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The Walking Dead developer Telltale hit with devastating layoffs as part of a ‘majority studio closure’ - The Verge
Telltale Games, creators of episodic adventure games like The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and Batman: The Enemy Within, laid off approximately 250 employees today as part of what the company is calling a “majority studio closure.” According to multiple sources The Verge spoke with, employees were let go with no severance.
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Qualcomm's Bid to Chase Intel in Servers Fell Victim to Broadcom - Bloomberg
Less than a year later, this once-promising business is in tatters, according to people familiar with the situation. Most of the key engineers are gone. Big customers are looking elsewhere or going back to Intel for the data center chips they need. Efforts to sell the operation -- including a proposed management buyout backed by SoftBank Group Corp. -- have failed, the people said. Jacobs, chief backer of the plan and the son of Qualcomm’s founder, is out, too.
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The Latest Bitcoin Bug Was So Bad, Developers Kept Its Full Details a Secret - CoinDesk
While this sounded bad enough for many, it turns out developers for Bitcoin Core kept a second, bigger part of the bug a secret. As disclosed through an official Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) report, an attacker could have actually used it to create new bitcoin – above the 21 million hard-cap of coin creation – thereby inflating the supply and devaluing current bitcoins.
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Bálint's extended musings | Chrome is a Google Service that happens to include a Browser Engine
Just to spell it out: this means Google logins for Chrome are now de-facto mandatory if you ever login to a Google site. (Clarification: Sync/browser history/password sharing still requires user confirmation to happen, this is purely about the login itself.)

When someone in the security community raised this, it turned out that apparently this is intended behaviour from Google’s side as confirmed by multiple googlers and they were wondering why the new behaviour might feel abusive to some people. Some folks working on Chrome pointed out that most people can’t differentiate between logging into a Google Site and logging into Chrome and this has lead to problems with shared computers, where person A logs into GMail, but person B is logged into Chrome. This prompted Chrome developers to come up with the change that erases the distinction entirely.
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No Sex Please, We’re Apple: iPhone Giant Seeks TV Success on Its Own Terms - WSJ
Apple’s entertainment team must walk a line few in Hollywood would consider. Since Mr. Cook spiked “Vital Signs,” Apple has made clear, say producers and agents, that it wants high-quality shows with stars and broad appeal, but it doesn’t want gratuitous sex, profanity or violence.
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White House distances itself from reports that Trump could target Facebook, Google and Twitter with a new executive order - The Washington Post
The docu­ment has float­ed to tech com­panies such as Facebook and law­yers at white-shoe firms around Washington. In fact, the first that many at OSTP had even heard of an ex­ec­u­tive ord­er came from an email sent by an un­like­ly source: Yelp, the re­views site. The com­pany long has at­tacked Goo­gle for abus­ing its mar­ket pow­er, al­be­it by lim­it­ing the reach of some of its com­peti­tors in search re­sults and not po­lit­i­cal bias. Still, Lu­ther Lowe, seni­or vice president for pol­icy at Yelp, con­tacted White House aides in Sep­tem­ber with the draft ex­ec­u­tive ord­er, ac­cord­ing to two White House aides and a copy of an email shared with The Post.
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I'm a Heart Doctor and Wary of the New Apple Watch
As a heart doctor, my opinion is that if you think an Apple Watch is nifty, buy one. But do not buy it for your health. It will not improve your health, and it could even bring you harm.

