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Microsoft officially announces 'Windows Sandbox' for running applications in isolation
Microsoft announces Windows Sandbox, a desktop environment for running apps in isolation, for users running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise build 18301 and later
1 hour ago
As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants
Internal docs show Facebook gave ~150 companies access to more user data than disclosed; some could read private DMs; Facebook says it didn't violate FTC decree
1 hour ago
Truecaller: Spam calls jumped over 300% in 2018
Truecaller report: worldwide spam calls increased 300% YoY, reaching 17.7 billion in 2018; Brazil led with more than 37 spam calls per user per month
1 hour ago
Audi pulls the curtain back on its self-driving car program
Inside Audi's autonomous driving unit, which has ~150 employees, is testing 12 autonomous vehicles on public roads, and aims to debut self-driving taxis by 2021
1 hour ago
Twitter Abuse Toward Women Is Rampant, Amnesty Report Says
Amnesty International calls Twitter a “toxic place for women” in a study of 288,000 tweets aimed at 778 female journalists and politicians from the US and UK
1 hour ago
Uber approved to restart self-driving tests in Pennsylvania
Uber says it has been given approval by Pennsylvania officials to restart its self-driving car tests on public roads in Pittsburgh
1 hour ago
YouTube's $100 Million Upload Filter Failures Demonstrate What A Disaster Article 13 Will Be For The Internet
As EU debates Article 13, which would require sites to have an “upload filter”, Mike Masnick takes a look at the failures of YouTube's sophisticated ContentID system
1 hour ago
NPR’s move into podcasting analytics raises privacy concerns
NPR's podcast measurement technology RAD has sparked debate within the industry, with Overcast's Marco Arment expressing concerns about tracking and privacy
1 hour ago
Crypto-Mystery Clues Suggest Tether Has the Billions It Promised
Leaked bank docs spanning four separate months in 2017 and 2018 show Tether has a large cash stockpile, perhaps allaying fears that the digital coin is a scam
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Twitter warned of phone country code leak two years ago — but did nothing, security researcher says
Twitter was warned by a researcher two years ago of a flaw, recently reported to FTC and EU's DPC by the company, that leaked users' phone # country codes
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Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Withheld Russia Data, Reports Say
Senate report on Russia's disinformation campaign accuses Google, Facebook, and Twitter of being evasive and withholding data about Russian activity
1 hour ago
Arm Announces Cortex-A65AE for Automotive: First SMT CPU Core
Arm announces the 7nm Cortex A65AE, its first multi-threaded CPU core, designed for intense computing tasks like autonomous vehicles, arriving in 2020
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Charter-Spectrum reaches $174.2 million settlement in New York AG’s speed fraud lawsuit
Spectrum's parent Charter reaches $174.2 million settlement in New York AG's speed fraud lawsuit, which alleged that the ISP's speeds were 80% slower than advertised
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AT&T to launch 5G mobile service on Friday
AT&T to launch 5G mobile service on December 21 across 12 US cities via a $499 mobile hotspot device and $70/month data plan
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Cisco to buy semiconductor company Luxtera in a $660 million deal
Cisco to buy semiconductor company Luxtera, which develops silicon photonics technology that speeds up data transfer, for $660 million
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Link Taxes and Upload Filters Will Not Fix the Internet
Controversial online copyright proposals could see link taxes and upload filters introduced if the EU legislation passes a final vote in January 2019. We spoke to Pirate MEP Julia Reda about what the reform could mean for internet freedom.
yesterday
False Flag: A Story of Copyright and Corporate Censorship
In handing over the control of information to untested technology owned by mostly American internet giants, proposed EU copyright legislation opens the door to the corporate control of communications online. This short story by Cory Doctorow asks the question of it means for democracy and activism as we know them.
