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Twitter ‘smytes’ customers | TechCrunch
Twitter today announced it was acquiring the “trust and safety as a service” startup Smyte to help it better address issues related to online abuse, harassment, spam, and security on its platform. But it also decided to immediately shut down access to Smyte’s API without warning, leaving Smyte’s existing customers no time to transition to a new service provider.
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13 hours ago
Can the Border Patrol ask for your papers? This tool shows if you’re in the ‘border zone.’ - The Washington Post
Everyone in New York City lives in the border zone and can be asked to show identification to Border Patrol agents. Everyone in Los Angeles. Everyone in Seattle, Houston, Chicago and the District. Every single person in Florida. An extensive look at the border zone by CityLab determined that more than 7 in 10 nonwhite Americans live in the border zone.

Curious if you’re in the border zone? We made a tool that can tell you. Using data from the Census Bureau defining the country’s border, the tool below will geolocate you — you have to click a button to allow access — and then tell you about how far you are from the border. Bear in mind that there is naturally a degree of uncertainty to the calculation, given the imprecise nature of the calculations, the geolocation and the resolution of the boundary map.

Nonetheless, it should give you a sense of where the boundary lies.


Most of you will find that you’re in the border zone. Authorities can set a smaller boundary; our tool doesn’t reflect places where that might be the case.

It’s worth noting that while the Border Patrol can operate checkpoints, it cannot simply search your car (for example) without a warrant. Within 25 miles of the border, though, the Border Patrol has even broader powers, including the right to enter private property (except houses) without a warrant.
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13 hours ago
Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse - The New York Times
In more than 30 interviews with The New York Times, domestic abuse victims, their lawyers, shelter workers and emergency responders described how the technology was becoming an alarming new tool. Abusers — using apps on their smartphones, which are connected to the internet-enabled devices — would remotely control everyday objects in the home, sometimes to watch and listen, other times to scare or show power. Even after a partner had left the home, the devices often stayed and continued to be used to intimidate and confuse.
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13 hours ago
Bill Could Give Californians Unprecedented Control Over Data | WIRED
Introduced by State Assembly member Ed Chau and state senator Robert Hertzberg, the bill would allow California residents to find out what information businesses and data brokers collect about them, where that information comes from, and how it's shared. It would give people the power to ask for their data to be deleted and to order businesses to stop selling their personal information. It places limits on selling data on users younger than 16 years of age, and prohibits businesses from denying service to users for exercising their rights under the bill.
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13 hours ago
Young people still love Twitter — as screenshots on Instagram - The Verge
“Facebook is dead. Tumblr is for people stuck in 2011 and Warped Tour (sorry). Snapchat is irrelevant to the point that I don’t even know why I’m mentioning it,” Cori Amato Hartwig, a New York-based 22-year-old who runs an account called @manicpixiememequeen, tells The Verge. “Instagram and Twitter are the only social media platforms that matter, especially to millennials.” For Hartwig, Instagram’s image-first identity is suited to meme culture, which she says thrives and connects more easily. “Memes lend themselves to be shared as a full image, with the text of the meme actually attached to the image itself,” she says.
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13 hours ago
Instagram Forgot the Lessons of Internet Abuses - Bloomberg
“We have a responsibility to not just build tools, but to make sure that they’re used for good,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told the U.S. Senate in April. Making sure that technology is used for good also means that companies need to prepare and communicate to the public in advance how they’re preventing their tools from being misused and how they will balance freedom of expression with protecting society. Instagram failed in that mission.
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13 hours ago
Brookings survey finds 52 percent believe robots will perform most human activities in 30 years
Fifty-two percent of adult internet users believe within 30 years, robots will have advanced to the point where they can perform most of the activities currently done by humans, according to a survey undertaken by researchers at the Brookings Institution. The poll also found people divided 32 to 29 percent regarding whether the U.S. government should set up a Federal Robotics Commission to regulate robot development and usage.
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13 hours ago
An Up-to-Date Browser Should Keep Users Safe From Most Exploit Kits
All eight were old and known bugs, with the newest dating back to 2016. Seven of the eight vulnerabilities targeted Internet Explorer, meaning that using a more modern browser like Chrome and Firefox is a simple, yet effective way of avoiding falling victim to exploit kits.
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Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide... • The Register
In that capacity, we would like to formally apologize to both Atari and Michael Arzt for digging out a recording of the interview – and for the following article in which we highlight that Atari is so full of crap that it should be designated a hazardous waste zone.
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yesterday
Amazon, the Brand Buster - The New York Times
Anyone who spends much time on the Amazon site can see the answer to that question. The company now has roughly 100 private label brands for sale on its huge online marketplace, of which more than five dozen have been introduced in the past year alone. But few of those are sold under the Amazon brand. Instead, they have been given a variety of anodyne, disposable names like Spotted Zebra (kids clothes), Good Brief (men’s underwear), Wag (dog food) and Rivet (home furnishings). Want to buy a stylish but affordable cap-sleeve dress? A flared version from Lark & Ro ($39), maybe in millennial pink, might be just what you’re looking for.
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Amazon FreeTime Unlimited finally lands on Apple’s App Store | TechCrunch
Five and half years after it launched, one of the more popular apps for kids’ reading and entertainment has finally arrived on the iOS. Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the e-commerce giant’s subscription service for children 3-12 that gives unlimited access to 10,000 books, movies and TV shows starting at $2.99 for one user per month for Prime members, and going up to $9.99 per month for non-Prime members for a family plan of up to four users across tablets, phones, e-readers, and smart speakers, is now available on the App Store.
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yesterday
Bitcoins Worth $1 Billion Lost by Mt. Gox to Be Refunded | Fortune
That changed this week when the Tokyo District Court halted Mt. Gox’s bankruptcy proceedings and commenced a legal process known as civil rehabilitation, allowing it to distribute the remaining Mt. Gox assets to ex-customers and debtors. The estate include nearly 170,000 each of Bitcoins and its offshoot Bitcoin Cash, worth roughly $1.2 billion at today’s prices.
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yesterday
The Supreme Court’s Carpenter case is being hailed as a big victory for digital privacy. It’s not. - Vox
From now on, the police will usually have to get a warrant before seeking such information. But that offers limited protection. One reason: In other Fourth Amendment cases, the Court has held that it is not just life-tenured federal judges who can issue warrants. A warrant can also be obtained from a range of other officials, including municipal court clerks who have no law training and no tenure protection. Such clerical staff lack the skills and incentives to examine warrant applications closely to determine compliance with the law. Still, they are allowed to issue warrants.
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yesterday
U.S. Supreme Court Bolsters Mobile-Phone Privacy Rights - Bloomberg
Writing for the court, Roberts pointed to the "depth, breadth and comprehensive reach" of the location data held by wireless companies.
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yesterday
A hacker figured out how to brute force iPhone passcodes | ZDNet
If you send your brute-force attack in one long string of inputs, it'll process all of them, and bypass the erase data feature," he explained.

