Exclusive: Nest is working on a 4K camera with advanced smart features
Google-owned Nest used to be one of the few companies selling WiFi home security cameras, but now everyone is doing it. While Nest still has a very polished solution, other companies are quickly closing in. So, what can Nest do to set itself apart? We've learned from a trusted source that Nest is on the verge of announcing a 4K home security camera, but it won't actually record in 4K. Instead, it uses the 4K resolution to power some cool zooming tricks.
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The inevitable rise of the robocops - CNN.com
Dubai Police is about to test these waters in the mildest way possible when it introduces the first of a fleet of robots into its ranks on May 24. Skynet this is not, but with Dubai planning to recruit enough robots to make up 25% of its police force by 2030, it does throw up plenty of questions.
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LeEco: massive layoffs expected, Tuesday meeting
LeEco started out in China as a streaming media provider — it has been referred to as the "Netflix of China" — and looked to expand into the US by selling affordable hardware that linked consumers to media content from LeEco's partners. Its first batch of products included two smartphones and several TVs, all of which offered flagship-level specs at affordable prices. The idea, it seemed, was that LeEco would make its money back when consumers tuned in to partner programming. When it made its debut in the US in October 2016, it also promised more, including VR headsets and an electric bicycle.
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How Anker is beating Apple and Samsung at their own accessory game - The Verge
Portable chargers had a bit of a standout moment last summer, when players of the wildly popular and battery-hogging Pokémon Go could be seen roaming the streets, their phones constantly plugged in. But these accessories have existed for years as a remedy for our battery woes since the standard smartphone tends to last no more than a day on a single charge. So in airports, the back of cabs, and on city streets we’re plugging into lithium-ion slabs in our pockets and bags to stay connected. The market for portable battery packs generated $360 million in the 12 months ending in March 2017 in the US alone. The brands behind these packs are largely anonymous — Kmashi, Jackery, and iMuto — and they often stay that way.
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22 minutes ago
AWS signs Java 'father' James Gosling | VentureBeat | Cloud | by Blair Hanley Frank
Amazon Web Services has added another computer science heavyweight to its employee roster. James Gosling, often referred to as the “Father of Java,” announced on Facebook Monday that he would be joining the cloud provider as a distinguished engineer.
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23 minutes ago
Apple and Nokia Settle Patent Dispute With New Licensing Agreement - Mac Rumors
In December of last year, Nokia filed multiple complaints against Apple in several countries, accusing the Cupertino company of infringing several of its patents. In response, Apple sued Nokia in an antitrust lawsuit against several patent assertion entities which it claimed were trying to collect excessive fees for Nokia patents. Apple had established FRAND (Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory) deals with Nokia, but by transferring patents to patent holding companies, additional royalties can be demanded.

