Russia an ‘existential threat,’ U.S. security officials tell Senate committee

WASHINGTON – Brushing aside Donald Trump’s dismissiveness, the nation’s intelligence chief insisted Thursday that U.S. agencies are more confident than ever that Russia interfered in America’s recent presidential election. And he called the former Cold War foe an “existential threat” to the nation. Did Russian hacking sway the results? There’s no way for U.S. agencies to know, said James Clapper, the director of national intelligence. Asked about the possible effect of the disclosure of private information stolen by hackers, Clapper said, “The intelligence community can’t gauge the impact it had on the choices the electorate made.” But he did say Russian hacking “did not change any vote tallies.” Clapper’s testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee was short on concrete evidence of Russian…

5 Reasons Synthetic Monitoring is More Important Than Ever Synthetic monitoring is hardly a new technology. It’s been around almost as long as the commercial World Wide Web has. However, the importance of monitoring the performance and availability of a web application by simulating users’ interactions with that application from around the globe, has never been more important. We’ve seen prominent vendors in the broad APM space add this technology with new development or partnerships just in the last 18 months. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons this technology, more than 20 years old now, is not only more relevant than ever but is also vital to the success of digital businesses:  1. It’s Predictive Predictive analytics – that is, analyzing your business or IT operations data to predict future performance – has gotten a lot...

Paytm still facing glitches; users complain of payment issues Several customers using Apple handsets complained that they could not even access their accounts and pay through using. (Reuters) Mobile payments company Paytm is still facing issues in transacting as many users have complained that money was deducted from their bank accounts but did not reach the e-wallet. Besides, the users said they are not able to see the existing balance in their Paytm wallet and their attempts to transfer the balance back to bank accounts were failing. Paytm customers have been facing such issues for the last few days. Its customer care hasn’t been of much help as no transaction IDs are getting generated on its platform to help track details, they said. Several customers using Apple handsets complained that they could not even access...

Ravens collapse late, miss playoffs after loss to Steelers PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens spent the better part of four months shadowboxing the Pittsburgh Steelers for control of the AFC North. One stop away from seizing control of the division perhaps for good, the Ravens instead gave Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown a little too much room to do what he does as well as anyone in the NFL: creating space where none seems to exist. Brown squirted between three Baltimore defenders at the goal line and stretched the ball into the end zone with 9 seconds left, giving the Steelers a 31-27 victory and ending any hope of the Ravens reaching the postseason for the second time in three years. The Ravens (8-7) reclaimed the lead during a frantic fourth quarter on Kyle Juszczyk’s churning...

Trump reportedly comments on potential "arms race" After pushing for the U.S. to “greatly strengthen and expand” its nuclear capability, President-elect Donald Trump reportedly seemed to welcome an “arms race” in a brief conversation with MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski Friday morning. “Let it be an arms race,” he said Friday, according to Brzezinski, co-host of the network’s show Morning Joe. Brzezinski reported that the president-elect had told her in a telephone call that took place off camera during a commercial break, “We will outmatch them at every pass... and outlast them all.” The comments to MSNBC came after transition aides to the president-elect spoke less about the potential expansion of U.S. nuclear arsenal and more about the actions of other countries. Sean Spicer, Mr. Trump’s newly-named...

Janice Dickinson marries longtime fiancé Dr. Robert Gerner Former runway star Janice Dickinson is strutting her way into a new marriage. The longtime supermodel wed fiancé Dr. Robert "Rocky" Gerner in Beverly Hills on Saturday, capping a four-year engagement, Entertainment Tonight reports. Dickinson, 61, was moved to tears as she exchanged vows with Gerner at the outdoor ceremony, which was held at her friend Suzan Hughes' lavish home in the southern California city. "When Rocky first introduced himself to me, I felt like I had seen a unicorn, a one of a kind," Dickinson told ET shortly before walking down the aisle Saturday. "He's the brightest and the best and the funniest and the most exciting man I've ever met in my life." Janice Dickinson vows to continue lawsuit vs. Bill Cosby The...

Security clearance for Trump children? November 14, 2016, 6:39 PM| Donald Trump's transition team is now exploring how the president-elect's kids could receive top secret security clearances. That might create a conflict of interest as his children plan on running the family business during Trump's presidency. Julianna Goldman has more.

It is not fair to stop civic education programme The government’s directive to stop a Sh2 billion civic education programme funded by the United States Agency for International Development is ill-advised. Coming after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s censure of foreign donors’ support for elections, it smacks of intolerance and reminds one of those dark days of single-party dictatorship when the administration reacted ruthlessly towards any person or group that it felt threatened its survival. On Tuesday, 10 Western envoys responded fiercely at the suggestion that their civic education programmes were aimed at influencing election outcomes. The foreign missions, among them the US, were categorical that they do not support any group to influence election outcomes and that they respect the sovereignty of the countries they interact with. Civic education programmes have been part of preparations for...