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Germany okay with Huawei building infrastructure | Newshub
For such serious decisions like a ban, you need proof," Arne Schoenbohm, the head of Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), told Spiegel.

He said they couldn't find any evidence, even after examining products and its lab in the German city of Bonn.
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1 hour ago
Does Australia's access and assistance law impact 1Password? | 1Password
Despite those considerations and discussions, our primary response and tactic is to continue to make it hard for anyone, whether inside or outside of 1Password, to harm customers’ security and privacy. That is what we do to protect our customers from any adversary, and that is what we will continue to do.
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yesterday
Dr. Elon & Mr. Musk: Life Inside Tesla's Production Hell | WIRED
“everyone in Tesla is in an abusive relationship with Elon.”
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yesterday
Signal >> Blog >> Setback in the outback
One of the myriad ways that the “Assistance and Access” bill is particularly terrible lies in its potential to isolate Australians from the services that they depend on and use every day. Over time, users may find that a growing number of apps no longer behave as expected. New apps might never launch in Australia at all.
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FCC approves new text message rules, giving carriers more power - The Verge
But the move has received criticism from consumer advocates, as well as the agency’s lone Democratic commissioner, Jessica Rosenworcel. While the agency’s rules previously left text messaging in a gray area, they’ve argued it should be more stringently regulated as a telecommunications service. By using the information service classification, the agency is giving carriers enormous power to block messages they find controversial.
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2 days ago
Waymo self-driving cars face harassment, road rage in Phoenix area
The incident is one of at least 21 interactions documented by Chandler police during the past two years where people have harassed the autonomous vehicles and their human test drivers.
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2 days ago
Dear tech companies, I don’t want to see pregnancy ads after my child was stillborn - The Washington Post
You see, there are 24,000 stillbirths in the United States every year, and millions more among your worldwide users. And let me tell you what social media is like when you finally come home from the hospital with the emptiest arms in the world, after you and your husband have spent days sobbing in bed, and you pick up your phone for a few minutes of distraction before the next wail. It’s exactly, crushingly, the same as it was when your baby was still alive. A Pea in the Pod. Motherhood Maternity. Latched Mama. Every damn Etsy tchotchke I was considering for the nursery.
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2 days ago
The State of Technology at the End of 2018 – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
This, then, is the state of technology in 2018: the enterprise market is thriving, and the consumer market is stagnant, dominated by the “innovations” that a few large behemoths deign to develop for consumers (and probably by ripping off a smaller company). Meanwhile a backlash is brewing on both sides of the political spectrum, but with no immediately viable outlet through competition or antitrust action, the politics surrounding technology simply becomes ever more rancid.
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2 days ago
Confirmed: Duck.com Transfers to DuckDuckGo - NamePros
Today, DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg confirmed to me that the Duck.com domain name had been transferred to DuckDuckGo’s possession.
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3 days ago
Social media outpaces print newspapers in the U.S. as news source | Pew Research Center
Social media sites have surpassed print newspapers as a news source for Americans: One-in-five U.S. adults say they often get news via social media, slightly higher than the share who often do so from print newspapers (16%) for the first time since Pew Research Center began asking these questions. In 2017, the portion who got news via social media was about equal to the portion who got news from print newspapers.
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4 days ago
Marriott Data Breach Is Traced to Chinese Hackers as U.S. Readies Crackdown on Beijing - The New York Times
The hackers, they said, are suspected of working on behalf of the Ministry of State Security, the country’s Communist-controlled civilian spy agency. The discovery comes as the Trump administration is planning actions targeting China’s trade, cyber and economic policies, perhaps within days.
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4 days ago
Comcast rejected by small town—residents vote for municipal fiber instead | Ars Technica
Comcast offered to bring cable Internet to up to 96 percent of households in Charlemont in exchange for the town paying $462,123 plus interest toward infrastructure costs over 15 years. But Charlemont residents rejected the Comcast offer in a vote at a special town meeting Thursday.

"The Comcast proposal would have saved the town about $1 million, but it would not be a town-owned broadband network," the Greenfield Recorder reported Friday. "The defeated measure means that Charlemont will likely go forward with a $1.4 million municipal town network, as was approved by annual town meeting voters in 2015."
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4 days ago
Google CEO tells Steve King Google doesn't make iPhones, Democrats laugh - Business Insider
King said that his seven-year-old granddaughter was playing a game on her phone before an election — most likely King's November 2018 re-election bid — and was shown a picture of the congressman that included some not-so-flattering language.

