Biden Consoles Residents in Fire-Ravaged Colorado

The president said the devastation caused by natural disasters rooted in climate change was “a blinking ‘code red’ for our nation.”

#biden-jill-tracy-jacobs, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #colorado, #disasters-and-emergencies, #fires-and-firefighters, #global-warming, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wildfires

Organic Milk Farmers in Northeast Under Pressure as Processors Look West

Organic milk has been a lifeline for small farms in Maine and other New England states. Now those farms are facing trouble as milk processors look to huge dairies in Western states.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #augusta-me, #cattle, #colorado, #dairy-products, #lactalis-group, #maine, #milk, #new-england-states-us, #new-hampshire, #northeastern-states-us, #organic-foods-and-products, #organic-valley-cooperative, #stonyfield-farm, #university-of-maine, #vilsack-tom

American Girl Debuts Chinese American Doll in Response to Anti-Asian Sentiment

The company said it created the doll, named Corinne Tan, to teach children to stand against racism.

#american-girl-inc, #asian-americans, #aspen-colo, #children-and-childhood, #chinese-americans, #colorado, #discrimination, #dolls, #hate-crimes, #parenting, #race-and-ethnicity, #shang-wendy-wan-long, #toys, #united-states

Colorado Wildfire Inquiry Focuses on Christian Sect, Twelve Tribes

Investigators are looking at the possibility that a fire that destroyed more than 900 homes started on property owned by a fundamentalist Christian sect known as Twelve Tribes.

#boulder-colo, #colorado, #fires-and-firefighters, #wildfires

Colorado Wildfire Probe Focuses on Christian Sect

Investigators are looking at the possibility that a fire that destroyed more than 900 homes in Colorado started on property owned by a fundamentalist Christian sect known as the Twelve Tribes.

#boulder-colo, #colorado, #fires-and-firefighters, #wildfires

Colorado Residents Ponder the Road Ahead After Wildfires

Days after what might be the most damaging wildfire in state history, residents are just beginning to make sense of the long road back and the extent of the damage.

#colorado, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #polis-jared-s-1975, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renters-insurance, #suburbs, #wildfires

After Catastrophic Fire, Colorado Fights a New Hazard: 10 Inches of Snow

A snowstorm brought relief to fire crews battling massive fires. But those whose homes survived were struggling against new threats — from cold and ice.

#boulder-colo, #colorado, #fires-and-firefighters, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #weather

Cannabis to Help You Diet? One Edibles Company Thinks So

An edibles company says one of its products will lead not to the “the munchies” but to weight loss. There’s just one problem: the science.

#advertising-and-marketing, #cannabis-foods-and-products, #clinical-trials, #colorado, #drug-enforcement-administration, #food-and-drug-administration, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #national-institutes-of-health, #science-and-technology, #university-of-mississippi

Record-Setting Colorado Fires Destroyed More Than 500 Homes

Unlike fires in mountain wilderness, which often burn over the course of weeks, the destruction on Thursday played out in minutes and hours.

#boulder-colo, #colorado, #denver-colo, #fires-and-firefighters, #polis-jared-s-1975, #suburbs, #wildfires

Colorado Wildfires: What We Know

The fires on Thursday burned at least 500 homes and forced tens of thousands of residents to evacuate.

#boulder-colo, #colorado, #denver-colo, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #wildfires, #wind

Colorado Trucker’s Prison Sentence Is Reduced by 100 Years

Gov. Jared Polis said the initial prison sentence given to the driver, Rogel L. Aguilera-Mederos, was “unjust” and “disproportionate” compared with sentences for violent crimes.

#aguilera-mederos-rogel, #colorado, #polis-jared-s-1975, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Colorado Wildfires: More Than 30,000 People Ordered Evacuated

Residents of Superior and Louisville, in Boulder County, are forced to flee.

#boulder-colo, #colorado, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #louisville-colo, #polis-jared-s-1975, #superior-colo, #wildfires

How Oklahoma Became a Marijuana Boom State

Weed entrepreneurs have poured into Oklahoma from across the United States, propelled by low start-up costs and relaxed rules.

