Gucci Mane Opens a LinkedIn Account & Has a Movie in the Works

Gucci Mane recently announced that his upcoming film The Spot will be released on October 17th. He asked his fans for marketing and distributing advice via his LinkedIn account:

This my tenth year in the industry and I am proud to be able to share my first ever movie that I executive produced and starred in on October 17th 2015. This is a great way to commemorate my ten year anniversary and I want my fans to experience this with me and help me think of the most daring and expansive way possible to bring this film to the world. I want cutting edge ideas nothing is too risky, I love the unorthodox. Burrr

I must admit, Gucci has got to be one of the most productive inmates in history. Check out the trailer for The Spot:

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Philandering Website Ashley Madison Confirms Their Data Was Breached By Hackers

A month after threatening owners to shut down the site, hackers fulfill their promise

Making good on a threat issued a month ago, hackers compromised the data of popular cheating website, Ashley Madison yesterday. Account details, email info, addresses, login information, names and other information were published on the site yesterday, exposing some of the 32 million users of the site that brands itself as “the premiere site for married men to find the perfect affair partner”. Avid Life Media, who own the Toronto based site, have now confirmed that hackers did compromise their data.

36 million accounts and 33 emails addresses all got caught up in the hacking scandal. The hackers who identify themselves as “The Impact Team” posted a message stating,

“Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison. We have explained the fraud, deceit and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data.”

Ashley Madison Reps have confirmed the compromise and are condemning the attack that is being investigated. “This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality. It is an illegal action against the individual members of AshleyMadison.com, as well as any freethinking people who choose to engage in fully lawful online activities.”

In terms of privacy, and the increase in web hacking, Tech Expert, Jason Murdock of Murdock Technology says that all websites are susceptible to being compromised. “Internet security in IT is always a major issue for most websites and businesses. Constant monitoring through intrusion detection systems and closing any holes that can be exploited is always recommended.”

-Abesi Manyando(@abesipr)

Mike Epps’ Wife Caught Him Trying To Slip Into Another Woman’s DMs On Twitter

the Next Friday comedian get caught out there by his wife fishing for side pieces on Twitter

If we’ve learned one thing from using Twitter it’s that there’s an art to sliding into someone’s DMs. As some men talk themselves in the direct messages of beautiful women, comedian Mike Epps is crashing and burning.

Mike Epps, who is married and has four children, was caught by his wife trying to get a female follower to take their conversation to direct messages. Needless to say Mechelle Epps was having none of it.

The 44-year-old comedian and actor initiated a public conversation with a woman named @CeciCitra, asking why she chose to leave Instagram.

“Not anymore. Wasn’t getting the likes I deserve,” the woman responded.

Mike Epps then tried to get @CeciCitra to take their conversation to his direct messages. Mechelle Epps jumped in the conversation with the lurking eyes emoji and shut her husband’s virtual flirting down.

About an hour after Mechelle Epps put her famous husband on blast, @CeciCitra posted a screenshot of Mike Epps’ profile stating she was blocked. Along with the photo, she tweeted, “I. Am. Weak.”

Once Twitter caught wind of the embarrassing predicament Mike Epps was in, they roasted him accordingly.

-Jonathan Hailey(@JaySpeakEasy_)

Drone Drops Package Of Drugs Into Ohio Prison Yard

A drone containing small amounts of marijuana, heroin and tobacco causes a fight at an Ohio prison

In the latest in series of attempts to deliver prison contraband via drones, a package was delivered to an Ohio prison yard causing quite a stir.

According to officials, the package was delivered to Mansfield Correctional Institution on July 29th and contained marijuana, heroin and tobacco in a box. More than 100 inmates were in the yard upon delivery causing a fight to break out. No inmates or staff were hurt, however, Nine prisoners who were involved in the fight were placed in solitary confinement.

