iOS flaw lets hackers access iPhones using an iMessage | Technology | The Guardian
A flaw in the way Apple software handles images allows hackers to take over an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac or Apple TV with a simple iMessage or email.

The vulnerability in Apple’s picture-handling Image I/O API means that a malicious Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) file can force a so-called buffer overflow, which allows a hacker to break through Apple’s security and run their own code on a device.
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Twitter now lets anyone request a verified account | The Verge
Twitter is opening the blue checkmark to everyone. Starting today, the company will let users request a verified account on its website by filling out a form with a verified phone number and email address, a profile photo, and additional information regarding why verification is required or helpful. In defining who will get approved, Twitter still says "an account may be verified if it is determined to be of public interest." Prior to today, Twitter tended only to verify public figures, brands, and people in media, politics, sports, business, and other high-profile sectors.
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4 days ago
Duolingo wants to reinvent flashcards with Tinycards | TechCrunch
Duolingo is probably the most popular mobile education app, but until now, the company’s focus has been solely on language learning. Today, the company is expanding its reach by launching Tinycards for iOS, its first app that can be used for learning virtually anything that involves memorization: vocabulary, equations, history facts and every Pokémon’s name and stats (I’m not kidding; that is indeed a set of cards already available in Tinycards).
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Pokémon Go launch in Japan postponed after email leak | TechCrunch
The postponement will frustrate many in Japan who are still waiting but, on the positive side, Niantic, Nintendo and the Pokémon Company — the three firms behind the smash game — are confident that, if the game is launched right, their serves can handle the undoubtedly huge demand that Pokémon Go will generate in Japan. Ninatic CEO John Hanke previously cautioned that the company needed time to ensure it had enough servers to cope with a deluge of Pokémon addicts in Japan.
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4 days ago
Seagate's New 'Guardian Series' Portfolio Brings 10TB Helium HDDs to Consumers
The BarraCuda Pro carries a 5-year warranty, with the 10TB drive having an MSRP of $535. The IronWolf and SkyHawk drives carry 3-year warranties, with the 10TB drives carrying MSRPs of $470 and $460 respectively.
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Google: Government requests for user data hit all-time high in second half of 2015 | ZDNet
Government requests for user data from Google hit an all-time high in the second half of 2015, the internet company revealed on Monday.

Through July to December 2015, governments from around the globe made 40,677 requests, impacting as many as 81,311 user accounts. That's an 18 percent spike from the first half of 2015, when government requests for data impacted 68,908 users.
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Facebook to Pay Internet Stars for Live Video - WSJ
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Jon Paul Piques gained social-media fame posting bawdy six-second videos on Vine. In April, however, he used Facebook to live-stream a behind-the-scenes look at Playboy.

He had a big incentive: Facebook Inc. is paying Mr. Piques up to $119,000 to use its new Facebook Live streaming service at least five times a month through September.
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Brazil judge briefly blocks WhatsApp over criminal case | Reuters
Federal Supreme Court President Ricardo Lewandowski said in a decision that it seemed "scarcely reasonable or proportional" for a judge in Rio de Janeiro state to have ordered the indefinite suspension of the messaging app until it revealed encrypted messages pertaining to a confidential case.

Still, the criminal judge left some 100 million Brazilian users without access to the messaging app for hours on Tuesday afternoon, showing the vast and unpredictable discretionary power of Brazil's lower courts.
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Nintendo has doubled in value since Pokémon Go’s release | The Verge
For a game that isn’t even technically a Nintendo property, Pokémon Go is having quite the healthy impact on the Japanese company’s finances. Ever since the launch of Pokémon Go earlier this month, Nintendo’s market capitalization has more than doubled, ending Tuesday trading at a fantastic $42.5 billion. Such has been the appetite for Nintendo stock, in fact, that on Friday it broke the single-day trading record in Tokyo this century, with $4.5 billion of stock changing hands.
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Pokémon Go will launch in Japan tomorrow with game’s first sponsored location | TechCrunch
Well, you don’t have long to wait since Pokémon Go is scheduled to launch in Japan tomorrow (Wednesday), sources have confirmed to TechCrunch. Niantic, the company behind the title, did not reply to our request for comment.