Hickey posted a demonstration video of his attack online.

An attacker can send all the passcodes in one go by enumerating each code from 0000 to 9999 in one string with no spaces. Because this doesn't give the software any breaks, the keyboard input routine takes priority over the device's data-erasing feature, he explained. That means the attack works only after the device is booted up, said Hickey, because there are more routines running.
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Apple finally acknowledges ‘sticky’ keyboard issues on MacBooks, offering free fix and refunds for past repairs | 9to5Mac
Users that are experiencing any of the issues described above with their MacBook or MacBook Pro can get the servicing done free of charge through Apple stores or an Apple Authorized Service Provider. For anyone that was already experiencing the problem and had to pay for servicing through Apple, the company will be refunding customers the cost of the repair. The program will cover eligible MacBook and MacBook Pros for 4 years from the date of purchase.
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yesterday
California lawmakers gut net neutrality bill - CNET
California's bill was considered the "gold standard" in net neutrality protections, because it went beyond the FCC's 2015 net neutrality "bright line" rules by including provisions like a ban on zero-rating, a business practice that allows broadband providers like AT&T to exempt their own services from their monthly wireless data caps, while services from competitors are counted against those limits. The result is a market controlled by internet service providers like AT&T, who can shut out the competition by creating an economic disadvantage for those competitors through its wireless service plans.
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3 days ago
Car Consortium That Includes Apple Announces Digital Car Key Specification for Smartphones - Mac Rumors
The new Digital Key specification, which uses NFC, was developed to create a "robust ecosystem" around interoperable digital key use cases. It will let drivers lock, unlock, start the engine, and share access to their cars using smart devices like the iPhone with reliable user authentication methods.