"I'm going to say into the record what kind of language was used around that picture of her grandfather," he said.

Then, holding up his Apple device, King asked Pichai, "How does that show up on a seven year-olds-iPhone who's playing a kids game."

To which the Google CEO answered, "Congressman, iPhone is made by a different company."
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4 days ago
Google has 'no plans' to launch Chinese search engine: CEO | Reuters
Google has “no plans” to relaunch a search engine in China though it is continuing to study the idea, Chief Executive Sundar Pichai told a U.S. congressional panel on Tuesday amid increased scrutiny of big tech firms.
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4 days ago
The internet risks fracturing into quarters | Financial Times
Internet technology has two major technical requirements: decentralisation (no one in charge, anyone can join), and identification (via a unique internet protocol address). The original, what we call the “open internet” of Silicon Valley, welcomes decentralisation and the openness and freedom it allows.

But the identification system has led to threats to privacy and the openness has enabled trolling and fake news. So critics in Brussels and elsewhere demand a nicely behaved, regulated “bourgeois internet”.

Third, there is a “commercial internet”, supported particularly by Donald Trump’s administration and other Washington policymakers. They prize the innovation facilitated by data collection and oligopoly but resist the West Coast vision.

The fourth, the “authoritarian internet” championed by Beijing, uses the technology to monitor and influence social interaction in order to address security, social cohesion, health and wellbeing, transport or climate change.
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4 days ago
Verizon Admits Defeat With $4.6 Billion AOL-Yahoo Writedown - Bloomberg
The revision of the Oath division’s accounting leaves its goodwill balance -- a measure of the intangible value of an acquisition -- at about $200 million, Verizon said in a filing Tuesday. The unit still has about $5 billion of assets remaining.
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4 days ago
GoPro is moving camera production out of China, citing tariff worries
GoPro announced Monday it is pulling camera production for the U.S. market out of China by the summer to avoid being caught up in the Washington-Beijing trade war.
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5 days ago
Microsoft Teams is growing ridiculously fast
A report from Spiceworks shows that adoption of Microsoft Teams – the Slack rival from Redmond – is growing rapidly and is set to become the second-biggest workplace chat app by 2020, surpassing both Slack and Google Hangouts.

The findings come from a survey of 900 IT companies distributed across the US and Europe.
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5 days ago
Google moves up Google+ consumer shutdown to April 2019 | VentureBeat
After discovering another security issue potentially impacting 52.5 million users, Google today announced that the consumer version of Google+ will be shutting down four months sooner: in April 2019 instead of August 2019. Furthermore, Google will shut down all Google+ APIs within the next 90 days. “While we recognize there are implications for developers, we want to ensure the protection of our users,” said David Thacker, G suite vice president of product.
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5 days ago
China bans many iPhone models in Qualcomm patent dispute - Axios
The order prevents the sale and import of the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X.
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5 days ago
Global, U.S. Growth in Smartphone Growth Starts to Decline
With phones that are more reliable, have fewer changes every year, and are increasingly expensive, you should treat your phone like a car. If some jerk clips off your side-view mirror while you’re parked and doesn’t leave a note, you don’t trash your car and get a new one — you get a new side-view mirror. If you crack your phone’s screen, don’t get a new phone, get a new screen.
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6 days ago
China forms new body to review ethics risks of video games | South China Morning Post
In October, Tencent announced its use of facial recognition technology to detect minors playing its games in response to government concerns over video gaming addiction. The Hong Kong-listed internet giant has also made age-verification mandatory to those who log into its blockbuster mobile game Honour of Kings, which limits playing time for minors.
Against that backdrop, Chinese game developers have ramped up efforts to publish their new titles overseas, while some independent labels have sought to reach domestic audience via US personal computer games distribution platform Steam, which has an estimated 30 million users in China.
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6 days ago
415,000 routers worldwide hijacked to secretly mine cryptocurrency
Researchers have discovered over 415,000 routers across the globe have been infected with malware designed to steal their computing power and secretly mine cryptocurrency.

The attack, which is still ongoing, affects MikroTik routers in particular. For the record, the string of crypto-jacking attacks on the brand first began in August, when security experts discovered over 200,000 devices had been infected. The number has more than doubled since then.
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6 days ago
The Epic Games Store is now live | TechCrunch
First announced earlier this week, the Epic Games Store is targeted squarely at Steam — the giant in the digital game commerce space — and it quietly went live today.

