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Audi R8 #WantAnR8 Contestants Want Sports Car for Wedding [video]

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Everyone has their dreams when it comes to wedding planning it seems. Typically girls plan their weddings from an early age and have dreams of princess dresses, big diamond earrings & a world of flower petals falling at their feet. For a couple in Overland Park, Kansas their dream for their wedding comes down to an Audi R8 Sports car.

Joel Mackey and Carisa Gaul started gunning for a winning spot in the #WantAnR8 Twitter contest on the last day of the contest. Joel Mackey is known as @webaddict on Twitter and his fiance, Carisa Gaul is known as @CarisaGaul on the social media website. The tweets have been building up and so far there is even a video that was made for the #WantAnR8 Audi contest.

Help these kids out and help them win by Retweeting any of the tweets below and join the conversation!

It definitely started to get comical when the bride to be and the groom were debating who was going to be driving the Audi R8 if they won for their wedding date.

When Joel Mackey Tweeted out:

Carisa Gaul quickly responded that she felt she was being left out and the she’d expect to drive the Audi R8 too:

  Just when you could feel a potential pre-marital fight break out on who would be driving the Audi R8, Joel Mackey thought he’d figured up the perfect bargain for Carisa Gaul by Tweeting she could drive it a couple hours:

Don’t worry though, @Audi on Twitter stepped in to save the day by tweeting:

 

Once Audi brought up the idea that maybe there should be two Audi R8s at the wedding people jumped on board and started retweeting & joining in on the fun. One of what seems to be Joel Mackey’s friends asked on Twitter to trade his “crappy Toyota” for the Audi R8 sports car.

 

 

Audi stepped in once again to save the day when they informed Mr. Mat Owens that his trade was just unacceptable. Dream car for his “crappy Toyota?” This is what @Audi had to say about it:

 

A tweet from Carisa Gaul’s Instagram account shows the wedding invitation which seem to be the real thing. The back looks like it’s covered in clovers, I guess we’ll see if one of those clovers ends up being a lucky clover for this couple.

Joel Mackey Carisa Gaul Wedding Invitation

Later in the day, Joel Mackey went home for a lunch break with his fiance, Carisa Gaul and they made a video to show off their wedding invitation on YouTube & tell everyone how great an Audi R8 would be. We embedded the video below which shows Carisa & Joel dreaming up how their wedding day on September 8th, 2012 would be with an Audi R8 to ring in the celebration.

Joel @webaddict & Carisa @carisagaul #WantAnR8 from Audi Contest for our wedding day

YouTube Description: We are getting married on September 8th, 2012 and we saw the Audi R8 Contest on Twitter which you can see at http://audi.us/MWj8KQ. Audi proposed on Twitter here: http://bit.ly/NsiuX1 that in order to keep Carisa and I from fighting on our wedding day they could bring up 2 Audi R8s. Will you help us by liking, thumbs uping and sharing this video!? 🙂 Thank you so much.

Follow Joel Mackey at @webaddict on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/webaddict
Follow Carisa Gaul at @CarisaGaul on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/carisagaul

Joel and Carisa’s Wedding Page: http://joelandcarisa.com/wedding/

You’re probably wondering just how fast and amazing is an Audi R8? We’ve provided some of the most informative and awesome videos on the Audi R8 series of cars including their latest TV commercial. If you want to join in on the fun apparently anytime before 11:59pm EST on August 27th, 2012 you can tweet Audi with #WantAnR8 and include the contest rules link which is http://audi.us/R8contest

Legendary Audi R8 TV Commercial – “Once Upon A Time” #WantAnR8

5 years, 6 models, one milestone in the history of automotive design and sportscar evolution—discover the car, the legend, the Audi R8.

Last year, we decided to bring the Audi R8 to the homes of select people who told us they #WantAnR8. We let five of the Audi R8’s biggest fans experience the car of their dreams for one unforgettable weekend… Now, we’re doing it again!

Who wouldn’t want an R8 at their house? Or maybe out on the track at Infineon Raceway? All that Audi R8 fans need to do is tweet why they #WantAnR8—with the official contest link – http://audi.us/R8contest—for a chance to experience exactly what makes Audi’s range-topping sportscar truly legendary.

