Microsoft's Docs.com is sharing dangerously sensitive personal files, information

If you use Microsoft’s Docs.com to store personal documents, stop reading this and make sure you aren’t inadvertently leaking your private information to the world.

Microsoft sets any documents uploaded to the document sharing site as public by default—though it appears that many users aren’t aware of it. That means anyone can search Docs.com for sensitive personal information that wasn’t manually set private. PCWorld found social security numbers, health insurance ID numbers, bank records, job applications, personal contact details, legal correspondence, and drivers license numbers with just a few minutes of searching.

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Windows 10 Tip: How to create your first Club and Looking for Group post

The Xbox app brings together your gaming world across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices; that includes your friends, your games, your achievements, your avatar, access to the Xbox and Windows Stores and more. You can easily stay connected to the Xbox Live community, view your Gamerscore leaderboard across devices, view your GameDVR clips, start Party chats, stream your favorite games from Xbox One to any Windows 10 PC in your home while using your Xbox Wireless controller and more.

Today, we’re going to show you how to get started creating your first Club and Looking for Group posts in the Xbox app:

Clubs are online meeting places created by the Xbox community for people to play and socialize. Join clubs that interest you, or create a new club from scratch.

To start a Club:

To get started, open the Xbox app and click on the Clubs icon on the left-hand menu.  From here, you can view and post to the clubs that you already belong to, search for new clubs to join, or create a club of your own.

To get started, open the Xbox app and click on the Clubs icon on the left-hand menu. From here, you can view and post to the clubs that you already belong to, search for new clubs to join, or create a club of your own. Select “Create a club,” then choose the type of club you want to create: public, private or hidden. Name your club and select Continue. Then, select Create club.

Select “Create a club,” then choose the type of club you want to create: public, private or hidden. Name your club and select Continue. Then, select Create club.

Once you’ve created your club, give it some personality. Add a background, choose a profile pic, and make other customizations that’ll show the Xbox community what your club is all about.

Once you’ve created your club, give it some personality. Add a background, choose a profile pic, and make other customizations that’ll show the Xbox community what your club is all about.

To create a Looking for Group post:

Think of Looking for Group as a “players wanted” bulletin board—a way to help you find players on Xbox Live with similar goals and interests. Browse posts created by the Xbox community, or try creating your own post.

Start by opening the Xbox app on your Windows 10 PC, select Parties from the right-hand menu, then select Looking for Group.

Start by opening the Xbox app on your Windows 10 PC, select Parties from the right-hand menu, then select Looking for Group. Select a game from the list (this takes you to its game hub). Then, select Create post.

Select a game from the list (this takes you to its game hub). Then, select Create post.

Add tags and a description, then adjust the details, such as the number of players needed. You can schedule a time to gather by adjusting Day and Party start time, or if you want to gather people into a party right away, select Now. When you’re done, select Post.

Add tags and a description, then adjust the details, such as the number of players needed. You can schedule a time to gather by adjusting Day and Party start time, or if you want to gather people into a party right away, select Now. When you’re done, select Post.

Looking for Group posts can also be created within a club – just go to the Looking for Group section of a club and follow the steps above to create a new post.

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Trump is tapping Chris Christie to tackle the opioid epidemic — here's a fix scientists hope he'll explore (NKTR)

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So far, most of our nation’s solutions to the deadly opioid epidemic have focused on making the drugs harder to get.

In a sign that he’s continuing that effort, President Donald Trump is expected to announce on Monday a new White House Office of American Innovation which includes an official commission dedicated to tackling the opioid epidemic. It’ll be led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has previously singed legislation designed to limit opioid access.

Here’s the problem: Efforts like these may not be working fast enough, and may also make it harder for some chronic pain patients to get the medications they need.

The real solution, then, may not be simply curbing opioid access. Instead, it may rely on creating new opioids that aren’t addictive in the first place. A handful of scientists believe this is the answer and are hard at work trying to make these drugs a reality. Unlike traditional opioids, which provide powerful pain relief and send a heady message of euphoria to the brain, these drugs are designed to give patients the same relief without an accompanying high.

San Francisco-based pharmaceutical company Nektar Therapeutics last week came out with some promising study results for one such drug, called NKTR-181. It enters the brain too slowly to trigger a euphoric high but still appears to deliver the potent pain relief people want.

“We’ve reinvented the opioid molecule,” Dr. Stephen K. Doberstein, Nektar’s senior vice president and chief scientific officer, told Business Insider.