yesterday
Intel Unfolds Roadmaps For Future CPUs And GPUs
It would not have been an Architecture Day, as it was earlier this week at the former estate of Intel co-founder Robert Noyce, if the chip giant did not
yesterday
Google's Secret China Project "Effectively Ended" After Fight
The Intercept sources: Google's plan for a censored search engine for China “effectively ended” after infighting, with a data analysis operation key to Dragonfly shuttering
yesterday
Facebook’s Clear History privacy feature is still months from launching
Facebook promised in May it would let users clear their browsing history, but the company now says the privacy feature is still several months away
yesterday
France to tax tech giants from 2019 as EU fails to act
French economy minister says the country will introduce its own digital tax, dubbed “GAFA tax”, on large internet and technology companies from January 1
yesterday
The Yoda of Silicon Valley
Profile of Stanford computer scientist Donald Knuth, author of The Art of Computer Programming, a Bible of its field with more than one million copies in print
yesterday
Google announces a new $1 billion NYC campus in Hudson Square
In a major real-estate expansion in New York City, Google says it will invest $1 billion+ in a new 1.7 million square foot campus in Hudson Square in Manhattan
yesterday
Iranian phishers bypass 2fa protections offered by Yahoo Mail and Gmail
Researchers detail a phishing campaign by Iran-linked hackers targeting US government officials that bypassed SMS-based 2FA protections in Gmail and Yahoo Mail
yesterday
We Broke Into A Bunch Of Android Phones With A 3D-Printed Head
Test shows that Android phones like LG G7 ThinQ, OnePlus 6, and Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 8 can be unlocked via facial recognition using 3D-printed head models
yesterday
Huawei Hemorrhages Allies in Europe on Growing Security Concerns
With EU governments increasingly concerned about Huawei, telecoms including UK's BT, France's Orange, and Deutsche Telekom are reconsidering the use of its gear
yesterday
Patent Sale For Osterhout Design Group (ODG) Planned For January
A secured lender is selling off assets, including AR/VR patent portfolio, of Osterhout Design Group, the maker of R-9 and other smartglasses
yesterday
SQLite bug impacts thousands of apps, including all Chromium-based browsers
Tencent's Blade security team finds SQLite vulnerability that affects thousands of apps, including Google Home and Chromium open-source browser engine
yesterday
HQ Trivia Co-Founder and CEO Colin Kroll Dead at 34 of Apparent Drug Overdose
Colin Kroll, a co-founder of Vine and the CEO and co-founder of HQ Trivia, has died at 34; police source says a drug overdose is suspected
yesterday
Intel signs 100 million dollar deal with esports company ESL
Intel extends partnership with esports company ESL in $100 million deal to provide tech, including high-powered CPUs and 5G, for esports events worldwide through 2021
yesterday
The Deadly Recklessness of the Self-Driving Car Industry
The recklessness of Uber and Tesla in their development of autonomous cars risks alienating a public already wary of self-driving vehicles
yesterday
How Facebook Made a Universal Open Source Language for the Web
Data shows GraphQL, a Facebook-developed open source data query language, has seen a sharp rise in adoption among JavaScript developers over the past two years
yesterday
The Last Independent Mobile OS
How Jolla's Sailfish has survived as an independent mobile OS by targeting government and enterprise sectors in Russia and China which are wary of Google
yesterday
Robinhood Will Retool Checking Product Following Scrutiny
Robinhood deletes tweets about launching checking and savings accounts, scrubs the page from its website, and now calls the offering a “cash management” program
yesterday
Porn sites collect more user data than Netflix or Hulu. This is what they do with it.
How MindGeek, a company that dominates online porn with sites like Pornhub Network and Brazzers, uses big data to track what users watch and produce its videos
yesterday
Purchases in the Cydia Store, available for jailbroken devices, no longer supported
The Cydia Store, an app store for jailbroken iOS devices, is shutting down its payments backend
yesterday
U.S. Tech Giant Cloudflare Provides Cybersecurity For At Least 7 Terror Groups
Cloudflare has foreign terrorist organizations as customers, possibly violating US laws; Cloudflare says it works with US to meet legal obligations
yesterday
Inside Huawei's Secret HQ, China Is Shaping the Future
How Huawei is pushing China's grand tech ambitions forward with a secretive enterprise unit that is estimated to net $10 billion+ in revenue this year
4 days ago
GE Announces New Industrial IoT Software Business
GE to spin out its industrial IoT software business into a separate company with $1.2 billion in revenue, sell 90% of ServiceMax to Silver Lake for an undisclosed sum
