Hacker Calls FBI's I.T. Department, Gains Access To Network | Popular Science
The data was obtained, the hacker told Motherboard, by first compromising the email account of a DoJ employee, although he would not elaborate on how that account was accessed in the first place. (On Monday, the hacker used the DoJ email account to contact this reporter). From there, he tried logging into a DoJ web portal, but when that didn't work, he phoned up the relevant department. “So I called up, told them I was new and I didn't understand how to get past [the portal],” the hacker told Motherboard. “They asked if I had a token code, I said no, they said that's fine—just use our one.”
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When it comes to Windows 10 privacy, don't trust amateur analysts | ZDNet
Another day, another sensational report from Forbes. Oh my goodness, is Windows 10 really "phoning home" thousands of times a day? Nope. In fact, anyone who has even a basic understanding of how networks work should cringe at this shoddy report.
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“Huge” number of Mac apps vulnerable to hijacking, and a fix is elusive | Ars Technica
The precise number of apps affected isn't known because it's not easy to detect all the conditions necessary for them to be vulnerable. Radek estimated the number to be "huge" and said he has confirmed that the list includes Camtasia 2 v2.10.4, DuetDisplay v1.5.2.4, uTorrent v1.8.7, and Sketch v3.5.1. Computer forensics expert Jonathan Zdziarski told Ars that the Hopper reverse engineering tool and DXO Optics Pro are also susceptible. A longer list of apps that rely on Sparkle is here, but readers are cautioned that not all of them communicate over insecure HTTP channels or use a vulnerable version of the update framework. Margaritelli said the most recent version of the Adium instant messenger uses HTTPS for updates and isn't vulnerable.
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SoundCloud could be forced to close after $44m losses
According to the Financial Times, SoundCloud auditor KPMG said in the report that the need for more investment represented “a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt on the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.”
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Twitter Will Now Put Recommended (Not Recent) Tweets At the Top Of Your Timeline | TechCrunch
Twitter today is unveiling a new Twitter timeline that shows tweets at the top that the service recommends, instead of the most recent tweets. They’re designed to be the best tweets that users may have missed based on what Twitter thinks you care about. Some of the signals that feed that are the tweets you interact with, the topics you’re interested in, and the activity of people who are similar to you. The service, Twitter product manager Michelle Haq said, is strictly opt-in.
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Google -- compiled response to 12 Nov 15 interp request -- 4 Feb 16 final
Given that the SDS controls all aspects of driving, and given Google�s belief that the SDS consistently will make the optimal decisions for the SDV occupants� safety (as well as for pedestrians and other road users), the company expresses concern that providing human occupants of the vehicle with mechanisms to control things like steering, acceleration, braking, or turn signals, or providing human occupants with information about vehicle operation controlled entirely by the SDS, could be detrimental to safety because the human occupants could attempt to override the SDS�s decisions.
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4 days ago
Feds declare that Google's self-driving car is its own driver - Roadshow
NHTSA posted a detailed response on its Web site. The response shows that Google was concerned how the FMVSS could be applied to a computer-controlled car lacking steering wheel or any other traditional driver controls. Urmson suggested that NHTSA could interpret the FMVSS as not to apply to Google's cars at all, or that it require a traditional interpretation, assuming a driver in the left front seat, or that the system controlling the car could be considered the driver.
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4 days ago
CBS Says Super Bowl 50 Broke Streaming Records With 3.96 Million Unique Viewers | TechCrunch
CBS reported earlier this morning that its live stream of Super Bowl 50 broke all prior streaming records for the big game. Now the network has released numbers to back up that claim: according to an announcement this afternoon, 3.96 million unique viewers tuned in to watch the Broncos versus the Panthers across laptops, desktops, tablets, connected TV devices and mobile phones.
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Washington Post’s ‘Bandito’ Tool Optimizes Content For Clicks - WSJ
A new internally-developed tool, dubbed “Bandito,” allows editors to enter different article versions with varying headlines, images and teaser text into its content management system. The technology then detects which version readers are clicking or tapping on more, and automatically serves that version more frequently on the homepage and other areas of the Post’s site.
