U.S. imposes fresh Iran-related sanctions targeting individual, entity

FILE PHOTO: A sign marks the U.S Treasury Department in Washington, U.S., August 6, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday imposed fresh Iran-related sanctions, blacklisting an entity and an individual as Washington continues to ramp up pressure on Tehran during U.S. President Donald Trump’s final months in office.

The U.S. Treasury Department in a statement said that it had slapped sanctions on Shahid Meisami Group and its director, accusing the entity of being involved in Iran’s chemical weapons research and linked to the Iranian Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, which is blacklisted by Washington.

The move comes days after the killing of the Islamic Republic’s top nuclear scientist last week. Iran’s supreme leader promised on Saturday to retaliate for the killing, raising the threat of a new confrontation with the West and Israel in the remaining weeks of Trump’s presidency.

“Iran’s development of

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U.S. Imposes Fresh Iran-Related Sanctions Targeting Individual, Entity | World News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday imposed fresh Iran-related sanctions, blacklisting an entity and an individual as Washington continues to ramp up pressure on Tehran during U.S. President Donald Trump’s final months in office.

The U.S. Treasury Department in a statement said that it had slapped sanctions on Shahid Meisami Group and its director, accusing the entity of being involved in Iran’s chemical weapons research and linked to the Iranian Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, which is blacklisted by Washington.

The move comes days after the killing of the Islamic Republic’s top nuclear scientist last week. Iran’s supreme leader promised on Saturday to retaliate for the killing, raising the threat of a new confrontation with the West and Israel in the remaining weeks of Trump’s presidency.

“Iran’s development of weapons of mass destruction is a threat to the security of its neighbors and the world,” Treasury Secretary

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GR0 Launches SEO Studio Targeting Direct-To-Consumer Startups

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — GR0 has officially launched a startup studio located in the Playa Vista area with a main focus in organic growth for direct-to-consumer startups. 

The ultimate goal of the studio is to help brands rank #1 on Google by leveraging search engine optimization. While SEO remains the top service for most customers, GR0 offers other services as well that can be tailored to the individual needs of each client. This includes celebrity brand management on Google and related projects.

“We are excited to be offering exceptional content writing to our clients in long-form blog posts that answer real questions from consumers about our brands products and services. In this day and age, consumers are doing extensive research before making a purchase, and we hit them in their consideration phase and lead them to learn about and buy our clients products after earning their

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Democratic consultants launch ‘Retire Rubio’ website targeting the U.S. senator in 2022

A group of Democratic operatives launched a “Retire Rubio” website this week, seeking to defeat Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in his expected bid for reelection in two years.

According to Florida Politics, the site and its associated PAC is headed by Ben Pollara, a South Florida attorney who helped lead two successful John Morgan-backed amendments, the medical marijuana initiative in 2016 and the minimum wage amendment in 2020.

“In election after election, Marco Rubio has skated by without being held accountable for his extremism and corruption in the Senate,” the site states. “For years, Marco’s campaigns have been bankrolled by Big Oil, Big Pharma, the NRA, and Wall Street, so if we’re going to be successful in taking them on, we have to get started early.”

Rubio, a Cuban American from Miami-Dade, could be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the wave of Miami Cuban voters who helped put

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Microsoft: These Iranian attackers are targeting high-profile conference attendees

Microsoft says it has thwarted a series of cyberattacks by Iranian hacking group Phosphorus targeting attendees to two high-profile international conferences.

Microsoft’s Threat Intelligence Information Center (MSITC) says it’s detected and intercepted attempts by the nation-state group to harvest credentials of more than 100 “high-profile individuals” thought to be attending the upcoming Munich Security Conference, as well as the Think 20 (T20) Summit in Saudi Arabia.

According to Microsoft, the group posed as event organizers and sent spoofed invitations to the victims via email, with the intention of fooling them into giving up information.

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The emails were written in “near-perfect English” and were sent to former government officials, policy experts, academics and leaders from non-governmental organizations, Microsoft said.

It’s unclear whether any compromising information was given up to the group, although Microsoft said that event organizers had been made aware of the hacking attempt,

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Government’s Antitrust Suit Targeting Google Comes Amid An Uneven Track Record Against Big Tech

After months of speculation, the Department of Justice and eleven state Attorneys General launched an antitrust suit on Tuesday, accusing Google of stifling competition in the search and advertising sectors through exclusive arrangements with its business partners. “Competition in this industry is vitally important,” Attorney General William Barr said in a statement accompanying the lawsuit, “which is why today’s challenge against Google… is a monumental case.”

Both Republicans and Democrats have railed against the nation’s tech giants in recent years, with Elizabeth Warren and Donald Trump—who reside on polar opposites of the political spectrum—both calling for government agencies to bring antitrust cases against the industry.   

Though these rants haven’t quite reached the feverish pitch of Theodore Roosevelt’s trust-busting assault on Standard Oil and the other industrial giants of the Gilded Age, they do harken back two decades to a time when critics cast Microsoft, and its CEO Bill Gates, as

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How to Calculate ROI for SEO When Targeting a Set of Keywords

Calculating ROI for SEO is one of the biggest struggles most SEO professionals face.

SEO pros have the benefit of keyword volume data that provides insight into what people are interested in (data that other channels may not have).

But being able to understand what the lift would be if you make changes for SEO can be a bit of a conundrum.

In this article, I will walk you through how I have perfected the art of estimating lift for SEO.

Note: I will be using my own WordPress site that I developed to help visitors and residents of the island I live on. It’s a site I use to test out SEO ideas on, and a good use for examples in this article.

How to Calculate ROI for SEO From Keywords You’re Targeting

The foundation for most SEO work begins with a keyword analysis.

Google, and most SEO tools,

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Petition Targeting Murdoch Swamps Australian Parliament’s Website

Most Australians would probably not choose to spend their weekends browsing Parliament’s website.

But a petition calling for a public inquiry into Rupert Murdoch’s media empire in Australia, posted by a former prime minister, generated so much interest over the weekend that it overwhelmed the website’s cyberdefenses and shut down access to the document.

The petition — posted on Friday by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd — asks the government to establish a Royal Commission, the country’s highest form of inquiry, into the dominance of Australian media by Mr. Murdoch’s News Corp and its impact on the country’s political landscape.

“Murdoch has become a cancer — an arrogant cancer on our democracy,” Mr. Rudd said in a Twitter video on Friday. An inquiry, he added, would “maximize media diversity ownership for the future lifeblood of our democratic system.”

The move was a very public attempt to challenge Mr. Murdoch, 89,

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