Big data firm Palantir working with US on vaccine effort

Big data company Palantir is working with US health officials on a project to track the production and distribution of future Covid-19 vaccines.

The project first reported by the Wall Street Journal and confirmed by AFP, would use data science to help manage the deployment of any vaccines.

Palantir, which has drawn fire for its police and homeland security projects and for one of its founders’ close ties to President Donald Trump, did not comment on the report.

The Journal reported that the software system with the code name Tiberius could help identify high-priority populations at highest risk of infection but that the deal could draw fire by allowing the private company access to sensitive health information.

At least one pharmaceutical firm has indicated it will seek authorization for a vaccine in the US in November.

Palantir, which last month listed shares on the New York Stock Exchange, has defended

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Security firms call Microsoft’s effort to disrupt botnet to protect against election interference ineffective

SEATTLE – Cyber security researchers questioned the effectiveness of Microsoft’s effort this week to disrupt a botnet it feared could snarl state and local computer systems to sow distrust of the upcoming presidential election.

The software giant said Monday that a court order it won from a federal judge in the Eastern District of Virginia to seize control of U.S.-based servers controlling the Trickbot botnet, a network of computers secretly infected by malware that can be controlled remotely. That allowed Microsoft to disrupt hackers’ ability to operate with the election a little more than two weeks away amid worries that they would spread ransomware to lock up election-reporting systems on election day, shaking the confidence of voters.

But the U.S.-based threat intelligence company Intel 471 found that Trickbot continues to operate four days after Microsoft’s seizure of the botnet’s U.S. servers. And the Swiss security site Feodo Tracker, found 18

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Is Link Building For Your Website Worth The Effort?

In the past link building was used by online marketers to build tons of backlinks to their website to increase search engine rankings. And it worked. But, in 2012, the Google Penguin algorithm update stopped websites spamming their search results. In particular, those websites which were buying links or getting them through free link building sites designed to boost their Google rankings.

So does this mean that link building for your website is all but dead today? Far from it!

Don’t Disregard Link Building For Your Website

Link building for your website has always been an important factor for it to rank well in the search engines. Links back to your website provide strong signals that your site is relevant and popular.

The focus for any website owner is now to create quality content and then build links to that from other relevant high-quality sites.

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