5 days ago
How a College Student Used Creative Commons to Dominate Political Photography
This philosophy is not particularly popular among professional photographers, who think that people like Skidmore are leeching away from their paid work by giving away photos for free. A short interview Skidmore did with the Nieman Journalism Lab in 2012 elicited more than 100 angry comments from the public:
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Here's how Twitter's new algorithmic timeline is going to work | The Verge
Here's one way to think of it: scroll down through the timeline, and it's like the Reddit homepage, showing the most popular things first. Scroll back up, and the feed turns into regular reverse-chronology Twitter. One tester told me that the new timeline will also show you related posts for popular tweets if you want to dive deeper. In any case, this will be the new Twitter by default — but you will be allowed to opt out of the new timeline, The Verge has confirmed.
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Windows 10 telemetry network traffic analysis, part 1: | technology
Like many of you, I am concerned about the telemetry, spying and other surveillance features, known or unknown, of Windows 10. It has concerned me enough to push me to Linux Mint as my main operating system. Even so, I wanted to better understand Windows 10, but internet search results for a decent windows 10 traffic analysis leave a lot to be desired. As such, I decided to do my own investigating on what, exactly, Windows 10 is doing traffic-wise, and post the results. For this analysis, I wanted to simply analyse the network traffic of Windows 10 on a clean install, and just let it sit and run without using it.
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8 days ago
You Can’t Kill Twitter, Even if it Dies | New Republic
Twitter remains the best way to connect to what is happening in the moment. To be clear, this is not because there is something inherently great about Twitter the product; it’s because the company pioneered a cultural form: the real-time, public information network.
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8 days ago
Tips on Reducing Cable and Phone Bills From Ethically Ambiguous Experts - The New York Times
But first, one not-so-small matter: When BillFixers calls, acting as its customers’ agents and armed with information from their bills, its representatives actually pretend to be their customers. They do not identify themselves as being from BillFixers, and companies on the other end of the calls never know the difference.
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8 days ago
USB-C cables are playing Russian Roulette with your laptop | The Verge
USB-C has the support of the biggest companies in the tech industry. Apple and Google released the first laptops to use it, and now it’s showing up on computers, tablets, and phones all over the place. USB-C is reversible and can deliver huge amounts of both power and data very quickly. Importantly, it’s also backwards-compatible so that adapters and cables can get us through the awkward period between now and when it actually becomes the universal standard.
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Google confirms Hangouts will now use peer-to-peer connections to improve call quality and speed
“To improve call quality and speed, Hangouts will route audio and video over a peer-to-peer connection when possible,” a Google spokesperson told VentureBeat. The “when possible” part is key — Hangouts won’t be using p2p every single time. To be clear, Google confirmed that Hangouts is getting peer-to-peer functionality on all platforms (Android, iOS, and web), not just Android.
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Twitter To Introduce Algorithmic Timeline As Soon As Next Week - BuzzFeed News
As BuzzFeed News reported in June, an algorithmic timeline represents a way for Twitter to elevate popular content, and could solve some of Twitter’s signal-to-noise problems. It is also widely assumed to be anathema to the platform’s typically vocal power users.
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YouTube Developing Live 360-Degree Video Capability - BuzzFeed News
YouTube is developing the capability to livestream 360-degree video on its platform, BuzzFeed News has learned. Multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans confirmed YouTube has been meeting with 360-degree camera manufacturers about adding support for immersive live-streamed video broadcasts to its platform. The launch timeline remains unclear.
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11 days ago
Samsung's Android browser gets ad blocking capabilities | The Verge
Samsung is today adding support for content and ad blocking plugins to the web browser preinstalled on its Android phones. The updated browser, which is being pushed to Samsung phones with Android Marshmallow starting today, with plans for Lollipop availability in the coming months, will let users install helper apps that block ads from websites they visit, similar to how content and ad blocking works in Apple's Safari browser in iOS 9. An ad or content blocker could reduce loading times and mobile data usage, as web pages loaded without ads are much smaller than those with advertising enabled.
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12 days ago
Sesame Launches A Venture Arm To Invest In Startups That Help Kids
And so, on Monday, Sesame Workshop announced Sesame Ventures, an internal team that will partner with venture capital firms to make investments in for-profit startups that support its mission. Its first partner is Collaborative Fund, an early stage investor in startups like Lyft and Kickstarter. Together they will manage a new $10 million fund called Collab+Sesame Fund.
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12 days ago
WhatsApp passes 1 billion monthly active users | VentureBeat | Apps | by Ken Yeung
WhatsApp has joined a growing club of services that can now count having more than 1 billion monthly active users (that means 1 in 7 people in the world use it), Jan Koum, the head of the Facebook-owned company, posted on the popular social network of the achievement. It comes just less than five months after it was revealed that WhatsApp had 900 million monthly active users.
