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  • [Reuters: Sports News] MLB notebook: Yanks' Stanton nears return: New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Sunday that Giancarlo Stanton will return from the injured list and play on Tuesday.
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  • [Reuters: World News] Yemen's Houthis launch new attack on Saudi Arabia's Abha airport: Al Masirah TV: Yemen's Houthi movement launched a new drone attack targeting the Abha regional airport in southern Saudi Arabia, the group's Al-Masirah TV said on Monday.
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  • [Reuters: World News] Pressure builds on Hong Kong leader Lam after mass protest: Hong Kong's political crisis enters its second week on Monday as uncertainty mounts over the fate of government leader Carrie Lam and an extradition bill she postponed at the weekend.
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  • [Reuters: Sports News] Athletics: Lyles gets break from uncalled false start to run fast 150: Noah Lyles overcame an apparent false start to run the fourth-fastest 150 meters of all time on a wet elevated straightaway in Boston on Sunday.
  • [Reuters: Sports News] Woodland hangs tough as Koepka lurks at U.S. Open: A rock-steady Gary Woodland refused to crack under an all-out assault from Brooks Koepka at the U.S. Open on Sunday, increasing his lead to two shots with nine holes to play.
  • [World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post] Argentina?s state news agency Telam says power has been restored to 90% of country
  • [Reuters: Technology News] Huawei prepares for 40%-60% fall in international smartphone shipments: Bloomberg: Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is preparing for a 40% to 60% decline in international smartphone shipments, Bloomberg reported on Sunday.
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  • [Reuters: Business News] Huawei prepares for 40%-60% fall in international smartphone shipments: Bloomberg: Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is preparing for a 40% to 60% decline in international smartphone shipments, Bloomberg reported on Sunday.
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  • [Reuters: Sports News] Entire U.S. squad hungry and ready, says coach Ellis: The United States' squad is more motivated than ever, coach Jill Ellis said on Sunday after making seven changes in the 3-0 win against Chile in the women's World Cup to give her fringe players an opportunity to get rid of any tournament nerves.
  • [Reuters: Company News] Huawei prepares for 40%-60% fall in international smartphone shipments- Bloomberg: Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is preparing for a 40% to 60% decline in international smartphone shipments, Bloomberg reported https://bloom.bg/2XQRiqH on Sunday.
  • [Reuters: Business News] Long-awaited London-Shanghai share listing project goes live: Companies listed in Britain will be able to sell shares in China on Monday with the launch of a long-awaited London-Shanghai Stock Connect project that finance minister Philip Hammond called a chance to deepen "global connectivity".
  • [Reuters: World News] Chinese raids hit North Korean defectors' 'Underground Railroad': A decade after leaving her family behind to flee North Korea, the defector was overwhelmed with excitement when she spoke to her 22-year-old son on the phone for the first time in May after he too escaped into China.
  • [Reuters: Arts] Cairo's 'mother of Egyptian museums' set for revamp: Egypt on Sunday launched a revamp of the Egyptian Museum, promising to preserve and enhance the storied site even as it loses its most famous collection.
  • [Reuters: Sports News] Athletics: Falling Shubenkov edges McLeod in dramatic hurdles: World and Olympic 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod fell before the finish to allow Sergey Shubenkov to win the latest dramatic installment in their rivalry at the Diamond League meeting in Rabat on Sunday.
  • [Hacker News] 'Where was the Lord?': On Jefferson Davis' birthday, 9 slave testimonies: Comments
  • [Reuters: World News] Mexico detains 791 undocumented migrants, National Guard starts to patrol southern border: Mexican officials detained nearly 800 undocumented migrants on Saturday, the government said, in one of the biggest swoops against illegal immigration in recent months, as members of the National Guard began patrolling the southern border.
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  • [Reuters: Sports News] Raptors' Nurse poised to coach Team Canada: Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse is seeking another title with another team.
  • [Hacker News] Why Hong Kong Is Still Marching: Comments
  • [Reuters: Sports News] Henderson becomes most prolific Canadian winner on LPGA Tour: Ontario's Brooke Henderson became the most prolific Canadian winner on the LPGA Tour when she pipped four players by one stroke at the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Sunday.
  • [Reuters: Business News] Goldman Sachs combining its private-investing units: WSJ: Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc is combining its private-investing arms, with the resulting new division to have about $140 billion in assets, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the matter.
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  • Guatemalans choose president amid distrust, flight to US

