Google hit with new federal investigation over pregnant employee who claims discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has opened an investigation into a former Google employee’s pregnancy discrimination case, CNBC reports. Read the rest

Google users in UK will soon lose EU data protection: Report

Post-Brexit, Google plans to move UK user accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, and will place them under U.S. jurisdiction instead, where privacy protections are weaker, reports Joseph Menn at Reuters. Read the rest

MGM Resorts data breach exposes 10.6M+ guests' info, Jack Dorsey included, home addresses and birthdates

Personal information for more than 10 million former guests of MGM resorts has been posted on a hacking forum. Among the notable data breach victims: Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey. The leaked data includes home addresses, and is said to only affect guests who stayed at the hotel chain's properties before 2018. Read the rest

Deadly shooting in Hanau Germany leaves 8+ dead, 5+ wounded

News organizations in Germany are reporting at this hour that an estimated 8 people are dead and at least 5 more injured following a mass shooting in Hanau, Germany.

At the time of this blog post, reports indicate the gunmen are still at large.

Reports indicate that the shooting(s) took place neat at least one hookah (shisha) bar, and a second location. This is a breaking news story, and will change as more information is confirmed by authorities. Read the rest

E. Jean Carroll fired from ELLE magazine after Trump rape allegation, readers call for #NoWayinElle boycott

E. Jean Carroll, who has written an advice column at ELLE magazine for three decades, and last year accused President Donald Trump of raping her in the mid-1990s, today said she was fired from her longtime editorial position as a direct result of Trump's public debasement of her character. Read the rest

Watch: Patient plays violin during brain surgery, a UK first

Professional musician Dagmar Turner had brain surgery at King's College Hospital, London to remove a benign tumor.

Billionaire Bloomberg won't have to disclose finances until late March

“What does this guy worth $60 billion own, who wants to be president?” Read the rest

Trump tweets he'll sue 'everyone all over the place' for 'total SCAM' Mueller Russia probe

On his batshit Twitter account, impeached and manifestly bonkers U.S. President Donald Trump is calling for all cases that came out of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election to be "thrown out."

Trump implied that he could bring a lawsuit over the matter. Read the rest

Jailed Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's health is improving, and he's out of solitary - spokesman

Julian Assange, the jailed founder of Wikileaks, is no longer being held in solitary confinement and his health is improving, said his spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson to reporters on Tuesday. Read the rest

Brave try at world sparkler record fails on technicality in Wyoming

In Wyoming, an attempt to break the world record for the most sparklers lit at one time failed on a technicality. Bummer. Read the rest

Why there are so many cannabis-sponsored highway miles in Colorado

Marijuana businesses pay for 66% of state’s sponsored highway miles under Clean Colorado program

Hawaii police seek fruit thieves who stole $1K worth of durian and other exotics

Police on the Big Island of Hawaii are looking for fruit bandits who made off with about $1,000 in exotic fruit, including 18 or so durian -- the spiky fruit with a mega stinky smell and a taste some people crave. Read the rest

Trump, an idiot, wishes you 'Happy President’s Day'

Can't tell if it's because he's an illiterate dunce, or a narcissist. The singular form: “President’s Day.” Perhaps he thinks it's all about him? Read the rest

At Wayfair, ~550 workers laid off in 'Valentine's Day Massacre'

An estimated 550 people who worked at Wayfair lost their jobs last Thursday, in what has been dubbed Wayfair's 'Valentine's Day Massacre.'

The layoffs included 350 workers at the online shopping firm's Boston headquarters. Read the rest

SDNY may charge Trump-Giuliani crony Lev Parnas over 'Fraud Guarantee'

📷: Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas (2nd and 3rd from left) with Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani. Photographer unknown.

Prosecutors with the US attorney's office for the Southern District of New York are considering whether to charge Rudy Giuliani's crimeing buddy Lev Parnas, and at least one of Parnas's business partners, with misleading prospective investors for their appropriately named business entity, 'Fraud Guarantee.' Read the rest

Ireland suspects Russia is trying to crack transatlantic fiber-optic ocean bed cables

“Russia has sent intelligence agents to Ireland to map the precise location of the fibre-optic, ocean-bed cables that connect Europe to America,” Ireland's security agency suspects, according to this report in The Times of London.

“This has raised concerns that Russian agents are checking the cables for weak points, with a view to tapping or even damaging them in the future.”

Irish security officials believe Russia may be targeting Ireland as a regional base for military intelligence operations because the country's counterintelligence abilities are limited, and Moscow presumably views Ireland as a vulnerable spot.

Additionally, various tech giants that have placed their offices in Dublin to evade U.S. taxes might be juicy targets for Vladimir Putin's corporate espionage programs.

Excerpt:

Ireland is the landing point for undersea cables which carry internet traffic between America, Britain and Europe. The cables enable millions of people to communicate and allow financial transactions to take place seamlessly.

Garda and military sources believe the agents were sent by the GRU, the military intelligence branch of the Russian armed forces which was blamed for the nerve agent attack in Britain on Sergei Skripal, a former Russian intelligence officer.

Read more: Russian agents plunge to new ocean depths in Ireland to crack transatlantic cables

[thetimes.co.uk] Read the rest

Ring does not fight crime, say cops in 8 states whose PDs partnered with Amazon-owned home surveillance

There is very little evidence that Ring reduces crime. Hundreds of police departments have signed agreements with Amazon-owned Ring to obtain access to the home surveillance camera footage. Interviews with many of them, in 8 different states, show little to no evidence that Ring actually deters criminal activity. Read the rest

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