Calgary Flames Say There’s No Point In Continuing Bid For New Arena

CALGARY — The Calgary Flames say they were willing to contribute $275 million of their own money to a new arena before they ended negotiations with the city. Calgary Sport and Entertainment Corporation’s proposal released early Thursday morning included raising $225 million via a Community Revitalization Levy, which is tax collected from new development that springs up around the new arena. CSEC repeated their position that have halted negotiations with city. “After two years of discussions, the Flames see absolutely no basis upon which a new agreement can be achieved with the city and have concluded that there is no point to continue the pursuit of a new arena in… Read More

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Google buys HTC talent for $1.1 billion, aims to spur second generation of personal devices

By Mark Bergen, Jonathan Browning, Lulu Yilun Chen and Samson Ellis, Bloomberg Google has agreed to buy part of HTC Corp.’s engineering and design teams for $1.1 billion, taking on a cadre of veterans that worked on the Pixel phone in hopes the acquisition could bolster its nascent hardware business. Alphabet Inc.’s Google is taking on some 2,000 employees with experience working on its signature Pixel devices, intended to showcase the best features of the Android software that now power the vast majority of the world’s smartphones. The deal also comes with a non-exclusive licensing agreement for HTC intellectual property. Google now gains tighter control over the design and production… Read More

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Your Social Security number may not be secure. But how could we replace it?

They’re supposed to be the nine most closely guarded numbers in your life. But with an ever-growing number of companies asking for Social Security numbers – and then hit by cyber breaches exposing them – experts say the Social Security number is clearly a flawed way to accurately identify someone. In fact, some argue that the IDs should be all but retired. “Congress should prohibit the use of Social Security numbers as a personal identifier outside of the Social Security system itself,” Daniel Castro, vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, wrote recently at Real Clear Policy. Yet coming up with a good alternative is not an easy… Read More

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SEC reveals hack, possibility info was used for trading

The Securities and Exchange Commission says its corporate filing system was hacked last year and the intruders may have used the nonpublic information they obtained to profit illegally. The disclosure comes two months after a government watchdog said deficiencies in the agency’s computer systems put the information they contain at risk. It also follows a massive hack at the credit reporting agency Equifax. Related Articles Symantec’s LifeLock may be a winner after Equifax hack Here’s what to do if you’re worried about the Equifax hack The SEC issued a statement late Wednesday that said the breach was discovered last year but the possibility of illicit trading was only discovered last… Read More

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Leaders to tech firms at UN: Remove terror posts in 2 hours

UNITED NATIONS — The leaders of Britain, France and Italy are setting an ambitious goal for tech companies to tackle online posts that promote terrorism: Take them down within an hour or two. Convening world and tech leaders Wednesday at the United Nations, British Prime Minister Theresa May said internet companies are making progress but need to go “further and faster” to keep violent extremist material from spreading online. Related Articles Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify in investor lawsuit over stock plan Google buys big piece of HTC in $1.1B bet on devices Here’s how talks are faring for Google’s San Jose village See where Google is expanding next… Read More

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How to combat LGBTQ cyberbullying

Cyberbullying and online harassment can be an issue for anyone. But it’s especially pernicious for young people who identify or are coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ). A 2012 study by Warren Blumenfeld and R.M. Cooper found that 52 percent of LGBTQ youth between the ages of 11 and 22 reported having been the targets of cyberbullying several times, while 54 percent had been bullied about their sexual identity and 37 percent had been bullied about their gender identity or expression in the past 30 days. The more recent 2015 Youth Risk Behavior study from the Centers for Disease Control also found that LGBTQ youth were… Read More

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