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Founder of Adobe and developer of PDFs dies at age 81

Founder of Adobe and developer of PDFs dies at age 81

FILE - In this June 24, 1999, file photo, Dr. Charles M. Geschke, president, co-chairman and co-founder of Adobe Systems Inc., delivers his keynote address about the future of workplace information on the final day of PC Expo at New York's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Charles "Chuck" Geschke, the co-founder of the major software company Adobe Inc., who helped develop Portable Document Format technology, or PDFs, died at age 81. Geschke, who lived in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Los Altos, died Friday, April 16, 2021, the company said. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

FILE - In this June 24, 1999, file photo, Dr. Charles M. Geschke, president, co-chairman and co-founder of Adobe Systems Inc., delivers his keynote address about the future of workplace information on the final day of PC Expo at New York's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Charles "Chuck" Geschke, the co-founder of the major software company Adobe Inc., who helped develop Portable Document Format technology, or PDFs, died at age 81. Geschke, who lived in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Los Altos, died Friday, April 16, 2021, the company said. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

LOS ALTOS, Calif. (AP) — Charles “Chuck” Geschke — the co-founder of the major software company Adobe Inc. who helped develop Portable Document Format technology, or PDFs — died at age 81.

Geschke, who lived in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Los Altos, died Friday, the company said.

“This is a huge loss for the entire Adobe community and the technology industry, for whom he has been a guide and hero for decades,” Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen wrote in an email to the company’s employees.

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Windows 10 update causing blue screens of death — what to do

Windows 10 update causing blue screens of death — what to do

Word is spreading that this week's Windows 10 security update is causing significant problems for some Windows users, while others are unable to install it at all.

This is a significant issue because the update, designated KB5001330 for Windows 10 versions 20H2/2004, fixes five zero-day flaws and patches up some notable remote-code-execution vulnerabilities.

But after the patch dropped on Tuesday, people began publishing complaints on various Internet forums that KB5001330 failed to install, sometimes causing problems as severe as never-ending boot loops and the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSOD).

"I updated and am stuck in a bsod loop," commented one user on the Windows 10 subreddit. "Same happened to me with KB5001330 on W10 Home 20H2 x64," responded another. "Found that restarting with 'Disable driver signature enforcement' allowed me to boot."

Over on Microsoft's own forums, several users have posted complaints that KB5001330 won't install at all. Instead, it seems to be throwing up error codes like 0x800f0984 and 0x800f0922.

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Facebook faces 'mass action' lawsuit in Europe over 2019 breach

Facebook faces 'mass action' lawsuit in Europe over 2019 breach

Facebook is to be sued in Europe over the major leak of user data that dates back to 2019 but which only came to light recently after information on more than 533 million accounts was found posted for free download on a hacker forum.

Today Digital Rights Ireland (DRI) announced it’s commencing a “mass action” to sue Facebook, citing the right to monetary compensation for breaches of personal data that’s set out in the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Article 82 of the GDPR provides for a “right to compensation and liability” for those affected by violations of the law. Since the regulation came into force, in May 2018, related civil litigation has been on the rise in the region.

The Ireland-based digital rights group is urging Facebook users who live in the European Union or European Economic Area to check whether their data was breached — via the haveibeenpwned website (which lets you check by email address or mobile number) — and sign up to join the case if so.

Information leaked via the breach includes Facebook IDs, location, mobile phone numbers, email address, relationship status and employer.

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Slow down and embrace nature – how to create better cities when the pandemic is over

Slow down and embrace nature – how to create better cities when the pandemic is over

Throughout the past year of working from home, I have gone for numerous morning, lunchtime and evening walks around my neighbourhood in the Eastern parts of Lund in Sweden. My neighbourhood has three dams for storing stormwater in the event of extreme rain. These help slow the water instead of overburdening the city’s underground water sewage system, which would increase the risk of flooding.

It was at one of these stormwater dams where I first made friends with a beautiful and majestic heron. Like other birds, the heron seems to have found its home here – and it moves between the three dams depending on the time of the day.

