US Cyber Command has reportedly been aggressively targeting Russia’s electrical grid

US Cyber Command has reportedly been aggressively targeting Russia’s electrical grid

The United States Cyber Command has made a number of incursions into Russia’s electrical infrastructure in recent months, according to a new report in The New York Times. Officials that the publication spoke with characterized the moves as a warning to Russia that the US is willing to operate more aggressively in this arena to deter potential cyberattacks. According to the Times, “officials described the previously unreported deployment of American computer code inside Russia’s grid…

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Elizabeth Warren wants to level the playing field for entrepreneurs of color

Elizabeth Warren wants to level the playing field for entrepreneurs of color

Warren’s newest plan would provide $7 billion in grants to minority-owned businesses. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren released a new plan on Friday to “level the playing field for entrepreneurs of color” by providing business grants to minorities in order to close the startup capital gap — the difference in capital available to white entrepreneurs versus entrepreneurs of color. Warren argues that “every American should have a fair shot at starting a small business,”…

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Twitter is bringing back its Mac desktop app

Twitter is bringing back its Mac desktop app

A little over a year after discontinuing its Mac desktop app, Twitter says that it’s bringing the program back after Apple unveiled Project Catalyst for macOS 10.15 Catalina. It explained why it decided to drop the app last year. Twitter made the announcement during Apple’s WWDC conference last week, saying that the app would launch with Catalina this fall, and that this new version will have a variety of features like dark mode, keyboard shortcuts,…

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Andrew Yang, the 2020 long-shot candidate running on a universal basic income, explained

Andrew Yang, the 2020 long-shot candidate running on a universal basic income, explained

The “Yang Gang” is growing rapidly. Night two of the first Democratic presidential debate will feature a lot of familiar faces: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris. It will also feature someone even few political junkies had heard of until very recently: Andrew Yang. Yang, a startup veteran and founder of the nonprofit Venture for America who has never run for elected office before, has made a $12,000-per-year basic income for all American adults the…

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Kickstarter and XOXO have shut down their subscription platform before it launched

Kickstarter and XOXO have shut down their subscription platform before it launched

Last October, Kickstarter announced that it was ending its subscriber-based crowdfunding platform, Drip, but that it was planning a successor project with XOXO festival creators Andy Baio and Andy McMillan. Now, that project has been shut down, according to its creators. Drip’s unnamed successor project was designed to provide “financial stability and transparency to independent artists.” It came out of conversations from Kickstarter founder Perry Chen and Baio, Kickstarter’s former CTO, with the intention of…

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Magic for Liars blends magic school with a murder mystery

Magic for Liars blends magic school with a murder mystery

Magic school clashes with a murder mystery in Magic for Liars, the debut novel from Sarah Gailey, best known for their American Hippo short stories — but with one key twist. That’s because while the school and the murder may be magical, Ivy Gamble, the investigator hired to solve the case, is completely ordinary. Unable to sling a spell or cast a charm, she’s a far more relatable character than most other magical detectives that…

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