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Thursday, December 14, 2017

IoT Voices with WIRED: Chief of Strategy, Chameleon Technology

IoT Voices with WIRED: Business Development, DST Controls

Biggest bubble in history: What you need to know about bitcoin

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

IoT Voices with WIRED: VP Offerings, Watson IoT

Introducing IBM Cloud App ID

Sen. Cruz at Commerce Hearing - December 12, 2017

Investors should be cautious about bitcoin: Ben Stein

Google launches three new experimental photo apps

Highlights: Hatch and Whitehouse press DEA Official on Misrepresented Op...

Responding to questions from Senators Hatch and Whitehouse, Demetra Ashley, the Acting Assistant Administrator of the DEA, makes clear Hatch/Whitehouse bill is 1) not hindering DEA efforts to combat opioids; 2) DEA signed off on current language, 3) DEA has plenty of tools at their disposal to effectively combat the opioid epidemic; 4) DEA has neglected to submit required reports on how legislation can be improved



These affordable Q Acoustics speakers sound great

Apple buys Shazam and makes it official (CNET News)

Apple Watch can now sync with a treadmill

Google Home Max hands-on

The most pressing questions for Apple in 2018 (CNET Top 5)

CNET's top-rated products of 2017

iPhone X: Five annoying things

Middle Eastern promises: 'Most Americans support Trump's Jerusalem decis...

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Das Erbe des arabischen Rassismus

Das Bürgerkriegsland Libyen ist ein Eldorado für Menschenhändler. Auf nächtlichen Sklavenmärkten werden internierte afrikanische Migranten wie Vieh verkauft. Ein Grund: Hass auf Dunkelhäutige.

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/libyen-sklavenmaerkte-das-erbe-des-arabischen-rassismus-a-1181801.html

Thursday, December 7, 2017

IoT Voices with WIRED: SVP, Persistent Systems Inc.

FortiCast Ep. 20: Fortinet Innovators - FortiSIEM





Unanswered Questions about the Las Vegas Shooting

It has now been over two months since the mass #shooting in #LasVegas.

Shortly after the shooting, #ISIS claimed responsibility. This claim was quickly dismissed by our mainstream media.

But in the two months that have passed, no other explanation has emerged.

The girlfriend of the shooter returned to the U.S. and spoke to the #FBI. But we don't know what she said.

The same questions we had two months ago have not been answered.

Was the Las Vegas shooting, indeed, a #terrorist attack? The girlfriend of the shooter is Filipino. Jihadi terrorists are active in the Philippines. Could some Filipino Jihadis have come into contact with the shooter and turned him to their way of thinking? Maybe it wasn't an ISIS attack, but could some other terrorists with a similar ideology have gotten to the shooter?

Did the shooter have help? The shooter had a lot of guns and a lot of ammunition in his hotel room. How could he have gotten all that stuff up there without hotel security noticing it?

Was there only one shooter? Several witnesses reported hearing shots from more than one gun. The mainstream media dismissed these reports as echoes from neighboring buildings. But was there really only one shooter? When the news cameras showed the shooter's hotel room, two windows had been broken out. Could there not have been more than one shooter?

There were a lot of unanswered questions after the Las Vegas shooting. Two months later, those questions are still unanswered.


Ethereum Co-Founder Joe Lubin On The Promise Of Blockchain Technology | ...



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It Looks Like History Of Fiat Money Is Going Back To The Revolutionary W...



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Regulating Bitcoin's Unique Characteristics: CFTC's Andrew Busch | CNBC



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CBOE CEO Edward Tilly On Launch Of Bitcoin Futures Trading | CNBC



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Newmont Mining CEO Gary Goldberg: We'll Keep An Eye On Bitcoin | CNBC



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‘Bitcoin is a bubble, when it bursts it can be disastrous’ – analyst on ...



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Bitcoin rises above $12K for the first time



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Veteran small business owner meets with Trump



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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wisconsin may become the first state to conduct food stamp drug tests



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Lena Dunham warned Clinton campaign about Harvey Weinstein: report



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Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital applauded by some



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NFL extends Roger Goodell's contract: Sources



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Trump touts ‘4, 5 even 6 percent’ economic growth



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Wildfires blaze through Los Angeles area



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Israel shouldn’t be intimidated after Trump relocates US embassy: Dov Hi...