In particular, I’m concerned about the problems that arise when we screen healthy people.
yesterday
Google defends Gmail data sharing, gives few details on violations
Google said in a letter to U.S. senators made public on Thursday that it relies on automated scans and reports from security researchers to monitor add-ons after launch, but did not respond to lawmakers’ request to say how many have been caught violating the company’s policies.
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Freezing your credit is now free in all states under a new law
Starting Friday, a new federal law allows people to freeze and unfreeze their credit at the three major credit bureaus without being charged. Before, it cost consumers in almost half the states $3 to $12 per bureau to freeze or unfreeze their credit reports. 
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Coding Error Forces 2019 Subaru Ascents to be Scrapped
According to Subaru’s recall notice [PDF] filed with the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the welding robots at the Subaru Indiana Automotive plant in Lafayette, Ind., were improperly coded, which meant the robots omitted the spot welds required on the Ascents’ B-pillar. Consumer Reports states that the B-pillar holds the second-row door hinges. As a result, the strength of the affected Ascents’ bodies may be reduced, increasing the possibility of passenger injuries in a crash.
yesterday
Trump Claims Google Didn’t Promote His State Of The Union. Google And This Screenshot Say Otherwise.
The screenshots in the president's video are also inconsistent with Google's logo and homepage doodles. On Sept. 1, 2015, Google changed its logo, but Trump's 2016 screenshot shows the old version. According to the Internet Archive, Google also ran a Cinderella doodle that day, which was not included in Trump's video.
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24 days ago
Google’s in-house security key is now available - The Verge
Built to the FIDO standard, the Titan keys work as a second factor for a number of services, including Facebook, Dropbox, and Github. But not surprisingly, they’re built particularly for Google account logins, particularly the Advanced Protection Program announced in October. Because the keys verify themselves with a complex handshake rather than a static code, they’re far more resistant to phishing attacks than a conventional confirmation code. The key was initially designed for internal Google use, and has been in active use within the company for more than eight months.
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24 days ago
Trump’s economic adviser: ‘We’re taking a look’ at whether Google searches should be regulated - The Washington Post
The controversy Tuesday also illustrates the tricky political terrain that Google and its tech peers now navigate. Regulators and users increasingly demand that Silicon Valley apply a heavier hand in moderating content that appears online to prevent harassment, stop hate speech and ensure civil political discourse. At the same time, those decisions about what to allow, and what to take down, aren’t always obvious — and can create controversy. An decision this month from Facebook, Google-owned YouTube and Twitter to discipline InfoWars, a conspiracy theory site founded by Alex Jones, drew the attention of the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., who tweeted that sites like Breitbart and Daily Caller could be next.
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26 days ago
Our 10th Doodle 4 Google winner is dino-mite
Ten years ago, for the very first Doodle 4 Google contest, we asked students “what if?” A decade later, we’ve been privileged to receive hundreds of thousands of submissions for our annual contest—submissions that reflect the dreams, hopes and talents of students across the country. These young artists help us to see the world through their eyes and find inspiration in unexpected places.
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27 days ago
Google helps US veterans find jobs to suit their skills - CNET
Those who've been in the military can now search "jobs for veterans" in Google, then use their military job codes -- such as MOS, AFSC or NEC -- to narrow down the job listings to those needing the skills they honed in the military, the search giant announced in a blog post.
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27 days ago
Google Go search app for emerging markets can now read out website content | TechCrunch
Google has lit the news canon at its annual India event which takes place in New Delhi today. The search giant announced changes to its Tez payment service, and it has also introduced a subtle AI-powered feature for its Google Go search app: website reading. You can bet these are the first of many product announcements to come today.
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27 days ago
Toyota Investing $500 Million in Uber in Driverless-Car Pact - WSJ
Toyota Motor Corp. TM -0.13% is investing about $500 million in Uber Technologies Inc. as part of an agreement by the companies to work jointly on autonomous vehicles aimed at improving safety and lowering transportation costs.
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27 days ago
President Trump Accuses Google of Rigging Search Results Against Him, Calls It 'Very Dangerous'
“Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal?” President Trump tweeted.
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27 days ago
Verizon couldn't have restricted Santa Clara County's internet service during the fires under net neutrality
Had the FCC maintained its oversight over broadband, the FPD could have filed a complaint alleging that Verizon’s throttling of its emergency services and doubling of its broadband costs were unjust and unreasonable charges and practices prohibited by Title II. But the repeal made that option impossible.
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4 weeks ago
Tesla to stay publicly traded, Elon Musk says company is 'better off'
Tesla will remain a publicly traded company, CEO Elon Musk said late Friday, just weeks after he floated the idea of going private in order to ward off short-sellers and volatility in the company's stock.
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4 weeks ago
Epic's first Fortnite Installer allowed hackers to download and install anything on your Android phone silently | Android Central
Google has just publicly disclosed that it discovered an extremely serious vulnerability in Epic's first Fortnite installer for Android that allowed any app on your phone to download and install anything in the background, including apps with full permissions granted, without the user's knowledge. Google's security team first disclosed the vulnerability privately to Epic Games on August 15, and has since released the information publicly following confirmation from Epic that the vulnerability was patched.
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4 weeks ago
Tech Companies Are Gathering For A Secret Meeting To Prepare A 2018 Election Strategy
The meeting, the Facebook official wrote, will have a three-part agenda: each company will present the work they’ve been doing to counter information operations; there will be a discussion period for problems each company faces; and a talk about whether such a meeting should become a regular occurrence.
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4 weeks ago
Android Sucks 10X More of Your Private Data Than iPhone
The research, Schmidt claims in his paper, focused on the passive ways. He intercepted and analyzed all the traffic going to Google servers, analyzing Google’s My Activity and Takeout tools, and the company’s privacy policies, as well as third-party research on Google’s data collection activities.
The results look pretty damning. One data point: Chrome on Android is sending data back to the Mountain View mothership at a rate of almost 50 times as much as Safari on iPhone.
His research final conclusions are not surprising.
“[Google is] able to collect user data through a variety of techniques that may not be easily graspable by a general user,” Schmidt pointed out. “A major part of Google’s data collection occurs while a user is not directly engaged with any of its products. The magnitude of such collection is significant, especially on Android mobile devices.”
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4 weeks ago
Exclusive: A Ukrainian black market dealer is responsible for recent flood of Pixel 3 XL leaks | 9to5Google
9to5Google has learned that many of the leaks in recent weeks have come thanks to one Ukrainian seller, offering a large number of possibly stolen Pixel 3 XL units for $2,000 each.