Right now there’s a small cluster of games available, including Hades, a new title from Supergiant Games that is in “early access” for $19.99, and Epic’s own Fortnite and Unreal Tournament, both of which are free. But Epic is saying that’s there’s a lot more to come. In particular, the store will offer a free game every two weeks, starting with Subnautica from December 14-17 and Super Meat Boy from December 28 until January 10.
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6 days ago
Fake Net Neutrality Comments Draw A Federal Probe
Two organizations told BuzzFeed News, each on condition that they not be named, that the FBI delivered subpoenas to them related to the comments.

The reports are the first that federal investigators are taking in interest in the case, which was already subject to an investigation previously announced by the New York attorney general’s office.

Both organizations had previously been subpoenaed by New York and said the scope of those subpoenas were similar.
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6 days ago
After Getting FOSTA Turned Into Law, Facebook Tells Its Users To Stop Using Naughty Words | Techdirt
Now, some might argue that this is fine. That the "mainstream properties" like Facebook and Tumblr should get rid of all this stuff, and let it live in the dark corners of the internet. But, considering how broad these rules are, and the kind of content we're already seeing banned from Tumblr, what we're ending up with on the "mainstream" internet is losing what has always made the internet special -- that you could explore all kinds of topics, meet all kinds of people and learn about all different ideas. In the two and a half decades that the internet has been "mainstream," there has always been an effort by some to falsely describe it as the "wild west" that needed "taming." This has always been ridiculous. What they wanted was an internet controlled by gatekeepers -- turning a communications medium with anything you want -- into a broadcast medium, where anything can be sold.
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6 days ago
MSEdge/README.md at master · MicrosoftEdge/MSEdge · GitHub
we have been thinking through plans to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web-compatibility for our customers and less-fragmentation of the web for all its developers, and we’re now ready to move forward.

As part of this, we hope and intend to become a significant contributor to Chromium, in a way that can make not just Microsoft Edge—but other browsers as well—better on both PCs and other devices. We’ve written down our “OSS Principles for Microsoft Edge” below and “What Happens Next” to clearly outline our approach to contributions.

Our plan is to engage in a way that embraces the well-established open source model that’s been working effectively for years: meaningful and positive contributions which align with long-standing thoughtfully-designed architecture, collaborative engineering, and keeping in mind that we, together as a community, seek the best outcome for all people who use the web across many devices.
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6 days ago
The "Yellow Jackets" Riots In France Are What Happens When Facebook Gets Involved With Local News
But what’s happening right now in France isn’t happening in a vacuum. The Yellow Jackets movement — named for the protesters’ brightly colored safety vests — is a beast born almost entirely from Facebook. And it’s only getting more popular. Recent polls indicate the majority of France now supports the protesters. The Yellow Jackets communicate almost entirely on small, decentralized Facebook pages. They coordinate via memes and viral videos. Whatever gets shared the most becomes part of their platform.
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6 days ago
Australia’s vague anti-encryption law sets a dangerous new precedent - ProtonMail Blog
The Assistance and Access (A&A) law requires tech companies to help law enforcement agencies break into individuals’ encrypted data. Using secret warrants, the government can even compel a company to serve malware remotely to the target’s device.
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7 days ago
Scientists create AI that can crush the world's best AI (at board games, thankfully) - CNET
A new artificial intelligence platform, known as AlphaZero, can learn the games of Go, chess and shogi from scratch, without any human intervention. Using deep neural networks, AlphaZero quickly learnt each game "to become the strongest player in history."
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7 days ago
Father of Android Andy Rubin’s startup buys India’s CloudMagic - Livemint
Android creator Andy Rubin’s consumer electronics startup Essential Products has acquired Indian-origin email startup CloudMagic, less than three months after the founder of the startup had said its flagship email app Newton Mail was shutting down. Mint spoke to two people aware of the transaction, but could not immediately ascertain the terms of the deal. An Essential Products spokeswoman confirmed the CloudMagic acquisition, but declined to share further details.
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7 days ago
Apple's sleep tracking company Beddit releases new '3.5' sleep monitor  - 9to5Mac
The new Beddit Sleep Monitor 3.5 retails for $149.95 and is currently available in Apple Stores and ships to customers in a few days. Withings (formerly Nokia Health) has a similar product that retails for $99 and currently sells for $79.99.

