Mark Zuckerberg’s year of books: Vaclav Smil’s Energy

Mark Zuckerberg’s 14th pick for his Year of Books is Vaclav Smil’s Energy—a beginner’s guide to what fuels us. This is everything you need to know about energy as a concept, where it comes from, what it does, and how we’ll need to change the way we use it to safeguard our planet’s future. We complain we’re low on it. We sip bubblegum-flavored drinks meant to confer it. We try to get more of it from sleeping, from running, from island getaways and endless espressos. Plants get it from the sun and two-year-olds get their abundance of it from god…

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Chinese police arrest 15,000 for Internet crimes

A man types on a computer keyboard in Warsaw in this February 28, 2013 illustration file picture. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files

Police in China said on Tuesday they had arrested about 15,000 people for crimes that “jeopardized Internet security”, as the government moves to tighten controls on the Internet.

Since taking over in 2013, President Xi Jinping has led an increasingly harsh crackdown on China’s Internet, which the Communist Party views with greater importance and acknowledges it needs to control, academics and researchers say.

Police have investigated 7,400 cases of cyber crime, the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement on its website. It did not make clear over what period the arrests were made, but referred to a case dating to last December.

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China launched a six-month program last month, code-named “Cleaning the Internet”.

“For the next step, the public security organs will continue to increase their investigation and crackdown on cyber crimes,” the ministry said.

The campaign would also focus on breaking major cases and destroying online criminal gangs, it added.

The sweep targeted websites providing “illegal and harmful information” besides advertisements for pornography, explosives and firearms and gambling. In total, the police said they investigated 66,000 websites.

China runs one of the world’s most sophisticated online censorship mechanisms, known as the Great Firewall. Censors keep a tight grip on what can be published, particularly material that could potentially undermine the ruling Communist Party.

In February, China’s internet watchdog said it would ban from March 1 internet accounts that impersonate people or organizations, and enforce the requirement for people to use their real names when registering online accounts.

(Reporting by Sui-Lee Wee; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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Zero Day Weekly: Target breach settlement, more Ashley Madison, IRS breach worsens

As reported by Motherboard, another set of data has been posted on the same “Dark Web” site that hosted the original release. The data dump is accompanied by a statement that reads “Hey Noel, you can admit it’s real now” — a reference to Avid Life

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Sunrise Hitek Adds Hard Cover Books to Their Bindery Selection

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Practice Fusion CEO Ryan Howard steps down, becomes chairman of the board

Practice Fusion's CEO Ryan Howard surrounded by photos of the staff.

Ryan Howard, who founded the electronic patient records company Practice Fusion, has stepped down from the CEO role. He now becomes chairman of the board.

The company’s chief commercial officer Tom Langan will take the CEO seat on an interim basis while a permanent replacement is sought, VentureWire reports. Until starting at Practice Fusion a year ago, Langan was chief financial officer at a health care analytics firm called Symphony Health Solutions.

Practice Fusion may be trying to assume the look of a soon-to-be-public company, some are speculating today. The eventual selection of a permanent CEO will tell the tale.

The startup has been has been trying to raise its visibility for the public markets for some time now; whether it has the balance sheet that investors would like is yet to be seen.

Regardless, San Francisco-based Practice Fusion has long been included in short lists of digital health companies most likely to hold public offerings.

Practice Fusion offers a free (and ad-based) electronic patient records system and a medical information research platform to physicians.

Howard founded Practice Fusion ten years ago, and the business got a big boost when the government began incentivizing medical practices to adopt patient records systems as part of health care reform.

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Darkode vendor of Facebook malware pleads guilty to one charge

A New York man pleaded guilty Monday to one federal spam-related charge for selling access to a botnet of Facebook accounts on a now-shuttered cybercriminal forum.

Eric L. Crocker, 29, of Binghamton, New York, could face up to three years in prison and a US$ 250,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He was charged with violating the CAN-SPAM Act, according to a court document.

Crocker was accused of selling access to a botnet he and others built of compromised Facebook accounts, according to the indictment. His customers used the access to send high volumes of spam.

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