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Alabama reporter on how voters are viewing Senate race



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Republican waffling on Roy Moore could hurt the party: GOP fundraiser



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House will vote on spending bill Thursday: source



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Some Israelis thrilled with Trump’s decision to relocate US embassy in I...



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Tax reform sparks California exodus: Where are the wealthy going?



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Speaking Freely: John Kay



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Military vet looks to Trump to help grow business



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Concealed carry bill will easily pass House: Rep. Hudson



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Rep. Scalise on lowering tax rates: Will make America competitive again



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The fallout from Trump's Israel embassy decision



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Sara Evans on her Christmas tour, new record label



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Tax reform: Is SALT still on the table?



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Why weren't Hillary Clinton staffers investigated for lying to FBI?



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Hillary Clinton topping your Christmas tree?



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#Christmas2017


Technology sector facing tighter regulatory environment?



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IoT Voices with WIRED: CEO, Smart Cone Technologies



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IoT Voices with Wired: CEO, Smart Connect Technologies



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IoT Voices with WIRED: Angela Ruggerio, CEO, Sports Innovation Lab



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Rep. Gowdy on Flynn, FBI with Bret Baier



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Stossel: Deceitful Bias in The New York Times



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Google Home accepts multiple commands and adds eBay (Googlicious)



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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Google to pull YouTube from Fire TV, Echo Show (CNET News)



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Beyerdynamic DT 770 Studio headphones

Security hacks will be even worse in 2018 (The 3:59, Ep. 327)



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ZTE Axon M review



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SyncStream Benefits Analysis Toolkit Gives Glimpse Into Your Business’s Future

SyncStream has a new tool designed to forecast the cost of employee benefits.
The Benefits Analysis Toolkit automates a variety of benefits calculations to free up HR department timeand eliminate human error.

https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/12/syncstream-benefits-analysis-toolkit-small-business.html

10 Things to Know for Businesses Filing for Bankruptcy

The economy is doing well and may even boom if proposed tax changes are enacted. Nonetheless, a business may suffer reverses and need to file for bankruptcy. In 2017, many famous retailers sought bankruptcy protection, including The Limited, Wet Seal, Hhgregg, Radio Shack, Gymboree, and Toys R Us.
The “b” word isn’t pleasant but may be a fact of life for some businesses. Under one bankruptcy scenario (Chapter 7 for corporations, partnerships, and individuals), the business liquidates its assets, pays off creditors to the extent possible, and goes out of business. Under the other, more common, scenario (Chapters 13 for individuals; Chapter 11 for corporations and partnerships; Chapter 12 for family farms), there’s a reorganization where a plan of bankruptcy is designed to keep the business afloat. It is used to muster the business’s assets and pay off creditors under the terms of the plan, resuming operations with a clean slate.

https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/12/bankruptcy-and-the-irs.html

PBS announces 'Amanpour' as interim replacement for Charlie Rose

PBS has a plan for replacing Charlie Rose's late-night interview program, and it starts with Christiane Amanpour.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/12/04/media/pbs-charlie-rose-replacement/index.html

Want to Learn 8 Secrets for Getting a Business Loan? Here are 2


https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/12/getting-a-business-loan-webinar.html

Graphic Design Platform Canva Now Has an Android App

Canva is finally available on Android. And for 10 million plus Canva users around the world, the move is a welcomed addition to this popular design application.
Making Canva available on Android now means more than 2 billion monthly active mobile users will have access to the DIY design platform on devices running the popular operating system. With the mission of giving designers the ability to “Design Anything, Publish Anywhere,” the company now offers its solution on two of the most popular mobile platforms.

https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/12/canva-for-android.html

Blunt Delivers Opening Remarks During Hearing on Opioid Epidemic 12/5/17

On December 5, 2017, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, delivered opening remarks during a hearing examining prevention, treatment, and recovery activities related to the opioid crisis in America. Blunt noted that opioid-specific overdoses now surpass car accidents as the number one cause of accidental death in the country.





