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‘Not picky anymore’: House Republicans signal openness to three-week funding bill

“House Republicans said Saturday that they are willing to accept a three-week government funding measure that would end the partial government shutdown that started at midnight after the Senate could not strike a deal on Friday” writes Al Weaver for washingtonexaminer.com. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said his caucus would accept the bill to fund the government through Feb. 8 despite their passing of a four-week funding bill and argument that they did their part. “I believe we would accept it,” McCarthy said. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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China’s ‘warning shot,’ U.S. moves signal possible trade war

“And with his trade and economic team now largely in place, including U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Trump wants fundamental changes in China trade, not incremental improvements” writes Los Angeles Times for seattletimes.com. For years, one bright spot in the United States’ huge trade imbalance with China has been Beijing’s soaring appetite for American agriculture.His administration has signaled that Chinese investments in the United States will find it harder to win approval.And that could be just the beginning, if President Donald Trump follows through on his oft-repeated promise to get…

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WhatsApp, Signal group chats not as secure as users might believe

“All group members are deemed administrators, and can thus add a new group member by sending an encrypted group management message to the other participants” writes Zeljka Zorz for helpnetsecurity.com. This means the privacy of your end-to-end encrypted group chat is only guaranteed if you actually trust the WhatsApp server.” Signal handles group management a bit differently.The flaw here is obvious: since the group management messages are not signed by the administrator, a malicious WhatsApp server can add any user it wants into the group. Source: helpnetsecurity.com Share This:

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Tech executives are sending a warning signal about their companies

“In November of that year Bezos sold a million shares, pocketing around $250 million” writes Jared Dillian for businessinsider.com. In September, Facebook announced that CEO Mark Zuckerberg will sell between 35 million and 75 million shares over the next 18 months.In August 2016, CEO Jeff Bezos sold one million shares, raking in over $757 million.They may believe their company stock is fully valued.That adds to the million shares he sold in May this year. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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CIOs Challenged to Separate Blockchain’s Signal From Bitcoin Noise in 2017

“Large companies continued to charge ahead with blockchain projects in 2017, seeing potential in distributed ledger technology to help them track assets or streamline back-office functions” writes Steven Norton Wsj for wsj.com. But it’s been the cryptocurrency bitcoin — which runs on blockchain technology — that’s been grabbing headlines lately. With the recent run-up in bitcoin prices, “the needle kind of […].  Source: wsj.com Share This:

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How Cuts in Basic Subway Upkeep Can Make Your Commute Miserable

“Weinstein said the reduction had nothing to do with the governor and resulted from changes in planned signal work” writes Emma G for nytimes.com. The number of signal problems rose from 2012 to 2016, but the transit authority added just 57 signal maintainers during that period.Subway signal maintainers toil in dark, rat-infested tunnels, are often called on to work overtime and are paid far less than what they could earn in the private sector.In recent years, union officials and transit workers say, the authority has struggled with the basics of…

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The only app that matters this year is Signal

“Despite all the cool games, video editing tools, and shopping-assistant applications released this year, the secure messaging app Signal is the only one that really mattered over the course of 2017” writes Jack Morse for mashable.com. For the uninitiated, Signal is a free and secure messaging application that allows for encrypted texts, phone calls, and video chats between users.The app gives you the power of private communication, for free, and asks nothing in return. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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Tesla’s new vehicles didn’t send the stock soaring — and that could signal a new reality for the company

“After heading toward $400 per share earlier this year, Tesla’s stock price has slipped back considerably” reports businessinsider.com. For the rest of 2017 and into early 2018, Tesla’s stock will trade on Model 3 developments.Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company’s Semi Truck and new Roadster in spectacular fashion in Los Angeles.And don’t forget that Tesla has something like 500,000 pre-orders for the car, whose base price is $35,000. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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European Stocks Slump, Dollar Battered as Fed Minutes Signal Tame Inflation

“European stocks posted sharp early loses Thursday as investors re-set equity market prices in the wake of the biggest decline for the U.S. dollar in five months after minutes from the Federal Reserve’s last rate decision revealed concern over the pace of inflation” writes Martin Baccardax for thestreet.com. The gains held down benchmarks across the region as export stocks sank, pulling the DAX performance index 0.6% into the red and triggering similar declines for other major bourses.The dollar index, which benchmarks the greenback against a basket of six global currencies,…

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