It is a secure system that lets vehicle manufacturers transfer a digital key implementation to a smart device using a Trusted Service Manager infrastructure that leverages NFC distance bounding and a direct link to the secure element of the device. This kind of technology has a wide range of uses, such as car sharing and car rentals, along with key-free operation.
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3 days ago
The Xbox One won't support VR, because Microsoft broke its promise - CNET
The software giant told GamesIndustry.biz it isn't working on VR support for its popular Xbox One console, despite the company's original promise (and later confirmation) that it would support the technology. The company also isn't adding support for mixed reality, a hybrid technology that allows digital objects to co-exist with physical ones.
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3 days ago
AT&T Watch TV: Full Channel Line-Up, Pricing, How to Get it for Free – Variety
AT&T is making the service available at no cost to a subset of its users, and is introducing two new wireless plans to do so: A new base line unlimited data plan dubbed “AT&T Unlimited & More” includes free access to Watch TV. “AT&T Unlimited & More Premium” comes with Watch TV access as well as an option to add one other music or video subscription service at no extra cost.
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3 days ago
Google turns on ‘Continued Conversation’ in the Google Assistant - Search Engine Land
Continued Conversation, which is launching today in the US, allows users to have “a natural back-and-forth conversation” with the device without using the wake word trigger each time. The company says this has been one of its top requests from users. Amazon launched something similar, called “Follow-up Mode,” in March.

It appears that users will be able to keep asking or talking with the Assistant for an extended period as long as there isn’t an extended pause. It’s not entirely clear how many follow-ups you can ask.

Google also says that the Assistant will recognize when you’re talking to it versus someone else such as a family member in the same room. The company says Continued Conversation will be available on Google Home, Google Home Mini and Google Home Max (but it doesn’t appear it’s available yet for Android handsets).
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3 days ago
U.S. top court lets states force online retailers to collect sales tax | Reuters
In a 5-4 ruling upholding a South Dakota law challenged by Wayfair Inc, Overstock.com Inc and Newegg Inc, the justices overturned a 1992 high court precedent that had barred states from requiring businesses with no “physical presence” there, like out-of-state online retailers, to collect sales taxes.

Shares of online retailers fell sharply following the ruling, which opened the door to a new revenue stream to fill state coffers - up to $13 billion annually, according to a federal report. Because many e-commerce companies do not collect state sales taxes on purchases, they have had an advantage over brick-and-mortar businesses that do collect it.
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3 days ago
Why Apple’s AirPower Wireless Charger Is Taking So Long to Make - Bloomberg
One challenge is making sure the charger doesn’t overheat. Another is the complexity of the circuitry, according to people familiar with the device’s development.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

Unlike wireless chargers on the market today, the AirPower is designed to charge three devices simultaneously: an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods with a still-to-be-released wireless charging case.
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3 days ago
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich forced out after 'relationship' with employee
Krzanich violated a policy that said managers cannot have relationships with people who report to them either directly or indirectly. The relationship ended and took place "some time back," people familiar with the situation told CNBC. It's unclear with whom Krzanich, 58, had the relationship.
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Sensor Tower: Fortnite earned $100 million in its first 90 days on iOS | GamesBeat
Epic Games‘ hit game Fortnite has reached yet another milestone on mobile. Since its iOS launch in mid-March, it has generated $100 million in revenue on those devices in 90 days, according to market analyst Sensor Tower. Its presence on mobile will only grow, as the developer plans to roll it out to Android users this summer.
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4 days ago
Amazon’s “Alexa Everywhere” strategy is brilliant, helping maintain its digital assistance leadership - Stacey on IoT | Internet of Things news and analysis
With first mover status, broader developer support and development kits, a range of Alexa devices at various price points and positive consumer sentiments, Alexa isn’t going away anytime soon. In fact, she’s coming to the Marriott line of hotels through the just announced Alexa for Hospitality program. As much as Google is pushing its Assistant, Amazon is still the queen of voice commands and will be in the near future.
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4 days ago
Introducing IGTV | Instagram for Business
Five years after the launch of video on Instagram, we are excited to introduce IGTV which brings audiences closer to the creators they love. We are re-envisioning mobile video with a new standalone surface that features longer videos and easy discoverability through channels, all in a vertical format that sits upright, in the palm of your hand.
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4 days ago
Welcome to IGTV – Instagram
Today, we have two big announcements to share. First, Instagram is now a global community of one billion! Since our launch in 2010, we’ve watched with amazement as the community has flourished and grown. This is a major accomplishment — so from all of us at Instagram, thank you!

