Zoom putting research and development center in Pittsburgh, plans to hire hundreds of software engineers

Zoom Video Communications Inc said it plans to hire hundreds of software engineers over the next two years for research and development locations it is putting in Phoenix and Pittsburgh.

“It’s great news for Pittsburgh,” said Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. “It just continues in showing where our economy is not only heading but is actually there.”

“We’re already a hub for a lot of great technology,” said Mark Thomas, President of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance. “I think what makes Pittsburghers really proud is seeing growth companies, companies are really having a pop culture moment, choose Pittsburgh. I think that’s what Zoom really represents. This is transformative because it does elevate the types of companies who may not have had a Pittsburgh connection to really pay attention to what’s happening here and truly consider investing here.”Zoom says it has seen a large spike in usage as people use its software to connect while under stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic.Zoom said last month it has about 300 million daily meeting participants, which is up from 10 million in December.Zoom Chief Financial Officer Kelly Steckelberg said the company is looking for offices near Arizona State University and Carnegie Mellon University to tap engineering talent coming out of the schools.

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You need to be careful with these social media trends, FBI Pittsburgh warns

PITTSBURGH — Be careful what information you share on social media. That’s the warning from FBI Pittsburgh as a number of trending social media topics can lead to fraud.

While they might seem like fun games, they can reveal answers to common password retrieval security questions, according to the FBI. Fraudsters then use that information to reset account passwords and gain access.

Examples of things the FBI wants you to be careful of are posting high school photos in support of the Class of 2020, posting pictures of your first car, answering questions about your best friend and providing the name of your first pet, as well as identifying your first concert, favorite restaurant or favorite teacher. Tagging your mother is also advised against because it could reveal a maiden name.

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BlackBerry Messenger is shutting down for consumers on May 31st | PhoneDog

It’s time to pour one out, because BlackBerry Messenger is shutting down. It was announced today that the consumer version of BBM is closing on May 31st, 2019. After that date, the BBM app will stop working. Emtek, who licensed the BBM consumer business from BlackBerry in 2016, says that BBM stickers and BBMoji can’t be exported … Continue reading “BlackBerry Messenger is shutting down for consumers on May 31st | PhoneDog”

It’s time to pour one out, because BlackBerry Messenger is shutting down.

It was announced today that the consumer version of BBM is closing on May 31st, 2019. After that date, the BBM app will stop working. Emtek, who licensed the BBM consumer business from BlackBerry in 2016, says that BBM stickers and BBMoji can’t be exported out of the app, so you won’t be able to use them after the shutdown. You can issue refunds of your in-app purchases for stickers that you’ve bought, though.

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Netflix pulls out of Cannes amid feud with festival – CBS News

NEW YORK — The feud between Netflix and Cannes Film Festival is growing. Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, on Wednesday said the streaming giant is pulling its films from the Cannes Film Festival, further intensifying an ongoing dispute between Netflix and the world’s most prestigious film festival.

Cannes earlier banned any films without theatrical distribution in France from its Palme d’Or competition. That essentially rules out Netflix movies, which are released either on a day-and-date strategy — meaning simultaneously on Netflix and in some theaters — or simply go straight to Netflix. In France, it’s a law that films can’t be released on home entertainment platforms until 36 months after their theatrical release.

That still left Netflix the option of participating outside of competition at Cannes. But in an interview with Variety published Wednesday, Sarandos said he doesn’t want to send Netflix releases if they won’t be treated equally with other movies.

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Backpage.com, website known for sex-related classified ads, reportedly seized by FBI

Backpage.com, the website known for its sex and prostitution-related classified advertisements, was shut down and seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday, according to reports and a large notice displayed on the site’s homepage.

Cindy McCain, the wife of Arizona Sen. John McCain, and an activist against human trafficking, told AZ Central that she heard that in addition to raiding Lacey’s home, every office of the site around the world was raided.

“They’ve confiscated everything and shut the website down,” McCain said, adding that Friday was a “good day.”

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