The first new opioid in a quarter century

utah opioidsWhile drugs like oxycodone provide powerful pain relief to the body, they also deliver a heady sensation of euphoria to the brain. This can be addictive in people whose brain chemistry is primed for addiction. Nektar’s new drug candidate would not cause any such high, at least according to several preliminary, yet promising, study results, the most recent of which was released last week.

“Our answer … to the question of whether we’re causing euphoria or not is emphatically no,” says Doberstein.

Nektar isn’t alone in its quest to create a high-free opioid.

Epiodyne, a company started by a research team at the University of San Francisco’s School of Pharmacy, is designing a pain drug that wouldn’t trigger a surge in dopamine, a chemical messenger in the brain that is involved in emotions like desire and pleasure. Other companies have also been showing an interest in such research as opioid overdose deaths continue to spike.

Still, the vast majority of development has gone into making so-called “abuse deterrent” drug formulations — pills designed to be impossible to melt down and inject or smash and snort. Since 2010, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved a handful of these pills, and 30 more are currently in development.

“Everyone just wants to figure out how to lock it up in a pill better,” Doberstein said.

But there’s little evidence that those deterrents alone can stem the tide of overdose deaths. Promoting abuse-resistant drugs could encourage doctors to continue overprescribing them. And most of the new pills can still be abused when swallowed.

“I am not convinced that we can engineer our way out of this epidemic, and I would caution against over-relying on abuse-deterrent formulations to do so,” Dr. Caleb Alexander, an associate professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins, told the Associated Press last year.

That’s where the scientists designing the new generation of opioids hope to come in.

“Our goal here is to have a safe and effective medicine that doctors and patients can feel confident that they’re not going to get high from,” says Doberstein.

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Snapchat just got a deluge of bullish ratings from Wall Street, and its shares are rallying (SNAP)

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Snap Inc. received a deluge of bullish ratings from several Wall Street banks on Monday, sending the company’s shares higher in premarket trading.

The banks that initiated coverage included underwriters of the Snapchat parent’s initial public offering that had been subject to a 25-day quiet period.

Here’s a rundown of the ratings:

  • Goldman Sachs: Buy, $27 price target
  • Morgan Stanley: Overweight, $28 price target
  • Citi: Buy, $27 price target
  • RBC: Outperform, $31 price target
  • Jefferies: Buy, $30 price target
  • Oppenheimer: Market perform
  • Credit Suisse: Outperform, $30 price target
  • UBS: Neutral, $24 price target
  • Stifel: Hold, $24 price target
  • Cowen: Outperform, $26 price target

Snap now has 12 “buy” ratings, 11 “holds,” and six “sells,” according to Bloomberg. The stock gained as much as 3% premarket to $23.50, 50 cents short of its IPO opening price.

Morgan Stanley, Goldman, and JPMorgan were the underwriters that received the highest number of shares.

“We believe Snap has all the ingredients to build a robust advertising business,” Jefferies’ Brian Fitzgerald said in a note.

“Snap has a large audience (158 million daily active users), deep engagement, and robust data about its users. Due to the asset-light strategy (Snap outsources its infrastructure costs to Google and Amazon), Snap should scale its business without significant capex investment. We forecast the company will achieve GAAP profitability by 2019.”

The buzz around Snap’s IPO — the largest in tech since 2014 — quickly faded after some of the earliest Wall Street ratings were neutral or bearish. Analysts cast doubt on Snap’s ability to compete as an advertising platform with other social networks like Facebook and to become profitable. There was also concern about the fact that Snap does not offer voting rights to shareholders, giving them no say in issues like executive compensation.

“Snap has become an innovation leader — for both consumers and advertisers — in arguably the single fastest advertising medium today — mobile,” Mark Mahaney, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets, wrote in a note. “It has also emerged as one of the leading media platforms for millennials. We believe that if it sustains its current level of innovation, it can sustain premium growth for a long time and scale to profitability.”

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C++ toolkit helps shorten the path to AI apps

Hoping to spread development of artificial intelligence applications, neural network platform builder Neurala is offering a toolkit that uses C++ for building AI applications.

The Neurala Developers Program includes C++ APIs, testing tools, code samples, and a working program with source code to integrate the Neurala Brain deep learning platform into applications. While mostly working with Linux, Neurala also offers wrappers for Google Android and Apple iOS application development.

Developers don’t already need to know about AI in order to use the program, said Roger Matus, Neurala vice president of products and markets. They could, for example, build applications like the vision part of self-driving automobile applications; Neurala’s software then enables smart products to learn and adapt in real time.

