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Facebook adding "fbclid" parameter to outbound links.
After doing a quick search on Google, I have noticed that a few websites have already had their pages indexed with this new “fbclid” parameter attached. Another good reason why you should always explicitly set the canonical URL for each page.
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10 hours ago
The Titan M Chip Powers Up Pixel 3 Security | WIRED
Titan M heads off these boot-time attacks by tying into Verified Boot, a feature introduced in 2017 with Android Oreo. Verified Boot confirms that you’re running the correct version of Android as soon as you turn it on; by leveraging Titan M, the Pixel 3 ensures the integrity of that check before an attacker has a chance to downgrade you to something more vulnerable, or meddles with your bootloader.

The chip also helps prevent fake log-ins, both by limiting the number of passcode attempts and by having a direct electrical connection to the Pixel’s side buttons so that an attacker can’t create fake button presses to make it seem like a user is present when none is.
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10 hours ago
China requires blockchain-based information service providers to register users using real names, censor postings and store user data | South China Morning Post
Under proposed new rules, companies and entities operating in China that provide blockchain-based information services will have to ask users to register their real names and national identification card numbers, censor content deemed to pose a threat to national security and store user data to allow inspection by authorities.
The Cyberspace Administration of China published the draft regulations on its website on Friday for public consultation until November 2. It is not clear when the rules will come into effect.
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10 hours ago
Microsoft’s problem isn’t how often it updates Windows—it’s how it develops it | Ars Technica
The decoupling of development and bugfixing is also an issue: during the development and integration phases the reliability and stability of the software will take a giant nosedive. The features being integrated are fundamentally untested (because testing comes later), and have never been used with each other (because they were all developed separately in their own branches prior to the integration phase). The mess of software is then beaten into an acceptable shape through the testing, bug reporting, and bug fixing of the lengthy stabilization phase. In this process, the product's reliability should start improving once more.
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10 hours ago
Apple CEO Tim Cook Is Calling For Bloomberg To Retract Its Chinese Spy Chip Story
This is an extraordinary statement from Cook and Apple. The company has never previously publicly (though it may have done so privately) called for the retraction of a news story — even in cases where the stories have had major errors or were demonstratively false, such as a This American Life episode that was shown to be fabricated.
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2 days ago
Alexa’s new Whisper Mode goes live | TechCrunch
At Amazon’s Alexa event last month in Seattle, the company teased a new feature soon coming to its voice assistant: the ability to whisper. The company demonstrated how whispering a request – like “play a lullaby” – to Alexa would trigger the voice assistant to respond in kind. Today, Amazon says Whisper Mode is officially going live.
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4 days ago
Apple Invites Media to October 30th Event in New York City - Mac Rumors
Apple today sent out media invites for a second major 2018 event set to be held in New York City on Tuesday, October 30 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House.

Apple's October event, which will focus on products not introduced at the iPhone-centric event in September, will kick off at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
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4 days ago
Microsoft co-founder Paul  Allen dies of cancer at age 65
Earlier this month, Allen revealed that he had started treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, the same type of cancer he was treated for in 2009. In 1983, Allen left the company he founded with Bill Gates when he was first diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, which he defeated.
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7 days ago
Pixel Buds Real-Time Translations Available on All Google Assistant Headphones – Droid Life
Google updated one of their Pixel Buds support pages yesterday to note that “Google Translate is available on all Assistant-optimized headphones and Android phones,” where it used to say “Google Translate on Google Pixel Buds is only available on Pixel phones.”
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8 days ago
SF judge denies Lime’s request to block electric scooter deployment | TechCrunch
Following the SFMTA’s decision to grant Skip and Scoot electric scooter permits, Lime sent an appeal requesting the agency reevaluate its application. At the time, the SFMTA said it was “confident” it picked the right companies. Just yesterday, Lime said it believed “that it has no choice but to seek emergency relief in the court” and take legal action.
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8 days ago
Opinion | Internet Hacking Is About to Get Much Worse - The New York Times
These are problems that the market will not fix. Buyers can't differentiate between secure and insecure products, so sellers prefer to spend their money on features that buyers can see. The complexity of the internet and of our supply chains make it difficult to trace a particular vulnerability to a corresponding harm. The courts have traditionally not held software manufacturers liable for vulnerabilities. And, for most companies, it has generally been good business to skimp on security, rather than sell a product that costs more, does less, and is on the market a year later.
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10 days ago
Google's Area 120 killing Reply, but features 'will live on' - 9to5Google
The message was sent out to users that installed Reply this morning, with Google thanking them for helping test the app. Noting that it was an “experiment,” Area 120 is now ending it. “Reply will live on in other Google products,” with the team at Area 120 working with other, unspecified groups at Google to integrate the 10 months of “ideas and learnings.”
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11 days ago
Google Privacy Upgrades Could Jolt Gmail App Developers - WSJ
Apps that don’t fall into categories of either email or productivity services will be cut off from all Gmail data, and other developers will be restricted from selling data they collect or using it to target advertising or market research, Google said in a blog post Monday.
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11 days ago
Jeffrey Katzenberg And Meg Whitman Unveil Name Of 25-35 NewTV Venture: Quibi, short for Quick Bites
Media mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg and veteran tech executive Meg Whitman used the prominent platform of Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit to announce the name of their new mobile video startup and drop the names of four high-profile Hollywood players who will create content for the subscription service.