Just days after the legal dispute flared up, Apple pulled all Withings-branded, Nokia-owned accessories from its online and retail stores around the world. Nokia stood its ground, however, claiming that it had not been able to reach a licensing agreement with Apple and therefore had to defend its rights.
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23 minutes ago
U.S. top court tightens patent suit rules in blow to 'patent trolls' | Reuters
The ruling is likely to lessen the steady flow of patent litigation filed in a single federal court district in rural East Texas because of its reputation for having rules and juries that favor plaintiffs bringing infringement suits.
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12 hours ago
Fourteen and feel like a failure? Facebook feels your pain, and sells it to the highest bidder.
Facebook that revealed the company had offered advertisers the opportunity to target 6.4 million younger users, some only 14 years old, during moments of psychological vulnerability, such as when they felt “worthless,” “insecure,” “stressed,” “defeated,” “anxious,” and like a “failure.”
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22 hours ago
I miss Mullaley: Ford Ousts Mark Fields as C.E.O. and Installs Jim Hackett - The New York Times
During Mr. Fields’s three-year tenure — a period when Ford’s shares dropped 40 percent — he came under fire from investors and the company’s board for failing to expand the company’s core auto business and for lagging in developing the high-tech cars of the future.
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23 hours ago
Theresa May Wants To Regulate The Internet
Pull the various tech-related manifesto pledges together and – if the polls are correct and May wins a majority in next month's election – the Conservatives could have a mandate from the British public for a significant extension of internet regulation, all based on the idea that a government's duty to protect citizens exists just as much on the internet as it does in the real world.
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Flying high: Americans no longer have to register non-commercial drones with the FAA - Recode
The court ruled that the FAA’s drone registration rules, which have been in place since 2015, were in violation of a law passed by Congress in 2012. That law, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act, prohibited the FAA from passing any rules on the operation of model aircraft — in other words, rules that restrict how non-commercial hobbyist drone operators fly.
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Reporter manhandled by FCC guards because he asked question | National Press Club
The reporter, John M. Donnelly of CQ Roll Call, is an award-winning journalist. He is also chairman of the National Press Club’s Press Freedom Team and president of the Military Reporters & Editors association. He has chaired the NPC Board of Governors and formerly served on the Standing Committee of Correspondents in the U.S. Congress, which credentials the Washington press corps.
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You say tomato: Restaurant search service Zomato hacked, says 17 million customer email addresses and passwords stolen | VentureBeat | Security | by Paul Sawers
Zomato, which claims 120 million users each month, said that around 17 million accounts are affected, though it has asserted that financial information and other personal details remain safe. The company also said that the passwords should be safe because that they were hashed, meaning they are essentially a random string of characters that bear no relation to the actual password they conceal.
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FCC moves ahead with plan to scrap net neutrality rules - Go to http://dearfcc.org and comment now!
The FCC will take comments from the public about the proposal, setting up a final vote that Pai has said he hopes will come later this year. That could be complicated if Democrat Mignon Clyburn leaves the commission when her term ends in June. With only two members, the commission would lack a quorum.
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Troy Hunt: Everything you need to know about the WannaCry / Wcry / WannaCrypt ransomware
It's able to do this where the machine supporting the protocol has not received the critical MS-17-010 security patch from Microsoft which was issued on the 14th of March and addresses vulnerabilities in SMBv1 (Microsoft doesn't mention SMBv2 but Kaspersky has stated that WannaCry targets v2 as has Symantec). In other words, you had to be almost 2 months behind in your patch cycle in order to get hit with this. Windows 10 machines were not subject to the vulnerability this patch addressed and are therefore not at risk of the malware propagating via this vector. Likewise, I've seen no commentary suggesting that other SMB implementations such as Samba are impacted.
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8 days ago
Don’t Let Facebook Make You Miserable - don't compare your insides with other people's insides.
On social media, the top descriptors to complete the phrase “My husband is …” are “the best,” “my best friend,” “amazing,” “the greatest” and “so cute.” On Google, one of the top five ways to complete that phrase is also “amazing.” So that checks out. The other four: “a jerk,” “annoying,” “gay” and “mean.”
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Handbrake Mirror Download Server Compromised
Anyone who has downloaded HandBrake on Mac between [02/May/2017 14:30 UTC] and [06/May/2017 11:00 UTC] needs to verify the SHA1 / 256 sum of the file before running it.
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16 days ago
AMT flaw in Intel chips is worse than anyone thought | Ars Technica
AMT, which is available with many vPro processors, was set up to require a password before it could be remotely accessed over a Web browser interface. But, remarkably, that authentication mechanism can be bypassed by entering any text string—or no text at all. According to a blog post published Friday by Tenable Network Security, the cryptographic hash that the interface's digest access authentication requires to verify someone is authorized to log in can be anything at all, including no string at all.
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What it's like to have a surprise dinner with Mark Zuckerberg - Business Insider
But if there's one message Zuckerberg and his dozens of staffers want to get across, it's that this U.S. tour is not an elaborate publicity stunt designed to set the stage for his eventual run for office. After his surprise dinner with Zuckerberg last week, Daniel Moore said he was instructed by the CEO's spokeswoman to "hammer home" to anyone who asked that Zuckerberg had no aspirations to make a presidential bid.
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16 days ago
Who needs the FCC? Seattle writes its own broadband privacy rule | TechCrunch
The city found its authority in the municipal code governing cable franchises; the rules on the books are mostly about TV service, but setting “privacy standards for subscribers of cable service and other services provided over the cable system” seems well within the mandate.
The new rule was added yesterday; it requires cable internet providers to obtain opt-in consent before using web browsing history or other internet usage data for its own purposes.
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16 days ago
Take my money: This is Amazon’s new Echo with a built-in touchscreen | AFTVnews
Here is the first look at what Amazon’s upcoming Echo with a built-in touchscreen looks like. I was able to locate this unfortunately low resolution image on Amazon’s servers in a similar manner to how I found what we now know to be the Echo Look. This new member of the Echo lineup is codenamed “Knight” and is expected to be released later this month.
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16 days ago
VR Dating? Facebook premium TV shows launch date and details revealed - Business Insider
Multiple people mentioned Netflix's "House of Cards" as a representation of the caliber of shows that have been pitched to Facebook for its higher tier, while another cited "Scandal" as an example. As for the lower tier, Facebook is looking for production budgets that fall somewhere between TV and digital shows, similar to the shows on Verizon's go90 service, one person said.

