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IRS Boosts Customer Service, But Needs More Funding

The IRS has dramatically improved its customer service from the terrible days at the end of the Obama administration, but advocates of the agency say it still needs more money if it’s to set itself on firmer footing for the long haul. As of last month, as the annual tax ... Read More »

RIP: Is It the End of the Road for Passwords?

A new web standard is expected to kill passwords, meaning users will no longer have to remember difficult logins for each and every website or service they use. The Web Authentication (WebAuthn) standard is designed to replace the password with biometrics and devices that users already own, such as a ... Read More »

ISRO gets ready to launch navigation satellite IRNSS-1I on Thursday

Chennai: The stage is all set for India to launch its navigation satellite IRNSS-1I from Sriharikota rocket port on Thursday, a senior Indian space agency official said. “The countdown is progressing normally. The rocket stages (engines) have been fuelled up. The various systems are being checked now,” the official, who ... Read More »

India operationalises first smart fence on Bangladesh border in Assam

New Delhi: Taking the first but crucial step towards ensuring zero-transgression borders with Bangladesh and Pakistan, Border Security Force (BSF) on Wednesday operationalised the first smart fence on a riverine stretch with Bangladesh in Assam. The smart fence reportedly comprises of automated surveillance technology and alarm detection systems but BSF has ... Read More »

Uber Buys Dockless Bike-Share Company Jump

Uber is officially entering the dockless bike-sharing space. The ride-hail company has acquired electric bike-share startup Jump Bikes for an undisclosed amount. Owning and operating its own bike-share service may help Uber mitigate the threat that e-bike and e-scooter services pose to the ride-hail company’s business, specifically for trips under ... Read More »

Report: Ransomware Behind 39 Percent of Malware Cases

Ransomware viruses like the types that recently impacted public services in Atlanta and Baltimore accounted for nearly 40 percent of malicious software-related security breaches last year, including the vast majority of malware incidents within the health care sector, according to Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) released Tuesday. Verizon’s ... Read More »

Feds Seize Backpage.com, Website Owners Face Charges

Seven executives at the classified advertising site Backpage.com have been indicted on 93 counts, including promoting prostitution and money laundering. The Backpage officials were arrested Friday, the same day federal authorities seized all of the company’s websites around the globe and raided the Arizona home of one of its founders, ... Read More »