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Web Browsing Data Offer Better Election Predictions – Research

  • The methodology, which correlates web browsing patterns with public opinion from polls, was developed by two professors at the College of Arts & Sciences: computer scientist Mark Crovella and political scientist Dino Christenson.
  • Barford, who also works for comScore, Inc., a kind of Nielsen ratings of the internet, negotiated an arrangement by which comScore provided the researchers with the web browsing histories of more than 100,000 US residents over the 56-day period preceding the 2016 election.
  • For Crovella and Christenson, the importance of that finding is its proof that their methodology can measure the influence of single, brief events, such as a particular campaign stop, or a Supreme Court decision, or a scandalous news report—a valuable potential for candidates and pollsters.
  • Their research, “Assessing Candidate Preference through Web Browsing History,” by Giovanni Comarela, Ramakrishnan Durairajan, Paul Barford, Dino Christenson, and Mark Crovella, is published in Proceedings of ACM KDD 2018, London, UK.

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C library system-call wrappers, or the lack thereof

  • C library system-call wrappers, or the lack thereof Posted Nov 13, 2018 11:35 UTC (Tue) by nix (subscriber, #2304) [Link] It's not like this sort of thing is even fixable: symbol versioning never *claimed* to allow you to build on newer libraries and then run seamlessly on older ones.
  • C library system-call wrappers, or the lack thereof Posted Nov 13, 2018 17:47 UTC (Tue) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523) [Link] > It's not like this sort of thing is even fixable: symbol versioning never *claimed* to allow you to build on newer libraries and then run seamlessly on older ones.
  • C library system-call wrappers, or the lack thereof Posted Nov 13, 2018 18:38 UTC (Tue) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523) [Link] > The alternative without symbol versioning is that binaries compiled on RHEL6 can't run on more recent versions of RHEL using system libraries linked against the latest glibc soname, which would be worse.

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Destruction of evidence charges filed for remotely wiping iPhone

  • SCHENECTADY -- A cellphone seized by police as part of an investigation into a drive-by shooting last month was remotely wiped by its owner, authorities said this week.
  • Grant, 24, of Willow Avenue, may have been the driver of a vehicle involved in an Oct. 23 drive-by shooting on Van Vranken Avenue, near Lang Street, so they obtained her phone, according to police allegations filed in court.
  • Police arrested Grant on Nov. 2 and charged her with three felonies -- two counts of tampering with physical evidence and one count of hindering prosecution.
  • The other, as well as the hindering count, relate to her alleged actions the day of the shooting.
  • Grant is accused of driving the shooting suspect from the scene shortly after 4:30 p.m. that day and concealing the shooter's identity.

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President Trump to announce support for criminal justice overhaul proposal

  • Trump is scheduled to announce on Wednesday that he is supporting the latest iteration of the First Step Act, a bill that his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, has been working to craft and build support for alongside a bipartisan group of senators, the sources said.
  • The National District Attorneys Association, which represents 2,500 district attorneys and 40,000 assistant district attorneys, became the latest law enforcement organization to support the bill, according to a letter the group's president addressed to Trump.
  • The prosecutors' association's support for the legislation came on the heels of backing from several other law enforcement organizations, including the Fraternal Order of Police, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, which also penned a letter of support to Trump.
  • Sources close to the process said the support from law enforcement associations is key to advancing the measure and securing the President's full-throated support.

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Trump nominates retired Gen. John Abizaid as US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

  • The nomination comes at a critical moment in diplomatic relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia, as the White House and Congress consider their response to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist who was killed at the Saudi consulate in Turkey last month.
  • Abizaid retired from the US Army after 34 years of service, according to CENTCOM's website, and in that time rose from infantry platoon leader to four-star general.
  • The US did not have an ambassador to Saudi Arabia when Khashoggi was killed -- the post has been vacant since January 2017.
  • After Saudi Arabia admitted that Khashoggi had been killed in its Istanbul consulate, five high-ranking officials were dismissed, including bin Salman's media chief and the deputy head of the Saudi intelligence service.