One show Facebook has greenlit is a virtual-reality dating show from Conde Nast Entertainment in which people go on first dates in VR before they meet in real life, according to one person who asked not to be named because the discussions are private. At Conde Nast's NewFront presentation on Tuesday, the company confirmed that it had a new video project with Facebook, but didn't give details. 
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17 days ago
It looks like Amazon’s Video app is finally coming to Apple TV this summer - Recode
The tech giants, who are increasingly competing for customers’ time, eyeballs and money, are close to an agreement to bring an Amazon video app to Apple’s Apple TV set-top box, according to people familiar with the two companies.
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17 days ago
Cord Cutters: Americans Are Dropping Landline Phones, Says CDC | Fortune.com
In the CDC survey for the second half of 2016, 50.8% of households had only mobile service, up from 48.3% a year earlier. Another 39.4% of households had both types of service and 6.5% had landlines only. The survey, released on Thursday, found 3.2% of homes had no phone connection of any kind. The CDC surveyed almost 20,000 households during the six-month period.
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17 days ago
Microsoft will ‘show the world what’s next’ at May 23rd event in Shanghai - The Verge
Microsoft is holding an event this month, the company announced tonight, at which it says it will “show the world what’s next.” The event will take place in Shanghai on May 23rd, but Microsoft didn’t specify either the precise location of the event or exactly what it will be showing. The company did tell The Verge to expect new hardware, however.

There are some additional clues to that new hardware to be gleaned from social media. Panos Panay — Microsoft’s vice president of devices and the creator of the Surface — tweeted the announcement alongside the hashtag “#Surface.” The tag, and Panay’s planned attendance in Shanghai, could mean that Microsoft is ready to show off the Surface Pro 5.
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17 days ago
Exclusive: Uber faces criminal probe over software used to evade authorities | Reuters
The U.S. Department of Justice has begun a criminal investigation into Uber Technologies Inc's use of a software tool that helped its drivers evade local transportation regulators, two sources familiar with the situation said.
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17 days ago
With 40 New Original Shows, YouTube Targets TV's Breadbasket - Bloomberg
Comedian Kevin Hart, talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres and the comedy duo Rhett & Link are producing unscripted shows that will debut this year, YouTube will announce at an event for advertisers in New York Thursday. Alphabet Inc.’s Google also will increase its spending on YouTube Red, a paid video and music streaming service launched in October 2015.
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18 days ago
Sprint's Magic Box boosts your 4G LTE at home for free - CNET
The devices will be available to "qualifying" customers free of charge, Sprint said. It will first offer them to business customers, but consumers who want one for their homes may also sign up for Magic Box in the future. Sprint hasn't provided information on who a "qualifying" customer is, but customers can check the Sprint website to see if they qualify.
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18 days ago
How your selfie could affect your life insurance
Several life insurance companies are testing Lapetus technology that uses facial analytics and other data to estimate life expectancy, he says. (Lapetus would not disclose the names of companies testing its product.) Insurers use life expectancy estimates to make policy approval and pricing decisions. Lapetus says its product, Chronos, would enable a customer to buy life insurance online in as little as 10 minutes without taking a life insurance medical exam.
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18 days ago
How Cloudflare Helps Serve Up Hate on the Web - ProPublica
“A website is speech. It is not a bomb,” Cloudflare’s CEO Matthew Prince wrote in a 2013 blog post defending his company’s stance. “There is no imminent danger it creates and no provider has an affirmative obligation to monitor and make determinations about the theoretically harmful nature of speech a site may contain.”
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18 days ago
After years of warnings, mobile network hackers exploit SS7 flaws to drain bank accounts • The Register
O2-Telefonica in Germany has confirmed to Süddeutsche Zeitung that some of its customers have had their bank accounts drained using a two-stage attack that exploits SS7.

