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Comcast confirms plan to buy 21st Century Fox and control of Hulu | Ars Technica
Walt Disney Company already has a $52.4 billion all-stock deal to buy the 21st Century Fox properties. But Comcast was rumored to be lining up $60 billion in financing in order to make a hostile bid for the Fox assets, and Comcast's announcement today confirms it.
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Exclusive: FBI Seizes Control of Russian Botnet
The FBI counter-operation goes after  “VPN Filter,” a piece of sophisticated malware linked to the same Russian hacking group, known as Fancy Bear, that breached the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign during the 2016 election. On Wednesday security researchers at Cisco and Symantec separately provided new details on the malware, which has turned up in 54 countries including the United States.
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Here’s Amazon’s explanation for the Alexa eavesdropping scandal - Recode
Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like “Alexa.” Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a “send message” request. At which point, Alexa said out loud “To whom?” At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customers contact list. Alexa then asked out loud, “[contact name], right?” Alexa then interpreted background conversation as “right”. As unlikely as this string of events is, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely.”
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2 days ago
In Twitter’s early days, only one celebrity could tweet at a time | The Outline
“We had to manually run a script on a laptop that would specifically check if they had tweeted to each other so that they would see it in real time,” he said. “Hell or high water, we had to make sure that nothing would go wrong.”
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2 days ago
Android Creator Puts Essential Up for Sale, Cancels Next Phone - Bloomberg
Essential Products Inc., a startup co-founded by Android creator Andy Rubin that launched last year to great fanfare, is considering selling itself and has canceled development of a new smartphone, according to people familiar with the matter.
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2 days ago
Vevo to Shut Down Site, Giving in to YouTube Empire - Rolling Stone
The company announced in a blog post Thursday that it is shuttering its mobile apps and website, and that “going forward, Vevo will remain focused on engaging the biggest audiences and pursuing growth opportunities.” It will continue investing in original content and sponsorships, but phase out its own independently-operated platforms, it said. Read: Vevo is almost entirely succumbing to YouTube, the juggernaut that has long supplied most of its audience.
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2 days ago
Internal Documents Show Apple Knew the iPhone 6 Would Bend - Motherboard
The company found that the iPhone 6 is 3.3 times more likely to bend than the iPhone 5s, and the iPhone 6 Plus is 7.2 times more likely to bend than the iPhone 5s, according to the documents. Koh wrote that “one of the major concerns Apple identified prior to launching the iPhones was that they were ‘likely to bend more easily when compared to previous generations.’”
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2 days ago
Samsung must pay Apple $539 million for infringing iPhone design patents, jury finds - CNET
Samsung must pay Apple $539 million for infringing five patents with Android phones it sold in 2010 and 2011, a jury decided Thursday in a legal fight that dates back seven years.
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2 days ago
Facebook releases its U.S. political ad archive | VentureBeat
Facebook’s new archive for U.S. political ads — created to give users more information about who is advertising on Facebook and who they are trying to target — went live today. The archive was first announced in October.
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2 days ago
Hard Questions: Why Doesn’t Facebook Just Ban Political Ads? | Facebook Newsroom
To enforce the policy, we’ll check both the images and text in an ad, and who is being targeted. And, if the ad sends a person to an outside website, we’ll check the landing page as well. In addition, our technology can identify election ads and prevent them from running if the advertiser hasn’t been authorized. These systems can also identify some issue ads and will get better the more ad reviews we do.
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2 days ago
3 Charged In Fatal Kansas ‘Swatting’ Attack — Krebs on Security
Federal prosecutors have charged three men with carrying out a deadly hoax known as “swatting,” in which perpetrators call or message a target’s local 911 operators claiming a fake hostage situation or a bomb threat in progress at the target’s address — with the expectation that local police may respond to the scene with deadly force. While only one of the three men is accused of making the phony call to police that got an innocent man shot and killed, investigators say the other two men’s efforts to taunt and deceive one another ultimately helped point the gun.
