Prosecutors claim to have caught teenage mastermind behind Twitter hack

Three of the alleged perpetrators behind the July 16 Twitter hack have now been identified and charged, say prosecutors. Of the three identified by an Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice investigation, one — the alleged mastermind behind the attack — has been arrested. In case you need a quick refresher, on July 16 someone seized control of several prominent Twitter accounts and tweeted a Bitcoin wallet address, promising to give anyone who sent money to it double the amount. Needless to say, that didn’t happen. The compromised accounts include Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Kim Kardashian, Apple, and Uber. According to… This story continues… Read More

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Ryan Reynolds Is Pledging Salary To ‘Group Effort Initiative’ To Tackle Hollywood’s Diversity Issues

TORONTO — Ryan Reynolds is using his Hollywood star power to launch an on-set film production diversity program for marginalized communities. The Vancouver-born “Deadpool” actor has announced plans for the Group Effort Initiative, which will bring together 10 to 20 recruits, who are either people of colour or from other groups underrepresented in filmmaking, to work alongside experienced professionals on his next movie. “Making a movie, well, it’s a group effort,” Reynolds said in a video posted Friday on social media. “But for entirely too long that group has systemically excluded Black, Indigenous, people of colour, and a whole host of other marginalized communities.” The Group Effort Initiative is designed… Read More

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Big Tech’s big week: Historic antitrust hearing and record profits put industry giants in spotlight

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos answers questions via video during this week’s landmark antitrust hearing. Big Tech spent back-to-back days in the national spotlight this week between a long-anticipated Congressional hearing and second-quarter earnings reports. The juxtaposed events paint a revealing picture of the risks and opportunities companies like Amazon face as they field accusations that they’ve grown too powerful while raking in record profits from customers who rely on their services more than ever. We discuss this inflection point for Big Tech, Amazon’s blockbuster profits, plus the NBA’s partnership with Microsoft Teams, on this week’s GeekWire podcast: The House antitrust subcommittee interviewed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, along with Apple’s Tim… Read More

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The world’s first hybrid cruise ship has already resumed cruising — and just reported a coronavirus outbreak. Here’s a look aboard.

Hurtigruten, a Norwegian expedition cruise company, unveiled the world’s first hybrid cruise ship last year. It made its maiden voyage to Antarctica with 450 passengers aboard in November 2019. The ship was one of the first to resume cruising amid the coronavirus pandemic — and on Friday it reported a coronavirus outbreak, according to The Points Guy. Four crew members were admitted to the hospital and its next voyage has already been canceled. The vessel, MS Roald Amundsen, runs on low sulfur diesel fuel that is supported by battery packs, cutting emissions by 20%. The ship was designed to marry cutting edge science and technology with luxury: it is also… Read More

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