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12 days ago
Google Signals Apple-like Direction for Nexus Phones — The Information
The move would be the latest step by Google to make Nexus phones more like the iPhone, which is controlled by Apple top to bottom, and strengthen Android’s brand overall in order to capture more share at the high end of the market that Apple dominates. Google doesn’t want its revenue-generating services for high-end smartphones to be at the mercy of Apple like they are now.
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12 days ago
Gmail now has more than 1 billion active users | VentureBeat | Apps | by Jordan Novet
Gmail, Google’s email service, now has more than 1 billion active users, Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said during today’s Alphabet (GOOG) earnings call.

That’s up from 900 million active users back in May 2015.

Google launched Gmail in beta in 2004, and it removed the beta label in 2009. In 2014, Google launched the Inbox by Gmail email client.
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12 days ago
Marc Andreessen and Silver Lake thought about buying Twitter - Business Insider
I don’t know if anything is active, and a spokespeople for Andreessen Horowitz and Silver Lake declined to comment. One idea being floated around in general is a PIPE deal where private investors buy a piece of a public equity via newly issued shares. These deals are generally done when companies are desperate for cash, and public investors won’t give it to them, which doesn’t seem to be Twitter’s issue.
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13 days ago
Samsung Galaxy S7 day is Feb. 21 in Barcelona | Android Central
It's official — Samsung has sent out invites to an "Unpacked" launch event on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 7:00 p.m. CET (that's 1 p.m. ET and 10 a.m. PT) in Barcelona, Spain. For the third year running, the company will unveil new flagship phones — the Galaxy S7 series — ahead of Mobile World Congress, which this year takes place in the Catalan capital from Feb. 22 to 25.
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13 days ago
'Gilmore Girls' is officially coming back to Netflix
'Gilmore Girls' is officially coming back to Netflix - Engadget via
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15 days ago
Elon Musk gives Tesla a $100 million vote of confidence before earnings
Elon Musk gives Tesla a $100 million vote of confidence before earnings - Mashable via
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15 days ago
Amazon's rent-a-Buddhist-monk service causes controversy in Japan
Amazon's rent-a-Buddhist-monk service causes controversy in Japan - Mashable via
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15 days ago
Windows Phone is dead | The Verge
 Microsoft only sold 4.5 million Lumia devices in the recent quarter, compared to 10.5 million at the same time last year. That's a massive 57 percent drop. Even a 57 percent increase wouldn't be enough to save Windows Phone right now.
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The End of Twitter - The New Yorker
What should worry Twitter is irrelevance, and there is growing data to suggest that that is where the company is headed. If Twitter’s real-time feed is its most powerful asset (and it is), it’s not difficult to see a future in which Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or even a newcomer like Peach (yes, I am citing Peach) focus enough on real-time news that they obviate the need for Twitter’s narrow, noisy, and oft-changing ideas about social interaction. Considering the fact that Kevin Weil, the head of product, left the company to join Instagram, it’s easy to imagine that service mutating or bifurcating into a speedier, more social platform for sharing links and having conversations. And, for many users—particularly young users, according to a recent survey—Snapchat is already their most important destination. We live in the Age of the Upgrade, and the generation raised on the Internet is the most fickle of brand champions: it loves something passionately, until it doesn’t. Then it moves on.
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Amazon Hiring Comedians, Engineers for Growing Audio Service - Bloomberg Business
“Amazon is doing to Audible what it’s done to Prime Video -- investing in original programming,” said Nick Quah, an executive at the Graham Holdings Co.’s Panoply podcast network who also writes a newsletter about the industry. “Amazon is hiring a ton of really good producers and managers out of public radio to acquire podcasts and develop shows of their own.”
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Blackshades malware co-creator gets five years of probation | Reuters
In 2012, Hogue was arrested in an international takedown stemming from the sting. He subsequently agreed to cooperate with authorities in their investigation of Blackshades.

That investigation culminated in May 2014 with a sweep by U.S. and European authorities that resulted in about 100 people being arrested, including Alex Yucel, a Swedish citizen who ran Blackshades.

Prosecutors said Blackshades' flagship product was the "Blackshades Remote Access Tool," which gave hackers remote control of other people's computers and allowed them to record keystrokes, steal passwords and gain access to personal files.

The software, which Hogue co-created with Yucel, could be bought for $40 and was used to take over computers' cameras to spy on their owners or to freeze people's computers in exchange for a ransom, prosecutors said.
