Data breach hits agency overseeing White House communications

Data breach hits agency overseeing White House communications

The US agency in charge of secure communication for the White House has been the victim of a cyber-attack. The US Department of Defence confirmed that computer systems controlled by the Defence Information Systems Agency…

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Moving Past The Mortgage: How Startups Are Shifting Home Financing From Debt To Equity

Moving Past The Mortgage: How Startups Are Shifting Home Financing From Debt To Equity

When Damien Vrana and his wife, who wed last year, began looking for a house in New Jersey, their lender suggested a rather novel approach to financing. For the down payment, they could co-invest with Unison, a San…

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Paul Allen’s Silicon Valley Home Sells For $35.3M

Paul Allen’s Silicon Valley Home Sells For $35.3M

The Silicon Valley estate of Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen sold this month for $35.3 million, a 15% discount off the asking price. The Atherton, California, seven-bedroom home came on the market in October, a year…

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Amazon Prime’s ‘Hunters’ Should Have Been Less Tarantino And More ‘The Americans’

Amazon Prime’s ‘Hunters’ Should Have Been Less Tarantino And More ‘The Americans’

I have been absolutely blitzed with advertising for Amazon Prime’s new original series, Hunters, which follows a group of Nazi hunters in the ‘70s tracking down old war criminals who managed to escape justice. I was…

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Jay-Z’s New $85M Fund Hints Hip-Hop’s First Billionaire Is Eyeing Ashton Kutcher’s Startup Blueprint

Jay-Z’s New $85M Fund Hints Hip-Hop’s First Billionaire Is Eyeing Ashton Kutcher’s Startup Blueprint

Jay-Z’s Marcy Venture Partners has raised an $85 million fund to invest in consumer-focused startups, according to a recently released SEC filing. The paperwork confirms that Jay-Z’s venture outfit, established in 2018, is based in San Francisco…

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The Forbes Investigation: How Bloom Energy Blew Through Billions Promising Cheap, Green Tech That Falls Short

The Forbes Investigation: How Bloom Energy Blew Through Billions Promising Cheap, Green Tech That Falls Short

Editor’s Note: This Forbes magazine story went to press several days before Bloom Energy’s February 12, 2020, disclosure that it would be restating its prior four years’ financial statements, lowering revenue by up to $180 million, and…

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US business levels fall sharply amid coronavirus

US business levels fall sharply amid coronavirus

Business activity in the US service sector fell last month for the first time since 2013, hurt by the coronavirus, according to a survey. The drop came amid a “notable worsening” in the services sector,…

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Brexit: Emmanuel Macron ‘not sure’ of UK-EU trade deal by end of year

Brexit: Emmanuel Macron ‘not sure’ of UK-EU trade deal by end of year

French President Emmanuel Macron has said he is “not sure” a UK-EU trade deal will be struck by 31 December, the end of the Brexit transition period. Mr Macron said negotiations starting in March will…

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Google sued by New Mexico over claims it spies on US students

Google sued by New Mexico over claims it spies on US students

The attorney general of the US state of New Mexico is suing Google, accusing the company of illegally collecting the personal data of school children. The tech giant is alleged to have collected data on…

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Elon Musk shares the science fiction book series that inspired him to start SpaceX

Elon Musk shares the science fiction book series that inspired him to start SpaceX

As a teenage boy, Elon Musk felt a “personal obligation” for the fate of mankind, according to the book “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future” by Ashlee Vance. Musk’s love of books and the lessons…

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