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What to do about those ‘government-backed attack’ warnings from Google – TechCrunch

Saturday, March 25, 2017

TOTALLY PANIC. Just kidding; please don’t do that. Google regularly issues warnings to people whose accounts are or have been targeted by state-sponsored attackers, and every time it does, users get really nervous that their emails are going to wind up on WikiLeaks. Don’t freak out if you get one of these notices — it doesn’t necessarily mean that your account has been compromised, it just means you should think…

Mayes County Book Review: ‘Pathfinders’ – Pryor Daily Times

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Imagine being a pioneer settler, constitutional convention delegate, fort commander, farmer, land surveyor and army officer. According to writer D. Bruce Howell, these roles are what make Nathan Boone a noted pathfinder in Northeastern Oklahoma. Boone, along with many other familiar trailblazers can be found in Howell’s latest book about the history of Northeastern Oklahoma, with an emphasis on Mayes County and surrounding counties. Howell, who…

Google is working on a new social app for small groups to edit photos together – TechCrunch

Saturday, March 25, 2017

While Google continues to add more features to its two social communication apps Allo and Duo, TechCrunch has learned that it has quietly been working on least one more social app. Google has been developing a new social app that lets small groups edit photos together and then organise them for future enjoyment: think Path meets Snapchat-style filters and edits meets Google’s imaging smarts. Google confirmed the existence of the app after we asked about it,…

Amazon Is Winning at Credit Cards Too – Barron’s

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Credit card issuers are dialing up the perks to gain new customers and get them to spend more. You’d think that might be good news for retailers across the board, but, go figure, Amazon.com is reaping the rewards. (The e-commerce giant upped the cash-back bonus for Prime members on its co-branded Chase card earlier this year.) A new Morgan Stanley report shows that Amazon already has an impressive share of…

Amazon will start collecting sales tax nationwide starting April 1st – The Verge

Saturday, March 25, 2017

One of Amazon’s biggest early advantages over brick-and-mortar retailers will disappear for good next month. The company will on April 1st start collecting sales in the states of Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, and New Mexico, according to a report from CNBC. That means Amazon will collect sales tax in all 45 states that require it, ending one of the company’s more drawn-out regulatory fights that the e-commerce giant had resigned itself…

No Wi-Fi in the wilderness? Books to take — and to skip – San Francisco Chronicle

Saturday, March 25, 2017

In general, the outdoors is bigger than the indoors, so it’s not much of a surprise that there’s more than one school of thought about camping and nature. Among them, there is the John Muir school: longing to escape the modern, artificial world and breathe fresh air, see the stars and sleep closer to the earth and its wonders. Then there’s the Kurt Vonnegut school: “If people think nature is…

How Chicago writers have benefited enormously from the NEA – Chicago Tribune

Saturday, March 25, 2017

What’s more important? Music? Theater? Painting? Writing? Shall we rank them in importance? Theater often requires music, but not always. Theater needs writing before it needs music. Then again, music requires writing, too. Unless we’re talking improvisation. Musicians benefit from the spatial thinking that visual arts provide, but not necessarily. Visual arts can incorporate music (installation art) or theater (performance art) or even writing, but a painting on a wall…

Health Care Plan Problems Take Center Stage in Writers Guild-Studios’ Contract Talks – Variety

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The halls of Congress aren’t the only place where a strenuous debate over the fate of health care has taken place this week. The financial strain on the Writers Guild of America’s health care plan has been a central issue during the past two weeks of master contract negotiations between the guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The guild is seeking a significant step-up in AMPTP…

Britain’s diversity crisis starts with its writers. Here’s why – New Statesman

Saturday, March 25, 2017

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Books in Brief: Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood; Out of Wonder by Kwame Alexander – Buffalo News

Saturday, March 25, 2017

CHILDREN’SMiss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood; Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins; 368 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12. …A huge wall – called “The Seven Buttons” – is all that protects the Kingdom of Lightning Pass from destruction by Marauders outside. Or so the people of Lightning Pass – and the “magical maidens” in training at Miss Ellicott’s School “for surplus females” – have always been told. But…

Apple Says It Fixed CIA Vulnerabilities Years Ago – The Intercept

Friday, March 24, 2017

Yesterday, WikiLeaks released its latest batch of pilfered CIA material, five documents describing malicious software for taking over Apple MacBooks and iPhones, and wrote in an accompanying post that “the CIA has been infecting the iPhone supply chain of its targets,” prompting concerned readers to wonder if their iPhone or MacBook had been infected on the factory floor. In a statement, Apple says that is almost certainly not the case. As…

Britain’s diversity crisis starts with its writers. Here’s why – New Statesman

Friday, March 24, 2017

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Chet Cunningham, author who defied writer’s block by churning out 450 books, dies at 88 – Los Angeles Times

Friday, March 24, 2017

Chet Cunningham didn’t believe in writer’s block. The San Diego author’s catalog of 450 published books — Westerns, thrillers, military history, medical guides — included one that he wrote in less than a week because a publishing house was desperate to fill an unexpected hole in its production schedule. “That’s what I do,” Cunningham once told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I write books.” Cunningham, who died March 14 at 88…

Man burning books caused 700-acre Florida brush fire, officials say – Fox News

Friday, March 24, 2017

A Florida man burning books in his yard caused a 700-acre brush fire which destroyed two buildings, damaged six homes and nearly 20 sheds and barns, officials said Thursday. Florida Forest Service officials let residents return to their homes after good weather helped firefighters combat the flames. At least 150 residents were forced to leave their homes, Fox 13 News reported. “Things are looking really good as far…

The Great American Novelist Who Spied for the Soviets – New York Times

Friday, March 24, 2017

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Amazon.com wins $1.5 billion tax dispute over IRS – CNBC

Friday, March 24, 2017

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Apple Does Not Negotiate With Wikileaks… For CIA Hack Info – Forbes

Friday, March 24, 2017

Wikileaks’ Dark Matter release showed malware made for iPhone 3GS. Apple said Friday there was nothing affecting new iPhone and Mac OS X systems. (Photo credit: SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images) Apple issued a strong statement on Friday after Wikileaks released a handful of documents about Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) malware for iPhones and Macs, saying it was all old material that the Cupertino giant had addressed. But it also issued the toughest statement…

Google, Facebook stock won’t see their valuations hit over issues with inappropriate content, VC ‘godfather’ says – CNBC

Friday, March 24, 2017

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Sony Update: New Candidate Emerges In Former Fox Exec Tony Vinciquerra – Deadline

Friday, March 24, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: With Jim Gianopulos getting closer to a deal to run Paramount and the town all abuzz with who might come into the vice-chair role below him, we are hearing a bit more about the Sony Pictures executive job. A new candidate is emerging in Tony Vinciquerra, a highly capable executive and the senior adviser for technology, media and telecom sectors at TPG Capital. He, of course, also is the…

WikiLeaks: CIA hacked Apple devices in ways users cannot fix – Fox News

Friday, March 24, 2017

NEW YORK –  New documents from WikiLeaks point to an apparent CIA program to hack Apple’s iPhones and Mac computers using techniques that users couldn’t disable by resetting their devices. Security experts say the exploits are plausible, but suggest they pose little threat to typical users. They say that many of the tricks are older — the iPhone hack involves the 3G model from 2008, for instance. The techniques…