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US Blames Russia's GRU for Cyberattacks (Cybersecurity)

#spy #cybersecurity

Source: Wired

US Crude Oil Inventories Rise for 4th Week (Market Trading)


Stocks of crude oil in the United States increased by 0.414 million barrels in the week ended February 14th 2020, following a 7.459 million gain in the previous week and compared with market expectations of a 2.494 million gain, according to EIA Petroleum Status Report. Meanwhile, gasoline inventories went down by 1.971 million barrels after decreasing by 0.095 million in the previous week and compared with market consensus of a 0.435 million rise. 

App Automatically Cancels and Sues Robocallers (Cybersecurity)

#robocallers #cybersecurity 

Source: Vice

Chrome Extensions Uploaded Private Data from Users (Cybersecurity)

#cybersecurity #google #chrome

The extensions were used to extract private browsing data from users. Exposing banking, shopping and possibly health information. Putting users at risk to ad fraud and other misleading marketing practices.

Source: Wired  

Signal Bringing Its Secure Messaging to the Masses (Cybersecurity)

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I recommend Signal to anyone seeking secure communications. Easy to on-board. Your information should be your information.

Source: Wired

UK Stocks Down amid RBS, AstraZeneca (Market Trading)

#euro #ftse #dax #cac

The FTSE 100 fell 43 points, or 0.6% to 7,409 on Friday, the lowest close since February 3rd, dragged by corporate updates and coronovirus fears. Royal Bank of Scotland slumped near 7%, after scaled back the target date for hitting its long-term profit goals and announced it will change its name to NatWest Group. AstraZeneca was also among the worst performers, after reported lower than expected Q4 earnings results and announced sales will be hurt this quarter by the coronavirus outbreak as China is one of its main markets. Considering the full week, the FTSE 100 lost 0.8%. Meanwhile, other main European stock markets finished mixed: the CAC 40 dropped 24 points, or 0.4% to 6,069; the FTSE MIB declined 25 points, or 0.1% to 24,867 while the IBEX 35 rose 47 points, or 0.5% to 9,957 and the DAX 30 ended flat at 13,744. For the week, the DAX 30 gained 1.7%; the FTSE MIB rose 1.6%; the IBEX 35 added 1.4% and the CAC 40 went up 0.8%.

Euro Hits 33-month Low (Market Trading)


EURUSD decreased to a 33-month low of 1.0877

White House Proposes $4.8 Trillion Budget Plan (Market Trading)

#trump #gdp
The Trump administration unveiled its $4.8 trillion budget plan for the fiscal year starting on October 1st, which is unlikely to be passed by Congress. The plan includes $2 billion to fund the construction of a wall on the US border with Mexico and an increase of 0.3% in military spending. Meanwhile, NASA would get a 12% increase in funds as it plans for a trip to Mars. Trump's budget also proposes cuts to food stamps, farm subsidies and Medicaid, and a reduction in expenditure on foreign aid by 21%. It exempts seniors from cuts to Medicare and Social Security while targeting benefit safety net programs for the poor, domestic programs like clean energy and student loan subsidies. The budget forecasts a $4.4 trillion cut in spending over 10 years and a $4.6 trillion reduction in deficit over the same period. It also predicts GDP growth of 3% in coming years, compared to previous estimates by the Congressional Budget Office of just below 2%.
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Euro Area Currency Euro Weakens to Fresh 4-Month Low (Market Trading)

#euro #fx

The euro fell to $1.0936 on Monday, its weakest level since October 2nd, as a poor set of data across Eurozone countries raised concerns about the bloc's economic outlook. Italy's industrial output dropped by the most in nearly two years in December, while German production tumbled by the most in over a decade and French industrial output posted the steepest contraction since January 2018.

Investigative Look into the Iowa Caucus (Cybersecurity)

#election #2020 #cybersecurity

Source: Wired

Web Browsing Data Leaked (Cybersecurity)

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Source: Vice

Your Smartphone's Encryption (Cybersecurity)

#cybersecurity #android #iphone #signal

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Source: Wired

Facebook Earnings at 2.56 USD (Market Trading)

Facebook (FB) released earnings per share at 2.56 USD.

Pound Flat after EU Approves Brexit Deal (Market Trading)

The British pound was nearly flat at $1.302 on Wednesday, after the European Parliament approved the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement by 621 votes to 49. The UK is leaving the European Union on January 31st, more than three-and-a-half years after voters decided to do so in a referendum held on June 23rd 2016. The UK will continue to follow all of the EU's rules and its trading relationship will remain the same during the transition period which begins immediately after Brexit day and is due to end on December 31st 2020. Meantime, investors await the Bank of England policy meeting tomorrow, at which policymakers are seen holding rates, but persistent weak data suggest an interest rate cut is still on the table. 

Fed holds interest rates at 1.50%-1.75% (Market Trading)

#Fed #Rates

The US Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) announced on Wednesday that it decided to keep interest rates unchanged at the 1.50%-1.75% range. All 10 FOMC members voted in favor of holding rates at its current levels after lowering them three toimes in 2019.