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  • DocuSign Names Former Google Executive Allan Thygesen As New CEO (688 characters)

    Thu, 22 Sep 2022 17:00:00 -0400DocuSign Names Former Google Executive Allan Thygesen As New CEOSlashdot

    DocuSign shares rose almost 5% in extended trading after the electronic signature software maker announced it has hired an Alphabet executive, Allan Thygesen, to be its next CEO. CNBC reports: The announcement comes three month after DocuSign said its CEO for the past five years, Dan Springer, was stepping down. Like other cloud software companies, DocuSign enjoyed a wave of greater interest among investors during the Covid pandemic as consumers and corporate workers became more reliant on digital ways to sign documents. But the interest has died down. Notwithstanding the after-hours move, DocuSign shares have fallen 64% so far this year.

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  • Mozilla Urges Action To Unpick Platform Browser Lock-ins (1798 characters)

    Thu, 22 Sep 2022 16:40:00 -0400Mozilla Urges Action To Unpick Platform Browser Lock-insSlashdot

    As antitrust regulators around the world dial up scrutiny of platform power, Mozilla has published a piece of research digging into the at times subtle yet always insidious ways operating systems exert influence to keep consumers locked to using their own-brand browsers rather than seeking out and switching to independent options -- while simultaneously warning that competition in the browser market is vital to ensure innovation and choice for consumers and, more broadly, protect the vitality of the open web against the commercial giants trying to wall it up. TechCrunch: "Billions of people across the globe are dependent on operating systems from the largest technology companies. Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft and Meta each provide their own browser on their operating systems and each of them uses their gatekeeper position provider to preference their own browsers over independent rivals. Whether it is Microsoft pushing Firefox users to switch their default on Windows computers, Apple restricting the functionality of rival browsers on iOS smartphones or Google failing to apply default browser settings across Android, there are countless examples of independent browsers being inhibited by the operating systems on which they are dependent," Mozilla writes in a summary of its findings. "This matters because American consumers and society as a whole suffer. Not only do people lose the ability to determine their own online experiences but they also receive less innovative and lower quality products. In addition, they can be forced to accept poorer privacy outcomes and even unfair contracts. By contrast, competition from independent browsers can help to drive new features, as well as innovation in areas like privacy and security."

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  • Jamie Dimon Slams Crypto Tokens as 'Decentralized Ponzi Schemes' (743 characters)

    Thu, 22 Sep 2022 16:00:00 -0400Jamie Dimon Slams Crypto Tokens as 'Decentralized Ponzi Schemes'Slashdot

    Jamie Dimon didn't mince words when a US lawmaker mentioned the executive's history of criticizing cryptocurrencies. From a report: "I'm a major skeptic on crypto tokens, which you call currency, like Bitcoin," the JPMorgan Chase chief executive officer said in congressional testimony Wednesday. "They are decentralized Ponzi schemes." Stablecoins -- digital assets tied to the value of the US dollar or other currencies -- wouldn't be problematic with the proper regulation, and JPMorgan is active in blockchain, Dimon said. The comments represent the latest criticism leveled against digital currencies by Dimon, who once called Bitcoin "a fraud" before eventually saying he regretted the comments.

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  • Turning a Hogwarts Express Lego Set into a Cinematic Photo Series (256 characters)

    Thu, 22 Sep 2022 15:38:00 -0400Turning a Hogwarts Express Lego Set into a Cinematic Photo SeriesPetaPixel

    Benedek Lampert, a Hungary-based photographer who specializes in photographing toys and miniatures (especially Lego), has shared a behind-the-scenes look at one of his largest projects yet: the 801-piece Harry Potter Hogwarts Express train set.

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  • FDA Warns Against Cooking Chicken in NyQuil. For Real. (867 characters)

    Thu, 22 Sep 2022 15:21:00 -0400FDA Warns Against Cooking Chicken in NyQuil. For Real.Slashdot

    The Food and Drug Administration is warning people not to abuse nonprescription drugs as part of social-media challenges, including cooking chicken in NyQuil. From a report: The regulator issued a warning cautioning the public that social-media challenges where people misuse nonprescription medications can be dangerous or even fatal. It pointed to a recent challenge where people cook chicken in NyQuil or similar medications. The agency says that boiling a medication can make the drug more concentrated and that inhaling a medicine's vapors while cooking with it could cause a person to ingest a high amount of the drug. In the case of the NyQuil-chicken challenge, the FDA says a person could hurt their lungs. "The challenge sounds silly and unappetizing -- and it is," the FDA said. "But it could also be very unsafe."

