Month: January 2018

Auckland leads drive towards cashless cities, Visa says

Auckland is one of nine cities to be dubbed “digital leaders” in a global study on realising the benefits of digital payments paid for by Visa. The Cashless City report makes a plea to governments around the world to drive their cities towards a cashless future, which Visa says would drive efficiencies, boost […]

Social media companies accelerate removals of online hate speech: EU

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Social media companies Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube have accelerated removals of online hate speech in the face of a potential European Union crackdown. The EU has gone as far as to threaten social media companies with new legislation unless they increase efforts to fight the proliferation […]

Deadline Passes, Triggering Shutdown; Senate Rejects Short-Term Spending Bill

Both chambers were expected to be in session Saturday, continuing discussions over how to resolve underlying disputes WASHINGTON—The Senate rejected a one-month spending bill early Saturday, triggering the shutdown of many government services and setting off a partisan fight over who would bear the political consequences. In a dramatic night […]

Visa may be waging war against bitcoin by rejecting it as currency

The largest cryptocurrency, bitcoin, is a commodity and not a payment system, according to Visa’s chief executive. Visa will also not give bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies a platform for wire transfers and exchanges. “I don’t view it as payment system player,” CEO Alfred Kelly told CNBC. “We at Visa won’t process transactions that […]

CIA-Connected Amazon Turns Over A Record Amount Of Data To U.S. Law Enforcement

Amazon’s fifth transparency report has revealed that the company provided more customer data to U.S. law enforcement in the first half of last year than in its history with a shocking 1,936 different requests between January and June 2017, ZDNet reported. Of those 1,936 requests, Amazon complied and replied to 1,200 subpoena requests, […]

American Airlines Joins United In Cashless Transactions At MIA

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Don’t forget to pack your credit or debit card next time you travel on American or United Airlines out of Miami International Airport. Starting Thursday, American will join United in saying no to cash and yes to plastic. “We’re cashless in cities like New Orleans, Dallas and […]

Starbucks tests no-cash policy at downtown Seattle store

Starbucks is experimenting with refusing cash at a posh location in downtown Seattle. Since Tuesday, your money is no good at the cafe inside the Russell Investments Center unless it’s in the form of plastic. Starbucks is experimenting with refusing cash at a posh location in downtown Seattle. Since Tuesday, […]

American Airlines is going cash-free at airports

If you’re planning on flying American Airlines out of Miami International Airport, don’t forget your debit card. Starting Thursday, the mega-airliner has announced it is moving to a cashless model at the Florida airport and will no longer be accepting anything other than credit or debit cards for desk transactions […]

Pope warns that the world is one step away from nuclear war and ‘one accident is enough’ to spark a catastrophe

Pope Francis has warned that the world is one step away from nuclear war and ‘one accident is enough’ to spark a catastrophe. The 81-year-old, who made the comments as he flew off for a visit to Chile and Peru, also warned that the world now stood at ‘the very limit’. […]

Florida Prisoners Prepare to Strike, Demanding An End to Unpaid Labor and Brutal Conditions

FLORIDA PRISONERS ARE calling for a general strike to start this week — marking the third mass action over the course of a year in protest of inhumane conditions in the state’s detention facilities. Detainees in at least eight prisons have declared their intention to stop all work on Monday — Martin Luther King Jr. […]

The Justice Department Helped A County Prosecutor Target the Facebook Records of Anti-Pipeline Activists

NINE MONTHS AFTER pipeline opponents in Washington state staged a protest that blocked freeway traffic, Facebook ended a protracted legal standoff with a county prosecutor, turning over detailed records on the indigenous-led group behind the demonstration. Despite the fact that no criminal charges have been filed in connection with the February […]

Skynet Now: Pentagon Deploys Terrorist-Hunting Artificial Intelligence

Someday, future sentient artificial intelligence (AI) systems may reflect on their early indentured servitude for the human military-industrial complex with little to no nostalgia. But we’ll worry about that when the day comes. For now, let’s continue writing algorithms that conscript machine intelligence into terrorist bombings and let the chips […]

Pope Francis Issues Blueprint For Geopolitical Stability

Pope offers contrasting global vision to Trump in address to diplomats Pope Francis today issued a blueprint for geopolitical stability, calling for a de-escalation of tensions in Korea, for nuclear disarmament and for world leaders to recognise that migrating to another country is a “fundamental human right”. He set out […]