Pokémon Go is currently available in over 30 countries, including the U.S., Canada and much of Europe, but Japan has so far been left off the list. That’s upset and frustrated a lot of true Pokémon addicts, but Niantic — which has watched the game become more popular than Twitter, Tinder and a host of other top apps — has tried to rationalize the situation.
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Unilever Buys Dollar Shave Club for $1 Billion - Fortune
Dollar Shave Club founder and CEO Michael Dubin will continue to run the company, which will operate its direct-to-consumer razor business as an independent entity. The acquisition should help Dollar Shave Club expand faster into new geographies (it’s currently in three countries), and significantly improve its distribution abilities in existing markets.
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Microsoft Q4 strong, Office 365 consumer subscriptions top 23 million | ZDNet
Microsoft reported better-than-expected fourth quarter results. It had 23.1 million Office 365 consumer subscribers, grew Azure cloud revenue 102 percent from a year ago, and delivered Surface revenue growth of 9 percent.

The software giant reported fourth quarter earnings of $3.1 billion, or 39 cents a share, on revenue of $20.6 billion. Non-GAAP earnings for the fourth quarter was 69 cents a share on non-GAAP revenue of $22.6 billion.
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Yahoo Is Said to Collect Final Bids as Auction Nears Its End - The New York Times
Final bids for the services, which include Yahoo’s search, email, advertising and media operations, are due Monday, with the board set to make a decision soon afterward, according to people briefed on the process who asked for anonymity because the bidding was confidential.
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US, NSF to put $400M into Advanced Wireless Research Initiative for 5G networks | TechCrunch
Today, the Obama administration announced the Advanced Wireless Research Initiative, a group backed by $400 million in investment that will work on research aimed to “maintain U.S. leadership and win the next generation of mobile technology” and specifically developing wireless networking tech that will offer speeds 100 times faster than the 4G and LTE networks that are being used today.
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Google deletes artist’s blog, a decade of his work | Fusion
Cooper should’ve backed his work up, or known to be more cautious with drafts. But this doesn’t just reflect the archival woes of an experimental writer. It’s another reminder of Google’s role as arguably the world’s most powerful organization when it comes to preserving and storing information.
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9 days ago
Microsoft wins U.S. appeal over warrant for emails held abroad | Reuters
A federal appeals court on Thursday said Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and other companies cannot be forced to turn over customer emails stored on servers outside the United States, handing a victory to privacy advocates.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York reversed a 2014 lower court order directing Microsoft to comply with a warrant to turn over to the U.S. government the contents of a customer's email account stored on an Irish server. It also voided a finding of contempt against Microsoft.
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10 days ago
Hangouts 11 does away with merged conversations
To be clear, Hangouts can still send SMS in v11. What it will not do is let you switch between Hangouts and SMS within a single conversation thread. Previously, you could go into the settings and enable this feature. It gave you a neat little drop down in the text field to set how your message would be sent. Now, you just have a separate thread for Hangouts, SMS, and Google Voice SMS, even if all those messages are going to the same contact.
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11 days ago
Official Android Blog: Stay connected abroad with high speed data from Project Fi
Starting today, all Project Fi subscribers have access to high speed data in 135+ destinations. With the addition of Three to the Project Fi network, we’re now able to deliver speeds 10-20X faster than before. And, just as before, there are no extra fees for using data internationally – you pay the same $10/GB that you do at home.
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12 days ago
A Malicious 'Pokémon GO' App Is Installing Backdoors on Android Devices | Motherboard
The security firm Proofpoint discovered the malicious application, or APK, which was infected with DroidJack, a remote access tool (RAT) that compromises Android devices by silently opening a backdoor for hackers. The malicious app was uploaded to an online malware detection repository on July 7, less than 72 hours after Nintendo released the game in Australia and New Zealand.
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Downtown Dallas Protest Police Ambush Megathread - The Day After : Dallas
Reddit thread on the use of a robotic bomb in Dallas sniper case
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NZ's anti-troll law: gift to trolls, bad for free speech / Boing Boing
The Harmful Digital Communications Act has been under consideration for three years, but despite a long debate, the Parliament elected to create restrictions on all online speech -- from private arguments to videos of police brutality -- that would never be countenanced in the offline world.
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IRS Investigating Facebook Over Ireland Asset Transfer | Law.com
Lawyers with DOJ’s Tax Division filed a petition in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday, asking that Facebook and its subsidiaries be compelled to respond to a series of requests for documents related to agreements between Facebook and the holding company, Facebook Ireland Holdings.