#california, #colorado, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #oklahoma, #united-states

Prosecutors Move to Reduce 110-Year Sentence for Trucker in Deadly Crash

After Rogel Aguilera-Mederos was sentenced in connection with a 2019 crash in Colorado that left four people dead, a district attorney asked a judge to reconsider the lengthy punishment.

#aguilera-mederos-rogel, #amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #colorado, #crime-and-criminals, #denver-colo, #lakewood-colo, #mandatory-sentencing, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

A Grim, Long-Hidden Truth Emerges in Art: Native American Enslavement

Two exhibitions highlight stories of Indigenous bondage in southern Colorado, in an effort to grapple with the lasting trauma.

#art, #colorado, #fort-garland-museumcultural-center, #museums, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #slavery-historical, #thomas-chip-photographer

Millions Sign Petition to Reduce 110-Year Sentence for Trucker in Deadly Crash

An online petition says the 2019 crash in Colorado that left four people dead was a “tragic accident” and that the driver’s sentence should be adjusted.

#change-org, #colorado, #deaths-fatalities, #polis-jared-s-1975, #roads-and-traffic, #rogel-aguilera-mederos, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

How to Make Sure You’re Virus-Free for Free: A Holiday Guide

A federal plan to require health insurers to cover the cost of at-home tests is not yet in effect. But there are other options.

#chicago-ill, #colorado, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #new-york-city, #tests-medical, #vermont, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Storm Could Bring Destructive Winds to Central U.S.

A tornado watch was issued for parts of six states as wind gusts of more than 70 miles per hour bore down on parts of the Upper Midwest on Wednesday.

#colorado, #colorado-springs-colo, #des-moines-iowa, #great-lakes, #iowa, #minnesota, #mississippi, #national-weather-service, #nebraska, #polk-county-iowa, #south-dakota, #tornadoes, #weather, #wind, #wisconsin

After Warm Start to Snow Season, Colorado Resorts Look for Relief

Record high temperatures have left mountain resorts across the state reliant on artificial snow. Winter storms predicted for this week could change that.

#colorado, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #shutdowns-institutional, #skiing, #snow-and-snowstorms, #winter-season

Relocation of Federal Agency Hurt Diversity, Watchdog Finds

A decision to move the Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters to Colorado caused staff to quit, according to a critical report.

#bureau-of-land-management, #colorado, #government-accountability-office, #interior-department, #race-and-ethnicity, #relocation-of-business, #united-states-politics-and-government

Kruger Rock Fire in Colorado Kills One

The Kruger Rock fire in northern Colorado has burned about 145 acres, fire officials said. A plane carrying fire suppressant crashed this week, killing the pilot.

#colorado, #deaths-fatalities, #estes-park-colo, #fires-and-firefighters, #kruger-rock-fire, #weather, #wildfires

Remains in Colorado Are Believed to Be West German Hiker Missing Since 1983

Rudi Moder, who was described as an experienced winter mountaineer, disappeared nearly 40 years ago during a skiing trip in Rocky Mountain National Park.

#colorado, #germany, #hikes-and-hiking, #missing-persons, #moder-rudi, #national-park-service, #rocky-mountain-national-park-colo

Attack Left Flight Attendant With Concussion and Facial Injury, Authorities Say

The chief executive of American Airlines called the violent encounter on a California-bound flight from New York last week “one of the worst displays of unruly behavior we’ve ever witnessed.”

#airlines-and-airplanes, #american-airlines, #assaults, #assn-of-professional-flight-attendants, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #california, #colorado, #dickson-stephen, #federal-aviation-administration, #flight-attendants, #irvine-calif, #new-york-city, #santa-ana-calif

Desperate for Housing Options, Communities Turn to Ballot Initiatives

Cities and counties will vote on measures, like tax hikes and curbs on Airbnb, aimed at creating more affordable housing.

#affordable-housing, #airbnb, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #colorado, #homeless-persons, #leadville-colo, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #referendums, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

The Supreme Court Has Failed on Police Reform

Lawmakers must step up and do what the justices won’t.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #colorado, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #law-and-legislation, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #virginia, #washington-dc

After 2 Years, a Tire Is Removed From an Elk’s Neck in Colorado

Wildlife officials had been seeking the elk since it was first spotted in 2019. On Saturday, they tranquilized the animal and slid the tire off after removing its antlers.