More info on the Audi R8 available here: http://models.audiusa.com/r8/models

2012 Audi R8 GT – First Test

We head out to the test track in Audi’s race track ready R8 GT to see if it has what it takes to battle the world’s top supercars.

Read the full story here: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/exotic/1106_2012_audi_r8_gt_test/index.html

Shot by: Jim Gleason, Gordon Green & Corey Denomy
Edited by: Jim Gleason

2012 Audi R8 5.2 FSI: The Supercar Done Right – Ignition Episode 23

On this episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago drives the 2012 Audi R8 5.2 FSI because… well, why not? Audi’s 525 horsepower V-10-powered all-wheel drive coupe delivers the impressive performance numbers, stunning design and sheer driving pleasure that might make it the most complete super car on the road today.

2012 Porsche 911 vs. 2012 Audi R8 Track Test Video

Are the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S and Audi R8 4.2 FSI unlikely rivals? We took these sports cars to the track and they match up closer than you’d think.

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2.2 Million More Patient-Victims Of AMCA Data Breach Came Forward

Clinical Pathology Laboratories blamed AMCA for not providing them enough information back in June.

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A month after the medical collection portal owned by the American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA) fell victim to a data breach that has affected more than 20 million of their users from different blood testing laboratories and medical institutions around the country, a new AMCA partner lab came forward and said that their clients were also affected by the data breach.

According to Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL), 2.2 million clients may have had their names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, dates of service, balance information, and treatment provider information stolen from the previously reported data breach involving AMCA.

Last month, data were stolen from users of the AMCA payment portal that was used to pay for laboratory fees by more than 20 million victims. These data include their names, phone numbers, dates of birth, home addresses, social security numbers, credit card numbers, and other bank details.

The list of impacted testing laboratories includes Quest Diagnostics (11.9 million patients), LabCorp (7.7 million patients), BioReference Laboratories (Opko Health subsidiary, 422,600 patients), Carecentrix (500,000 patients), and Sunrise Laboratories (undisclosed number of patients).

This time, Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL) says that an additional 2.2 million victims of the data breach come from their client list, and another 34,500 patients had their credit card or banking information compromised.

The company blamed the late announcement from CPL to AMCA for not providing them with enough information regarding the breach when it was first disclosed in June.

“At the time of AMCA’s initial notification, AMCA did not provide CPL with enough information for CPL to identify potentially affected patients or confirm the nature of patient information potentially involved in the incident, and CPL’s investigation is on-going,” said the company in a statement.

As of today, it is still unclear whether AMCA nor its partner companies have reached out to their clients to personally notify them about the data breach. Back in June, AMCA first disclosed that only 200,000 clients had their data compromised. However, reports from its partners have confirmed that the victim tally reaches 20 million.

AMCA and partners were slapped with lawsuits

AMCA, Quest, and LabCorp in June were slapped with at least 19 lawsuits concerning the data leak. More than 19 class-suite actions have been filed against the three companies for their involvement in the breach and their inability to fulfill the promise of protecting their clients’ sensitive information.

According to one of the lawyers in one of the lawsuits hurdled against the involved companies, healthcare providers are one of the most susceptible entities, but they have lackluster data protection systems.

“Healthcare companies are especially susceptible to data breaches not only because they aggregate a tremendous amount of important and sensitive data, but also because they tend to be less focused on cybersecurity protection than other industries,” said John Yanchunis of Morgan and Morgan, one of the firms who filed lawsuits against Quest Diagnostics.

Yanchunis said that these companies “know [that] they are at an increased risk and yet have not taken the proper steps to protect their patients’ data.”

AMCA filed for bankruptcy

Amid the data breach that centers the American Medical Collection Agency, the company has filed for bankruptcy and laid off more than 70% of its workforce, as cost in mitigating the impacts of the leak has to lead the company to lose a massive amount of money.

According to the company, the data breach “resulted in enormous expenses that were beyond the ability of the Debtor to bear.”

“Almost immediately upon learning of the breach, LabCorp unqualifiedly and indefinitely terminated its relationship with the Debtor,” the filing reads.

“Soon after, Quest Diagnostics, Conduent, Inc., and CareCentrix, Inc. which together with LabCorp were the Debtor’s four largest clients, stopped sending new work to the Debtor, and all terminated or substantially curtailed their business relationships with the Debtor.”