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Inhofe on The Hugh Hewitt Show



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Barrasso on FOX News "America's Newsroom" with Sandra Smith



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#JohnBarrasso #SenatorBarrasso


IBM Watson Conversation: Working with intents



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IBM Watson Conversation: Working with entities



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Thune: Relief for American Families is on the Way



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ESET takes part in global operation to disrupt Gamarue

Today, we announce that a major law enforcement operation disrupted many botnets using a malware family that has been plaguing the internet for quite a long time: Gamarue, also known as Andromeda. This joint operation, involving law enforcement agencies world-wide, Microsoft, and ESET, has been ongoing for more than a year now.

https://www.welivesecurity.com/2017/12/04/eset-takes-part-global-operation-disrupt-gamarue/

Why Ivanka Trump Took A Selfie with Ramon Ray, Plus His 8 Power Networking Tips

Last week, Ivanka Trump joined 1,500 entrepreneurs in Hyderabad, India, for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
Just about everyone wanted to get close to this global celebrity and now Special Advisor to President Donald Trump, her father.

https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/12/power-networking.html

How Cloud Computing Can Add to Your Business’s Bottom Line

Small business owners are well aware that technology is becoming more important to their success:
  • Two-thirds of SMBs indicate technology is a primary factor in pursuing their business objectives; and
  • 72 percent of SMB decision makers say that technology solutions can help them significantly improve business outcomes and run their businesses better.

https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/12/competitive-advantages-of-cloud-computing.html

25 Organic Agricultural Business Ideas

You already know how many great agriculture business opportunities are out there. But there’s a narrower, and potentially more lucrative, niche for entrepreneurs to consider — organic agriculture. Sales of organic imports have grown steadily, reaching $47 billion in 2016 according to the Organic Trade Association.

https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/12/organic-agriculture-business-ideas.html

What Will Phoenix Residents Do for Financial Security in the Long Run? Hint: They Won’t Cut Back on Discretionary Spending

Merrill Edge® Report Finds Valley Residents Prioritize Homeownership but Not at the Expense of Vacation or Going Out

http://newsroom.bankofamerica.com/press-releases/consumer-banking/what-will-phoenix-residents-do-financial-security-long-run-hint-they

Public Cloud Security: Making It a Business Enabler

Over the last several years, public cloud computing resources have developed into a flourishing IT supermarket of processing capacity, storage, applications, and a variety of automated tasks (networking, security, and system maintenance), all offered “as a service” by third-party vendors.
These and other public cloud computing services have mushroomed largely due to the economic and strategic advantages they offer their paying customers:

https://blog.fortinet.com/2017/12/04/public-cloud-security-making-it-a-business-enabler5a1de80c98b9f

Q&A with Bob Fortna President of Fortinet Federal Inc

Bob Fortna joined Fortinet as president of Fortinet Federal Inc. We sat down with Bob to get his perspective on his new role and learn about what he envisions for Fortinet in supporting Federal agencies and partners.

https://blog.fortinet.com/2017/12/04/q-a-with-bob-fortna

Southern Californians Feel Most Successful With Their Investments Compared to a Decade Ago

Merrill Edge® Report Finds Southern Californians Are Willing to Make Financial Sacrifices, Redefining Success

http://newsroom.bankofamerica.com/press-releases/consumer-banking/southern-californians-feel-most-successful-their-investments-compare

Dallas/Fort Worth’s New Definition of Success Is All About Family

Merrill Edge® Report Reveals Dallas/Fort Worth Residents Prioritize Family, but Avoid Relatives’ Financial Mistakes

http://newsroom.bankofamerica.com/press-releases/consumer-banking/dallasfort-worths-new-definition-success-all-about-family

When It Comes to Being Successful, Chicago Residents Value Family and Community

10 Years After the Great Recession, Merrill Edge® Report Finds Chicago Residents Are More Focused on Making a Difference Than Having a Million Dollars in the Bank

http://newsroom.bankofamerica.com/press-releases/consumer-banking/when-it-comes-being-successful-chicago-residents-value-family-and-co

Mellanox and NEC Partner to Deliver Innovative High-Performance and Artificial Intelligence Platforms

Mellanox InfiniBand Solutions Accelerate the New NEC SX-Aurora TSUBASA Systems for High Performance and Deep Learning Data Centers

http://ir.mellanox.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=1050557

PowerDNS Recursor HTML/Script Injection Vulnerability – A Walkthrough

PowerDNS Recursor is a high-end, high-performance resolving name server that powers the DNS resolution of at least a hundred million subscribers. The “Recursor” is one of two name server products whose primary goal is to act as resolving DNS server.