Filmmakers Sam Raimi, Guillermo del Toro and Antoine Fuqua and noted producer Jason Blum will all create shows for the new mobile subscription service, which launches next year. 

“These people are so excited about doing something new. They want to be the pioneers. They want to be able to show the path in doing this,” said Katzenberg. “We are going to do be able to do extraordinary storytelling.”

Whitman announced the service will be called Quibi, short for quick bites of content.

“Jeffrey can’t stop saying the name Quibi,” Whitman said. “I think that will be a fun name for us.”
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11 days ago
Microsoft vows to protect Linux from future patent wars by joining the Open Invention Network – GeekWire
The Open Invention Network was created by IBM, Red Hat, and others back in 2005 as a patent pool in which members agreed to cross-license their patents to each other in exchange for agreeing not to assert those patents against companies working on Linux-based projects. Since then, Oracle, Google, and hundreds of others have joined to create a massive pool of patents that allow members to defend themselves against patent attacks from non-members.

Microsoft’s decision to join the group is yet another sign that the company, which at one point was making more money shaking down Android device makers than from its own mobile strategy, has reversed itself when it comes to open-source technology.
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11 days ago
Apple inks $600M deal to license IP, acquire assets and talent from Dialog to expand chipmaking in Europe | TechCrunch
Dialog says post the acquisition, the remaining part of the business will focus more on IoT, as well as mobile, automotive, computing and storage markets, specifically as a provider of custom and configurable mixed-signal integrated circuit chips.
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11 days ago
The breach that killed Google+ wasn’t a breach at all - The Verge
Part of the disconnect comes from the fact that, legally, Google is in the clear. There are lots of laws about reporting breaches — primarily the GDPR but also a string of state-level bills — but by that standard, what happened to Google+ wasn’t technically a breach. Those laws are concerned with unauthorized access to user information, codifying the basic idea that if someone steals your credit card or phone number, you have a right to know about it. But Google just found that data was available to developers, not that any data was actually taken. With no clear data stolen, Google had no legal reporting requirements. As far as the lawyers were concerned, it wasn’t a breach, and quietly fixing the problem was good enough.
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12 days ago
Yossi Appleboum Disagrees with How Bloomberg is Positioning His Research Against Supermicro
We have a problem. The problem is the hardware supply chain. All of us are dealing with what happened to Supermicro, and whether Amazon knew or did not know. That is not the main issue for me. The main issue is that we have a problem. It is global. This is why I think Supermicro is suffering from the big players. I am talking about the really big players who know that they have the same problem, and they are kind of using the story right now to throw Supermicro under the bus instead of coming out and saying that it is a global problem, let’s fix it and find a solution.
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12 days ago
Amazon scraps secret AI recruiting tool that showed bias against women | Reuters
That is because Amazon’s computer models were trained to vet applicants by observing patterns in resumes submitted to the company over a 10-year period. Most came from men, a reflection of male dominance across the tech industry.
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12 days ago
Google Photos update makes an already smart app even smarter
Live albums is a feature that automatically adds photos of people and pets to an album as you take them. To create a live album, select ‘Automatically add photos of People & Pets’ option while creating it, and add people to it. This feature is rolling out to Android, iOS, and the web app in select countries.
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12 days ago
DoNotPay App Lets You 'Sue Anyone By Pressing a Button'
The app works by having a bot ask the user a few basic questions about their legal issue. The bot then uses the answers to classify the case into one of 15 different legal areas, such as breach of contract or negligence. After that, Do Not Pay draws up documents specific to that legal area, and fills in the specific details. Just print it out, mail it to the courthouse, and violá—you’re a plaintiff. And if you have to show up to court in person, Do Not Pay even creates a script for the plaintiff to read out loud in court.
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12 days ago
Android Creator Is Said to Build AI Phone That Texts for You - Bloomberg
The design of the new mobile device isn’t like a standard smartphone. It would have a small screen and require users to interact mainly using voice commands, in concert with Essential’s artificial-intelligence software. The idea is for the product to book appointments or respond to emails and text messages on its own, according to the people familiar with the plans. Users would also be able to make phone calls from the planned device.
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12 days ago
Leaked Transcript of Private Meeting Contradicts Google’s Official Story on China
Gomes’s remarks to staff, which can be read in full below, highlight the stark contrast between Google’s public and private statements about Dragonfly. The secretive project has been underway since spring 2017 — and has involved about 300 employees, the majority of whom have worked full-time on the plan. It was far beyond an “exploration,” and the plan to launch it was well-developed, as some of Google’s own employees have themselves highlighted in recent weeks, despite the company’s efforts to suppress such information.
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12 days ago
This is the Google Pixel 3 XL - Android Authority
