AM Prep-Cyber Corner

IN THE NEWS: FIGHTING STATE-SPONSORED CYBERATTACKS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who has been tabbed to be the nation’s top sheriff leading the fight against state-sponsored cyberattacks says there is no reason to think nations who sponsor cyberattacks will stop on their own. Army Lt. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone says efforts by China and Russia to go after computer systems in the United States will continue — because those nations see no reason to change their behavior. The reason for that, he says — is a lack of sanctions for fiddling around in U.S.-based computer systems. Nakasone has been named to be the next head of the U.S. Cyber Command. He told a Senate Committee yesterday cyber threats against the country have grown exponentially — and the U.S. must take tougher steps to make adversaries stop what they are doing.

IN THE NEWS: TWITTER CEO SPEAKS ON IMPROVING SITE

UNDATED (AP) — The top man at Twitter says he wants to try to make the social networking site a little more, well, social. CEO Jack Dorsey has launched a series of tweets saying Twitter has failed to prevent misinformation, quiet echo chambers — and keeping rogue players from abusing the global messaging service. Dorsey says Twitter will commit to make online discourse more open, civil and healthier. And he says the site is soliciting proposals on how to make Twitter a less imposing place for those interested in civil discourse.

ON THE WEB: OSCAR, OSCAR, OSCAR

CYBERSPACE (AP) — The Academy Awards are Sunday. And if you’re going to an Oscar party and need to bone-up on what movies are in the running for Hollywood’s biggest prize — check out the official Oscars site. It has lists of all the nominees in all of the categories — as well as a rundown of the performers this year. And if you decide to throw an Oscars party at the last minute, there are suggestions to how to do that.

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Online:

Oscars site: <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://oscar.go.com”>http://oscar.go.com</a>

IN STORES: UBER – HEALTH CARE

UNDATED (AP) — Uber is stepping up its game — and in the process may make you feel better. The ride-sharing company is offering to take patients in every U.S. market it operates to their medical appointments. The Uber Health service will handle rides set up by doctor’s offices or other health care providers. And Uber will bill the health-related business, instead of the patient, for the service. Unlike the non-health flavor, Uber Health won’t require users to have access to a smartphone to use the service. Uber began testing the service last year — and says more than 100 health care providers have signed on, including hospitals, clinics and physical therapy centers.

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Online:

Uber site: <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.uber.com”>http://www.uber.com</a>

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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