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Source: Global News

Marriott hack: What we know about China’s alleged involvement, and what it could mean

Sunday 16:18 GMT

U.S. officials said this week they believe China is behind a massive, years-long hack that involved the Marriott hotel chain.

The New York Times reported on China’s involvement in the Marriott hack on Tuesday, noting that the find is particularly concerning because the hotel is used by American government and military officials. Cybersecurity expert Ajay Sood, who is the general manager of Symantec Canada, told Global News that while China’s involvement is not confirmed, similar events have occurred in the past.

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Source: Common Domain

Here’s why the Fed won’t save the stock market, despite its worst December start since 1980

Sunday 12:39 GMT

Another brutal week left the stock market with its worst start to a December in 38 years, and a meeting of Federal Reserve policy makers might not offer the relief some investors are pining for when they conclude a two-day policy meeting on Wednesday, says one economist.

Other highlights include data on November housing starts and building permits on Tuesday, existing home-sales figures on Wednesday, and revised third-quarter gross domestic product data, November durable-goods figures, and data on November personal income and spending on Friday.

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Source: The Guradian

Are the holidays really the hardest time of year The stats are surprising

Sunday 11:44 GMT

Night falls before you’ve left work, your very best winter coat doesn’t really keep you warm enough and the only thing you have to look forward to is sitting on your parent’s couch and realizing that you haven’t really changed since you were 14.

The authors have a theory as to why, despite this, ER visits drop during the holidays:. Leaning on others is crucial, and hopefully, it’s easier to do at this time of year.

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Source: The Week

I drank hot chocolate at the Facebook pop-up and learned horrifying things about my privacy

Saturday 04:14 GMT

It took 10 minutes of waiting in the snow, two hot chocolates, one Facebook employee, and five separate clicks for me to discover on Thursday the list of advertisers who had access to my contact info.

The pop-up, rather, was like the hot chocolate they were putting in our hands: digestible, photogenic, and full of empty calories.

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Source: The Guradian

What would a city that is safe for women look like?

Friday 06:59 GMT

“If women feel afraid,” says Laura Somoggi, who manages the annual Womanity award for the prevention of violence against women, “it could undermine their ability to work or go to school or university which affects their empowerment, their rights.”

In 2013, Kalpana Viswanath co-founded SafetiPin, an app that aims to help women stay safe by letting users rate streets and areas for safety criteria such as lighting, visibility, people density, gender diversity, security and transportation.

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Source: BBC

The technology that could end traffic jams

Friday 20:01 GMT

He says the technology has already produced great results, by using road signals and signs to reroute traffic when there is an accident, reduce traffic jams, and lessen the time motorists spend seeking parking spaces.

In Bengaluru, India, which regularly faces long traffic jams and the average speed on some roads at peak hours is just 4km/h (2.5mph),  Siemens Mobility has built a prototype monitoring system that that uses AI through traffic cameras.

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Source: Reuters

ICE arrests of immigrants in U.S. illegally highest since 2014: agency

Saturday 15:25 GMT

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials arrested more immigrants who were in the United States illegally in the fiscal year through Sept. 30, 2018, than in any year since 2014, the agency said on Friday.

ICE arrests of immigrants with no criminal history but who are in the country illegally increased by nearly one-third compared to 2017, to reach 20,464. Such arrests made up 13 percent of all ICE immigration arrests last year, compared to 11 percent the previous year.

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Source: Common Domain

Woman begs Facebook to stop showing her parenting ads after baby’s death — here’s how to avoid upsetting ads

Friday 06:59 GMT

Under “Ad Settings,” users can reject certain invasive practices from Facebook, refusing to allow it to show ads based on data from partners, ads based on your activity on other Facebook products (like Instagram, for example), and ads based on your “social actions,” such as liking a page.

Facebook did not respond to a direct request for comment, but Rob Goldman, vice president of advertising at Facebook, noted in a response to the letter published on Twitter TWTR, +5.22% : “We have a setting available that can block ads about some topics people may find painful — including parenting.”

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Source: The Guradian

Gun deaths in US rise to highest level in 20 years, data shows

Friday 04:15 GMT

A steady rise in suicides involving firearms has pushed the rate of gun deaths in the US to its highest rate in more than 20 years, with almost 40,000 people killed in shootings in 2017, according to new figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

When adjusted for age fluctuations, that represents a total of 12 deaths per 100,000 people – up from 10.1 in 2010 and the highest rate since 1996.

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Source: Common Domain

U.S. Government Bonds Decline on Mixed Data

Friday 20:01 GMT

U.S. government-bond prices edged lower Thursday after data showed the economy remains on solid footing, yet with few signs that inflation is building.

Investors are looking for any signs that would suggest a shift in the pace of growth as Federal Reserve officials are expected to become more dependent on fresh information about the performance of the economy when making decisions about setting interest rates.

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Source: Common Domain

Cigna’s Algorithms Aim to Predict Opioid Abuse

Friday 20:55 GMT

In addition to helping prevent opioid abuse through the use of algorithms, Cigna also requires clinicians to analyze claims data to find opioid use patterns that suggest possible misuse, and to notify the health care providers of the potential risk, according to a Cigna spokesperson.

Cigna Corp. is using artificial intelligence to predict whether patients might abuse and or overdose on prescription opioids as part of the company’s commitment to reducing the substance’s use among its consumers, said Mark Boxer, executive vice president and global chief information officer.

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Source: Common Domain

Asia stocks take a hit from economic data early Friday following 2 days of gains

Saturday 02:24 GMT

Economic data in Asia were weighing on stock markets across the region early Friday, clipping the previous two days of gains.

Hong Kong stocks have joined others in the region in falling at least 1% this morning as two days of broad gains have been slammed into reverse. As risk sentiment has cooled anew across asset classes in Asia, the Hang Seng HSI, -1.50%   and China Enterprises HSCEI, -1.50%   indexes have dropped 1.5%.

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Source: The Guradian

Facebook holds privacy pop-up event in New York after year of public troubles

Friday 19:06 GMT

Facebook held a one-off privacy “pop-up” in New York City on Thursday, part of the company’s ongoing public relations efforts to heal its image following a controversy-plagued 2018. The social media giant erected a 10ft x 30ft trailer in Bryant Park, in midtown Manhattan, which it said would “help people manage their privacy on Facebook” and had staff on hand to answer any concerned users’ questions and hand out simple pamphlets.

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Source: The Guradian

Surveillance fears grow after Taylor Swift uses face recognition tech on fans

Saturday 03:19 GMT

Taylor Swift secretly secretly surveilling her fans using facial recognition technology might sound like science fiction – but Rolling Stone reported on Thursday that the pop star has been doing exactly that in an effort to root out stalkers.

“Stalkers are a generally scary phenomenon and everyone understands why someone like Taylor Swift would want to be protected against them,” says Jay Stanley, the ACLU’s senior policy analyst.

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Source: Fox News

Stock futures sink on global growth concerns

Saturday 08:59 GMT

Equity futures were down triple digits overnight as data coming out of China indicated the world’s second largest economy continues to show weakness.

As for specific stock news, General Electric shares gained over 7 percent after JPMorgan analyst Stephen Tusa turned more positive on the embattled industrial giant after two-and-half years of being negative on the stock. Apple said it will invest $1 billion to build a new campus in North Austin, Texas and another $10 billion for new data centers.


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