Stingy Slack Paid Researcher $1,750 for Finding ‘Critical’ Bug

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A security researcher found a critical bug that would have let attackers hijack a person’s computer when using Slack. His reward? $1,750.

A security researcher found a critical bug that would have let attackers hijack a person’s computer when using Slack. His reward? $1,750.
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At times, we’ve come to you with stories about security researchers being paid thousands—and in some cases hundreds of thousands—of dollars by companies for finding critical bugs in well-known software or hardware. However, this time, the story is different. It’s about a company that was stingy, and that’s not cool.

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According to Mashable and Bleeping Computer, Slack paid security researcher Oskars Vegeris $1,750 for finding and reporting a bug that would have allowed hackers to hijack a person’s computer. To do this, all a hacker needed to do was upload a file and share it with another Slack user or channel on the app’s desktop version.

“With any in-app redirect – logic/open redirect, HTML or Javascript injection it’s

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Woz Enterprise is Seeking Applicants for Technology Apprenticeships

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World-class U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprentice Program is putting Americans back to work in high-demand fields

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Woz Enterprise – a division of Woz U is seeking apprentices for one of the largest technology apprenticeship programs in the United States, registered and approved by the United States Department of Labor. This modern-day apprenticeship addresses the widening technology skills gap, trains Americans with day-one ready skills and places individuals in entry-level technology jobs with industry leaders.

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“Particularly in technology fields, experience and real-world work skills can be as valuable as a traditional education,” said Chris Coleman, President of Woz U. “With apprenticeship programs, individuals looking to start or advance their technology careers get both. They receive training and work experience simultaneously, working with leading technology services and consulting companies.”

In today’s uncertain labor market, the technology sector still

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“Buzz on the Street” Show: Color Star Technology (NASDAQ: HHT) Debut of Color World Application

john rambo’s latest Buzz on the Street Show: Featuring Our Corporate News Recap on “Color World Announces Debut of the Color World App After its Online Concert Becomes Part of Music History”

Color Star Technology Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HHT) officially broadcasted the Color World Online Concert to audiences around the globe via its official platform “Color World” at 9 pm Eastern Time on September 9th. The Color World Online Concert attracted over half a million viewers from mainland China and all over the world. Global Social media networks reached over 10 million hits.

Color Star Technology Co, Ltd. offers online and offline innovative education services for music and entertainment industries globally. Its business operations are conducted through its wholly-owned subsidiaries Color China Entertainment Ltd. and CACM Group NY, Inc. The Company’s online education is provided through its Color World music and entertainment education platform. The Company also offers after-school entertainment tutoring

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TikTok ban needed to punish China over internet censorship: Tim Wu

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  • TikTok is facing an onslaught of executive orders from the Trump administration, an attempt to get the viral app banned in the United States.
  • Tim Wu, an open-internet advocate who coined the term “net neutrality,” argued  in a New York Times op-ed Wednesday that TikTok should be banned as a “tit for tat” response to China’s nationwide internet censorship of US tech companies.
  • Wu wrote that the “privilege” of the US open internet should be available “only to companies from countries that respect that openness themselves.”
  • It’s still unclear whether Trump has the authority to ban TikTok, or how such a ban would work in practice. TikTok is reportedly planning to sue the Trump administration over its proposed ban.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

A leading advocate of a free and open internet has come out in support of banning the popular video app TikTok in the United

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Brain-inspired electronic system could vastly reduce AI’s carbon footprint

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Extremely energy-efficient artificial intelligence is now closer to reality after a study by UCL researchers found a way to improve the accuracy of a brain-inspired computing system.

The system, which uses memristors to create artificial neural networks, is at least 1,000 times more energy efficient than conventional transistor-based AI hardware, but has until now been more prone to error.

Existing AI is extremely energy-intensive – training one AI model can generate 284 tonnes of carbon dioxide, equivalent to the lifetime emissions of five cars. Replacing the transistors that make up all digital devices with memristors, a novel electronic device first built in 2008, could reduce this to a fraction of a tonne of carbon dioxide – equivalent to emissions generated in an afternoon’s drive.

