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Astronomers spot more mysterious radio signals from far outside the galaxy

Astronomers spot more mysterious radio signals from far outside the galaxy

Whenever some new “cosmic puzzle” crops up, you always have to be ready for the other shoe to drop. But just because something isn’t an alien message or Ringworld doesn’t mean it can’t be interesting science.

Today’s shoe drop concerns “fast radio bursts” coming from a distant galaxy — but don’t expect a secret message from an advanced civilization.

Fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are short, intense blasts of radio waves that come from far outside our galaxy. No one knows what causes them, but they’re unlike anything else we’ve observed — and their uniqueness makes them a prime target for detection in noisy data.
A SETI project snatched a few just this fall, but another effort using a brand new radio telescope called CHIME that essentially points at the whole sky and chooses where to “look” using software. In a pair of papers published today, researchers say they’ve found 13 new FRBs using the method.

“The telescope has no moving parts. Instead it uses digital signal processing to ‘point’ the telescope and reconstruct where the radio waves are coming from. This is done using clever algorithms and a couple of giant computer clusters that sit beside the telescope and crunch away at the data in real time,” explained Kiyoshi Masui, an MIT scientist on the team behind CHIME’s discoveries, in a news release.

This kind of software-defined operation is sure to become more common as computing power increases and the effectiveness of smaller arrays increases.

You can see where in the universe they appeared in the video here:

Animation illustrating the random appearance of Fast Radio Bursts on the sky. from NRAO Outreach on Vimeo.

Hopefully that helps.

Naturally everyone wants to think it’s spaceships or planets full of hyper intelligent broadcasters sending out signals to us, though of course they would have had to send it a long, long time ago. More likely it’s “powerful astrophysical objects more likely to be in locations with special characteristics,” the scientists speculated.

Supernovas, black holes, quasars — there are lots of strange, high-energy items out there in the universe, and who knows what happens when they combine? The FRBs observed recently also exhibited a much lower wavelength than those seen previously, so there appears to be quite a variety.

But what’s even rarer than FRBs is repeating FRBs; only one has ever been found, via the massive Arecibo array in Puerto Rico. That is, until these scientists spotted another.

When there was only the one, it was conceivable that the occurrence was a cosmic anomaly — perhaps some incredibly rare event that only happens once in a thousand millennia. But two in a handful of years? That suggests they’re far more common than that, and now that we know what to look for we’re likely to find more.

It might not be an alien civilization, but something totally new to science is a pretty nice consolation prize.

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Triple Amputee Vet Raises Over $19.8 Million to Build Wall $1 Billion Goal

Triple Amputee Vet Raises $1,361,421 to Build Wall in Two Days — $1 Billion Goal

Brian Kolfage, a triple amputee veteran and Purple Heart recipient has raised more than $19.8 million as of Wednesday morning on a Go Fund Me campaign to pay for a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.

As of January 9th, a total of 329,195 people in 23 days have donated over 19.8 Million to the Go Fund Me Campaign.

Kolfage, who has a verified Facebook page, wrote on the Go Fund Me page:

Like a  majority of those American citizens who voted to elect President Donald J Trump, we voted for him to Make America Great Again. President Trump’s main campaign promise was to BUILD THE WALL. And as he’s followed through on just about every promise so far, this wall project needs to be completed still.

As a veteran who has given so much, 3 limbs, I feel deeply invested to this nation to ensure future generations have everything we have today. Too many Americans have been murdered by illegal aliens and too many illegals are taking advantage of  the United States taxpayers with no means of ever contributing to our society.

I have grandparents who immigrated to America legally, they did it the correct way and it’s time we uphold our laws, and get this wall BUILT! It’s up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling.

If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall. That equates to roughly 5 Billion Dollars, even if we get half, that’s half the wall. We can do this.

AFTER DONATING, SIGN OUR PETITION WE NEED 100 million signatures www.WeFundTheWall.com also join our groups on social media

Kolfage is a retired US Air Force member who lost three limbs when he was wounded in Iraq. According to the biography on his personal website , he is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s School of Architecture.

According to information on the “We The People Will Fund The Wall” page, Kolfage is working with the Trump administration to ensure all funds raised will go toward “the Trump wall.”

