June 12, 2016

Orlando Massacre Throws Twist Into Clinton-Trump Battle

The deadliest shooting in U.S. history has the Democrat calling for tougher gun laws and the Republican pushing a Muslim ban.

Source: Bloomberg Politics

Ex-Mateen colleague: employer "did nothing because he was Muslim"

(Paul Mirengoff) A former Fort Pierce police officer who once worked with Omar Mateen for G4S Security says that Mateen routinely made homophobic and racial comments. In addition, he talked about killing people. The former officer, Daniel Gilroy, says he complained to his employer several times, but it did nothing in response. Why? According to Gilroy, it failed to act because Mateen is Muslim. Gilroy also says he quit his job with

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Orlando Massacre Shows Cracks in U.S. Efforts to Stop Terrorism

The FBI let the Orlando mass-shooting suspect slip through its grasp despite interviewing him twice since 2013 due to a lack of evidence to hold him, a troubling fact that will pressure officials struggling to detect lone terrorists without eroding basic civil liberties.

Source: Bloomberg Politics

TechCrunch is at E3! But why?

e3_2016-6120004 These are strange days for the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The (ostensibly) trade-only event draws immense attention, but it has long been fraying at the edges. Yet we're here anyway because this year E3 comes at an auspicious time for technologies that could represent a major change to the industry: virtual and augmented reality. Read More

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Jeh Johnson met twice as often with amnesty backers while crafting Obama executive actions

As he was crafting President Obama's executive actions on immigration, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson met repeatedly with lawmakers, advocacy groups and lawyers pushing for him to go as broad as possible in granting a deportation amnesty to illegal immigrants.

Mr. Johnson's official calendars, obtained under an open records request ...

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Cyberterrorism and the role of Silicon Valley

Hand working at laptop computer illustrating cyber crime For the moment, at least, cyberterrorists have not harnessed the technology needed to destroy Western civilization from a basement lab in some remote corner of the world. Although a "cyber-Armageddon" scenario is unlikely any time soon, new technological developments have the potential to allow terrorists to move from low-tech killings aimed at gaining attention and creating fear… Read More

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Man apprehended after firing at Baltimore Police officers

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore Police say a man has been taken into custody after firing a weapon at officers.

Law enforcement officials said Sunday that officers were on patrol late Saturday when they encountered a man with two guns. Police say the man fired at the officers and the officers ...

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CDC: map Zika in states to prepare for outbreaks

The Obama administration says it doesn't expect the Zika virus to blanket whole states if and when mosquitoes begin to spread the virus on the U.S. mainland, though it wants state officials to map outbreaks so locals can protect themselves.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded nearly 700 ...

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Spark fragmentation undermines community

spark-split Today the Hadoop distribution war comes down to a final battle between Cloudera's CDH and Hortonworks' HDP. That wasn't always the case. At the peak of the market's fragmentation, numerous companies offered Hadoop distributions in one form or another. Read More

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Obama Calls Deadliest U.S. Shooting an Act of Terror and Hate

Clinton and Trump, vying to succeed Obama, weigh in on gun control, radical Islam

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Omar Mateen Worked For Company That Provides Security to Federal Buildings

(John Hinderaker) Ponder this: G4S, a major, nationally known security firm, has confirmed that Omar Mateen had been employed by them since 2007. G4S's web site says: For more than 50 years, G4S has partnered with government agencies – from the Department of State to the Department of Homeland Security among several others – in many capacities that include: * Systems integration services that deliver world-class electronic and physical security solutions for

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Vigils planned in Indiana following deadly Florida shooting

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Gay rights activists in Indiana are planning evening vigils following a shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida that left more than 50 people dead.

One vigil will be Sunday evening in Indianapolis. Another event will be held at The LGBTQ Center in South Bend.

Indianapolis Mayor ...

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David Fine talks smart cities, the future of IoT on Technotopia

earth, connected, flight patterns David Fine is the author of a three part series about the future of "Civic Technology" and the idea of Smart Cities. His theory – and it's a good one – is that "as Moore's Law continues apace, cities will continue to blanket themselves in all sorts of cheap, reliable, and (we hope) meaningful sensors. Sensors generate data, and data will serve as the… Read More

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Obama Calls Deadliest U.S. Shooting Act of Terror and Hate

The president described Sunday's attack at a gay nightclub as "an attack on all of us."

Source: Bloomberg Politics

Data breadlines and data brawls

Mopic When I think about the behavior of many business people today, I imagine a breadline. These employees are the data-poor, waiting around at the end of the day on the data breadline. The overtaxed data analyst team prioritizes work for the company executives, and everyone else must be served later. An employee might have a hundred different questions about his job. How satisfied are my customers? Read More

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Loose Trumps (2) [With Comment by John]

(Steven Hayward) • A cliché going around for a while is that Donald Trump is just one terrorist attack away from a landslide victory in November. Let's see how he—and the opinion polls—respond over the next 72 hours to the Orlando attack. It appears the Islamist behind the Orlando attack is a native born citizen, which means the previously proposed immigration ban wouldn't work as a policy measure, but it does raise

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New York could end session without addressing corruption

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York lawmakers are nearing the end of their 2016 session and it's looking like they will once again fail to address, in any significant way, the wave of corruption that has made Albany one of the nation's most crooked state capitals.

So many lawmakers have ...

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Criminal record-sealing bill on Missouri governor's desk

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon is considering whether to sign a bill that would let those convicted of certain crimes in Missouri to have their records sealed if they aren't convicted of breaking the law again for several years after completing their sentences.

Supporters of the measure ...

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The operating systems of the 2016 elections revealed!

Donald Trump makes a point during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Each candidate is working off a different operating system, representing a completely different media paradigm. According to media commentator Douglas Rushkoff, Bernie Sanders is the candidate of the radio age, Hillary Clinton of the tv age and Donald Trump of our internet age. Read More

Source: TechCrunch

Obama to Deliver Statement About Deadly Nightclub Shooting

Washington (AP) -- The White House says President Barack Obama will give a statement Sunday afternoon about the nightclub shooting in Florida.

Source: Bloomberg Politics

Bid to Save Visa Program for Afghan Allies Blocked in Senate

An amendment to the defense bill that would preserve the U.S. refugee program for endangered Afghan military interpreters was blocked from a vote in the Senate late last week, prompting outrage from advocacy groups and military veterans.

The post Bid to Save Visa Program for Afghan Allies Blocked in Senate appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Activists walk 150 miles to protest at Thomson Prison

THOMSON, Ill. (AP) - Dozens of activists have walked 150 miles to a federal prison in northwestern Illinois to protest solitary confinement.

Sauk Valley Media reports (http://bit.ly/1rjP9T5 ) about 50 protesters with the Chicago-based Voices for Creative Nonviolence ended their walk from Chicago to the village of 600 residents Saturday. ...

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Ping shapes new identity after $600 million acquisition

Andre Durand from Ping at Cloud Identity Summit, New Orleans, 2016. When I walked into a conference room last Tuesday at the Cloud Identity Summit in New Orleans to interview Ping Identity CEO Andre Durand, it was my first chat with him since the company had been sold the week before for $600 million (as reported by The Information), a tidy exit for the 14 year old company. I had questions, lots of questions. After all, in conversations with Durand and CFO… Read More

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