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3 days ago
The Bill Gates Line – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Bill Gates:
"This isn’t a platform. A platform is when the economic value of everybody that uses it, exceeds the value of the company that creates it. Then it’s a platform.”
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4 days ago
Apple launches new privacy portal, users can download a copy of everything Apple knows about them | 9to5Mac
To obtain a copy of your data, log in to privacy.apple.com. Note this feature is currently only available to customers in European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. It will be rolled out internationally later this year.
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4 days ago
Next Generation iPhone Chips Go Into Production - Bloomberg
The processor, likely to be called the A12 chip, will use a 7-nanometer design that can be smaller, faster and more efficient than the 10-nanometer chips in current Apple devices like the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the people said. They asked not to be identified discussing private plans. Apple and TSMC spokeswomen declined to comment.
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4 days ago
Amazon Pushes Facial Recognition to Police. Critics See Surveillance Risk. - The New York Times
Not long after, it began pitching the technology to law enforcement agencies, saying the program could aid criminal investigations by recognizing suspects in photos and videos. It used a couple of early customers, like the Orlando Police Department in Florida and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon, to encourage other officials to sign up.
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5 days ago
Extras – ILIJA CVETKOVSKI
Leo's pick: iphone tones that use the full range of the speakers
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6 days ago
GDPR Hysteria · Jacques Mattheij
The first thing you have to realize in coming to terms with the GDPR is that ‘one law fits all’. The GDPR was written as a law to repair the lack of adherence to its predecessor, the DPD, the European Data Privacy Directive, which has had the unfortunate shortcoming of being a directive rather than a regulation. The effect of this - and the lack of teeth - was that it was mostly ignored by businesses. This is a recurring theme in our collective history: first there will be room to self regulate, if that does not work there will be a directive and if all that fails then finally there will be a law with penalties in case of non compliance. As the sign on the maps on billboards all over the world says ‘You are here!’. Now - in exactly 7 days - we will have a law come into effect that has some serious teeth and that you will - for a change - not be able to ignore.
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7 days ago
Potential Spy Devices Which Track Cellphones, Intercept Calls Found All Over D.C., Md., Va. - NBC4 Washington
The I-Team's test phones detected 40 potential locations where the spy devices could be operating, while driving around for just a few hours.
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7 days ago
Apple cracking down on CallKit apps in China App Store due to government regulation | 9to5Mac
Apple has started sending notices to developers who offer apps in China with CallKit integration. The notice explains that apps cannot offer CallKit functionality in China due to government regulations. In order for developers to make their application available on the China App Store, they must remove that CallKit integration. Alternatively, they can remove the application from China altogether.

This crack down appears to have been a long time coming. Popular communication app WeChat briefly supported CallKit integration, though the feature was later removed.
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7 days ago
Apple hit with class action suit over MacBook, MacBook Pro butterfly switch keyboard failures
A class action lawsuit filed in federal court on Friday takes Apple to task over an allegedly flawed keyboard design deployed in MacBook models from 2015, claiming the company knew about the defect at or before the product's launch.
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14 days ago
President Trump just saved embattled Chinese phone maker ZTE - CNET
ZTE, the fourth-largest smartphone maker in the US, has been dealing with the US Commerce Department denial order that prevented US businesses from selling hardware or services to the company -- a seven-year ban that forced the company to shut down "the major operating activities of the company." 
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14 days ago
“Father of GPS” awarded IEEE Medal of Honor – IoT Times
It took over 20 years for the initial GPS system to become operational. Many of their challenges related to overcoming the limitations of technology at that time, such as the inability to modify CDMA radio signals to allow both a civilian signal and a protected military one, as well as not having light atomic clocks that could handle space radiation on the satellites.

The atomic clocks on the satellites were critical for allowing small, handheld devices, to pick up the signals and calculate the time-delays, the basis of GPS positioning. Thanks to Roger Easton at the Naval Research Laboratory and his work on space atomic clocks we now have a GPS receiver as small as a wristwatch.

