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The ‘Stagefright’ exploit: What you need to know

Written By: Support - Jul• 28•15

There’s a scary-sounding story going around this morning about the “worst Android vulnerability in the mobile OS history!” (Exclamation point theirs, not ours.) The gist is that malware could be embedded in a video, which theoretically could be exploited without you doing a single thing. And, oh, just about every Android phone is vulnerable.

So should you worry? Let’s discuss.

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Kim Kardashian Is A Pregnant Vixen In A Sheer Black Catsuit As She Returns Homes From Paris!

Written By: Support - Jul• 28•15

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Did Taylor Swift Just Throw ‘Left Shark’ Shade at Katy Perry During Her Live Show?

Written By: Support - Jul• 27•15

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Brits can now pass their Facebook profile on after they die

Written By: Support - Jul• 27•15

When a loved one passes away, their Facebook profile page can become an important place for friends and family to remember them by. The company already offers memorialized accounts, which shows the word “remembering” next to their name and stops anyo…

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Frontback shutdown shows that selfies don’t equal success

Written By: Support - Jul• 27•15

The selfie craze might not be slowing down any time soon, but that doesn’t mean that self-portraiture products are a license to print money. Need proof? Just look at Frontback. After two years of investment and hype from the likes of Reddit’s Alexis …

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T.J. Dillashaw: Dominick Cruz doesn’t have ‘the power behind his punches’

Written By: Support - Jul• 27•15

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Royce: Cuban Prisoner Swap Signals ‘Disturbing Trend’

Written By: Support - Jul• 27•15

Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) pointed to a “disturbing trend” under the Obama Administration, in which there are increased negotiations with spies and terrorists, culminating with President Obama’s decision to release three Cuban spies in exchange for U.S. aid worker Alan Gross.

The Obama administration has also announced its intention to fully restore U.S.-Cuba relations by opening an embassy in Havana for the first time in over 50 years, a move Royce says could destabilize U.S. security.

Rep. Royce issued the following press release on Wednesday regarding the prisoner exchange:

For more than five years, Alan Gross, a humanitarian worker, was wrongly imprisoned by the Castro regime.  He should have been unconditionally released a long time ago.  Period.  Instead, a disturbing pattern is emerging where the Obama Administration is willing to negotiate the release of spies or terrorists.  I fail to see how this trend will improve the long-term security of the United States and its citizens.        

The President outlined today numerous changes to U.S. policy toward Cuba, intended to bolster civil-society and Cuban access to information.  It’s ironic that’s exactly what Alan Gross was imprisoned for.    

It is still unclear what steps the Cuban government is taking in return for this change in U.S. policy.  It doesn’t look like much.  The President compared our economic relationship with Cuba to that of China and Vietnam.  But in China and Vietnam, while Communist, at least foreign firms can hire and recruit staff directly, without their pay going to and bolstering the government, as it does in Cuba.  

In this respect, Cuba is more like North Korea than it is China.  For your Cuban worker at the foreign-owned resort, they only receive a fraction of their salary – as little as 5 percent.  Castro or Kim, the method is the same – extract hard currency from the outside, invest in the security apparatus, and make zero changes at home.  Ordinary Cubans will not be economically or politically empowered unless Cuba’s economic system changes; until President Obama’s announcement today, the United States had been demanding this change.  

I am very troubled by the lack of engagement with Congress on this serious policy shift.

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Kandi Burruss Is Pregnant! Real Housewives Of Atlanta Star ‘So Thrilled’ To Be Expecting A Child With Todd Tucker

Written By: Support - Jul• 27•15

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MN State Rep Wants $329,000 Refund from Jonathan Gruber for Work With ‘Beyond Laughable’ Error Rates

Written By: Support - Jul• 26•15

Minnesota State Representative Greg Davids is calling for embattled MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber, the “architect” of Obamacare, to return all $329,000 he was paid by the state of Minnesota as a subcontractor on a 2011 contract to analyze the state’s plan to develop its Obamacare health care exchange, MNSure.

On November 21, Davids sent a letter to Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson requesting her to investigate Gruber’s work.

“In recent weeks,” Davids wrote, “significant concerns have been raised regarding the contract between the State of Minnesota and Dr. Jonathan Gruber entered into in March 2011. In light of troubling remarks by Dr. Gruber and MNsure, I believe that a review of Dr. Gruber’s work, and payments made to him, is necessary.”

On December 9, Davids sent a second letter to Swanson.