On Aug. 7, 2017, I reported an XSS (cross-site scripting) vulnerability to PowerDNS and its Security Team. They assigned it the identifier CVE-2017-15092.

https://blog.fortinet.com/2017/12/02/powerdns-recursor-html-script-injection-vulnerability-a-walkthrough

Canada could make billions from legal pot

Canada faces one last hurdle to becoming the first G7 nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

Canada's Cannabis Act was introduced in the Canadian Senate Tuesday, its last legislative stop. The bill enjoys wide public support and the backing of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/12/02/news/canada-cannabis/index.html

Twitter's top tweets show the highs and lows of 2017



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'House of Cards' S6 ends show without Kevin Spacey



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Amazon finally launches in Australia



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Facebook Messenger Kids is here (CNET News)



#News #Technology #Children


Safer streaming for kids on Netflix and YouTube (Tech Minute)



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Monday, December 4, 2017

JW President Tom Fitton: Andrew McCabe Conflict of Interest Scandal 'Eng...



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Houthis cheer Yemeni ex-president Saleh's death in Sanaa, now under thei...



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Soldiers killed in French airstrike were hostages – Malian president



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British aid for Syria being funneled to extremists



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RAW: US & South Korea launch joint combat air-force exercise



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11.30.17 Inhofe Q&A at SASC Nomination Hearing



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#JimInhofe #SenatorInhofe



IBM TRIRIGA Workplace Services



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The Razer phone is amazing and no one will buy it! (The 3:59, Ep. 326)



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IoT Voices with WIRED: VP and CTO, Sears Home Services



#Technology #IBM #InternetOfThings


A Developers Guide to Node RED



#Technology #IBM



Three Levers for STP Success

Robert Ray on FBI agent removed from Mueller investigation over texts



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Predict NJ will win sports betting case: Judge Napolitano



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#TenthAmendment


iOS update introduces Apple Pay Cash, texting turns 25



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'My First Phone': CNET editors look back on their first phones



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This is the Razer Phone



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Future Apple products that we may see



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What's new on Australian streaming in December



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'Elon's Musk' air freshener smell test





Google’s New Datally App Tells Business Owners How to Save on Data Usage

Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) just built an app called Datally so you can better manage and track the data on your mobile device.
Datally is designed to address three important facets of mobile data usage. It lets you understand, control and save on the data you use as part of your plan. Google is making the app available globally after testing it for the past few months in the Philippines. The company said users saved up to 30 percent on their data.

https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/12/google-datally.html

Infosys hires Capgemini veteran as new CEO

Infosys has ended months of uncertainty about its leadership by hiring a top executive from rival Capgemini as its new CEO.

Salil Parekh will take up his new role on January 2, the global IT outsourcing firm said in a statement.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/12/04/technology/infosys-ceo-salil-parekh-capgemini/index.html

Combat Flip Flops Manufactures Product in Countries Ravaged by War

One soldier went to serve his country in war and came back to wage peace through small business. Matthew “Griff” Griffin is a 2001 West Point graduate who deployed four times to Iraq and Afghanistan with the 2nd Ranger Battalion. He planned and participated in more than 100 special operations direct action missions.

https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/12/combat-flip-flops-small-business-success-story.html

CVS is buying Aetna in massive deal that could transform health care

CVS is buying health insurance giant Aetna, the companies announced Sunday.

If approved, the $69 billion acquisition -- $77 billion including debt -- would drastically remap the health care industry. CVS Health (CVS)is a massive drugstore chain and prescription drug insurer, while Aetna (AET) is one of the nation's largest health insurers.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/12/03/investing/cvs-health-aetna-merger/index.html

Livestream Your Work to Showcase Your Skills and Bond Socially

It’s a fact: we love sharing on social media. The average time spent on social platforms stands at 135 minutes daily. But when it comes to work-related matters, we’re not as willing to share.
As artist Austin Kleon (author of “Show Your Work”) says, many of us are trained to guard our projects and to reveal them after completion, never before.

https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/12/livestreaming-community-for-creative-professionals-watch-me-work.html

Planned Verizon 5G Wireless Broadband Could Benefit Entrepreneurs and Home Based Businesses

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) has announced it will launch fifth-generation — 5G — wireless residential services in three to five U.S. markets in 2018.
Using radio signals instead of fiber or copper cables, Verizon’s 5G wireless broadband will give customers access to unprecedented wireless internet speeds.

https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/12/verizon-launching-5g-wireless-broadband.html