From the time I had with the device, I was quite surprised by the build quality. The device is polycarbonate, probably to allow for wireless charging, but it felt just as good if not better than the white Pixel 2 XL. (Update: On closer examination, we think the device’s back is actually made of glass, with a texture applied). While I couldn’t confirm the screen resolution, I’m certain it must have been QHD. The display looked miles better than the previous OLED on the Pixel 2XL, and it’s obvious Google has put a lot of time into the small parts of the device.
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13 days ago
Netflix, Already a Studio in All But Name, Is Buying a Studio - Bloomberg
The world’s largest paid online TV network is in final negotiations to purchase ABQ Studios, with eight sound stages in Albuquerque, according to a statement Monday. Terms weren’t given. Netflix already shoots the supernatural drama “Chambers’’ and the epic ‘‘Messiah’’ in New Mexico and previously shot its Emmy-winning series “Godless’’ there as well.
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13 days ago
Sony commits to successor for PlayStation 4 | Financial Times
“At this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware,” said Kenichiro Yoshida, in an interview with the Financial Times. He declined to formally name Sony’s future console the “PlayStation 5”.
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13 days ago
Security researcher cited in Bloomberg's China spy chip investigation casts doubt on story's veracity
"Spreading hardware fear, uncertainty and doubt is entirely in my financial gain, but it doesn't make sense because there are so many easier ways to do this," Fitzpatrick said, referring to the purported hardware implant. "There are so many easier hardware ways, there are software, there are firmware approaches. There approach you are describing is not scalable. It's not logical. It's not how I would do it. Or how anyone I know would do it."
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13 days ago
Apple Releasing iOS 12.0.1 With Fixes for Wi-Fi 2.4GHz Bug, Lightning Charging Issue [Update: Now Available] - Mac Rumors
iOS 12.0.1 also fixes a major Wi-Fi bug that could cause some iPhone XS devices to prefer to join a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network rather than a 5GHz Wi-Fi network, resulting in perceived slower Wi-Fi connection speeds. After this update, many users who were stuck with their phones connecting to a 2.4GHz network should see much faster Wi-Fi connection speeds as the devices once again prefer a 5GHz network.
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14 days ago
Facebook launches Portal auto-zooming video chat screens for $199/$349 | TechCrunch
Knowing buyers might be creeped out, Facebook’s VP of Portal Rafa Camargo tells me “We had to build all the stacks — hardware, software, and AI from scratch — and it allowed us to build privacy into each one of these layers”. There’s no facial recognition and instead just a technology called 2D pose that runs locally on the device to track your position so the camera can follow you if you move around. A separate chip for local detection only activates Portal when it hears its wake word, it doesn’t save recordings, and the data connection is encrypted. And with a tap you can electronically disable the camera and mic, or slide the plastic privacy shield over the lens to blind it while keeping voice controls active.
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14 days ago
Google is shutting down Google+
This review crystallized what we’ve known for a while: that while our engineering teams have put a lot of effort and dedication into building Google+ over the years, it has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps. The consumer version of Google+ currently has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds.
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14 days ago
Intel Announces 9th Gen Core CPUs: Core i9-9900K (8-Core), i7-9700K, & i5-9600K
Leading from the top of the stack is the Core i9-9900K, Intel’s new flagship mainstream processor. This part is eight full cores with hyperthreading, with a base frequency of 3.6 GHz at 95W TDP, and a turbo up to 5.0 GHz on two cores. Memory support is up to dual channel DDR4-2666. The Core i9-9900K builds upon the Core i7-8086K from the 8th Generation product line by adding two more cores, and increasing that 5.0 GHz turbo from one core to two cores. The all-core turbo is 4.7 GHz, so it will be interesting to see what the power consumption is when the processor is fully loaded. The Core i9 family will have the full 2MB of L3 cache per core. 
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14 days ago
Brett Kavanaugh and the Information Terrorists Trying to Reshape America | WIRED
But there's another aspect to this that is critical: In terms of information architecture, Gamergate was a signal event—a rally-point for the charlatans and hucksters who would become leaders because they could put words to a previously poorly defined sentiment that was more widespread than anyone wanted to think.
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14 days ago
The Internet’s keepers? “Some call us hoarders—I like to say we’re archivists” | Ars Technica
The company currently stands as the second-largest scanner of books in the world, next to Google. Graham put the current total above four million. The archive even has a wishlist for its next 1.5 million scans, including anything cited on Wikipedia. Yes, the Wayback Machine is in the process of making sure you’re not finding 404s during any Wiki rabbithole (Graham recently told the BBC that Wayback bots have restored nearly six million pages lost to linkrot as part of that effort). Today, books published prior to 1923 are free to download through the Internet Archive, and a lot of the stuff from afterwards can be borrowed as a digital copy.
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14 days ago
Intel Announces Xeon W-3175X: 28-Core Processor for Extreme Workstations
Intel on Monday officially introduced its 28-core processor for extreme workstations that it teased first back in June. The new chip comes with unlocked multiplier and can run at up to 4.3 GHz in burst mode.

