Typhoon Mangkhut Live Updates: Philippines Braces for the Worst

Typhoon Mangkhut Live Updates: Philippines Braces for the Worst

Thousands of people were being evacuated from their homes in the Philippines on Friday, as Super Typhoon Mangkhut, a colossal storm more than 550 miles wide with maximum sustained wind speeds of 173 miles per hour, howled its way across the Pacific.Mangkhut’s eye is on course to hit in the early hours Saturday on the northern island of Luzon, the country’s rice and corn growing heartland, where more than four million people are at risk.The storm, gusting at speeds equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane, passed the American territory of Guam on Thursday, knocking out 80 percent of the island’s electricity and downing trees and power lines.

Silicon Valley Wants to Use Algorithms for Debt Collection

Silicon Valley Wants to Use Algorithms for Debt Collection

To Ohad Samet, cofounder and CEO of TrueAccord, a San Francisco debt-collection startup that has raised nearly $30 million, it’s a software problem.“We believe that we can use technology to radically change the user experience and really help people with their day-to-day finances,” he says.Instead of robocalls that go unanswered, letters lost in a pile of mail, and pushy collection agents who work on commission, TrueAccord contacts people through email, text, and the occasional Facebook ad, nudging you to check your inbox for an email from TrueAccord.

Security News This Week: Hackers Hit The Oatmeal, and It Wasn't Funny

Security News This Week: Hackers Hit The Oatmeal, and It Wasn't Funny

Newman reported on how a T-Mobile data breach last week exposed personal information, like phone numbers, and why that matters so much.Another major security story this week came out of California, which is trying to pass a comprehensive digital privacy law to give residents control over their data.