Microsoft plans to partner with rural telecommunications providers in 12 states, from the Dakotas and Arizona to a far eastern edge of Maine. The strategy calls for a combination of private and public investments and regulatory cooperation from the Federal Communications Commission to get about 2 million rural Americans connected to high-speed internet in the next five years.
Bloch admits the company still has lots to learn before it launches to the public early next year, but once the company has perfected the core product, he says, there are a range of financial tools it could tack onto the service. But first Digit has to overcome a major hurdle: getting people to trust that a computer might be better at managing their money than they are.
Within two hours, the officers had released the yacht to Gomez. On board, she found identification and contracts that placed Mullen at an assortment of addresses, purchase contracts for plantations in Louisiana and Mississippi, and billing and shipping invoices for various luxury automobiles along with a zippered bag filled with keys to more than a dozen vehicles. Gomez also discovered two large locked cases bearing the labels “Mastercheck Keypad and Printer” and “Mastercheck Analogue Interface.”
Public response to Frozen Dead Guy Days has been “enthusiastic and near-frenzied beyond our wildest expectations,” according to Hughes Moir, director of the Nederland Visitors Center.
Tor, a free, open-source project originally funded by the US Navy, is sophisticated anonymity software that protects users by routing traffic through a labyrinthine delta of encrypted connections. Like any encryption or privacy system, Tor is popular with criminals. But it also is used by human rights workers, activists, journalists and whistleblowers worldwide. Indeed, much of the funding for Tor comes from grants issued by federal agencies like the State Department that have a vested interest in supporting safe, anonymous speech for dissidents living under oppressive regimes.
Chien does note, however, that the timing and public descriptions of the Palmetto Fusion hacking campaigns match up with its Dragonfly findings. “It’s highly unlikely this is just coincidental,” Chien says. But he adds that while the Palmetto Fusion intrusions included a breach of a nuclear power plant, the most serious DragonFly intrusions Symantec tracked penetrated only non-nuclear energy companies, which have less strict separations of their internet-connected IT networks and operational controls.
It might be hard to believe, but when the Home Depot was founded in 1978, it was hugely innovative. Floor to ceiling stacks of oriented strand board might lack the panache of 3-D printing, yet both developments had similar effects. Prior to the arrival of these walk-in warehouses, weekend warriors were left with whatever limited selection their local hardware store carried. For two decades, Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus made it his mission to make exotic tools and hard-to-find building materials available to anyone with a pick-up truck.
Bruce Cunningham, a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Columbus, said he is looking forward to hearing Edwards speak about the Iraq war, education, affordable high-speed internet access and health care. Columbus currently doesn’t have access to broadband. Cunningham and his family have a dial-up connection.
And now comes Spotify, which, according to a report last week, is the latest digital media company with dreams of incorporating video. The streaming music service is far from alone in this. Reddit, Gawker, and Refinery29 also announced original video ventures in recent weeks. (Spotify declined to comment.)
“We have thousands of open positions at any given moment, and we intend to hire about 25,000 professionals in the next four years in the United States,” Rometty wrote in a USA Today piece published on Tuesday afternoon.