Israel’s Biggest Bank Partners Microsoft to Offer Bank Guarantees on a Blockchain

Israel’s Biggest Bank Partners Microsoft to Offer Bank Guarantees on a Blockchain:

Microsoft is partnering with Israel’s Bank Hapoalim on a blockchain-based platform to support digital bank guarantees for customers, according to The Times of Israel.

Bank Hapoalim becomes the first Israeli bank to deploy blockchain technology in financial contracts, the lender noted in a statement. The project will simplify and hasten the process of signing up guarantors. Bank customers in need of a bank guarantee typically have to go to a branch, transfer the guarantee to the beneficiary, then return it to the bank in the event the guarantee is not used.

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EY, Microsoft and Shipping Giant Maersk Develop Blockchain Marine Insurance Platform

EY, Microsoft and Shipping Giant Maersk Develop Blockchain Marine Insurance Platform:

‘Big four’ accounting house EY, technology giant Microsoft and the Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company have combined to launch the world’s first marine insurance blockchain platform.

Build using Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, the blockchain solution is the first of its kind in the marine insurance industry and connects clients, brokers, insurers and third parties on a common ledger. This shared database also collects information about logistics risks and shipments to integrate the data with insurance contracts.

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Microsoft recommends you ignore Microsoft-recommended update

Microsoft recommends you ignore Microsoft-recommended update:

Left hand quits trying to meet right hand, waves at customers saying ‘don’t break Skype’

Earlier this month, Microsoft gave the world .NET Framework 4.7 and urged users to install it for the usual reasons: more fun bits to play with and a security improvements.

But two days later the company urged Exchange users not to install it ASAP, because it hadn’t validated it yet. Last Friday – 10 days after the launch of the new code – it reminded users of Lync and Skype for Business not to install it either.

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Microsoft says virtual reality will soon have same mind-bending effects as LSD

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This is how billions of people may soon spend their time

Microsoft says virtual reality will soon have same mind-bending effects as LSD

Tech giant’s top researcher says VR will cause hallucinations which ‘blend or alter perceived reality’

VIRTUAL reality technology will soon be so powerful that it will cause drug-like hallucinations, Microsoft has predicted.

One of the tech firm’s top researchers said VR would be able to warp reality and catapult users into a new world.

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Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube Create Program to Silence ‘Terrorist Propaganda’ Online

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube Create Program to Silence ‘Terrorist Propaganda’ Online:

According to a new statement by Facebook, they have joined with YouTube, Microsoft, and Twitter to create a shared database of “terrorist content” which they can all jointly use to identify further attempts to post such banned content.

The database will create hashes of videos and images that they’ve already decided are related to terrorism, and then will allow them to single out any further content matching those hatches. Facebook says this will allow them to more quickly remove such content.

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Microsoft Announces $40BN Share Buyback 1 Month After Its Largest Bond Offering Ever

Microsoft Announces $40BN Share Buyback 1 Month After Its Largest Bond Offering Ever:

Just 1 month after completing its largest bond offering ever, Microsoft has announced the approval of an incremental $40BN share repurchase equal to roughly 9% of its outstanding shares.

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Microsoft Buys LinkedIn For $196/Share In $26.2 Billion Deal

Microsoft Buys LinkedIn For $196/Share In $26.2 Billion Deal:

Merger monday is back with a bang, when moments ago Microsoft announced that it would buy LinkedIn for $196/share, a massive 50% premium to the Friday closing price of $131. The total deal size is $26.2 billion and according to the press release, MSFT will finance the transaction primarily through the issuance of new debt. Indicatively, almost exactly one year ago, LNKD was trading at $300.

Microsoft, which will pay a $725 million termination fee if the deal does not go through, warns that the deal will only become accretive in 2019. This means many synergies are coming for the tech company.

Microsoft also reiterated its intention to complete its existing $40 billion share repurchase authorization by Dec. 31, 2016.

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Bill Gates says we need higher taxes to help the poor. Jeremy Paxman asks why Microsoft have comitted to Tax Avoidance. Hypocrisy at its finest.

Bill Gates says we need higher taxes to help the poor. Jeremy Paxman asks why Microsoft have comitted to Tax Avoidance. Hypocrisy at its finest.:

 

We don’t really need higher taxes for any purpose though. We don’t have a balanced budget. So “there’s only so much money to go around” is a false proposition.

There’s no money to help the poor because there’s no political incentive to help the poor.

The availability of money is not the problem.

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In Today’s Layoff News: Microsoft Fires 1,850; Intel Cuts 350; Shell Terminating 2,200

In Today’s Layoff News: Microsoft Fires 1,850; Intel Cuts 350; Shell Terminating 2,200:

How do you know the Fed is justified in hiking again, the economy is recovering, and the market are zooming higher? One hint is the just announced thousands in layoffs in both the energy and tech sector, among which are Shell, which announced it would layoff 2,200 jobs; Microsoft reporting it would cut 1,850; and Intel terminating up to 350 jobs in Germany.

The details:

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Bill Gates Says Apple Is Wrong for Not “Helping” the FBI, Built Back Doors into All Windows Software Since 1999

Bill Gates Says Apple Is Wrong for Not “Helping” the FBI, Built Back Doors into All Windows Software Since 1999:

It’s all over the news that Bill Gates is coming out publicly admonishing Apple for not bending over backwards to build a skeleton key that unlocks everyone’s cell phones for the FBI in the wake of the San Bernardino shooting. He’s twisting the narrative to make it seem like this skeleton key, once in existence, wouldn’t be used again and again on other people’s phones (and will be forever).

His argument isn’t even a very good one.

