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Trump reportedly joked about Secret Service agents’ masks: ‘they’re in blackface’

“Ralph Northam and his racist yearbook photo, by joking that his Secret Service agents at the White House were “in blackface,” Axios reported” writes Nicole Lafond for businessinsider.com. According to people who attended the speech who spoke to Axios, Trump spoke about how many agents were guarding the White House: “They’re in the trees, on the lawn.”. Referring to his week alone holed up in the White House over the holidays while the government was shut down — a month-long crisis of his own making — Trump went on a…

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Qatar allegedly offered $880m secret payment to Fifa

“The state of Qatar secretly offered $400m to Fifa just 21 days before they were awarded the 2022 World Cup, leaked files appear to show” writes David Campbell Bannerman for telegraph.co.uk. The documents allegedly read: “In the event that the 2022 competition is awarded to the state of Qatar, Al Jazeera shall, in addition to the . . . rights fee, pay to Fifa into the designated account the monetary amount of $100m.” Fifa is set to reportedly receive a multimillion-pound payment, which includes a portion of the $100m success…

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The government has secret dossiers on border journalists, lawyers and activists

“The Department of Homeland Security is responsible for controlling the flow of people across U.S. borders and has broad and court-recognized authority to search for contraband” writes The Times Editorial for latimes.com. But the government should not use that authority as a pretext to try to gain information to which it would not otherwise be entitled. And it certainly doesn’t give it a framework for harassing or maintaining secret files on journalists, lawyers and activists who are covering, representing or working with activists. Source: latimes.com

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Chicago Police use secret software to spy on us. Next mayor must clue us in

“Our next mayor and City Council need to bring this secret social media surveillance program into the daylight” writes Karen Sheley for suntimes.com. The history of the Chicago Police is troubling when it comes to secret and illegal surveillance of city residents.Geofeedia’s marketing materials labeled activists and unions as “overt threats,” and its software was used in other locales to spy on Black Lives Matter protests. Source: suntimes.com

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SMoTherSpectre: Transient execution attacks through port contention

“Mitigating SMoTherSpectre is possible by mitigating the port contention side channel or the transient execution side channel (BTI in our PoC)” reports nebelwelt.net. Until now, transient execution side channel attacks primarily leveraged cache-based side channels to leak information.The general idea of preventing SMoTher leaking information is to ensure that two threads with different privileges (in the general sense) do not compete for the same execution port.At the BTI gadget, the register holds a pointer to the plaintext being encrypted (victim secret). Source: nebelwelt.net

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An activist shareholder is urging Victoria’s Secret parent to update ‘tone-deaf’ brand image to boost sales

“Mitarotonda pointed to the recent collapse in L Brands’ share price and three years of sliding sales at its Victoria’s Secret brand” writes Mary Hanbury for businessinsider.com. An activist shareholder is urging Victoria’s Secret parent company to update its brand image and switch up its predominantly male board of directors in order to drive growth. Source: businessinsider.com

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Consistent infrastructure: The secret superpower of the hybrid cloud

“By choosing a hybrid cloud platform such as Cloud Foundation, IT teams become cloud operators” writes John Gilmartin for venturebeat.com. That kind of freedom and flexibility has tangible benefits, both operational and economic, and unleashes the full potential of the hybrid cloud model.The hybrid cloud model offers an unprecedented level of flexibility and functionality — if the organization can deploy it in the right manner.A consistent infrastructure delivered by a hybrid cloud model also enables organizations to make quick, unrestricted transitions between clouds to meet service and budgetary requirements.There is…

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