“We have many very high level contacts already helping,” he wrote. “[One hundred percent] of your donations will go to the Trump Wall.”

Kolfage writes that the Democrats will go to any lengths to deny Trump a victory on his wall promise and goes on to ensure the validity of his cause to those who want to donate, including sharing a link to his Facebook page and his website,BrianKolfage.com.

“This won’t be easy, but it’s our duty as citizens,” Kolfage writes. “This needs to be shared every single day by each of you on social media. We can do it, and we can help President Trump make America safe again!”

Upcoming Media Appearances

  • FOX NEWS BUSINESS:  12/21 Mornings With Maria

TWITTER: @BrianKolfage 

LIKE & FOLLOW OFFICIAL  FACEBOOK PAGE—> CLICK-HERE   

If the facebook link doesn’t work hand type the URL: facebook.com/GoFundTheWall/

CHECK DONATIONS:
Make Payable to : WeFund The Wall

Brian Kolfage
4833 Front St. Unit B-158
Castle Rock, CO 80104

The government has accepted large private donations before, most recently a billionaire donated $7.5 Million  to fund half of the Washington Monument repairs in 2012; this is no different. 

DONATE HERE TO HELP BUILD THE WALL

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Most of the donations have been in the range of $20 to $100.  The highest donation to date was for $50,000 by a private user.

The top 14 Highest Donations as of December 21 are shown below:

$50,000
Anonymous
8 hours ago

$13,337
Anonymous
12 hours ago

$12,000
Fortress Stabilization Systems
5 hours ago

$10,015
Edgar Weis
17 hours ago

$10,000
JZ Knight
9 hours ago

$10,000
Wayne Schell
6 hours ago

$10,000
Anonymous Person
23 hours ago

$10,000
Stephen Davis
5 days ago

$10,000
John Dolan
4 days ago

$9,000
Dale Broome
6 days ago

$5,000
Brian Follett
23 hours ago

$5,000
Angela Phillips
16 hours ago

$5,000
Susie Mihaylo
10 hours ago

Updates Directly From Brian Kolfage

  • Republican Representative Steven Palazzo of Mississippi is introducing legislation to direct the Treasury Department to issue government savings bonds which would allow us to fund the wall with this method. This is just one option, there are others on the table being discussed.
  • 100% of your donations will go to the Trump Wall. 
  • We are working with a law firm on a legal document that will bind the government to using the funds for the border wall itself, nothing else.
  • Republican Representative Representative Warren Davidson has bill on the table right now HR 7207 that if passed with Gov Funding bill we can give the funds towards the wall, and with our contractual guarantee to only be used on the  wall.
  • Rep Andy Harris Introduced the Border Wall Bonds Act of 2018, if passed with the Gov Funding bill it will allow us to donate towards the wall.
    this Act funds only for the construction of the wall, nothing else.
  • 100% of your donations will go to the Trump Wall.
  • We are working with a law firm on a legal document that will bind the government to using the funds for the border wall itself, nothing else.
  • We will hold all funds and not release a single penny until we have all legal aspects covered to ensure our money goes only to the wall.LET’S GET THIS WALL BUILT! And make America Safe Again!

Fighting Pain and Addiction for Veterans

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Last year, more than 130 Americans died each day from a drug overdose involving an opioid. Veterans are twice as likely to die of the same.

But there is some good news: The Department of Veterans Affairs is a recognized leader in pain management and opioid safety, and its success in reducing the use of opioids can be emulated by other health systems through VA’s proven strategies.

Severe pain is 40 percent more common in veterans compared to non-veterans. Nearly 60 percent of veterans who have served in the Middle East and more than 50 percent of older veterans live with some form of chronic pain.

I saw the effects of severe, chronic pain on my father when he returned from Vietnam severely wounded and still recovering after a year in military hospitals. Many veterans like my father suffer chronic pain for the rest of their lives, and the risk of suicide is particularly high among veterans and others who face chronic pain.

Fortunately, VA has taken a multi-faceted approach called the Opioid Safety Initiative to reduce the need for opioids. Since its launch, the program managed a 45 percent reduction in veteran patients receiving opioids from July 2012 to June 2018. That’s more than 300,000 fewer veterans on opioids. The same program in the same months reduced veterans on long-term opioid therapy by 51 percent and veterans on high-dose opioid therapy by 66 percent.