Second, we’re announcing our most exciting feature to date: IGTV, a new app for watching long-form, vertical video from your favorite Instagram creators, like LaurDIY posting her newest project or King Bach sharing his latest comedy skit. While there’s a stand-alone IGTV app, you’ll also be able to watch from within the Instagram app so the entire community of one billion can use it from the very start.
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4 days ago
Professional Videogamers Get Their Own Stadiums - WSJ
Late last year, Arlington officials decided to pursue the next big thing in sports—whatever that might be—and asked New York University’s Tisch Institute for Global Sport to recommend an area of investment. The program had what amounted to a one-word answer: Esports, otherwise known as competitive videogaming.
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4 days ago
BitTorrent is selling for $140M to Justin Sun and his blockchain startup Tron | TechCrunch
BitTorrent, an early mover (and currently the largest player) in decentralised computing architecture to distribute and store data, is being sold for $140 million in cash to Justin Sun and his blockchain media startup Tron, according to multiple sources close to the deal, who spoke to TechCrunch.
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4 days ago
VirusTotal now protects developers from becoming false positives | TechCrunch
Today, the company is expanding on its core services by launching a new tool that allows developers to scan new code against the systems of its antivirus partners to help ensure that those partners don’t mistakenly identify their code as malware. These kind of false positives are surprisingly common and can obviously create massive headaches for developers who aren’t in the malware business.

With VirusTotal Monitor, which is now available to all developers, developers can upload their code, have VirusTotal check it and if it’s mistakenly flagged as malware by one of the company’s partners, VirusTotal notifies both its partners and the developers– and connects them to make sure they can figure out a solution.
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4 days ago
Atul Gawande, the doctor and writer, named CEO of Amazon’s employee healthcare JV | TechCrunch
“I’m thrilled to be named CEO of this healthcare initiative,” said Gawande in a statement. “I have devoted my public health career to building scalable solutions for better healthcare delivery that are saving lives, reducing suffering, and eliminating wasteful spending both in the US and across the world. Now I have the backing of these remarkable organizations to pursue this mission with even greater impact for more than a million people, and in doing so incubate better models of care for all. This work will take time but must be done. The system is broken, and better is possible.”
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4 days ago
Meet Microsoft News: A new way to stay informed across the Web, Windows 10, iOS and Android - Windows Experience BlogWindows Experience Blog
You can experience the best of what Microsoft News has to offer in our newly redesigned Microsoft News app for iOS and Android, available today. The app makes it easy to get news wherever you are, focused on the topics you care about most – like having your own portable newsroom.
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4 days ago
Europe takes another step towards copyright pre-filters for user generated content | TechCrunch
MEPs critical of the proposals have vowed to continue to oppose the measures, and the EU parliament will eventually need to vote as a whole.
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4 days ago
Now Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design • The Register
Updated Microsoft has ported Windows 10 and Linux to E2, its homegrown processor architecture it has spent years working on mostly in secret.

As well as the two operating systems, the US giant's researchers say they have also ported Busybox and FreeRTOS, plus a collection of toolkits for developing and building applications for the processor: the standard C/C++ and .NET Core runtime libraries, the Windows kernel debugger, Visual C++ 2017's command line tools, and .NET's just-in-time compiler RyuJIT.

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5 days ago
Oppo’s Find X ditches the notch for pop-up cameras - The Verge
If there’s a singular trend to point to for phones in 2018, it’s the effort to cram as much screen into a device as possible. Oppo’s new Find X, which is being officially announced at a live streamed event in Paris today, combines a number of trendy design ideas, plus some even newer tricks, to fit an extremely large 6.4-inch display into a phone that you can still hold in one hand. The Find X’s design is so space efficient that Oppo claims it has a screen to body ratio of 93.8 percent. And it does this without utilizing a notch, which should make at least some people happy.
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5 days ago
Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile stop sharing real-time cell phone location data | ZDNet
"Verizon did the responsible thing and promptly announced it was cutting these companies off," said Wyden in a statement Tuesday, following an investigation by his office.