That is why Parkinson doesn’t want the title of “father of GPS”. He says he was the chief advocate, architect, and a developer, but not the inventor.
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15 days ago
Pixel watch rumors line up with Wear OS news | VentureBeat
My colleague Evan Blass got a tip that in addition to the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, and next-generation Pixel Buds, Google could unveil a Pixel watch at its annual hardware event. The company has not announced a date yet, but the event has been held in October the past two years.
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15 days ago
Google is starting to require that OEMs roll out regular security patches
At the annual Google I/O developer conference, the company holds several sessions about updates to the Android platform. During the “What’s new in Android Security” talk, Google‘s head of Android platform security David Kleidermacher talked about the upcoming security changes in the Android P release. Near the beginning of the talk, Mr. Kleidermacher discussed how the company was making it easier for OEMs to roll out security patches thanks to the architectural changes implemented with Project Treble. He followed this statement with a small, but incredibly important tidbit of information: Google has modified their OEM agreements to include provisions for regular security patches.
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15 days ago
Service Meant to Monitor Inmates’ Calls Could Track You, Too - The New York Times
The service can find the whereabouts of almost any cellphone in the country within seconds. It does this by going through a system typically used by marketers and other companies to get location data from major cellphone carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, documents show.

Between 2014 and 2017, the sheriff, Cory Hutcheson, used the service at least 11 times, prosecutors said. His alleged targets included a judge and members of the State Highway Patrol. Mr. Hutcheson, who was dismissed last year in an unrelated matter, has pleaded not guilty in the surveillance cases.
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15 days ago
Boston Dynamics will start selling its dog-like SpotMini robot in 2019 | TechCrunch
After 26 years, Boston Dynamics is finally getting ready to start selling some robots. Founder Marc Raibert says that the company’s dog-like SpotMini robot is in pre-production and preparing for commercial availability in 2019. The announcement came onstage at TechCrunch’s TC Sessions: Robotics event today at UC Berkeley.
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15 days ago
Apple Music, Pandora Join Spotify in (Sort Of) Muting R. Kelly - Rolling Stone
Spotify caused a mighty stir yesterday when it announced that, under a new public policy against "hate content and hateful conduct," it would no longer feature R. Kelly on its playlists. The following day, Apple Music and Pandora announced they will also stop promoting the R&B singer, who is facing multiple sexual misconduct and assault allegations.
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15 days ago
‘Black dot’ bug is the latest Unicode text handling flaw to crash iPhone and iPads, works on iOS 11.3 and iOS 11.4 | 9to5Mac
A new Unicode text bug is being spread around today, popularised by a video by EverythingApplePro. It’s being called the ‘black dot’ bug because of its origins on Android as a bug relating to WhatsApp: it was being spread with the following emoji: <> . The iOS version of this bug is a bit different in its mechanics, but neither variants actually rely on the visible black dot character to cause the freezes and crashes.
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18 days ago
Apple lands on Jet․com with deals on MacBooks and more, beats Amazon on inventory | 9to5Mac
This morning, retailer Jet officially announced that it has joined the Apple authorized reseller program. For the Walmart-acquired retailer, this has substantial ramifications, particularly in its ongoing battle with Amazon. This amounts to a huge score for Jet against the online giant, as it will be offering the breadth of Apple products while Amazon only offers a handful of listings.
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18 days ago
Apple among companies striving to join US drone tests
An impending pilot program will involve night flights, flying over crowds, and going beyond an operator's line of sight, Reuters reported. Sources told the agency that Apple, Airbus, Amazon, Intel, and Qualcomm are among 200 or more companies wanting to join.
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18 days ago
iOS 11.4 Disables Lightning Connector After 7 Days, Limiting Law Enforcement Access - Mac Rumors
The iOS 11.4 update, currently being beta tested, includes a USB Restricted Mode that introduces a week-long expiration date on access to the Lightning port on your iOS devices if your phone hasn't been unlocked, which has implications for law enforcement tools like the GrayKey box.