This story begins earlier this month, when a Ukrainian blogger got their hands on a very authentic-looking Google Pixel 3 XL unit. The leak was notable since it purported to show not just the Pixel 3 XL, but the entirety of its near-retail box, included manuals, accessories (namely wired Google Pixel Buds), and more.
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4 weeks ago
Google is developing an experimental podcast app called Shortwave - The Verge
An experimental unit within Google has been quietly developing a new app for discovering and playing podcasts. Called Shortwave, the new app was revealed by a trademark filing embedded below, which describes it as “allow[ing] users to search, access, and play digital audio files, and to share links to audio files.”

Nothing in the trademark filing specifies the kind of audio being accessed, but a Google representative said the focus of the app was on spoken word content. There is little public information about the app, although Google has played with smart captioning, translation, and other AI-assisted features in previous podcast products.
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4 weeks ago
Google’s newest tool seeks to make our current news hellscape a little more bearable - The Verge
Designed to dole out a daily digest of positive stories simply, users can now just ask Google Assistant to “Tell me something good.” In Google’s terms, the company says many of us are wading in a “hope gap” — the idea that the more you focus on problems rather than the solutions, the more prone you are to feel fear and anxiety. The hope gap makes it easy to get trapped in a place where you can’t problem-solve.
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4 weeks ago
Verizon throttled fire department’s “unlimited” data during Calif. wildfire | Ars Technica
Verizon Wireless' throttling of a fire department that uses its data services has been submitted as evidence in a lawsuit that seeks to reinstate federal net neutrality rules.

"County Fire has experienced throttling by its ISP, Verizon," Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden wrote in a declaration. "This throttling has had a significant impact on our ability to provide emergency services. Verizon imposed these limitations despite being informed that throttling was actively impeding County Fire's ability to provide crisis-response and essential emergency services."
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4 weeks ago
Google refused an order to release huge amounts of data. Will other companies bow under pressure? - The Washington Post
Earlier this year, a federal judge signed a search warrant for a windfall of private information to help find the robber responsible for a string of crimes in southern Maine.