The first revision to the Beddit Sleep Monitor since Apple bought the sleep tracking company includes a slight design change to the actual hardware, and the iOS app for managing the sleep monitor has a new version as well. All mentions of Android support are also removed from the Beddit website as far as we can tell.
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7 days ago
How Tumblr went from being the most porn-friendly social media site to banning porn - The Verge
For a time, this balance worked out well. In 2013, TechCrunch reported that a full 11.4 percent of the top 200,000 Tumblrs were adult-oriented, and adult sites were sending Tumblr a sizable amount of traffic. Porn helped build Tumblr’s empire, and Tumblr gave porn fans a safe playground to explore their interests, one that enabled them to check out hot smut and hardcore porn without having to venture to the darker, more unpleasant corners of the internet.
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7 days ago
Huawei Executive Took Part in Sanctions Fraud, Prosecutors Say - The New York Times
between 2009 and 2014, Huawei used a Hong Kong company, Skycom Tech, to make transactions in Iran and do business with telecom companies there, in violation of American sanctions. Banks in the United States cleared financial transactions for Huawei, inadvertently doing business with Skycom, he said.
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7 days ago
The Friendship That Made Google Huge | The New Yorker
Today, Google’s engineers exist in a Great Chain of Being that begins at Level 1. At the bottom are the I.T. support staff. Level 2s are fresh out of college; Level 3s often have master’s degrees. Getting to Level 4 takes several years, or a Ph.D. Most progression stops at Level 5. Level 6 engineers—the top ten per cent—are so capable that they could be said to be the reason a project succeeds; Level 7s are Level 6s with a long track record. Principal Engineers, the Level 8s, are associated with a major product or piece of infrastructure. Distinguished Engineers, the Level 9s, are spoken of with reverence. To become a Google Fellow, a Level 10, is to win an honor that will follow you for life. Google Fellows are usually the world’s leading experts in their fields. Jeff and Sanjay are Google Senior Fellows—the company’s first and only Level 11s.
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Microsoft is building a Chromium-powered web browser that will replace Edge on Windows 10 | Windows Central
Because of this, I'm told that Microsoft is throwing in the towel with EdgeHTML and is instead building a new web browser powered by Chromium, which uses a similar rendering engine first popularized by Google's Chrome browser known as Blink. Codenamed "Anaheim," this new browser for Windows 10 will replace Edge as the default browser on the platform, according to my sources, who wish to remain anonymous. It's unknown at this time if Anaheim will use the Edge brand or a new brand, or if the user interface (UI) between Edge and Anaheim is different. One thing is for sure, however; EdgeHTML in Windows 10's default browser is dead.
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11 days ago
How to Survive the Next Era of Tech (Slow Down and Be Mindful) - The New York Times
• Don’t just look at the product. Look at the business model.
• Avoid feeding the giants.
• Adopt late. Slow down.

One reason the tech industry feels as terrible as it now does is that many of us failed to appreciate the collective power of our choices. Ten years ago, smartphones looked like fun gadgets and social media seemed like a harmless pastime — and few saw the implications for society in their ubiquity, not least the people running the companies and making this stuff.
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12 days ago
Skype launches real-time captions and subtitles | TechCrunch
Alongside news that PowerPoint is getting real-time captions and subtitles in 2019, Microsoft announced similar technology is now available in Skype. Launching today to coincide with the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the new feature allows those who are deaf or hard of hearing to read the words that are spoken during audio or video calls in Skype .
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12 days ago
What is Windows Lite? It's Microsoft's Chrome OS Killer - Petri
Microsoft is working on a new version of Windows that may not actually be Windows. It’s currently called Lite, based on documentation found in the latest build, and I can confirm that this version of the OS is targeting Chromebooks. In fact, there are markings all over the latest release of the insider builds and SDK that help us understand where this OS is headed.

If you have heard this before, it should sound a lot like Windows 10 S and RT; Windows 10 Lite only runs PWAs and UWP apps and strips out everything else. This is finally a truly a lightweight version of Windows that isn’t only in the name. This is not a version of the OS that will run in the enterprise or even small business environments and I don’t think you will be able to ‘buy’ the OS either; OEM only may be the way forward.
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12 days ago
Tumblr Staff — A better, more positive Tumblr
Starting December 17, 2018, we will begin enforcing this new policy. Community members with content that is no longer permitted on Tumblr will get a heads up from us in advance and steps they can take to appeal or preserve their content outside the community if they so choose. All changes won’t happen overnight as something of this complexity takes time.
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12 days ago
Google uploads Pixel ‘Sounds’ app to Play Store, reveals visualizer & downloadable ringtones - 9to5Google
The Play Store listing simply notes “Pixel sounds just for you” and the ability to “Choose your favorite sounds for alarms, ringtones, and notifications.” This ‘app’ is intended to deliver updates to the “Sound” menu in the Settings app.