Cyber Monday Transactions Rise 50 Percent Over 2016, Data Shows

People started to wonder if Cyber Monday was worth all the fuss this year. Dead, even. If holiday sales start before Thanksgiving and extend almost a week after Cyber Monday, what’s the point in even having a Cyber Monday?
The point is people can’t wait for Cyber Monday, according to fresh figures from First Data (NYSE: FDC).

https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/12/cyber-monday-trends.html

Top of Mind Helps Businesses Stay Relevant in a Crowded Global Marketplace

In Top of Mind: Use Content to Unleash Your Influence and Engage Those Who Matter To You branding expert John Hall helps readers build a business that continually generates leads, customers and referrals in a marketplace that is growing more crowded by the day.

https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/12/top-of-mind-book-review.html

ABC News suspends Brian Ross for 4 weeks over erroneous Flynn story

ABC News announced Saturday that it has suspended investigative reporter Brian Ross for four weeks without pay after Ross was forced to correct a bombshell on-air report about Michael Flynn.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/12/02/media/abc-news-brian-ross/index.html

Netanyahu: 'Iran & Nazi Germany share ruthlessly commitment to murder Je...



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13 dead, 2 missing after boat & oil tanker collide off South Korea



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Nuclear plants safe from terror? Greenpeace activists break into power s...



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Sunday, December 3, 2017

US defense companies facing increased competition from China



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Inhofe Speaks on Senate Floor about Missile Defense



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IoT Voices with WIRED: Jack Skelton, Republic Parking

Sen. Cruz Introduces 529 Savings Plan Amendment on Senate Floor - Decemb...



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Vanguard's Governance Journey with IBM

IBM DataStage Flow Designer



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Square Downgraded After Adding $3.5 Billion In Market Cap For Bitcoin Tr...





Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire: Bitcoin And Blockchain Are ‘Fundamental Break...



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Power to the people: Tesla mega-battery goes online



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Tesla activates world's biggest battery



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Harvey Weinstein: Sexual assault in 2017 | FACTUAL FEMINIST



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On Fox News Sunday, Barrasso Discusses Tax Cuts and Jobs Act



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Malmstrom AFB activates new Security Forces squadron



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Fortinet Threat Landscape Report Q3 2017 | CyberSecurity Trends



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Qualcomm wants some iPhones banned in the US, NSA data leaked online



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Apple wants you to control your iMac with gestures (Apple Byte Extra Cru...



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Bitcoin: How Does it Work? (Roger Ver Interview)



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#Commerce

#Government




Harvard Student: Campus Left Distorts True Nature of Communism



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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Lindsay Shepherd LIVE: Free Speech Battle with Laurier University



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Joint Statement from Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan on Misleading Democrat Claims About Tax Reform

December 12017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement on misleading Democrat claims that tax reform would lead to cuts in vital programs:
“Critics of tax reform are claiming the legislation would lead to massive, across-the-board spending cuts in vital programs—including a four percent reduction in Medicare—due to the Pay-Go law enacted in 2010. This will not happen. Congress has readily available methods to waive this law, which has never been enforced since its enactment. There is no reason to believe that Congress would not act again to prevent a sequester, and we will work to ensure these spending cuts are prevented.”

CORKER STATEMENT ON TAX REFORM LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement.
“My concern about the impact a rapidly growing $20 trillion national debt will have on our children and grandchildren has been a guiding principle throughout my time in public service. And during my 10 years and 11 months in the Senate, I have consistently fought for fiscal discipline in Washington.
“I have authored comprehensive legislation to address America’s debt crisis, including the Commitment to American Prosperity (CAP) Act and the Fiscal Sustainability Act. I also have taken some really tough votes against very popular policies, including appropriations bills, budget resolutions, defense authorizations, disaster funding, and even a veterans’ bill. 
“But at the same time, I have consistently advocated for pro-growth tax reform. And in my view, these are not mutually exclusive priorities.
“From the beginning of this debate, I have been a cheerleader for legislation that – while allowing for current policy assumptions and reasonable dynamic scoring – would not add to the deficit and set rates that are permanent in nature.
“I worked closely with Senator Toomey to negotiate the budget agreement that paved the way for this legislation. And I have worked diligently over the past few weeks with Senate leadership and the White House to make improvements.
“While I support a number of the provisions included in this legislation and continue to believe it would have been fairly easy to alter the bill in a way that would have been more fiscally sound without harming the pro-growth policies, unfortunately, it is clear that the caucus is in a different place.
“This is yet another tough vote. I am disappointed. I wanted to get to yes. But at the end of the day, I am not able to cast aside my fiscal concerns and vote for legislation that I believe, based on the information I currently have, could deepen the debt burden on future generations.
“I thank the administration, Senate leadership, and members of the tax-writing committee for working with me in good faith, and as I shared with President Trump when I called him a short time ago, I will take a close look at the product developed in conference before making a decision on the final legislation.”
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Lilly's Taltz® (ixekizumab) Receives U.S. FDA Approval for the Treatment of Active Psoriatic Arthritis