In addition to systemwide oversight of prescribing of opioids, the initiative has brought pharmacists and prescribers together to educate one another on the problem of identifying the best treatment for each veteran in pain.

Opioids have a place among treatment options. They are powerful drugs that can be used to alleviate pain, and any reduction in their use must be done carefully. Otherwise, patients could be driven to crisis by both the effects of withdrawal and ineffective pain management.

Decisions on the use of opioids must therefore take a whole health approach to care, with the aim of not just reducing opioids but also improving functioning by patients. It takes time and attention from providers to have meaningful conversations with patients about what their life goals are, and provide education about what they can reasonably expect from treatment.

This approach uses the stepped care model based on a continuum of care and incorporating professional support and self-management through counseling and participation in groups like Narcotics Anonymous. It also includes non-pharmacological pain treatment options like stress reduction, yoga, tai chi, mindfulness, chiropractic care, nutrition, acupuncture and health coaching, which may reduce reliance on opioids without increasing pain or causing other health problems.

Virtually all VA facilities have reduced prescriptions for opioids. VA facilities in El Paso, Texas, and Fayetteville, N.C., have managed the greatest reductions, cutting rates by 71 percent in El Paso and 69 percent in Fayetteville.

Rates for other VA facilities can be viewed online since January, when VA became the first hospital system in the country to begin posting its opioid prescribing rates online, updating them twice yearly in January and July.

We expect even better management of pain medications for veterans when VA and the Department of Defense roll out their new integrated electronic health records. The new records system will give health care providers a full picture of patient medical history, enabling better treatment and better clinical outcomes. It will also help us better identify veterans at higher risk for opioid addiction and suicide, so health care providers can intervene earlier and save lives.

We have also issued the lifesaving drug Naloxone to more than 100,000 veterans to help prevent tragedies and instituted patient risk assessments for overdose and suicide, bringing the power of big-data analytics to bear through VA’s Stratification Tool for Opioid Risk Mitigation, which puts predictive analytics in the hands of providers and allows effective collaboration of medical and mental care of veterans at risk.

There is still more to learn and more to do, and a national solution will require national collaboration. But President Trump has said, “We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic.” He is right about that. We can end the epidemic, and VA is helping lead the way.

Robert Wilkie is the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. This op-ed appeared in Newsday on October 25, 2018.

Indonesian woman mauled to death by massive pet crocodile

Indonesian woman mauled to death by massive pet crocodile


A 14-foot crocodile that mauled an Indonesian woman to death was illegally being kept as a pet at the facility where it happened, officials said Wednesday.Deasy Tuwo, 44, the head of a laboratory at a pearl farm in North Sulawesi, was feeding the crocodile in its enclosure on Jan. 10 when she was killed by the 1,500-pound reptile. It was not immediately clear if she fell in the enclosure or if she was dragged by the animal. Police are investigating the incident.FLORIDA WOMAN ATTACKED BY MOTHER HIPPO DURING ZIMBABWE CANOE TRIP, REPORTS SAYHer body was found the next day by her co-workers, the AFP reported.Hendrik Rundengan, from the local conservation agency, said Merry had eaten one of the woman’s hands and most of her abdomen was missing.FLORIDA CROCODILE SPOTTED USING POOL NOODLE TO CROSS CANAL”These parts may still be inside the crocodile now,” he said.The crocodile, named Merry, was being held at the pearl farm illegally.Rundengan told the BBC that officials repeatedly tried to visit the facility to try to remove the crocodile but had never been allowed in.The crocodile was sedated and removed from the enclosure. Merry will be moved to a conservation area, Hendrik Rundengan from the North Sulawesi Natural Resources Conservation Agency said. Police are reportedly still trying to get hold of the alleged owner of the reptile.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Indonesian archipelago has several species of crocodiles that kill humans. About 1,000 people a year are killed by crocodiles around the world.
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Florida interstate crash kills at least 7, injures 7 more

Florida interstate crash kills at least 7, injures 7 more – Fox News


(WGFL via Alachua County Fire Rescue)

At least seven people were killed and seven others were injured Thursday in a multivehicle crash on Interstate 75 near Gainesville, Florida, investigators said.

