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Astronomers relieved as U.S. funding agency moves to keep Arecibo telescope operating

“The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today that it will be pursuing the option it has favored throughout the process: keeping Arecibo working, but with much-reduced funding from the agency” writes Daniel Clery for sciencemag.org. At the same time, NSF put out a solicitation for possible partners that could take over management of Arecibo and the bulk of the funding burden.In reports dating back to 2006, NSF advisers have urged the agency to scale down funding for Arecibo and other older facilities to help pay for building and operating newer instruments. Source:…

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David Leonhardt: This Tax Bill Is Now a Health Care Bill

“By the time the Senate leaders had finished coming up with all of their top-end tax cuts last week, their bill was projected to cost more than the House had previously committed to spending” writes David Leonhardt for nytimes.com. Instead, they said yesterday that they would be getting rid of the individual mandate — the federal rule, in the Affordable Care Act, that requires people to have health insurance or pay a fine.That is not the option the Senate leaders chose.They needed to find that money because they want to…

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The startup community is seriously sweating a stock option provision of the Senate tax bill

“The provision would tax stock options and restricted stock units at the time of vesting rather than when they are exercised, as is the case now” writes Monica Nickelsburg for geekwire.com. However, a provision in the proposed Senate tax plan would tax upon vesting, whether you can liquefy or not.Experts tell GeekWire that the Senate tax bill, as it is currently proposed, would force many startups to dramatically reconsider their compensation structure.It would be more fair to tax homeowners when their Zillow’s value went up than taxing startup employees on…

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Get tokenized with fiat. Guarda wallet announces the option to buy tokens with a credit card.

“Thus, the Guarda wallet became the multi-currency wallet with easy access to all of the tokens seamlessly” reports newsbtc.com. The Guarda app combines all the necessary solutions inside: crypto-currency purchasing, token purchasing and currency transferring directly to smart contracts.Guarda wallet came to the market with a simple yet innovative idea to make crypto-funds safe and secure.Guarda app allows to manage multiple digital currencies all in one place.The tokens can be bought, transferred and stored in just a single app while facilitating the need to purchase tokens. Source: newsbtc.com Share This:

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Gradual rate hikes in the US are the best option, says Fed’s Mester

“A gradual increase in interest rates is the best way to deal with inflation and support the U.S. economy, Loretta Mester, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, told CNBC Thursday” writes Dan Mescon for cnbc.com. “Obviously we want to be responsible to changes in the economic outlook and as data comes in we are always revising the outlook,” Loretta, a non-voting member of the Fed, said, mentioning she looks at inflation and inflation expectation numbers.In October, the Federal Reserve said the U.S. economy had been expanding…

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Pornographic WhatsApp GIFs removed after ban threat from Indonesia

“Giphy Inc., a New York City GIFs company that also works with WhatsApp, offers partners a feature to filter inappropriate images” writes Aatif Sulleyman for independent.co.uk. The app lets you browse and search for a wide variety of GIFs, which are provided by third-party companies, and then send them to friends.WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, said it wasn’t actually able to remove them itself, because communications on the app are protected by encryption.Some of these are explicit in nature and, on Monday, Indonesia’s communication and informatics ministry said it…

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Dodgers exercise option on Forsythe; Ethier is free agent

“The Dodgers have declined outfielder Andre Ethier’s $17.5 million club option, making the longest-tenured player on the team a free agent” reports yahoo.com. The Dodgers declined outfielder Andre Ethier’s $17.5 million club option, making the longest-tenured player on the team a free agent.The Dodgers will pay a $2.5 million buyout. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers exercised their $9 million option on second baseman Logan Forsythe instead of paying a $1 million buyout. Source: yahoo.com Share This:

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AeroPay Express Targets Disaster-Stricken SMBs With Financing

“Virtual Procurement card provider AeroPay Express is rolling out a new line of credit for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) affected by natural disasters to pay their suppliers” reports pymnts.com. A slew of other payment tools, including PayPal Donations and text-based donation solutions deployed by the American Red Cross and United Way, have also stepped in to provide relief to affected businesses.Companies using AeroPay can gain access to a virtual procurement card to immediately pay their suppliers and potentially capture early payment discounts using the AeroPay line of credit, the…

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WhatApp goes down for millions across the world

“WhatsApp has been hit by a major outage, stopping millions of people from using it around the world” writes Andrew Griffin for independent.co.uk. People couldn’t send or receive messages using the Facebook-owned app, apparently because of a server problem.Shutting and opening the app, for instance, just reset the connecting message but wouldn’t stop it showing.The app didn’t initially look broken, with chats and contacts able to load.But once a user was into a chat, the app just showed a “connecting” message that never resolves itself, and so new messages couldn’t be sent or received. Source:…

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