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Windows 10 updates forcing PCs to use Microsoft products on default – and you can’t change it back

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In the latest Microsoft bungle, Windows 10 is now forcing users to use Microsoft programs rather than the software they want to use

Windows 10 updates forcing PCs to use Microsoft products on default – and you can’t change it back:

It seems that the saga of Windows 10 problems is never-ending – users are now reporting that the latest Windows 10 update automatically switches a user’s chosen programs over to Microsoft alternatives without permission, and users can’t reset the defaults back to the programs they want to use.

If you’re a windows user, you probably have certain programs that you prefer to use. For example, you might prefer to use the Google Chrome web browser over Firefox to surf the web, or you might be using a photo editing program like IrfanView or Adobe Photoshop, or you might be opening all video files using VLC.

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Jim Stone: WHAT I HAVE NEXT IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT (THAN ANY “TERROR ATTACK” IN PARIS)

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WHAT I HAVE NEXT IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT:

MICROSOFT IS FORCING VEILED UPDATES ONTO COMPUTERS THAT ARE NOT WEB CONNECTED. MICROSOFT IS DOING THIS VIA UNAUTHORIZED WIFI AND CELL CONNECTIONS, EVEN WITH COMPUTERS THAT ARE COMPLETELY ISOLATED WITH PHYSICAL LOCKUP, AND THE OPERATING SYSTEMS REMAIN LOOKING NORMAL DESPITE BEING CHANGED.

Via ANY visible WIFI connection, even ones your computer is not authorized to access, a secret operating system is being rammed onto everyone’s computer RIGHT NOW and changing the operating system to something new. This is happening EVEN IF WINDOWS INSTALLER IS DISABLED AND UPDATES ARE DISABLED, AND THE COMPUTER ITSELF HAS NO INTERNET ACCESS OF ITS OWN. Even if you have never logged onto your neighbor’s wifi and never asked to, EVEN IF YOU NEVER LAUNCH A BROWSER, the operating systems are coming in, and installing themselves IN SECRET. Once the hijacking operating system is installed, I suspect the computers then upload their entire contents to a remote server that commands them to.

I HAVE PROOF, READ THE MAIN REPORT BELOW. THIS IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANY “TERROR ATTACK” IN PARIS, WHICH IS PROBABLY JUST ANOTHER PHONY OR FALSE FLAG ANYWAY.

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Even when told not to, Windows 10 just can’t stop talking to Microsoft

Even when told not to, Windows 10 just can’t stop talking to Microsoft (Ars Technica, Aug 13, 2015):

It’s no wonder that privacy activists are up in arms.

Windows 10 uses the Internet a lot to support many of its features. The operating system also sports numerous knobs to twiddle that are supposed to disable most of these features and the potentially privacy-compromising connections that go with them.

Unfortunately for privacy advocates, these controls don’t appear to be sufficient to completely prevent the operating system from going online and communicating with Microsoft’s servers.

For example, even with Cortana and searching the Web from the Start menu disabled, opening Start and typing will send a request to www.bing.com to request a file called threshold.appcache which appears to contain some Cortana information, even though Cortana is disabled. The request for this file appears to contain a random machine ID that persists across reboots.

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The Surveillance State Goes Mainstream: Windows 10 Is Watching (& Logging) Everything

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The Surveillance State Goes Mainstream: Windows 10 Is Watching (& Logging) Everything (ZeroHedge, Aug 2, 2015):

If Edward Snowden’s patriotic exposure of all things ‘super secret surveillance state’ in America were not enough, Newsweek reports that, as 10s of millions of hungry PC users download the free upgrade, Windows 10 is watching – and logging and sharing – everything users do… and we mean everything.

From the moment an account is created, Microsoft begins watching. The company saves customers’ basic information – name, contact details, passwords, demographic data and credit card specifics – but it also digs a bit deeper… and finding answers is not easy, as one privacy expert exclaimed, “there is no world in which 45 pages of policy documents and opt-out settings split across 13 different Settings screens and an external website constitutes ‘real transparency’.”

As NewsWeek reports,

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Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out

Here is an alternative way to opt out …

Install Linux. (Maybe you have a friend, relative who knows how to do this and can teach you how to work with Linux. Learning something new is good for the brain!)

Turn off the internet connection for Windows.

Go online only with Linux.

Use all the programs you’ve got used to in Windows (while being offline).

This way you could still safely use Windows XP.

… or try to tame the beast …


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Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out (BGR, July 31, 2015):

Windows 10 is amazing. Windows 10 is fantastic. Windows 10 is glorious. Windows 10 is faster, smoother and more user-friendly than any Windows operating system that has come before it. Windows 10 is everything Windows 8 should have been, addressing nearly all of the major problems users had with Microsoft’s previous-generation platform in one fell swoop.

But there’s something you should know: As you read this article from your newly upgraded PC, Windows 10 is also spying on nearly everything you do.

DON’T MISS: Windows 10: The first 5 things you need to do immediately after you install it

It’s your own fault if you don’t know that Windows 10 is spying on you. That’s what people always say when users fail to read through a company’s terms of service document, right?

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How Lobbyists for Monsanto, Exxon Mobil, Microsoft and the Telecom Industry are Bundling Funds for Hillary

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How Lobbyists for Monsanto, Exxon Mobil, Microsoft and the Telecom Industry are Bundling Funds for Hillary (Liberty Blitzkrieg, July 21, 2015):

The pantsuit revolutionary is at it again. Once again demonstrating her populist chops by employing the services of lobbyists to bundle millions in campaign funds. It’s no wonder opinion polls on her have been plunging as of late.

We learn from Bloomberg that:

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