The Florida Highway Patrol said two tractor-trailer rigs and two passenger vehicles were involved in the crash, which unfolded about a mile south of Alachua. Alachua County Fire Rescue reported that flames ignited after 50 gallons of diesel fuel spilled on the highway.

Emergency crews extinguished the fire and said they were treating the crash as a homicide investigation, but did not say why. The fire was so intense that authorities said it damaged parts of the road.

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Fire Rescue said in a Facebook post that “multiple patients” had suffered “critical injuries,” but did not specify how many. Authorities initially said six had died but late Thursday night revealed a seventh victim had perished.

At one point, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office dispatched a helicopter to look for potential victims in the woods off the highway.

“Two semis were involved and on both of them at least the trailer part has burned,” Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Patrick Riordan told TheGainesville Sun. “At least some of the fatalities were in at least one of the passenger vehicles.”

Riordan told The Associated Press it was unclear whether the victims were killed in the wreck or whether they burned in the fire, which would make identification more difficult.

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I-75 was closed in both directions due to the severity of the crash, causing massive delays. Debris including personal property and vehicle parts was scattered across the road, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The crash was in the northbound lanes, but southbound lanes were closed for hours to keep a route open for first responders, according to a tweet from the Alachua County Sherriff’s office, which said the emergency “required all hands on deck.” Authorities opened the northbound lanes around 8 p.m.

“There are engine parts and components, and there is a lot of area that is burned,” Riordan told The Sun. “Contamination of fuel is a high probability at this point.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Michigan parents charged in fentanyl overdose death of 18-month-old

Michigan parents charged in fentanyl overdose death of 18-month-old – Fox News


This undated booking photo released by Macomb County Sheriff's Office shows Antonio Floyd, 28, and Shantanice Barksdale, 27, who have been charged in the opioid overdose of their 18-month-old daughter who died on Christmas Day.

This undated booking photo released by Macomb County Sheriff’s Office shows Antonio Floyd, 28, and Shantanice Barksdale, 27, who have been charged in the opioid overdose of their 18-month-old daughter who died on Christmas Day.
(Macomb County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Two Michigan parents were charged Tuesday with the murder of their infant daughter, who prosecutors say had an “extraordinary” amount of fentanylin her system at the time of her death.

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith announced second-degree murder charges for Antonio Floyd, 28, and Shantanice Barksdale, 27, in the Christmas Day death of 18-month-old Ava Floyd.

ONE PERSON DEAD, 12 MORE HOSPITALIZED AFTER SUSPEECTED FENTANYL LEADS TO ‘MASS OVERDOSE,’ POLICE SAY

Floyd, Barksdale and their three children were visiting their grandmother in Warren, Michigan, when the infant reportedly stopped breathing. She was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead about 3:31 p.m.

According to a press release from Smith’s office, despite there being no visible signs to explain Ava’s death, an autopsy by the medical examiner’s office revealed that the baby had “an extraordinary level of the narcotic fentanyl in her system at the time of death.”

FENTANYL NOW DEADLIEST DRUG IN AMERICA, METH OVERDOSES GROWING, CDC SAYS

Police were notified, and on Thursday search warrants were issued for the grandmother’s home and the suspects’ home in Clinton Township.

Authorities discovered evidence of “manufacturing and distributing narcotics” inside Floyd and Barksdale’s home and a subsequent investigation led them to believe that the couple were involved in a drug trafficking scheme.

Police say the home where the children lived was the site of the processing and packaging of the opioid.

“… to see an infant experience such a tragic death on Christmas morning as a result of ingesting a large quantity of her parents’ fentanyl is truly gut-wrenching,” Smith said. “This type of criminal behavior will be met with the full weight of this Prosecutors office.”

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The suspects will face additional charges including manslaughter, second-degree child abuse, and delivery/manufacture of a controlled substance.

Attorneys for Floyd and Barksdale on Tuesday declined to comment to The Associated Press.

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Marine, 20, killed in DC barracks shooting identified

Marine, 20, killed in DC barracks shooting identified – Fox News


Riley Kuznia

An active-duty Marine who was shot and killed early Tuesday at the Corps’ Washington D.C. barracks has been identified as 20-year-old Riley Kuznia, of Karlstad, Minn.