Authorities were seeking a large amount of sensitive user data — including names, addresses and locations, as first reported by Forbes — of anyone who had been in the vicinity of at least two of the nine robbery locations, within 30 minutes of the crime.

The Associated Press reports Google apps can collect data even when users have turned off location services on their phones, so the potential number of people covered by the warrant was vast. Still, without knowing whom the warrant was seeking or whether the suspect even used a Google device, a federal judge signed it on March 30.
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4 weeks ago
‘Minecraft: Education Edition’ comes to iPad, as education features expand to mainstream version of game – GeekWire
At the same time, Microsoft is drawing attention to features initially developed only for Education Edition that have started crossing over to consumer Minecraft. The first is the Chemistry Resource Pack, which was announced for schools in January and uses game-based learning to introduce chemistry concepts. It features a full periodic table and a compounding table, similar to Minecraft’s crafting table.
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4 weeks ago
How Facebook -- yes, Facebook -- might make MRIs faster
Computer scientists at Facebook (FB) think they can use machine learning to make things a lot faster. To that end, NYU is providing an anonymous dataset of 10,000 MRI exams, a trove that will include as many as three million images of knees, brains and livers.
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4 weeks ago
2018 iPhone Pre-orders to Take Place on September 14 According to German Carriers - Mac Rumors
Apple typically unveils new iPhones on Tuesdays rather than Wednesdays, but because Tuesday falls on September 11, there has been some speculation that Apple will avoid holding an event on that day.

Back in 2012, when September 11 also fell on a Tuesday, Apple opted to hold its event on Wednesday, September 12 instead, and it's believed Apple will do the same thing this year.

Following the September 14 pre-order date, iPhones will begin delivering to customers the following Friday, September 21, which will probably be the official launch date for the device.
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4 weeks ago
Netflix, Hulu, Amazon miss out on money as Millennials share passwords
Hill and Magid said 35 percent of millennials share passwords for streaming services. That's compared with 19 percent of Generation X subscribers and 13 percent of Baby Boomers. Take those password-sharing rates, the tens of millions of paying subscribers for various services and the monthly subscription cost of a service like Netflix, and that can add up to hundreds of millions of dollars in potential revenue that streaming companies aren't booking.
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4 weeks ago
Apple Is Planning a New Low-Cost MacBook, Pro-Focused Mac Mini - Bloomberg
The new laptop will look similar to the current MacBook Air, but will include thinner bezels around the screen. The display, which will remain about 13-inches, will be a higher-resolution "Retina" version that Apple uses on other products, the people said. They asked not to be identified discussing products still in development. Apple spokesman Bill Evans declined to comment.
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4 weeks ago
Netflix tests a bypass of iTunes billing in 33 markets | TechCrunch
TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Netflix, in its own words, is “testing the iTunes payment method” in 33 countries. More specifically, Netflix is testing how to bypass iTunes. Until September 30, new or lapsed subscribers in selected markets across Europe, Latin America and Asia will be unable pay using iTunes. They are instead getting redirected to the mobile web version to log payment details directly with Netflix.
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4 weeks ago
New Russian Hacking Targeted Republican Groups, Microsoft Says - The New York Times
In a report scheduled for release on Tuesday, Microsoft Corporation said that it detected and seized websites that were created in recent weeks by hackers linked to the Russian unit formerly known as the G.R.U. The sites appeared meant to trick people into thinking they were clicking through links managed by the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute, but were secretly redirected to web pages created by the hackers to steal passwords and other credentials.
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4 weeks ago
Arm Unveils Client CPU Performance Roadmap Through 2020 - Taking Intel Head On
The A76 being a 2018 product – and we should be hearing more on the first commercial devices on 7nm towards the end of the year and coming months, Deimos is its 2019 successor aiming at more wide-spread 7nm adoption. Hercules is said to be the next iteration of the microarchitecture for 2020 products and the first 5nm implementations. This is as far as Arm is willing to project in the future for today’s disclosure, as the Sophia team is working on the next big microarchitecture push, which I suspect will be the successor to Hercules in 2021.
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5 weeks ago
Australians who won’t unlock their phones could face 10 years in jail – Naked Security
The Australian government wants to force companies to help it get at suspected criminals’ data. If they can’t, it would jail people for up to a decade if they refuse to unlock their phones.

