gallup.ipub.us http://gallup.ipub.us en-US http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss socportals@mediacolo.com Iran says it has arrested CIA spies; UK to unveil response to ship crisis Iran said on Monday it had captured 17 spies working for the CIA and sentenced some of them to death, an announcement President Donald Trump dismissed as "totally false" amid an escalating international crisis over tankers in the Gulf. http://gallup.ipub.us/news/2827448-iran-says-it-has-arrested-cia-spies-uk-unveil-response-ship Mon, 22 2019 13:55:23 GMT http://gallup.ipub.us/news/2827448-iran-says-it-has-arrested-cia-spies-uk-unveil-response-ship US #039;not ready#039; to stop 2020 meddling, says House intelligence chair – live Adam Schiff says tech companies and government unpreparedRepublicans promise tough questions in Mueller testimonySign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 2.59pm BST The Trump administration named Trump National Doral, the president’s Miami golf club, as a “finalist” location for next year’s G7 meeting. Trump’s properties have featured prominently during his presidency, despite concerns about conflicts of interest. The meeting is a gathering of leaders of the world’s most powerful economies. Axios reported the administration is nearing a decision after conducting several site surveys for the upcoming meeting. 2.47pm BST Here is more from House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff’s interview with Recode: The tech companies aren’t ready,” Schiff said. “They don’t have, I think, their policies fully thought out yet. The government isn’t ready. We don’t have the technologies yet to be able to detect more sophisticated fakes.”And the public, by and large, when you bring up ‘deepfake,’ they don’t know what you’re referring to,” he added. “And so we don’t have much time. It’s eight months until the primaries begin to try to prepare the public, prepare ourselves, determine what other steps need to be taken to protect ourselves from this kind of disinformation.” Continue reading... http://gallup.ipub.us/news/2827423-us-039not-ready039-stop-2020-meddling-says-house-intelligenc Mon, 22 2019 13:59:31 GMT http://gallup.ipub.us/news/2827423-us-039not-ready039-stop-2020-meddling-says-house-intelligenc The daily business briefing: July 22, 2019 1. Avengers: Endgame officially passed Avatar at the worldwide box office over the weekend to become the highest-grossing film in history. The Marvel superhero movie took in $2.790 billion by Sunday, Disney said, topping Avatar's previous record of $2.789 billion. This is the first time the highest-grossing film worldwide unadjusted for inflation has been a movie not directed by James Cameron since before 1998's Titanic. The milestone for Endgame came nearly three months after it landed in theaters with a huge domestic opening weekend of $357 million and a global opening weekend of $1.2 billion. Another Disney film, the live-action remake of The Lion King, dominated this weekend's domestic box office with a better-than-expected $185 million opening, the biggest domestic opening ever for a Disney remake. [The Hollywood Reporter, The Associated Press]2. Chinese investment in the U.S. has plunged by nearly 90 percent since President Trump took office as a trade war has eroded trust between the world's two largest economies, The New York Times reported Sunday. The decline is due to tougher regulations and skepticism about Chinese investment in the U.S., and tighter limits on foreign spending imposed by Beijing. "The fact that the foreign direct investment has fallen so sharply is symbolic of how badly the economic relationship between the United States and China has deteriorated," said Eswar Prasad, former head of the International Monetary Fund’s China division. "The U.S. doesn't trust the Chinese, and China doesn't trust the U.S." Industries feeling the pinch include everything from Silicon Valley startups to Manhattan real estate. [The New York Times]3. Equifax has agreed to pay up to $700 million to settle state and federal investigations into a 2017 data breach that exposed the Social Security numbers, credit-card information, and other private data of more than 147 million people. The case left more than half of U.S. adults vulnerable to identity theft. The penalties include payments to consumers, regulatory fines, and changes to the credit-reporting agency's practices. "This is the largest data breach settlement in U.S. history," said Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro. "These data breaches occur because of corporate greed. Corporate leaders decided to put an extra dollar of profit into their pocket, as opposed to that dollar going into the infrastructure of the company to protect their data." Equifax did not immediately comment. [The Washington Post]4. U.S. stock index futures edged higher early Monday following their biggest weekly losses since May. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average were up by 0.2 percent, while those of the SP 500 and the Nasdaq gained 0.3 percent and 0.4 percent, respectively. The Dow fell by 0.6 percent last week, while the SP 500 and the Nasdaq fell nearly 1 percent. The three main U.S. indexes had reached record highs early in the week on expectations of an aggressive 50 basis-point interest-rate cut by the Federal Reserve at its late-July meeting. They dropped later in the week after comments by several senior Fed officials suggested the central bank would make a smaller, 25 basis-point cut. [CNBC]5. Oil prices jumped by more than 2 percent on Monday on fear that Iran's recent seizure of a British tanker could lead to a disruption of crude shipments from the Persian Gulf region. Brent crude futures rose by $1.41 to $63.88 per barrel. U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate went up by $1.13 per barrel to $56.76. Both benchmarks fell by more than 6 percent last week, but Iran tensions "have likely added to the already strong geopolitical risk premium," JBC Energy said in a note. Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Friday they seized the British-flagged oil tanker in response to Britain's seizure of an Iranian tanker earlier in July. [CNBC] http://gallup.ipub.us/news/2827226-daily-business-briefing-july-22-2019 Mon, 22 2019 12:01:00 GMT http://gallup.ipub.us/news/2827226-daily-business-briefing-july-22-2019 Iran says it arrests CIA spies, Gulf tensions simmer Iran announced on Monday it had captured 17 spies working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and sentenced some of them to death, deepening a crisis between the Islamic Republic and the West. http://gallup.ipub.us/news/2827196-iran-says-it-arrests-cia-spies-gulf-tensions-simmer Mon, 22 2019 11:54:16 GMT http://gallup.ipub.us/news/2827196-iran-says-it-arrests-cia-spies-gulf-tensions-simmer Iran Says It Arrests CIA Spies, Gulf Tensions Simmer By Michael GeorgyDUBAI (Reuters) - Iran announced on Monday it had captured 17 spies working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and... http://gallup.ipub.us/news/2827109-iran-says-it-arrests-cia-spies-gulf-tensions-simmer Mon, 22 2019 11:00:45 GMT http://gallup.ipub.us/news/2827109-iran-says-it-arrests-cia-spies-gulf-tensions-simmer Tiny, glow-in-the-dark sharks have been discovered in the Gulf of Mexico A new species of shark has been discovered in the Gulf of Mexico. It's called a pocket shark or Mollisquama mississippiensis (pronounced mah-lihs-KWAH-muh MISS-ih-sip-ee-EHN-sisis.) It is just 5 and a half inches long, and has some unusual features like a pouch that squirts out puffs of glowing bioluminous fluid clouds, and light-producing glands all over its body. "In the history of fisheries science, only two pocket sharks have ever been captured or reported," said marine scientist Mark Grace. "Both are separate species, each from separate oceans. Both are exceedingly rare." Henry Bart from Tulane University added that the unique shark only further proves how little researchers know about the deep waters of the Gulf, and that "many additional new species from these waters await discovery." Visit INSIDER's homepage for more stories. Think all sharks are big and scary? Think again. Scientists have just discovered a new species of pocket shark in the Gulf of Mexico, which is just 5½ inches long. They have named it the American pocket shark, or Mollisquama mississippiensis (pronounced mah-lihs-KWAH-muh MISS-ih-sip-ee-EHN-sis, according to AP.) The shark has several unusual features that are described in the journal Zootaxa, including a pouch near the front of its fins which squirts out puffs of glowing bioluminous fluid clouds, and light-producing photophores — glands that look like little lights — all over its body. "In the history of fisheries science, only two pocket sharks have ever been captured or reported," said Mark Grace from the NMFS Mississippi Laboratories of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). "Both are separate species, each from separate oceans. Both are exceedingly rare." Read more: An 18-foot great white shark ate a dead whale in front of a boat full of tourists The other pocket shark was discovered in Peru and is 16 inches long. The new species differs in that it might have a special pressure-sensitive organ that detects movement hundreds of feet away, and it might also have fewer vertebrae. Henry Bart from Tulane University in Louisiana added that the unique shark only further proves how little researchers know about the deep waters of the Gulf, and that "many additional new species from these waters await discovery." The tiny shark was actually collected in 2010, but it wasn't until Grace was examining specimens in 2013 that he saw it and decided to work out what species it was with Bart and Michael Doosey from Tulane University. Other authors of the study include John S. Denton and Gavin Taylor from the University of Florida, and John Maisey from the American Museum of Natural History in New York. They used a dissecting microscope, x-ray images, and a high-resolution CT scan to examine and photograph the specimen.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Nxivm leader Keith Raniere has been convicted. Here's what happened inside his sex-slave ring that recruited actresses and two billionaire heiresses. http://gallup.ipub.us/news/2827027-tiny-glow-dark-sharks-have-been-discovered-gulf-mexico Mon, 22 2019 09:34:10 GMT http://gallup.ipub.us/news/2827027-tiny-glow-dark-sharks-have-been-discovered-gulf-mexico Britain weighs response to Iran Gulf crisis with few good options Britain was weighing its next moves in the Gulf tanker crisis on Sunday, with few good options apparent as a recording emerged showing that the Iranian military defied a British warship when it boarded and seized a ship three days ago. http://gallup.ipub.us/news/2826032-britain-weighs-response-iran-gulf-crisis-few-good-options Sun, 21 2019 15:48:02 GMT http://gallup.ipub.us/news/2826032-britain-weighs-response-iran-gulf-crisis-few-good-options Israeli minister boasts his country has been #39;killing Iranians#39; An Israeli minister boasted Sunday that his country was the only one that "has been killing Iranians", after tensions between Britain and Iran rose in the Gulf. Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi's comments to public radio were a reference to Israeli strikes in neighbouring Syria against Iranian and Hezbollah military targets. Asked if he feared that Israel would not receive the backing of the United States in the case of a conflict with Iran, Hanegbi suggested that Tehran would avoid such a scenario. http://gallup.ipub.us/news/2825854-israeli-minister-boasts-his-country-has-been-39killing-irani Sun, 21 2019 13:30:15 GMT http://gallup.ipub.us/news/2825854-israeli-minister-boasts-his-country-has-been-39killing-irani Iran tanker seizure: UK #039;didn#039;t take eye off ball#039;, Hammond says Philip Hammond says the UK did not "take its eye off the ball" amid escalating tensions in the Gulf. http://gallup.ipub.us/news/2825783-iran-tanker-seizure-uk-039didn039t-take-eye-ball039-hammond Sun, 21 2019 13:37:44 GMT http://gallup.ipub.us/news/2825783-iran-tanker-seizure-uk-039didn039t-take-eye-ball039-hammond Iran says fate of seized ship depends on crew #39;cooperation#39; Iran said Sunday the fate of a British-flagged tanker it is refusing to hand back after seizing it in the Gulf depends on the cooperation of its crew with an investigation. A senior official also said the entire crew of the Stena Impero oil tanker was in good health. The vessel was impounded with its 23 crew members aboard at the port of Bandar Abbas after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized it in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday. http://gallup.ipub.us/news/2825673-iran-says-fate-seized-ship-depends-crew-39cooperation39 Sun, 21 2019 09:52:01 GMT http://gallup.ipub.us/news/2825673-iran-says-fate-seized-ship-depends-crew-39cooperation39