The Intel Xeon W-3175X CPU is based on the Skylake/Cascade Lake microarchitecture and is compatible with motherboards featuring Intel’s LGA3647 server-based socket. The CPUs runs at 3.1 GHz stock, but can increase its frequency to 4.3 GHz, it features a six-channel DDR4 memory controller that supports up to 512 GB and a massive 38.5 MB cache. Since the chip uses a new socket, it is naturally not compatible with any motherboards available on the market. Meanwhile, to date, only ASUS and GIGABYTE have confirmed plans to offer mainboards for Intel’s Xeon W-3175X.
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14 days ago
UK high court blocks mass privacy action against Google | Technology | The Guardian
The high court’s ruling did not address the facts of the case, although Mr Justice Warby conceded that “it is arguable that Google’s alleged role in the collection, collation, and use of data obtained via the ‘Safari workaround’ was wrongful, and a breach of duty”. But it found that Google’s actions did not cause damage to users, and that it was impossible to lump the millions of potentially affected people together into one class for the purposes of a lawsuit.
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14 days ago
Supply Chain Security is the Whole Enchilada, But Who’s Willing to Pay for It? — Krebs on Security
Like it or not, the vast majority of electronics are made in China, and this is unlikely to change anytime soon. The central issue is that we don’t have any other choice right now. The reason is that by nearly all accounts it would be punishingly expensive to replicate that manufacturing process here in the United States.
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14 days ago
Microsoft’s xCloud service streams Xbox games to PCs, consoles, and mobile devices - The Verge
Microsoft has built custom hardware for its datacenters, as The Verge previously exclusively reported, so that existing and future Xbox games will be compatible with the services. Games will be streamed to devices, and Microsoft has been testing the xCloud service with Xbox wireless controllers connected to consoles, mobile devices, and PCs. Microsoft says its research teams are “creating ways to combat latency” via advanced network techniques combined with video encoding and decoding. This should make game streaming viable on 4G networks, too.
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14 days ago
Apple's New Proprietary Software Locks Kill Independent Repair on New MacBook Pros - Motherboard
Apple has introduced software locks that will effectively prevent independent and third-party repair on 2018 MacBook Pro computers, according to internal Apple documents obtained by Motherboard. The new system will render the computer “inoperative” unless a proprietary Apple “system configuration” software is run after parts of the system are replaced.

