temperate climate and many attractions.

Bitcoin Cash has caught-on among merchants in Townsville, mostly because it enables anybody to move any amount of money anywhere in the world: instantly, securely, and consistently, with fees less than a cent. Essentially, Bitcoin Cash does away with banks and puts users in full control of their money. According to locals, merchants are taking up Bitcoin Cash because it competes with Visa and Mastercard, eliminating fees and giving them an extra three percent on all payments. Local enthusiasm for the cryptocurrency has made Townsville a hotbed of Bitcoin Cash activity: many Townsville businesses from coffee shop owners to helicopter operators now accept Bitcoin Cash as payment for goods and services, via a smartphone app.

Noel Lovisa, CEO of Townsville-based software company Code Valley explained, “Townsville enjoys the highest per capita merchant adoption of Bitcoin Cash in the world. The North Queensland Bitcoin Cash Merchants’ Group leveraged that to secure the Bitcoin Cash City Conference.” Townsville has become known as “Bitcoin Cash City,” and so the conference naturally takes advantage of such notoriety. North Queensland has also quietly founded nearly a dozen Bitcoin Cash-related software companies, several attracting venture capital in the millions.

Lovisa continued, “We’ve got 20 top international Bitcoin Cash speakers coming to this conference. The number one speaker, Amaury Séchet, helped write the original Bitcoin Cash client known as Bitcoin ABC, successfully upgrading Bitcoin to scale on-chain. That was the genesis of getting the original Bitcoin mission back on track after it was derailed.”

Hayden Otto, CEO of Townsville-based stressed a key difference in this first-of-its-kind conference for Australia. “Bitcoin Cash is so popular in Townsville that conference delegates will be able to pay with it for everything they need during their stay,” Otto insisted. “In addition to flights, accommodation, car rental and tourism activities, you can get all your food, drink and even pay for your laundry with Bitcoin Cash.”

He says the Bitcoin Cash City Conference presents a unique opportunity for Australians to discover the potential of cryptocurrency. “I want to personally invite you to the world’s premiere Bitcoin event. Bitcoin is peer-to-peer electronic cash that’s paving the way for financial sovereignty and greater economic freedom for people of all walks of life. Not everyone understands this, but we’re bringing together all those who do for an unparalleled conference which won’t be forgotten.”

Through a free wallet app, attendees can navigate the brave new world of cryptocurrency while learning more from guest speakers such as developers, legal experts, and entrepreneurs active in the Bitcoin Cash ecosystem.

Noel adopted Bitcoin Cash initially to solve a problem for Code Valley’s emergent coding project. “We’ve created a new technology for producing software by combining tiny fragments from around the world. Bitcoin Cash enables me to send a million dollars or as little as 20 cents to somebody in another country with it clearing instantly for a tenth of a penny. I can operate in 150 countries without needing to support 150 currencies,” he recalls. “There is also a roadmap of regular upgrades to meet demand so Bitcoin Cash is very reliable. And it’s hassle-free because there is no central point of authority. Bitcoin Cash is going to be the world’s number one cryptocurrency. Come along to the conference to find out why.”

The Bitcoin Cash City Conference will be held on September 4 and 5 at Quayside Terminal, Lennon Drive, South Townsville, Queensland.

Full details and registration:
Press enquiries:
Tel: +61416022287

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Trade War Brings Bonus Food to Schools

August 12, 2019 |

School lunch menus already have Meatless Mondays and Taco Tuesdays. Now some may get Trade Mitigation Thursdays. This fall, some US school cafeterias are expecting shipments of free food, one little-known consequence of President Trump’s trade disputes. The products are coming from the Department of Agriculture, which is giving away…