In other words, thieves exploited SS7 to intercept two-factor authentication codes sent to online banking customers, allowing them to empty their accounts. The thefts occurred over the past few months, according to multiple sources.
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18 days ago
Oculus Story Studio: Facebook Is Closing Its VR Storytelling Unit | Variety
UPDATED: Oculus Story Studio, the award-winning studio behind virtual reality (VR) short films like “Dear Angelica” and “Henry,” is being shut down, Facebook announced Thursday afternoon. The studio’s 50 staffers are encouraged to apply for new jobs within Oculus, but all ongoing projects of the studio are being cancelled.

“We’ve been looking at the best way to allocate our resources to create an impact on the ecosystem,” said Oculus VP of Content Jason Rubin in a blog post. “After careful consideration, we’ve decided to shift our focus away from internal content creation to support more external production. As part of that shift, we’ll be winding down Story Studio.”
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FBI director Comey backs new Feinstein push for decrypt bill | TechCrunch
He also supported what appears to be a fresh push by Senator Dianne Feinstein to introduce legislation to enable courts to order access to encrypted devices.
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Looking for "the one sentence:" What to expect from Apple's earnings - Axios
What I'm looking for: The main thing I am looking for is "the one sentence." By that, I mean that one line Apple sometimes gives on a new area. "TV is a hobby," was an early example of this. I want to know what Apple has to say, for example, about cars.
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21 days ago
Can you say Alcantara? Surface Laptop images leak ahead of Microsoft's event - The Verge
Microsoft appears to be launching a Surface Laptop at its event in New York City tomorrow. Twitter user WalkingCat has shared several images of what is reportedly simply just "Surface Laptop," and it looks like Microsoft's answer to Google's Chromebook Pixel. The Surface Laptop will reportedly include a 13.5-inch PixelSense display and ship in four colors: platinum, burgundy, cobalt blue, and graphite gold.
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21 days ago
SiriusXM acquires connected car company Automatic for over $100M | TechCrunch
SiriusXM has acquired Automatic, the maker of the Automatic Pro and Automatic Lite connected car OBD-II port accessories. The deal is acknowledged by SiriusXM CFO David Frear to be worth a little north of $100 million, and SiriusXM and Automatic both note in releases announcing the news that the brand will remain separate, and Automatic’s products and team will remain focused on the same mission. For Automatic users, the change won’t provide any disruption to their device use, Automatic says.
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21 days ago
China is recruiting 20,000 people to write its own Wikipedia – VICE News
Known as the “Chinese Encyclopedia,” the country’s national encyclopedia will go online for the first time in 2018, and the government has employed tens of thousands of scholars from universities and research institutes who will contribute articles in more than 100 disciplines. The end result will be a knowledge base with more than 300,000 entries, each of which will be about 1,000 words long.
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21 days ago
My tailor is swift: Amid Brick-and-Mortar Travails, a Tipping Point for Amazon in Apparel - The New York Times
It is looking at ways to keep expanding, too. Amazon is exploring the possibility of selling custom-fit clothing, tailored to the more precise measurements of customers, and it has considered acquiring clothing manufacturers to further expand its presence in the category.
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21 days ago
Facebook has found a head of news products to help fight its false news problem - Recode
Hardiman fits the bill, apparently. She joined Facebook last summer from the Times, where she was leading mobile and news products like the publication’s mobile news app, according to her Facebook post.

Now she’ll work with publishers to help build “storytelling formats,” like Facebook’s Instant Articles product, and will also try to “continue curbing the spread of false news” on Facebook, she wrote.
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21 days ago
Twitter still thinks it’s a TV platform — and here are its dozen new shows - Recode
The Verge: Coming this fall, Circuit Breaker: The Verge's Gadget Show is a weekly live program that will review and experiment with the hottest gadgets everyone wants right now, and the weirdest ones we'll want tomorrow, hosted by The Verge's Nilay Patel.
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21 days ago
Major apps abandoning Apple Watch, including Google Maps, Amazon & eBay [u]
In recent months, major companies that offered dedicated Apple Watch apps have since abandoned the platform, quietly removing support for watchOS in updates submitted to the App Store.