"In contrast, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint seem content to continuing to sell their customers' private information to these shady middle men, Americans' privacy be damned," he said.
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5 days ago
New IBM robot holds its own in a debate with a human
IBM’s Project Debater made its public debut in San Francisco Monday afternoon, where it squared off against Noa Ovadia, the 2016 Israeli debate champion, and in a second debate against Dan Zafrir, a nationally renowned debater in Israel. The new AI system is the latest grand challenge from IBM, which previously created Deep Blue, the program that beat chess champion Garry Kasparov, and Watson, which bested humans on the game show Jeopardy.
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5 days ago
Google Has A New Podcast App. It Also Hopes To Diversify Podcasting.
“Releasing Google Podcasts is really about making audio a first-class citizen within Google, in line with our mission to organise the world’s information,” said Zack Reneau-Wedeen, product manager for Google Podcasts, in an interview with BuzzFeed News. “In the last few years, we’ve seen a huge explosion in the creativity, variety, and the quality of podcasts available."
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5 days ago
China-based campaign breached satellite, defense companies: Symantec
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A sophisticated hacking campaign launched from computers in China burrowed deeply into satellite operators, defense contractors and telecommunications companies in the United States and southeast Asia, security researchers at Symantec Corp said on Tuesday.
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5 days ago
AT&T, Time Warner, and the Need for Neutrality – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
What was both unsurprising and yet odd about this case was the degree to which it was fought over point number two, with minimal acknowledgement of point number three. That is, it seems clear to me that AT&T made this acquisition with an eye on point number three, yet the government’s case was predicated on point number two; to that end, the government, in my eyes, rightly lost given the case they made. Whether they should have lost a better case is another question entirely.
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5 days ago
Ajit Pai Now Trying To Pretend That Everybody Supported Net Neutrality Repeal | Techdirt
Marketplace....this is not a popular decision. Millions of people have written in opposition to it. Public opinion polling shows most Americans favor net neutrality, not your open internet rule. And I wonder why you're doing this then? If public opinion is against you, what are you doing?

Pai: First of all, public opinion is not against us. If you look at some of the polls —

Marketplace: No, it is, sir, come on.

Pai: If you look at some of the polling, if you dig down and see how these polls were constructed, it was clearly designed to reach a particular result. But even beyond that —

Marketplace: It's not just one, there are many surveys, sir.

Pai: The FCC’s job is not to put a finger in the wind and decide which way the winds are blowing, it's to look at the facts and make a sober judgment based on what the law is. And that is exactly what we've done here. Moreover, the long-term interest is in building better, faster, cheaper internet access. That is what consumers say when I travel around the country, and I’ve have spoken to consumers in Los Angeles to the reservation in South Dakota, places like Dahlonega, Georgia. That is what is on consumers’ minds. That is what this regulatory framework is going to deliver.
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5 days ago
The EU's bizarre war on memes is totally unwinnable | WIRED UK
On June 20, the European Parliament will set in motion a process that could force online platforms like Facebook, Reddit and even 4chan to censor their users' content before it ever gets online.

A proposed new European copyright law wants large websites to use "content recognition technologies" to scan for copyrighted videos, music, photos, text and code in a move that that could impact everyone from the open source software community to remixers, livestreamers and teenage meme creators.
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5 days ago
Apple fined $6.8M in Australia after Error 53 controversy - CNET
In April 2017, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) commenced a legal battle with Apple in the Federal Court of Australia. It said Apple violated customers' rights under Australian Consumer Law to repairs for devices bricked by Error 53.

Then, in June 2017, the ACCC conducted an undercover operation involving 13 calls with Apple retailers in Australia, in which Apple representatives allegedly said Apple did not have responsibility to remedy faulty iPhones repaired by an unauthorised third party.
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5 days ago
Amazon made a special version of Alexa for hotels with Echo speakers in their rooms - The Verge
The Alexa experience will be customized and tailored to each individual hospitality location, so guests will be able to do things like order room service, request a housekeeping visit, or adjust room controls (thermostat, blinds, lights, etc.) using an Echo in their room. They can also ask location-specific questions such as what time the hotel pool closes or where the fitness center is.