INDIANAPOLISDec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Taltz® (ixekizumab) injection 80 mg/mL for the treatment of adults with active psoriatic arthritis (PsA).1 Taltz was first approved by the FDA in March 2016 for the treatment of adult patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy.1

https://investor.lilly.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=1050469

FDA Approves Amgen's Repatha® (evolocumab) To Prevent Heart Attack And Stroke

Following FDA Priority Review, Repatha is the Only PCSK9 Inhibitor Approved to Reduce Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke and Coronary Revascularization

http://investors.amgen.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=61656&p=RssLanding&cat=news&id=2319674

FLASHBACK: Sanctuary City Ties to Kate Steinle's Death



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JUST IN: Bob Mueller JUST got a ṢȦḊ Ñews from a top lawyer



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Mueller’s investigation is failing: Chris Farrell



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Keiser Report: Will Bitcoin Revive Gold as Global Money? (E1157)



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#Gold #Silver #Bitcoin #Cryptocurrency #Cryptocurrencies




CrossTalk: Bitcoin Fever!



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#Bitcoin #Blockchain



UBS Chairman: Regulators need to look at Bitcoin





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#Politics #Regulation


Conyers resignation over misconduct allegations continue to grow



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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Feds Keeping An Eye On Bitcoin | CNBC



#News #Business #Currency #Currencies #Cryptocurrency #Cryptocurrencies

#Blockchain #Bitcoin



Bob Nardelli: Bitcoin is phony



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Understanding Bitcoin's Surge And Its Use Around The World | CNBC



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Bitcoin cryptocurrency is a game changer: Naomi Brockwell



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Rubio pushes for child tax credit on Laura Ingraham Show



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Rubio, Lee Push for amendment giving working families larger share of ta...



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Monday, November 20, 2017

The Daily Hell of Life in the Soviet Bloc

This month is the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party’s seizure of power in Petrograd, Russia. British Guardian columnist Paul Mason recent declared that the Soviet revolution provided “a beacon to the rest of humanity, no matter how short lived.” The New York Times has exalted the Soviet takeover in a series of articles on the “Red Century” – even asserting that “women had better sex under communism” (based largely on a single dubious orgasm count comparison of East and West German women.)

Professor Hunt Tooley’s November 1 Mises article on “The Bolshevik Great Experiment: 100 Years Later” vividly captured the stunning death tolls communism produced in Russia and elsewhere. Stalin reputedly said that one death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.

https://mises.org/wire/daily-hell-life-soviet-bloc

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sen. Cruz on The Joe Pags Show - November 17, 2017



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Yuri Maltsev: Why Socialism Will Never Work



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Senate Finance Committee Passes Hatch Tax Reform Proposal



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NFL owners would be crazy not to renew Goodell's contract: Judge Napolitano



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Napolitano: Will the Justice Department Ever Do its Job?



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Judge Napolitano analyzes the Menendez mistrial



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Steyn: Governing become impossible when you go to extremes



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Mark Steyn on the importance of Trump's Vietnam visit



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Gowdy questions Attorney General Jeff Sessions



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How to Make (Funny) Two-Minute Arguments Against Statism



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Friday, November 17, 2017

Old Commercials That Would Be "Politically Incorrect" Today

China Tells Christians to Replace Images of Jesus with Communist President

Propaganda effort in poor province latest sign of Xi Jinping consolidating control.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2017/november/china-christians-jesus-communist-president-xi-jinping-yugan.html

Laudable Pursuit - Technological Innovation can be stifled by Government...



