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LAST_UPDATESun, 29 May 2016 9pm

Password Requirements Are Awful And I Hate Them

 Earlier this week, Microsoft put out a little blog post detailing the latest tactic it is using to keep its users' accounts secure. By watching the millions of attempted attacks that happen daily, Microsoft can build a dynamic list of passwords that attackers are using as guesses and then ban you from using those, automatically! The new restrictions come on the heels of a 2012 hack of LinkedIn that leaked about 117 million passwords and emails, and they will help make millions of users' accounts more secure. It's what any reasonable company that cares about the security of its users would do.

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Do You Have Something To Say About The State Of KL Rivers? Here's How You Can Get The Govt To Listen

Pic: Vulcan Post

The Telegraph UK recently released the 14 most beautiful rivers in the world and they are certainly a sight to behold. The list consists of pristine rivers from Burma to Bosnia, and China to Colombia. The rivers that are not shockingly absent from the list are our own local rivers here in the Klang Valley.

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Adele's Singular Contract Shows Why She Is Pop's Greatest Outlier

As the biggest-selling artist of 2015 and (so far) 2016, every report of Adele’s next move is doused in hyperbole. So here comes news of the singer’s “£90m record deal” with Sony that would be “the biggest ever handed to a British musician”. Sony, for now, is not commenting.

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Is Apple At The Risk Of Becoming Blackberry?

Noted developer Marco Arment said in a blog post this weekend that Apple is on track to fall into the same trap as BlackBerry.

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What Are Today's Headlines? [23 May 2016]

We start of the week with a mix of headlines covering natural disasters, local education issues, sport controversies and immigration security among much other news in local English dailies today.

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How Big Tobacco Lost Its Final Fight For Hearts, Lungs And Minds

There was a finality about it all, a sense that after half a century something was coming to an end. As David Anderson QC, one of “big tobacco’s” senior lawyers, put it, the battle against the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes had become the industry’s equivalent of Custer’s Last Stand, its “last battlefield”.

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How Government Can Help Traditional Taxi Drivers Without Dumbing Down Ride-hailing Apps

 Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) officials in George Town would have been bemused by the protests that 50 Uber drivers mounted against Uber in Penang recently. It is a role reversal of sorts, considering that SPAD is usually the lightning rod for angry taxi drivers.

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4 Low-Cost Marketing Strategies Every Business Should Know

Let’s be real. Marketing can get expensive. With such a strong emphasis on digital marketing, it can seem like the only way to be successful is through buying ads or paying for SEO. While both of those are very popular and useful ways to market a business, there are also many marketing strategies that come at a low cost, if not for free. These four low cost marketing strategies create organic traffic and exposure for your business, and they all place an emphasis on the most important factor of marketing: the people you’re targeting.

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40 Things About Life I Wish I Could Travel Back In Time And Tell Myself

What would you do if you could travel back in time? Would you invest in Apple and Google? See one of the original Olympics in ancient Greece? Pay the dinosaurs a visit?

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The Biggest Problems With Wonder Woman In Dawn Of Justice, According To A DC Comics Veteran

 It’s been nearly two full months since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit theaters, and while the movie has done well for itself commercially (earning almost $870 million worldwide), it’s taken quite a beating critically. The negative reviews for the second DC Extended Universe installment largely outweighed the positive, and weeks after its arrival, people are still talking about where they believe it went wrong. One of those individuals is longtime DC Comics artist Neal Adams, and among the many issues he had with the blockbuster was how Wonder Woman barely served a purpose.

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