According to the document, which was distributed to Apple’s Authorized Service Providers late last month, this policy will apply to all Apple computers with the “T2” security chip, which is present in 2018 MacBook Pros as well as the iMac Pro.

The software lock will kick in for any repair which involves replacing a MacBook Pro’s display assembly, logic board, top case (the keyboard, touchpad, and internal housing), and Touch ID board. On iMac Pros, it will kick in if the Logic Board or flash storage are replaced. The computer will only begin functioning again after Apple or a member of one of Apple’s Authorized Service Provider repair program runs diagnostic software called Apple Service Toolkit 2.
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17 days ago
The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies - Bloomberg
Nested on the servers’ motherboards, the testers found a tiny microchip, not much bigger than a grain of rice, that wasn’t part of the boards’ original design. Amazon reported the discovery to U.S. authorities, sending a shudder through the intelligence community. Elemental’s servers could be found in Department of Defense data centers, the CIA’s drone operations, and the onboard networks of Navy warships. And Elemental was just one of hundreds of Supermicro customers.
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18 days ago
A Penthouse Made for Instagram - The New York Times
The 2,400-square-foot space — which rents for $15,000 a month — was designed as a backdrop for Instagram stars, who have booked it through October.
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19 days ago
California Law Bans Bots From Pretending to Be Human | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
The measure bans automated accounts from pretending to be real people in order to "incentivize a purchase or sale of goods or services in a commercial transaction or to influence a vote in an election," effective July 1, 2019. Automated accounts will still be able to interact with users, but they will have to disclose that they are not, in fact, humans, according to NBC.
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19 days ago
Here come Wi-Fi 4, 5 and 6 in plan to simplify 802.11 networking names - CNET
But in an effort to make the wireless networking terms more useful and less like alphanumeric gibberish, the Wi-Fi Alliance trade group has some new names it wants for those technologies: Wi-Fi 4, Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6.
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19 days ago
Travellers refusing digital search now face $5000 Customs fine | RNZ News
The Customs and Excise Act 2018 - which comes into effect today - sets guidelines around how Customs can carry out "digital strip-searches".

Previously, Customs could stop anyone at the border and demand to see their electronic devices. However, the law did not specify that people had to also provide a password.

The updated law makes clear that travellers must provide access - whether that be a password, pin-code or fingerprint - but officials would need to have a reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing.
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20 days ago
Three US universities now let students use iPhone and Apple Watch as their campus ID card | 9to5Mac
From today, Apple is announcing the first partners for its new contactless ID card features introduced in iOS 12 and watchOS 5. Students at Duke University, University of Alabama and University of Oklahoma, can now add their ID card to the Apple Wallet app on the iPhone and Apple Watch.

By using contactless NFC readers, students can use their digital ID card to access dorms, dining halls, library and the gym. You can also use it to pay for bookstore supplies, laundry usage and restaurant meals.