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Cortana at your fingertips, now on Android lock screen

Since releasing Cortana* on Android and iOS a year ago in the US and more recently in the UK, you have been telling us what you liked and how you’d like it to be improved and we’re excited to tell you more about what we’ve been up to this month.

Get quick access to your day with the lock screen

The information you need to keep on top of your day is now at your fingertips with Cortana above the lock on Android. We introduced the ability to get Cortana on your lock screen earlier this month so you could quickly swipe and see what Cortana’s got for you for the day.

Today, you can now interact with Cortana above the lock. Quickly get answers to your questions, set a reminder and more without having to unlock your device.

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We’ve also made updates to the Cortana home on Android, giving you glanceable information about what’s upcoming in your day like your schedule, commute times as well as upcoming reminders and the ability to quickly add reminders and new calendar items to your day. Your lists are also easier to access so you can view, edit and add items quickly.

Today, we’re also announcing that both the Android and iOS apps are available in Australia, extending the functionality of your Cortana on Windows 10 to whatever smartphone you carry to help you stay on top of things.

  • Reminders that Travel with You: Cortana has your back, seamlessly keeping track of the things you need to remember across all the platforms you use her. Set a reminder on your PC and get it on your mobile phone.
  • Never Miss a Phone Call: In a meeting and can’t answer your phone? With the Cortana app, get a missed call alert on your Windows 10 PC and let Cortana send a text back letting them know you’ll call them later – all without leaving your PC.
  • Optimized for Mobile: Designed specifically for your mobile life with quick action buttons and voice to get what you need quickly, a streamlined design and widgets for Android and iOS.

Find what you need, when you need it with Answers

Earlier this month, we also brought the refreshed design of the app to iOS in the US and introduced the app to the U.K. The more simplified look and feel for the apps makes it faster and easier than ever before to get things done with quick actions, putting the most frequent things you do front and center, so setting a reminder or viewing your reminders is just a tap away when you don’t want to use voice.

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Billionaire inventor Sir James Dyson is 'enormously optimistic' about post-Brexit trade deals

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Sir James Dyson, one of the world’s most successful inventors, says he is “enormously optimistic” about Britain’s trading landscape after it breaks away from the European Union because Europe accounts for only a small slice of over global trading.

Dyson, who was a prominent backer of the Leave campaign, said in an interview with the BBC: “I’m a patriot, which is why I’m rather keen on re-connecting with the Commonwealth.”

“Europe’s only 15% of the global market and the really fast-expanding markets are in the Far East. I’m enormously optimistic because looking outwards to the rest of the world is very, very important because that’s the fast-growing bit,” he added.

Dyson invented the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner and is now one of the world’s richest people with a net worth of $4.2 billion (£3.3 billion), according to Forbes.

According to the BBC, Dyson said that “sales of its products increased by 45% to £2.5 billion, helped by growth of 244% in China, 266% in Indonesia and 200% in the Philippines.” It did not say what time period this was over. However, these stats show why Dyson would be optimistic about growth prospects in Asia in the future.

Britain voted to leave the EU by a slim majority on June 23 last year. Prime Minister Theresa May is set to trigger Article 50 this week and thereby start the formal two-year negotiation period. May is leading Britain into a “hard Brexit,” meaning Britain will leave the EU Single Market in order to gain full control over immigration policy.

I’m a patriot, which is why I’m rather keen on re-connecting with the Commonwealth.

Despite Dyson’s optimism, a number of global trade experts that have warned that Britain striking trade deals across the world will be a lot more lengthy and complex than Brexiteers hope.

Canadian trade expert Jason Langrish, who helped “give birth” to the EU-Canada free trade deal, said in January that “the next generation of bilateral agreements, of which CETA is the template, is complex.

“They reflect the realities of modern commerce and go beyond trade, touching upon behind-the-border issues such as standards, regulation and opening government contracts to competitive bidding. This complexity means that the deals take years to negotiate and conclude. In our amped up media environment, there are special interests making noise at each step in the process, ensuring that trade and investment deals are a marathon, not a sprint.”

Meanwhile, some experts say that huge trading partners like the US may not even strike a deal until the two-year negotiation period is up because officials will want to know about what Britain’s Brexit deal looks like.