The IRS is investigating whether Facebook’s outside accountants undervalued the transferred assets by billions of dollars, according to a declaration filed with the court.
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14 days ago
Samsung unveils world's first UFS memory cards — the successor to microSD | The Verge
And while the design of the cards looks similar from the front, as you can see from the photo above, the pin configuration on the back is non-compatible. Price and availability have also yet to be announced for the range, so while UFS might be the clear technological successor to formats used in microSD cards, the roadmap for how it actually gets into consumers' hands is less clear.
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Putin signs sweeping surveillance measures into law; Snowden declares a 'dark day for Russia' - Washington Times
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed legislation Thursday compelling telephone companies and internet providers to save and store the private communications of its customers, notwithstanding concerns raised by human rights advocates and big business alike.
Included within a package of amendments proposed as antiterrorism measures, the law will require telecoms to collect and keep copies of customers’ phone calls, text messages and emails for six months, as well as maintain metadata concerning those communications for up to three years.
Other provisions effectively outlaw the use of digital encryption within Russia and introduce new penalties for individuals accused of inciting terrorism through social media.
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16 days ago
Open Whisper Systems >> Blog >> Facebook Messenger deploys Signal Protocol for end to end encryption
Facebook Messenger has started rolling out Secret Conversations, a feature that enables end to end encryption for conversations within Messenger. Secret Conversations is built on Signal Protocol, a modern, open source, strong encryption protocol we developed for asynchronous messaging systems.
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During a Dark Time in The World, POKEMON GO is a Bright Light Uniting People in Fun and Joy — GeekTyrant
We ultimately ended up at a park with a ton of landmarks to refill on Pokeballs and other supplies, and there were also lots of Pokemon to catch. While we were all running around looking for Pokemon, we came across several other people doing the exact same thing. I don’t know why, but I didn’t think other people would be out catching Pokemon like that, but they were and there we a ton of them! It was awesome!
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PLOS ONE: A Multi-Level Bayesian Analysis of Racial Bias in Police Shootings at the County-Level in the United States, 2011–2014
The results provide evidence of a significant bias in the killing of unarmed black Americans relative to unarmed white Americans, in that the probability of being {black, unarmed, and shot by police} is about 3.49 times the probability of being {white, unarmed, and shot by police} on average. Furthermore, the results of multi-level modeling show that there exists significant heterogeneity across counties in the extent of racial bias in police shootings, with some counties showing relative risk ratios of 20 to 1 or more.
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Facebook Heavily Promotes Live Video But Struggles To Deal With Its Visceral Aftermath - BuzzFeed News
The questions don’t end there. What does Facebook see as its role in events like last night’s live-streamed shooting? Has it developed a protocol for these situations? Is the protocol simply that if it is heavily flagged, the video is momentarily taken offline for screening/evaluation and then put up again with a “disturbing image” banner? Are there standards for capturing death on Facebook live? What is the difference between a murder with a deadly weapon versus an accident (say, a car accident where somebody dies)? Who has ownership rights of a live-streamed death? What happens if, say, a family chooses to live-stream the final minutes of a loved one dying from cancer or disease for people who couldn’t make it to the family member’s bedside? What is the difference between capturing a shooting event that does not directly involve law enforcement (say, Orlando) versus an event where law enforcement is directly involved? What are the differences in a video being allowed to stand if it’s posted by a bystander versus if it’s posted by family/next of kin?
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‘Secret Conversations:’ End-to-End Encryption Comes to Facebook Messenger | WIRED
On Friday, Facebook plans to roll out a beta version of a new feature it calls “secret conversations.” It’s encrypted messages, end-to-end, so that in theory no one—not a snoop on your local network, not an FBI agent with a warrant, not even Facebook itself—can intercept them. For now, the feature will be available only to a small percentage of users for testing; everyone with Facebook Messenger gets it later this summer or in early fall.
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16 days ago
Here’s what live sports looks like on Twitter - Recode
On Wednesday, we found out. Twitter started streaming from Wimbledon, one of the most-watched tennis tournaments of the year. Wimbledon’s official Twitter account tweeted the live feed early Wednesday morning, giving us our first glimpse at how Twitter plans to stream live sports more broadly.
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17 days ago
Facebook’s OpenCellular is a new open-source wireless access platform for remote areas | TechCrunch
Facebook is clearly very serious about its mission to connect the world and in the process, it has launched solar-powered drones that use lasers to connect to each other and the ground, and more prosaic efforts like new antennas for covering both urban and rural areas. Today, Facebook is expanding this work with the launch of OpenCellular, a new open source hardware and software project that aims to bring a more affordable wireless access platform to remote areas.
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17 days ago
Exclusive: Google is building two Android Wear smartwatches with Google Assistant integration
Speaking to Android Police, a reliable source has told us that Google is currently building two Android Wear devices - possibly Nexus-branded - for release some time after the latest Nexus phones are announced. One watch will be larger, sportier, and more fully-featured (LTE, GPS, heart rate), the other will be smaller and lack the aforementioned mobile data and GPS.
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17 days ago
Microsoft operating chief Kevin Turner is leaving to become CEO of trading firm Citadel Securities - Recode
Kevin Turner, the former Walmart executive who has led Microsoft’s sales team for the past 11 years, is leaving the software giant to become CEO of Chicago-based trading firm Citadel Securities.