The country’s Assistance and Access Bill, introduced this week for public consultation, strengthens the penalties for people who refuse to unlock their phones for the police. Under Australia’s existing Crimes Act, judges could jail a person for two years for not handing over their data. The proposed Bill extends that to up to ten years, arguing that the existing penalty wasn’t strong enough.
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5 weeks ago
PSA: 2018 MacBook Pro “Speaker Crackling” Issue Is Related to the CPU / Apple’s Patch Did Not Fix All CPU-Related Issues : macbookpro
Along with George, fellow audio engineer John Marshall suggests the artifacts could be due to CPU-related deferred procedure call (DPC) latency issues, which are typically only found in Windows-based PCs. In Windows, this can usually be mitigated "by disabling C-States in the BIOS so that the CPU clock is constant." George states, "It's not as often discussed in the Mac world since there aren't really any OS tweaks or driver adjustments in Mac that change DPC performance."
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5 weeks ago
World's smallest transistor switches current with a single atom in solid state
(Nanowerk News) At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), physicist Professor Thomas Schimmel and his team have developed a single-atom transistor, the smallest transistor worldwide. This quantum electronics component switches electrical current by controlled repositioning of a single atom, now also in the solid state in a gel electrolyte. The single-atom transistor works at room temperature and consumes very little energy, which opens up entirely new perspectives for information technology.
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5 weeks ago
Exclusive: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger - sources | Reuters
The previously unreported case in a federal court in California is proceeding under seal, so no filings are publicly available, but the three people told Reuters that Facebook is contesting the U.S. Department of Justice’s demand.

