Sony’s PlayStation Classic is a Great Deal Right Now (Only $40)

After just a couple months on the market, Sony’s PlayStation Classic has fallen to a more reasonable price. So now all of you who truly want to relive the good and the bad of the mid-1990s have a great opportunity. The retro system hit retail shelves right before Christmas (Dec. 3) for $100, and it’s …

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Brightcove acquires Ooyala’s video business

Brightcove just announced that it’s acquiring Ooyala’s online video platform business.

The deal brings together two long-lasting players in the online video industry. Brightcove was founded in 2004 and went public in 2012, while Ooyala was founded in 2007 and was acquired by Telstra before management bought back the company last fall. (Back when it was part of Telstra, Ooyala sued Brightcove for alleged theft of trade secrets.)

When Ooyala had become newly independent, CEO Jonathan Huberman said the company had two main businesses, its video platform and its media workflow tools — and although the video platform accounted for the majority of its business, Huberman saw more opportunity on the workflow side.

Brightcove says the deal includes Ooyala’s video content management and publishing platform Backlot, Analytics, Live and the underlying IP. It also says it will be bringing on “substantial portions” of the Ooyala team, including its operations in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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US Air Force Defector Allegedly Helped Iran Hack Americans

In 2019, an indictment of Iranian hackers targeting American government officials barely raises an eyebrow. But in one remarkable case, those hackers had an unusual advantage: the alleged help of an American defector with a top secret clearance.

On Wednesday, the Department of Justice announced charges against Monica Elfriede Witt, a former Air Force counterintelligence officer who, the indictment claims, was recruited by the Iranian government to spill highly classified information, some of which was then used by Iranian hackers—four of whom are also charged—to target Witt’s former US government colleagues. The charges represent a rare defection of an American military officer to become an active participant in another country’s espionage operations.

Witt allegedly helped exposed the identity of an active US agent, as well as the code name and classified details of a secret US counterintelligence operation, all in service of Iran.


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Americans Are Abandoning Public Transit—but Don’t Blame Uber

In Philadelphia, a small group of transit riders sat down to talk about what sucks about the bus. “What is it about the bus?” the interviewer said, and they were off. “They got to stop at every corner,” one rider said. “That’s going to be an inconvenience if you are trying to get someplace fast.” …

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Bancarotta: nove arresti a Catania

(ANSA) – CATANIA, 13 FEB – La guardia di finanza di Catania sta eseguendo undici misure cautelari, nove arresi domiciliari e due provvedimenti interdittivi, emesse dal Gip su richiesta della Procura nei confronti di tre professionisti di un noto studio
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Lime loses appeal to operate electric scooters in SF

Lime, similar to its competitors Spin and JUMP, just got word that while its appeal to operate electric scooters in phase one of San Francisco’s pilot program was denied, it may be able to deploy scooters during phase two. This comes following San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Neutral Hearing Officer James Doyle’s decision regarding Ford’s Spin, Uber’s JUMP and now, Lime’s appeals of the permitting process.

Currently, Skip and Scoot are the only two companies permitted to operate shared electric scooter services in the city. After the first six months of the program, in April, the SFMTA can potentially increase the number of scooters from the current max of 625 to 2,500. This juncture, Doyle said, should be able to accommodate the addition of other operators.

“As a well-experienced and well-qualified vendor, I would expect that Lime’s entry into the city’s Pilot Program should result not only in increased services on our streets, but allowing additional capable [...]  read more