Trump's press — BuzzMachine
Jeff's article about the lapdog mainstream media
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yesterday
Rovio To Cut 260 Jobs As The Angry Birds Franchise Becomes Irrelevant | TechCrunch
It looks like Angry Birds maker Rovio is having some troubles to pay the bills. The Finnish company is about to cut 260 jobs after reducing its workforce by 110 employees in October 2014. At the end of 2013, the company had 800 employees in total.
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yesterday
YouTube Gaming—Google’s Twitch.tv competitor—launches tomorrow | Ars Technica
One year and one day after Google lost Twitch.tv to Amazon, YouTube Gaming is going public. Starting tomorrow, users can head down to ªªhttp://gaming.youtube.com (orºº download the app) to check out the new interface, see who's streaming, or start a stream themselves. We went hands-on with a pre-release version of YouTube shortly after the June announcement, and very soon the site will be ready for public consumption.
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Microsoft: More than 75 million devices now running Windows 10 | ZDNet
Within the first 24 hours of Windows 10's release on July 29, Microsoft said its newest OS was installed on 14 million devices. Two weeks after Windows 10's launch, 12.6 percent of all unique visitors to ZDNet (roughly one out of every eight, including mobile devices) were using Windows 10.
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The GNU Privacy Handbook
A somewhat dated but still valuable explanation of how to use GPG in your daily life.
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yesterday
Staff Exodus, Pressure From Microsoft, Apple Hit Google Now | Re/code
What went unannounced was that most of the original team that built Now had departed, many of them just before I/O, according to multiple sources. Some had grown frustrated that the product, born within Android, was shuttered into search inside of Google, they said. And Sundar Pichai, Google’s SVP and incoming CEO, did not prioritize the product as much as Page.
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2 days ago
Chinese police arrest 15,000 for Internet crimes | Reuters
Police in China said on Tuesday they had arrested about 15,000 people for crimes that "jeopardized Internet security", as the government moves to tighten controls on the Internet.
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4 days ago
Apple says only 1 in 5 people have quit Apple Music | ZDNet
In a survey of 5,000 people in the US, released on Tuesday, music industry research company MusicWatch found that 48 percent of those who had tried out the new online music-streaming service had stopped using it.

However, Apple said that the number is much lower.

"Seventy-nine percent of people who signed up for a trial are using the service," a spokesman for the company said.
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4 days ago
Chromebooks Gaining on iPads in School Sector - The New York Times
Last year, about 3.9 million Chromebooks were shipped in the education sector, an increase in unit sales of more than 310 percent compared with the previous year, IDC said. By contrast, iPad unit sales for education fell last year to 2.7 million devices, compared to 2.9 million in 2013, according to IDC data.
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4 days ago
Apple v. Samsung: Samsung plans to appeal to U.S. Supreme Court - San Jose Mercury News
In court papers filed Wednesday, Samsung moved to put its ongoing patent feud with Apple on hold while it presses its appeal to the nation's high court, which will have an opportunity to weigh in on perhaps the most high-profile tech showdown in recent memory.
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4 days ago
Company pays FCC $750,000 for blocking Wi-Fi hotspots at conventions | Ars Technica
It's the second enforcement action by the FCC taking aim at the blocking of FCC-approved Wi-Fi connections. In October, Marriott Hotel Services reached a $600,000 agreement with the FCC to settle allegations it interfered with and disabled Wi-Fi networks established by consumers in the hotel's conference facilities in Nashville. In January, the FCC issued an enforcement advisory that stated unequivocally Wi-Fi blocking was prohibited. Taken together, the moves should put hotels, convention centers, and just about everyone else on notice that it's unlawful to block FCC-approved Wi-Fi connections.
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8 days ago
Android creator Andy Rubin invests $15M in CastAR to build augmented reality gaming glasses | GamesBeat | Games | by Dean Takahashi
“I was really intrigued by David, Jeri, and Rick’s approach to tackling the problem of how to drive mainstream adoption of AR,” said Rubin, the former Google executive and now managing director at Playground Global, in a statement. “They’re the only company I found to be simplifying the utility and application of augmented and virtual reality technology into a fun, accessible, and portable system that will wow kids and adults alike.”
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8 days ago
Internet Explorer Issued with Emergency Out-of-Band Patch
In its advisory, Microsoft warns that vulnerable computers can be exploited just by visiting maliciously-crafted webpages using Internet Explorer, with no further user interaction is required.