4 days ago
Intel, TPG in talks to sell McAfee to Thoma Bravo
CNBC sources: private equity firm Thoma Bravo is in early talks to acquire McAfee from TPG and Intel for a “significant premium” on McAfee's 2016 valuation of $4.2 billion
4 days ago
Exclusive: T-Mobile, Sprint see Huawei shun clinching U.S. deal - sources
Reuters sources: T-Mobile and Sprint expect prompt merger approval from CFIUS after SoftBank, Deutsche Telekom agree to consider curbing the use of Huawei's equipment
4 days ago
Robinhood Checking Accounts May Not Be Insured, Says SPIC
SIPC, which insures funds in brokerage accounts, disputes Robinhood's claims that money in newly launched checking and savings accounts is protected by the SIPC
4 days ago
Discord Store plans to best Epic with 90/10 revenue split
Discord says its PC game store will offer a 90/10 revenue split when it opens for all game developers in 2019
4 days ago
Facebook bug exposed up to 6.8M users’ unposted photos to apps
Facebook says that between Sept. 13 and Sept. 25 a photo API bug gave user-approved apps access to photos that were uploaded but never shared by ~6.8 million users
4 days ago
Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 Pro review: Putting OnePlus on notice
Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 Pro review: great camera, performance, and value for money but MIUI has many quirks and the in-display fingerprint scanner is inconsistent
4 days ago
Shamoon 3 Targets Energy Sector in Middle East
Italian energy company Saipem was hit by a new variant of the notorious Shamoon disk-wiping malware, which attacked Saudi Arabian oil giant Aramco in 2012
4 days ago
Twitter says governments are ramping up their demands for user data
Twitter says global government demands for data about users or takedowns of posts increased by 80% in the first half of 2018, with ~87% from Turkey and Russia
4 days ago
2018 in 14 charts: End of year look at tech trends and tribulations
A visual review of the biggest tech trends of 2018: sentiment toward Amazon's HQ2 search, the plateau of social media use, Facebook's trust betrayals, and more
4 days ago
Behind CBS’s Secret $9.5 Million Settlement With the Actress Eliza Dushku
Behind the secret $9.5 million CBS settlement with actress Eliza Dushku, who was written off the show Bull after her complaints about star Michael Weatherly's comments
5 days ago
Apple Says China IPhone Ban Would Force Settlement With Qualcomm
In a court filing, Apple argues that China's ban on the sale of some iPhones, which it is appealing, would force it to settle its licensing battle with Qualcomm
5 days ago
Google Cloud won't sell facial recognition tech yet, ‘working through’ policy questions
Google says it won't sell general-purpose facial recognition APIs before working through “important technology and policy questions”
5 days ago
'They don't care': Facebook factchecking in disarray as journalists push to cut ties
Some current and former fact-checkers say Facebook has ignored their concerns, that they have been used for PR, and that they have lost trust in the company
5 days ago
ASUS CEO resigns as company shifts mobile focus to power users
ASUS says CEO Jerry Shen is stepping down, to be replaced by two co-CEOs from January 1, and it will shift mobile strategy to focus on gamers and power users
5 days ago
Brave browser moves to Chromium codebase, now supports Chrome extensions
Brave ad-blocking browser moves to Chromium codebase, now supports Chrome extensions but says it won't integrate any Google-based features
5 days ago
Google is adding more parental controls to Chromebooks
Google expands its parental control app Family Link to Chromebooks, gives Chromebooks with supervised accounts access to Android apps from the Play store
5 days ago
Instacart will stop delivering from Whole Foods in 2019
Instacart says it will end its partnership with Whole Foods starting in February; source: move is expected to reduce Instacart's revenue by less than 5 percent
5 days ago
In France, School Lessons Ask: Which Twitter Post Should You Trust?
Inside France's plan to teach children about the downsides of internet, including spotting trustworthy info on Twitter, with 30,000 teachers trained per year
5 days ago
Waymo self-driving cars face harassment, road rage in Phoenix area
Police in Chandler, AZ have documented 20+ incidents in the past two years where people vandalized Waymo's autonomous vehicles and harassed their test drivers
5 days ago
High-Tech Degrees and the Price of an Avocado: The Data New York Gave to Amazon
New York's HQ2 proposal shows the types of data Amazon collected: availability of tech experts, real estate sites, outcomes from educational institutions, more
5 days ago
The State of Technology at the End of 2018
The state of technology in 2018: the enterprise market is thriving and the consumer market is stagnant, dominated by “innovations” from a few large behemoths
5 days ago
Is Tech Too Easy to Use?