#animals, #colorado, #elk, #forests-and-forestry

Voters Wanted Fair Redistricting. They May Get Gerrymandering Instead.

The independent commissions set up against gerrymandering might be hopeless.

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To the mountain and back: Rivian’s electric truck and its 314-mile range

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BRECKENRIDGE, Colo.—Hats off to Rivian. Until 2018, almost no one had heard of the company. Now, it has brought the first battery electric pickup truck to market ahead of electric vehicle giant Tesla and just-plain-giant Ford, and this vehicle is aimed at a distinct buyer when compared to the everyman F-150 Lightning or the Mars colonist’s Cybertruck. The $67,500 R1T is for people who like exploring the outdoors—this is an adventure truck. And to put that claim to the test, last week we drove one up a mountain and back.

Rivian got started in 2009 and toyed with the idea of a number of different vehicles until it settled on a pair of battery electric vehicles—a truck and SUV—to begin with. Both were to be built in a former Mitsubishi factory in Normal, Illinois, that the company bought in 2017. The following year, the company emerged from “stealth mode,” and in 2019, I got to check out the concept R1T at that year’s New York auto show, where it pushed all the right buttons.

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#cars, #colorado, #electric-pickup, #electric-pickup-truck, #features, #r1t, #rivian, #rivian-r1t

Nabisco Workers End Weekslong Strike After Reaching New Contract

The impasse began in August after members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union objected to changes in shift lengths and overtime rules.

#bakery-confectionery-tobacco-workers-and-grain-millers-international-union, #bonuses, #chicago-ill, #colorado, #georgia, #illinois, #labor-and-jobs, #mondelez-international-inc, #nabisco, #organized-labor, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #portland-ore, #strikes

The Unconventional Weapon Against Future Wildfires: Goats

Lani Malmberg travels with a few hundred goats, which eat the tall brush and grasses that power Western wildfires.

#colorado, #environment, #goats, #lani-malmberg, #sustainable-living, #western-states-us, #wildfires

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis Marries His Longtime Partner

Mr. Polis is the first sitting governor to have a same-sex wedding.

#colorado, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #polis-jared-s-1975, #politics-and-government, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #weddings-and-engagements

Loveland, Colo., to Pay $3 Million to Woman With Dementia Who Was Arrested

The settlement comes more than a year after Karen Garner, then 73, was grabbed by a police officer and flung to the ground for allegedly shoplifting from a Walmart.

#abuse-of-the-disabled, #assaults, #colorado, #compensation-for-damages-law, #dementia, #disabilities, #garner-karen-1948, #hopp-austin, #jalali-daria, #loveland-colo, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-loveland-colo, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Democrats Hit the Road to Sell Big Spending Bills as Republicans Attack

Lawmakers seek to win the backing of voters by emphasizing the tangible benefits of sweeping legislation that Congress will consider in the coming weeks.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #bennet-michael-farrand, #colorado, #democratic-party, #federal-budget-us, #harrison-jamie-theater-director, #house-of-representatives, #republican-party, #sanders-bernard, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Richard Lamm, Governor and Early Abortion Rights Supporter, Dies at 85

He spearheaded the passage of a liberal abortion law in Colorado before Roe v. Wade, and he helped stop the 1976 Winter Olympics from being held in the state.

#abortion, #colorado, #deaths-obituaries, #democratic-party, #lamm-richard-d, #olympic-games-1976, #politics-and-government

Lost Lives, Lost Culture: The Forgotten History of Indigenous Boarding Schools

Thousands of Native American children attended U.S. boarding schools designed to “civilize the savage.” Many died. Many who lived are reclaiming their identity.

#arizona, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #colorado, #discrimination, #durango-colo, #education, #fort-lewis-college, #native-americans

Erin Gilmer, Disability Rights Activist, Dies at 38

She fought for a more compassionate health care system, bringing an extensive knowledge of policy and even more extensive firsthand experience as a patient.

