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Laveta Brigham

Bloomberg

Big Oil Goes Looking for a Career Change

(Bloomberg) — For most of the past century, Big Oil executives found it pretty easy to explain to investors how their businesses worked. Just locate more of the commodities that everyone needed, extract and process them as cheaply as possible, and watch the profits flow.That’s all over now. The change has been so profound that the chief executive officer of BP Plc recently found himself hyping the profit potential of another commodity. “People may not know—BP sells coffee. We sold 150 million cups of coffee last year,” Bernard Looney said in an interview in August, referring to beverage kiosks attached to the company’s fuel stations. “This is a very strong business. It’s a growth business.”Perhaps it was tongue-in-cheek, or a way for the leader of the world’s fifth-largest international oil company to emphasize a relationship with consumers. But it’s clear Looney

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As more schools shift to online learning, what should they do about cyberattacks?

Laveta Brigham

PATERSON, N.J. — Some New Jersey students got a lesson in the pitfalls of virtual learning recently when their online classes were interrupted by obscenities, pornography and threats against teachers.

But the Paterson schools aren’t alone in dealing with electronic intrusions in the age of virtual learning. Similar incidents have been reported in districts across the country, from California, Miami and Ohio to Lumberton, New Jersey, which was bombarded with pornographic images and racist language during Zoom conferences in April.

Problems with online security and privacy — from student pranks to ransomware attacks — are expected to only get worse as schools across the country shift to full- or part-time virtual learning because of the coronavirus pandemic, experts warn.

“Zoom bombing, cyberbullying, phishing – you name it. It has increased astronomically. Everybody needs to be really mindful about security right now,” said Kutub Thakur, an assistant professor and director of

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Yes on Prop. 24. It’s not perfect, but it would improve online privacy

Laveta Brigham

Alastair Mactaggart, left, shown with Assemblyman Ed Chau (D-Arcadia), is a leading proponent of Proposition 24, an initiative to strengthen California's online privacy law. <span class="copyright">(Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)</span>
Alastair Mactaggart, left, shown with Assemblyman Ed Chau (D-Arcadia), is a leading proponent of Proposition 24, an initiative to strengthen California’s online privacy law. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Over the last decade, personal data has become the invisible currency that funds much of the internet. Social networks, sites and apps attract people with free content and services, then use the data they gather to make a fortune off of targeted advertisements.

Two years ago, the Legislature passed a groundbreaking law to give Californians more control over the personal information collected from them online. The idea was to let you withdraw from that hidden exchange of information, barring sites from selling your data to third parties that assemble detailed profiles of consumers’ habits and tastes.

Unfortunately, the California Consumer Privacy Act, which went into effect this year, didn’t live up to its billing. Major online companies found ways to wriggle

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Oracle won the TikTok sweepstakes. It’s inheriting its political problems, too.

Laveta Brigham

Oracle has spent years pushing to curtail the power of Silicon Valley’s social media giants. Now a pending deal with TikTok may force the cloud computing company to face the same tough critiques over how it protects users and polices content.

Oracle confirmed Monday that it was chosen to serve as a U.S. technology partner for TikTok, whose Chinese parent-company ByteDance has faced pressure from the Trump administration to sell off the popular video-sharing app over national security concerns. It beat out rival Microsoft and outlasted other suitors such as Google for the prize.

While the exact structure or value of the deal remain unclear, one thing is not: it’s poised to plunge one of the tech industry’s under-the-radar power players deeper than ever before into policy disputes in Washington over data privacy, content moderation and national security.

TikTok has faced rising scrutiny from officials in Washington over its efforts

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How to land your first job as a web developer

Laveta Brigham

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Getting started into programming can be very scary, and there are a lot of misconceptions out there that make people think that programming is a skill they could never learn, or that landing a job as a web developer is almost mission impossible. They couldn’t be more wrong.

The software development industry, web development in particular, is full of amazing stories of people with no tech background who switched to development and changed their life for great and they couldn’t be happier with the change.