    Guatemalans headed to the polls Sunday to cast their vote for the next president, following an electoral process that generated widespread disillusion and distrust

  • Dozens of new Indian parliamentarians face criminal charges

    Nearly 43% of new members of India?s lower house of Parliament have won office despite facing criminal charges

  • Massive blackout hits tens of millions in South America

    A massive blackout left tens of millions of people without electricity in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay after an unexplained failure in the neighboring countries? interconnected power grid

  • The Latest: Argentine state news agency: power 90% restored

    Argentina?s state news agency says that most of the nation?s grid is back up and running

  • Mexico steps up revisions amid US pressure over migrant flow

    Mexican authorities stepped up revisions along well-traveled routes for migrants in southern Mexico over the weekend, checking identifications, pulling migrants off public transport and intercepting four trucks packed with nearly 800 migrants

  • CEO: Boeing made mistake in handling warning-system problem

    The CEO of Boeing says the company made a ?mistake? in handling a problematic cockpit warning system in 737 Max jets before two deadly crashes of the top-selling plane

  • Massive blackout hits tens of millions in South America

    A massive blackout left tens of millions of people without electricity in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay after an unexplained failure in the neighboring countries? interconnected power grid

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  • Boris Johnson blew off a debate for British prime ministerial candidates. But the empty chair said a lot.

    The other hopefuls had plenty to say about the B-words: Boris and Brexit.

  • Boris Johnson blew off a debate for British prime ministerial candidates. But the empty chair said a lot.

    The other hopefuls had plenty to say about the B-words: Boris and Brexit.

  • Children are suffering because D.C. won?t look out for public charter schools

    The District should find space for a preschool serving at-risk students.

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Entries

  • American Airlines offers satellite WiFi to its entire mainline fleet (1054 characters)

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 20:38:00 -0400American Airlines offers satellite WiFi to its entire mainline fleetEngadget RSS Feed

    If you're relying on American Airlines for a summer trip, there's a good chance you'll have internet access most of the way. The company has finished deploying satellite-based internet access to the fleet of 700-plus narrowbody aircraft that mainly handle its domestic routes. Depending on where you're going, you'll have either Gogo 2Ku or ViaSat Ka connections providing speedier, more consistent WiFi than the ground solutions of old. American deployed satellite broadband to its widebody aircraft roughly a year earlier.

    The airline also plans to install power outlets in every seat for its mainline and two-class regional fleets, and expects to roll out tablet holders to most narrowbody aircraft.

    You'll usually have to pay to go online mid-flight. While American does offer free Apple Music streaming, others have been offering free messaging. Delta has even started testing free WiFi. Still, this beats having to either struggle with mid-air WiFi or wait until landing to reconnect with the outside world.

    Via: TechCrunch

  • Guatemala votes for new president, runoff likely to decide outcome (252 characters)

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 20:22:00 -0400Guatemala votes for new president, runoff likely to decide outcomeReuters: World News

    Guatemalans on Sunday voted for a new president, who will face the daunting challenge of curbing drug gang violence that has ravaged the country and helped spur illegal immigration to the United States, stoking tensions with President Donald Trump.

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  • Twitch Sues Troll Streamers Who Flooded Site With Violent Videos and Pornography (887 characters)

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 20:01:00 -0400Twitch Sues Troll Streamers Who Flooded Site With Violent Videos and PornographySlashdot

    An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg: Twitch Interactive, the livestreaming platform owned by Amazon.com, has sued anonymous trolls who flooded the site last month with pornography, violent content and copyrighted movies and television shows... Twitch says it works to remove offensive posts and ban the accounts of the users who post them, but that the videos quickly reappear, apparently posted by bots, while other bots work to drive users to the impermissible content. Twitch temporarily suspended new creators from streaming after a May 25 attack by trolls. The company said that if it learns the identities of the anonymous streamers who have abused its terms of service -- named in the lawsuit as "John and Jane Does 1-100" -- it will ask the court to prohibit their using the platform and order them to pay restitution and damages.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Power mostly restored after massive blackout in Argentina, but questions remain (251 characters)

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 19:49:00 -0400Power mostly restored after massive blackout in Argentina, but questions remainReuters: World News

    Power returned to much of Argentina and two neighboring countries following a massive blackout that left tens of millions in the dark on Sunday, but Argentine President Mauricio Macri said the cause of the "unprecedented" outage was still unclear.