I once saw the heron catching a fish, like a better version of one of these TV shows about nature. This vivid image of the heron with the fish has stuck with me – maybe because I observed it directly with my own eyes.

Read more: How to maintain a slower pace of life after lockdown

I find myself returning to the image of the fish-catching heron and pondering on the fact that this bird and I depend on the same ecosystem. The heron for habitat and food, I for recreational purposes (like my pandemic-induced walks) and being saved from flooding. We are so separate, and yet connected.

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Largest ecosystem restoration project in U.S. history provides model for climate adaptation | Growing Returns

Largest ecosystem restoration project in U.S. history provides model for climate adaptation | Growing Returns

In the wake of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, President Biden’s administration has turned its sights from rescue to resilience in the newly announced American Jobs Plan that would invest $650 billion in rebuilding infrastructure nationwide. 

This proposed legislation is intended not only to mitigate significant and structural economic challenges, but also to repair and strengthen the systems on which we depend. This includes natural infrastructure to make our communities and ecosystems more climate resilient. 

On our coasts, revitalizing our economy must include building long-term resilience to climate change, sea level rise and hurricanes. In Louisiana, we already know exactly the kind of projects that the American Jobs Plan should support.      

Drawing inspiration from this large-scale restoration project

Louisiana loses on average a football field of coastal wetlands every 100 minutes. This land loss crisis coupled with sea level rise and stronger hurricanes pose an existential threat. Entire communities are at risk of displacement, and we risk the complete collapse of the Mississippi River Delta, an ecological treasure and economic engine. 

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FBI Accesses Computers Around Country to Delete Microsoft Exchange Hacks

FBI Accesses Computers Around Country to Delete Microsoft Exchange Hacks

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On Tuesday the Department of Justice announced the FBI was given approval to access hundreds of computers across the United States running vulnerable versions of Microsoft Exchange Server software to remove web shells left by hackers who had earlier penetrated the systems.

The news shows some of the more proactive steps law enforcement may take when faced with large scale hacking operations, and victims who are not willing or able to swiftly patch their systems.

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People Who Deleted Their Social Media Share What It’s Like

Last month, Chrissy Teigen, the queen of online clapbacks, did something wholly unexpected: She left Twitter. (The model-turned-cookbook-author is so influential on the platform, she was dubbed the “Mayor of Twitter” by the company itself.)

“It’s time for me to say goodbye,” she wrote to her more than 14 million followers. “This no longer serves me as positively as it serves me negatively, and I think that’s the right time to call something.”

Teigen isn’t alone in walking away from one or more platforms for their mental well-being. (She’s still on Instagram, for what it’s worth.)

Kate Rosenblatt, a therapist and senior clinical manager at online therapy platform Talkspace, said that in recent months, many clients have deleted their social media or taken extended digital detoxes. Digital minimalism, they’re realising, can do wonders for your mental health.

“Post-pandemic, one year later, many clients have shared that since they’ve drastically increased their social media use this past year due to quarantine, they’re finding now is a great time to experiment with a digital detox,” Rosenblatt told HuffPost. “The vaccine is here and the world is slowly opening up again, so they can begin connecting with people safely IRL.”

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Social platforms are finally trying new ideas for moderation

Social platforms are finally trying new ideas for moderation

Good morning! This Friday, the tech industry is trying some new things for content moderation, it looks like Amazon's union vote is going Amazon's way, the race is on to be the next WeChat, and there's been a shakeup at Box.

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Fresh ideas about moderation

The tech industry is finally getting past thinking about content moderation as a "leave it up or take it down" proposition. Companies are increasingly thinking more holistically, building new tools that give users more control and generally letting go of the idea that AI will solve all problems.

Twitch is expanding its policies to include some off-platform conduct, working with a third-party investigator to "take action against users for hateful conduct or harassment that occurs off Twitch services … when directed at members of the Twitch community."Pinterest also has some new guidelines, called the "Creator Code," meant to set the tone for how people operate on the platform. It's also giving creators more tools to remove content and promote good stuff.Facebook is all-in on context. It's testing a system that adds labels like "satire page" or "public official" to posts in the News Feed, in an effort to give people more information about what they're seeing and why.