#colorado, #deaths-obituaries, #disabilities, #gilmer-erin-1982-2021, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #legal-profession, #medicine-and-health

The Accellion data breach continues to get messier

Morgan Stanley has joined the growing list of Accellion hack victims — more than six months after attackers first breached the vendor’s 20-year-old file-sharing product. 

The investment banking firm — which is no stranger to data breaches — confirmed in a letter this week that attackers stole personal information belonging to its customers by hacking into the Accellion FTA server of its third-party vendor, Guidehouse. In a letter sent to those affected, first reported by Bleeping Computer, Morgan Stanley admitted that threat actors stole an unknown number of documents containing customers’ addresses and Social Security numbers.

The documents were encrypted, but the letter said that the hackers also obtained the decryption key, though Morgan Stanley said the files did not contain passwords that could be used to access customers’ financial accounts.

“The protection of client data is of the utmost importance and is something we take very seriously,” a Morgan Stanley spokesperson told TechCrunch. “We are in close contact with Guidehouse and are taking steps to mitigate potential risks to clients.”

Just days before news of the Morgan Stanley data breach came to light, an Arkansas-based healthcare provider confirmed it had also suffered a data breach as a result of the Accellion attack. Just weeks before that, so did UC Berkely. While data breaches tend to grow past initially reported figures, the fact that organizations are still coming out as Accellion victims more than six months later shows that the business software provider still hasn’t managed to get a handle on it. 

The cyberattack was first uncovered on December 23, and Accellion initially claimed the FTA vulnerability was patched within 72 hours before it was later forced to explain that new vulnerabilities were discovered. Accellion’s next (and final) update came in March, when the company claimed that all known FTA vulnerabilities — which authorities say were exploited by the FIN11 and the Clop ransomware gang — have been remediated.

But incident responders said Accellion’s response to the incident wasn’t as smooth as the company let on, claiming the company was slow to raise the alarm in regards to the potential danger to FTA customers.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand, for example, raised concerns about the timeliness of alerts it received from Accellion. In a statement, the bank said it was reliant on Accellion to alert it to any vulnerabilities in the system — but never received any warnings in December or January.

“In this instance, their notifications to us did not leave their system and hence did not reach the Reserve Bank in advance of the breach. We received no advance warning,” said RBNZ governor Adrian Orr.

This, according to a discovery made by KPMG International, was due to the fact that the email tool used by Accellion failed to work: “Software updates to address the issue were released by the vendor in December 2020 soon after it discovered the vulnerability. The email tool used by the vendor, however, failed to send the email notifications and consequently the Bank was not notified until 6 January 2021,” the KPMG’s assessment said. 

“We have not sighted evidence that the vendor informed the Bank that the System vulnerability was being actively exploited at other customers. This information, if provided in a timely manner is highly likely to have significantly influenced key decisions that were being made by the Bank at the time.”

In March, back when it was releasing updates about the ongoing breach, Accellion was keen to emphasize that it was planning to retire the 20-year-old FTA product in April and that it had been working for three years to transition clients onto its new platform, Kiteworks. A press release from the company in May says 75% of Accellion customers have already migrated to Kiteworks, a figure that also highlights the fact that 25% are still clinging to its now-retired FTA product. 

This, along with Accellion now taking a more hands-off approach to the incident, means that the list of victims could keep growing. It’s currently unclear how many the attack has claimed so far, though recent tallies put the list at around 300. This list includes Qualys, Bombardier, Shell, Singtel, the University of Colorado, the University of California, Transport for New South Wales, Office of the Washington State Auditor, grocery giant Kroger and law firm Jones Day.

“When a patch is issued for software that has been actively exploited, simply patching the software and moving on isn’t the best path,” Tim Mackey, principal security strategist at the Synopsys Cybersecurity Research Center, told TechCrunch. “Since the goal of patch management is protecting systems from compromise, patch management strategies should include reviews for indications of previous compromise.”

Accellion declined to comment.

#accellion, #arkansas, #bank, #business-software, #california, #colorado, #computer-security, #computing, #data-breach, #governor, #healthcare, #information-technology, #investment-banking, #kroger, #law, #morgan-stanley, #qualys, #security, #security-breaches, #singtel, #spokesperson, #synopsys, #transport, #university-of-california

Google faces a major multi-state antitrust lawsuit over Google Play fees

A group of 37 attorneys general filed a second major multi-state antitrust lawsuit against Google Wednesday, accusing the company of abusing its market power to stifle competitors and forcing consumers into in-app payments that grant the company a hefty cut.