Upon installing the December security patch on Google devices, this Sounds app will update and appear in the respective tab of My apps & games in the Play Store. However, the other features detailed by the listing have yet to go live. The changelog officially notes:
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12 days ago
Unknown Civil War Faces are Being Identified Through Facial Recognition App
The official CWPS website was launched in August 2018 by Kurt Luther and his students at Virginia Tech, Ron Coddington an editor for Military Images, and Paul Quigley, head of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies.

Since then they have identified around 75 photographed individuals and have many more eligible for comparison.
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12 days ago
The dingo... er, Google stole my patent! Biz boss tells how Choc Factory staff tried to rip off idea from interview • The Register
Dugan left ATAP shortly thereafter and ATAP's legal counsel ended up sending the US Patent Office the prior art documentation supplied by Qi and her colleagues – the existence of prior art allows a patent examiner to decline to grant a patent because it establishes that the idea being considered for protection is not original.
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12 days ago
Google Shut Out Privacy and Security Teams From Secret China Project
Scott Beaumont, Google’s head of operations in China and one of the key architects of Dragonfly, did not view Zunger’s concerns as significant enough to merit a change of course, according to four people who worked on the project. Beaumont and other executives then shut out members of the company’s security and privacy team from key meetings about the search engine, the four people said, and tried to sideline a privacy review of the plan that sought to address potential human rights abuses.
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13 days ago
Microsoft Is Worth as Much as Apple. How Did That Happen? - The New York Times
Microsoft has become a case study of how a once-dominant company can build on its strengths and avoid being a prisoner of its past. It has fully embraced cloud computing, abandoned an errant foray into smartphones and returned to its roots as mainly a supplier of technology to business customers.

That strategy was outlined by Satya Nadella shortly after he became chief executive in 2014. Since then, Microsoft’s stock price has nearly tripled.
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13 days ago
ACLU Wants Release of Secret Court Order Demanding Facebook Build Surveillance Backdoor
Earlier this year, news broke that the Department of Justice attempted to force Facebook to secretly recode parts of its Messenger app to give them the capability to listen in on Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls, even seeking a contempt of court order against the company when it refused to do so. Facebook said compliance was impossible due to end-to-end encryption, and a U.S. District Court judge in California ruled against the DOJ. Yet the legal reasoning behind both the DOJ’s attempt to secure a contempt of court order and its rejection have not been publicly released.
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16 days ago
That Virus Alert on Your Computer? Scammers in India May Be Behind It - The New York Times
Most people ignore these entreaties, which are invariably scams. But one in five recipients actually talks to the fake tech-support centers, and 6 percent ultimately pay the operators to “fix” the nonexistent problem, according to recent consumer surveys by Microsoft.
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16 days ago
Apple says the iPhone XR has been its top-selling iPhone since launch - CNET
Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of product marketing, told CNET in an interview Wednesday that the device has "been our most popular iPhone each and every day since the day it became available." 
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16 days ago
Lack of in-built dust filters damages Macs, claims class action suit | Cult of Mac
“iMac and MacBook owners have reported dark smudges and spots on the interior of the screens of their desktop computers, as well as excessive slowness and break downs of their computers related to the lack of filter on Apple computers,” an overview of the apparent defect notes. “The computer intakes air to cool its components, but with no filter, dust gets trapped inside. This affects the screen and logic board of the computer, leading to dust stuck behind the screen and gummed up motherboards, causing the computer to run slow and/or overheat.”
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16 days ago
Microsoft's multi-factor authentication service goes down for second week in a row | ZDNet
Starting around 9:15 a.m. ET, a number of Office 365 customers began reporting on Twitter that they were unable to sign into that service because of an MFA issue. Office 365 is one of a number of Microsoft services that uses Azure Active Directory MFA to authenticate.
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17 days ago
Twitter has banned misgendering or ‘deadnaming’ transgender people - The Verge
Twitter now prohibits misgendering or “deadnaming” transgender people, alongside other harassment and abuse tactics. The change appears to have happened in late October, but news of it began circulating late last week. It’s part of a more general rewording of the hateful conduct policy, which now emphasizes the fact that certain groups — including transgender people — are disproportionately targeted with abuse.
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17 days ago
Big Tech Expands Footprint in Health - WSJ
Amazon.com Inc. AMZN +4.33% is starting to sell software that mines patient medical records for information doctors and hospitals could use to improve treatment and cut costs. The move is the latest by a big technology company into health care, an industry where it sees opportunities for growth.