Marriott International plans to integrate Alexa for Hospitality at select Marriott Hotels, Westin Hotels & Resorts, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, Aloft Hotels, and Autograph Collection Hotels starting this summer. Some upscale hotels like the Wynn Las Vegas have already put Echos in rooms — even before Amazon optimized Alexa for the purpose and interacting with a new guest every day.
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5 days ago
How Apple’s Tim Cook Became Tech’s Top Diplomat - The New York Times
The specter of Chinese retaliation against Apple has increased since the administration targeted the Chinese tech company ZTE for breaking American sanctions against Iran and North Korea. But the administration backed away from stiffer penalties this month and said it would fine ZTE $1 billion and install a compliance team picked by the United States.
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6 days ago
You can no longer book Uber rides inside Google Maps
Google has removed the ability to book an Uber ride from inside Google Maps. You can still look up the route in Maps and then “request the ride from the Uber app,” Google suggests, but it has removed direct Uber booking without providing a reason.
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6 days ago
Five new features to try in Messages
Today and over the next week, we’ll begin rolling out Messages for web, one of our top-requested features that lets you send and receive texts from your computer. To get started, select “Messages for web” in the menu of your Messages mobile app. On Messages for web, you can send stickers, emoji, and attach images in addition to sending text.
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6 days ago
Pentagon Puts Cyberwarriors on the Offensive, Increasing the Risk of Conflict - The New York Times
But in the spring, as the Pentagon elevated the command’s status, it opened the door to nearly daily raids on foreign networks, seeking to disable cyberweapons before they can be unleashed, according to strategy documents and military and intelligence officials.
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6 days ago
Sony's PS5 will reportedly launch in 2020 powered by AMD's Navi GPU
"Here is a fun fact: Vega was designed primarily for Apple and Navi is being designed for Sony - the PS5 to be precise," the report states, right before going on to explain AMD's roadmap for Navi and how it's dependent on Sony.
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7 days ago
Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters
The app is intended to collect information about the source of new game installs, and details about the gamer. Following a massive user outcry in the past two weeks, several game makers have given in to pressure and are removing this SDK. Game makers and games who announced they were removing RedShell include Bethesda (Elder Scrolls), All Total War games, Warhammer games, Magic the Gathering Arena, and more. [This Google Docs spreadsheet and Reddit thread have a list of games containing RedShell. ]
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7 days ago
Nuclear Power Won’t Survive Without A Government Handout | FiveThirtyEight
There are 99 nuclear reactors producing electricity in the United States today. Collectively, they’re responsible for producing about 20 percent of the electricity we use each year. But those reactors are, to put it delicately, of a certain age. The average age of a nuclear power plant in this country is 38 years old (compared with 24 years old for a natural gas power plant). Some are shutting down. New ones aren’t being built. And the ones still operational can’t compete with other sources of power on price
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7 days ago
Nigerian Prince scam victim in Kansas getting back $110K | The Kansas City Star
From 2005 to 2008, swindlers hoodwinked Haines, a self-employed handyman in Wichita, into spending thousands in pursuit of an imaginary inheritance from a Nigerian government official — a con known as the Nigerian Prince Scam. Haines re-mortgaged his house three times in the process.
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7 days ago
CryptoKitties sales plummet in popularity months after raising $12 million - Business Insider
The number of CryptoKitties transactions decreased in June by 98.4% compared to its peak of 80,500 transactions back in December 2017, according to data from Bloxy. The game is still among the most popular options for ethereum-related gaming, but public interest in buying and selling them seems to have waned significantly in recent months.
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7 days ago
Decades-old PGP bug allowed hackers to spoof just about anyone’s signature | Ars Technica
CVE-2018-12020 affects vulnerable software only when it enables a setting called verbose, which is used to troubleshoot bugs or unexpected behavior. None of the vulnerable programs enables verbose by default, but a variety of highly recommended configurations available online—including the cooperpair safe defaults, Ultimate GPG settings, and Ben's IT-Kommentare—turn it on. Once verbose is enabled, Brinkmann's post includes three separate proof-of-concept spoofing attacks that work against the previously mentioned tools and possibly many others.
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7 days ago
Europe's GDPR Is Killing Email Marketing, to the Disappointment of No One
Under GDPR, companies are still free to send emails to customers who have purchased a product from them in the past, but they can’t continue to solicit the attention of non-customers without first asking for permission. That’s a bit of a killer for marketers, who collect email addresses in all sorts of ways beyond just making sales. Emails acquired through those annoying little pop-up messages for mailing lists, promises of special offers, or purchased from another marketer—those all have to stop unless the recipient opts in to continue getting them.
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8 days ago
Inside the private event where Microsoft, Google, Salesforce and other rivals share security secrets – GeekWire
“At this point in the development of this technology it’s really critical for us to move at speed to all collaborate,” explained Mark Russinovich, the Microsoft Azure chief technology officer. “A customer of Google is also likely a customer of Microsoft, and it does nobody any good or gives anybody a competitive disadvantage to keep somebody else’s customer, which could be our own customer, insecure. This is for the betterment of everybody, the whole community.”
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8 days ago
The court’s decision to let AT&T and Time Warner merge is ridiculously bad - The Verge
The judge does not understand that HBO Now and Netflix are both accessed by consumers in the exact same ways.
Judge Leon quotes Randall Stephenson calling this a “vision deal.” Twice.
AT&T points out — correctly! — that it wants to see more people use more data generally, so it’s fine with other video services.
But the government never makes the argument that AT&T will use its network to prioritize Time Warner content and services over competitors.
The judge doesn’t figure this out.
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8 days ago
U.S. Files Criminal Charges Against Theranos’s Elizabeth Holmes, Ramesh Balwani - WSJ
Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against Theranos Inc. founder Elizabeth Holmes and the blood-testing company’s former No. 2 executive, alleging that they defrauded investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars and also defrauded doctors and patients.
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9 days ago
Mobile industry completes 5G standard by approving standalone 5G spec | VentureBeat
The newly completed specification enables developers to choose from a standalone 5G standard that doesn’t depend upon 4G, or the earlier non-standalone 5G standard with 4G ties.
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9 days ago
PSA: Apple Maps Has Been Down Several Hours, Directions and Search Not Working [Update: Resolved] - Mac Rumors
The issue appears to be widespread, with many users reporting that Apple Maps is down across the United States, Canada, and other countries. The outage affects all platforms with Apple Maps, including the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and CarPlay.