The judge in the Messenger case heard arguments on Tuesday on a government motion to hold Facebook in contempt of court for refusing to carry out the surveillance request, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
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5 weeks ago
Chinese spies force US-based Uighurs into "voluntary" surveillance by threatening their families in China / Boing Boing
US-based Uighur immigrants report that they have been contacted by their family-members in China, who ask them to submit scans of their ID, their car license plate numbers, bank card numbers, and phone number, with the implied threat that the family members will face reprisals in China if they don't cooperate.
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5 weeks ago
What Will Happen When China Dominates the Web
Chinese President Xi Jinping has outlined his plans to turn China into a “cyber-superpower.” Already, more people in China have access to the Internet than in any other country, but Xi has grander plans. Through domestic regulations, technological innovation, and foreign policy, China aims to build an “impregnable” cyberdefense system, give itself a greater voice in Internet governance, foster more world-class companies, and lead the globe in advanced technologies.
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5 weeks ago
Alexa Display Devices Replay Smart Home Security Camera Video Feeds | Digital Trends
If you are a developer or are working with the Alexa Skills Kit, you have to use the Smart Home Skill API V3 (version 3). The V3 authentication model gives your skills the ability to send asynchronous events to Alexa.
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5 weeks ago
Steam.tv is live -- and it appears to be Valve's Twitch competitor (update) - CNET
Once I logged in, I was able to access my new Steam Chat friends list and group chats -- the interface seems very similar to steamcommunity.com/chat, but with more functionality -- and invite friends to watch videos together while we chat. (hey there @seaniccus!) The interface has room for quite a few tabs up top for additional chat windows, but weirdly the video gets minimized when you invite friends. You have to expand it again.
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5 weeks ago
Exclusive: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger - sources | Reuters
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook Inc (FB.O) to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect’s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance.
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5 weeks ago
The tweets that stopped Google in its tracks | Revue
Two, Brin said he had only recently become aware of Dragonfly. On one level, this would seem to strain credulity: Brin’s upbringing in the Soviet Union shaped his views on censorship and informed the company’s decision to exit the Chinese market in 2010. Launching an initiative to re-enter China without Brin’s express approval would seem to be a firing offense, even if Google is now a subsidiary of Alphabet and operating with less direct oversight. (Counterpoint: this is Sergey Brin we’re talking about! One of the world’s most eccentric billionaires. Yesterday he described Dragonfly as a “kerfuffle.” If you told me Brin had recently delegated all of his decision-making authority to a stack of pancakes, I would believe it.)
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5 weeks ago
Federal courts now accepting cryptocurrency for bail - Palo Alto Daily Post
Martin Marsich, 25, a Serbian and Italian national living in Udine, Italy, was arrested at SFO on Aug. 8 and made his first appearance in federal court in San Francisco on Thursday (Aug. 16), when federal Judge Jacqueline Corley ordered him to pay $750,000 in Bitcoin or any other kind of cryptocurrency to be released to a halfway house.
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5 weeks ago
Elon Musk Details ‘Excruciating’ Personal Toll of Tesla Turmoil - The New York Times
In the interview, Mr. Musk added that he did not regret his Twitter post — “Why would I?” — and said he had no plans to stop using the social media platform. Some board members, however, have recently told Mr. Musk that he should lay off Twitter and focus on making cars and launching rockets, according to people familiar with the matter.
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5 weeks ago
Google working on native hearing aid support for an upcoming Android release | 9to5Google
This is being accomplished through a new Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA) specification that will be open to all other hearing aid makers. The spec is designed to have minimal impact on battery life with users able to monitor the power status and modify other settings from Android.
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5 weeks ago
Streaming TV services now reach 5% of U.S. Wi-Fi households, up 58% since last year | TechCrunch
The number of U.S. households watching streaming TV services – those that deliver cable TV-like programming over the internet – has grown a remarkable 58% over last year, according to new data from comScore. However, these services still account for a small portion of the overall market, as only 5 percent (4.9 million) of U.S. households with Wi-Fi streamed TV over one of these services in April 2018.
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5 weeks ago
APNewsBreak: Google clarifies location-tracking policy
help page for the Location History setting now states: “This setting does not affect other location services on your device.” It also acknowledges that “some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services, like Search and Maps.”

Previously, the page stated: “With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.”

The AP observed that the change occurred midday Thursday, a finding confirmed by Internet Archive snapshots taken earlier in the day.
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5 weeks ago
Google to debut display-equipped AI speaker before holidays - Nikkei Asian Review
The new product, which is likely to be similar to the Amazon Echo Show, would round out the Google Home range of smart speakers running the artificially intelligent Google Assistant, akin to Amazon's Alexa.

"Google targets to ship some 3 million units for the first batch of the new model of smart speaker that comes with a screen," an industry source said. "It's an aggressive plan."
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5 weeks ago
ISPs say they can’t expand broadband unless gov’t gives them more money | Ars Technica
Broadband providers have spent years lobbying against utility-style regulations that protect consumers from high prices and bad service.

But now, broadband lobby groups are arguing that Internet service is similar to utilities such as electricity, gas distribution, roads, and water and sewer networks. In the providers' view, the essential nature of broadband doesn't require more regulation to protect consumers. Instead, they argue that broadband's utility-like status is reason for the government to give ISPs more money.