Cybersecurity experts have estimated that the company most likely to spend at least $400,000 for cyber forensics alone. Add to that the cost of IT support, severe restrictions that were put in place to protect AMCA’s network from further intrusion, looming court cases, and the loss of valuable business partners; it is most likely that the company was driven to the abyss of bankruptcy by the data breach.

Of course, to cut cost, AMCA has also laid off employees and only retained those who are significant in the legal battles it faces, including the lawsuits and its request for bankruptcy. AMCA’s current employee count is down from 113 to 25, which practically cut of 78% of its human resources. Fuchs has asked the court to consider a motion which will ensure the firm’s remaining staff will be paid during the process.

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Treasury Chief Says Crypto Is A “National Security Risk”

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Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin | 7/25/17 (Official White House Photo by Ricky Harris)

A new jab was thrown against Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies from the US government after statements from the U.S. Treasury Secretary branded the industry as a “national security threat.”

Facebook’s announcement of Libra has brought crypto and blockchain technology in the center stage, as governments around the world have heightened their scrutiny on the alternative financial system that the industry is offering.

Government executives and high ranking officials have raised concerns on the volatility of the technology, and how it is being used by malicious actors to facilitate illegal transactions such as money laundering and illegal drugs.

Now, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin chimed in the conversation and echoed earlier apprehensions versus Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. The Secretary warns that Bitcoin, as well as, Facebook’s plans for Libra, pose a “national security issue” for the United States.

“This is indeed a national security issue,” Mnuchin told reporters at a press conference yesterday. “Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin have been exploited to support billions of dollars of illicit activity like cyber crime, tax evasion, extortion, ransomware, illicit drugs, and human trafficking,” adding that Facebook’s Libra “could be misused by money launderers and terrorist financiers.”

Mnuchin echoed other politicians stance on Facebook’s Libra venture and said that he was “not comfortable” by the idea of it.

Trump vs. Crypto

In a series of tweets on last week, the POTUS said that he is not a “fan” of cryptocurrencies, asserted that America has only one currency, criticized bitcoin, as well as told Facebook that they need a banking charter if they want to launch their newly announced crypto-based money called Libra.

Trump said cryptocurrencies are not money, and “Unregulated Crypto Assets can facilitate unlawful behavior, including drug trade and other illegal activity.”

“If Facebook and other companies want to become a bank, they must seek a new Banking Charter and become subject to all Banking Regulations,” said the president.

Related: Trump Vs. Crypto: Dollar Is The Only Currency Of The USA

According to the President, the dollar is the only currency in America, and Libra, among other cryptocurrencies, are not “real money.”

“We have only one real currency in the USA, and it is stronger than ever, both dependable and reliable. It is by far the most dominant currency anywhere in the World, and it will always stay that way. It is called the United States Dollar!” Trump said in a tweet.

Trump’s anti-crypto stand was agreed upon by Mnuchin saying that “the president does have concerns as it relates to bitcoin and cryptocurrencies—those are legitimate concerns that we have been working on for a long period of time.”

Democrats vs. Crypto

Joining Trump’s army against cryptocurrencies and Facebook’s Libra plans are Democrats from the Senate who recently circulated a draft proposal that bans big tech companies from issuing digital money.

The bill, which was bluntly named as “Keep Big Tech Out Of Finance Act,” circulates among Democrats majority that leads the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, proves that the US government is not joking about its position against Libra and other similar ventures in the future.

Read More: Democrats Move To Ban Big Techs From Issuing Digital Money

According to the proposed bill, no tech company should be allowed to issue any form of financial services. “A large platform utility may not establish, maintain, or operate a digital asset that is intended to be widely used as a medium of exchange, unit of account, store of value, or any other similar function, as defined by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System,” reads a copy of the bill obtained by Z6Mag.

Furthermore, while the bill does not specify any company, it clearly refers to Facebook, and it’s planned blockchain-based currency, Libra. The “large platform utility” is defined as a technology company with “[an] annual global revenue of $25,000,000,000 or more” and one that is “predominately engaged in the business of offering to the public an online marketplace, an exchange, or a platform for connecting third parties.” This definition seems to be crafted to include Facebook rather than exclude other companies.