The award for most out-there idea goes to Intel, which built a tool called Bleep that lets users decide how much bad stuff they want to encounter. It's designed for gamers in particular, and literally offers a slider that lets you decide how much misogyny or racism and xenophobia you're willing to hear in audio streams from other gamers: none, some, most, or all. Intel's AI will tune out any offending audio based on what you've chosen.

This sounds crazy (and kind of is), but it's a version of something a few folks have told me the industry needs more of: user controls. Rather than decide for users what they should encounter, platforms might instead try to get very good at classifying content and then letting users pick their own filters. (Though I don't know who in their right mind is turning "name-calling" up to "all.")

Some of these systems will work; most probably won't move the needle. But it's clear that the industry is thinking seriously — and sometimes for the first time — about what their policies say and how they're enforced. The answers are rarely as easy as "leave it up" or "take it down."

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After FB, LinkedIn now faces massive 500 mn users' data leak

After FB, LinkedIn now faces massive 500 mn users' data leak

While people are yet to digest the huge Facebook data leak of 533 million users (including 6.1 million Indians), Microsoft-owned professional networking platform LinkedIn is now facing a massive data leak of 500 million users that is allegedly being sold online.

An archive with data purportedly scraped from 500 million LinkedIn profiles has been put for sale on a popular hacker forum, with another 2 million records leaked as a proof-of-concept sample by people behind the hack.

“The four leaked files contain information about the LinkedIn users whose data has been allegedly scraped by the threat actor, including their full names, email addresses, phone numbers, workplace information, and more,” reports CyberNews.

The leaked data up on sale includes LinkedIn IDs, full names, email addresses, phone numbers, genders, links to LinkedIn profiles, links to other social media profiles, professional titles and other work-related data.

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Critical Zoom vulnerability triggers remote code execution without user input | ZDNet

Critical Zoom vulnerability triggers remote code execution without user input | ZDNet

A zero-day vulnerability in Zoom which can be used to launch remote code execution (RCE) attacks has been disclosed by researchers. 

Pwn2Own, organized by the Zero Day Initiative, is a contest for white-hat cybersecurity professionals and teams to compete in the discovery of bugs in popular software and services. 

The latest competition included 23 entries, competing in different categories including web browsers, virtualization software, servers, enterprise communication, and local escalation of privilege. 

For successful entrants, the financial rewards can be high -- and in this case, Daan Keuper and Thijs Alkemade earned themselves $200,000 for their Zoom discovery. 

The researchers from Computest demonstrated a three-bug attack chain that caused an RCE on a target machine, and all without any form of user interaction. 

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Living in a World in Which Nature Has Already Lost

Living in a World in Which Nature Has Already Lost

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Nathaniel Rich presents humanity’s war against nature in vivid detail, with nature nearly defeated. “It was a costly victory, however,” he writes. “The prize was civilizational collapse.”Credit...William Widmer for The New York Times

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SECOND NATURE
Scenes From a World Remade
By Nathaniel Rich

On average, an American man puts 85 man-made chemicals into his body every day, while an American woman takes in nearly twice that amount.

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House probes YouTube Kids, calling it ‘a wasteland of vapid, consumerist content’

A House subcommittee is investigating YouTube Kids, saying the Google-owned video service feeds children inappropriate material in “a wasteland of vapid, consumerist content” so it can serve them ads.

The inquiry comes despite Google agreeing to pay $170 million in 2019 to settle allegations that YouTube collected personal data on children without their parents’ consent.

In a letter sent Tuesday to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, the U.S. House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on economic and consumer policy said YouTube does not do enough to protect kids from material that could harm them. Instead it relies on artificial intelligence and creators’ self-regulation to decide what videos make it on to the platform, according to the letter from the committee’s chairman, Illinois Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi.

And despite changes in the wake of the 2019 settlement, the letter notes, YouTube Kids still shows ads to children. But instead of basing it on kids’ online activity, it now targets it based on the videos they are watching.