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Floor Speech on the National Arctic Wildlife Refuge



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Inhofe Floor Speech about the FY'18 NDAA



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Inhofe Q&A at Commerce Hearing about Coast Guard Readiness



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Inhofe Q&A at SASC Nomination Hearing



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The People Calling For Higher Taxes Don't Really Want To Pay Higher Taxes




EXACTLY! The People Calling For Higher Taxes Don't Really Want To Pay Higher Taxes... They Just Want YOU To Pay Higher Taxes!#CollectivismSteals

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

How to make money from the photos on your phone

Most of us keep hundreds of images on our phones. But not many people are making money off of them.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/16/pf/stock-photography-make-money/index.html

Airbnb to offer more accessible rentals

Airbnb, the short-term rental company, knows it needs to do better when it comes to accessibility.

The company announced on Thursday it is acquiring Accomable to help connect disabled travelers with more accessible-friendly rentals.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/16/technology/airbnb-acquires-accomable/index.html

Siemens is cutting 6,900 jobs, mostly in Germany and U.S.

Industrial conglomerate Siemens is planning to cut 6,900 jobs, mostly in Germany and the U.S.

Most of the job cuts will hit the Siemens (SIEGY) unit that provides turbines and services to companies that generate power from oil and gas.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/16/news/companies/siemens-job-cuts/index.html

Want a new iPhone? Here are the best Black Friday deals

You won't have to look too hard to find deals on the iPhone this Black Friday.

Some of the nation's biggest retailers are offering bargains on many iPhone models to kick off the holiday shopping season.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/16/technology/gadgets/black-friday-iphone-deals/index.html

Microsoft is Previewing Skype Professional Account to Use Service as Business Platform

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has revealed that it is creating a unique Skype version for freelancers and small business owners.
Called the Skype Professional Account, the new offering is designed to consolidate everything from billing to scheduling tools into one app.

https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/11/skype-professional-account.html

Get ready to meet 'The Beast:' Tesla's semi-truck rolls out tonight

Tesla's long-awaited electric tractor-trailer truck will debut on Thursday night.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has promised a big, powerful truck he has nicknamed "The Beast." A teaser image Telsa (TSLA) has released, showing the truck heavily backlit, reveals a tall silhouette with futuristic angular headlights.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/16/technology/tesla-semi-truck-reveal/index.html

Norway's $1 trillion pension fund wants out of oil stocks

Norway used oil revenue to build its national pension fund into a $1 trillion behemoth. Now, the fund is planning to dump oil and gas stocks.

The fund's managers recommended Thursday that oil and gas investments worth roughly $37 billion be sold in order to protect the country against a permanent drop in energy prices.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/16/investing/norway-oil-fund-dump-stocks/index.html

McConnell On Tax Reform: This Is Our Chance To Set A New Course


'Once both chambers pass their tax-reform bills, we will keep working together to get a bill to President Trump’s desk for his signature.'

November 162017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding tax legislation being considered by the Senate Finance Committee:
“During the past decade, many in the middle class struggled to make ends meet. The economy was sluggish. Paychecks were often stagnant. And jobs, for many, were too hard to find; perhaps not on the coasts, where the well-to-do were able to flourish under the Obama economy — but in Middle America, in states like Kentucky, the pain was real. Hardworking families across the country deserved better; they continue to deserve an economy that reaches for its true potential – one in which more Americans can find a good job to support their families and achieve the American Dream.
“So now, this is our chance to set a new course. This is our opportunity to jumpstart the economy and boost job growth. Passing tax reform is the single most important thing we can do right now to support those left behind by the Obama economy. Though obvious, it’s worth repeating: our nation’s tax code is broken. First, the rates are too high — and Americans are sending too much of their hard-earned money to Uncle Sam. Second, the structure is too complicated for most Americans to understand – and it’s too easy for the wealthy and the well-connected to exploit. Third, the incentives are often outdated or simply make no sense — like those that actually encourage American jobs and companies to move overseas. That’s bad for our country. It’s bad for the middle class. It’s bad for small business.
“In my home state of Kentucky, a small business CEO wrote a column in a local publication about her experiences with our broken tax system, calling for tax reform to fix it. ‘The federal government takes too much,’ she wrote. ‘Our small businesses – which according to the U.S. Small Business Administration total 96.5 percent of Kentucky’s employers – often face the greatest tax burden.’ This Kentuckian continued, ‘If we want better lives for the nearly 700,000 employees across the [C]ommonwealth who work for small enterprises, we must lift this weight off their backs.’
“Small businesses deserve a tax code that works for them. Middle-class families and individuals deserve the same. That’s why we’re working so hard to enact tax reform. Over in the Senate Finance Committee, Chairman Hatch has laid down a tax-reform proposal that is premised on a simple idea: that we should take more money out of Washington’s pockets, and put more money in the pockets of the middle class. It cuts taxes for middle-class families. It doubles the child tax credit.
“This plan does a lot of things, including providing relief to businesses so they can create more jobs in America — and then keep them here. The nation’s leading small business advocacy organization endorsed this legislation, saying that it, ‘will provide much needed tax relief to enable small businesses to grow and create jobs.’ There’s another important provision of the Finance Committee’s tax-reform proposal too. It will deliver relief to low- and moderate-income families by repealing Obamacare’s individual mandate tax. In other words: we can deliver even more relief to the middle class by repealing an unpopular tax from an unworkable law. It just makes sense.
“I would like to once again thank Chairman Hatch for his commitment to an open process and regular order. The Finance Committee will report a bill soon. Before it does, however, it will continue to consider a number of amendments from both sides of the aisle. In fact, the Chairman’s modified mark already incorporated amendments from both Republican and Democrat Committee members. I look forward to the Finance Committee completing its work on this crucial legislation soon.
“As it does, our colleagues in the House will continue working on their own tax-reform legislation. I commend Chairman Brady and the members of the Ways and Means Committee for their efforts, and I look forward to the full House passing their bill. Once both chambers pass their tax-reform bills, we will keep working together to get a bill to President Trump’s desk for his signature.
“I am also grateful to Chairman Murkowski and the members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for reporting bipartisan legislation yesterday to secure our nation’s energy future. By further exploring the responsible development of Alaska’s resources, this bill can help grow our economy, support high-paying jobs, and strengthen our national security. I look forward to promoting American energy independence through this legislation.”