In the last few weeks, the latest update for Google Maps on iOS ditched support for the Apple Watch. Its removal was not mentioned in the release notes, and Google has not indicated whether support for watchOS will be reinstated.

It's the same story with Amazon and eBay, both of which previously included Apple Watch support in their iOS apps. Both were updated in late April, and as of Monday, neither includes an Apple Watch app.
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21 days ago
Apple’s Cash Hoard Set to Top $250 Billion - WSJ
Apple Inc. is expected to report Tuesday that its stockpile of cash has topped a quarter of a trillion dollars, an unrivaled hoard that is greater than the market value of either Wal-Mart Stores Inc. or Procter & Gamble Co. and exceeds the foreign-currency reserves held by the U.K. and Canada combined.

The money, more than 90% of which is stockpiled outside of the U.S., has drawn fresh attention as President Donald Trump has proposed slashing business taxes and granting a one-time tax holiday on corporate cash brought home. Those policies could ratchet up pressure on the tech giant to dole out more money to shareholders or make splashy acquisitions.
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21 days ago
President Trump is launching a new tech group to ‘transform and modernize’ the U.S. government - Recode
The gathering is part of a new effort, called the American Technology Council, commissioned by Trump in an executive order signed this morning. The effort seeks to bring leading government officials together with Silicon Valley’s top minds in order to “transform and modernize” the aging federal bureaucracy “and how it uses and delivers information.”
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21 days ago
PSA: Again, another reason not to open attachments from strangers | iMore
Check Point explains that the initial contact is via a phishing email (currently targeted at European users). When a person downloads an attachment (called Dokument.ZIP) from the email, it copies itself to the Mac and then displays a false message saying the file couldn't be opened because it was damaged. It will then execute itself and send another pop up message that will tell you there is a new update to your Mac's software and tell you to click "Update All" right within the message, at which point you'll be asked to enter your password to continue.
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22 days ago
Turkey blocks Wikipedia under law designed to protect national security | World news | The Guardian
Turkey has blocked Wikipedia, the country’s telecommunications watchdog said on Saturday, citing a law that allows it to ban access to websites deemed obscene or a threat to national security.
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23 days ago
How to Detect Fake News in Real-Time
I would expect them to target fake news narrowly to only encompass factual claims that are demonstrably wrong. They should avoid policing opinion or claims that cannot be checked. Platforms like to avoid controversy and a narrow, crisp definition will keep them out of the woods.
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23 days ago
PlayStation 4 has never been more important to Sony
Sony's PlayStation division has never been more important to its bottom line. The company posted some lacklustre numbers today for the fiscal year ending on March 31st, but its video game efforts continue to impress. The company sold 20 million PlayStation 4 consoles over the 12-month period, beating the 17.7 million figure posted in its 2015 fiscal year. Those numbers helped Sony's gaming division pull in 1,650 billion yen (roughly $14.73 billion), a 6.3 percent increase year-over-year. More importantly, gaming-related profit rose by an impressive 46.9 billion yen to 135.6 billion yen (roughly $1.1 billion), up from 88.7 billion yen the year prior.
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23 days ago
Google's search for non-ad revenue puts spotlight on cloud, Pixel | Reuters
The business, categorized as "Other Revenue" in its earnings report, posted a 49.4 percent jump in revenue to $3.10 billion on Thursday – a sum already bigger than Twitter Inc's annual revenue.