Markelle Kuznia, the victim’s mother, told The Associated Press that the military had notified her of Riley’s death late Tuesday, but did not provide further details. A statement from the Marine Corps said the shooting was “currently under investigation” and noted there was no danger to local residents “as this event transpired within the grounds of Marine Barracks 8th and I.”

Fox 5 D.C., citing a police source, reported that the shooting was an accident and happened during a shift change at the barracks. The Marines said the shooting happened at approximately 5 a.m. Jan. 1.

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Markelle Kuznia told Fox 5 that her son was “born to be a soldier.”

“He just wanted to serve. Ever since he was little, he talked about being a soldier,” Kuznia told the AP from her home in Karlstad, a community of about 800 people in northwestern Minnesota.

Kuznia joined the Marines after graduating from Tri-County High School in 2017, she said.

Riley Kuznia had his life planned out, his mother said.

“When he got out (of the military), he was going to start his own construction business. He said he wanted to give five years to his country,” she said. He planned to marry his high school girlfriend, she added.

“He loved to hunt and fish. He always wanted a cabin on a lake with a boat,” his mother said. “He was just a good kid.”

Minnesota Gov.-elect Tim Walz tweeted his sympathies to the Marine’s family Wednesday.

“We are forever grateful for your service to our state and our country,” Walz said. “May your family find peace and strength in outpouring of love and support from the community.”

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The 2020 Cadillac XT6 is the brand’s next big thing

The 2020 Cadillac XT6 is the brand’s next big thing – Fox News


The XT6 is Cadillac’s next big thing

The Cadillac XT6 SUV making its debut at the Detroit Auto Show is the brand’s first large crossover. Fox News Autos Editor Gary Gastelu spoke to Chief Engineer John Plonka about what else sets it apart.

Cadillacis filling a big hole in its lineup with its first large crossover SUV.

The XT6 will slot between the XT5 and Escalade when it goes on sale later this year, giving Caddy a direct challenger to vehicles like the Acura MDX, Infiniti Q60,Lincoln Aviatorand Audi Q7.

(Cadillac)

It’s part of the automaker’s shift away from cars towards utilities, and will essentially replace the CT6 and XTS full-size sedans in showrooms.

(Cadillac)

Related to the Chevrolet Traverse, but smaller, the three-row XT6 is powered by a 310 hp 3.6-liter V6 engine matched to a 9-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel-drive. General Motors recently announcedplans to put Cadillac on the forefront of its electric vehicle strategy, but the XT6 won’t be the model leading the charge.

(Cadillac)

The XT6 debuts a new look for Cadillac, with slim horizontal headlights that are reminiscent of theEscalaconcept of 2016. A long list of standard and optional electronic driver aids that includes an infrared night vision camera, fully-automatic parking and an adaptive cruise control system with stop and go capability.

(Cadillac)

It also gets the latest version of Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, which pairs a touchscreen with a knob controller that can be jogged around like a joystick for added functionality. Its dashboard is otherwise almost identical to the XT5’s. Power folding third-row seating is standard and each row gets two USB ports.

With the XT6 and the recent introduction of the compactXT4, Cadillac is doubling the number of its utility offerings in showrooms and adding a large option that fits better in a garage and is more carlike to drive than the truck-based Escalade.

Pricing will be announced closer to when the order books open this spring, but its competitive starts in the $45,000 to $50,000 range.

2019 CADILLAC XT4 TEST DRIVE: A LITTLE, LATE SUV

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New policy puts revenue squeeze on China’s payments giants