That's the argument made by trade groups USTelecom and NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association. USTelecom represents telcos including AT&T, Verizon, and CenturyLink, while NTCA represents nearly 850 small ISPs.
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5 weeks ago
A Group of Engineers Say They've Created a Way to Detect Bombs and Guns Using Basic Wifi
The findings were pretty impressive. According to the researchers, their system is 99 percent accurate when it comes to identifying dangerous and non-dangerous objects. It is 97 percent accurate when determining whether the dangerous object is metal or liquid, the study says. When it comes to detecting suspicious objects in various bags, the system was over 95 percent accurate.
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5 weeks ago
Trump, Seeking to Relax Rules on U.S. Cyberattacks, Reverses Obama Directive - WSJ
President Trump has reversed an Obama-era memorandum dictating how and when the U.S. government can deploy cyberweapons against its adversaries, in an effort to loosen restrictions on such operations, according to people familiar with the action.

Mr. Trump signed an order on Wednesday reversing the classified rules, known as Presidential Policy Directive 20, that had mapped out an elaborate interagency process that must be followed before U.S. use of cyberattacks, particularly those geared at foreign adversaries.

The change was described as an “offensive step forward” by an administration official briefed on the decision, one intended to help support military operations, deter foreign election influence and thwart intellectual property theft by meeting such threats with more forceful responses.
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5 weeks ago
Melbourne teen hacked into Apple's secure computer network, court told
The Children’s Court heard on Thursday that he had downloaded 90gb of secure files and accessed customer accounts.

His offending from the age of 16 saw him develop computerised tunnels and online bypassing systems to hide his identity until a raid on his family home uncovered a litany of hacking files and instructions all saved in a folder titled “hacky hack hack”.

The teen’s defence lawyer said his client had become so well known in the international hacking community that even mentioning the case in detail could expose him to risk.
The Crown prosecutor also acknowledged that Apple was “very sensitive about publicity”.
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5 weeks ago
WhatsApp Co-Founder’s ‘Rest and Vest’ Reward From Facebook: $450 Million - WSJ
As part of selling WhatsApp to Facebook, Mr. Koum earned about 24.85 million restricted shares, according to his offer letter filed to the Securities and Exchange Commission at the time. The stock has vested in quarterly increments, with the final period taking place in mid-November of this year.

In mid-May, Mr. Koum collected 2.5 million shares worth about $458 million at the time, according to a securities filing. In mid-August, he was set to collect another 2.5 million shares, or about $450 million at Facebook’s stock price of $181 at Tuesday’s close.
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5 weeks ago
Apple probed in Japan over anti-competitive behavior - Nikkei Asian Review
The Fair Trade Commission and the industry ministry began receiving reports from Yahoo last fall about issues surrounding its Game Plus platform. The web-based service, launched in July 2017, lets users play games without needing to download apps. For developers, the service features much looser restrictions surrounding sales, fees and software updates than Apple's App Store.
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5 weeks ago
To Catch A Robber, The FBI Attempted An Unprecedented Grab For Google Location Data
Back in March, as it investigated a spate of armed robberies across Portland, Maine, the FBI made an astonishing, unprecedented request of Google. The feds wanted the tech giant to find all users of its services who’d been within the vicinity of at least two of nine of those robberies. They limited the search to within 30-minute timeframes around when the crimes were committed. But the request covered a total space of 45 hectares and could’ve included anyone with an Android or iPhone using Google’s tools, not just the suspect.

The FBI then demanded a lot of personal information on affected users, including their full names and addresses, as well as their Google account activity. The feds also wanted all affected users’ historical locations. According to court records, while Google didn’t provide the information, the cops still found their suspect in the end.
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5 weeks ago
Project Fi
Text forwarding is going away
We're reaching out to let you know that Project Fi's automatic text forwarding feature will be turned off on September 12, 2018.
The way it is now
Currently, any text messages sent to your Project Fi phone number automatically go to numbers you set up for text forwarding. You've got at least one number set up.
After September 12, 2018
Texts won't be forwarded anymore, but call forwarding will still work.
To review the number(s) you have set up for text forwarding, go to your Fi account's settings for call forwarding.
— Project Fi team
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5 weeks ago
Google Chrome is finally adding support for the Windows 10 Action Center
Google Chrome for desktop has support for push notifications built in. You’ve seen the pop up on websites asking if you’d like to enable notifications. Web apps, such as Google Play Music, can also use these notifications to show information. Windows 10 has a notification system called Action Center, but Chrome doesn’t utilize it. That could be changing soon.