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8 days ago
Intel Skylake CPU details revealed: These faster, more power-efficient chips can even drive three 4K monitors | PCWorld
While Haswell could drive a 4K monitor at only 30Hz, and Broadwell could drive a single 4K monitor at 60Hz, Skylake is capable of driving three panels at 4K resolution and 60Hz.

Intel has also integrated fixed-function support of 4K video processing in hardware. That means Intel has dedicated transistors directly to the job of decoding and encoding 4K. In one demonstration showing playback of a 4K RAW video stream from a Canon video camera, playback was smooth using the Skylake graphics chip, while using just the CPU, it would constantly drop frames.
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8 days ago
Facebook now drives more traffic to media sites than Google - Fortune
Parse.ly’s chief technical officer Andrew Montalenti said in an interview with Fortune that the company’s latest estimates show that social-media sources (of which Facebook FB -0.22% is by far the largest) accounted for about 43% of the traffic to the Parse.ly network of media sites, while Google accounted for just 38%.
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8 days ago
Early Notes on the Ashley Madison Hack - The Awl
3. However, 4chan users, and undoubtedly others, are already combing through data and posting their discoveries. They started by searching for people with government email addresses, university email addresses, and addresses associated with major corporations. This is unfolding very quickly, already revealing the email addresses of students, teachers, public servants and municipal employees.
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8 days ago
Cable TV subscribers plunging - Business Insider
Pacific Crest estimated that the top eight cable providers saw subscriptions fall 463,000 in the second quarter, up from a decline of 141,000 in the same quarter last year.

The firm also estimated that the number of households with cable has fallen 10% in the past five years, while Netflix has seen the number of households with the service nearly double, to 35% from 18%, since the third quarter of 2011.
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8 days ago
A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering: The network is hostile
Anyone who has taken a network security class knows that the first rule of Internet security is that there is no Internet security. Indeed, this assumption is baked into the design of the Internet and most packet-switched networks -- systems where unknown third parties are responsible for handling and routing your data. There is no way to ensure that your packets will be routed as you want them, and there's absolutely no way to ensure that they won't be looked at.
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10 days ago
Jessica Alba’s Startup, Honest, Valued at $1.7 Billion - WSJ
Honest Co., the baby-products retailer co-founded by movie star Jessica Alba, has raised $100 million in a new round of funding, valuing it at about $1.7 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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13 days ago
Microsoft quietly rewrites its activation rules for Windows 10 | ZDNet
The biggest change of all is that the Windows 10 activation status for a device is stored online. After you successfully activate Windows 10 for the first time, that device will activate automatically in the future, with no product key required.
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14 days ago
[GUIDE] How to disable data logging in W10. : Windows10
There's been a lot of commotion over W10's privacy terms. I'm sure these methods can change/improve at any time, but here's a guide which should hopefully give you a relatively more private, safe experience, however at the risk of not being able to enjoy some of W10's features.
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16 days ago
When One App Rules Them All: The Case of WeChat and Mobile in China | Andreessen Horowitz
Ultimately, however, WeChat should matter to all of us because it shows what’s possible when an entire country — which currently has a smartphone penetration of 62% (that’s almost 1/3 of its population) — “leapfrogs” over the PC era directly to mobile. WeChat was not a product that started as a website and then was adapted for mobile, it was (to paraphrase a certain movie) born into it, molded by it.
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16 days ago
To Pin or Not to Pin—Helping App Developers Bullet Proof Their TLS Connections | USENIX
owever, in a nominalactual comparison, we find that only 45 apps actually implement pinning. We collected developer feedback from 45 respondents and learned that only a quarter of them grasp the concept of pinning, but still find pinning too complex to use. Based on their feedback, we built an easy-to-use web-application that supports developers in the decision process and guides them through the correct deployment of a pinning-protected TLS implementation.
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16 days ago
Exclusive: Google planning an affiliate program for Google Play, starting with Movies & Music | 9to5Google
Our source, who requested to remain anonymous, said the program will initially cover only content sold through Play Movies and Music but eventually expand to include apps and even hardware, presumably those devices sold through the Google Store…
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16 days ago
The Invention Of Alphabet Is The Ultimate Larry Page Move | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
I don't expect human beings not employed by Google to divide up Google and Alphabet's operations into neat mental buckets. The Google brand is among the most resonant ones on the planet, and Page says that Alphabet won't even be a consumer brand. A few years from now, people will surely be talking about "Google's self-driving cars," even if they theoretically have nothing to do with Google.