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18 days ago
Apple hiring activity shows a clear mission to get deeper into editorial publishing | Thinknum Media
There's a certain air of mystery as to what Apple ($NASDAQ:AAPL) is up to when it comes to content. In March, Apple acquired digital magazine service Texture in a move that illustrated quite clearly the company's intentions to dig deeper into content delivery on its devices. Texture is described as the "Netflix of publishing" in that it gives users access to multiple magazines from major publishers for a flat fee per month.
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18 days ago
Apple cracking down on applications that send location data to third-parties | 9to5Mac
Apple’s crackdown on these applications comes amid a growing industry shift due to General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, in the European Union. While Apple has always been a privacy-focused company, it is seemingly looking to ensure that developers take the same care of user data.
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18 days ago
Why Regulators Should Approve the T-Mobile/Sprint Deal – Tech.pinions
The Market Has Changed. These two companies first broached a deal nearly 5 years ago, not long after SoftBank had acquired Sprint. Much has changed since then. There have been some serious vertical market integrations involving other operators (Comcast-Universal, Verizon-AOL-Yahoo, and pending AT&T-Time Warner). Cable now seems serious about being in mobile, and DISH sits on a treasure trove of spectrum. So even though the number of national facilities-based wireless providers will go from four to three, we’re likely to have 1-3 additional major MVNO/resale players in the future: cable, some incarnation of DISH, and possibly some Internet giant (Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon…take your pick).
Why the Focus on Wireless When It’s Broadband That Needs More Competition? I’ve always been curious about the FCC’s maniacal focus on the level of competition in wireless, even though the U.S. has less broadband competition than nearly any other OECD country. Only 50% of U.S. households have a choice of more than one broadband provider. The new T-Mobile, with far greater spectrum breadth and capacity, would be in a much better position to offer a competitive broadband service via wireless, in some contexts.
What Would Have Become of Sprint? I’m surprised there hasn’t been more focus on this. Sprint has been losing share, has huge debt, and still lags on network coverage and quality. Even the wunderkind Masayashi Son has not been able to turn the company around. Without a merger, what are Sprint’s real prospects? Wouldn’t it be better for network investment, the market, and consumers to have three strong competitors, rather than two giants, a sort of strong #3, and a weak #4? Can regulators point to any other countries where there are four healthy and profitable national wireless carriers?
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21 days ago
Flipkart yet to finalize stake sale deal with Walmart-sources | Reuters
Sources told Reuters that Amazon had shown an interest in buying Flipkart, but said a deal with Walmart was much more likely to go through. Amazon is Flipkart’s biggest rival in India.
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21 days ago
Unroll.me to close to EU users saying it can’t comply with GDPR | TechCrunch
Clicking ‘no’ doesn’t seem to do anything but clicking ‘yes’ brings up another info screen where Unroll.me writes that this is its “last month in the EU” — because it says it will be unable to comply with “all GDPR requirements” (although it does not specify which portions of the regulation it cannot comply with).
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21 days ago
Pentagon's Cyber Command gets upgraded status, new leader | Reuters
At his confirmation hearing in March, Nakasone appeared to favor a more robust response to cyber attacks such as those by Russia, which U.S. intelligence agencies say meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a finding that Moscow has denied.

“Our adversaries have not seen our response in sufficient detail to change their behavior,” Nakasone told lawmakers. “They don’t think much will happen,” he said.

Cyber Command includes military units trained to both defend against cyber attacks and to initiate them.
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21 days ago
What to expect at Microsoft's Build 2018 conference
Take one look at Microsoft's last few earnings reports, and one thing is clear: Its cloud business is booming. So don't be surprised if the company spends a large chunk of time at Build talking about how it can make Azure better for developers. For the most part, that's not something consumers will notice directly. But for brands and businesses, it's yet another way to ensure their apps and online services are stable, secure and can withstand a potential onslaught of demand.
