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How a nerdy Swedish database startup with $80m in funding cracked the Paradise Papers

“With the Paradise Papers, those documents represented 1.4 TB of data and were gathered from different sources” writes Shona Ghosh for businessinsider.com. It’s surprising how intuitive a graph database can be for non-tech savvy people.With its latest tranche of funding, the firm has evolved slightly from a graph database company to something more like a platform, with new visualisation tools out of the box, and integration with other database systems.But it has now also played a crucial role in three major journalistic investigations that involved querying huge amounts of data:…

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Wifi WPA2 security cracked: all platforms vulnerable, but Android 6.0+ especially so [Video]

“We can take some comfort from the fact that the attack only decrypts data encrypted by the wifi connection itself” reports 9to5google.com. With Android and Linux, an attacker doesn’t even have to do that much work: the attacker can simply reset the encryption key.WPA2 – the encryption standard that secures all modern wifi networks – has been cracked.An attacker could now read all information passing over any wifi network secured by WPA2, which is most routers, both public and private. Source: 9to5google.com Share This:

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Wi-Fi security may be cracked, and it’s a very, very bad thing

“The WPA2 security protocol, a widespread standard for Wi-Fi security that’s used on nearly every Wi-Fi router, has apparently been cracked” writes Stan Schroeder for mashable.com. It would mean that, if you care about security, you should not use Wi-Fi at all until this is fixed.At the very least, you should use HTTPS connections whenever possible, and a good VPN might add another layer of security.The details on the security exploit, which is called KRACK, or Key Reinstallation Attacks, are to be released at 8am ET Monday on the site…

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Download this: the new anonymous app that’s going viral with teens

“Another anonymous app is at the top of the App Store and it might be because it’s figured out anonymous apps’ biggest problem: bullying” writes Karissa Bell for mashable.com. There are only positive “polls” so users aren’t able to easily bully each other — a problem that’s plagued Sarahah and other teen-centric anonymous apps.While it allows friends to anonymously communicate, it only allows users to exchange compliments, which are sent via in-app quizzes.Whether that will be enough to make the app stick with image-obsessed teens is another matter.The app, which…

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Bruising stock-market selloff may have cracked the rally’s foundations

“For S&P 500 stocks, 44.69% of components are above their 50-day moving average, down from a July 19 peak of 74%” writes Markets Reporter for marketwatch.com. For Nasdaq stocks, both the share of stocks trading above their 50-day and the 200-day averages represent the lowest since October. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Is Life In Norway As Happy As It’s Cracked Up To Be?

“But to survive in Norway, those of a non-Norwegian culture are expected to adopt a Norwegian world view” writes The Conversation Global for huffingtonpost.in. This racist undercurrent in Norway may derive from an American-style exceptionalism in Norway, whereby Norwegians are told and truly believe that they are world leaders in social policy. Source: huffingtonpost.in Share This:

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Cracked iPhone screen? It might get a lot easier to fix

“According to Reuters, Apple will offer proprietary machines that fix cracked screens to third-party repair centers by the end of this year” writes Brett Molina for usatoday.com. It’s not clear whether a shift to the new technology will result in a change in how much consumers pay to fix their cracked screens.It’s one of the worst things that can happen to a smartphone owner: you drop the device and the screen cracks. Source: usatoday.com Share This:

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President Trump Just Praised Australia’s Universal Healthcare System

“Trump once backed a “Canadian-style” single payer system, after all, and Democrats already negotiated the Artful Dealer out of house and home in the recent budget deal” writes unknown author for elle.com. So it was funny, but not altogether shocking, to watch Trump finish up a day where he celebrated the passage of a major healthcare reform bill by praising a healthcare system that is almost exactly the opposite of the one proposed in his bill. Source: elle.com Share This:

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