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16 days ago
Force Touch on iPhone 6S revealed: expect shortcuts, faster actions across iOS | 9to5Mac
Because of its small display, the Apple Watch’s Force Touch feature is consistently represented by a grid of options that cover the entirety of the current view on the screen. On the new iPhones, Force Touch will be represented in three ways: no additional user interface as with the subtle integration on the new MacBooks, a user interface that appears surrounding the finger where the Force Touch gesture is conducted, or a shortcut list toward the bottom of the display akin to a typical options list across iOS.
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16 days ago
Verizon will drop phone contracts, end discounted phones - Yahoo News
Under the new plans, which take effect Aug. 13, prices for voice, text and data services will drop by roughly $20 per month compared with subsidized plans. But customers will no longer get the subsidies on the phone, valued at about $19 for an iPhone 6. But there are variations, so some will pay a bit more, others a bit less.

Verizon is also streamlining its data plans to four main options, ranging from "small" at 1 gigabyte to "x-large" at 12 gigabytes, all sharable under family plans. Verizon currently has 15 options ranging from 0.5 gigabyte to 100 gigabytes. Two gigabytes is plenty for most single-line customers, though a few hours of streaming video could eat that up.

Customers will no longer have two-year commitments, but they might be stuck with Verizon for two years anyway as monthly installments for the phone stretch over that time.
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19 days ago
Apple.com Removes Standalone Store Tab, Emphasizes Curation In Huge Redesign
“We redesigned Apple.com knowing that our customers want to explore, research and shop in one place,” said an Apple spokesperson in a statement. “The new Apple.com takes the very best of our existing site and our online store to give customers one simple destination to learn and buy without navigating between two different sites. We’ve also improved several of the site’s features to make shopping easier than ever for our customers.”
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20 days ago
Hackers can remotely steal fingerprints from Android phones | ZDNet
Of the four attacks outlined by the researchers, one in particular -- dubbed the "fingerprint sensor spying attack" -- can "remotely harvest fingerprints in a large scale," Zhang told ZDNet by email.

The attack, which was confirmed on the HTC One Max and Samsung's Galaxy S5, allows a hacker to stealthily acquire a fingerprint image from an affected device because device makers don't fully lock down the sensor.
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21 days ago
Apple Music hooks 11 million trial members, App Store has record July
"We're thrilled with the numbers so far," says Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, adding that of that sum, 2 million have opted for the more lucrative family plan at $14.99 a month for up to six people.
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21 days ago
Attackers can access Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive files without a user's password | ZDNet
The attack works by grabbing the password token, a small file that sits on a user's devices for convenience (which saves the user from entering their password each time). When the token is obtained, either through a phishing attack or a drive-by exploit, it can be used to fool a new machine into thinking the attacker is the account's owner. From there, the attacker can access and steal files, and even add malware or ransomware (which is on the rise) to the victim's cloud folder, which can be used for further attacks.
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21 days ago
Intel targets gamers with sixth-gen 'Skylake' CPU launch
Unfortunately, the i7-6700K offers just a modest performance increase (10 percent) over last-gen Haswell i7-4790K CPUs and little, if any, advantage over the current Haswell-E i7-5820K chip. However, the Skylake models are the first 14-nanometer performance CPUs that Intel has launched, because the lower-powered Broadwell 14-nanometer desktop chips aren't aimed at gamers. The smaller transistors should help overclocking, and rumor has it that the i7-6700K can be pushed to 5GHz, which may give it an edge over current tech. At any rate, with 10-nanometer "Cannonlake" CPUs now delayed, Skylake is it until next year.
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22 days ago
Microsoft unveils Xbox One DVR features, enabling recording and playback of free over-the-air TV - GeekWire
Xbox One owners in the U.S. and Canada have been able to watch free over-the-air TV without a cable subscription since April, and other countries before that. You need to purchase an $80 Hauppauge WinTV-955Q tuner and an HDTV antenna, and then it supports live programming of channels like CBS, NBC, FOX, and PBS.