New York Attorney General Letitia James is co-leading the suit alongside with the Tennessee, North Carolina and Utah attorneys general. The bipartisan coalition represents 36 U.S. states, including California, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Colorado and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia.

“Through its illegal conduct, the company has ensured that hundreds of millions of Android users turn to Google, and only Google, for the millions of applications they may choose to download to their phones and tablets,” James said in a press release. “Worse yet, Google is squeezing the lifeblood out of millions of small businesses that are only seeking to compete.”

In December, 35 states filed a separate antitrust suit against Google, alleging that the company engaged in illegal behavior to maintain a monopoly on the search business. The Justice Department filed its own antitrust case focused on search last October.

In the new lawsuit, embedded below, the bipartisan coalition of states allege that Google uses “misleading” security warnings to keep consumers and developers within its walled app garden, the Google Play store. But the fees that Google collects from Android app developers are likely the meat of the case.

“Not only has Google acted unlawfully to block potential rivals from competing with its Google Play Store, it has profited by improperly locking app developers and consumers into its own payment processing system and then charging high fees,” District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine said.

Like Apple, Google herds all app payment processing into its own service, Google Play Billing, and reaps the rewards: a 30 percent cut of all payments. Much of the criticism here is a case that could — and likely will — be made against Apple, which exerts even more control over its own app ecosystem. Google doesn’t have an iMessage equivalent exclusive app that keeps users locked in in quite the same way.

While the lawsuit discusses Google’s “monopoly power” in the app marketplace, the elephant in the room is Apple — Google’s thriving direct competitor in the mobile software space. The lawsuit argues that consumers face pressure to stay locked into the Android ecosystem, but on the Android side at least, much of that is ultimately familiarity and sunk costs. The argument on the Apple side of the equation here is likely much stronger.

The din over tech giants squeezing app developers with high mobile payment fees is just getting louder. The new multi-state lawsuit is the latest beat, but the topic has been white hot since Epic took Apple to court over its desire to bypass Apple’s fees by accepting mobile payments outside the App Store. When Epic set up a workaround, Apple kicked it out of the App Store and Epic Games v. Apple was born.

The Justice Department is reportedly already interested in Apple’s own app store practices, along with many state AGs who could launch a separate suit against the company at any time.

#android, #app-store, #apple, #apple-inc, #attorney-general, #california, #colorado, #companies, #computing, #department-of-justice, #epic-games, #florida, #fortnite, #google, #google-play, #google-play-billing, #google-play-store, #letitia-james, #massachusetts, #new-hampshire, #new-jersey, #new-york, #north-carolina, #search, #social, #tc, #technology, #tennessee, #the-battle-over-big-tech, #united-states, #utah, #washington

They Seemed Like Democratic Activists. They Were Secretly Conservative Spies.

Operatives infiltrated progressive groups across the West to try to manipulate politics and reshape the national electoral map. They targeted moderate Republicans, too — anyone seen as threats to hard-line conservatives.

#arizona, #beck-glenn, #campaign-finance, #colorado, #democratic-party, #devos-elizabeth-1958, #endorsements, #friess-foster-s, #presidential-election-of-2020, #project-veritas, #seddon-richard, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wyoming

Accept.inc secures $90M in debt and equity to scale its digital mortgage lending platform

A lot of startups were built to help people make all-cash offers on homes with the purpose of gaining an edge against other buyers, especially in ultra-competitive markets. 

Accepti.inc is a Denver-based company that is attempting to create a new category in real estate technology. To help scale its digital mortgage lending platform, the company announced today that it has secured $90 million in debt and equity – with $78 million in debt and $12 million in equity. Signal Fire led the equity portion of its financing, which also included participation from existing seed investors Y Combinator and DN Capital.

Accept.inc describes itself as an iLender, or a “technology-enabled lender” that gives people a way to submit all-cash offers on a home upon qualifying for a mortgage.

