Applying for a small business disaster loan? What to know about the COVID-19 stimulus package

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The bill’s primary item for small businesses is a $349 billion loan program. On Wednesday, the Senate passed a historic $2 trillion economic stimulus package. Never has so much money been plucked from the coffers of the Fed and pumped into the veins of the American free market. And while big businesses are seeing a lot of the big bucks, many are wondering, what’s in it for the little guys? Read Full Story

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The future of security is about AI, not passwords

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It’s all too easy for a bad guy to steal a password. But AI can understand employee behaviors and adapt as they change, writes this IBM security VP. The rise of mobile devices in the workplace and companies’ accelerated move to the cloud has opened up a myriad of ways for us to access our virtual workspaces. But as entryways into businesses proliferate, so do more opportunities for digital break-ins. This is why security in the post-2020 world must be redesigned to no longer rely on the construct of trust and traditional forms of authentication such as passwords. Read Full Story

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Brock Pierce—Bitcoin guy and indie presidential candidate—has a bigger agenda than winning

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The entrepreneur (and former child actor) knows he’s not going to win. This year. But he hopes to transform global monetary policy in his crypto image. On July 4, former child actor turned Bitcoin entrepreneur Brock Pierce announced he was running for president as an independent. What might’ve made for a bigger news item was steamrolled by the media coverage surrounding Kanye West’s tweet on the same day that he, too, was launching an indie bid. Read Full Story

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Hackers could have used Comcast’s X11 voice remote to spy on homes

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Until a recent fix, a bad guy might have been able to seize control of the Xfinity X11’s microphone and use it to record audio in your household. Comcast’s Xfinity X11 remote—which features a much-touted voice control feature—had a security flaw that could have theoretically let a hacker use the device to bug your living room. That scary scenario has been ended thanks to the Philadelphia-based cable giant’s fix of a vulnerability discovered by outside researchers. Read Full Story

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Why it took David Talbert two decades to make ‘Jingle Jangle,’ his Black Christmas classic

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Writer-director David E. Talbert explains why it took his wife and son, free rein from Netflix, and 22 years to create the holiday movie of his dreams. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey has all the familiar beats of a classic Christmas movie: There’s the gruff yet lovable guy who’s given up on believing in magic. There’s the plucky kid who turns his world around with her pollyannaish charm. And there’s a whole soundtrack of show stopping numbers. Read Full Story

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Phoebe Robinson Talks about ‘Doing the Most,’ and More

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‘Dope Queen’ Phoebe Robinson is using her growing platform to explore all sorts of hang-ups: her guests’, her industry’s, and even her own. The comedy business, like so many others, has a diversity problem. Phoebe Robinson believes that the only way to fix it is to start at the beginning. The podcaster, author, and TV host , who got her start in stand-up before joining fellow comedian Jessica Williams to create the 2014 podcast 2 Dope Queens , is working to develop a fresh wave of talent via her new production company, Tiny Reparations, and a book imprint of the same name under Penguin Random House. Finding diverse writers and producers “is not going to work if you’re only looking for white guys named Scott!” she says. “No offense to all the Scotts out there.” Robinson recently debuted an advice podcast, Black Frasier (after the TV psychiatrist), and her new …

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