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  • 4-Day Workweek Brings No Loss of Productivity, Companies in Experiment Say (2172 characters)

    Thu, 22 Sep 2022 14:40:00 -04004-Day Workweek Brings No Loss of Productivity, Companies in Experiment SaySlashdot

    More than 70 companies in Britain are undergoing a six-month experiment in which their employees get a paid day off each week. So far, most companies say it's going well. SpzToid shares a report: Most of the companies participating in a four-day workweek pilot program in Britain said they had seen no loss of productivity during the experiment, and in some cases had seen a significant improvement, according to a survey of participants published on Wednesday. Nearly halfway into the six-month trial, in which employees at 73 companies get a paid day off weekly, 35 of the 41 companies that responded to a survey said they were "likely" or "extremely likely" to consider continuing the four-day workweek beyond the end of the trial in late November. All but two of the 41 companies said productivity was either the same or had improved. Remarkably, six companies said productivity had significantly improved. Talk of a four-day workweek has been around for decades. In 1956, then-Vice President Richard M. Nixon said he foresaw it in the "not too distant future," though it has not materialized on any large scale. But changes in the workplace over the coronavirus pandemic around remote and hybrid work have given momentum to questions about other aspects of work. Are we working five days a week just because we have done it that way for more than a century, or is it really the best way? Some leaders of companies in the trial said the four-day week had given employees more time to exercise, cook, spend time with their families and take up hobbies, boosting their well-being and making them more energized and productive when they were on the clock. Critics, however, worried about added costs and reduced competitiveness, especially when many European companies are already lagging rivals in other regions. More than 3,300 workers in banks, marketing, health care, financial services, retail, hospitality and other industries in Britain are taking part in the pilot, which is one of the largest studies to date, according to Jack Kellam, a researcher at Autonomy, a think tank that is one of the organizers of the trial.

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  • Microsoft CEO Is Confident About Activision Deal Approval, Handling of Economy (1831 characters)

    Thu, 22 Sep 2022 14:02:00 -0400Microsoft CEO Is Confident About Activision Deal Approval, Handling of EconomySlashdot

    Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella said he's confident the company can gain regulatory approval for its $69 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard even in the face of an in-depth regulatory probe in the UK. From a report: "Of course, any acquisition of this size will go through scrutiny, but we feel very, very confident that we'll come out," he said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. Nadella's prediction puts him at odds with investors' skepticism about the deal. While Activision rose Thursday, outperforming a slump in tech stocks, Wednesday's close of $75.32 still left the company more than 20% below the offer price -- a signal of massive doubt that Microsoft will ever be able to consummate the transaction. Microsoft is either the No. 4 or No. 5 competitor in the video game industry, depending on how you count, Nadella said. And the No. 1 player, Sony Group, has made several recent acquisitions. "So if this is about competition, let us have competition," he said. The UK's Competition and Markets Authority said earlier this month that it decided to kick-start a longer review, a move that was expected after the CMA flagged concerns that the deal could lessen competition in the markets for consoles, subscriptions and cloud gaming. The combination with Activision -- which owns franchises such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and Guitar Hero -- will make Microsoft the world's third-largest gaming company. Nadella also expressed optimism that Microsoft can cope with a weaker economy and rising inflation -- and help its customers endure as well. "The constraints are real -- inflation is definitely all around us," he said. "I always go back to the point that in an uncertain time, in an inflationary time, software is the deflationary force."

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  • Inside Russia's Vast Surveillance State (3868 characters)