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Stanford study: T-Mobile's Binge On is 'likely illegal' | The Verge
"T-Mobile’s Binge On is aptly named — it feels good in the short-term but harms consumers in the long run," says Barbara van Schewick, the net neutrality expert and law professor who authored the Stanford study. "The program limits user choice, distorts competition, stifles innovation, and harms free speech on the Internet. If more ISPs offer similar programs, these harms will only grow worse."
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15 days ago
Google Fiber may be looking to add phone services - The Washington Post
The service, known as Google Fiber Phone, closely resembles another Google product, Google Voice. That application lets users link all of their various telephones, including landline and mobile devices, to a single phone number. Fiber Phone comes with Google Voice features, such as voicemail transcriptions and automatic call screening based on the time of day.
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15 days ago
The chip guru who built Apple’s Ax microprocessors joins Tesla to lead the Autopilot Hardware Engineering team | Electrek
Keller first worked at AMD in the late 90’s when it was in fierce competition with Intel in the CPU market. He was a key player in the creation of the Athlon K7 architecture, as well as the lead architect of the company’s K8 architecture.

He left AMD in 1999, but came back in 2012 as ‘Chief Architect of Microprocessor Cores’ after a big role at Apple where he played a major role in developing the Cupertino company’s A4 and A5 processors, which powered most of Apple’s mobile devices from 2010 to 2012.
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Apple builds secret team to kick-start virtual reality effort - FT.com
The company’s latest acquisition in the area is Flyby Media, an augmented reality start-up that lets mobile devices “see” the world around them. Flyby’s team worked closely with Google in developing software for its 3D positioning technology Project Tango.
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Facebook Moves to Ban Private Gun Sales on Its Site and Instagram - The New York Times
Facebook already prohibits people from offering marijuana, pharmaceuticals and illegal drugs for sale, and the company said on Friday that it was updating its policy to include guns. The ban applies to private, person-to-person sales of guns. Licensed gun dealers and gun clubs can still maintain Facebook pages and post on Instagram.
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White House denies clearance to tech researcher with links to Snowden | Technology | The Guardian
“I’m definitely ready to go back to the west coast for a bit,” said Soltani, an avid mountain biker. “I just wish I hadn’t spent all my money on suits instead of bike parts.”
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Project Skybender: Google's secretive 5G internet drone tests revealed | Technology | The Guardian
Based out of the site near the town called Truth or Consequences, Project SkyBender is using drones to experiment with millimetre-wave radio transmissions, one of the technologies that could underpin next generation 5G wireless internet access. High frequency millimetre waves can theoretically transmit gigabits of data every second, up to 40 times more than today’s 4G LTE systems. Google ultimately envisages thousands of high altitude “self-flying aircraft” delivering internet access around the world.
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15 days ago
Google Will Soon Shame All Websites That Are Unencrypted | Motherboard
Currently, Chrome displays only an icon of a white page when the website you’re accessing is not secured with HTTPS, a green locked padlock when it is, as well as a padlock with a red “x” on it when there’s something wrong with the HTTPS page the user is trying to access. The change will draw even more attention to the sites that are potentially insecure.
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Facebook Climbs To 1.59 Billion Users And Crushes Q4 Estimates With $5.8B Revenue | TechCrunch
Though not as flashy as the big monthly number, daily user count is a better way to chart Facebook’s progress. Facebook’s DAU hit 1.04 billion compared to 1.01 billion in Q3, up 2.97%. Facebook’s DAU to MAU ratio, or stickyness, held firm at 65%. That means users aren’t visiting less even as the service ages.
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FCC to Propose Overhauling Rules on Set-Top Boxes - WSJ
The service providers are planning to resist the initiative, warning of government overreach. More than 40 telecommunications, media and other groups are expected to announce a coalition as soon as Wednesday to oppose Mr. Wheeler’s anticipated plan.
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Hangouts 7.0 adds notification quick reply, encourages users to switch to Messenger for SMS | 9to5Google
According to a rumor last year, Google would remove the ability to send SMS from Hangouts in a future update. While version 7.0 released today is not that update, it advises users to switch to Google Messenger for SMS. It also adds quick reply to notifications and the ability to add message shortcuts to the homescreen.
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18 days ago
Cortana now scans your emails to make sure you're keeping promises | The Verge
Starting today, Windows Insiders will get access to a new commitment option in Cortana for Windows 10.