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  • UPDATE 6-Power mostly restored after massive blackout in Argentina, but questions remain (251 characters)

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 19:43:00 -0400UPDATE 6-Power mostly restored after massive blackout in Argentina, but questions remainReuters: Company News

    Power returned to much of Argentina and two neighboring countries following a massive blackout that left tens of millions in the dark on Sunday, but Argentine President Mauricio Macri said the cause of the "unprecedented" outage was still unclear.

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  • U.S. chipmakers quietly lobby to ease Huawei ban: sources (259 characters)

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 19:06:00 -0400U.S. chipmakers quietly lobby to ease Huawei ban: sourcesReuters: Technology News

    Huawei's American chip suppliers, including Qualcomm and Intel, are quietly pressing the U.S. government to ease its ban on sales to the Chinese tech giant, even as Huawei itself avoids typical government lobbying, people familiar with the situation said.

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  • U.S. chipmakers quietly lobby to ease Huawei ban: sources (259 characters)

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 19:06:00 -0400U.S. chipmakers quietly lobby to ease Huawei ban: sourcesReuters: Business News

    Huawei's American chip suppliers, including Qualcomm and Intel, are quietly pressing the U.S. government to ease its ban on sales to the Chinese tech giant, even as Huawei itself avoids typical government lobbying, people familiar with the situation said.

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  • A New Hidden Way of Web Browser Profiling, Identification and Tracking (1769 characters)

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 19:05:00 -0400A New Hidden Way of Web Browser Profiling, Identification and TrackingSlashdot

    Researchers from Austria's Graz University of Technology "have devised an automated system for browser profiling using two new side channel attacks that can help expose information about software and hardware," reports The Register. The researchers recently presented a paper titled "JavaScript Template Attacks: Automatically Inferring Host Information for Targeted Exploits," which The Register says "calls into question the effectiveness of anonymized browsing and browser privacy extensions... " Long-time Slashdot reader Artem S. Tashkinov shared their report: One of the side-channel attacks developed for JavaScript Template Attacks involve measuring runtime differences between two code snippets to infer the underlying instruction set architecture through variations in JIT compiler behavior. The other involves measuring timing differences in the memory allocator to infer the allocated size of a memory region. The boffins' exploration of the JavaScript environment reveals not only the ability to fingerprint via browser version, installed privacy extension, privacy mode, operating system, device microarchitecture, and virtual machine, but also the properties of JavaScript objects. And their research shows there are far more of these than are covered in official documentation. This means browser fingerprints have the potential to be far more detailed -- have more data points -- than they are now. The Mozilla Developer Network documentation for Firefox, for example, covers 2,247 browser properties. The researchers were able to capture 15,709. Though not all of these are usable for fingerprinting and some represent duplicates, they say they found about 10,000 usable properties for all browsers.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • 74091227 (1508 characters)

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 19:04:00 -0400Engadget RSS Feed

    It's not just multi-platform gaming giants suing cheaters. Niantic has sued members of Global++ for allegedly offering "unauthorized derivative" (read: hacked) versions of Pokémon Go, Ingress and even the still-in-beta Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. The modified mobile apps not only violate intellectual property rights, Niantic said, but "undermine the integrity of the gaming experience" by helping players cheat. This hurts player enthusiasm for the games and thus could "interfere" with Niantic's business.

    Some of the Global++ members are named, including reported leader Ryan Hunt and YouTube promoter Alen Hundur. There are also 20 anonymous members who haven't been identified so far.

    Global++ hadn't directly answered the allegations, but it responded to the lawsuit by taking down its website and Discord servers. It said it was shutting down "indefinitely" in order to honor its "legal obligations."

    As with other lawsuits against cheaters, some aspects of Niantic's lawsuit could prove contentious. While Global++ clearly didn't have permission to modify Niantic's apps, some have questioned whether game studios are actually losing revenue due to cheaters. That's particularly true in games like Pokémon Go, which aren't focused on heated real-time competition. There's little doubt that cheaters can sour the experience, though, and Niantic may feel that a lawsuit could deter other would-be cheat users.

    Via: Eurogamer

    Source: Business Insider

  • FOCUS-U.S. chipmakers quietly lobby to ease Huawei ban -sources (259 characters)

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 19:00:00 -0400FOCUS-U.S. chipmakers quietly lobby to ease Huawei ban -sourcesReuters: Company News

    Huawei's American chip suppliers, including Qualcomm and Intel, are quietly pressing the U.S. government to ease its ban on sales to the Chinese tech giant, even as Huawei itself avoids typical government lobbying, people familiar with the situation said.