This feature has been requested by Windows and Chrome users ever since Windows 10 was released. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to have notifications coming in on two separate systems. Commit number 955244 in Chromium Gerrit shows the ability for users to toggle on Windows native notifications. Users will have to manually opt into using Windows notifications instead of Chrome’s version. The feature will not be enabled by default, at least for now. Here’s the description:
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5 weeks ago
Chromebooks may get Apple Boot Camp-like Windows 10 dual boot with "Campfire"
It would be fair to say that Alt OS and Campfire won’t make it to the hundreds of Chromebooks out there, but developer time would be wasted if this was only destined for the Google Pixelbook. Mentions of multiple “campfire variants,” and changes merging into the master branch instead of device-specific branches indicate that the Google Pixelbook won’t be the only Chromebook with Campfire support. However, given that support means putting devices through added testing and configuration, it could be limited to select Chromebooks—perhaps only new devices, or even only to Google-branded devices. It’s too early to tell.
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For Louis Armstrong’s birthday we tune in to “Tiger Rag” on a Gramophone
To mark the birthday of Louis Armstrong 117 years ago, Google Arts & Culture and the record label Deutsche Grammophon teamed up to restore and digitize phonograph records like “Tiger Rag” from the label’s archive, and to tell the story of Emile Berliner, who invented the grammophon player and records that brought the music of Armstrong and many other artists to the masses.
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5 weeks ago
Hey Google, what’s the news?
Last week, in the U.S., Lenovo launched the first of many Smart Displays with the Google Assistant. Smart Displays help you get more done with a glanceable touch screen and offer video or audio news briefings to catch you up on headlines, sports, politics, and more. You can choose your preferred news sources from hundreds of national and local broadcasters including CNBC, CNN, Cheddar and more. Just ask, “Hey Google, what’s the news?”


When you want to go deeper or learn more about a specific topic, ask the Assistant: “What’s the news on the women’s national soccer team?” or “What’s the latest on NASA?” The Google Assistant will find relevant videos from YouTube to play on your Smart Display, and on Assistant speakers like Google Home, it will read out excerpts from news articles from a growing list of publishers.
changelog 
5 weeks ago
SEO Is Back. Thank God.
And it was difficult for any publisher — major publication or one-man blog — to resist, given how much traffic the Facebook system brought to others. Now, by Facebook’s own account, the valve to the firehose has been closed. Great. Use it to build brand awareness or whatever, but otherwise, it’s time to recalibrate and leave the reliance on Facebook as a traffic source behind.
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How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump - MIT Technology Review
Rather, the problem is that when we encounter opposing views in the age and context of social media, it’s not like reading them in a newspaper while sitting alone. It’s like hearing them from the opposing team while sitting with our fellow fans in a football stadium. Online, we’re connected with our communities, and we seek approval from our like-minded peers. We bond with our team by yelling at the fans of the other one. In sociology terms, we strengthen our feeling of “in-group” belonging by increasing our distance from and tension with the “out-group”—us versus them. Our cognitive universe isn’t an echo chamber, but our social one is. This is why the various projects for fact-checking claims in the news, while valuable, don’t convince people. Belonging is stronger than facts.
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Twitter is wrong about Alex Jones: facts are not enough to combat conspiracy theories - The Verge
As with most forms of human malevolence, there is nothing new under the sun. In an article in The Guardian, boyd and her colleague Joan Donovan discuss how hate groups throughout history not only sought the amplification of the media, but considered it one of their most essential recruitment tactics. In the 1969 autobiography of George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party, he noted that “only by forcing the Jews to spread our message with their facilities could we have any hope of success in counteracting their left-wing, racemixing propaganda!”
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