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More than half of major malware attacks victims are industrial targets

A new report from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs examining the targets and intended effects of this weeks massive malware attack comes up with some significant insights. The attack, initially believed to be a variation of commercial malware software known as Petya, appeared to be a vast ransomware scheme. As the story developed, it became clear that the attack was more destructive than it was lucrative, as ransom payments failed to result in a return of decryption keys that would unlock affected systems. Furthermore, at the time of writing, the attack…

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The Pope’s ‘blind spot’ on sexual abuse

(CNN)Last December, Pope Francis wrote a letter to bishops around the world, lamenting the pain his church has caused sexually abused children. The accusations against Pell set two of Francis’ chief aims at odds. While he has pledged to punish officials complicit in sexual abuse, he is also loath to believe “gossip,” as he calls it, and quick to offer mercy to sinners, especially those with whom he has close ties. “He has a blind spot when it comes to people close to him,” said John Thavis, author of “The…

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Storage company Omni now lets users share their belongings with friends

On-demand storage startup Omniwants to make it easier for you to have access to your favorite items without them taking up space in your closet. But now the company is taking a huge step toward making those items available to your friends, and to other people in your local community. Omni is hardly alone in the market for on-demand storage, with companies like Clutter, MakeSpace and Trovebringing those services online. But where Omni seeks to differentiate from other storage startups is in providing item-level categorization and access to its users…

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Why African students are ditching the US for China

(CNN)The surge in the number of African students in China is remarkable. In less than 15 years the African student body has grown 26-fold — from just under 2,000 in 2003 to almost 50,000 in 2015. Based on several surveys, most students tend to be enrolled in Chinese-language courses or engineering degrees. The preference for engineering may be due to the fact that many engineering programs offered by Chinese universities for international students are taught in English. The quality of education has received mixed reviews. Some studies have shown that…

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World Views stratollite took a KFC chicken sandwich to the edge of space

World View is building a different kind of space business, using high-altitude balloons to take cargo to and provide services in the Earths stratosphere, the middle layer of the atmosphere separating us from space. Its tech that could have a big impact in science and business, but World View launched cargo today that has questionable value in either realm: A KFC Chicken Zinger. I didnt know what a zinger was; apparently its a spicy chicken sandwich. So, like, the first thing you think of when you imagine new frontiers. You…

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Trump threatened with subpoena to determine existence of Comey ‘tapes’

Bipartisan leaders on House intelligence committee demand White House clarify whether there are recordings of Trumps meeting with fired FBI director Bipartisan leaders on the House intelligence committee are threatening a subpoena if the White House does not clarify whether any recordings, memoranda or other documents exist of Donald Trumps meetings with fired FBI director James Comey. The panel had previously set a 23 June deadline for the White House to respond to the panels request. The day before, Trump said in a series of tweets that he did not…

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Yammer co-founder Adam Pisoni just raised $7.5 million in Series A funding for his new company, Abl

Abl Schools, a nearly two-year-old, San Francisco-based company that makes time and resource management software for middle schools and high schools, has raised $7.5 million in Series A funding. Rethink Education led the round, with participation from Sinovation Ventures and earlier backers Owl Ventures, Reach Capital and First Round Capital. The company, which had raised $4.5 million last year, has now garnered $12 million in funding altogether. Abl was founded by CEO Adam Pisoni, himself a high school dropout who formerly co-founded and served as CTO of the enterprise messaging…

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Celeste Barber: ‘I get miffed with fashionistas thinking they are better than others’

The comedian and social media star on overnight Insta-fame, the weird world of fashion and embracing her comedy skills Celeste Barber has a drinking game in her new The Letdown, which was recently picked up by Celeste Barber Challenge Accepted is at Giant Dwarf theatre, Sydney on 30 June and 1 July Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jun/30/celeste-barber-i-get-miffed-with-fashionistas-thinking-they-are-better-than-others

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Uber crosses the 5 billion trip milestone amid ongoing issues

Uber riders have taken 5 billion trips using the service the company announced today, more than doubling the two billion milestone it hit back in 2016. The 5 billion mark was actually crossed in May. 156 trips began at 7:29:06 AM GMT on May 20, Uber says, putting the ride hailing service over the edge. Thats a lot of trips for Uber, which is likely celebrating the traction under a cloud at the moment, given the fact that its CEO has just resigned, the results of an independent investigation into…

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Pesticides damage survival of bee colonies, landmark study shows

The worlds largest ever field trial demonstrates widely used insecticides harm both honeybees and wild bees, increasing calls for a ban Widely used insecticides damage the survival of honeybee colonies, the worlds largest ever field trial has shown for the first time, as well as harming wild bees. The farm-based research, along with a second new study, also suggests widespread contamination of entire landscapes and a toxic cocktail effect from multiple pesticides. The landmark work provides the most important evidence yet for regulators around the world considering action against neonicotinoids,…

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