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  • Fine in FiDi: A Review of Gild Hall in New York City, Now Part of Hyatt (10184 characters)

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:00:00 -0400Fine in FiDi: A Review of Gild Hall in New York City, Now Part of HyattThe Points Guy

    Last October, Hyatt announced it would be acquiring Two Roads Hospitality, the company that owned lifestyle hotel brands Thompson, Alila, Destination and Joie de Vivre. The takeover has gone smoothly so far. Joie de Vivre?s hotels and nine Thompson properties have joined the World of Hyatt program, so travelers can now earn and redeem points at them.

    One of the newly added hotels is Gild Hall in New York City. At 15,000 World of Hyatt points per night, the hotel falls within the program?s Category 4 tier, meaning I could redeem my Hyatt credit card?s annual free-night certificate for a stay there.

    Here?s how my experience rated.

    Booking

    I spent a weekend in New York toward the middle of May. Room rates across the city were not exorbitant, but they weren?t cheap, either, ranging from around $300 and up for midrange hotels and $700 and up for luxury properties. Although I have a stockpile of Marriott Bonvoy and Hilton Honors points, I decided to see if I could use World of Hyatt points instead. That?s when I came across Gild Hall, a Thompson property that recently joined the World of Hyatt program.

    Rates at Gild Hall typically start at $180 to $330 per night. However, the hotel is now a Hyatt Category 4 property, where award nights are available for 15,000 points, or 7,500 points plus 50% of the standard room rate. If you have the World of Hyatt Credit Card, that also means you can redeem its annual free-night certificate for an evening there, since the certificates are valid for stays at Category 1 through Category 4 properties.

    World of Hyatt is also offering 2,000 bonus points for your first stay at each of Two Roads Hospitality?s brands plus a free night when you try all four. Stays become eligible for these bonuses from the time each brand joins World of Hyatt through Dec. 31, 2019. Even though I redeemed a certificate for my stay, I still earned the bonus.

    If you are paying cash, you can maximize your earning by using the World of Hyatt credit card, which accrues 4x points per dollar on Hyatt purchases. You could instead earn 3x Chase Ultimate Rewards points paying with the Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Ink Business Preferred, or 3x Citi ThankYou Rewards points by using the Citi Prestige or Citi Premier.

    Location

    Gild Hall is downtown. Way downtown, in Manhattan?s Financial District. It?s on the corner of Gold and Platt street and a quick walk to several entrances of Fulton Street Station, giving you reasonably access to the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J and Z, which makes it convenient to get pretty much anywhere in the city.

    The hotel is also a quick walk to Thompson?s other downtown property, The Beekman, a short stroll to the Andaz Wall Street, and about a half mile from South Street Seaport.

    That said, if you want to be in the heart of the action or are planning to see a lot of museums and shows, you might want to stay closer to Times Square.

    Check-in

    Although check-in time was 3pm, I arrived at 1pm instead. The lobby was not busy at that time, so I was helped by the receptionist immediately. He pulled up my reservation details and apologized that my room was not ready yet but offered me a cup of coffee in the bar. I said I would just sit in the lobby and work as long as I could access Wi-Fi, and he gave me the code.

    In the meantime, he thanked me for my Hyatt loyalty — as a World of Hyatt credit card holder, I have automatic Discoverist status. He said he was able to upgrade me from the standard king superior room I?d booked to the slightly larger king deluxe room, which normally costs $40 more per night.

    He gave me a code to use the premium internet in my room and said I could enjoy the bottles of water in the minibar for free. I signed the paperwork then snapped a few photos of the lobby.

    Before my stay, I had read that the look was meant to be inspired by Aspen, Colorado, which seemed odd for a city hotel but still chic. The furniture had a clubby aesthetic to it, with leather sofas and side tables made from tree trunks.

    There was a chandelier made of antlers overhead.

    The lobby opened up directly into the bar and café of the hotel?s Italian restaurant, Felice Ristorante, and was a nice place to hang out.

    I didn?t have long to wait, though. I had barely sat down to start typing when the receptionist called me back over and said my room was ready, then sent me up to the 12th floor.

    Room

    Like the lobby, the hallway had a retro ski-resort vibe to it, thanks to the bright red walls with white trim and vintage photos.