YouTube said it has sought to provide kids and families with protections and controls enabling them to view age-appropriate content. It also emphasized that the 2019 settlement was over the regular YouTube platform, not the kids version.

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Mark Zuckerberg is using Signal, according to phone number leaked in Facebook hack

Mark Zuckerberg is using Signal, according to phone number leaked in Facebook hack

By Christianna Silva2021-04-06 08:41:19 -0700

Mark Zuckerberg is just like us.

Well, only in that he also appears to be using the secure messaging app Signal, despite owning WhatsApp, one of its largest competitors.

Cybersecurity researcher Dave Walker discovered that the Facebook CEO was among the 533 million users whose personal information was leaked online after a Facebook hack in 2019.

"Regarding the #FacebookLeak, of the 533M people in the leak — the irony is that Mark Zuckerberg is regrettably included in the leak as well," Walker tweeted. He redacted part of Zuckerberg's number, but says he found that Zuckerberg's leaked phone number was associated with a Signal account — the chat app that has end-to-end encryption and is a direct competitor to Facebook's WhatsApp.

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How to check if your account was part of Facebook’s 533M record leak

How to check if your account was part of Facebook’s 533M record leak

Multiple reports over the weekend confirmed that an attacker published details — including names, user IDs, phone numbers, and emails — of more than 533 million Facebook users on a forum.

Alon Gal, CEO of security firm Hudson Rock, tweeted about the incident back in January, saying that the database came to the fore when a Telegram user made a bot that let users query the database for a fee.

Catalin Cimpanu of The Record also independently reported that the database was available in 106 different country-wise packages. While these files are publicly available, you’ll need to buy forum credits to download them.

While most records had phone numbers attached to them, multiple email IDs were also exposed. You can use haveibeenpwned, a website that loads email IDs that were exposed in various breaches, to check if your ID was affected.

Here’s how you can do it:

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Learn Front-End Web Design With This Discounted Masterclass

Learn Front-End Web Design With This Discounted Masterclass

Web development is a healthy way to make a living—it can also be a great way to flex your creative muscles, but you've got to have the skills first. If you're new to programming it can seem quite daunting to get started. However, there are some easy ways to learn that don't involve leaving your couch. Case in point: The Complete Front-End Developer Bundle, a series of linked online courses that provide everything you need to thrive in this exciting field.

You can expect plenty of training on the essential language you need to know, and even some new platforms that are making the modern designer's job easier. It starts with a primer lecture on HTML5 and CSS, at the end of which you'll have designed a complete website. From there, dive into workshops on JavaScript, before exploring newer platforms like React and Bootstrap 4. While each class ensures you become an expert in individual tools, users will also learn how the platforms work together.

There are also lessons on creative software, taught by a mix of veteran developers and designers who have worked on Hollywood hits. Their courses will introduce you to everything from the workhorses in Adobe's Creative Cloud suite (including Illustrator and Photoshop) to tools like Sketch 3 that work beautifully in web and app design.

It's all included in 66 hours of training, along with resources you can use throughout your professional career. PCMag readers can get The Complete Front-End Developer Bundle for $41—97% off the $1,419 MSRP.

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Personal data from over 500M Facebook users leaked online - 9to5Mac

Personal data from over 500M Facebook users leaked online - 9to5Mac

The phone numbers and personal data of over 553 million Facebook users have been published online for free by a user in a low-level hacking forum, according to Business Insider. At least 100 countries are included in this leak, with data from 32 million users in the U.S. and 11 millions users in the UK.

This breach includes phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, bios, and in some cases email addresses.

Insider reviewed a sample of the leaked data and verified several records by matching known Facebook users’ phone numbers with the IDs listed in the data set. We also verified records by testing email addresses from the data set in Facebook’s password reset feature, which can be used to partially reveal a user’s phone number.

To Business Insider, Alon Gal, CTO of cybercrime intelligence firm Hudson Rock, who first discovered the leaked data on Saturday, said:

“A database of that size containing the private information such as phone numbers of a lot of Facebook’s users would certainly lead to bad actors taking advantage of the data to perform social engineering attacks [or] hacking attempts.”