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22 days ago
Matchstick Cancels Streaming Stick, Reimburses Kickstarter Backers | Variety
“After struggling with the DRM development based on Firefox OS for most of this year, we realize continued development of DRM, though showing early signs of promise, will be a long and difficult road. We have come to the conclusion that we will not be able to reliably predict the completion date of the DRM development without significantly more research, development and integration. “
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23 days ago
EFF, AdBlock and Others Launch New Do Not Track Standard | Threatpost | The first stop for security news
“The failure of the ad industry and privacy groups to reach a compromise on DNT has led to a viral surge in ad blocking, massive losses for Internet companies dependent on ad revenue, and increasingly malicious methods of tracking users and surfacing advertisements online,” said Disconnect CEO Casey Oppenheim. “Our hope is that this new DNT approach will protect a consumer’s right to privacy and incentivize advertisers to respect user choice, paving a path that allows privacy and advertising to coexist.”
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23 days ago
Researchers Create First Firmware Worm That Attacks Macs | WIRED
An attacker could first remotely compromise the boot flash firmware on a MacBook by delivering the attack code via a phishing email and malicious web site. That malware would then be on the lookout for any peripherals connected to the computer that contain option ROM, such as an Apple Thunderbolt Ethernet adapter, and infect the firmware on those. The worm would then spread to any other computer to which the adapter gets connected.
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23 days ago
0-day bug in fully patched OS X comes under active exploit to hijack Macs | Ars Technica
As Ars reported last week, the privilege-escalation bug stems from new error-logging features that Apple added to OS X 10.10. Developers didn't use standard safeguards involving additions to the OS X dynamic linker dyld, a failure that lets attackers open or create files with root privileges that can reside anywhere in the OS X file system. It was disclosed last week by security researcher Stefan Esser.
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23 days ago
Theft, Lies, and Facebook Video — Medium
Facebook says it’s now streaming more video than YouTube. To be able to make that claim, all they had to do was cheat, lie, and steal.
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23 days ago
5 reasons Google+ failed: One power user’s observations | SiliconANGLE
I think it’s pretty obvious to everyone involved now though that Google has completely given up on Google+. Here are some of my observations on four years of Google+ — they are not all related and this is more of a rambling list than anything from someone who probably spent thousands of hours using the product.
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23 days ago
Untitled (http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-siri-voicemail-transcription-service-2015-8?op=1)
Apple is preparing to launch a voicemail service that will use Siri to transcribe your messages
from twitter
24 days ago
Former US national security officials back end-to-end encryption
Former US national security officials back end-to-end encryption
from twitter
24 days ago
Apple Expected to Launch New iMacs With Improved Processors and Display Quality This Quarter - Mac Rumors
Apple Expected to Launch New iMacs With Improved Processors and Display Quality This Quarter
from twitter
24 days ago
Nvidia recalls Shield Android tablets over battery fire fears
Nvidia recalls Shield Android tablets over battery fire fears
from twitter
27 days ago
NBCUniversal Set to Invest in BuzzFeed, Vox Media | Re/code
Sources say Comcast’s TV and film unit has a “handshake” agreement with BuzzFeed, which raised $50 million last year at a $850 million valuation. NBCU also is negotiating to invest in Vox Media, which owns this website, in a deal that would value Vox at $850 million. Last fall Vox Media raised money at a $380 million valuation.
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27 days ago
Windows 10 – The First 24 Hours | Blogging Windows
ut Windows 10 in phases, delivering Windows 10 first to our Windows Insiders. While we now have more than 14 million devices running Windows 10, we still have many more upgrades to go before we catch up to each of you that reserved your upgrade. Rest assured we are working 24×7 to continue the upgrade process and are prioritizing the quality of your upgrade experience over anything else. We are grateful for your excitement and enthusiasm and we appreciate your patience over the days and weeks ahead as we carefully roll out Windows 10 in phases to all of you that have reserved.
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27 days ago
Apple Will Debut New Apple TV In September - BuzzFeed News
Sources familiar with Apple’s plans tell BuzzFeed News that the company intends to announce its next-generation Apple TV in September, at the same event at which it typically unveils its new iPhones. The device itself is pretty much as we described it to you in March, sources say, but “more polished” after some additional tweaks. Expect a refreshed and slimmer chassis and new innards; Apple’s A8 system on chip; a new remote that sources say has been “drastically improved” by a touch-pad input; an increase in on-board storage; and an improved operating system that will support Siri voice control. Crucially, the new Apple TV will debut alongside a long-awaited App Store and the software development kit developers need to populate it.
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27 days ago
Wired to fail - Tony Romm - POLITICO
A POLITICO investigation has found that roughly half of the nearly 300 projects RUS approved as part of the 2009 Recovery Act have not yet drawn down the full amounts they were awarded. All RUS-funded infrastructure projects were supposed to have completed construction by the end of June, but the agency has declined to say whether these rural networks have been completed. More than 40 of the projects RUS initially approved never got started at all, raising questions about how RUS screened its applicants and made its decisions in the first place.
