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December 12, 2017 - 1:19am
After last week's payrolls report, the year is starting to wind down for economic events and capital markets, but not before one last hurrah for central banks: indeed, it is a very busy week dominated by central bank meetings for the FOMC, ECB, BOE, SNB and Norges Bank. We will also observe the controversial Alabama Senate elections and the EU Council summit on the state of Brexit negotiations. Data-wise, the most important economic update will be Wednesday's US CPI print, as well as industrial production releases in a number of countries including the US and China.
December 6, 2017 - 1:10pm
A seven-year-old Israeli firm founded by three veterans of Israel's military intelligence unit is raking in millions selling CIA-tier hacking software to governments around the world. With over 200 employees, a sales arm in Bethesda, Maryland, and a long list of clients identified by watchdogs which have dubious civil rights records, the NSO Group - owned by U.S.-based Francisco Partners, charges $500,000 plus $65K per phone to completely hack and infiltrate a device with their flagship "Pegasus" software suite.
December 6, 2017 - 2:21am
From the Slope of Hope blog: The main drag here in Palo Alto is University Avenue, which is lined with pricey restaurants and retail. One city to the south of us, Mountain View, has their own main drag, and it's called Castro Street (not to be confused with the gay mecca in San Francisco, half an hour's drive north).
December 5, 2017 - 4:00pm
Digital rights and consumer groups fear that a repeal of Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) net neutrality rules before a case on the Federal Trade Commission's regulatory authority is decided may leave internet service providers like AT&T and Comcast without federal oversight and put consumers at their mercy.
November 29, 2017 - 1:40am
Late November is a great time of year for a variety of reasons...there is the crisp fall air, the gatherings with your extended family for Thanksgiving that begin innocently and end with restraining orders and death threats and, of course, Senator James Lankford's annual report on government waste. And, just like last year, the 2017 report on "Federal Fumbles" is filled with truly infuriating examples of government waste that are sure to get your blood boiling...here are a couple of examples: