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TRACED Act signed into law, putting robocallers on notice

The Pallone-Thune TRACED Act, a bipartisan bit of legislation that should make life harder for the villains behind robocalls, was signed into law today by the president. It’s still possible to get things done in D.C. after all! We’ve covered the TRACED Act several times previously, as robocalls are, in addition to being horribly annoying, a uniquely annoying high-tech threat. Using clever targeting and spoofing technology, scammers are placing millions of calls that at best irritate and at worst take advantage of the vulnerable. The new law won’t end that…

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Agritech startup TaniGroup raises $10M to help Indonesias farmers grow

In 2016, former World Bank analyst Eka Pamitra teamed up with five friends to start a business that would help farmers in their native Indonesia. Today their company — TaniGroup — closed a $10 million Series A round that’s aimed at expanding its service nationwide with the support of the government. TaniGroup works for more than 25,000 farmers in Indonesia to help them get fairer rates for their crops, and grow their businesses. It does that in two ways. It operates a B2B platform that helps farmers sell their produce…

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7 Lies Barack Obama Has Told America

He may have a way with words, but Obama can’t talk his way out of these lies. Here are the seven biggest whoppers Barack Obama sold to the American people as POTUS. 1. “I was the guy who did the Red Bull Stratos jump from the stratosphere back in 2012. I free-fell 127,000 feet, and it was exhilarating.” (March 12, 2014) There is absolutely no truth to this statement made by the president. At this time, 100 percent of sources agree the jump in question was actually completed by Austrian…

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Report: Jared Kushner used a private email server for White House work

President Donald J. Trump’s son-in-law and official White House adviser, Jared Kushner, used a private email server — set up after the election — to conduct White House business, according to a new report in Politico. Kushner used the private account in tandem with his official White House email account to correspond with current and former senior White House officials, outside advisers and others, about subjects ranging from media coverage to event planning. Politico said it has verified at least two dozen emails coming from the private account. A lawyer…

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How the presidents American Tech Council should tackle reforming government tech

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) They will discuss five major topics: how Washington can better procure technology; adaptation of private technology to government problems; tech workforce improvement; an exchange program to bring more engineers into the government; and finally, H1B visas. Having served as a senior officer in the federal government (in both the Bush and Obama Administrations), and after working privately as a venture capital investor, try to act as a Silicon Valley-to-DC translator and bureaucracy hacker. As I see it, the two most challenging initiatives are: 1) deploying…

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Trumps cybersecurity executive order is a good first step

More posts by this contributor: In Communications, Privacy And Security Are Illusions Happy New Year — Unless You’re A Startup A significant piece of cybersecurity news nearly drowned out by the firing of FBI Director James Comey. There aretwo overriding pointsregarding President Trumps executive order (EO) outlining plans to improve data security for federal agencies and to better protect critical U.S. infrastructure. Firstly, this development was truly important a serious call to action to beef up government cybersecurity measures at a time when breaches dominate the headlines and mounting worries about a…

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