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ISIS is 'trying to taunt' Anonymous with a new statement on the hackers' declaration of 'war'

A propaganda account affiliated with ISIS has released another statement related to the hacking collective Anonymous' declaration of "war" on the terrorists, proclaiming themselves the "owners of the virtual world."

A channel for ISIS hackers on the messaging app Telegram — which is popular with ISIS (also known as the Islamic State) and other terrorist groups — sent out a message notifying its members to "unite [their] profile pictures on Twitter" with an image of a black shoe print on the French flag.

The message came days after Anonymous threatened to launch its "biggest operation ever" against the group, which apparently includes trying to shut down thousands of pro-ISIS Twitter accounts.

Anonymous is accusing this Silicon Valley startup of helping ISIS

After last week's deadly terrorist attacks in Paris linked to ISIS, the hacking collective Anonymous has declared war on the militant group — and a Silicon Valley startup has fallen in the firing line.

CloudFlare is a service that helps websites stay online in the face of overwhelming traffic. It acts as an intermediary or filter and is a vital protection against DDoS attacks (in which someone sends huge amounts of traffic at a site in an attempt to make it collapse under the weight).

The six-year-old company doesn't discriminate when it comes to picking customers. It has even been accused of protecting dozens websites affiliated with ISIS — and has come under fire from some members of Anonymous as a result.

Goldman Sachs makes Apple a 'conviction buy' — here's why (AAPL)

Goldman Sachs has released a note arguing that Apple stock is a "conviction buy," one of the strongest stock recommendations the firm offers. Here's its reasoning:

Apple is not leveraging its software assets to their fullest extent. There is potential for a bundling deal, similar to Amazon Prime. Apple's coming TV could play a huge role going forward. Hardware sales continue to be strong.

The Goldman note argues that Apple should start operating as a service — "Apple-as-a-Service" — using its hardware to sell software, especially subscription software.

"With an estimated installed base of 500 million loyal iPhone users, we see a significant multi-year opportunity for Apple to increase monetization," the note reads.

The iPad Pro has a weird software glitch (AAPL)
Posted November 18, 2015 0:24 AM
The iPad Pro has a weird software glitch (AAPL)

If you're having trouble using the iPad Pro's software keyboard you aren't alone, 9to5Mac reports.

A strange oversight by Apple means that the auto-capitalisation feature and the Pro's new keyboard layout don't work well together, causing typos.

The new iPad Pro comes with the standard iPad keyboard with an additional number row at the top, like a MacBook QWERTY keyboard. This new row offers both numbers and characters (such as 1/!, 2/@, etc.) which doesn't play well with the auto-capitalisation feature in iOS.

When a user tries to access a character, such as an exclamation mark, by pressing the shift key, it is cancelled out by auto-capitalisation meaning that they get a "1" instead.

A German rock band made of robots is raising money on Kickstarter to build themselves a singer

Lots of musicians use Kickstarter to raise money to record an album, but German rock band Compressorhead is rather different: They're all robots, and they need money to build a singer.

Compressorhead is the work of three German artists and engineers who built and maintain the existing band members: lead guitarist "Fingers," bass player "Bones," and drummer "Stickboy."

The band wants to release an album of music, but it doesn't have a singer. The artists behind Compressorhead are asking Kickstarter for €290,000 (£203,000) to finance the singer robot and the cost of recording an album.

In case you're curious about Compressorhead, here's their cover of Motörhead's "Ace of Spades," which has almost 7 million views on YouTube:


SolarCity's stock just spiked after news of a $100 million investment from private equity giant Silver Lake (SCTY)

Shares of SolarCity climbed more than 6% in the premarket on news that private equity giant Silver Lake Partners will announce a large, new investment in the solar power company later today. 

Dealbook's Michael J. de la Merced reports that  Silver Lake Kraftwerk, the private equity firm's clean energy investment arm, will announce a $100 million investment in SolarCity's convertible notes on Wednesday.

SolarCity installs solar panels on residential and commercial buildings. The company was founded by Peter and Lyndon Rive, and Elon Musk, their cousin, is chairman. Musk is also the largest shareholder.

Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 has a slightly better screen than the iPad Pro (MSFT, AAPL)

DisplayMate has published a report examining the quality of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro's display across key areas, including colour accuracy, screen reflectence, and viewing angle performance. Overall, the iPad Pro scored an A- with ratings from "Very Good" to "Excellent." 

The company has also published a report on the quality of the new Surface Pro 4's display. Across the same range of tests, the Surface Pro 4 gets an A grade meaning that it beat the iPad Pro. 

This is significant as the two devices are aimed at similar markets: on-the-go professionals. DisplayMate acknowledge that the difference is slight, but this loss just adds to the already muddied launch of the Pro

I tried the startup that wants to replace your lunch with futuristic nutrition 'squares' — and they actually tasted good

If you are intrigued by the idea of an efficient, quantified meal, but are a bit weirded out by drinking Soylent, you might find Mealsquares more palatable.

Mealsquares is a "beta" stage startup that bills itself as a "solid, whole-food Soylent alternative."

But wait, a food version of Soylent, you ask. Wouldn't that just be regular food? Sort of.

The answer lies in what meal-replacement products like

Less than a week after laying off a bunch of employees, the CEO of JustPark has now left the company

The CEO of a London startup that allows people to rent out their driveways is leaving the business just two days after Business Insider reported it had axed a bunch of employees from its marketing team.

JustPark CEO Alex Stephany, a well-known face in the London startup scene, is departing after three years in charge. He will be replaced by Anthony Eskinazi who founded the company in 2006.

Stephany told Business Insider that it was "absolutely his decision" to leave, adding that he's looking to move to the US to gain experience at an American tech company.

The change to make credit cards safer could also bring about their demise

Consumers have been using their credit cards differently at some cash registers over the past month.

Stores are increasingly reading the card's microchip rather than the magnetic strip. That's part of an industry-wide push for greater credit card security.

Several major US payment networks shifted the responsibility for fraudulent charges onto the merchant instead of the card company if the merchant did not use the more secure pin-and-chip - or EMV - technology.

What consumers might not have realized is that the liability shift is likely to push credit cards out of vogue while galvanizing the push behind mobile payments, according to a November 16 Morgan Stanley note.