Monday, April 13, 2015

Subprime credit card borrowing limits rise

City Council Will Likely Ban Practice Of Running Credit Checks On Job Applicants

NBTC ready to hold biannual revision of the spectrum table

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) will hold a public hearing on May 6 to revise the telecom and broadcasting spectrum table.

Creating Viruses for Fame and Big Pharma Profits

Big data technology finds ideal river locations to generate hydro-power

New technology in development with the University of Leicester has the potential to revolutionise the sourcing of renewable energy from rivers.

France's govt wants emergency surveillance powers

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called Monday for emergency government surveillance powers in case of an exceptional threat, a move prompted by the deadly Paris attacks earlier this year.

In a speech in Parliament, Valls urged a new intelligence bill for extraordinary measures that would be used only "in case of major crisis affecting the citizens' security." The law would allow intelligence services to use surveillance powers without submitting a request to an independent nine-person panel, as normally required.
Lawmakers on Monday started debating a bill aimed at legalizing broad surveillance of terrorism suspects.
The proposal caused an outcry from some privacy advocates, human rights groups, a magistrates' union and the Paris bar association, despite the government's efforts to distance itself from U.S.-style mass surveillance. A group of 10 organizations denounced it Monday in a joint statement as "legalizing highly intrusive surveillance methods" with "no guarantee for individual freedom and privacy protection."
The bill was proposed long before the Paris attacks by Islamic extremists in January. But Valls said it takes on added urgency with each person who is radicalized and turns against France.

UAE Gave $1 Million to NYC Police Foundation; Money Aided ‘Investigations’

A 2012 Schedule A document filed by the New York City Police Foundation showed a list of its largest donors, which included several major financial institutions such as JPMorgan Chase and Barclays Capital — but also a line item for the “Embassy of the United Arab Emirates.” The Intercept obtained a copy of the Schedule A document, which is not intended for public disclosure and only shows donors above the threshold of donating $1 million over four years.

Harvard Dismisses Climate Change Protesters While MIT Negotiates With Them

As U.S. universities face growing student pressure to divest fossil-fuel holdings from their more than $500 billion in endowments, Cambridge, Massachusetts, finds itself at the center of a great divide.

At Harvard University, students are digging in this week for a blockade of President Drew Faust’s offices, escalating a confrontation over the school’s holdings of oil, gas and coal stocks.

A mile away, Massachusetts Institute of Technology held a debate last week over divestment. The formal and polite event had the blessing of President Rafael Reif, who billed it as the fourth campus-wide conversation on climate change.
The contrasting atmospheres at the neighboring schools reflect the approaches of their leaders and students, as well as a division among U.S. universities. While MIT’s Reif has withheld a decision and engaged with activists, Harvard’s Faust early on dismissed calls to unload investments in the world’s largest energy companies.