The business now represents about 13 percent of Alphabet's total revenue, compared with 10 percent a year earlier.
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23 days ago
Cloud Produces Sunny Earnings at Amazon, Microsoft and Alphabet - The New York Times
In their quarterly earnings reports on Thursday, the three said cloud computing — through which they rent computing services and online access to software hosted in their data centers — was growing faster than their larger, older businesses.
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24 days ago
Cloudflare Orbit Wants to Secure the Internet of Things a Whole New Way | WIRED #sponsor
“The traffic to and from [IoT devices] will pass through Cloudflare’s global network. The idea is we’ll patch it in place,” says Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince. “What sits behind us might still be vulnerable, but it buys some time for the software developer or the hardware developer to get the patch itself right and for people to apply that patch over time. So it’s an additional layer of security.”
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24 days ago
Microsoft: Surface revenues lower than expected in its latest quarter | ZDNet
Surface revenue decreased $285 million or 26 percent, compared to the year-ago quarter, primarily due to a reduction in volumes sold, according to Microsoft's 10-Q for the quarter. Surface revenues this quarter were $831 million, down from $1.3 billion in the same quarter a year ago.
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24 days ago
Yay for the 4th ammendment: N.S.A. Halts Collection of Americans’ Emails - The New York Times
The decision is a major development in American surveillance policy. It brings to an end a once-secret form of wiretapping that privacy advocates have argued overstepped the Fourth Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches — even though the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court upheld it as lawful — because the government was intercepting communications based on what they say, rather than who sent or received them.
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24 days ago
Nice work if you can get it: Marissa Mayer Will Make $186 Million on Yahoo’s Sale to Verizon - The New York Times
That compensation, which will be fully vested at the time of the shareholder vote, does not include her salary and bonuses over the past five years, or the value of other stock that Ms. Mayer has already sold. All told, her time at Yahoo will have netted her well over $200 million, according to calculations based on company filings.
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26 days ago
It's Marketing, too: Instagram’s Latest Growth Hacks — The Information
Instagram is spending heavily on paid marketing, more aggressively sending notifications to get users to open the app again, and trying to strike deals with carriers to reach users in developing countries. These growth strategies are relatively new territory for the company and contrast with Snapchat’s less aggressive approach to user acquisition.
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26 days ago
Or do they? Facebook under pressure after man livestreams killing | Technology | The Guardian
Wuttisan Wongtalay, 20, filmed the murder of his daughter on the rooftop of a deserted hotel in two video clips streamed on Facebook, before killing himself, police in the Thai town of Phuket said on Tuesday. Relatives reportedly saw the distressing footage on Monday evening and alerted the police, who arrived too late to save either Wuttisan or his daughter.
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26 days ago
Humans do it best: Google's 'Project Owl' -- a three-pronged attack on fake news & problematic content
Project Owl is Google’s internal name for its endeavor to fight back on problematic searches. The owl name was picked for no specific reason, Google said. However, the idea of an owl as a symbol for wisdom is appropriate. Google’s effort seeks to bring some wisdom back into areas where it is sorely needed.
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26 days ago
Not April Fools: Amazon’s new Echo Look has a built-in camera for style selfies | TechCrunch
The new home assistant answers to commands like “Alexa, take a picture” and “Alexa, take a video” – for the latter, users spin around accordingly to get shot from all side, taking selfies while keeping their hands free. Videos shot with the hands-free selfie stick can be recorded or viewed in real time. At the very least, it’ll let you make sure no one’s adhered a Kick Me sign to your back before leaving the house.
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26 days ago
Android Malware Infects 2M Users, Forces Phones to Join Botnet - Update
According to cybersecurity researchers from Check Point, the malware was hidden in more than 40 fake companion guide apps for popular games, such as Pokemon GO and FIFA Mobile, which led to the malware's name being FalseGuide.
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26 days ago
Twitter beats expects expectations: earnings 11 cents a share, vs 1 cent EPS expected
EPS: 11 cents a share vs. 1 cent a share expected
Revenue: $548 million vs. $511.9 million expected
Monthly active users: 328 million vs. 321 million expected
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26 days ago
Copying Snap works: Instagram is growing faster than ever and now has 700 million users - Recode
The photo and video app, which is owned by Facebook, now has 700 million monthly active users, adding 100 million new users in just over four months. That’s faster than the six months it took the company to jump from 500 million to 600 million users, which was faster than the nine months it took to jump from 400 million to 500 million.
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26 days ago
Judge rules that Apple must replace broken iPad with brand new one | Cult of Mac
A judge in the Netherlands has ruled that Apple must replace broken iOS devices with new iPhones or iPads, as opposed to refurbished or “remanufactured” units.

