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Tech companies targeted by sophisticated malware attack

Security researchers say hackers compromised popular computer-cleaning software as part of a sophisticated attack that targeted several high-profile technology companies. The company that sells CCleaner software, Prague-based Avast Software, says the attack affected more than 2 million computers in late August and early September. San Jose, California-based Cisco Systems and its Talos cybersecurity group discovered and disclosed the breach after hackers targeted Cisco’s own internal domain, as well as domains of Microsoft, Google, Samsung and other tech companies. …

Why do people in new democracies stop voting?

Credit: Karen Arnold/public domain Are voters in new democracies so disenchanted with the political process that more and more are staying away from the polls? To democracy watchers, the examples are legion. In the space of only a generation, many countries that went from one-party rule to free elections saw voter turnout decline dramatically, by double digits. In Romania, for instance, turnout dropped by 47 percentage points between 1990 (the founding election) and 2010. In South Korea, turnout dropped by…

Hearing offers peek at what Uber stands to lose in Waymo trial

With three weeks to go until the explosive Waymo v. Uber trial begins, court-watchers got a peek Wednesday at the hefty price tag Uber could face if it loses. Waymo is seeking $2.6 billion in damages for just one of the nine self-driving car trade secrets it claims Uber misappropriated, lawyers disclosed at a hearing in federal court in San Francisco. It’s a number that underscores the importance of the technology that’s at the heart of the legal battle, as…

Hurricanes Propel Forward Thinking on Risk, Resilience

Hurricanes Propel Forward Thinking on Risk, Resilience: Even as hard-hit areas of two of the country’s most developed regions push for normalcy after back-to-back hurricanes in early September, policymakers and construction industry experts are weighing the longer-term implications of the damage in Houston, Florida and the Caribbean from Harvey and Irma—and how and whether infrastructure resiliency can be accelerated and how that will affect coastal development. Source link…

SLAM: Bringing art to life through technology | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

“To many, technology seems unapproachable. But through art, technology becomes more human and even an artistic medium in its own right.” These are the words San Francisco artist Heather Day wrote in a proposal letter to Facebook, where she hoped to combine her art with Facebook’s Augmented Reality (AR) technology. She never sent the letter, but in a serendipitous twist, Facebook contacted her weeks later with a proposal of their own: an AR art project for our Menlo Park headquarters.…

Project Jengo Strikes Its First Targets (and Looks for More)

Jango Fett by Brickset (Flickr) When Blackbird Tech, a notorious patent troll, sued us earlier this year for patent infringement, we discovered quickly that the folks at Blackbird were engaged in what appeared to be the broad and unsubstantiated assertion of patents — filing about 115 lawsuits in less than 3 years, and have not yet won a single one of those cases on the merits in court. Cloudflare felt an appropriate response would be to review all of Blackbird…

Assigning interests to Pins – Pinterest Engineering – Medium

Brian Johnson | Pinterest Head of Knowledge Engineering The Taste Graph is a collection of technologies and data that define a common vocabulary for understanding our content, users and partners. It helps us understand how a person’s interests and preferences evolve over time across categories like food, fashion, home decor and more. With more than 100B Pins and a growing user base of over 200M monthly active users, the Taste Graph deepens and expands every day. Over the years, we’ve…

7 Amazing Facts about Billing Software

If you want to take a giant leap in your business, you must opt for billing software. It will definitely increase the efficiency among your workers due to its accuracy and functionality. Everybody will appreciate the time you save them by automating the procedures of the office. There are certain interesting facts behind this automated system of bill generating process. We would be discussing some of them in this article. High security Strong security is one of the most important…

58 Insane Facts About Bitcoin [Infographic]

Bitcoin, the virtual currency created back in 2009, uses Blockchain technology for secure payments and storing money, not requiring a bank or people’s name. A comparison can be made between Bitcoin and the internet, as the internet allows free circulation of information, the same way this currency liberates money. Bitcoin is not under the control of any government or private company. Accordingly, people are free from paying transaction fees. Bitcoin allows anonymous transactions as all you need is simply your…

Nevada quake lab tests new bridge design after Mexico quake

Researchers and invited dignitaries watch gathered at the University of Nevada, Reno’s new Earthquake Engineering Laboratory in Reno, Nev., on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, before a series of tests on new bridge designs intended to better withstand violent temblors. Scientists say the 100-ton, 70-foot-long concrete bridge subjected to violent motions on a giant ”shake table” held up better than expected using new innovations to connect prefabricated pieces with ultra-high performance concrete and could prove pivotal in earthquake-prone places like Mexico…