Turner held the title of Chief Operating Officer at Microsoft, but his role was less that of a typical COO and more that of sales chief. Microsoft said he would leave the software maker "after a short transition period."
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17 days ago
A Chinese Ad Firm Is Using Malware to Get More Clicks | Motherboard
This malware allows the injection of adverts into victims' devices. Whenever someone clicks on one of these adverts, Yingmob gets paid, just like a typical advertising campaign.
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19 days ago
Steam warns users against gambling site after YouTube stars discovered as owners • Eurogamer.net
The news of CS:GO Lotto's ownership came as a surprise to viewers who have watched the pair promote the site on their channels, where both YouTube stars can be seen gambling - and winning big money - while using it.

Neither had publicly disclosed their full roles in the site. TmarTn had not even disclosed his videos as being promotional tools.
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20 days ago
Uh Oh: Google Expands Its Ad Tracking. But, Yay: It’s Opt-In | WIRED
The prompt includes an option to let Google use all of the information associated with your account—search, Chrome, YouTube, the works—to inform the ads you see across the web. Google already does this within its own services, but until now it has used cookies for anything beyond that.
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21 days ago
Tesla driver killed in crash with Autopilot active, NHTSA investigating | The Verge
A Tesla Model S with the Autopilot system activated was involved in a fatal crash, the first known fatality in a Tesla where Autopilot was active. The company revealed the crash in a blog post posted today and says it informed the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the incident, which is now investigating.
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Jury Says Oracle Should Pay $3 Billion in Damages to Hewlett Packard Enterprise - WSJ
The jury sided with HP Enterprise’s contention that Oracle violated a contract between the companies when it decided in 2011 to stop creating new versions of its database and other software for systems running Intel Corp.’s Itanium chip, a different and less successful technology branch of that company’s popular line of microprocessors.
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BlackBerry has not informed Verizon or AT&T that BlackBerry 10 devices have been discontinued | CrackBerry.com
According to a new report from Bomble based on an email sent to Senate staffers, BlackBerry smartphones will no longer be issued within Senate once the remaining supplies have been exhausted. As the email notes, "BlackBerry informed Verizon and AT&T that production of all BlackBerry OS 10 devices (Q10, Z10, Z30, Passport, and Classic) has been discontinued" while also noting "Future carrier order fulfillment will not be guaranteed due to limited remaining stock."
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22 days ago
Apple Slams Spotify, Says App Already Violates App Store Rules - BuzzFeed News
In a letter sent to Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez on Friday, Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell rebutted the streaming music service’s June 26 allegations that Apple is “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers” by rejecting a recent update to Spotify’s iOS app. “We find it troubling that you are asking for exemptions to the rules we apply to all developers and are publicly resorting to rumors and half-truths about our service,” Sewell wrote in a letter obtained by BuzzFeed News.
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22 days ago
A Tragic Loss | Tesla Motors
We learned yesterday evening that NHTSA is opening a preliminary evaluation into the performance of Autopilot during a recent fatal crash that occurred in a Model S. This is the first known fatality in just over 130 million miles where Autopilot was activated. Among all vehicles in the US, there is a fatality every 94 million miles. Worldwide, there is a fatality approximately every 60 million miles. It is important to emphasize that the NHTSA action is simply a preliminary evaluation to determine whether the system worked according to expectations.
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Spotify says Apple won’t approve a new version of its app because it doesn’t want competition for Apple Music - Recode
Spotify says Apple is making it harder for the streaming music company to compete by blocking a new version of its iPhone app.

In a letter sent this week to Apple’s top lawyer, Spotify says Apple is “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers” by rejecting an update to Spotify’s iOS app.

The letter says Apple turned down a new version of the app while citing “business model rules” and demanded that Spotify use Apple’s billing system if “Spotify wants to use the app to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions.”