    My room was down at the end of the hall and shared an entryway with the one next door to it.

    Gild Hall has just 130 rooms, including six suites, and mine was in the second-lowest category, a king deluxe. Overall, I thought the look was sophisticated and understated, but because the window was not very large, the palette felt slightly gloomy.

    According to the hotel?s site, the king bed was dressed in 400-thread-count linens, which gave it a crisp, clean look and provided a comfortable night?s sleep. The leather headboard was custom-designed for the hotel by Jim Walrod.

    The nightstand closest to the window had a digital clock, while the other had a phone and the room-service menu.

    There was also a nice luggage rack next to the bed.

    The view out the window was not terribly inspiring, but at least it let some light into the room.

    One thing I didn?t love was an old air-conditioning unit that rattled rather loudly and seemed to have only two settings: off and arctic. On the wall opposite the bed was a trim little desk in black wood with brass accents, above which was mounted the 55-inch LCD TV.

    Pullout panels hid electric outlets and USB ports.

    Back toward the front door, a placard held the closet and the minibar. The closet was narrow, with space for just a few hanging clothes.

    The minibar had nice snacks, wine and even an intimacy kit and a box of adult toys, as well as a refrigerator filled with water, sodas, beer and small liquor bottles.

    Although the bathroom was not large, it felt luxurious, thanks to the glass tiles and marble floors.

    It had a single sink and two small glass shelves where you could put your toiletries.

    There was a Harry?s Shave Kit you could use for $15.

    The bathroom’s shower-tub combo had a curved curtain, which was convenient (and more hygienic, in my opinion).

    The bath products, meanwhile, were by D.S. & Durga, a perfume company based in Brooklyn. I really liked their scents — they smelled fresh and clean without being overpowering.

    The hotel offered free Wi-Fi with speeds of up to 2 MB on up to two devices, and a premium version for $19.95 per day with speeds of up to 5 MB for unlimited devices.

    As I mentioned, I had been given a premium access code, and sure enough, the speeds were just under the 5 MB mark. Not worth paying nearly $20 a day for, but not terrible for free Wi-Fi.

    Overall, my room was spacious, somewhat swanky and very comfortable. I did not love the air conditioner, and I could hear every time anyone along my hall opened or closed their door. But otherwise, it was a quiet place to spend a night.

    Food and Beverage

    The hotel?s only restaurant was a Tuscan eatery called Felice Ristorante that served Florentine-inspired cuisine. You can dine in all day or order room service from them.

    I did not end up eating here, since my schedule was too busy, but I did peruse the menu. Breakfast included items like a continental selection for $16, a bagel with smoked salmon for $15 and omelets for $15.

    The main menu had minestrone soup for $14, housemade veal meatballs for $13, chicken Milanese for $26 and fettuccine alla Bolognese for $23, among many other options. It basically looked like your standard New York Italian restaurant, and it was packed at lunchtime, though fairly empty in the evening.

    There was a cute bar toward the front where you could get a coffee or glass of wine. Then up one level from there on a small mezzanine was a small wine lounge called La Soffitta.

    Amenities 

    The hotel had two Pure Cycles bikes standing at the ready near reception, which guests could borrow for free. It was raining during my visit, though, so I did not take one out.

    The hotel?s gym was actually split into three small rooms on different floors, each of which had the same equipment. I used the one on the 18th floor because it seemed like it would be the quietest.

    Each had a treadmill, an elliptical, some free weights and a stretching mat, plus towels and bottles of water.

    While a little cardio was the only thing I needed, the lack of better facilities was definitely a shortcoming. If you want, you can apparently also use the nearby Crunch Fitness for $15 per visit by presenting your room key.

    As for service, my interaction at check-in was representative of my entire experience at the hotel. Everyone I talked to was friendly and polite. Every time I passed reception, someone asked if I needed anything like directions or a map, and checkout the following morning was a breeze.

    When I did check out, the agent at the time said that everything had been taken care of thanks to my certificate and that I was all set since I hadn?t purchased anything else. I did notice a few days later, though, that I?d been charged $23 from the minibar. I called Hyatt?s central reservations and asked what it was for, since I hadn?t taken anything. They did not tell me what had been charged, but they did erase the purchase after the customer-service rep called the hotel to confirm it was an error.