Since memristors are so much more energy-efficient than existing computing systems, they can

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Vix Technology and Miles Team to Deliver Innovative Rider Loyalty Programs

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Integrated solution to increase public transit ridership and strengthen customer engagement

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and DENVER, Sept. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Vix Technology (“Vix”) and Miles have teamed up to deliver an integrated ticketing and automated rider loyalty and rewards solution for transit agencies across North America. This partnership offers transit operators a new tool to increase ridership by rewarding passenger loyalty and reducing single-occupancy vehicle trips that create traffic congestion and contribute to air pollution and climate change.

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The combination of Miles’ rider loyalty program and Vix’s fare payment systems allows transit passengers to link their preferred fare payment method, such as contactless bank cards, closed-loop transit cards, and mobile apps. The integration utilizes ridership data collected by the fare system to enable hyper-targeted and individualized loyalty programs focused on specific transit or social equity initiatives.

Transit agencies can gain a clearer, data-driven understanding of

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How technology is changing the dating world in the 21 century

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There seem to be few areas of modern life that aren’t impacted by technology to some extent. Where dating is concerned, this has been game-changing. Singles once relied on going down several tried-and-tested routes when it came to seeking love. They might hang around in bars or nightclubs, join social clubs, or rely on introductions by mutual friends. Nowadays they have access to all the tools they require to court other singles without even having to leave home. All they need do is pop Top 5 Dating Sites into their search engine, then start exploring the possibilities.

Choice of dating outlets

There are online dating outlets for every possible permutation of human desire. You can sign up for generic websites that will invite you to choose from a diverse range of potential partners. You can  tailor your search parameters accordingly and the built-in site algorithms will do much of the

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Russian internet trolls hired U.S. journalists to push their news website, Facebook says

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Some of Russia’s most notorious internet trolls have launched a news website that hired real-life journalism freelancers — including Americans — to contribute, Facebook said Tuesday.

The site, called Peace Data, launched this year with coverage focused largely on the environment and corporate and political corruption. Facebook learned through a tip from the FBI that people formerly associated with the Russian Internet Research Agency, which created a number of influential Twitter and Facebook personas to inflame political tensions in the 2016 election, ran Peace Data and has taken down its known affiliated accounts. It had yet to gain a serious following, said Nathaniel Gleicher, the company’s head of cybersecurity policy.

“It confirms what I think we’ve all thought: Russian actors are trying to target the 2020 elections and public debate in the U.S., and they’re trying to be creative about it,” Gleicher said.

“But the second thing that it confirms

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A Massive Laptop Shortage Has Hit the United States

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As school districts spin up with various remote distance and in-classroom learning plans to combat COVID-19, they’ve needed far more computers than typical for the back-to-school season. This is causing problems because — again, thanks to COVID-19 — the number of computers currently available for purchase is much lower than normal.

A number of factors are feeding the issue. Slower port inspections mean longer stock cycles. The United States Postal Service has suffered unprecedented slowdowns. Chinese factory production is pushing back up to pre-pandemic levels, but there are supply chain weaknesses that haven’t been fully addressed. The ongoing US-China trade war isn’t helping anything move faster, either. All told, Dell, HP, and Lenovo are claiming they have a collective shortage of 5 million laptops.

That’s a hard place for kids and teachers to be in.

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Want a job as a software developer with Koch? No experience necessary in new program

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If you’ve always wanted to be a software developer but don’t have any experience in the field, you might not need it to get a job with Koch Industries in Wichita.


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A new, free educational program will offer 10 people in the Wichita area a chance to learn more about software development and eventually be evaluated for a full-time role with Koch.

The local company is launching the pilot program with Catalyte, a software development services company that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to find new, overlooked talent in the workforce.

“At Catalyte, we know that aptitude is equally distributed but opportunity isn’t,” Carlton Gordon Jr., managing director for the Midwest region with Catalyte, said in a news release. “Our technology is designed to bypass traditional measures used in hiring, like resumes and degrees, to see someone’s true potential for becoming a software developer.”

Candidates for the

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