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Teachers sue Navient, alleging it steered borrowers away from accessing loan forgiveness program

October 4, 2018 |

The American Federation of Teachers filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Navient Corp., one of the country’s largest student loan servicing companies, alleging that it steered eligible borrowers away from being able to use a critical student loan forgiveness program.

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Boeing beats Lockheed for $9.2-billion Air Force trainer program

October 1, 2018 |

Boeing Co. defeated Lockheed Martin Corp. to win its third prize in a recent flurry of defense contracts, snaring a U.S. Air Force contest valued at as much as $ 9.2 billion to build training jets to hone the flying skills of future aviators.

The 351 to 475 training aircraft and 120 ground-based…


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Jeff Bezos says he will invest $1 billion next year in Blue Origin’s New Glenn rocket program

September 20, 2018 |

Jeff Bezos will invest “just over $ 1 billion” next year in Blue Origin’s New Glenn rocket program, and the company will fly people to space “this coming year,” the Amazon.com Inc. chief executive said Wednesday.

Speaking during a keynote address at the Air Force Assn.’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference…


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Russian Industry Association Launching Crypto Certification Program

September 9, 2018 |

Russian Industry Association Launching Crypto Certification Program

The Russian crypto industry association is launching a crypto certification program. Applicants will be evaluated and issued a certificate showing their competency level which can be verified on the association’s website. Training will be offered to those that do not score the required number of points.

Also read: 160 Crypto Exchanges Seek to Enter Japanese Market, Regulator Reveals

Crypto Certification Program

Russian Industry Association Launching Crypto Certification ProgramThe Russian Association of Cryptoindustry and Blockchain (Racib) unveiled on Wednesday, September 5, the details of its upcoming voluntary crypto certification program.

Formerly known as the Russian Association of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain, Racib announced its name change to the Russian Association of Cryptoindustry and Blockchain on September 6, keeping its acronym unchanged.

Russian Industry Association Launching Crypto Certification ProgramOn September 4, the association approved the concept of crypto trader certification, proposed by its vice president, Andrei Grachev. He revealed that the program will be launched “in the coming month,” RBC reported, adding that the association started developing the criteria for this system in May and the program is now ready to launch.

The certification system will be based on several criteria, the news outlet conveyed, noting that assessments will be made in areas such as “reporting, workflow, customer service, remuneration, risk sharing and profit sharing.” The publication further elaborated:

The competence evaluation will be conducted according to the following criteria: knowledge of technical analysis, knowledge of fundamental analysis, knowledge of semantic analysis, knowledge of risk management, knowledge of money management, skills of drawing up of trading strategy, trading planning skills, margin trading skills, [and] self-control skills.

Program Details

Russian Industry Association Launching Crypto Certification ProgramThe association says “both traders and funds can take part” in this program, the news outlet explained. By traders, Grachev referred to those trading professionally for clients. He noted that the certification “will not be free, because if a person is going to professionally handle this activity and manage other people’s money, he must have some [of his] own capital.”

“There will be several levels” such as basic and professional for “when a person has certain experience and business level,” he told RBC.

“Applicants will receive a certificate confirming the level of their competence. Each registered document has a unique number that can be checked on the organization’s website in the corresponding section,” the publication detailed, adding:

In the event that a trader or fund [manager] can not score the required number of points, he will be offered to undergo training for additional knowledge at the Racib center.

The association has also been keeping a registry of whitelisted crypto companies since July.

What do you think of this crypto certification program? Let us know in the comments section below.


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She(256) Mentorship Program Aims to Help More Women Gain a Cryptocurrency Career

August 18, 2018 |

She(256) Mentorship Program Aims to Help More Women Gain a Cryptocurrency Career

She(256) is a clever name for a novel scheme. The female-focused mentorship program is designed to support women entering the cryptocurrency space. In doing so, the program will enable students to benefit from the guidance of a crypto OG – a seasoned professional whose business and technical experience should prove invaluable. The She(256) initiative has been broadly welcomed in most quarters of the cryptoconomy.

Also read: Bitcoin ETFs are a Terrible Idea: Andreas Antonopoulos

Mo’ Mentors, Mo’ Women

She(256) Mentorship Program Aims to Help More Women Gain a Cryptocurrency Career“Dear men of crypto, I would love to see many of you sign up to be She(256) mentors,” tweeted Jill Carlson. The cryptocurrency all-rounder is a recognisable and respected figure in an industry that is still overwhelmingly male-dominated. “Many of you have been the most important mentors and influences in my career,” she continued. “It matters more than you know when you support your female colleagues.”

The program she was referring to, She(256), is a University of California, Berkeley-led initiative that “presents the opportunity for a professional and young student or early-career young adult to learn from each other serving as guides and allies”. Few would argue with the basic rationale behind its ethos. Anyone who can recall their first foray into crypto, and the fledgling mistakes they made, personally and professionally, can surely appreciate the value in such an initiative.

Cryptocurrency, and the insular and often esoteric world it’s spawned, makes perfect sense once you’re battle-hardened and embroiled in it. For newcomers, however, the industry – which is notoriously unforgiving of incompetence and ‘newb mistakes’ – can seem daunting. This is true of all entrants to the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, regardless of gender, skill set, or experience accrued in other sectors.

Breaking Barriers, Nurturing Talent

She(256) Mentorship Program Aims to Help More Women Gain a Cryptocurrency Career“In defining the blockchain paradigm..it is critical that those building up these far-reaching systems represent the diversity of our global population, explains She(256). “We wanted She(256) to be a movement that would have long-term impact on this burgeoning industry, by allowing more women to feel welcome in this space and by highlighting the work of women who are already making an impact in this field.”