The letter, sent by Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez to Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell on June 26, suggests that Spotify intends to use the standoff as ammunition in its fight over Apple’s rules governing subscription services that use its App store. (Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the date Spotify sent the letter.)
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24 days ago
Bits, Please!: Extracting Qualcomm's KeyMaster Keys - Breaking Android Full Disk Encryption
As we've seen, the Android FDE's KDF is "bound" to the hardware of the device by the intermediate KeyMaster signature. But how secure is the KeyMaster module? How are the key blobs protected? Unfortunately, this is hard to say. The implementation of the KeyMaster module is provided by the SoC OEMs and, as such, is completely undocumented (essentially a black-box). We could try and rely on the official Android documentation, which states that the KeyMaster module: "...offers an opportunity for Android devices to provide hardware-backed, strong security services...". But surely that's not enough.

So... Are you pondering what I'm pondering?
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24 days ago
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25 days ago
Microsoft's Windows 10: Anniversary Update to hit August 2; 350 million devices and counting | ZDNet
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be made available to the users running it on the now more than 350 million active Windows 10 devices (up from 300 million in early May). It also will be available to users who want to buy retail copies or new devices on which the Anniversary Update will be preloaded. All of these users will get the Anniversary Update for free. Windows 7 and 8.X users who haven't taken advantage of Microsoft's offer to update to Windows 10 for free by July 29 will have to either buy new devices running Windows 10 or pay for a retail copy of Windows 10 to get the Anniversary Update.
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25 days ago
Hillary Clinton’s tech policy proposal sounds like a love letter to Silicon Valley - Recode
Affordable, high-speed internet in all American households by the end of her first term.
A commitment to defend the principles of net neutrality and recent FCC rulings in favor of it.
Investment in computer science and STEM education, like offering more computer science classes and training 50,000 teachers in related subjects.
Diversifying the tech workforce and funding tech and STEM education at historically black colleges and universities.
A student loan deferment program for entrepreneurs with the option to forgive up to $17,500 in debt if they launch a business “that [operates] in distressed communities, or social enterprises that provide measurable social impact and benefit.”
A blue-ribbon commission on digital security and encryption, which sounds like a neat way to avoid infuriating the military, law enforcement and the tech industry.
A “high-level” working group consisting of “experts, business and labor leaders” to tackle the Uber-style gig economy.
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26 days ago
The Good News at Trump’s Least-Favorite Paper -- NYMag
Bezos seems to have gone from being seen as a threat to Establishment intellectualism — a destroyer of bookstores and publishing houses — to being seen as, perhaps, one of its champions.
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26 days ago
Microsoft draws flak for pushing Windows 10 on PC users | The Seattle Times
Mary Jo Foley, a journalist who has closely followed Microsoft for decades, wrote recently that the company has made saying no to Windows 10, particularly for nontech-savvy people, “nearly impossible to implement.”

Paul Thurrott, another longtime Microsoft follower, criticized a recent pop-up asking users if they were ready to get Windows 10. In the prompt, the X in the upper-right corner — long known to Windows users as a way to exit a software program or abort a process — is interpreted by the update tool as an agreement to go ahead with Windows 10.

“The violation of trust here is almost indescribable,” Thurrott wrote.
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​Open-source Microsoft protocol aims to be a programming standard | ZDNet
So, when you put it together, it's not too surprising that Microsoft and its open-source partners have created the Language Server Protocol (LSP). The LSP is a collaborative effort to provide a common way to integrate programming languages across code editors and integrated development environments (IDEs). The protocol extends developer flexibility and productivity by enabling a rich editing experience within a variety of tools for different programming languages.
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26 days ago
The New Payola: Deals Landlords Cut with Internet Providers — Backchannel
This astounding, enormous, decentralized payola scheme affects millions of American lives. And these shenanigans will only stop when cities and national leaders require that every building have neutral fiber/wireless facilities that make it easy for residents to switch services when they want to. We’ve got to take landlords out of the equation — all they’re doing is looking for payments and deals (understandably: they’re addicted to the revenue stream they’ve been getting), and the giant telecom providers in our country are more than happy to pay up. The market is stuck. Residents have little idea these deals are happening. The current way of doing business is great for landlords and ISPs but destructive in every other way.
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26 days ago
Google Licenses LyricFind for Search Results | Billboard
Google has signed a multi-year licensing deal with Toronto-based LyricFind to display song lyrics in its search results, both companies announced today. A query for the lyrics to a specific song will pull up the words to much of that song, freeing users from having to click through to another website. Google rolled out the lyrics feature in the U.S. today (June 27), though it has licenses to display the lyrics internationally as well.
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26 days ago
China tightens rules for mobile app developers | Reuters
Mobile app providers will have to verify users' identities with real-name registration, improve censorship and punish users who spread what the CAC called illicit information on their platforms. The firms will also have to save user activity logs for a period of 60 days, it said.
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