But beryllium-processing company Brush Wellman does not recommend or use blood tests to screen new workers at its plants. The “use of the BeLPT for medical screening is not recommended,” stated a company representative, responding by fax to questions posed by Wired News. The company said the test “is highly variable and unreliable,” citing U.S. military studies recommending that the blood test be used only after individuals develop symptoms of the disease.
On Monday, the non-profit organization, which sells $800 million worth of cookies every year, announced the launch of its Digital Cookie program, which lets scouts sell the sugary treats online for the first time in the organization’s 102-year history. The Digital Cookie program is a long (long) time coming, but one that Girl Scouts executives hope will help give girls a more contemporary sense of what it takes to run a business in a world that’s growing ever more obsessed with e-commerce and mobile commerce.
The little flag that pops up when you run a Google Maps address search doesn’t always appear on the actual building you’re searching for. Sometimes, it’s across the street, on the nearest corner or in the middle of the parking lot. Well, now you can move the flag. Google engineer Seth LaForge explains the Google Maps update on his LatLong blog.
To handle user authentication across all of these pieces on the web, Facebook is adopting the OAuth 2.0 standard – an open-source industry standard that’s already being used by Twitter and other social networks. We expected something like this and predicted it in our pre-conference coverage.
But over the past decade and a half, Moscow’s leash on Ukraine has frayed, as popular support in the country has pulled toward NATO and the European Union. In 2004, Ukrainian crowds in orange scarves flooded the streets to protest Moscow’s rigging of the country’s elections; that year, Russian agents allegedly went so far as to poison the surging pro-Western presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko. A decade later, the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution finally overthrew the country’s Kremlin-backed president, Viktor Yanukovych (a leader whose longtime political adviser, Paul Manafort, would go on to run the US presidential campaign of Donald Trump). Russian troops promptly annexed the Crimean Peninsula in the south and invaded the Russian-speaking eastern region known as Donbass. Ukraine has since then been locked in an undeclared war with Russia, one that has displaced nearly 2 million internal refugees and killed close to 10,000 Ukrainians.
And you may have noticed a slight anomaly: Tuesday’s leap second caused some sporadic outages across the Internet just after midnight.
With Lamar’s attention, Lacy played him a couple of songs from his demo, and then a track he’d worked on with singer Anna Wise, a longtime Lamar collaborator. Wise and Lacy had recently been in the studio together—Lacy’s more versatile with his tools when he’s working with other artists, some of whom think the whole iPhone thing is weird—and all the equipment was screwing up. So Lacy told Wise, “OK, let me make a lick on my laptop, bounce it to my phone, and we’ll play this acoustic.” He showed Wise how to use GarageBand, and sent her into a vocal booth with a phone and a pop filter. As soon as she sang the track, which they called “Wasn’t There,” they both knew they had something special.
The idea of artists running their own sites is almost as old as the web itself, but advances in tools have made it possible for labels to run full-featured offerings without relying on networks like MySpace — in some cases even creating their own social networks where all conversations center around a single artist.
Though Sukhar and his startup shrugged off Facebook’s advances that January – “We were moving fast and still quite small and just wanted to keep going,” the Parse CEO remembers – he kept in touch with the tech giant. Over the next year and change, his cloud service became the backbone for over 60,000 mobile apps, and this past spring, the two companies did indeed come together. Facebook paid a reported $85 million for Parse, bringing Sukhar and his cohorts onto the second floor of a building at the heart of the tech giant’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
“Think of Richard Stallman as the great philosopher, and think of me as the engineer,” Torvalds said.
The feature article in the fifth issue, “The Tsunami of Change,” comes from Anwar al-Awlaki, the jihadi preacher responsible for inspiring the likes of Ft. Hood Shooter Nidal Malik Hasan and others. Awlaki sees opportunity in the unrest and sets the bar for defining al-Qaeda’s success in its wake down low. “We do not know yet what the outcome would be, and we do not have to,” writes Awlaki. “The outcome doesn’t have to be an Islamic government for us to consider what is occurring to be a step in the right direction.” That’s because Awlaki sees whatever governments that may emerge from the Middle Eastern revolutions, be they pro-Western or mildly Islamist, as being unable to mount the kind of crackdowns that their predecessors did leading to new opportunities for al-Qaeda.
And we may be seeing the first evidence of this. In May 2018, about six months after Zimbabwe finally got rid of the despot Robert Mugabe, the new government announced that it was partnering with a Chinese company called CloudWalk to build an AI and facial-recognition system. Zimbabwe gets to expand its surveillance state. China gets money, influence, and data. In July, nearly 700 dignitaries from China and Pakistan gathered in Islamabad to celebrate the completion of the Pak-China Optical Fibre Cable, a 500-mile-long data line connecting the two countries through the Karakoram Mountains, built by Huawei and financed with a loan from China’s Export-Import Bank. Documents obtained by Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper revealed a future plan for high-speed fiber to help wire up cities across Pakistan with surveillance cameras and vehicle-monitoring systems, part of a “Safe Cities” initiative launched in 2016 with help from Huawei and other Chinese firms. China has effectively constructed its own Marshall Plan, one that may, in some cases, build surveillance states instead of democracies.
*Correction 6:30 PM EST 9/1/2014: An earlier version of the story referred to the Electronic Frontier Foundation as the Electronic Freedom Frontier. It has also been updated to clarify that group text chat is possible with in Tox, but not group voice chat. *
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Keeping the kids safe on the internet is big business. Whether you select a service, locally installed software or hardware options – you’ve got several choices in each category. A few weeks ago I received a NetBlox hardware device for review.
Without encryption, many engineers believe the e-passport, for which the department is already soliciting bids from RFID suppliers, will be easily accessed by unauthorized individuals with RFID reader devices.
“Counterfeiting and online theft of intellectual property is having devastating effects on industries where millions of Americans make a living,” wrote Corallo, who now runs a Virginia-based public relations firm and freely admits that he has “represented copyright and patent-based businesses for years.” “Their futures are at risk due to Internet-based theft.”
There’s still something about browsing through a catalog and seeing what a company’s products look like in a “real” setting. If you want to cut down on paper waste but still get that experience, you can use Catalog Spree [Free]. This app offers digital catalogs for over 350 brands. You can swipe through their pages, tap to buy a product or save it to a shopping list, or add products to a watch list so you’re alerted when it goes on sale. You can also get access to exclusive deals, but they aren’t always as good as what you’d find in the paper version of the catalog for some reason.
The money laundering statute defines a monetary instrument as “coin or currency of the United States or of any other country, travelers’ checks, personal checks, bank checks,and money orders, or … investment securities or negotiable instruments, in bearer form or otherwise in such form that title thereto passes upon delivery.”
The site entices whistle-blowers by alluding to financial rewards paid by the government for damning information and includes a phone number to Life Dynamics’ offices for workers seeking legal advice.
__Capt: __It be tha biggest city in tha country. If’n ye wants ta hide somethin’, and keep it hid, ye don’t bury it in Iowa.