TransUnion Completes Acquisition of iovation

TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of iovation, one of the most advanced providers of device-based information in the world, strengthening its leadership position in fraud and identity management.

iovation pioneered the device intelligence industry and provides a highly advanced digital device reputation consortium, with insight into nearly 5 billion unique devices from more than 35,000 leading brands across more than 50 countries. With technologies that can dynamically identify new fraud patterns as they emerge, TransUnion and iovation’s combined solutions will empower customers to quickly incorporate and adapt strategies to the fast-changing and evolving fraud landscape.

“The completion of this acquisition allows us to begin efforts to seamlessly integrate iovation’s device identity and consumer authentication capabilities into IDVisionSM, TransUnion’s suite of innovative fraud and identity solutions,” said Jim Peck, TransUnion’s president and chief executive officer. “The combination of our solutions will create an unmatched network of offline and online identities that will benefit both our business customers, and ultimately, consumers who are transacting with them.”

iovation’s extensive customer base and channel partners, including Callcredit, TransUnion’s recently completed acquisition in the U.K., will also expand the company’s footprint globally and in markets like gaming and retail.

iovation is a leading provider of fraud detection / prevention software to a wide range of industries.  Their products include ClearKey two factor authentication, LaunchKey multi-factor authentication, FraudForce fraud detection & prevention and SureScore real-time machine learning analytics.

Visit www.iovation.com and www.transunion.com for more information.

 

Shia LaBeouf’s Anti-Trump Project Shut Down

An infamous display iconized by actor Shia LaBeouf which began after President Donald Trump’s inauguration has been officially shut down due to the scene becoming “a flashpoint for violence.”

The unique performance art exhibit open to the public maintained the slogan, “He will not divide us” into a camera that was mounted on the outside of the Museum of the Moving Image in New York.

The transformer series star was recently arrested after an altercation with a neo-Nazi at the site, which police began patrolling frequently.

The actor was disappointed and took to Twitter to criticize the museum for deciding to close the exhibit.

On Twitter, LaBeouf uploaded an image of the live stream which instead now reads, “The museum has abandoned us.”

LaBeouf is the co-founder of the project, which launched on January 20th, the day of Trump’s inauguration, along with Luke Turner and Nastja Ronkko, fellow artists.

The live-stream was set to run all day, every day, and the collaborators originally expected to upkeep the site throughout the duration of Trump’s presidency.

However, early January 26th, LaBeouf was arrested on charges of assault and harassment after an altercation with a man wearing a Nazi-related hat which was broadcasted on the live-stream.

The New York Daily News made several reports of white supremacist appearances at the exhibit throughout the prior three weeks, including one wearing a Nazi hat which was the man LaBeouf had a confrontation with.

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Trump Administration Proposes Order Allowing Tax-Exempt Entities To Speak Publicly About Political Issues

The Trump Administration is composing a draft of an executive order about “religious freedom,” the draft includes weakening of legislation implemented to protect LGBT individuals from discrimination, ABC News reveals.
The order is not official yet, but it would exempt certain companies from being forced to provide birth control as part of health plans for their employees. It would also introduce tax-exempt entities such as churches, to speak out “on moral or political issues from a religious perspective” without the potential fear of losing their valued tax-exempt status.

White House officials reported to ABC News that the draft appeared to be among the hundreds of potential policies being drafted by the Trump administration, but they claim not all orders “reflect administration thinking” or favored policy. An official did not state who’s responsible for the possible executive order but did not dismay its validity.

“We do not have plans to sign anything at this time but will let you know when we have any updates,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a White House correspondent, stated.

The drafted order began appeared in the Trump administration on Tuesday, just hours after a statement issued b The Trump White House committee explaining that the president is leaving intact workplace discrimination protections by former President Obama placed to protect LGBT individuals.
“President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community,” the White House stated Tuesday morning. “President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election.”

Learn more about this potential executive order here: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-executive-order-draft-curtail-lgbt-rights/story?id=45209220

Woman Beaten And Robbed Saturday

An early Saturday morning attack left a woman with minor injuries.  The woman was walking home around 4 a.m. when someone asked her for money.  When she said she didn’t have any she was punched and knocked to the ground.  While laying on the ground she was beaten further and then had money taken from her pockets.  Below is an excerpt from the original news story.

A woman was beaten and robbed early Saturday while walking back to her Akron home, police said.

The 37-year-old victim suffered minor injuries when a man and two women attacked her about 4 a.m. near the intersection of 18th Street and Kenmore Boulevard, police said.

One of the robbers asked the victim for a dollar, but the victim said she did not have one. The robbers then punched the victim, knocked her to the ground and continued beating her, police said.

The robbers took a $20 bill from the victim’s pocket before they ran off, police said. The victim then ran to a nearby business to call for help.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2552.

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Social Security – In the News

Whether you’re already retired or are planning the big event, it’s important for you to understand all you can about your social security benefits. Even if you have an adequate pension program, you will probably rely on social security to maintain your current standard of living once you retire. The only way to ensure that your retirement is comfortable and stress-free is to plan well. And the only way to create a successful plan is to have the most current information.

According to the Social Security Administration, there are currently 60 million people collecting social security benefits. More than half of recipients depend on this benefit for more than half of their income. Since more people are retiring each year and life expectancies are longer, the system is strained. In fact, so much dependency on government income will create a social security shortfall by the year 2033. If no changes are made, it is reported that there will need to be an estimated 21% across the board cut.

During his campaign, President-Elect Donald Trump promised to protect this resource by increasing jobs rather than making cuts. However, this is contrary to the stance of other Republicans, who are already proposing cuts and other changes. Among these changes is the maintenance of benefits for only the lowest-income group. This would reduce monthly amounts for most recipients. Also, Republicans have proposed raising the full retirement age for those born after 1954. Their rationale is that only these drastic changes will save the program.

Many others understand that changes are necessary, but who firmly believe that more modest measures could be useful. Rather than cause harm to all recipients, they describe two basic adjustments. Raising the level of wages now subject to taxes, from the current $118,500 to $225,000, coupled with a slight rise in FICA, could fund the program for years into the future.

Looking for a social security office in your area? Visit www.socialsecurityoffice.directory, www.ssofficelocations.org or www.ssa.gov today for more information on Social Security office locations.

There are serious issues with the Social Security program and the next few years will prove critical to its future. Regardless of your age, you need to pay attention to all the news surrounding this issue.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that you’re too young to care. Get the information, support common sense changes, and do your planning. Your future income depends on it.