This isn’t the first incident where a drone has attempted a contraband delivery. In South Carolina, police say that a drone was recently sent to deliver phones, drugs and tobacco into the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville. Last year, four people were arrested in Morgan, GA after a corrections officer at Calhoun State Prison saw a small remote-controlled helicopter hovering over the prison yard attempting to deliver over one pound of rolled up tobacco.

Peter Singer, author of Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century, stated;

As the technology spreads, these kinds of things are going to become more and more common.”

-Infinite Wiz(@InfiniteWiz)

Cybersecurity Firm ZeroFox Classifies #BlackLivesMatter Organizers As Security Threat

In a released report ZeroFox aimed to identify cyber security and public safety threats to monitor rioting in Baltimore after resident Freddie Gray’s death in police custody

Baltimore cyber startup ZeroFox is facing backlash via social media after the public release of a report released last Wednesday, in which the company singled out protest organizers of the “Black Lives Matter” movement as threats to the security of the city of Baltimore during April’s riots.

So•cial |Me•di•a | Risk | Man•age•ment
/‘sōSHəl/ / mee-dee-uh/ / ’risk/ /’ma-nij-mənt/
1. The process of mitigating or eliminating organizational hazards posed by social media through conducting proactive reconnaissance, continuous monitoring for fraud and cyber attacks and safeguarding social assets against compromise and compliance violations.

The report names specific Twitter users, including two high profile organizers of Black Lives Matter and details the level of threat each of them poses to the city. The report and email communication between ZeroFox and city officials with the subject line:

IMMEDIATE CALL to ACTION: ZeroFOX needs to help Baltimore City ASAP.”

It was released at the end of July through Freedom of Information Act requests by the Baltimore Sun and CityExplainer, an online journalism project by former Sun reporter Gus Sentementes.

The site claims to offer social media risk management and identifies DeRay McKesson and Johnetta Elzie as “threat actors” for whom “immediate response is recommended”. It also describes McKesson and Elzie as “high” severity, “physical” and “#mostwanted” threats due to their “massive following” on social media.

So why are Black Lives Matter organizers highly monitored and labeled threat actors, but Ku Klux Klan members are free to protest without even being considered a threat?

-Infinite Wiz(@InfiniteWiz)

Google’s Self-Driving Car Involved In Accident

Internet giant Google recently admitted one of the prototypes of their self-driving cars was involved in an accident

Google‘s self-driving car was involved in an accident this week, which left some people with minor injuries. The collision happened when a Lexus SUV, outfitted with Google’s self-driving technology, was hit by another car from behind in Mountain View, California.

The three occupants of the Google car indicated the had minor whiplash. Once the three Google employees were checked out at a nearby hospital, but all were allowed to return to work. The driver of the other vehicle, who rear ended the car, complained of neck and back pain.

Google has invested a great deal of time and energy into self-driving cars. The company believes it will be a safer and more efficient alternative to humans. This, however, is the 14th accident in six years a self-driving car has been involved in. The tech company was quick to point out that none of their cars were the cause of the accidents.

Chris Urmson, head of the self-driving car program, wrote a blog stating his SUVs stating accident have been caused by drivers who aren’t paying attention. Urmson suggested drivers might be distracted by their cellphones.

The clear theme is human error and inattention. We’ll take all of this as a signal that we’re starting to compare favorably with human drivers.”

Urmson’s team is currently looking at ways the self-driving cars could do something to alert distracted drivers before another crash. The car honking is a possibility, but he wonders if the honking will begin to annoy the residents of Mountain View.

-Jonathan Hailey(@JaySpeakEasy_)

NASA Releases First Fly-By Images Of Pluto


NASA has made another historical attempt when they gathered new HD images of Pluto during it’s first flyby early Tuesday

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft liftoff was at 2 p.m. EST on January 19, 2006, traveling about 58,000 kilometers per hour set on a mission to Pluto. Aboard an Atlas V rocket after nine years of travel, NASA astronauts and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute has released new close-up HD images of a region near Pluto’s equator.