Christophe Bondy from London law firm Volterra Fietta, who advised Canada in recent trade talks with the EU for CETA deal, also told the FT in January that the US would need to know the full extent of what a Brexit deal will look like, before signing off on any deal, in order to “assess the full economic potential of a deal with Britain.”

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BT fined £42 million by Ofcom for late installations

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BT has been fined £42 million ($52.7 million) by UK telecoms regulator Ofcom over delayed high-speed cable installations.

The fine, which is the largest that Ofcom has ever given out, comes after the BT Openreach division reduced the amount of compensation that it paid to other telecoms providers for late installations.

Ofcom found that BT Openreach, which provides the infrastructure that powers the UK’s broadband and landline phone network, cut compensation payments to telecoms providers between early 2013 and late 2014.

Openreach failed to pay full compensation to providers when it was late installing ethernet lines, Ofcom concluded. Ethernet cables are used by businesses, and internet service providers, to transmit data at high speed.

Clive Selley, Openreach CEO, said in a statement:

“We apologise wholeheartedly for the mistakes Openreach made in the past when processing orders for a number of high-speed business connections. This shouldn’t have happened and we fully accept Ofcom’s findings.

“Since I became CEO of Openreach in February 2016, we have monitored this area very closely, we have made improvements to how we process and deliver such connections, and we will make sure the same mistakes aren’t repeated in future.

“This issue is unrepresentative of the vast majority of work conducted by Openreach and we are committed to delivering outstanding service for our customers.”

Gaucho Rasmussen, Ofcom’s investigations director, added:

“These high-speed lines are a vital part of this country’s digital backbone. Millions of people rely on BT’s network for the phone and broadband services they use every day.

“We found BT broke our rules by failing to pay other telecoms companies proper compensation when these services were not provided on time. The size of our fine reflects how important these rules are to protect competition and, ultimately, consumers and businesses. Our message is clear — we will not tolerate this sort of behaviour.”

BT confirmed that it has set aside £300 million to repay providers for delays.

BT chief executive Gavin Patterson said: “We take this issue very seriously and we have put in place measures, controls, and people to prevent it happening again.”

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Tesla is about to confront dueling best- and worst-case scenarios, and anything could happen (TSLA)

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Tesla is preparing for its biggest year ever.

In the next six months, it will launch the $35,000 Model 3 mass-market car, and, over the course of 2017, the investment community will find out whether Elon Musk’s company can live up to its new business model as a vertically integrated energy firm, after its 2016 acquisition of SolarCity for $2 billion.

The stakes are high for the company and its $40 billion market cap. On Wall Street, the bear case for Tesla indicated that its stock could plummet to $50 from the current level of about $250. The bull case suggests that $500 per share could be in the cards.

Such a wide disparity has driven wild volatility in Tesla’s share price over the past two years. And to call it disparity really does investors a disservice. It’s actually disagreement over whether Tesla can be a successful sustainable-energy conglomerate or settle into a modest role as a provider of luxury electrified transportation.

This year will be critical to Tesla matching bullish expectations, or trimming itself back and witnessing the bear case take hold.

So there are two scenarios that could play out: best and worst.

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The worst-case scenario

The bad news first.

Let’s explore what happens if everything goes wrong for Tesla in 2017.

The biggest risk is that the Model 3 launch is delayed. A delayed launch in and of itself wouldn’t be a signal that actual volume production of the Model 3 is at risk — Tesla could launch the car in 2018 and play catch-up at the factory — but it would be a sign that all the positive indications we’ve gotten so far about the timing of launch were misleading.

If the 3 is delayed, the next question is “for how long?” The Model X SUV arrived three years late. The Model 3 won’t be that late, but any significant lag — say, six months or more — would mean that Tesla would be forced to ask some percentage of the 373,000 preorder customers to wait. Tesla also wouldn’t be able to collect the revenue, which could add up to billions.

Awkward moments

Two quarters of delays would mean awkward exchanges on earnings calls with Wall Street analysts. Musk and his team have already concluded that Wall Street doesn’t have much of a clue about what the company is all about, so the exchanges themselves would be less troubling than the negative research notes and downgrades to ratings and target prices that would push shares below $200 and damage Tesla’s ability to finance itself through capital raises, of either equity or convertible debt.

That situation could compel Tesla to further draw on its lines of credit. There’s no point in sitting on the money when you’re trying to change the world, but it’s worth remembering that Tesla has added $3 billion in SolarCity debt to its balance sheet — debt that will need to be serviced.