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21 days ago
NSA triples metadata collection numbers, sucking up over 500 million call records in 2017 | TechCrunch
The biggest increase by far is the number of “call detail records” collected from service providers. Although the number of targets actually decreased from the previous year, from 42 to 40, the number of call records jumped from 151 million to 534 million, and search terms from 22,360 to 31,196.
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21 days ago
UK regulator orders Cambridge Analytica to release data on US voter | UK news | The Guardian
The test case was taken to the ICO by David Carroll, an associate professor at Parsons School of Design in New York. As a US citizen, he had no means of obtaining this information under US law, but in January 2016 he discovered Cambridge Analytica had processed US voter data in the UK and that this gave him rights under British laws. Cambridge Analytica had refused to accept this and told the ICO that Carroll was no more entitled to make a so-called “subject access request” under the UK Data Protection Act “than a member of the Taliban sitting in a cave in the remotest corner of Afghanistan”.
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21 days ago
Marissa Mayer Is Still Here - The New York Times
I rented the old Google office. So this is actually the office where I started my career in 1999. This is also where PayPal started, so there’s a lot of good juju here.
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5 weeks ago
iPhone X Responsible for 35% of Total Worldwide Phone Profits in Q4 2017 - Mac Rumors
Other Apple iPhones, including the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus accounted for a second large chunk of global handset profits, with iPhones holding 8 of the top 10 profit share rankings. Apple was the most profitable brand with 86 percent of total handset market profits.
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5 weeks ago
Exit scammers run off with $660 million in ICO earnings | TechCrunch
A Vietnamese cryptocurrency company Modern Tech launched an ICO for its Pincoin token, raising $660 million from approximately 32,000 people. The company first ran the Pincoin ICO, promising constant returns to investors, and then launched another token, iFan (a social network token for celebrities). Picoin investors first received cash from their investment and then the team began paying out rewards to Pincoin investors in iFan tokens.

Then the team disappeared.
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6 weeks ago
Exclusive: Waymo applies for no-driver testing in California - San Francisco Chronicle
Waymo confirmed Friday that it had submitted an application to the California Department of Motor Vehicles to test cars without a backup driver behind the wheel. So far, only two companies have applied for such permits, and the other company’s identity has not been publicly revealed.
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6 weeks ago
In a Leaked Memo, Apple Warns Employees to Stop Leaking Information - Bloomberg
The Cupertino, California-based company said in a lengthy memo posted to its internal blog that it "caught 29 leakers," last year and noted that 12 of those were arrested. "These people not only lose their jobs, they can face extreme difficulty finding employment elsewhere," Apple added. The company declined to comment on Friday.
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6 weeks ago
Google works out a fascinating, slightly scary way for AI to isolate voices in a crowd | Ars Technica
Google researchers have developed a deep-learning system designed to help computers better identify and isolate individual voices within a noisy environment.

As noted in a post on the company's Google Research Blog this week, a team within the tech giant attempted to replicate the cocktail party effect, or the human brain's ability to focus on one source of audio while filtering out others—just as you would while talking to a friend at a party.

Google's method uses an audio-visual model, so it is primarily focused on isolating voices in videos
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6 weeks ago
Credit card signatures are going away, and a big step happens today - CNET
Beginning last year, all four major US payment providers -- Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover -- announced plans to remove the requirement that merchants collect signatures for card transactions. Mastercard, American Express and Discover kicked off that new policy Friday, while Visa will do the same Saturday.
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6 weeks ago
Google's new book search deals in ideas, not keywords - Axios
Tech pioneer Ray Kurzweil debuted the project at the TED conference in Vancouver, and explained that it differs from traditional search by relying on semantics rather than keywords.
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6 weeks ago
Unethical growth hacks: A look into the growing Youtube news bot epidemic
Someone has effectively created a fully automated process running 24/7 that is taking and stripping recent articles, converting them into video format, and posting it on Youtube as their own. And while doing so, they take credit for it and reap all the rewards — such as revenue and influence — that come with it.