“Earlier today,” Davids wrote, “in testimony before Congressional investigators, Dr. Jonathan Gruber refused to answer questions regarding compensation for his work with state-based insurance exchanges. The evasiveness displayed by Dr. Gruber reinforces my concerns expressed in the previous letter.”

“I implore your office to investigate Dr. Gruber’s work and its relationship to MNsure’s fiscal troubles,” Davids requested again, “and urge you to explore all possible remedies for recovering the taxpayer funds wasted on his report.”

“To date,” Davids told Breitbart News in an exclusive statement on Wednesday, “I have received word via phone call that the Attorney General’s office was working on a response, but nothing in writing yet.”

Davids blasted Gruber’s projections for the state of Minnesota about enrollment for the state’s health care exchange, MNSure, when it launched.

“MNsure, Dr. Gruber and Governor Dayton’s Administration repeatedly guaranteed that the exchange would serve 1.3 million Minnesotans by 2016, including over 600,000 in commercial plans – a financial necessity to avoid a taxpayer bailout,” Davids told Breitbart News.

“Those projections were so far off that it has proved absurd,” Davids said.

“Instead of 500,000 private enrollees by the end of 2015, MNsure has repeatedly lowered Dr. Gruber’s projections and now estimates that fewer than 70,000 will enroll in private plans by the end of next year,” Davids added.

“The error rate for Dr. Gruber’s work is beyond laughable,” Davids stated.

“It is a shame,” Davids continued, “that nearly $600,000 in public funds was used for projections that were inaccurate from the moment MNsure opened. The Dayton Administration has essentially used over $150 million in taxpayer money to build a broken IT system for public health programs.”

Davids, who has served in the Minnesota House of Representatives since 1991, is scheduled to become Chairman of the powerful House Taxes Committee in January.

“There has been little to no transparency in Dr. Gruber’s work with MNsure,” Davids told Breitbart News. “Given that Dr. Gruber missed the deadline to submit his final report by four months – thereby avoiding scrutiny during the legislative process that led to MNsure’s creation – it is sadly unsurprising that he may have failed to live up to other aspects of his taxpayer-funded contract,” Davids concluded.

A Breitbart investigation into the state of Minnesota’s 2011 contract in which Gruber was paid $329,000 as a subcontractor to develop economic projections using his proprietary Gruber Microsimulation Model has uncovered a disturbing pattern of billing practices that indicate a lack of oversight. April Todd-Malmlov, the former executive director of MNSure, the state’s Obamacare health exchange, was the official responsible for that oversight.

Breitbart obtained copies of the Gruber invoices, the contract,  and the Gruber subcontract in a public records request filed with the state of Minnesota.

Though the contract, which was signed by former executive director Todd-Malmlov, clearly specifies that all Gruber’s invoices should be itemized in detail, the invoices submitted by Gruber and paid by the state of Minnesota were notably lacking in itemization.

Gruber’s invoices do not specifically tie to deliverables specified in the contract other than to assert vaguely that some of them were delivered. The invoices do not consistently refer to the deliverables specified in the contract, nor, with the exception of the final report, do they specify the dates the deliverables were completed, to whom they were delivered in the state of Minnesota, nor whether they were formally accepted by specific bureaucrats in the state of Minnesota.

Despite these shortcomings, former executive director Todd-Malmov authorized all of Gruber’s interim payments as well as his final payment.

Gruber delivered two final reports, one in 2012 and one in 2013, each about 60 pages long. Todd-Malmlov formally certified her acceptance of both these reports.

But records obtained by Breitbart News from the state of Minnesota indicate there is no auditable trail for the work product that resulted in those final reports.

In addition, Gruber’s invoices do not track specifically to the deliverables identified in Exhibit B of the contract. The deliverables in that exhibit are labeled Deliverable A, Deliverable B, Deliverable C, and Deliverable D. None of Gruber’s invoices refer to Deliverable A, Deliverable B, Deliverable C, or Deliverable D.

The Gruber invoice that potentially aligns with Deliverable B is cryptic at best in describing what was delivered. The Gruber invoice that potentially aligns with Deliverable C actually does not match what is specified as Deliverable C in the contract. Only the final Gruber invoice–which refers to the final report referenced in Deliverable D– tracks with any degree of specificity to the contract.

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Lindsay Lohan Looks Like Emma Stone, Actually Appears Healthy in Latest Selfie

Written By: Support - Jul• 26•15

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