Using its platform, a buyer gets qualified first and then can start looking for homes that fall at or under the amount he or she is approved for. They can purchase a more expensive home, but any amount above what they are approved for would have to come out of pocket. Historically, most buyers don’t know that they will have to pay out of pocket until they’ve made an offer on a specific home and an appraisal comes under the amount of the price they are paying for a home. In those cases, the buyer has to cough up the difference out of pocket. With Accept.inc., its execs tout, buyers know upfront how much they are approved for and can spend on a new home “so there are no surprises later.”

SignalFire Founding Partner and CTO Ilya Kirnos describes Accept.inc as “the first and only iLender.”

He points out that since it is a lender, Accept.inc doesn’t make its money by charging buyers fees like some others in the all-cash offer space.

“Unlike ‘iBuyers’ or ‘alternative iBuyers,’ Accept.inc fronts the cash to buy a house and then makes money off mortgage origination and title, meaning sellers, homebuyers and their agents pay no additional cost for the service,” he told TechCrunch.

IBuyers instead buy homes from sellers who signed up online, make a profit by often fixing up and selling those homes and then helping people purchase a different home with all cash. They also make money by charging transaction fees. A slew of companies operate in the space including established players such as Opendoor and Zillow and newer players such as Homelight.

Image credit: Accept.inc. Left to right: Co-founders Adam Pollack, Nick Friedman and Ian Perrex.

Since its 2016 inception, Accept.inc says it has helped thousands of buyers, agents and sellers close on “hundreds of millions of dollars” in homes. The company saw ”14x” growth in 2020 and from June 2020 to June 2021, it achieved “10x” growth in terms of the size of its team and number of transactions and revenue, according to CEO and co-founder Adam Pollack. Accept.inc wants to use its new capital to build on that momentum and meet demand.

Pollack and Nick Friedman met while in college and started building Accept.inc with the goal of “turning every offer into a cash offer.” The pair essentially “failed for two years,” half-jokes Pollack.

“We basically became an encyclopedia of 1,000 ways the idea of helping people make all-cash offers wouldn’t work,” he said.

The team went through Y Combinator in the winter of 2019 and that’s when they created the iLender concept. In the iLender model, the company uses its cash to buy a house for buyers. Once the loan with Accept.inc is ready to close, the company sells back the house to the buyer “at no additional cost or fees.”

“Basically what we learned through those two years is that you have to vertically integrate all of your core competencies, and you can’t rely on third parties to own or manage your special sauce for you,” Pollack told TechCrunch. “We also realized that if you’re going to build a cash offer for anyone who could afford a mortgage, you’ve got to make it a full bona fide cash offer that closes in three days as opposed to a better version of what existed. And you have to own that, and take the risk that comes with it and be comfortable with that.”

The benefits of their model, the pair say, is that buyers get to be cash buyers, sellers can close in as little as 32 hours, and agents “get a guaranteed commission check.” 

“Our mission is that everyone should have an equal chance at homeownership,” Friedman said. “We not only want to level the playing field, we want to create a new standard.”

Buyers using Accept.inc win 6-7 times more frequently, the company claims. With its new capital, It also plans to double its team of 90 and enter new markets outside of its home base of Denver.

SignalFire Partner Chris Scoggins believes that Accept.inc is different from other lenders in that its focus is on “winning the home, not just servicing the loan, with a business model that’s 10x more capital-efficient than other players in the market.

The team is driven…to level the playing field for homebuyers who today lose out against all-cash offers from home-flippers and wealthy individuals,” he added. “We see an enormous opportunity for Accept.inc to become the backbone of the future of mortgage lending.”

 

#colorado, #cto, #denver, #dn-capital, #economy, #finance, #fintech, #funding, #fundings-exits, #ilya-kirnos, #loans, #money, #real-estate, #real-estate-technology, #recent-funding, #signalfire, #startup, #startups, #tc, #techcrunch, #venture-capital, #y-combinator

Wildfires Threaten Urban Water Supplies, Long After the Flames Are Out

After a forest burns, the resulting erosion can contaminate drinking water supplies for up to a decade.