The case involves a woman who bought an iPad Air 2 with AppleCare back in 2015. After just four months, the iPad began having problems with the tablet’s WiFi technology, which prompted Apple to give her a remanufactured iPad as a replacement.
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27 days ago
With Secret Airship, Sergey Brin Also Wants to Fly - Bloomberg
Brin, the Google co-founder, has secretly been building a massive airship inside of Hangar 2 at the NASA Ames Research Center, according to four people with knowledge of the project. It's unclear whether the craft, which looks like a zeppelin, is a hobby or something Brin hopes to turn into a business. "Sorry, I don't have anything to say about this topic right now," Brin wrote in an email.
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27 days ago
'Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' Author Robert M. Pirsig Dies At 88 : The Two-Way : NPR
Zen was published in 1974, after being rejected by 121 publishing houses. "The book is brilliant beyond belief," wrote Morrow editor James Landis before publication. "It is probably a work of genius and will, I'll wager, attain classic status."
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27 days ago
Access Now and EFF Condemn the Arrest of Tor Node Operator Dmitry Bogatov in Russia | Electronic Frontier Foundation
The posts appear to have come from the IP address of a server located in Bogatov’s home, but this server is a part of the Tor network—an exit node that routes anonymous traffic from all over the world and makes it appear to have originated from that computer.
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27 days ago
Here’s Why Juicero’s Press is So Expensive – Bolt Blog
Teardown of a totally overengineered and overfunded startup product.
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27 days ago
This is Google Jump’s next-generation VR camera rig - The Verge
The Yi Halo is a $16,999 17-camera monster capable of shooting stereoscopic video in 8K resolution at 30 frames per second, or 5.8K at 60 frames per second. It was built to work with Jump, which is a high-end VR creation platform that Google launched in 2015. The core idea of Jump is to encourage VR filmmaking by removing some of the biggest barriers. Google provides general blueprints for the ringed camera rig as well as server space for stitching all the high-resolution imagery together, and then gets to kick back while hardware companies and filmmakers create content to fill its budding Daydream VR platform.
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27 days ago
Hipchat was hacked over the weekend, and it's bad
Hipchat is also trying to solve the issue that lead to this catastrophic break-in. The issue lies in a third-party library, which contained an unpatched security vulnerability. Atlassian is currently working on a fix.
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27 days ago
Webroot antivirus mistakenly flags Windows as malware | ZDNet
Security commentator SwiftOnSecurity tweeted that the Webroot issue was only live for 13 minutes, but the company's efforts to remediate the problem were getting stalled due to the sheer volume of clients requiring a fix.

The company, which claims to have more than 30 million users, has so far suggested fixes for the Home edition and its Business edition software, but the company has yet to offer anything universal or concrete for its entire affected user base at the time of writing.

A Webroot spokesperson confirmed the issue and that the company is "in the process of creating a fix," but did not say when it would arrive.
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27 days ago
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launches Wikitribune, a large-scale attempt to combat fake news » Nieman Journalism Lab
So what would happen if you combined professional journalism with fact checking by the people? On Monday evening, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launched Wikitribune, an independent site (not affiliated with Wikipedia or the Wikimedia Foundation) “that brings journalists and a community 
of volunteers together” in a combination that Wales hopes will combat fake news online — initially in English, then in other languages.
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28 days ago
How To Catch A Hacker
“We would tip them off about a person we were looking for, and they would mysteriously disappear, only to appear later on working for the Russian government,” Patel said. “We basically helped the FSB identify talent and recruit by telling them who we were after.”
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28 days ago
Netflix to raise second $1 billion debt offering to fund new content and other 'strategic transactions' | VentureBeat | Entrepreneur | by Paul Sawers
The news comes six months to the day after Netflix announced an identical debt offering and further highlights the company’s plans to spend its way to video-streaming market domination. As with the previous debt offering, the notes will only be available to “qualified institutional buyers” outside the U.S.
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Daring Fireball: On Uber’s ‘Identifying and Tagging’ of iPhones
[UPDATE 2: Will Strafach examined a 2014 build of the Uber iOS app and found them using private APIs to use IOKit to pull the device serial number from the device registry. There might be more, but this alone is a blatant violation of App Store policy. Strafach confirms that the technique Uber was using no longer works in iOS 10.]
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Gruber: Unrollme heartbroken? Give me an f'ing break
I worked for a company that nearly acquired unroll.me. At the time, which was over three years ago, they had kept a copy of every single email of yours that you sent or received while a part of their service. Those emails were kept in a series of poorly secured S3 buckets. A large part of Slice buying unroll.me was for access to those email archives. Specifically, they wanted to look for keyword trends and for receipts from online purchases.
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People are freaked out that Unroll.me sold email data to Uber - Business Insider
According to The New York Times, Slice analysed Lyft receipt data in Unroll.me users' inboxes, then sold that onto Uber. Slice confirmed that it collects both Uber and Lyft receipt data, but didn't say who it sells that information to.
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