Wireless baby monitors that connect to the Internet lack many of the security features common to other Web-based devices, which could make them easy targets for hackers, experts say. Rapid7 studied nine monitors and found that some rely on default passwords listed in publicly available manuals that users cannot change.
Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson's two predecessors served for a combined 85 years, but he isn't expecting to last quite that long. "I do not have a stake in the company the way they have a stake in the company," he says. "But I love the company, and I love the business, and I'm totally committed to the culture."
Donald Trump made his billions by branching out from real estate development and hospitality into high-margin businesses centered on the value of his own celebrity and personal brand, according to an in-depth Bloomberg report on the GOP front-runner's business operations. Still, notes S.V. Date, Trump could actually have made as much or more money over the past few decades simply by investing his inheritance in an index-linked fund. "That a purely unmanaged index fund's return could outperform Trump's hands-on wheeling and dealing calls into question one of Trump's chief selling points on the campaign trail: his business acumen," Date writes.
The release of a new batch of Hillary Clinton's State Department e-mails raised eyebrows when sharp-eyed journalists noticed a cryptic message with the subject line "Gefilte fish." The message, which sparked plenty of online speculation, turned out to relate to an effort to facilitate a plus-sized shipment of carp to Israel. "It's hard not to find this e-mail funny, because gefilte fish is nothing if not funny," writes Roberto Ferdman.
August is the worst month for economic reports -- but it's also the month in which federal economic data tend to be least accurate, according to an analysis. August jobs data typically get a 90,000 lift once revised, more than twice as much as any other month, researchers found.
Thousands of people have been visiting botanical gardens in Denver and Chicago in recent weeks in the hopes of catching a sniff of a titan arum, commonly called the "corpse flower." The huge plants, which may not even bloom once in a decade, are known for their pestilential but crowd-pleasing stench. "It's human nature that we all want to smell something bad, I guess," says floriculturist Tim Pollak.
Edwin Zarowin has filed an age discrimination complaint against Hunter College for letting him go after 31 years as a cross country and track coach. Zarowin, 88, says he rejected an offer to serve as an "athletic archivist" at the college. Athletic Director Terry Wansart gave Zarowin an "unsatisfactory" annual performance review before phasing him out of his coaching position.
California's proposed Fair Pay Act was approved unanimously by the Senate this week. The bill, which would apply to public and private businesses, would enforce anti-discrimination laws and require women be paid the same as men for "substantially similar" work.
The 2015 BFI London Film Festival will focus on diversity in film and showcase female driven stories and filmmakers, according to festival director Clare Stewart and BFI Chief Executive Amanda Nevill. “The festival has an important role and a responsibility to be a strong proponent of diversity and to feed the discourse," Stewart said. "If we are not doing it, who is? Our role is not just in celebrating the achievements of women filmmakers but also to start to trace patterns." The festival is partnering with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Women in Film and Television for a global symposium on gender in media that will be presented during the event.
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