Commitments is very similar to the existing flight and delivery tracking in Cortana, but it's designed to pick up on emails where you promise your boss to finish a particular project in time. "Cortana will look for emails where you've said you're going to do something," explains Microsoft's Marcus Ash in an interview with The Verge. If you send an email to a friend or colleague with content like "I'll get back to you by next week" or "I'll have this finished by 5PM today," then Cortana will create a card to help you set a reminder.
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20 days ago
Google Glass social media finally goes dead as Enterprise Edition rollout widens | 9to5Google
The Google Glass social media accounts—including Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and others—have finally been shut down after many months of continued #throughGlass postings and “Happy [insert holiday]!” images. This doesn’t come as much surprise as plans to bring Glass to the consumer market (at least by that name) have long been abandoned, but multiple people familiar with the matter say that Glass: Enterprise Edition is only just now starting to see wider adoption…
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Spotify Ready to Introduce Video Product - WSJ
The Swedish music-streaming service is planning to introduce video content on its Android app starting this week, followed by the iOS app by the end of next week in the U.S., the U.K, Germany and Sweden, the company said. Spotify had originally announced the plans to begin distributing videos and podcasts in May, with a lineup of traditional and digital content providers that included ESPN, Comedy Central, the BBC, Vice Media and Maker Studios.
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‘iPhone 5se’ likely to have faster A9/M9 chips & always-on Siri, come in 16/64GB capacities | 9to5Mac
Last week we reported that Apple is preparing to announce a new 4-inch iPhone dubbed the “iPhone 5se” as soon as mid-March. Our report noted that the new iPhone is essentially an upgraded iPhone 5s with a faster processor, Apple Pay, new camera features, and curved glass edges instead of sharp chamfers. Now, we have a few additional details about this new iPhone model. First, we are told that there are different prototypes of the device floating around Apple’s campus: some with the A8 and M8 chips that we discussed in our previous report, and some with the iPhone 6s’s A9 and M9 processors. We’ve now learned that the iPhone 5se is more likely to include variants of the A9 and M9 chips instead of the A8 and M8 lines…
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20 days ago
20 years ago today, NYTimes.com debuted “on-line” on the web » Nieman Journalism Lab
Long before City Room, Snow Fall, NYT Now, or any other of The New York Times’ lauded digital efforts, there was NYTimes.com, which 20 years ago today — on January 22, 1996 — began “publishing daily on the World Wide Web…offering readers around the world immediate access to most of the daily newspaper’s contents.”
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Apple to update Apple Watch in mid-March with new bands, OS + full redesign in fall | 9to5Mac
With new Apple Watch bands and software features in the pipeline along with the new iPhone model and iOS 9.3, sources say that Apple is still tentatively planning a small media event in March. Apple’s current plans call for an event-based introduction during the week of March 14th, but this could be reliant upon another product becoming ready for introduction in the spring, such as the in-the-works iPad Air 3. A major iOS app developer tells us that it started seeing signs in November that new iPad models codenamed “iPad 6,3 and 6,4,” which would slot between the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Pro in Apple’s internal naming lineup, are in testing. It is possible that this event could turn into an online announcement if the third announcement is not ready for March.
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22 days ago
Facebook Android App Update Makes It Easier to Connect Through Tor | Motherboard
This update is really to do with Facebook's own Android app, however. An Orbot user can now select “Use Tor via Orbot” in the Facebook app. This will connect the user to Facebook’s Tor hidden service, masking their IP address and stopping their internet service provider from seeing when they visit the social network. This could potentially also allow users to access the site even if it is blocked in their country. As the feature is currently experimental, bugs and other issues may occur.
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25 days ago
Mozilla cofounder Brendan Eich's startup, Brave, launches browser for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android | VentureBeat | Dev | by Jordan Novet
Brave Software, the new startup from JavaScript creator and Mozilla cofounder Brendan Eich, is releasing today an early version of its new web browser that displays websites quickly, by blocking programmatic ads, and replaces them with Brave’s own ad inventory.
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25 days ago
Netflix whizzes past 75 million subscribers thanks to record international growth | The Verge
Netflix share price is up more than 121 percent in the last year. With its announcement at CES earlier this month that it has expanded to an additional 130 countries around the globe, it solidified its unique status as a broadcaster without borders, able to strip away many of the conventions and constraints of its peers in traditional television. Today it announced its fourth quarter earnings, notching $1.823 billion in revenue and $43 million in profit. The stock immediately jumped ten percent, but it wasn't the raw financials that got investors excited.