There is nothing like this particular time, place, or industry that has ever existed in the past, which gives us the unique position to set a precedent. Blockchain is disruptive technology. So let’s disrupt the industry with more diversity.

How it Works

In practice, the (She)256 mentorship program will see mentors contacting their allotted student by phone or in person 1-3 times a month, augmented by emails and other communications. Participants are matched to their mentor or mentee for a period of one year initially, with the option to maintain contact thereafter. “For mentees, utilize your mentors and their industry expertise to ask questions, bounce off ideas, and seek direction. For mentors, provide guidance, learn from fresh perspectives, and serve as an anchor,” explains the website.

A number of well-known figures within the cryptocurrency space have thrown their weight behind (She)256, both in terms of promoting it and in volunteering to participate in it. There have been some dissenting voices, whose opposition seems to revolve around the belief that cryptocurrency doesn’t need diversity quotas; decentralized systems, by their nature, do not care for gender, identity, or any other characteristic that exerts sway in other spheres – they care only for the veracity delivered by cryptographic protocols, and the competency of the engineers who developed them.

Even without focusing on its appeal to “young female-identifying individuals” however, She(256)’s mentorship program is sure to help emerging talents find their feet and add value to the burgeoning cryptoconomy. And that can only be a good thing.

Do you think She(256) will help more women gain cryptocurrency careers? Let us know in the comments section below.


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TSA chief defends controversial Quiet Skies surveillance program

August 14, 2018 |

At a gathering of corporate travel managers, the head of the Transportation Security Administration defended a once little-known program to target airline passengers whose travel patterns raise suspicions.

During an on-stage discussion before thousands of travel managers and in an interview, TSA…


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Amazon partners with L.A. community colleges for cloud computing program

August 9, 2018 |

Starting as early as this fall, students around Los Angeles will have the opportunity to learn to code in one of the biggest software growth areas: cloud computing, an increasingly popular online-based technology that is used for data analytics and file storage.

That’s due to a partnership announced…


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PR: BUBI Launches Code Review Bounty Program

August 3, 2018 |

BUBI Launches Code Review Bounty Program

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release.

The Bubi Code Review Bounty Program, organized by the Bubi Technical Community, will be officially launched on August 4th, 2018. The event has prepared prizes for those who report bugs or give optimization suggestions, with a prize pool of up to one million dollars. Developers can visit the official website to sign up, review the BUBI Chain X source code, get rewards, and finally achieve self-worth.

With years of development, the innovative ledger and decentralization concepts of blockchain have been recognized by the public and become the darling of capital. People are increasingly focusing on its superficial value and price, ignoring the fundamental element-the technology.

“We held this event mainly to focus on the blockchain technology itself. Though Code Review is an important and indispensable part for developers to find bugs in the development process, knowledge propagation and mutual learning between developers will be highlighted in this event.” said Wang Jing, CTO of Bubi and founder of the Bubi Technical Community. “We hope that the global developers will work together on BUBI Chain X source code with the concept of open source blockchain. On the one hand, the source code of the Bubi blockchain can be optimized. On the other hand, we also hope to create a pure technical communication community, so that developers at home and abroad can conduct some technical and academic exchanges and discussions based on the source code.”

If technology is to have a tangible impact on people’s lives, code is only the first step in the development of blockchain, and scenarios and applications are also crucial.

“Code review is the first phase for developers in the Bubi Technical Community. Later, we will host graduation design competition for college and university students, and incubation programs for programmer entrepreneurs. Bubi has been deeply involved in the blockchain field for many years, with rich experience and resources in technologies, applications, scenarios, as well as project incubations. We hope to share our experience through a series of activities, work with people from all walks of life around the world to discuss the applications of blockchain and make our contribution to the blockchain industry. ” Wang Jing added.

It is reported that BUBI Chain X is the public chain source code developed by the Bubi R&D team for BUMO. It has been officially launched and has been running smoothly for more than 2 months. BUMO is the next-generation public infrastructure blockchain for commercial use, which aims to establish a ubiquitous trust network of value circulation and is committed to creating a distributed business ecosystem with extensive digital trust, free value circulation, and mass shared applications.

The Code Review Bounty Program is the first developer event in the Bubi Technical Community. The advisory institutions include the department of Cloud Computing and Big Data of CAICT and the Blockchain Committee of CCF. We also closely cooperate with universities and technical communities. Therefore, it is an event gathering government agencies, enterprises, academics and global developers. It is hoped that global developers and people from all walks of life will actively participate in the reward scheme and catch opportunities to learn from and communicate with each other and solve various problems in blockchain application scenarios based on advanced technologies and ideas in BUMO source code, finally bringing more opportunities for fairness, progress and development to the industry.

Get Started:http://codereview.bubi.cn

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BUBI Tech Community: http://forum-cn.bubi.cn/index
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Civil rights groups and lawmakers express concerns about a TSA program that tracks domestic travelers

July 31, 2018 |

Civil rights groups and lawmakers are demanding that the Transportation Security Administration explain a program that tasks federal air marshals at airports and on domestic flights to track and monitor Americans who have committed no crimes.

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TSA launches new training program for airport screeners, but the union is not impressed

July 23, 2018 |

Faced with an unusually high turnover rate among airport screeners, the Transportation Security Administration is starting a program to “foster career growth” by letting screeners learn new skills while on the job.

The union representing TSA workers likes the sentiment, but says the program, which…


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