    Overall Impression

    While it might not be my top choice because of its location, Gild Hall was the perfect place to spend one of my Hyatt anniversary free-night certificates. It saved me around $300 for an evening in New York City. The hotel felt trendy without being precious. The service was delightful, and the room and its amenities were nice. I?m eager to try Hyatt?s other newly joined hotels in the city, including several Joie de Vivre Hotels, but for this trip, Gild Hall was top of my list.

    Featured image courtesy of Thompson Hotels. All other images by the author.

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  • Researcher Publishers 7 Million (Still Public) Venmo Transactions on GitHub (1243 characters)

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 17:44:00 -0400Researcher Publishers 7 Million (Still Public) Venmo Transactions on GitHubSlashdot

    Remember the outrage last year when a researcher discovered that for Venmo's 40 million users, all transactions are "public" by default and broadcast on Venmo's API? More than a year later, computer science student Dan Salmon has demonstrated that it's still incredibly easy to download millions of transactions through Venmo's developer API without obtaining user permissions (without even using the Venmo app). He proved this by downloading 7 million of them," TechCrunch reports: Dan Salmon said he scraped the transactions during a cumulative six months to raise awareness and warn users to set their Venmo payments to private... Using that data, anyone can look at an entire user's public transaction history, who they shared money with, when, and in some cases for what reason -- including illicit goods and substances. "There's truly no reason to have this API open to unauthenticated requests," he told TechCrunch. "The API only exists to provide like a scrolling feed of public transactions for the home page of the app, but if that's your goal then you should require a token with each request to verify that the user is logged in." He published the scraped data on his GitHub page.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Florida allows self-driving car tests without backup drivers (1182 characters)

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 17:24:00 -0400Florida allows self-driving car tests without backup driversEngadget RSS Feed

    Companies that want to test their self-driving cars will have an easier time of it in the Sunshine State. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed a bill allowing companies to test autonomous vehicles without backup drivers. It also lets occupants text, watch video or otherwise enjoy themselves without running afoul of distracted driving rules. They'll need to meet insurance requirements, but that's about as far as it goes.

    The measure takes effect July 1st.

    There are already plans to test driverless cars in Florida, such as Ford's Miami campaign. This could encourage others who want to take advantage of the climate and looser rules, though. And right now, there are few states that allow completely driver-free tests on their roads -- for some companies, this might be the best (or only) testing option.

    The question is whether or not the technology is ready. Although self-driving car crashes are still relatively rare, there are concerns that Uber's fatal crash and other incidents are signs that autonomous driving still has a ways to go before it's truly safe for public testing.

    Via: Automotive News, Roadshow

    Source: Florida Governor

  • American Airlines Club Lounge Wine: The Best Bottles From Their New Wine Program (597 characters)

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 17:04:00 -0400American Airlines Club Lounge Wine: The Best Bottles From Their New Wine ProgramView from the Wing

    American Airlines rolled out a new wine program this month, with new complimentary and paid premium glasses of wine in its Admirals Clubs and updated selections in its business class Flagship lounges and first class Flagship Dining rooms inside of those lounges.

    I tasted their new complimentary wines and scoured the lists of paid club wines as well as bottles on offer in their business class Flagship lounges and first class Flagship First Dining facilities. Here are the best ones to choose.

    Continue reading American Airlines Club Lounge Wine: The Best Bottles From Their New Wine Program...

  • Deal Alert: US to Scandinavia From $340 Round-Trip (3665 characters)

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 17:00:00 -0400Deal Alert: US to Scandinavia From $340 Round-TripThe Points Guy

    Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they?re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @tpg_alerts.

    Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11 p.m. Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you?re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you?ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia?s courtesy cancellation if you?re unable to get the time away from work or family.

    Flights from the US to numerous cities across Scandinavia are currently available from just $340 round-trip. These fares are available from September 2019 through April 2020. Multiple carriers are offering these fares including oneworld, SkyTeam, and Star Alliance member airlines.

    If you’re looking for things to do in the region during the winter months, be sure to check out the Northern Lights or consider staying at an ice hotel.

    To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.

