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March 13, 2016

Obama Ducks Apple/FBI Conflict In Encouraging Innovation At SXSW

President Obama used his historic appearance at the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival Friday in Austin, Texas to expound on the importance of innovation, making a point of not taking a side in the Apple/FBI conflict over accessing the data in the smartphone used in the San Bernardino terrorist attack. He said he could not make an official statement on the conflict at this time.

He did, however, address the question of how to find a balance between privacy and security.

Obama Sees Balance Needed

“We can’t take an absolutist view on this,” he said, recognizing both sides of the argument, according to a transcript of the remarks provided by Fortune Magazine.

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January 9, 2016

The Facebook Hacker Cup 2016 Is Underway

Facebook’s annual worldwide programming competition for hackers, the Facebook Hacker Cup kicked off today, January 9th 00:00 hours UTC.

Hackers from around the world will be allowed to participate in the Facebook Hacker Cup, a competition that began in 2011. The competition pits hackers against each other through various rounds of programming challenges.

The competition is seen as one of the premier coding events where talented and driven programmers participate in large numbers. While the event was initially seen as a Facebook-driven endeavor to scout and hire the best talent, the competition is now seen as a challenging face-off that’s engaging and enjoyable among [...]

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July 31, 2015

Former Reddit Cryptocurrency Engineer Hosts Hackathon For Reddit Alternative

When fired from Reddit, the world’s first cryptocurrency engineer at a large corporation, Ryan Charles, hadn’t seen it coming.

“I was shocked. Perhaps, I shouldn’t have been shocked in hindsight. It was obvious that my project was not going to work after some changes at Reddit, but only in hindsight,” Charles tells Hacked. He concluded he needed to leverage the newsworthiness of his firing to ensure he could continue earning an income, as he had no backup plan.

“Since it was newsworthy it led a whole bunch of people to reach out to me, which opened up new opportunities for me,” he said. “I deliberately talked about it in public to make sure I met a lot of people.” The [...]

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February 17, 2015

2015 Black Hat Asia Conference to Highlight Cloud Security & More

Black Hat Briefings, which have taken place since the late 90s, are the most important events of the year for security professionals. Sponsored by the likes of Microsoft and Cisco, they regularly feature prescient and grounded security concerns to IT professionals in ways that enable them to improve security within their domain. This year’s Black Hat Asia Conference will be no exception, with several radically important security concerns being brought to the surface.

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