#colorado, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #reservoirs, #water, #wildfires

Clop ransomware gang doxes two new victims days after police raids

The notorious Clop ransomware operation appears to be back in business, just days after Ukrainian police arrested six alleged members of the gang.

Last week, a law enforcement operation conducted by the National Police of Ukraine along with officials from South Korea and the U.S. saw the arrest of multiple suspects believed to be linked to the Clop ransomware gang. It’s believed to be the first time a national law enforcement group carried out mass arrests involving a ransomware group.

The Ukrainian police also claimed at the time to have successfully shut down the server infrastructure used by the gang. But it doesn’t seem the operation was completely successful.

While the Clop operation fell silent following the arrests, the gang has this week published a fresh batch of confidential data which it claims to have stolen from two new victims — a farm equipment retailer and an architects office — on its dark web site, seen by TechCrunch.

If true — and neither of the alleged victims responded to TechCrunch’s request for comment — this would suggest that the ransomware gang remains active, despite last week’s first-of-its-kind law enforcement sting. This is likely because the suspects cuffed included only those who played a lesser role in the Clop operation. Cybersecurity firm Intel 471 said it believes that last week’s arrests targeted the money laundering portion of the operation, with core members of the gang not apprehended.

“We do not believe that any core actors behind Clop were apprehended,” the security company said. “The overall impact to Clop is expected to be minor although this law enforcement attention may result in the Clop brand getting abandoned as we’ve recently seen with other ransomware groups like DarkSide and Babuk.”

Clop appears to still be in business, but it remains to be seen how long the group will remain operational. Not only have law enforcement operations dealt numerous blows to ransomware groups this year, such as U.S. investigators’ recent recovery of millions in cryptocurrency they claim was paid in ransom to the Colonial Pipeline hackers, but Russia has this week confirmed it will begin to work with the U.S. to locate cybercriminals.

Russia has until now taken a hands-off approach when it comes to dealing with hackers. Reuters reported Wednesday that the head of the country’s Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov was quoted as saying it will co-operate with U.S. authorities on future cybersecurity operations.

Intel 471 previously said that it does not believe the key members of Clop were arrested in last week’s operation because “they are probably living in Russia,” which has long provided safe harbor to cybercriminals by refusing to take action.

The Clop ransomware gang was first spotted in early 2019, and the group has since been linked to a number of high-profile attacks. These include the breach of U.S. pharmaceutical giant ExecuPharm in April 2020 and the recent data breach at Accellion, which saw hackers exploit flaws in the IT provider’s software to steal data from dozens of its customers including the University of Colorado and cloud security vendor Qualys.

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It’s Summer in the Ski Towns, 2.0

Last year, mountain resorts were overrun by travelers in search of space and fresh air. The visitors are expected back, but now the towns have expanded activities and plans in place to deal with the crowds.

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Kim Avis Jailed After Faking Death at ‘Mortuary Beach’

The man’s son told the authorities that his father drowned. Months later, he was found in Colorado and extradited to Scotland, where he was sentenced this week to 15 years in prison.

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Colorado Baker Fined for Refusing to Make Cake for Transgender Woman

Jack Phillips, whose previous refusal to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple made its way to the Supreme Court in 2018, violated the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act, a state judge found.

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Climate Change Batters the West Before Summer Even Begins

Global warming has been fueling disasters in the region for years. Now, an early heat wave and severe drought are threatening lives and leaving water in perilously short supply.

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How Climate Change Has Battered the West Before Summer Even Begins

Global warming has been fueling disasters in the region for years. Now, an early heat wave and severe drought are threatening lives and leaving water in perilously short supply.

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Man, 20, Is Found Guilty in Colorado School Shooting

Devon Erickson was one of two students who planned and carried out an attack at the STEM School Highlands Ranch in which one student was killed and eight others were injured on May 7, 2019.

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Driving an Electric Car on Colorado’s Scenic Byways

Will the battery hold out crossing a 10,666-foot pass? Where is the next charging station? Overcoming ‘range anxiety’ on Colorado’s highest mountains.

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Gray Wolf Pups Are Spotted in Colorado for the First Time in 80 Years

The litter was born amid a contentious plan to reintroduce the species to the state.

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