    Airlines: Air Canada, Air France, American, Delta, Finnair, Icelandair, TAP Portugal
    Routes: BOS/JFK/LAS/LAX/MCO/MIA/ORD/TPA to AMS/ARN/BGO/CPH/OSL
    Cost: $340+ round-trip in economy
    Dates: September 2019 ? April 2020
    Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

    Here are a few examples of what you can book:

    New York (JFK) to Oslo (OSL) for $340 round-trip on TAP Portugal via Orbitz:

    Miami (MIA) to Copenhagen (CPH) for $366 round-trip on Air Canada via United:

    Los Angeles (LAX) to Copenhagen (CPH) for $345 round-trip on Air Canada:

    New York (JFK) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $371 round-trip on Delta:

    Orlando (MCO) to Stockholm (ARN) for $394 round-trip with oneworld via AA.com:

    New York (JFK) to Bergen (BGO) for $379 round-trip with SkyTeam via Air France:

    Chicago (ORD) to Oslo (OSL) for $452 round-trip on Icelandair:

    Boston (BOS) to Copenhagen (CPH) for $401 round-trip on TAP Portugal via Cheap-O-air:

    New York (JFK) to Copenhagen (CPH) for $379 round-trip on TAP Portugal via Cheap-O-air:

    Las Vegas (LAS) to Copenhagen (CPH) for $404 round-trip with Star Alliance via United:

    Tampa (TPA) to Copenhagen (CPH) for $474 round-trip on Air Canada:

    Maximize Your Purchase

    Don?t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare on plus excellent trip delay insurance), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

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  • 'Genius' Site Said It Used Morse Code To Catch Google Stealing Song Lyrics (1849 characters)

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 16:54:00 -0400'Genius' Site Said It Used Morse Code To Catch Google Stealing Song LyricsSlashdot

    "Genius.com says its traffic is dropping because, for the past several years, Google has been publishing lyrics on its own platform, with some of them lifted directly from the music site," reports the Wall Street Journal: Google denies doing anything nefarious. Still, Genius's complaints offer a window into the challenges small tech companies can face when the unit of Alphabet Inc. starts offering competing services on its platform... Genius said it notified Google as far back as 2017, and again in an April letter, that copied transcriptions appear on Google's website. The April letter, a copy of which was viewed by the Journal, warned that reuse of Genius's transcriptions breaks the Genius.com terms of service and violates antitrust law. "Over the last two years, we've shown Google irrefutable evidence again and again that they are displaying lyrics copied from Genius," said Ben Gross, Genius's chief strategy officer, in an email message.... Genius said it found more than 100 examples of songs on Google that came from its site. Starting around 2016, Genius made a subtle change to some of the songs on its website, alternating the lyrics' apostrophes between straight and curly single-quote marks in exactly the same sequence for every song. When the two types of apostrophes were converted to the dots and dashes used in Morse code, they spelled out the words "Red Handed." Genius is a privately held company, and its investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Emagen Investment Group and the rapper Nas... Genius clients include the music streaming website Spotify Technology SA and Apple Inc. The article also notes March study from web-analytics firm Jumpshot Inc. which found 62% of mobile searches on Google now don't result in the user clicking through to a non-Google web site.

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  • Edelkrone now offers a 3D-printed DIY solution for its FlexTILT tripod head (1970 characters)

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 16:53:00 -0400Edelkrone now offers a 3D-printed DIY solution for its FlexTILT tripod headNews: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

    Meet FlexTILT Head 3D, a version of Edelkrone's popular tripod head that can be 3D-printed and pieced together as a DIY project for a fraction of the cost of Edelkrone's FlexTILT Head 2.

    As we noted in our review, the Edelkrone FlexTILT Head 2 is a wonderful little tool for both videos and stills. The articulating head allows for unique possibilities, especially when paired with dollies and other motion units?but it doesn't come cheap.

    Edelkrone's solution to this is a new line of products called ORTAK. The ORTAK lineup is a co-manufacturing collection that will allow you to 3D print the basic components of Edelkrone products and buy the more integral pieces from Edelkrone at a much lower cost than the fully-produced version.

    For the FlexTILT Head 3D, Edelkrone will handle manufacturing the metal components required, including the hex screws, washers, brackets and mounting points, which will sell for $29. The body of the FlexTILT Head 3D is up to you to print using the files provided, for free, by Edelkrone on its ORTAK webpage. In addition to a document detailing the building process, Edelkrone has also created a detailed video:

    Edelkrone specifically mentions the ORTAK FlexTILT Head 3D has been tested on the Ultimaker S5, Ultimaker 3 and Zaxe 3D printers. However, the STL file Edelkrone provides is more than capable of being printed with other units. Even if you don't own a 3D printer yourself?or know someone who does?there are other options, including online platforms like Shapeways?not to mention many libraries now offer access to 3D printers at low or no cost if you're a member.