The market for storing and analyzing health information is worth more than $7 billion a year, according to research firm Grand View Research, a business in which International Business Machines Corp.’s Watson Health and UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s Optum already compete.
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17 days ago
Facebook, Twitter crack down on AI babysitter-rating service - The Washington Post
Facebook and Twitter are taking action against an automated babysitter-rating system reported on last week by The Washington Post, saying the service broke the social networks' rules on user surveillance and data privacy.

Predictim, a California-based start-up, analyzes babysitters' online histories, including on Facebook and Twitter, and offers ratings of whether they are at risk of drug abuse, bullying or having a “bad attitude.” Facebook said it dramatically limited Predictim’s access to users' information on Instagram and Facebook a few weeks ago for violating a ban on developers' use of personal data to evaluate a person for decisions on hiring or eligibility.
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17 days ago
Canada’s Corel is acquiring virtualization specialist Parallels in an all-cash deal | TechCrunch
Some consolidation is afoot in the world of business software. TechCrunch has learned from multiple sources that Parallels, the virtualization software specialist with millions of users, is getting acquired by Corel, the Canadian company behind design apps like CorelDraw and productivity apps like WordPerfect that once competed heavily with Microsoft.
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17 days ago
YouTube to Make Originals Available for Ad-Supported Free Viewing – Variety
In a shift in strategy, the Google-owned video platform said that starting next year it will move to make all of its new original programming available for free for anyone to watch. With the change, YouTube is moving toward more mainstream celebrity-driven and creator-based reality fare, while it will continue to greenlight scripted productions.
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17 days ago
Killing 3ve: How The FBI And Tech Industry Took Down A Massive Ad Fraud Scheme
Today the Department of Justice announced it has unsealed a 13-count indictment against eight men for charges including wire fraud, computer intrusion, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering for their alleged role in masterminding and operating 3ve and Methbot, another large ad fraud scheme. The government alleges they stole tens of millions of dollars by using "sophisticated computer programming and infrastructure around the world to exploit the digital advertising industry through fraud."
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17 days ago
Google chief executive Sundar Pichai set to testify to Congress in December - The Washington Post
Led by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), GOP lawmakers long have blasted Google for allegedly silencing right-leaning news, views and users, and President Trump similarly has claimed the company promotes negative stories about his administration. Neither has provided significant evidence that Google is biased, however, and Google has vehemently denied the accusations.
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17 days ago
Project Fi is now Google Fi, and it will work with iPhones and most Android devices - The Verge
Three years after it first launched, Google is making its cell service a little more official today. Project Fi is graduating into something a little more ambitious and getting a new name in the process: Google Fi. But the bigger news is that it’s also going to support more phones — a lot of phones — including the iPhone and “the majority of Android devices.”
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17 days ago
EXCLUSIVE: Chinese scientists are creating CRISPR babies - MIT Technology Review
He’s choice to edit the gene called CCR5 could prove controversial as well. People without working copies of the gene are believed to be immune or highly resistant to infection by HIV. In order to mimic the same result in embryos, however, He’s team has been using CRISPR to mutate otherwise normal embryos to damage the CCR5 gene.
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20 days ago
Exclusive: Logitech in talks to acquire headphone maker Plantronics - sources | Reuters
The deal would be by far Logitech’s largest acquisition and would illustrate the company’s push to diversify its business. It would come as Logitech and Plantronics seek to keep down manufacturing costs following the introduction of tariffs on imports from China into the United States.

Logitech has offered more than $2.2 billion to acquire Plantronics, one of the sources said. As of the end of trading on Friday, Plantronics had a market capitalization of about $2 billion.
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21 days ago
Washington Asks Allies to Drop Huawei - WSJ
The U.S. government has initiated an extraordinary outreach campaign to foreign allies, trying to persuade wireless and internet providers in these countries to avoid telecommunications equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies Co., according to people familiar with the situation.
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22 days ago
Google flouting EU competition ruling, say rival price comparison sites
Price comparison sites have accused Google of failing to comply with an EU ruling demanding it give other shopping services "equal treatment".

