Trump Can’t Stop Confessing

Donald Trump can’t stop telling on himself. Just two years into his presidency, the New York real estate mogul turned politician faces at least two separate criminal investigations, while half a dozen former advisors, including his former campaign chair, deputy campaign chair, national-security adviser, foreign-policy adviser, and personal attorney have all pleaded guilty to or been convicted of serious crimes. That’s even more remarkable when you consider that the American legal system makes white-collar crimes difficult to prove, by making guilt conditional on a defendant’s state of mind, a notoriously high standard. Nevertheless, Trump has done his best to ensure that we all know what he’s thinking, even as his… Read More

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Trump Can’t Stop Confessing

Donald Trump can’t stop telling on himself. Just two years into his presidency, the New York real estate mogul turned politician faces at least two separate criminal investigations, while half a dozen former advisors, including his former campaign chair, deputy campaign chair, national-security adviser, foreign-policy adviser, and personal attorney have all pleaded guilty to or been convicted of serious crimes. That’s even more remarkable when you consider that the American legal system makes white-collar crimes difficult to prove, by making guilt conditional on a defendant’s state of mind, a notoriously high standard. Nevertheless, Trump has done his best to ensure that we all know what he’s thinking, even as his… Read More

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Mobile ad fraud continues to surge as scammers get smarter — with in-app fraud increasing by as much as 800% this year

In-app fraud was the fastest-growing ad fraud issue in 2018, according to verification company DoubleVerify. The company uncovered a sophisticated app-spoofing fraud scheme this past summer involving 85 apps and five developers. More recently, popular apps in the Google Play Store were discovered to contain malicious code used for ad fraud, BuzzFeed News reported. However, industry players are trying to come together to tackle the issue. Ad fraud remains rampant, continuing to eat into an increasing share of marketers’ ad dollars and cheat publishers out of revenue. Click farms, botnets, and domain spoofing are infiltrating everything from websites and video inventory to over-the-top and connected devices and mobile apps. Read… Read More

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Why it could be much easier for MPs to oust Theresa May than they thought

Many argue that the Fixed Term Parliaments Act makes it incredibly difficult to force out a prime minister. The Act states that two thirds of MPs must vote against the government in a confidence vote to trigger a general election. However, a new report by parliament’s constitutional affairs committee states that the long-standing parliamentary convention on no confidence votes still applies, despite the Act. It means Theresa May would be expected to resign if she loses the confidence of a simple majority of MPs. Losing the vote would not automatially trigger an election, meaning Conervative MPs unhappy with May’s leadership could be persuaded to back it. LONDON — It has… Read More

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The backer behind Facebook-owned Bloomsbury AI is raising up to £100 million to find another DeepMind

University College London’s spinout fund is raising up to £100 million ($126 million) to commercialise research and technology coming out of its departments. The idea is to create future success stories such as DeepMind, whose founders met at UCL and went on to sell the artificial intelligence company to Googe. The first UCL technology fund backed startups like Bloomsbury AI, which was acquired by Facebook in 2018. Albion Capital, which helps manage the fund, said UCL was on track to create several British unicorns. A university spinout fund that backed Bloomsbury AI, the artificial intelligence startup acquired by Facebook earlier this year, is looking to raise a second fund of… Read More

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