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4 Reasons Why You Need to Be Making Instagram Reels in 2021

4 Reasons Why You Need to Be Making Instagram Reels in 2021

Reels have taken off over the past six months, offering reach and engagement through the roof. If you haven't started using them, start today.

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With the ever-evolving and competitive nature amongst social networks, there is a trend by the biggest players that whenever a new platform emerges , they copy the new features. When TikTok took the world by storm over the past couple of years through catchy, short-form video content, creators jumped onto the platform in order to leverage and take advantage of the ridiculous reach their posts can achieve.

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14 Cornell classes you can take online for free, from how to structure a business agreement to the ethics of food

14 Free Online Classes From Cornell University in 2021
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Cornell is one of the most prestigious schools in the world. To set foot on campus as a student, you need to be in the 11% of applicants who had the test scores, extracurriculars, and je-ne-sais-quoi-factor to be accepted. 

But, thanks to partnerships with e-learning companies like edX, you can also take a handful of Cornell courses for free — without relocating, adhering to strict class times, or spending a dime. You can also do the same with other Ivy League institutions and top schools including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, UPenn, MIT, Johns Hopkins, the University of Michigan, Duke, Stanford, NYU, and more.

Below, you can find 14 of the best free Cornell courses available online. Some have the option to pay a small fee for certificates of completion that you can show potential employers or add to your LinkedIn or resume.

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Make Instagram Instrumental For Your Brand By Following Key Strategies

Make Instagram Instrumental For Your Brand By Following Key Strategies

Instagram provides high brand awareness levels, enhanced engagement with customers, and eventually high profit on the table. With the following tips, you can use Instagram to build your brand on social media.

Foster a Community

Creating a community of highly engaged followers is crucial to develop a strong presence on Instagram. Engagement can come in many forms, such as followers sharing the content, interacting with the brands, tagging in pictures and comments, and clicking on the call-to-action links. These few ways can help you to understand the viewpoint of the viewers.

Valuable Content

Post valuable content on the social media application. It is unworthy of your post attracts only crickets. The posts which possess no likes will not land anywhere to give gains. Posts that followers do not share will only attract comments from spambots. You can gain free Instagram likes from several third-party sites with absolutely not much effort and in no time.

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12 Tips for Making Your Video Meetings More Inclusive—So Everyone Feels Heard

In some ways, video meetings are a lot like in-person meetings. You get together, say hello, and get down to business. Unfortunately, that also means that the same biases that exist in physical offices can carry over into video meetings. During in-person meetings, women and people of color are more likely to be interrupted, for example, and being on video doesn’t stop that.

Video meetings can also exacerbate the inequalities that exist in physical workplaces and even introduce new challenges. For example, you can’t read body language or facial expressions as easily, so it’s more difficult to tell if someone is uncomfortable or disagrees with you. In large video meetings, it can be extra hard to signal that you have something to say without interrupting someone, which could make it harder for women, people of color, LGBTQ folks, or introverts to be heard. During the pandemic, people are at home with their children and other family members, which can lead to other distractions or barriers to participating. And on top of all that, being on video calls is also more physically draining, which can make it even harder to feel like you have a chance to contribute.

The good news is that you can do something about these problems, whether you’re a meeting organizer or a participant. Here, experts share simple tips you can use to make your video meetings more inclusive and welcoming for all.

If you’re organizing the meeting, send an email with an agenda as early as you can, says Karen Catlin, author of Better Allies, a book about creating more inclusive, engaging workplaces. Include what’s going to be covered and what’s required in terms of prep. This information will help introverts and others who might need time to prepare if they’re going to answer questions, contribute ideas, or present to colleagues.

Many parents are trying to keep their kids on track with virtual learning while they work from home. Others might care for older or sick family members. That means they might have limited windows during the day when they can be available for meetings. If you’re a meeting organizer, you should try to account for these various situations when choosing a meeting time. Check in with your colleagues about the best blocks for meetings and avoid times when parents on your team might need to be more hands-on with kids, for example.

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