New policy puts revenue squeeze on China’s payments giants


The era that saw China’s mobile payments providers making handsome interest returns on client money has officially ended.
Starting this week, non-bank payments companies must place 100 percent of their customer deposit funds under centralized, interest-free accounts as Beijing moves to rein in financial risks. In the past, third-party payments firms were allowed to hold pre-paid sums from buyers for a short period of time before transferring the money to merchants. This layout allowed companies like Alibaba’s payments affiliate Ant Financial and Tencent to earn interest by depositing customer money into bank accounts.
Exactly how much money Ant and Tencent derived from these deposits is unclear. Both companies declined to comment on the policy’s revenue implications but said they have complied with the rules and finished transferring all customer reserve funds to a centralized clearing system.
Here are some numbers to help grasp the scale of the lucrative practice. The central bank gave a two-year window for all payments firms to complete the transition as it gradually raised the reserve funds ratio, which climbed to 85 percent in November. By then, total customer funds deposited by non-bank payments companies into central custodians hit 1.24 trillion yuan ($180 billion), while another estimated 260 billion yuan was yet to come under regulated control, shows data published by the People’s Bank of China.
Collectively, the giants account for more than 90 percent of China’s third-party mobile payments and 34 percent of all third-party, internet-based payments (which include both PC and mobile transactions), according to research firm Analysys.
While the regulatory control surely has measurable revenue implication on payments firms, some experts point to another adverse consequence. “Now that payments companies are no longer putting deposits into their [partnering] banks, they lose bargaining power with these banks that charge commissions for handling their mobile payments,” an employee from a major payments firm told TechCrunch on the condition of anonymity.
Tencent doesn’t break down how much it makes from payments but the unit has grown rapidly over the past years while its major income source — video games — took a hit last year. Meanwhile Ant Financial has been diversifying its business to go beyond financial services. It has earnestly marketed itself as a “technology” company by opening its proprietary technologies to a growing list of traditional institutions like banks and insurance companies. Reuters reported earlier that technology services will make up 65 percent of Ant’s revenue in about four years, up from an estimated 34 percent in 2017.

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A popular WordPress plugin leaked access tokens capable of hijacking Twitter accounts

A popular WordPress plugin leaked access tokens capable of hijacking Twitter accounts


A popular WordPress plugin, installed on thousands of websites to help users share content on social media sites, left linked Twitter accounts exposed to compromise.
The plugin, Social Network Tabs, was storing so-called account access tokens in the source code of the WordPress website. Anyone who viewed the source code could see the linked Twitter handle and the access tokens. These access tokens keep you logged in to the website on your phone and your computer without having to re-type your password every time or entering your two-factor authentication code.
But if stolen, most sites can’t differentiate between a token used by the account owner, or a hacker who stole the token.
Baptiste Robert, a French security researcher who goes by the online handle Elliot Alderson, found the vulnerability and shared details with TechCrunch.
In order to test the bug, Robert found 539 websites using the vulnerable code by searching PublicWWW, a website source code search engine. He then wrote a proof-of-concept script that scraped the publicly available code from the affected websites, collecting access tokens on more than than 400 linked Twitter accounts.
Using the obtained access tokens, Robert tested their permissions by directing those accounts to ‘favorite’ a tweet of his choosing over a hundred times. This confirmed that the exposed account keys had “read/write” access — effectively giving him, or a malicious hacker, complete control over the Twitter accounts.
Among the vulnerable accounts included a couple of verified Twitter users and several accounts with tens of thousands of followers, a Florida sheriff’s office, a casino in Oklahoma, an outdoor music venue in Cincinnati, and more.
Robert told Twitter on December 1 of the vulnerability in the third-part plugin, prompting the social media giant to revoke the keys, rendering the accounts safe again. Twitter also emailed the affected users of the security lapse of the WordPress plugin, but did not comment on the record when reached.
Twitter did its part — what little it could do when the security issue is out of its hands. Any WordPress user still using the plugin should remove it immediately, change their Twitter password, and ensure that the app is removed from Twitter’s connected apps to invalidate the token.
Design Chemical, a Bangkok-based software house that developed the buggy plugin, did not return a request for comment when contacted prior to publication.
On its website, it says the seven-year plugin has been downloaded more than 53,000 times. The plugin, last updated in 2013, still gets dozens of downloads each day.
MITRE assigned the vulnerability CVE-2018-20555. It’s the second bug Robert has disclosed in as many days.