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Snap reportedly subpoenaed by Justice Department and SEC for information on IPO disclosures

  • NEW YORK (Reuters) - The US Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission have subpoenaed Snap for information about its March 2017 initial public offering, the social media app maker told Reuters on Tuesday.
  • Snap said in a statement it has responded to the government subpoenas and other requests for information.
  • The company described the lawsuit as "meritless" and its pre-IPO disclosures as "accurate and complete." It said it would continue to cooperate with the SEC and Justice Department.
  • Snap acknowledged the probes after the US government made a sealed filing in the lawsuit last Wednesday.
  • The lawsuit, filed in May 2017 in US District Court in Los Angeles, also alleges that Snap did not disclose a sealed lawsuit brought before the IPO in which a former employee alleged the company had misrepresented some user metrics.

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Financial institutions are applying distributed ledger technologies to new use cases for ground-up business transformation

  • This is a preview of the Beyond Bitcoin (2018) report from Business Insider Intelligence.
  • To learn more about the trends, use cases and financial institutions investing in DLT technology, click here.
  • DLTs are most often associated with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, but such coverage sidelines the broader use cases of DLTs, even though they stand to make a far bigger impact on the broader the financial services (FS) industry.
  • This means DLTs have the potential to streamline financial institutions' (FIs) operations, boost data security, improve customer relationships, and drastically cut costs.
  • In a new report, Business Insider Intelligence takes a look at what DLTs are and why they hold so much promise for FS, the sectors in which DLTs are gaining the most traction and why, and the efforts underway to remove the obstacles preventing wider DLT adoption in finance.

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Trump's tariff battle with China is spurring record dollar-yuan trading

  • Against that backdrop, the Hong Kong Exchange and the Singapore Exchange — two main centers for dollar-yuan currency futures — have both reported record trading volumes in the dollar-offshore yuan pair this year.
  • Such ups-and-downs in the foreign exchange market have prompted a Singapore-based privately backed Chinese exchange to launch a new dollar-offshore yuan futures contract.
  • A new product offering new opportunities and promoting active trading in the currency pair on a free and open market will also encourage transparency, Zhu said, adding that will mean China is less at risk of being called a "currency manipulator," Zhu said.
  • The exchange said it hopes to encourage trading in its new currency derivatives product through the design of the weekly contract available in a smaller size that will help nimble hedging during times of market volatility, Zhu said.

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Ethereum a Few Years from 'Profound Decentralization': Co-Founder Lubin

  • Blockchain technology will power a monumental shift in society from a “scarcity to an abundance mindset.” These were the words of Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin speaking last week at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Lubin’s optimism over the growth of Ethereum is underlined by recent events that indicate that large power players are backing the blockchain to power large-scale disruptions.
  • CCN recently reported that financial giant JP Morgan Chase unveiled a plan to use Quorum, its enterprise version of the Ethereum blockchain, to tokenize gold bars.
  • Speaking recently to Financial Review, JP Morgan’s head of blockchain initiatives Umar Farooq also praised Quorum and described JP Morgan as “big believers in Ethereum,” which is a marked departure from the language used by JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon when referring to Bitcoin.

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Juul Pledges Big Changes, but the Impact May Be Small

  • On Tuesday, e-cigarette maker Juul announced an aggressive-sounding plan to prevent kids from using its nicotine products, including stopping the sale of most flavored pods in more than 90,000 US retail stores and shutting some of its social media accounts.
  • Retail stores that comply with a set of restrictions, developed by Juul, for sales to those 21 and older can start selling the flavors again, the company said.
  • The brand grew in part because of popularity with young people, who were drawn to Juul’s sweet flavors, its presence on social media, and its discreet device, which is shaped like a flash drive.
  • Some of the more high-tech solutions mentioned in Juul’s action plan, such as a Bluetooth-connected device that would shut down as a way to restrict under age users, may even be a strategic play, says Conley.

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