CNN | 500 million LinkedIn users’ data is for sale on a hacker site
New York (CNN Business)Information scraped from around 500 million LinkedIn user profiles is part of a database posted for sale on a website popular with hackers, the company confirmed Thursday.
The sale of the data was first reported on Tuesday by cybersecurity news and research site CyberNews, which said that an archive including user IDs, names, email addresses, phone numbers, genders, professional titles and links to other social media profiles was being auctioned off on the forum for a four-figure sum.
According to LinkedIn, the database for sale “is actually an aggregation of data from a number of websites and companies.” The data from LinkedIn users includes only information that people listed publicly in their profiles, the professional social media site, which is owned by Microsoft (MSFT), said in a Thursday statement. –read more—
CNN | DMX, rapper and actor, dies at 50
(CNN) – DMX, a rapper known as much for his troubles as his music, has died, his family announced in a statement. He was 50.
“We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days,” family’s statement read in part.
“Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end,” the family continued. “He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him.” —read more—
CNN | NASA’s Artemis program will land the first person of color on the moon
(CNN) – The Artemis program will land the first person of color on the moon, according to NASA. The new goal for the program, which seeks to land the first woman and the next man on at the lunar south pole by 2024, comes from the Biden-Harris administration.
The administration submitted US President Joe Biden’s priorities for 2022 discretionary spending to Congress Friday. It calls for an increase of more than 6% from the previous year, according to NASA. —read more—
CNN style Arts | Miss art museums? The Louvre just put its entire art collection online
There is nothing like spending a rainy afternoon at a museum, soaking in the beauty and wonder of art and history. Now the Louvre, the world’s most visited museum, is letting you do that right from home.
The French museum has released an online platform featuring all of the museum’s artworks, consisting of more than 480,000 pieces, the Louvre announced Friday in a press release.
Art lovers and researchers alike will now be able to view the entire Louvre collection online for free. —read more—
CNN BUSINESS | Jamie Dimon sounds the alarm on the future of American prosperity
Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan, wrote in his annual shareholder letter that government dysfunction is slowing down America’s economy. “It is hard to look at these issues in their totality and not conclude that they have a significant negative effect on the great American economic engine,” he said.
New York (CNN Business)Jamie Dimon is very bullish on the US economic recovery from the pandemic. And yet the JPMorgan Chase CEO is deeply concerned about the future of America.
In his annual shareholder letter Wednesday, Dimon wrote that the Covid-19 pandemic, the “horrific murder” of George Floyd and the painfully slow economic growth of the past two decades are all symptoms of a broader problem: “inept” public policy and broad government dysfunction.
“Unfortunately, the tragedies of this past year are only the tip of the iceberg — they merely expose enormous failures that have existed for decades and have been deeply damaging to America,” Dimon wrote, adding that the nation was “totally unprepared” for the deadly pandemic. —read more—
CNN BUSINESS | One of America’s first Black CEOs slams ‘bone-headed’ Georgia law as blatant attempt to suppress Black vote
New York (CNN Business) – Dick Parsons had to make countless difficult decisions during his storied corporate career. The decision to speak out on Georgia’s voting law was not one of them.
“This was an easy one. There is simply no excuse for what the Georgia legislature has done,” Parsons told CNN Business in his first public comments on the controversial law.
Parsons, who in the early 2000s became one of the first Black CEOs of a Fortune 500 company, is among the 72 Black corporate leaders who signed a letter calling on companies to fight Republican voting restrictions.
In the interview, the former Time Warner and CBS CEO slammed the Georgia law as “bone-headed,” a blatant attempt to suppress the Black vote and a “ruse” that pretends to be aimed at safeguarding elections. —read more—
CNN | A Michigan university is offering college students a scholarship to study cannabis
Equipment in the Cannabis Center of Excellence at Lake Superior State University.
(CNN) – Students at Lake Superior State University have had the unique opportunity to pursue a degree in cannabis chemistry since 2019. Now, they can also get cash to do it.
The university in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, is offering its first cannabis chemistry scholarship.
Steadfast Labs, a cannabis testing facility in Hazel Park, Michigan, is funding an annual $1,200 scholarship for students pursuing a degree in cannabis chemistry at LSSU. —read more—
CNN | Ron DeSantis’ Florida boast is falling apart
(CNN) – New cases of Covid-19 in the United States have fallen in the last two months to about 55,000 a day. That seems like a whopping number until you compare it with the more than 200,000 daily cases reported in early January. Deaths have also fallen, to about 1,000 a day from more than 3,000. Concern is growing that the US may be at the start of yet another rise in cases.
These numbers are promising, but the ups and downs and ups tell an important lesson about keeping perspective in a pandemic. Today’s promising numbers would have been horrific at this time last year and are hardly as good as they need to be. The pandemic is nothing if not dynamic, with ever-shifting expectations and outcomes. —read more—
CNN BUSINESS | The reason we can’t fully explore space is fixable. Here’s how
With so many challenges facing us here on Earth — the pandemic, climate change, the economy — it might seem like an odd time to focus on space.
But space exploration offers enormous benefits for all of us. There’s a long list of innovations that have emerged as a result of space research that have already spawned entire industries: the Global Positioning System, phone cameras, portable computers, water-purification systems, cochlear implants, artificial limbs, wireless headphones, CAT scans, LASIK and even the dustbuster handheld vacuum.
And many of us are able to live and thrive partly because satellites help farmers assess climate and growing conditions and decide which areas are best for cultivation, while also alerting them to unfavorable weather conditions or predictions of longer-term drought. Looking ahead, space commercialization — asteroid mining, manufacturing and scientific research — will require vast amounts of capital and the hiring of skilled labor, creating both wealth and jobs. —read more—
CNN travel | How safe is it to stay at a hotel right now? Experts weigh in
(CNN) — After a long year or more of sticking close to home, escaping to a stunning destination and a fancy hotel room may rank high on your to-do list.
Staying in a hotel is very low-risk if you’re vaccinated, separated from other people, and going straight to and from your room, said CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and visiting professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.
If you’re not traveling alone, “you certainly should not be sharing a hotel room with someone who is not in your immediate household, unless the other person is fully vaccinated,” Wen said. —read more—