[OurCrowd on i24NEWS] Former Advisor to Pres. Trump Jason Greenblatt Discusses the COVID-19 Crisis

Jason Greenblatt discusses the President of the United States, the task force handling coronavirus as well as OurCrowd and tech’s response.

Watch here.

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Suggestions of places to post a social photo app

I'm looking for places (subs, sites, groups, anything) to post an app we developed, as well as ideas of how to get traction. It's an app that fits well this time of quarantine, in which you can take a picture with multiple friends remotely, but at the same time. It could be a fun thing to do in this time we're all stuck at home.

What would be good strategies to acquire users for such an app?

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New email service, OnMail, will let recipients control who can send them mail

A number of startups over the years have promised to re-invent email only to have fallen short. Even Google’s radical re-imagining, the Inbox app, finally closed up shop last year. Today, another company is announcing its plans to build a better inbox. Edison Software is preparing to launch OnMail, a new email service that lets you control who enters your inbox. This is handled through a new blocking feature called Permission Control. The service is also introducing a number of other enhancements, like automatic read receipt and tracker blocking, large attachment support, fast delivery, and more.

Edison is already home to the popular third-party email app, Edison Mail.

Edison Mail is designed to work with your existing email, like your Gmail, Yahoo, Microsoft, or iCloud email, for example, among others. OnMail, however, is a new email service where users will be assigned their own email account at @onmail.com when the product debuts later this summer.

At launch, the web version of OnMail will work in a number of browsers. It will also work in the existing Edison Mail apps for Mac, iOS, and Android.


The biggest idea behind OnMail is to create a better spam and blocking system.

Though Gmail, Outlook.com, and others today do a fairly decent job at automatically filtering out obvious spam and phishing attempts, our inboxes still remain clogged with invasive messages — newsletters, promotions, shopping catalogs, and so on. We may have even signed up for these at some point. We may have even tried to unsubscribe, but can’t get the messages to stop.

In other cases, there are people with our email address who we’d rather cut off.

The last time Gmail took on this “clogged inbox” problem was in 2013 when it unveiled a redesigned inbox that separated promotions, updates, and emails from your social media sites into separate tabs. OnMail’s premise is that we should be able to just ban these emails entirely from our inbox, not just relocate them.

OnMail’s “Permission Control” feature allows users to accept or decline a specific email address from being able to place mail in your inbox. This is a stronger feature than Edison Mail’s “Block Sender” or “Unsubscribe” as a declined sender’s future emails will never hit your inbox — well, at least not in a way that’s visible to you.

In technical terms, declined senders are being routed to a folder called “Blocked.” But this folder isn’t displayed anywhere in the user interface. The blocked emails won’t get pulled up in Search, either. It really feels like the unwanted mail is gone. This is all done without any notification to the sender — whether that’s a human or an automated mailing list.

If you ever want to receive emails from the blocked senders again, the only way to do so will be by reviewing a list of those senders you’ve banned from within your Contacts section and make the change. You can’t just dig into a spam folder to resurface them.

In another update that puts the needs of the receiver above those of the sender, OnMail will remove all information sent from any invisible tracking pixels.

Today, most savvy email users know to disable images in their Gmail or other mail apps that allow it, so their email opens are not tracked. But OnMail promises to remove this tracking without the need to disable the images.

“We view pixel tracking as this horrific invasion of privacy and this is why we block all read receipts,” noted Edison Co-Founder and CEO, Mikael Berner. “The sender will never know that you opened their email,” he says.

Other promised features include an improved Search experience with easy filtering tools, support for large attachments, enhanced speed of delivery, and more.

Edison says it’s been working to develop OnMail for over two years, after realizing how broken email remains.

Today, U.S. adults still spend over 5 hours per day in our inboxes and feel like they’ve lost control. Tracking pixels and targeted ads are now common to the email experience. And searching for anything specific requires complicated syntax. (Google only recently addressed this too, by adding filters to Gmail search — but just for G Suite users for now.)

It may be hard for people who have set up shop for 10 or 20 years in the same inbox to make a switch. But there’s always a new generation of email users to target — just like Gmail once did.