iPhone, iPad, and Mac users can simply use an alternative such as Google Maps or Waze in the meantime, but CarPlay doesn't currently support third-party mapping apps, something that is changing with iOS 12.
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9 days ago
State of the Site: Metafilter financial update and future directions | MetaTalk
Right now, because of recent steep drops in ad revenue, we're running at an $8,000/month deficit. I'm bringing this to you all now because we need to fix that shortfall soon to avoid significant cuts to our current payroll levels. We're still operating as normal right now thanks to the cushion members built up last fall, and that and conservative budgeting have worked as intended: it's given us a few more months of leeway to work on the problem, so we can consider our options and make smart, non-panicky decisions. But we need to get to work on it ASAP.
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9 days ago
Oprah signs with Apple as new Hollywood content wars heat up
"Together, Winfrey and Apple will create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world," the company said in a statement Friday. "Winfrey's projects will be released as part of a lineup of original content from Apple."
Apple did not specify whether Winfrey would appear in any of the shows, but she is expected to have an on-screen role as a host and interviewer. The company also declined to discuss financial aspects of the deal.
Apple said the deal will not affect Winfrey's contract with OWN, the television network she launched in 2011. Winfrey recently extended her contract there through 2025.
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9 days ago
Comcast disabled throttling system, proving data cap is just a money grab | Ars Technica
As reflected in a June 11, 2018 update to our Xfinity Internet Broadband Disclosures, the congestion management system that was initially deployed in 2008 has been deactivated. As our network technologies and usage of the network continue to evolve, we reserve the right to implement a new congestion-management system if necessary in the performance of reasonable network management and in order to maintain a good broadband Internet access service experience for our customers and will provide updates here as well as other locations if a new system is implemented.
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11 days ago
The AT&T-Time Warner Merger and the End of Net Neutrality Are a Nightmare Combination for Consumers - Motherboard
Regardless, critics have argued that the deal will only give AT&T, a company with a rich history of anti-competitive and unethical behavior, greater leverage to make life harder on the smaller streaming video providers it’s competing with in the video and advertising space.
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11 days ago
Federal judge clears AT&T's bid for Time Warner with no conditions
A federal judge said Tuesday that AT&T's $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner is legal, clearing the path for a deal that gives the pay-TV provider ownership of cable channels such as HBO and CNN as well as film studio Warner Bros.
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12 days ago
Apple bans cryptocurrency mining on the iPhone and iPad
Apple has added new language to its App Store review guidelines related to cryptocurrency. Under the Hardware Compatibility section, Apple now states that "apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining."
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12 days ago
Canada's 'Random' Immigration Lottery Uses Microsoft Excel, Which Isn't Actually Random
The Globe and Mail reported the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) uses Microsoft Excel to run the immigration lottery to select 10,000 people for permanent resident status from a field of about 100,000 applications received each year. Experts warned that the random number generating function in Excel isn’t actually random and may put some applicants at a disadvantage.
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13 days ago
Trump Orders Government to Stop Work on Y2K Bug, 17 Years Later - Bloomberg
The Trump administration announced Thursday that it would eliminate dozens of paperwork requirements for federal agencies, including an obscure rule that requires them to continue providing updates on their preparedness for a bug that afflicted some computers at the turn of the century. As another example, the Pentagon will be freed from a requirement that it file a report every time a small business vendor is paid, a task that consumed some 1,200 man-hours every year.
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13 days ago
With my voice still gone, time for Jamie Dupree 2.0 | Jamie Dupree - AJC
What they found was a Scottish company named CereProc, which agreed to sift through years of my archived audio, and build a voice – which, when paired with a text-to-speech application – would sound like me, and hopefully get me back on the radio.