    Thu, 22 Sep 2022 13:20:00 -0400Inside Russia's Vast Surveillance StateSlashdot

    A cache of nearly 160,000 files from Russia's powerful internet regulator provides a rare glimpse inside Vladimir V. Putin's digital crackdown. The New York Times: Four days into the war in Ukraine, Russia's expansive surveillance and censorship apparatus was already hard at work. Roughly 800 miles east of Moscow, authorities in the Republic of Bashkortostan, one of Russia's 85 regions, were busy tabulating the mood of comments in social media messages. They marked down YouTube posts that they said criticized the Russian government. They noted the reaction to a local protest. Then they compiled their findings. One report about the "destabilization of Russian society" pointed to an editorial from a news site deemed "oppositional" to the government that said President Vladimir V. Putin was pursuing his own self-interest by invading Ukraine. A dossier elsewhere on file detailed who owned the site and where they lived. Another Feb. 28 dispatch, titled "Presence of Protest Moods," warned that some had expressed support for demonstrators and "spoke about the need to stop the war." The report was among nearly 160,000 records from the Bashkortostan office of Russia's powerful internet regulator, Roskomnadzor. Together the documents detail the inner workings of a critical facet of Mr. Putin's surveillance and censorship system, which his government uses to find and track opponents, squash dissent and suppress independent information even in the country's furthest reaches. The leak of the agency's documents "is just like a small keyhole look into the actual scale of the censorship and internet surveillance in Russia," said Leonid Volkov, who is named in the records and is the chief of staff for the jailed opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny. "It's much bigger," he said. Roskomnadzor's activities have catapulted Russia, along with authoritarian countries like China and Iran, to the forefront of nations that aggressively use technology as a tool of repression. Since the agency was established in 2008, Mr. Putin has turned it into an essential lever to tighten his grip on power as he has transformed Russia into an even more authoritarian state. The internet regulator is part of a larger tech apparatus that Mr. Putin has built over the years, which also includes a domestic spying system that intercepts phone calls and internet traffic, online disinformation campaigns and the hacking of other nations' government systems. The agency's role in this digital dragnet is more extensive than previously known, according to the records. It has morphed over the years from a sleepy telecom regulator into a full-blown intelligence agency, closely monitoring websites, social media and news outlets, and labeling them as "pro-government," "anti-government" or "apolitical." Roskomnadzor has also worked to unmask and surveil people behind anti-government accounts and provided detailed information on critics' online activities to security agencies, according to the documents. That has supplemented real-world actions, with those surveilled coming under attack for speaking out online. Some have then been arrested by the police and held for months. Others have fled Russia for fear of prosecution. The files reveal a particular obsession with Mr. Navalny and show what happens when the weight of Russia's security state is placed on one target. The system is built to control outbursts like the one this week, when protesters across Russia rallied against a new policy that would press roughly 300,000 people into military service for the war in Ukraine. At least 1,200 people have already been detained for demonstrating. More than 700 gigabytes of records from Roskomnadzor's Bashkortostan branch were made publicly available online in March by DDoSecrets, a group that publishes hacked documents.

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  • How ?Chip War? Puts Nations In Technology Arms Race: QuickTake (510 characters)

    Thu, 22 Sep 2022 01:31:10 -0400How ?Chip War? Puts Nations In Technology Arms Race: QuickTakeBusiness Policy and Regulation News - The Washington Post

    The crushingly complex, high-stakes business of making semiconductors has always been a battle between global giants. Now it?s also a race among governments. These critical bits of technology ? also known as integrated circuits or, more commonly, just chips ? may be the tiniest yet most exacting products ever manufactured. And because they?re so difficult and costly to produce, there?s a worldwide reliance on just a handful of companies. That dependence has been brought into stark relief by shor

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  • How Does Japan Intervene in Currency Markets? (504 characters)

    Thu, 22 Sep 2022 12:42:00 -0400How Does Japan Intervene in Currency Markets?Business News, Financial News, Business Headlines & Analysis - The Washington Post

    Speculation that Japan may intervene to support its currency reignited repeatedly this year as the yen plunged to 24-year lows against the US dollar. In mid-September, the Bank of Japan was said to have conducted a so-called rate check, a move often considered a precursor for actual intervention. Days later, it did just that, stepping in to support the yen for the first time since 1998. It?s an extraordinary move for a country that?s long been criticized by trading partners for tolerating or eve

  • How to Overcome Your Fears of Starting a Photography Business (389 characters)

    Thu, 22 Sep 2022 12:41:00 -0400How to Overcome Your Fears of Starting a Photography BusinessPetaPixel

    Photographers learn to see light but creatives also find themselves trapped in the darkness of their doubt. If you?re stuck in your fear of starting a business, I?m going to help you break through some myths and mental blocks to remind you that another word for fear is excitement. At the end of the day, would you rather be someone who faced their fears or gave into them?

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  • Twitter Discloses It Wasn't Logging Users Out of Accounts After Password Resets (1085 characters)

    Thu, 22 Sep 2022 12:41:00 -0400Twitter Discloses It Wasn't Logging Users Out of Accounts After Password ResetsSlashdot

    Weeks after Twitter's ex-security chief accused the company of cybersecurity mismanagement, Twitter has now informed its users of a bug that didn't close all of a user's active logged-in sessions on Android and iOS after an account's password was reset. From a report: This issue could have implications for those who had reset their password because they believed their Twitter account could be at risk, perhaps because of a lost or stolen device, for instance. Assuming whoever had possession of the device could access its apps, they would have had full access to the impacted user's Twitter account. In a blog post, Twitter explains that it had learned of the bug that had allowed "some" accounts to stay logged in on multiple devices after a user reset their password voluntarily. Typically, when a password reset occurs, the session token that keeps a user logged into the app is also revoked -- but that didn't take place on mobile devices, Twitter says. Web sessions, however, were not impacted and were closed appropriately, it noted.