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Coinbase acquihires San Francisco startup Blockspring

Coinbase acquihires San Francisco startup Blockspring


Coinbase is continuing its push to suck up talent after the $8 billion-valued crypto business snapped up Blockspring, a San Francisco-based startup that enables developers to collect and process data from APIs.
The undisclosed deal was announced by Blockspring on its blog, and confirmed to TechCrunch by a Coinbase representative. Coinbase declined to comment further.
Blockspring started out as a serverless data business, but it pivoted into a service that lets companies use API data. That includes purposes such as building list and repositories for recruitment, marketing sales, reporting and more. Pricing starts from $29 per month and Blockspring claims to work with “thousands” of companies.
That startup graduated Y Combinator and, according to Crunchbase, it had raised $3.5 million from investors that include SV Angel and A16z, both of which are Coinbase investors. Those common investors are likely a key reason for the deal, which appears to be a talent acquisition. The Blockspring team will join Coinbase, but it will continue to offer its existing products “for current and new customers as they always have.”
“Joining Coinbase was a no-brainer for a number reasons including its commitment to establishing an open financial system and the strength of its engineering team, led by Tim Wagner (formerly of AWS Lambda). Making the technical simple and accessible is what we’ve always been about at Blockspring. And now we’ll get to push these goals forward along with the talented folks at Coinbase to make something greater than we could on our own,” wrote CEO Paul Katsen.
Coinbase raised $300 million last October to take it to $525 million raised to date from investors. While it may not be a huge one, the Blockspring deal looks to be its eleventh acquisition, according to data from Crunchbase. Most of those have been talent grabs, but its more substantial pieces of M&A have included the $120 million-plus deal for Earn.com, which installed Balaji Srinivasan as the company’s first CTO, the acquisition of highly-rated blockchain browser Cipher, and the purchase of securities dealer Keystone Capital, which boosted its move into security tokens.
In addition to buying up companies, Coinbase also makes investments via its early-stage focused Coinbase Ventures fund.
Disclosure: The author owns a small amount of cryptocurrency. Enough to gain an understanding, not enough to change a life.

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Ocasio-Cortez’s latest role on Capitol Hill: Twitter tutor for House Democrats

Ocasio-Cortez’s latest role on Capitol Hill: Twitter tutor for House Democrats


U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman Democrat representing New York’s 14th Congressional District, takes a selfie with Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, D-N.H., and Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., on the first day of the 116th Congress, Jan. 3, 2019, in Washington. (Associated Press)
As the youngest member of Congress, it’s no surprise that U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has used social media effectively in her campaigning and in her first weeks as a member of Congress. Now she’s offering other House Democrats a chance to learn the techniques she has used.Ocasio-Cortez, 29, and slightly older U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., will pair up to teach the “most effective ways to engage constituents on Twitter and the importance of digital storytelling,” at a Thursday session hosted by the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, according to reports.Ocasio-Cortez confirmed Wednesday on — where else? — Twitter that she would be teaching the class.“Perks of being in the Democratic Caucus: I will be teaching a Twitter class tomorrow morning open to all members,” she tweeted to her 2.43 million followers.The planned lesson in social media comes as the generational divide between older members of Congress and their younger colleagues grows wider. Hearings last year highlighted the chasm when some lawmakers didn’t understand how social media platforms made money or what they do.OCASIO-CORTEZ VOWS TO ‘RUN TRAIN’ ON PROGRESSIVE AGENDA IN BIZARRE TURN OF PHRASE”The older generation of members and senators is pretty clueless on the social media platforms,” said Himes, 52, who boasts 77,700 followers on Twitter. “It’s pretty clear that a lot of members have 25-year-olds in their offices,” running their social media.Himes said he made a deal with his staff that he can manage his own Twitter account unless he’s consumed more than two beers, USA Today reported. Tweets about body parts and what he learns from the House Intelligence Committee are verboten. The former stems from once tweeting about his sweaty scalp after eating spicy chili.OCASIO-CORTEZ CALLS HERSELF ‘RADICAL,’ SAYS HER MISTAKES DON’T COMPARE TO TRUMP’S ‘LIES’Josh Hawley, the youngest U.S. senator at 39, said he sees a disconnect between the generations and their understanding of technology.“For younger members, they think of social media as every bit of an established form of communication as print or television or radio,” the Missouri Republican told the paper.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPOcasio-Cortez, a House freshman, uses Twitter frequently to state her policy positions, share opinions and call out her opponents, attackers and the media.The decision to invite her to share her expertise could signal the Democratic Party’s attempt to bring in fresh voices, even those who don’t always agree with its leadership, USA Today said.
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