How making products easier to use can steer users toward unhealthy behaviors, like viewing overly extreme content that autoplays, or lead to security breaches
5 days ago
Apple to invest $1 billion in new Austin campus
Apple announces a $1 billion Austin campus initially for 5,000 workers, new offices in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City, and expansions in several other US cities
5 days ago
The rise of the recommendation site
How recommendation sites like the Strategist and Wirecutter maintain readers' trust while earning revenue through affiliate links
5 days ago
Amazon finally starts selling Chromecasts, one year after it promised to stock them
Amazon starts selling the Chromecast Ultra and third-gen Chromecast, nearly a year after it promised to sell Chromecast devices again
5 days ago
Samsung Notebook 9 Pen for 2019: Made to please creative pros
Samsung upgrades its two-in-one Notebook 9 Pen with a new 15-inch option, 8th-gen Core i7 chip, updated S Pen and a promise of 15 hours of battery life
6 days ago
Exclusive: Samsung Galaxy S10 Launch Details Leak, Revealing Release Date, Sizes & UK Prices
Gizmodo UK source: Samsung Galaxy 10 series will be unveiled Feb. 20, with UK prices starting at £669 for the S10 Lite, £799 for the 6.1-inch model, and £899 for the S10+
6 days ago
After losing half its value, Nvidia faces reckoning
Nvidia's stock has dropped 48.8% since Oct. 1 due to growing chip competition, flat sales, less chip demand for crypto applications, and China trade uncertainty
6 days ago
Amazon Hires Lobbyists for N.Y. Site and Tries to Fend Off Ocasio-Cortez’s Supporters
How Amazon is trying to quell opposition to its new NYC offices by hiring well-connected lobbyists and taking to the streets to hear residents' concerns
6 days ago
Oracle is suing the US government over $10B Pentagon JEDI cloud contract process
Oracle files suit in federal court against US government over $10B Pentagon JEDI cloud contract, arguing that awarding it to one vendor is unfair and illegal
6 days ago
Microsoft takes on Google Optimize with Clarity
Microsoft launches Clarity, a new web analytics product in beta, to compete with A/B testing tools like Google Optimize
6 days ago
McAfee: 'Operation Sharpshooter' hack hit government, defense firms
McAfee: a coordinated cyber espionage campaign focused on defense organizations sent malware via targeted phishing messages to at least 87 firms in 24 countries
6 days ago
Epic opens Fortnite’s cross-platform services for free to other devs
Epic Games, which makes Fortnite, unveils a free SDK, rolling out in 2019, to help developers build cross-platform games that include login and social elements
6 days ago
FCC approves new text message rules, giving carriers more power
FCC passes controversial rules classifying text messages as an information service, boosting carriers' power to curb spam and give them the power to censor texts
6 days ago
New 17-inch LG Gram laptop weighs 2.9 pounds, has nearly 20-hour battery life
LG unveils two Gram laptops ahead of CES: 17" 2.9lb clamshell with 8th gen Intel CPU and claimed 19.5 hour battery for $1,699+, and a 14" 2-in-1 with price TBA
6 days ago
Nvidia Stock (NVDA) Surges as SoftBank Plans Sale of Stake
Bloomberg sources: SoftBank plans to sell its stake in Nvidia early next year, as Nvidia's stock continues to slide, and could make $3 billion in profit from the trade
6 days ago
ZeniMax Agrees to Settle Facebook VR Lawsuit
ZeniMax and Facebook agree to settle dispute over Oculus tech, after ZeniMax was awarded $250 million in June 2018; terms of the settlement were not disclosed
6 days ago
What Was The Point Of Google's Congressional Hearing?
Sundar Pichai's appearance before Congress was another in a long line of pointless hearings, where lawmakers display limited knowledge and execs are evasive
6 days ago
Podcast industry aims to better track listeners through new analytics tech called RAD
NPR announces RAD, an open source podcast analytics technology that aims to collect better listening metrics while respecting user privacy
6 days ago
Google relents and transfers Duck.com to DuckDuckGo
DuckDuckGo says Google has transferred ownership of Duck.com to DuckDuckGo, following its complaint from July about how Duck.com redirected to Google
6 days ago
Apple’s ‘Netflix for Magazines’ Is Said to Rankle Publishers
Bloomberg sources: Apple plans to relaunch Texture as a paid news subscription service, built into the Apple News app, as soon as spring 2019, but publishers remain wary
6 days ago
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