The big news today is that it looks like that is going to work, and allow me to “talk” on the radio again.

Here’s the announcement from Scott Slade, who hosts the morning news on WSB AM/FM in Atlanta.
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13 days ago
White House confirms its chief of staff was hacked
A personal email account of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was hacked, according to an email obtained by Buzzfeed via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. "As we discussed ... my folks are nervous about the emails you send and ask that you no longer include them on any postings," Kelly wrote. "Then there is hacking which one of my own personal accounts has suffered recently. I do almost everything now by phone or face-to-face comms."
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13 days ago
Tanzania orders all unregistered bloggers to take down their sites | Reuters
DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania ordered all unregistered bloggers and online forums on Monday to suspend their websites immediately or face criminal prosecution, as critics accuse the government of tightening control of internet content.

Several sites, including popular online discussion platform Jamiiforums, said on Monday they had temporarily shut down after the state-run Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) warned it would take legal action against all unlicensed websites.

Regulations passed in March made it compulsory for bloggers and owners of other online forums such as YouTube channels to register with the government and pay up to $900 for a license. Per capita income in Tanzania is slightly below $900 a year.
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13 days ago
Goodbye to net neutrality. Hello to an even-bigger AT&T? - The Washington Post
I think this could be a one-two punch to consumers and online competition,” said Gene Kimmelman, the president of Public Knowledge, a D.C.-based public interest group. “The combination of no net neutrality and video consolidation creates new bottlenecks that empower the traditional media industry to raise prices and limit online competition.”
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13 days ago
We Built A Powerful Amazon Facial Recognition Tool For Under $10
The democratization of mass surveillance is upon us. Insanely cheap tools with the power to track individuals en masse are now available for anyone to use, as exemplified by a Forbes test of an Amazon facial recognition product, Rekognition, that made headlines last month.
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14 days ago
I saw EA's new game streaming service, and it works - CNET
EA thinks this stripped-down approach could be the future of gaming. The promise, the company says, is for you to play games anywhere you can watch Netflix. In fact, the EA system uses practically the same technology as the movie-streaming service. Which is why the company starts showing me how people can play high-end games on low-end laptops, and even phones. 
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14 days ago
Facebook bug set 14 million users' sharing settings to public
For a period of four days in May, about 14 million Facebook users around the world had their default sharing setting for all new posts set to public, the company revealed Thursday.
The bug, which affected those users from May 18 to May 22, occurred while Facebook was testing a new feature.
After Facebook employees discovered the bug, the company went back and changed the privacy settings for all posts shared by those 14 million users during that time.
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17 days ago
Scooters littering US city streets shout at people: 'Unlock me or I'll call the police' | Technology | The Guardian
A female voice from within Lime’s e-scooters shouts the threat to anyone who tries to fiddle with the rides without downloading the app and paying. The company has also set their rides to blast cartoonish robot noises so loud that heads turn on busy city streets.

The threat immediately repeats on high volume and is the first and only sound the scooter makes. The words blare after less than a minute of a person standing on and exploring the buttons of the scooters, which Lime has been dumping on sidewalks throughout the US with little warning and without government approval.
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17 days ago
The Beam is Sonos’ ambitious attempt to win the living room - The Verge
Measuring just over 25 inches across, it’s much smaller than other soundbars. It looks nothing so much like a Dieter Rams-designed digital baguette. In black or white, it’s also less imposing than other soundbars, with rounded edges, subtle design touches like a seamless fabric grille that runs around the entire device, and an IR receiver that’s virtually impossible to see.

As this is Sonos’ second smart speaker (after the Sonos One), it has the necessary microphones for Alexa and, perhaps most intriguingly, just a single HDMI input.
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18 days ago
Apple Podcasts now hosts more than 550,000 active shows | TechCrunch
Apple Podcasts currently hosts north of 550,000 active shows, a bump from the 525,000 the company reported back in April — that’s a considerable jump from the 3,000 programs it hosted when the program launched back in 2005. The new numbers include 18.5 million individual episodes representing 155 countries, in more than 100 languages.

Fifty billion episodes have been streamed/downloaded since launch — numbers that are certainly on the upswing. 2016 saw 10 billion, and last year’s number was 13.7 billion. The company also revealed today that Stuff You Should Know has officially become the first podcast to cross the fairly staggering 500 million download/stream mark.
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