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Huawei will delay Mate X foldable phone launch until September
The company had initially targeted a June launch, but a spokesperson told CNBC, that it was doing extra tests after Samsung’s foldable smartphone broke down earlier this year during reviews by the media.
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Hackers behind dangerous oil and gas intrusions are probing US power grids | Ars Technica
In a new troubling escalation, hackers behind at least two potentially fatal intrusions on industrial facilities have expanded their activities to probing dozens of power grids in the US and elsewhere, researchers with security firm Dragos reported Friday.
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U.S. Escalates Online Attacks on Russia’s Power Grid - The New York Times
Bolton, said the United States was now taking a broader view of potential digital targets as part of an effort “to say to Russia, or anybody else that’s engaged in cyberoperations against us, ‘You will pay a price.’”

Power grids have been a low-intensity battleground for years.

Since at least 2012, current and former officials say, the United States has put reconnaissance probes into the control systems of the Russian electric grid.
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4 days ago by leolaporte
Amazon Spark, the retailer’s two-year-old Instagram competitor, has shut down | TechCrunch
Amazon Spark had been a fairly bland service, if truth be told. Unlike on Instagram, where people follow their friend, interests, brands like they like, and people they find engaging or inspiring, Spark was focused on the shopping and the sale. While it tried to mock the Instagram aesthetic at times with fashion inspiration images or highly posed travel photos, it lacked Instagram’s broader appeal. Your friends weren’t there and there weren’t any Instagram Stories, for example. Everything felt too transactional.
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Concerns Over Facebook Data Use Derailed at Least 3 Crypto Partnerships - CoinDesk
Blockchain consultant Maya Zehavi told CoinDesk she is concerned the GlobalCoin consortium with Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and Facebook could create a system with limited accountability yet ample power to exclude individual users from commerce. Plus, there’s reportedly a $10 million minimum charge for prospective GlobalCoin node operators.

“They are creating an anti-competitive moat,” Zehavi said, adding:
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4 days ago by leolaporte
Google’s login chief doesn’t mind Apple’s new sign-in button - The Verge
We only log the moment of authentication. It’s not used for any sort of re-targeting. It’s not used for any sort of advertising. It’s not distributed anywhere. And it’s partly there for user control so that they can go back and see what’s happened. We have a page, part of our security checkup, that says, “here’s all the connected apps, and you can go and break that connection.” This current product, I haven’t seen how it will be built, but it sounds like they will log that moment as well and then also, every email that’s ever sent by that company, which sounds a lot more invasive. But we’ll see how the details work out.
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6 days ago by leolaporte
Popular Soccer App Spied on Fans Through Phone Microphone to Catch Bars Pirating Game Streams
Spain’s data protection agency has fined La Liga, the nation’s top professional soccer league, 250,000 euros ($283,000 USD) for using the league’s phone app to spy on its fans. With millions of downloads, the app was reportedly being used to surveil bars in an effort to catch establishments playing matches on television without a license.
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6 days ago by leolaporte
Sprint and T-Mobile Merger Faces New Hurdle With Lawsuit by States - The New York Times
“exactly the sort of consumer-harming, job-killing megamerger our antitrust laws were designed to prevent.”
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7 days ago by leolaporte
The One Rule of Content Moderation That Every Platform Follows
What should be clear to both sides, by now, is the extent to which these massive corporations are making up the rules of online speech as they go along. In the absence of any independent standards or accountability, public opinion has become an essential part of the process by which their moderation policies evolve.
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7 days ago by leolaporte
Fortnite maker Epic acquires social video app Houseparty | TechCrunch
What does a gaming company do after raising $1.25 billion? Acquisitions seem like a pretty good place to start. Epic Games — of Unreal Engine and the ridiculously successful Fortnite phenomenon — has has just picked up Houseparty. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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7 days ago by leolaporte
You (probably) don’t need ReCAPTCHA | kevv.net
t’s worth noting how much easier it is to successfully solve ReCAPTCHAs when the user is logged into their Google account, thus allowing Google to associate their actions with their real identity. A similar effect is often reported for users of non-Google browsers, who notice ReCAPTCHAs take more time to complete in Firefox over Chrome. This is in-line with many other anti-competitive techniques that Google has used over the years to help grow their market share.
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7 days ago by leolaporte
Mary Meeker’s most important trends on the internet - Vox
Images are increasingly the means by which people communicate, as technology developments like faster wifi and better phone cameras have encouraged a surge in image taking. More than 50 percent of Twitter impressions now involve posts with images, video or other media; Twitter used to be text-only.
The number of interactive gamers worldwide grew 6 percent to 2.4 billion people last year, as interactive games like Fortnite become the new social media for certain people. The number of people who watch those games — rather than participate — is swelling, too.
As privacy becomes a bigger selling point, expect more options to make your online communications safe. In Q1, 87 percent of global web traffic was encrypted, up from 53 percent three years ago.
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7 days ago by leolaporte
The Day the Music Burned - The New York Times
These epiphanies would not have been possible without masters. “Working without the master tapes,” Martin says, “would be like a chef having to use precooked food.”
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7 days ago by leolaporte
This Deepfake of Mark Zuckerberg Tests Facebook’s Fake Video Policies - VICE
The video, created by artists Bill Posters and Daniel Howe in partnership with advertising company Canny, shows Mark Zuckerberg sitting at a desk, seemingly giving a sinister speech about Facebook's power. The video is framed with broadcast chyrons that say "We're increasing transparency on ads," to make it look like it's part of a news segment.
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7 days ago by leolaporte
Apple Has Capacity to Make All iPhones for U.S. Outside of China - Bloomberg
The Cupertino, Calif.-based company’s primary manufacturing partner has enough capacity to make all iPhones bound for the U.S. outside of China if necessary, according to a senior executive at Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. The Taiwanese contract manufacturer now makes most of the smartphones in the Chinese mainland.
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7 days ago by leolaporte
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg reached out to Speaker Pelosi. She hasn’t called him back. - The Washington Post
Pelosi’s decision not to engage with Zuckerberg, one of the most powerful technology executives in the world, reflects her frustration with how Facebook handled a manipulated video clip of remarks by the speaker, said the people, who were not authorized to speak publicly.
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7 days ago by leolaporte
News Publishers Go To War With the Internet — and We All Lose
Most legacy publishers have come up with no sustainable business strategy for a changing world. So they try to stop the world from changing by unleashing their trade associations [read: lobbyists] on capitals from Brussels to Berlin to London to Melbourne to Washington
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8 days ago by leolaporte
Border Agency’s Images of Travelers Stolen in Hack - The New York Times
An official at the agency said it learned on May 31 that a federal subcontractor had transferred copies of the images to the subcontractor’s network, which the agency said was done without its knowledge and in violation of the contract. The subcontractor’s network was then hacked.
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8 days ago by leolaporte
Apple is Listening – Marco.org
By the end of 2016, in addition to the generally buggy, neglected state macOS seemed to be perpetually stuck in, Apple had replaced its entire “pro” Mac lineup with controversial, limiting products that seemed optimized to flex Apple’s industrial-design muscles rather than actually addressing their customers’ needs.
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8 days ago by leolaporte

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