Islamic Corporation for the development of the Private Sector (ICD) Launches the ICD Finnovation Award 2020

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The Islamic Corporation for the development of the Private Sector (ICD) ([To enable links contact MENAFN] the private arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDBG), today launches the ‘ICD Finnovation Award 2020, to recognize, showcase and encourage financial institutions that provide an outstanding solution for the financial industry.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented scenario for individuals, households, businesses, and institutions globally. Partial solutions at play are new financial instruments and technology. This special initiative is therefore aimed at exploring more the role of technology and innovation in providing sustainable solutions to current challenges, including those posed by COVID-19.

‘Finnovation is an online platform, ‘ [To enable links contact MENAFN] which ICD utilizes to list and highlight successful innovations of Financial Institutions (FIs) and FinTech startups at a global level.

Mr. Ayman Sejiny,

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Rocket Lab launches 30 satellites, recovers booster in reusability milestone

Rocket Lab just delivered a passel of satellites to orbit and took a big step toward booster reusability.

Rocket Lab’s two-stage Electron booster lifted off from the company’s New Zealand launch site today (Nov. 19) at 9:20 p.m. EST (0220 GMT on Nov. 20), carrying 30 spacecraft to low Earth orbit on a mission called “Return to Sender.” 

About that name: After its part of the flight wrapped up, the Electron’s first stage came back down for a guided, parachute-aided splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, about 400 miles (650 kilometers) off the New Zealand coast. 

Then, about two hours after liftoff, Rocket Lab personnel fished the booster out of the drink with a recovery ship. The company will haul it to shore for analyses that will inform its quest to make Electron’s first stage reusable.

Related: Rocket Lab and its Electron booster (photos)

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Duke Energy’s CIO Has Driven Modernization And Transformation To Foster Innovation And Resilience

Duke Energy is one of the largest energy providers in the United States. The company, which earned roughly $25 billion in revenue in 2019, provides electricity to about 7.8 million customers and across six states, and the company provides gas to 1.6 million customers in five states. Duke Energy is going through a significant transformation targeting the reduction in carbon, and a significant aspect of the transformation is of the digital variety.

The person who runs technology and digital for the company is Bonnie Titone, the company’s chief information officer. The digital transformation that she leads focuses on delivering cleaner energy systems that are more distributed, intelligent and mobile. The centerpiece of the transformation is a program that the company calls Lighthouse. “In 2018, [we] built an innovation hub to scale practices across the entire company, not just IT,” said Titone.

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Cisco Webex bugs allow attackers to join meetings as ghost users

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Cisco plans to fix three vulnerabilities in the Webex video conferencing app that can allow attackers to sneak in and join Webex meetings as ghost users, invisible to other participants.

The vulnerabilities were discovered earlier this year by security researchers from IBM, who conducted a review of remote working tools the tech software giant was using internally during the coronavirus pandemic.

Researchers said the three bugs, when combined, would have allowed an attacker to:

  1. Join a Webex meeting as a ghost user, invisible to others on the participant list, but with full access to audio, video, chats, and screen sharing.
  2. Remain in a Webex meeting as a ghost audio user even after being expelled from it.
  3. Obtain information on meeting participants, such as full names, email addresses, and IP addresses. This information could also be obtained from the meeting room lobby, even before the attacker
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Web Performance Market Report 2020 Recent Development and Trends, Expected Growth and its Factors, CAGR, Industry Size

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The Web Performance Market is estimated to record a significant growth throughout the forecast period. The ICT sector constitutes 4.8% of the European economy. Europe’s organization ERDF i.e. European Regional Development Fund has allotted approximately USD 23 billion for investments related to ICT during the funding period 2014-2020. ICT refers to the communication technologies including the internet, wireless networks, social networking, cell phones, video-conferencing, computers, software, and other media applications and services enabling users to access, retrieve, and manipulate information in a digital form.

As per the Eurostat, the total value of the ICT sector in Europe, including the ICT manufacturing and ICT services, was estimated to be more than EUR 475 billion in 2017. In this sector, the ICT services account for the major share as it is predicted to be

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Apple hires Intel’s chief diversity officer

Intel’s chief diversity and inclusion officer Barbara Whye is leaving the company. Whye, who was also corporate vice president of social impact, had been in the role since 2017, following the departure of Danielle Brown for Google.

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Whye will join Apple as its new vice president of inclusion and diversity in 2021, the iPhone maker said late Thursday, confirming an earlier report by Fortune. The position has been vacant since June when Christie Smith, who had served as Apple’s inclusion and diversity chief since 2017, departed the company.

“An engineer by training and a globally recognized leader on issues of representation in the technology industry, Barbara has spent 25 years at Intel, helping the company make meaningful and durable positive change,” Apple said in a statement. “Now, she will bring her immense talents and

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Bill Gates says social media platform Parler’s content has some ‘crazy stuff’

Post-election, many conservatives, and some extremists, have been heading to Parler, a conservative social media app

by Republican megadonor Rebekah Mercer, which bills itself as a free speech Twitter-spin off.

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But billionaire Bill Gates isn’t a fan of the platform, calling some of its content “crazy stuff.”


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If somebody goes to Parler, they are saying, “I like crazy stuff,” Gates said Tuesday at The New York Times DealBook Summit. “If you want Holocaust denial, hey, Parler is going to be great for you,” Gates said.

(In October, Facebook announced a ban on content denying or distorting the Holocaust, classifying it as hate speech. Parler, however, does not police any content on its platform, so popular but controversial topics that appear on the site include voter fraud, Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic remarks, according to the Anti-Defamation League.)

Parler, which was founded by

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PayPal launches a GoFundMe competitor with limits

PayPal announced a new fundraising service called “Generosity Network” that seems poised to take on GoFundMe, part of PayPal’s continued expansion into financial services it’s been missing until now. The service allows you to set up a fundraising page and process donations through PayPal’s payment platform. Transaction fees are waived on donations made with credit and debit cards, but according to TechCrunch, PayPal does intend to charge eventually.

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Generosity Network seems as easy to use as GoFundMe, but unlike the popular platform, it limits the length of campaigns to 30 days and caps the total amount of donations you’re able to collect at $20,000. The service can be used by individuals, businesses, and organizations, provided they abide by PayPal’s rules around misleading claims, incitement of hatred, and other guidelines.


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PayPal had a fundraising feature prior to Generosity Network called

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BuzzFeed buying HuffPost from Verizon for undisclosed price

BuzzFeed is buying HuffPost from Verizon as part of a bigger deal that has the wireless giant investing in the digital-media company.

BuzzFeed and Verizon did not disclose terms of the deal. Verizon will be a minority shareholder in BuzzFeed and the two companies will partner on content and ads.

A downturn in advertising due to the pandemic has hurt both traditional and digital-only media organizations, resulting in layoffs and furloughs. Digital newsrooms had been consolidating even before the pandemic, including Vox’s purchase of New York Magazine and its digital arms. Facebook and Google get the majority of digital-ad dollars.

Verizon came to own HuffPost, co-founded by Arianna Huffington, through its acquisition of AOL in 2015. The country’s biggest wireless provider also bought Yahoo in 2017 in an attempt to build a digital media business that could challenge Facebook. That Verizon Media business, which also includes tech blogs TechCrunch and

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Who usually lands the plane, the pilot or computer?


Are you flying for the first time since the pandemic began? Here are a few steps you can take in advance to ensure you don’t get stuck at the airport.


How does a pilot know when the wheels are on the ground when landing?

– CD, Alexandria, Virginia

If you are fortunate enough to “roll it on”

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