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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claimed that his organization had achieved a return on investment of more than 50,000%, thanks to its investments in bitcoins – and especially thanks to the American government.
From the Embassy of Ecuador in London, Assange published in the tweet below a graph showing the evolution of the cryptocurrency between July 18, 2010 and October 14, 2017. During this period, bitcoin went from 0, 06 dollars to 5,814 dollars – which represents a growth of (inhale) 9,689,900% (exhale). Assange did not specify over what exact period he calculated the indicated return.
My deepest thanks to the US government, Senator McCain and Senator Lieberman for pushing Visa, MasterCard, Payal, AmEx, Mooneybookers, et al, into erecting an illegal banking blockade against @WikiLeaks starting in 2010. It caused us to invest in Bitcoin – with> 50000% return. pic.twitter.com/9i8D69yxLC
– Julian Assange? (@JulianAssange) October 14, 2017
Assange took the opportunity to “warmly” thank the US government, and Senators McCain and Lieberman. He accuses Washington of having imposed the financial blockade targeting his site: as of 2010, MasterCard, Visa and Paypal had blocked transfers to Wikileaks, which consequently forced Wikileaks to accept payments in bitcoin.
Still on the crypto side, remember in last week’s Insiders, we were talking about JPMorgan Chase and its CEO Jamie Dimon, who wants to break blockchains with his bare hands (hence maybe his arm in a sling), whenever the name of the cryptocurrency is mentioned in the room. The Quartz site had also maliciously correlated each output of Dimon with the price of the cryptocurrency, here is the graph to date:
Last Thursday, during the communication of the financial results of the third quarter, Jamie Dillon squarely reared up, declaring that he no longer wishes to speak on the subject. His resolution did not last 24 hours, since the very next day, during an intervention at the Institute of International Finance, he said all the bad things he thought about bitcoin – while isolating it from blockchain technology and the very principle of cryptocurrency, which he envisages on condition that they are monitored and regulated.
Apple users, you should be used to seeing a pop-up asking you to enter your Apple account password. A habitual gesture that could prove dangerous.
Indeed, the developer Félix Krause, specialist in mobile applications, explains in a blog post that the creation of fake pop-ups of this type are very easy to achieve. He proves it through an example, on the left a real pop-up and on the right a fake reproduced by him:
The Austrian specifies that one developer is enough “Less than 30 lines of code” to carry out this type of phishing. “Any application could easily abuse this technique, just by showing a UIAlertController, which looks exactly like the iOS system dialog box. Even users who are very tech-savvy may find it difficult to detect that these alerts are phishing attacks.», Explains the developer in his post. Malicious people could therefore easily reproduce the window and steal passwords from iOS accounts. This is why Félix wanted to bring to light this flaw without detailing the source code of the pop-up.
However, there is a technique that can let the user know if he is dealing with a phishing operation or not. When such a pop-up appears, just press the Home button. If the window disappears, it was a fake. Félix offers a second solution, that of entering your iOS identifiers directly in the settings rather than entering them in the window. Be careful !
iOS Privacy: steal.password – Easily get the user’s Apple ID password, just by asking
Will the Chinese be deprived of smartphones from the apple brand? This is in any case the wish of Qualcomm, the world’s leading manufacturer of chips for smartphones, according to Bloomberg. The American company has taken a Beijing intellectual property court to seek an injunction prohibiting Apple from producing and selling iPhones in China. Qualcomm’s complaint concerns infringement of three patents which cover battery usage and Force Touch touchscreen technology found in iPhones.
Qualcomm’s legal maneuver is part of the open war between it and Apple for several months. Indeed, the semiconductor specialist accuses the Cupertino company of abusing its dominant position in order not to pay the full price of its patented technologies. At the same time, Apple believes that Qualcomm is charging too high a royalty for the technologies used in its devices, especially the chips in iPhones.
At the dawn of the release of the iPhone X, however, Apple shows no signs of concern about the complaint of the American supplier. The firm headed by Tim Cook believes that Qualcomm’s procedure is “baseless“. “As with their other maneuvers in court, we believe this latest legal operation will fail.Apple said.
The stake is now identified: progress in robotics, automation and artificial intelligence will have a major effect at least, devastating if we are to believe the Cassandras of tech conferences, in the job market.
Yesterday again in Insiders, we told you about Masayoshi San, CEO of SoftBank, whose 93 billion from the Vision Fund fund a priori very diverse investments, but which ultimately pursue the same guideline: to be a stakeholder in the new era industrial company that is committed.
It is now Google’s turn, which we know will logically also be one of the key players at the helm of this transformation, to invest in the consequences of this transition, particularly socio-economic.
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, announced yesterday at an event in Pittsburgh, Grow with Google. This initiative, endowed with a billion dollars, will aim to support associations in their efforts to train American workers. The choice of Pittsburgh is not trivial: the former steel capital, the city has been able to reinvent itself thanks to technology: the old factories are now home to leading companies in fields such as robotics and autonomous driving.
10 million dollars will thus be allocated to the sole creation of a Digital Career Accelerator, in collaboration with Goodwill, an American reintegration association, in order to train in high-tech professions.