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  • The Ridiculous Effectiveness of Singleminded Devotion to a Purpose (6484 characters)

    Thu, 22 Sep 2022 12:39:00 -0400The Ridiculous Effectiveness of Singleminded Devotion to a Purposezenhabits

    By Leo Babauta

    People I?ve been coaching lately have been stuck in indecision about what purpose they should pursue. At this kind of crossroads, we can become plagued by doubt.

    And that makes sense: if you?re not sure what your purpose is, then going after a single choice can feel really uncertain. How do I know if this is the thing? What if I suck at it, if I fail, if I make the wrong choice?

    But getting stuck in this kind of doubt and indecision is often much worse than making a single choice and failing at it. If you fail at something, at least you gave it a shot, and you learned something valuable. You practiced taking action, you practiced working with fear, you empowered that choice, and now you can empower the next one.

    If you?re stuck in inaction and doubt, you often just feel crappy about yourself. You get zero results staying in this kind of false safety.

    So making a choice to pursue a single purpose ? even if you?re unsure about it ? can be one of the most powerful things we can do.

    It can get us ridiculously big results, just from making that choice to devote ourselves to one thing. It?s the most effective action you can take.

    The Effects of Being Stuck

    Though it makes complete sense to be afraid of making the wrong choice, of looking like an idiot, of being judged by other people if we fail ? it gets us bad results:

    • Indecision can have us waffling back and forth between various options, which means we are giving only partial effort to each option, if that. We?ll get crappy results from this partial effort.
    • Doubt can mean that we make zero decisions and take zero actions. We will get crappy results from this, of course. Not starting that nonprofit means you help zero people. Not creating your art means you?ll never express yourself fully nor will you light people up.
    • Not pursuing a path means we don?t learn anything. This might be the biggest downside of them all ? taking action is a way to learn, both about how to pursue this particular purpose and about whether this is the right purpose for us. If you pursue the path of teaching music, you will learn much more about teaching music than doing nothing ? and if you?ll have fun in the process, you might learn that it?s something that feels like your calling.
    • All of this makes us feel crappy about ourselves. And this might be the worst part of all about this ? we feel terrible about ourselves for being stuck, for not pursuing a path that feels meaningful. Sometimes people will resign themselves to this and say that they?re content with it, but in my experience they?re actually feeling bad about themselves for being resigned.

    This leaves us with a few key lessons:

    1. Inaction and indecision is a choice. It?s often much worse than making a bad choice.
    2. There is not really a wrong choice. Making a decision is a way to learn something, so even if it turns out the choice you made isn?t right for you, you can only learn that by making that choice and taking action.
    3. Our biggest fear is often that people will think we?re idiots for trying something we?re not good at. This assumes that people actually care what life choices we make. Most people don?t, and we let ourselves be controlled by our imagination of what their opinion is. So it?s often better to assume that no one?s opinion but your own matters in this kind of choice.

    The Results of Singleminded Devotion

    Let?s contrast those kinds of results with what happens if we pursue a single purpose with full devotion.

    Pick a single path to pursue (for awhile, at least), and you?ll find:

    • You?ll learn a lot about the craft. If you wanted to make craft jewelry, by pursuing it wholeheartedly, you?ll get much better at making jewelry. You?ll learn about tools, materials, methods, what people like, and how to express yourself.
    • You?ll learn a lot about yourself. You?ll learn what lights you up, what makes your heart sing, what struggles you still have to learn about, what you don?t know, what you love. You?ll learn about whether this is what you?re called to do, if you listen to your heart as you do it.
    • You?ll learn about dealing with doubt, with struggles, with fear. And these are necessary lessons for pursuing any calling.
    • You learn about taking action, and singleminded focus.
    • The results you get from this action and focus are incredible ? if you?re creating art, you?ll create more than ever before. If you?re producing movies or writing code, you?ll have a greater output and better quality than you could ever hope for otherwise.
    • You?ll help way more people this way.
    • You?ll feel so much better about yourself through taking action than you would otherwise.
    • By removing the waffling of indecision, you free up a ton of mental energy that is spent trying to decide. The cost of constant indecision on our mental health and energy is often unnoticed and incalculable.

    I?m not here to pretend that choosing one path and pursuing it with all of your heart is perfect and never difficult. Of course it can be hard and scary. But not pursuing one path is also hard and scary. And wholehearted pursuit of purpose has so much more possibility available.

    Taking the Leap of Faith

    So how do we choose a purpose to pursue when we?re not sure?