And now that Gmail has won the market with over 1.5 billion active users, its innovations have slowed. Every now and then Gmail throws a bone — as with 2018’s debut of Smart Compose, for example — but it largely considered the email problem solved. A little fresh competition is just the thing it needs.

“We’ve invested years as a company working to bring back happiness to the inbox,” said Berner, in a statement. “OnMail is built from the ground up to change mail. Nobody should fear giving out their address or have to create multiple accounts to escape an overcrowded mailbox,” he said.

OnMail’s premise sounds interesting. However, its software is not yet live so none of its claims can be tested at this time. But based on Edison’s history with its Edison Mail app, it has a good handle on design and understanding what features email users need.

Currently, OnMail is open only to sign-ups for those who want to claim their spot on its platform first. Like Gmail once did, OnMail will send out invites when the service becomes available.


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This letter to ICANN’s board is powerful

It’s time for ICANN to stop the charades and rediscover its bottom-up mandate.

Picture of five young adults playing charades, with one person standing on one foot with hands above her head.

ICANN granted price increases to Verisign for .com domain names last month. It announced the decision on a Friday during the pandemic news flurry, just one day after publishing an analysis of public comments received about the proposed price hikes.

It was an astonishing lack of regard for the bottom-up, community-driven process that is supposed to guide ICANN.

At this point, no one was surprised that ICANN rolled over for Verisign, which gave ICANN $ 20 million as part of the deal. No one was surprised that ICANN didn’t put any weight on community feedback. But it was shocking how ICANN decided to disregard giving even a pretense of caring about the process.

Zak Muscovitch, General Counsel of Internet Commerce Association, sent a letter to ICANN’s board calling out this charade.

I found the closing particularly powerful. If ICANN’s staff is going to make decisions, negotiate contracts, and then ignore the public feedback–why have the public comment periods at all?

Read the full letter here (pdf). The closing is below.

As you are people of good will who are ostensibly trying to do the right thing on behalf of the global public interest, we would suggest that it is time to take a step back and reevaluate your entire approach with a view to establishing sound, fair processes and rational decision making.

Before embarking on a decision affecting 140 million registrations and imposing a burden on consumers in the hundreds of millions of dollars, you could have easily consulted with stakeholders. By “before”, we mean before negotiating a revised Registry Agreement, rather than seeking comment afterwards.

You could have undertaken an economic study to fulfill your mandate to act in the public interest and to ensure that increasing prices is helpful to the public, rather than solely for your registry operator.

You could have studied and identified if there were any reasonable views to be considered that were contrary to your adopted view that “ICANN is not a price regulator”, and you may even have adopted such different views.

You could have taken stock of the nearly unanimous opposition to price increases from registrants, and determined that based upon public feedback, you should change course in order to serve the public interest.

Instead, you negotiated a controversial price increase, inter alia in exchange for a $ 20 million payment, prior to seeking any public feedback. When you received It’s feedback, you did not reconsider or change course whatsoever. You empowered Staff to make decisions rather than take responsibility yourself.

It need not be this way. ICANN can reclaim its place as a multistakeholder, transparent, responsive, and credible institution of integrity.

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Top website security posts by Sucuri – March 2019

Our Malware Research and Incident Response teams work around the clock to identify emerging threats — and we’re proud to share our knowledge and findings with the community.

We’ve gathered a few of our most popular posts from March to educate you about the latest trends and tips in website security.

Free Sucuri WAF for medical & social services

Our research continually demonstrates there is no depth that bad actors won’t sink to, and that includes exploiting websites that are vital for public health.

Free year of the Sucuri WAF for crisis responders

To help crisis responders help us, Sucuri is offering a free year of our Web Application Firewall for professionals including:

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians
  • Emergency medical technicians
  • Food banks

To get started, they just need to submit an application.

How does it work and who is it for?

We are accepting applications from organizations with unprotected websites that directly provide critical support for the pandemic relief effort. People who don’t meet this criteria are encouraged to reach out to us directly.

Don’t let bad actors exploit our situation

While some ransomware groups have publicly stated they won’t target crisis responders during the epidemic, a fair amount of skepticism is warranted. People flocking to a website will likely prove irresistible to some bad actors looking to steal data or enact other scams.