Programming is a great skill to have, it will teach you to think differently, it will open the doors to a lot of job opportunities even in these times where the job market is so hurt by

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22 Awkward Social Situations You Might Experience During COVID-19 & How to Deal

Laveta Brigham

After months of stay-at-home orders, many places are reopening now, and more people are venturing outside. Depending on your state, county, and city, you might be able to dine out at restaurants, order drinks at a bar, get your hair cut, and even go to a theme park in a few weeks.

This reopening and loosening of restrictions can cause a lot of conflicting feelings. You could be firmly on the excited side, happy to visit your favorite neighborhood spots and see friends again. Or you could be in the anxious camp, unsure that these reopenings are wise and still worried about health and safety conditions at those favorite neighborhood spots. Or you could waffle between the two sides, depending on the day, what news you’ve read, and your desire to both see your friends and family but also keep them safe.

It’s okay to have those feelings. We are

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Marseille claim Gonzalez received death threats after personal phone numbers circulated in Brazil

Laveta Brigham

Marseille have defended Alvaro Gonzalez from accusations that he racially abused Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar and say the defender has received death threats after his phone number was leaked online. 

Neymar claimed the centre-back made a racist comment as the Brazil international left the field after being shown a red card for his part in the mass brawl that saw four more players sent off near the end of Marseille’s 1-0 win on Sunday.

Gonzalez took to Twitter to defend himself and deny the accusation, while PSG have given their backing to Neymar and called for an investigation into the matter.

Marseille, meanwhile, are standing by their player and claim he has been threatened in the wake of the match.

The statement read: “Olympique de Marseille is proud of yesterday’s competitive victory over Paris Saint-Germain. This victory, obtained in a fair way, was played out on the pitch thanks to

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New Rowling book draws more transphobia allegations

Laveta Brigham

“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling was hit Monday with renewed criticism calling her views transphobic as she releases her latest book, a mystery novel about a serial killer who dresses as a woman to prey on his victims.

The novel, “Troubled Blood,” is to be published Tuesday as the fifth installment in the “Cormoran Strike” detective series, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Strike’s latest mystery revolves around a cisgender man who dresses as a woman, according to a review from The Telegraph.

The theme is being called out by those who have highlighted Rowling’s history of sharing transphobic opinions online, causing #RIPJKRowling to trend trend on Twitter Monday. Some tweeted that although Rowling is still alive, her career is most likely dead, while others imagined Rowling gone so they could enjoy the “Harry Potter” series without associating the novels and films with her.

“in memory of jk rowling,” one

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Nancy Pelosi’s daughter Christine says Netflix should ‘cancel’ ‘Cuties’

Laveta Brigham

With the fall streaming season officially on, Netflix launched a wave of fresh content over the weekend, including TV shows like The Duchess and Julie and the Phantoms and the buzzy feature documentary, The Social Dilemma. But the most talked-about title on the streaming service remains Cuties, the French coming-of-age story that’s at the center of an ever-growing national controversy over its depiction of growing up in the social media era.

Since the film’s release on Sept. 9, a #CancelNetflix campaign has been one of the top trending topics on Twitter. In a report provided to Yahoo Entertainment, the data trends analytics company SEMrush noted that over 50,000 tweets were posted about Cuties from Sept. 10 to Sept. 14, and almost half of those also carried the #CancelNetflix hashtag.

Some of those tweets are coming from prominent political voices. On Thursday, author, lawyer and political strategist Christine Pelosi

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Detroit Salvation Army Begins Red Kettle Campaign 2 Months Early

Laveta Brigham

SOUTHFIELD, MI — The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit launched its Red Kettle Campaign Monday, marking the earliest the nonprofit has ever begun its annual Christmas fundraiser in its 133-year history of serving southeast Michigan.

The Salvation Army’s ability to raise vital funds to serve those in need is at risk this year due to the impact and economic hardships caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to the non-profit. It is calling on supporters to donate or volunteer their time to aid The Salvation Army in reaching its $8 million fundraising goal. All funds raised will directly benefit communities throughout Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, the non-profit said.

“With more people facing hardship this year, the need to serve those most vulnerable is greater than ever,” said Major Tim Meyer, general secretary, metro Detroit area commander and regional chief operating officer for The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division. “2020

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