Walmart is killing Target and making Amazon sweat

Many retailers are in a world of pain because of Amazon. Walmart is not one of them.

It beat Wall Street forecasts for sales and profit on Thursday and improved its forecast for holiday shopping. The stock rose nearly 9% to an all-time high.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/16/investing/walmart-earnings-digital-jet/index.html

Bitcoin hits $13,000 on Zimbabwe exchange

Political turmoil and an apparent coup have pushed the price of Bitcoin as high as $13,000 on a digital currency exchange in Zimbabwe -- nearly twice the going rate in global markets.

Demand surged on Golix, which appears to be the only local Bitcoin exchange, after military leaders put 93-year-old leader Robert Mugabe under house arrest.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/16/investing/bitcoin-zimbabwe-price/index.html

Bankrupt Toys "R" Us wants to pay $16 million in executive bonuses

Toys "R" Us has asked the bankruptcy court for permission to pay $16 million in bonuses to its top executives if the company is able to hit some financial targets during the upcoming holiday shopping season.

Toys "R" Us filed for bankruptcy in September, and now must get court approval for many of its basic business decisions. The court will have the final say on its incentive plan.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/16/news/companies/toys-r-us-executive-bonuses/index.html

Hatch Opens 4th Day of Tax Reform Hearings with Call for Civility



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WTF?! An Economic Tour of the Weird

Google job search adds salary info, mini Galaxy S9 rumored

Old Vic theater: 20 allegations uncovered against Kevin Spacey

The Old Vic theater in London says it has uncovered 20 allegations of inappropriate behavior by Kevin Spacey.

The theater announced the finding on Thursday after it commissioned an investigation by an outside law firm. Spacey was artistic director there from 2004 to 2015.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/16/media/kevin-spacey-old-vic-theatre/index.html

Square CEO Jack Dorsey: Our tech helped save a struggling town

Walking through Webster City, Iowa is like stepping into a time capsule.

So it might come as a surprise to see Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter and Square, pop in and out of the small businesses that line the streets.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/16/technology/square-webster-city-iowa/index.html

The Once Banned Kinder Eggs are Coming to the US

Note: I do not necessarily agree with the author that including these products as part of a promotion is a good idea. There could be some product safety / liability issues. I wouldn't do it. But it is noteworthy that these products are coming to the U.S. - JBK


Kinder eggs are coming to the U.S. If you’re unfamiliar with this unique product that has lots of fans around the world, you might want to pay attention — it could be a great opportunity for your small business.
The Kinder egg, or Kinder Surprise as it’s known in some circles, is basically a chocolate egg that contains a small plastic toy inside. It sounds innocent enough. But until recently, the product was actually banned in the U.S.

https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/11/kinder-eggs-is-coming-to-the-us.html