    Regardless of how you get the components printed, it's safe to say the end result should come out for a good bit less than the $149 Edelkrone's FlexTILT Head 2 retails for.

  • Etiquette That Will Get You Better Service When Dining Out (5241 characters)

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 16:30:00 -0400Etiquette That Will Get You Better Service When Dining OutThe Points Guy

    The ?customer is always right? mantra isn?t necessarily true in restaurants. Your behavior can dictate your experience and the quality of service you receive. Hospitality professionals aim to please, however, it’s a challenging job that requires balancing a number of moving parts. So, even VIP guests need to mind their manners when dining out.

    Empathy is a driving force for restaurants to understand and serve guests to the best of their ability. And sometimes, a bit of empathy on behalf of the guest is needed in return.

    Whether you?re elbowing up to a hot new table or sliding in to your favorite booth at a cozy, casual Mom and Pop joint, there are unbreakable rules that will get you seated faster, get you better service and enhance your overall dining experience.

    Show Up to Your Reservation on Time

    If you are running late, call the restaurant and provide an accurate arrival time. While restaurants are often empathetic to guests who arrive late, be aware that parties arriving more than 15 minutes after their scheduled reservation may wait significantly longer for a table.

    Arrive With Your Complete Party

    If all of your guests aren?t present, don?t be surprised if a restaurant is unable to seat you. At face value, this may seem inhospitable, but there’s a valid reason. Let?s say your other guests don?t arrive for another 45 minutes. The time you would be occupying a table disrupts the dining room flow, while a complete party could be almost finished eating.

    Tell the Restaurant if Your Party Size Changes

    Mapping out a dining room can be like playing a game of Tetris for the hosts (especially in tiny Hamptons restaurants on busy summer nights). The hosts need your most accurate information to make strategic decisions. It might seem simple to pull up an extra chair to your table, but if the restaurant is expecting five guests and you show up with six, a seating delay is more than likely.

    Avoid a Last-Minute Cancellation

    Restaurants are getting smarter and have started adding cancellation fees to bookings. While fees have helped minimize last-minute cancellations and flat-out no-shows, if you have a history of this behavior the restaurant may double book your spot (or create an additional wait upon arrival).

    Stick to Simple Drinks for Prompt Service

    Your drink order is a server?s first task, and restaurants have cocktail lists for a reason ? their bartenders are trained to make those drinks with speed. Don?t be surprised when you order your highly modified cocktail (and dismiss the list or classic cocktail options) that your table?s drinks take a moment to arrive (cue empathy). While the goal in my restaurants is for you to get your drink in two minutes, in some instances restaurants can?t operate with such speed. If you are looking for the fastest route when ordering, a glass of wine or liquor on the rocks is always your best bet.

    Politely Return Disliked or Wrong Items

    So your cocktail is too sweet or your steak is overcooked. Your server should be by the table at least a couple minutes after the drink or food arrives for a visual or verbal quality check. Don?t wait to ask for what you want or need. Once you drink an entire cocktail or consume your whole dinner, it?s too late to effectively file a complaint. Be specific about what?s wrong and allow the restaurant to fix the dish, or remove it from the bill.

    Treat Staff the Same Way You Want to Be Treated

    Tip your servers generously, or at least fairly (20% after tax is the industry standard in the US). And make sure to communicate to everyone around you with respect. Snapping and clapping at servers is inappropriate. Rather, politely call their attention with eye contact and a smile. Remembering ?please? and ?thank you? goes without saying, right?

    Be Straightforward

    Signaling that you are finished with a course can sometimes be confusing for servers to read. Classically, a guest will place their fork and knife together on the plate with the handles, like hands on a clock, facing four and 10. While these nonverbal cues are helpful, this rule isn?t universally followed. A server may extend their hand to a plate that they believe is finished ? either allow them to take it or don?t!

    For the American style of service, plates are cleared as finished to allow the guest more space and to maintain a table free of dirty plates. With a European style of service, servers wait for all guests to finish eating before removing plates. I know you have your preference ? and so does the restaurant. If their style of clearing isn?t to your liking, alert the manager or server before the meal begins.

    Don?t ‘Camp’ at Your Table After Dinner

    While it’s important to enjoy the dining experience, don?t overstay your welcome. Spending more than two hours at a table indicates that you?re oblivious to the fact that other guests are also waiting for seats.

    Featured photo by dan gold / Unsplash.

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