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6 weeks ago
“Is curing patients a sustainable business model?” Goldman Sachs analysts ask | Ars Technica
The potential to deliver “one shot cures” is one of the most attractive aspects of gene therapy, genetically engineered cell therapy, and gene editing. However, such treatments offer a very different outlook with regard to recurring revenue versus chronic therapies... While this proposition carries tremendous value for patients and society, it could represent a challenge for genome medicine developers looking for sustained cash flow.
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6 weeks ago
Apple’s Stumbling HomePod Isn’t the Hot Seller It Wanted - Bloomberg
During the HomePod’s first 10 weeks of sales, it eked out 10 percent of the smart speaker market, compared with 73 percent for Amazon’s Echo devices and 14 percent for the Google Home, according to Slice Intelligence. Three weeks after the launch, weekly HomePod sales slipped to about 4 percent of the smart speaker category on average, the market research firm says. Inventory is piling up, according to Apple store workers, who say some locations are selling fewer than 10 HomePods a day. Apple declined to comment. The shares gained 1.4 percent to $174.89 at 3:36 p.m. in New York.
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6 weeks ago
Yahoo and AOL just gave themselves the right to read your emails (again) - CNET
When we logged in to a Yahoo Mail account Friday, we were greeted with the privacy policy you see below (Jason Kint had pointed to the policy earlier on Twitter). In it, Oath notes that it has the right to read your emails, instant messages, posts, photos and even look at your message attachments. And it might share that data with parent company Verizon, too.
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6 weeks ago
China Is Nationalizing Its Tech Sector - Bloomberg
Communist Party committees have been installed at many tech firms, reviewing everything from operations to compliance with national goals. Regulators have been discussing taking a 1 percent stake in some giants, including Alibaba and Tencent, along with a board seat. Tech companies have been widely encouraged to invest in state-owned firms, in the hopes of making them more productive. The common denominator of all these efforts is that the government wants more control.
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6 weeks ago
Google loses 'right to be forgotten' case - BBC News
Explaining the decisions made on Friday, the judge said one of the men had continued to "mislead the public" while the other had "shown remorse".
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6 weeks ago
The Facebook Current – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
SB: Well here is my reservation Mr. Zuckerberg…we’ve seen the apology tours before. You have refused to acknowledge even an ethical obligation to have reported this violation of the FTC consent decree, and we have letters, we’ve had contacts with Facebook employees…that indicates not only a lack of resources but lack of attention to privacy. And so, my reservation about your testimony today is that I don’t see how you can change your business model unless there are specific rules of the road. Your business model is to monetize user information, to maximize profit over privacy, and unless there are specific rules and requirements — enforced by an outside agency — I have no assurance that these kinds of vague commitments are going to produce action.
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6 weeks ago
This Radio Hacker Could Hijack Emergency Sirens to Play Any Sound | WIRED
On Tuesday, security firm Bastille, where Seeber works as director of vulnerability research, went public with his discovery that the emergency siren equipment sold by Boston-based ATI Systems in all three cities Bastille tested lacked the basic encryption necessary to prevent any prankster or saboteur from commandeering the system. In San Francisco, Wichita, Kansas, and another city that Bastille declined to name, Seeber was able to read and fully reproduce the transmissions to those siren systems. By bouncing that signal through a repeater near the center of each city's network, Seeber believes he could have gained control over the citywide collection of sirens, each one capable of pumping out as much as 135 decibels, according to Bastille's estimates, more than the noise of four jackhammers combined.
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6 weeks ago
Over 80% of teenagers prefer iPhone to Android, according to survey - Business Insider
82% of teens of teens currently own an iPhone, according to Piper Jaffray's "Teens Survey," which questions thousands of kids across 40 states with an average age of 16.

That's up from 78% in last fall, and it's the highest percentage of teen iPhone ownership Piper's seen in its survey.

iPhone ownership among teens could go even higher — 84% of teens say their next phone will be an iPhone.