Images reveal a range of mountains that rise as high as 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) above the surface of the icy planet’s body. These mountains are assumed to be 100 million years old. Jeff Moore of New Horizons’ Geology, Geophysics and Imaging Team stated,

This is one of the youngest surfaces we’ve ever seen in the solar system.”

Pluto cannot be heated by gravitational interactions so some other process must be generating the mountainous landscape. Methane and nitrogen ice covers much of the surface of Pluto and these chemicals are not strong enough to build the mountains. According to NASA, a stiffer material, most likely water-ice, created the peaks.

The closest image was taken about 1.5 hours before New Horizons closest approach to Pluto, when the craft was 47,800 miles (77,000 kilometers) from the surface of the planet. The HD image resolves structures smaller than a mile across.

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New Horizons Pluto Flyby
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-Infinite Wiz(@InfiniteWiz)

NAACP Sues Job Site For Discriminating Against Ex-Convicts

The civil rights group is launching civil action against several employment sites for discrimination against people who have served prison time

The NAACP is taking action against companies who use digital recruiting services. In a new lawsuit, the social activist organization claims several companies violated New York City laws by deliberately not hiring ex-convicts. This practice affects Black people more often than any other ethnic group.

Filed in Manhattan court, the NAACP said companies like Dutch electronics maker Koninklijke Philips NV and pest control company Advance Tech, among others, break city and state laws that prohibit businesses from refusing to review applications from candidates who’ve been convicted of crimes. It’s also alleged the practice of the policy works to keep Blacks unemployed since New York’s prison population is more than half black. More defendants will be added to the suit in the coming days.

Reuters reports the whole lawsuit is based on an alleged job posting from Philips in tweetmyjobs.com, which specifically asked for a network engineer with “zero felony convictions.”

Job sites like Indeed, Monster, and ZipRecruiter were named as well.

ZipRecruiter and Monster have yet to comment on the suit, but a spokesperson for Recall Holdings said the company was reviewing the lawsuit and was “committed to fair and equitable recruitment and employment practices.”

-Jonathan Bailey(@JaySpeakEasy_)

MasterCard Testing ‘Selfie’ Security App That Uses Facial Recognition

MasterCard is in the trial stages of launching a revolutionary new app that will verify online purchases through facial recognition, or in layman’s term through “selfies”

MasterCard security expert Ajay Bhalla said, ““The new generation, which is into selfies… I think they’ll find it cool.” 

MasterCard is not the first company to try facial recognition. Google launched facial recognition on Android phones and met many glitches in its earlier stages such as photographs substituting someone’s face. 

In an attempt to learn from Google’s mistakes, MasterCard’s app will require users to blink to verify they are actually human, but there are still ways around this security measure. With advancements in biometrics, people have been able to animate eyelids onto photographs, hindering the progress MasterCard has made from Google’s trial and errors. At its earliest stage, the MasterCard app is being used by 500 american citizens.

Ken Munro, a security researcher at Pen Test Partners said, “If an ordinary password gets compromised, you can simply revoke it or change it. What happens if your facial recognition data gets stolen? You can’t change your face,” citing obvious drawbacks to this advancement in technology. Most experts say that the facial recognition system should be complemented with additional security precautions like a pin.

 

-Nishat Baig

 

Facebook Will Now Share Advertising Revenue With Video Creators

Creators of Facebook make a move designed to attract more polished content and more ads by sharing it’s ad revenue with creative members

Facebook is finally getting serious about making money from with their users. The popular social network announced last week that it would begin sharing ad revenue with video creators and if successful it will make them a competitor of online video sites like YouTube or Vimeo.

Up until now, Facebook has only promoted video ads into users’ news feeds. The new feature, called “Suggested Videos”, will include ads between professionally produced content from major media companies similar to TV commercials.

The revenue-sharing model Facebook unveiled Wednesday is similar to YouTube’s, in that Facebook will keep 45% of the revenue. Unlike YouTube, however, video producers will recieve a much smaller cut after facebook collects.

-Infinite Wiz(@InfiniteWiz)