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29 days ago
Super Bowl Ads: CBS To Live-Stream Commercials In Media Industry First | Variety
The move represents “a significant industry admission that the manner by which viewers are watching TV — or better, ‘consuming video’ — has, effectively, migrated to a variety of screen environments beyond the confines of just the TV set,” said Tim Hanlon, a longtime student of the future of TV advertising and founder and chief executive of Vertere Group, a Chicago-based media-industry consultant. “Given that splintering of viewing behavior, why wouldn’t advertisers demand that the presenting broadcaster ensure that their expensive and heavily promoted ads are seen across every viewing environment by which the game is being watched?”
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29 days ago
"Happy Birthday" Lawsuit: "Smoking Gun" Emerges in Bid to Free World's Most Popular Song - Hollywood Reporter
The filmmakers working on a documentary about the world's most popular song, "Happy Birthday to You," and currently suing Warner/Chappell for the right to use the song in the documentary without any license fee, filed court papers on Monday touting newly uncovered evidence that "proves conclusively that there is no copyright to the Happy Birthday lyrics."
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4 weeks ago
Official Google Blog: Everything in its right place
So in the coming months, a Google Account will be all you’ll need to share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel and more, all across Google. YouTube will be one of the first products to make this change, and you can learn more on their blog. As always, your underlying Google Account won’t be searchable or followable, unlike public Google+ profiles. And for people who already created Google+ profiles but don’t plan to use Google+ itself, we’ll offer better options for managing and removing those public profiles.
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4 weeks ago
Smoking Gun: MPAA Emails Reveal Plan To Run Anti-Google Smear Campaign Via Today Show And WSJ | Techdirt
Media: We want to make sure that the media is at the NAAG meeting. We propose working with MPAA (Vans), Comcast, and NewsCorp (Bill Guidera) to see about working with a PR firm to create an attack on Google (and others who are resisting AG efforts to address online piracy). This PR firm can be funded through a nonprofit dedicated to IP issues. The "live buys" should be available for the media to see, followed by a segment the next day on the Today Show (David green can help with this). After the Today Show segment, you want to have a large investor of Google (George can help us determine that) come forward and say that Google needs to change its behavior/demand reform. Next, you want NewsCorp to develop and place an editorial in the WSJ emphasizing that Google's stock will lose value in the face of a sustained attack by AGs and noting some of the possible causes of action we have developed.
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4 weeks ago
Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million cars after Jeep hack - BBC News
Fiat Chrysler said exploiting the flaw "required unique and extensive technical knowledge, prolonged physical access to a subject vehicle and extended periods of time to write code" and added manipulating its software "constitutes criminal action".
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4 weeks ago
Steve Jobs Made Warner Music Sue My Startup — Startup Study Group — Medium
I asked Howie, why is it that Warner chose to sue SeeqPod? He said that they maintained a short list of companies and we were on top of that list. I then asked how we wound up on the list and at the top. This is when he mentioned that Steve Jobs had held meetings with several labels including Warner and disagreed with streaming music services like SeeqPod and that companies like ours would inhibit a deal between Apple and the labels, so they collectively decided to keep a running list of “problem” companies that need to be “addressed” by Warner. It was at this point I realized we were not in a fight with the labels but in a proxy war waged by Apple against innovative music technology companies.
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5 weeks ago
Google Online Security Blog: New research: Comparing how security experts and non-experts stay safe online
More broadly, our findings highlight fundamental misunderstandings about basic online security practices. Software updates, for example, are the seatbelts of online security; they make you safer, period. And yet, many non-experts not only overlook these as a best practice, but also mistakenly worry that software updates are a security risk.
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5 weeks ago
Apple Music is a nightmare and I’m done with it
I trusted my data to Apple and they failed. I also failed by not backing up my library before installing Apple Music. I will not make either of those mistakes again.
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5 weeks ago
In Silicon Valley, many want sharing salary info to be less taboo - The Washington Post
Baker shared her tweets on Friday, and in the days since they have gone viral. She's been called brave, bold, even a superhero—not only for creating the spreadsheet, but for going public on how she says Google responded. "I think it was extremely brave," said Lynn Root, an engineer at Spotify who has created a database containing public salary data for H-1B visas in the tech industry. "I don’t think I would have the guts to do that." 
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