Senate Rebukes Trump Over Troop Withdrawals From Syria and Afghanistan – The New York Times

  1. Senate Rebukes Trump Over Troop Withdrawals From Syria and Afghanistan  The New York Times
  2. GOP poised to rebuke Trump | TheHill  The Hill
  3. Trump’s foreign policy faces growing dissent in Congress  NBC News
  4. Senate rebukes Trump’s plan to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, Afghanistan  The Washington Post
  5. Rand Paul: ‘Ludicrous’ to call a withdrawal from Afghanistan and Syria ‘precipitous’ | TheHill  The Hill
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The Academy Has Been Shamed Into Allowing All 5 Original Song Nominees to Perform at the Oscars – Vulture

  1. The Academy Has Been Shamed Into Allowing All 5 Original Song Nominees to Perform at the Oscars  Vulture
  2. Oscars to Feature All Five Best Song Nominees on Telecast After All (EXCLUSIVE)  Variety
  3. ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ ‘RBG’ to Be Performed at 2019 Oscars  Hollywood Reporter
  4. Good news, bathroom break fans: All five Best Song nominees will be played at this year’s Oscars  The A.V. Club
  5. Songs from RBG and Mary Poppins Returns to be performed at Oscars  Entertainment Weekly News
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Source: Google News | The Academy Has Been Shamed Into Allowing All 5 Original Song Nominees to Perform at the Oscars – Vulture

Facebook's internal iOS apps return after temporary Apple ban

After revoking Facebook's enterprise certificates that allowed the company to distribute the software outside of the Apple App Store, Facebook announced today that the certification has been restored, per Mike Issac. Internal apps used by the company…
Source: Engadget | Facebook's internal iOS apps return after temporary Apple ban

Study suggests Facebook users are happier if they leave for a month

You've no doubt heard anecdotal evidence of Facebook users feeling better after they've quit the social network, but how often does that help, really? A fair amount, according to researchers. A study (PDF) from New York University and Stanford show…
Source: Engadget | Study suggests Facebook users are happier if they leave for a month

Kleiner Perkins gets back to early-stage with its $600M 18th fund

“KP used to be a small team doing hands-on company building. We’re moving away from being this institution with multiple products and really just focusing on early-stage venture capital,” Kleiner Perkins partner Ilya Fushman tells me. Indeed, 47 years after its founding, the storied venture fund is going “back to the future” with today’s announcement of an 18th fund — a $600 million fund for seed, Series A and Series B financings. It’s investing across consumer, enterprise, hard tech and fintech, looking for high-potential teams to help mold into unicorns.

Kleiner Perkins partner Ilya Fushman

“We went out to market to LPs. We got a lot of interest. We were significantly oversubscribed,” Fushman says of the firm’s raise.

Kleiner Perkins was recently rocked by the departure of legendary investor Mary Meeker. She took Kleiner partners Mood Rowghani, Noah Knauf and Juliet de Baubigny, and they’re reportedly raising a $1.25 billion growth fund called Bond. Fushman explained that with Kleiner refocusing on early-stage, their funds will be well-differentiated. “They’re going to focus on very late-stage growth,” while he described Kleiner fund 18 as a place where partners can “collaborate and create” alongside new startups.

Other trends Kleiner is seeking to invest in include better distributed work tools, infrastructure for technology businesses, shifts in the urban and economic landscape and security and identity tools to protect the software-enabled future. Recent early-stage investments from the firm have included tax and insurance safety net Catch and food stamps app Propel.

With the explosion of early-stage funds, competition for the best deals is cutthroat. Kleiner will have to trade on its reputation, the expertise of its founders and its extensive connections to lure in founders. If entrepreneurs think Kleiner can fund their mid-stage rounds like some seed funds can’t, or hook them up with potential acquirers whether things go peachy or pear-shaped, they’ll open their cap table.


Source: Tech Crunch Startups | Kleiner Perkins gets back to early-stage with its 0M 18th fund

Apple 'temporarily' blocks Google's internal iOS apps, too

Earlier this week, Apple banned Facebook from running internal iOS apps because Facebook had been using Apple's enterprise certificate to distribute software outside of the App Store. Now, Apple has put the same kibosh down on Google, which had done…
Source: Engadget | Apple 'temporarily' blocks Google's internal iOS apps, too

Nintendo reportedly plans smaller and cheaper Switch for this year

It's no surprise that the Switch has been a huge success for Nintendo. In its earnings report today, the company revealed that it sold over 32 million Switch units, which means it's getting close to dethroning the beloved Nintendo 64. But it also sou…
Source: Engadget | Nintendo reportedly plans smaller and cheaper Switch for this year

Houzz resets user passwords after data breach

Houzz, a $4 billion-valued home improvement startup that recently laid off 10 percent of its staff, has admitted a data breach.

A reader contacted TechCrunch on Thursday with a copy of an email sent by the company. It doesn’t say much — such as when the breach happened, or if a hacker is to blame or if it was a data exposure that the company could’ve prevented.

Houzz spokesperson Gabriela Hebert would not comment beyond an FAQ posted on the company’s website, citing an ongoing investigation.

In that FAQ, the company said it “recently learned that a file containing some of our user data was obtained by an unauthorized third party.” It added: “We immediately launched an investigation and engaged with a leading forensics firm to assist in our investigation, containment, and remediation efforts.”

The company said it was notifying all of its users who may have been affected.

An email from a Houzz user (Image: supplied)

Houzz said some publicly visible information from a user’s Houzz profile could be affected, such as name, city, state, country and profile description, along with internal identifiers and fields “that have no discernible meaning to anyone outside of Houzz,” such as the region and location of the user and if they have a profile image, for example, the company said.

The company also said that usernames and scrambled passwords were also taken.

Houzz said that the passwords were scrambled and salted using a one-way hashing algorithm, but did not provide specifics on what kind of hashing algorithm was used. Some algorithms, like MD5, are old and outdated but still in use, while newer hashing algorithms — like bcrypt — are stronger and can be more difficult to crack, depending on the number of rounds the passwords go through.

Regardless, the company recommended users change their passwords.

No financial information was taken, according to the FAQ.

The company last year was among many mocked for sending out emails to users alerting them of mandatory changes to their privacy policies ahead of the 2018-introduced EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law, saying it “value[s]” its customers privacy. “Their opening lines offer a glimpse of the way legal policy and user experience are colliding under the new regulations,” said Fast Company.

But it’s not clear if the company will face penalties — up to four percent of its global revenue — as a result of the regulation, only that the company “notified EU authorities within the statutory period,” said the spokesperson.

Another day, another breach.


Source: Tech Crunch Startups | Houzz resets user passwords after data breach

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Facebook removed over 900 pages in Iran and Indonesia for 'inauthentic behavior' (update)

Facebook announced today that it has removed pages, groups and accounts that were apparently engaging in "coordinated inauthentic behavior" tied to Iran and Indonesia. According to Facebook, there were 783 Iranian instances of operating under a false…
Source: Engadget | Facebook removed over 900 pages in Iran and Indonesia for 'inauthentic behavior' (update)