What we can see is a cascade of terrible stuff that would undermine Tesla’s relatively monumental ambitions. Given the now debt-laden balance sheet, it could put the company under a certain amount of existential pressure. I don’t think bankruptcy would be on the table without a cataclysmic economic or political event that lays waste to the entire auto sector, but Musk would have to pull way back, perhaps abandoning the 3 and focusing on the S and the X, in the process becoming a niche luxury carmaker rather than a mass-market purveyor of clean mobility.

Other risks

Other stuff could go wrong. The fatal Autopilot accident in 2016 sent Tesla into a deep soul search, before the company decided that it needed to stay the course on its autonomous goals. There could be a massive recall (Tesla has already dealt with several modest ones). The Trump administration could withdraw support for electric vehicles, which could add $7,500 to the price tag of every Tesla sold (that’s the current federal tax credit).

But the worst of the worst-case scenario centers on the Model 3 and its delay or failure.

The best-case scenario

Now the good news. What if Tesla does everything right in 2017?

That outcome begins with launching the Model 3 before the end of the year. There’s a better-than-average chance that Tesla will launch the car sooner than expected, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be delivering 5,000 a month before 2017 closes out.

More likely, volume production won’t happen until mid-2018 or later. But an on-time launch will have huge symbolic effect and could send Tesla shares surging past $300 for the first time.

Tesla could jump ahead on the self-driving front, using Autopilot to beat competitors such as General Motors and Ford to market by years. After 2016’s fatal Autopilot accident, Tesla has doubled down on the technology and is now building the hardware into every new vehicle.

New cars!

Musk & Co. could unveil a host of new vehicles and stoke media interest in the brand. A crossover SUV — think smaller Model X — is already planned, the Model Y. And Musk has hinted at a pickup and a semi, not to mention a revamped Roadster, Tesla’s original car, production of which as discontinued a few years back. Teslas are bonkers fast, so serving up a proper sports car would delight the company’s most passionate fans.

Tesla could also begin to establish its Tesla Network of car-sharing options and lay the groundwork for ride hailing, providing some parity with Uber and Lyft and bringing Tesla into a Silicon Valley business that it’s largely missed out on so far.

Continued expansion of the Gigafactory in Nevada would be a good sign that Tesla’s energy ambitions can be supported, along with the Model 3 production rollout. Both of those would require a lot of lithium-ion-battery cells.

The solar factor

And let’s not overlook SolarCity. Musk has managed to rev up enthusiasm for Tesla’s solar roof, and an early rollout of that product would start to shift the old SolarCity business away from leasing and toward fully purchased solar solutions. That would support Tesla Energy, as many roof customers may want to buy a storage battery. But it would also help Tesla to start moving some assets off its balance sheet — leased SolarCity panels that Tesla is now responsible for.

If Tesla achieved most of this, the company would be riding high by the end of 2017, even if it burned all its cash (roughly $3 billion) and continued to show no profit.

What will probably happen

The news probably won’t be all good or all bad. It will likely be a mix of both.

To run it down:

—Tesla would launch the Model 3 early or as scheduled, but volume production wouldn’t arrive until late 2018. The bottom line is that although Tesla is getting better at launching cars, it’s still struggling to build them in large volumes.

—The stock would find a stable level, absent any big news. After a rally at the beginning of 2017, shares have fallen back after Tesla declined to offer full-year guidance on deliveries (last year was a miss, at just under 80,000, and 2017 could come in at something like 100-150,000, but Musk wants 500,000 by 2018). With another quarter or two of reporting to come before the Model 3 launch, investors will have opportunities to take profits. There’s a decent chance that Tesla could dip below $200 again before the end of the year.

—The SolarCity issues would be kicked down the road. Model 3 has to be the focus, so Musk will probably take the same progressive approach with solar roof as he has with Tesla Energy: a slow build. That said, investors are going to be concerned about how much more debt Tesla is carrying because high-growth companies aren’t supposed to be bogged down with liabilities.

—The Gigafactory would continue to expand.

—Tesla would get more aggressive about competing with Uber and Lyft. Time’s a wastin’, and the dominant narrative of tech-enabled mobility has decisively shifted from electric cars to shared transportation and transportation on demand.

—Autopilot would continue to improve. The technology is already state of the art and nobody else is racking up many real-world miles. Tesla’s ingrained network effects and first-mover advantage would start to pay dividends in 2017.

On balance, Tesla is under massive pressure to execute in 2017, but the company is in the best financial position it ever has been. Neither the best nor the worst should come to pass. But we’re going to want to pay attention no matter what.

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