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25 days ago
Spotify Buys Cord Project And Soundwave To Expand Messaging And Social Features | TechCrunch
On the same day that streaming rival Deezer announced a new cash injection of €100 million, Spotify has confirmed two new acquisitions, Cord Project and Soundwave. The startups are based respectively in New York and Dublin, and both focus on social and messaging, which points to Spotify possibly ramping up its social features — specifically in areas like messaging.
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25 days ago
LinkNYC's free gigabit Wi-Fi is here, and it is glorious
I'm standing on the corner of 15th Street and Third Avenue in New York City, and I'm freezing. But my iPhone is on fire. After connecting to one of LinkNYC's gigabit wireless hotspots, the futuristic payphone replacements that went live for beta testing this morning, I'm seeing download speeds of 280 Mbps and upload speeds of 317 Mbps (based on Speedtest's benchmark). To put it in perspective, that's around ten times the speed of the average American home internet connection (which now sits at 31 Mbps). And to top it all off, LinkNYC doesn't cost you a thing.
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25 days ago
Microsoft to Donate Cloud Services Worth $1 Billion Over 3 Years - Bloomberg Business
Microsoft Corp. will donate cloud services worth more than $1 billion to nonprofit groups over the next three years in a bid to "advance the public good" and help solve some of the world’s toughest problems, President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith said.
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25 days ago
Linux bug imperils tens of millions of PCs, servers, and Android phones | Ars Technica
The flaw, which was introduced into the Linux kernel in version 3.8 released in early 2013, resides in the OS keyring. The facility allows apps to store encryption keys, authentication tokens, and other sensitive security data inside the kernel while remaining in a form that can't be accessed by other apps. According to a blog post published Tuesday, researchers from security firm Perception Point discovered and privately reported the bug to Linux kernel maintainers. To demonstrate the risk the bug posed, the researchers also developed a proof-of-concept exploit that replaces a keyring object stored in memory with code that's executed by the kernel.
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25 days ago
Donald Trump: I'll make Apple build in the US - Business Insider
If elected, presidential candidate Donald Trump plans to make Apple start "building their damn computers and things in this country instead of other countries."
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26 days ago
Doc Searls Weblog · Rethinking John Wanamaker
In “The Waste in Advertising is the Part That Works,” (Journal of Advertising Research, December, 2004, pp. 375-390.), Tim Ambler and E. Ann Hollier say brand advertising has the effect of making a company familiar, whether the audience likes it or not, and that this is a requirement for any large company selling to a large market. You may never buy a Ford F-150 truck, but you’re damn sure going to know about it if you watch football on TV (and don’t skip the ads). In other words, it doesn’t hurt to have everybody know who you are and what you sell.
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26 days ago
U.K. Court, in David Miranda Case, Rules Terrorism Act Violates Fundamental Rights of Free Press
The ruling finds that the police followed the law when detaining Miranda under a controversial section of the Terrorism Act, Schedule 7. However, crucially, it asserts that the statute itself “is not subject to adequate safeguards against its arbitrary exercise” and is “incompatible” with Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which provides the right to “receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.”
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26 days ago
Google Is Rolling Out The Ability To Install Apps Directly From Search Results
You can test this yourself by opening the Google app and searching for the name of an app. It will appear at the top of the results with an install button—this part is true for everyone. However, most people are booted into the Play Store when they tap it. Those with the new feature will see a permission popup just like they would in the Play Store, then a miniature Play Store frame appears so it can be installed. It's really neat.
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26 days ago
First Amazon Dash-Powered Devices Go Live, Will Automatically Reorder Supplies For You | TechCrunch
Your household appliances are getting smarter: think printers that re-order ink when you’re low, or washers that dispense just the right amount of detergent then send you more before you run out. This is the promise of Amazon’s “Dash Replenishment”-powered devices, the first group of which is becoming Dash-enabled today, the company says. That includes select Brother printers, a GE washing machine, and the Gmate SMART blood glucose monitor.
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26 days ago
Karma revamps unlimited data plan in response to heavy users | The Verge
About 10 days ago, Karma announced that it would be cutting the speeds of its Neverstop data plan in response to a small number of users that were racking up hundreds of gigabytes of usage per month. Today, the company is announcing a retooling of the Neverstop plan, which will restore its speeds to their previous levels, but keep usage in check with throttling after a certain limit has been reached.
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