The accusation comes in a letter from 14 rivals to the European commissioner for competition, Margrethe Vestager, who fined Google a record €2.4bn (£2.14bn) for anti-competitive practices in June 2017.
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22 days ago
Google's Duplex is rolling out to Pixel owners -- here's how it works | VentureBeat
A spokesperson confirmed to VentureBeat that Duplex — Google’s artificially intelligent chat agent that can arrange appointments over the phone — has expanded from a “set of trusted tester users” earlier this year to a “small group” of Google Pixel phone owners, who can now use Duplex via the Google Assistant to secure restaurant reservations in “select cities.”
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24 days ago
Alexa will soon be able to read the news just like a professional - The Verge
The newscaster speaking voice was created by recording audio clips from real life news channels then using machine learning to spot patterns in how newscasters read the text. Speaking to The Verge, Amazon’s Trevor Wood, who oversees the application of AI in text-to-speech at Amazon, said this approach more easily captures the detail in human speaking styles. “It’s difficult to describe these nuances precisely in words, and a data-driven approach can discover and generalize these more efficiently than a human,” said Wood.
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24 days ago
FCC proposal would limit robocalls to reassigned phone numbers
The other proposal would declare text messaging services as information services, not telecommunications services, giving carriers more explicit permission to block suspected spam texts. Networks do this already, but the FCC argued this would "maintain and strengthen" the legal framework for their actions.
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24 days ago
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Seemed Oblivious To Caste-Based Abuse At A Secret Meeting
The off-the-record event last Tuesday was organized by Twitter to discuss social justice in India with prominent writers, journalists, and activists. Both Dorsey and Gadde were publicly drawn into a dispute over caste on Sunday after an attendee tweeted a photograph of the CEO holding a poster that read “Smash Brahmanical Patriarchy,” which then went viral.
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24 days ago
Charter, Comcast don’t have 1st Amendment right to discriminate, court rules | Ars Technica
Charter, the second-largest US cable company after Comcast, was sued in January 2016 by Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios Networks (ESN), which alleged that Charter violated the Civil Rights Act of 1866 by refusing to carry TV channels run by the African-American-owned ESN. Allen, a comedian and producer, founded ESN in 1993 and is its CEO; the lawsuit seeks more than $10 billion in damages from Charter.
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25 days ago
In ‘Digital India,’ Government Hands Out Free Phones to Win Votes - The New York Times
Chhattisgarh’s $71 million free-phone program — known by the acronym SKY after its name in Hindi — is supposed to bridge the digital divide in this state of 26 million people, which is covered by large patches of forest and counts 7,000 villages that do not even have a wireless data signal. The plan is to add hundreds of cellphone towers and give a basic smartphone to every college student and one woman in every household to connect more families to the internet and help fulfill the central government’s goal of a “Digital India.”
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25 days ago
The Media Industry and the “Make-Google-Pay” Fantasy
“More than 98 percent of copyright management on YouTube takes place through Content ID. To date, we have used the system to pay rights holders more than €2.5 billion for third party use of their content. We believe Content ID provides the best solution for managing rights on a global scale”.
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25 days ago
Apple to Hold Four Day Shopping Event Starting on Black Friday - MacRumors
Apple's deals have historically not been quite as good as discounts available from third-party retailers, so if you're shopping for something specific on Black Friday, it's best to take a look at all of the available deals at each retailer before making a decision.
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25 days ago
Apple Maps Collecting Pedestrian Data Starting in California, Likely to Improve Walking Directions - MacRumors
Apple has since confirmed that its Maps team will be collecting pedestrian data in California over the next month, starting with the counties of Alameda, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara, the last of which includes the likes of San Jose and Apple's hometown of Cupertino.
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25 days ago
Apple CEO Tim Cook calls new regulations "inevitable" - Axios
What he's saying: "Generally speaking, I am not a big fan of regulation," Cook said in the interview. "I'm a big believer in the free market. But we have to admit when the free market is not working. And it hasn't worked here. I think it's inevitable that there will be some level of regulation," Cook added. "I think the Congress and the administration at some point will pass something." 
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