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6 weeks ago
Twitter endorses the Honest Ads Act, a bill promoting political ad transparency | TechCrunch
In a series of tweets from its public policy account, Twitter just announced its decision to back the Honest Ads Act, a piece of legislation introduced last year as a response to mounting evidence that Russia leveraged domestic social media platforms in an attempt to influence U.S. politics during the 2016 presidential election.
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6 weeks ago
Vevo’s YouTube account hack hits popular music videos, causes biggest video ever to disappear - The Verge
Vevo’s YouTube account appears to have fallen victim to hackers today, as a number of high-profile music videos have been defaced. The most-viewed YouTube video of all time, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” disappeared from YouTube briefly after being defaced by hackers. The video’s image was altered and replaced with a masked gang holding guns (from Netflix show Casa de Papel), and the description was changed by hackers calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi’sh.
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6 weeks ago
Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook hearing was an utter sham | Zephyr Teachout | Opinion | The Guardian
The best senators understood this was a show, and used it as such. “Your user agreement sucks,” said John Kennedy. “Are you a monopoly?” asked Lindsey Graham. (Zuckerberg “comically” responded: “It certainly doesn’t feel like that to me.”) Richard Blumenthal said we needed laws, not promises or apologies.
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6 weeks ago
George Bush driving crowd - YouTube
One voice, many faces. Real fakes are here.
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6 weeks ago
Tell the family 'dinner's ready' with Alexa Announcements - CNET
The pitch is simple -- just start a command with "Alexa, announce that," "Alexa, tell everyone" or "Alexa, broadcast," then tack on your message. Say "Alexa, tell everyone dinner's ready," and everyone in your home within earshot of an Echo device will hear you say "dinner's ready."
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7 weeks ago
Intel Tells Remote Keyboard Users to Delete App After Critical Bug Found | Threatpost | The first stop for security news
In lieu of patches, Intel said it was discontinuing the product. According to the security bulletin, Intel said it “has issued a product discontinuation notice for Intel Remote Keyboard and recommends that users of the Intel Remote Keyboard uninstall it at their earliest convenience.”
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7 weeks ago
Why Mark Zuckerberg’s 14-Year Apology Tour Hasn’t Fixed Facebook | WIRED
By now, it ought to be plain to them, and to everyone, that Facebook’s 2 billion-plus users are surveilled and profiled, that their attention is then sold to advertisers and, it seems, practically anyone else who will pay Facebook—including unsavory dictators like the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte. That is Facebook’s business model. That is why the company has an almost half-a-trillion-dollar market capitalization, along with billions in spare cash to buy competitors.
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Department Of Homeland Security Compiling Database Of Journalists And 'Media Influencers'
As part of its "media monitoring," the DHS seeks to track more than 290,000 global news sources as well as social media in over 100 languages, including Arabic, Chinese and Russian, for instant translation into English. The successful contracting company will have "24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc." in order to "identify any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event."
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7 weeks ago
Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro will be shaped by workflows | TechCrunch
the long-awaited Mac Pro update will not arrive before 2019.
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7 weeks ago
McAfee finds that gamers are strong candidates for cybersecurity jobs | GamesBeat
The Santa Clara, California-based cybersecurity company said it did a survey of 300 senior security managers and 650 security professionals at major corporations. And 78 percent of respondents said that the current generation entering the work force — those that grew up playing video games — are stronger candidates for cybersecurity roles.
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7 weeks ago
APNewsBreak: US suspects cellphone spying devices in DC
Krebs, the top official in the department’s National Protection and Programs Directorate, noted in the letter that DHS lacks the equipment and funding to detect Stingrays even though their use by foreign governments “may threaten U.S. national and economic security.” The department did report its findings to “federal partners” Krebs did not name. That presumably includes the FBI.
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7 weeks ago
Apple Hires Google’s A.I. Chief - The New York Times
Apple said on Tuesday that Mr. Giannandrea will run Apple’s “machine learning and A.I. strategy,” and become one of 16 executives who report directly to Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook.
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