    By removing certainty as a condition for action.

    By asking your heart what might be your calling. What makes your heart sing? What have you always been afraid to pursue but secretly wonder if it?s your thing? What possibilities have you shut down? What have you been waffling about?

    Whatever answers come up, write them down. Look at the list, sit with it, give yourself space to actually feel in your heart what you?re being called to do. Give yourself a week?s deadline to sit with it. At the end of the week, feel in your heart what is calling you the strongest. Then trust that.

    Commit. You?ll have doubts and fears. Commit anyway. Tell someone what you?re going to do, and commit for a period of time. Let?s say a year. Or 6 months if a year feels impossible. If even that feels too much, you could commit for 3 months. But commit.

    Take a leap of faith. This is required. Ask yourself how you?d pursue it if you knew for certain. Then give yourself completely to this purpose, as if your life depended on it.

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  • Why the Crypto World Flinches When the SEC Calls Coins Securities (347 characters)

    Thu, 22 Sep 2022 01:31:11 -0400Why the Crypto World Flinches When the SEC Calls Coins SecuritiesBusiness Policy and Regulation News - The Washington Post

    Cryptocurrency traders have been put on notice that the US Securities and Exchange Commission considers a range of widely traded digital assets to be securities, a position that could impose regulatory requirements that many boosters say could be crippling. But figuring out what does or doesn?t make a coin a security is a complicated question.

  • Polaroid Pivots to Music in Latest Turn (402 characters)

    Thu, 22 Sep 2022 12:29:00 -0400Polaroid Pivots to Music in Latest TurnLight Stalking

    We?ve covered a lot of different twists and turns in the industry but this has to be one of the more unique stories. You might remember at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that Kodak made headlines for its potential shift to making chemicals for the medical industry. While that turned into a saga all […]

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  • Coinbase Tested Group To Speculate on Crypto (1276 characters)

    Thu, 22 Sep 2022 12:01:00 -0400Coinbase Tested Group To Speculate on CryptoSlashdot

    Coinbase Global has been searching for new ways to make money. One business it flirted with was controversial: using its own money to speculate on cryptocurrencies. WSJ: Last year, Coinbase -- which operates a large cryptocurrency exchange that handles bitcoin and other digital coins -- hired at least four senior Wall Street traders and launched a group to generate profit, in part, by using the company's cash to trade and "stake," or lock up, cryptocurrencies, according to people close to the matter. The activity was described as "proprietary" trading by the people at the company. Earlier this year, the team completed a $100 million transaction that the group viewed as a test trade of the new effort, according to the people. The transaction came after Coinbase executives testified to members of Congress last year that the company didn't buy and sell digital currencies for its own account. The monthslong effort to launch the Coinbase Risk Solutions group underscores how Coinbase, which has seen its shares tumble about 70% over the past year, has entertained more aggressive strategies as it tries to develop new businesses. Coinbase says some at the company examined pursuing proprietary trading but decided against it.

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  • New: Venus Optics Laowa 58mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO full frame 2X macro lens for Leica L-mount (738 characters)
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  • Why the Crypto World Flinches When the SEC Calls Coins Securities (347 characters)

    Thu, 22 Sep 2022 11:56:00 -0400Why the Crypto World Flinches When the SEC Calls Coins SecuritiesBusiness News, Financial News, Business Headlines & Analysis - The Washington Post

    Cryptocurrency traders have been put on notice that the US Securities and Exchange Commission considers a range of widely traded digital assets to be securities, a position that could impose regulatory requirements that many boosters say could be crippling. But figuring out what does or doesn?t make a coin a security is a complicated question.

  • Facebook Could Lift Trump's Suspension in January, Nick Clegg Says (997 characters)

    Thu, 22 Sep 2022 11:20:00 -0400Facebook Could Lift Trump's Suspension in January, Nick Clegg SaysSlashdot

    Former President Donald Trump could be allowed back on Facebook once a suspension of his account expires in 2023, Nick Clegg of parent company Meta Platforms, said Thursday at an exclusive Semafor Exchange event in Washington, DC. From the report: As the company makes its decision, it will talk to experts, weigh the risk of real world harm and act proportionally, he said. It's the first time Clegg, who, as president of global affairs is charged with deciding whether to lift the limit, has publicly discussed his thinking. Trump was prohibited from posting on several online platforms after the January 2021 riots at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., with Facebook, sister app Instagram, Twitter and Google's YouTube citing his role in inciting the violence. "When you make a decision that affects the public realm, you need to act with great caution," Clegg told Semafor editor-at-large Steve Clemons. "You shouldn't throw your weight about."

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