It is also worth noting that the proposed legislation also prohibits “large platform utilities” from affiliation with “persons who are a financial institution.” This further includes Facebook’s proactive workaround against possible future laws that may prohibit them from owning Libra.

Nonetheless, the bill is still in its earliest phase yet, and many could happen to move forward. For it to become a law, it still has to withstand the possible opposition by Republicans in both the House and the Senate.

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Senator To Facebook’s Libra: ‘Can People Trust You?’

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When it comes to Facebook’s Libra, the US government has made one thing clear: they don’t trust the tech giant and its plan to release an alternative financial system based on the highly debated blockchain technology.

In a Senate hearing today, a Facebook executive was grilled by lawmakers in the Senate Banking Committee over the plan to issue its digital currency and its possible effect on the global banking and financial ecosystem.

Facebook announced a month ago that it would roll out a new form of digital money, called Libra, which the tech superpower claims to be a stable coin. Unlike its predecessor, Bitcoin, the Silicon Valley giant claims that Libra is a cryptocurrency backed by real-world money and government certificates, and is also supported by a group of corporations such as Mastercard, Paypal, and VISA.

Libra is set to be available for circulation early next year, but a few weeks following Facebook’s announcement, staunch government opposition has proved difficult for Libra to push through with its most ambitious plan.

“Facebook has said ‘just trust us’” Senator Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio, said at the hearing. “And every time Americans trust you, they seem to get burned.”

Many governments around the world have echoed concerns on how Facebook will handle such an ambitious feat. Many claims that because of the company’s reputation in data security, it is hard to trust Facebook in handling people’s money.

“Trust is primordial”

“Do you really think people should trust Facebook with their hard-earned money?” Senator Brown asked Facebook’s exec, David Marcus.

As a response, Marcus said that the company would do its best to protect people’s money, as well as, prevent fraud and other illegal activities that malicious actors may carry out using Facebook’s Libra.

One of the significant critiques against Facebook’s digital money comes from the fact that cryptocurrencies are not well regulated and criminal element can leverage the technology and use Libra for money laundering and other forms of illegal payments.

“We’ve made mistakes in the past,” Mr. Marcus said. “We have been working, and are working hard to get better.”

“Trust is primordial,” he added.

Keep Big Tech Out Of Finance Act

The Senate hearing comes a day after a copy of a draft proposal in the Senate penned by Democrat senators surfaced that practically bans major tech companies from issuing digital currencies.

Read: [Breaking] Democrats Move To Ban Big Techs From Issuing Digital Money

A new draft proposal for the bill, bluntly named as “Keep Big Tech Out Of Finance Act,” that circulates among Democrats majority that leads the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, proves that the US government is serious about its position against Libra and other similar ventures in the future.

According to the proposed bill, no tech company should be allowed to issue any form of financial services. “A large platform utility may not establish, maintain, or operate a digital asset that is intended to be widely used as a medium of exchange, unit of account, store of value, or any other similar function, as defined by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System,” reads a copy of the bill obtained by Z6Mag.

Global fiscal and legislative resistance vs. Libra

Furthermore, while the bill does not specify any company, it clearly refers to Facebook, and it’s planned blockchain-based currency, Libra. The “large platform utility” is defined as a technology company with “[an] annual global revenue of $25,000,000,000 or more” and one that is “predominately engaged in the business of offering to the public an online marketplace, an exchange, or a platform for connecting third parties.” This definition seems to be crafted to include Facebook rather than exclude other companies.

It is also worth noting that the proposed legislation also prohibits “large platform utilities” from affiliation with “persons who are a financial institution.” This further includes Facebook’s proactive workaround against possible future laws that may prohibit them from owning Libra.

European officials have also expressed concern regarding Libra, citing that the system, if widely adopted, could shake the global economy and rival national banks. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire sent a letter to officials from the G7 and International Monetary Fund calling for a group to examine Libra’s impact on the global financial system. Le Maire said that Libra must not become a “sovereign currency,” while a German politician noted Facebook’s potential to become a “shadow bank” to the global financial system.

Aside from European officials, Japanese lawmakers are also investigating the possible impact of Facebook’s Libra in global banking and financial systems ahead of the G-7 Meeting of the country’s finance ministry to be held in France this week.

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