Read more from the original post by Chase Watts.

How to protect personally identifiable information (PII) from search engines

We’ve become so reliant on a free internet, it might come as a shock to some to learn the information we give out so freely is being trafficked to make money. Some of this information we submit ourselves, and some of it comes from tracking software like cookies.

Protecting private information

When you submit information to a free website, it often goes to a data broker. This person, in turn, sells your information — often to places you’d rather avoid. However, on July 1, 2020 the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) went into effect, which is why we’re already seeing the Do Not Sell option when we submit PII online.

Blocking tracking software

You can block cookies with an extension like uBlock Origin for Chrome and Firefox, which blocks not only targeted ads but also many types of malware. Ghostery and NoScript are also worth adding to your browser, especially when used together.

Using a P.O. box, email & Google Voice

Rather than giving out the physical address where you work or reside, a P.O. box lets you pick up mail at a designated location, buffering your space. In the digital realm, a throw-away or temporary email address can give you this additional privacy. And when it comes to your phone, Google Voice lets you add an additional phone line that you can give out, and then ignore when necessary.

Read more from the original post by Krasimir Konov.

VPN: A key to securing an online work environment

In today’s uncertain times, many of us have moved into work-from-home situations. That opens a big question about security. One of the strongest measures in this area is the virtual private network (VPN).

Types of VPNs

You might already be familiar with the commercial VPN, which protects your browsing. A more robust version is the corporate VPN, which gives you access to the environment of a larger organization.

What is a VPN’s static IP address?

As the name implies, this static identifier provides an additional level of security as a login credential. For example, you could configure a website firewall to allow only logins from whitelisted IPs.

Connecting to VPN servers

Once you install a VPN client, you can connect to a VPN server to go online. Your router might even include this feature. Connecting to a VPN server encrypts all internet usage, which can be useful when you’re using services that consume lots of data, like Netflix.

Cloud-hosted VPN servers

Because a VPN is often part of a larger security plan, many organizations prefer to keep their VPN server on site. However, the widespread adoption of cloud technology means VPN servers are now available “in the cloud.”

Read more from the original post by Marc Kranat.

WordPress database brute force and backdoors

We often talk about bad actors using brute force to gain access through logins. However, hackers can also break in through the database, which WordPress relies on to store settings and other data.

Brute force attacks on WordPress databases

Because hundreds (or even thousands) of websites can connect to a single database, they’re prime targets for hackers. For example, one database brute force script we recently found (base.php) loads multiple database credentials from .txt files. That access can then be used to gain entry to a connected website.

Feasibility of database brute force attacks

While most hosting providers take measure to protect their databases, some can still leave vulnerabilities. For example, insecure naming parameters can attract hackers because they’re significantly easier to guess.

Alternative use scenarios

If server accounts are not properly isolated and the attacker gains access, a single compromised website can lead to others getting hacked. Hackers can also maintain access to a compromised site by installing backdoors and relying on legit users to hang onto weak passwords.

Read more from the original post by Denis Sinegubko.


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[Surgical Theater on the Dr.Oz Show] Inside the Lungs of a Patient with COVID-19

Dr. Oz gives us an inside look at COVID-19 like we’ve never seen before: the first 3D virtual reality images of the lungs of an infected patient. Chief of thoracic surgery at George Washington University Hospital Dr. Keith Mortman shares the details.

Watch more here.

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Future of Crowdsourcing studios?


Any idea on the possible growth of crowdsourcing studios in coming future compared to traditional ad agencies or regular video producing studios? Do you think these crowdsourcing companies would have longevity or long term traction?

These crowdsourcing studios would work on contest based model, like allowing people or freelancers to submit their ideas and developing those ideas in to original content videos by paying the winners at each phase.

Please let me know your thoughts?

Thanks in advance

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Sedo weekly sales led by UHR.de

Sedo released their weekly sales and UHR.de led the way at 70,000 Euro, ($ 76,275). Searcher.com was second at $ 40,000 the name previously sold for $ 32,000. Wi.de was third at 29,750 Euro, ($ 32,417). 22 .com sales 15 cctld sales 5 other tld sales Lowest number of .com sales all year. 4 out of 22 were hyphenated. […]

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