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Apple has slowly been expanding the capabilities of Apple Wallet beyond contactless payments at retailers. It has expanded to offering Apple Pay on the web, Apple Pay transit cards, store loyalty cards and now, student ID cards.
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20 days ago
Google Maps' new commute tab plans every leg of your journey
There's also support for mixed-mode commutes. Those who drive and take public transport will now see more information for each leg of their trip, including traffic delays, train departure times, and walking duration. All of this will be factored into your ETA. You'll also be able to see where your train or bus is in real-time -- so you can spend more time eating breakfast in the morning if it's running late. This feature is rolling out to 80 cities worldwide, with an extra perk for Syndey's denizens (in conjunction with Transport New South Wales) that shows how full your bus or train is.
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21 days ago
Calif. enacts net neutrality law—US gov’t immediately sues to block it [Updated] | Ars Technica
Specifically, the new California state law prohibits Internet service providers from blocking or throttling lawful traffic and from requiring fees from websites or online services to deliver or prioritize their traffic to consumers. The law also bans paid data cap exemptions (so-called "zero-rating") and says that ISPs may not attempt to evade net neutrality protections by slowing down traffic at network interconnection points.
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21 days ago
Feds Force Suspect To Unlock An Apple iPhone X With Their Face
It happened on August 10, when the FBI searched the house of 28-year-old Grant Michalski, a Columbus, Ohio, resident who would later that month be charged with receiving and possessing child pornography. With a search warrant in hand, a federal investigator told Michalski to put his face in front of the phone, which he duly did. That allowed the agent to pick through the suspect's online chats, photos and whatever else he deemed worthy of investigation.
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21 days ago
Use of internet, social media, digital devices plateaus in US | Pew Research Center
A contributing factor behind this slowing growth is that parts of the population have reached near-saturation levels of adoption of some technologies. Put simply, in some instances there just aren’t many non-users left. For example, nine-in-ten or more adults younger than 50 say they go online or own a smartphone. And a similar share of those in higher-income households have laptops or desktops.
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22 days ago
Facebook's Massive Security Breach: Everything We Know | WIRED
The social network says its investigation into the breach began on September 16, when it saw an unusual spike in users accessing Facebook. On September 25, the company’s engineering team discovered that hackers appear to have exploited a series of bugs related to a Facebook feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else. The "View As" feature is designed to allow users to experience how their privacy settings look to another person.
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Estonia sues Gemalto for 152 mln euros over ID card flaws | Reuters
TALLINN, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Estonian police are seeking to recover 152 million euros ($178 mln) in a lawsuit filed on Thursday against digital security firm Gemalto, following a recall last year when security flaws were found in citizen ID cards produced by the firm.
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22 days ago
One Small Step for the Web… – Tim Berners-Lee – Medium
So I have taken a sabbatical from MIT, reduced my day-to-day involvement with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and founded a company called inrupt where I will be guiding the next stage of the web in a very direct way. Inrupt will be the infrastructure allowing Solid to flourish. Its mission is to provide commercial energy and an ecosystem to help protect the integrity and quality of the new web built on Solid.
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22 days ago
The Eternal Life of the Instant Noodle - BBC News
Last year, across the globe, more than 100 billion servings of instant noodles were eaten. That’s more than 13 servings for every person on the planet.
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24 days ago
Facebook says it discovered a security issue, now patched, on September 25 affecting ~50M users that let hackers steal access tokens and take over user accounts
Our investigation is still in its early stages. But it’s clear that attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s code that impacted “View As” a feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else. This allowed them to steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people’s accounts. Access tokens are the equivalent of digital keys that keep people logged in to Facebook so they don’t need to re-enter their password every time they use the app.
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24 days ago
Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information
They found that when a user gives Facebook a phone number for two-factor authentication or in order to receive alerts about new log-ins to a user’s account, that phone number became targetable by an advertiser within a couple of weeks. So users who want their accounts to be more secure are forced to make a privacy trade-off and allow advertisers to more easily find them on the social network. When asked about this, a Facebook spokesperson said that “we use the information people provide to offer a more personalized experience, including showing more relevant ads.” She said users bothered by this can set up two-factor authentication without using their phone numbers; Facebook stopped making a phone number mandatory for two-factor authentication four months ago.
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24 days ago
Skype to move desktop users to version 8 in waves starting in November | Windows Central
The update from version 7 to version 8 allows us to unify the experience of using Skype across all desktop and mobile platforms. Unlike older versions, all version 8 applications are optimized to work in conjunction with our modern, mobile-friendly cloud services architecture, which has allowed us to deliver features such as video messaging and mobile group video calling over the past couple years. With a unified experience and with all applications now no longer having to support legacy architecture, our engineering teams can deliver features and quality improvements to customers much more quickly.
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24 days ago
Teen Apple Hacker Avoids Jail in Australia After Serious Attacks - Bloomberg
An Australian teenager who hacked Apple Inc. systems over several months and downloaded sensitive data avoided a jail term Thursday, as a court heard he was fascinated by the tech giant and found accessing its networks addictive.
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24 days ago
WikiLeaks has a new editor-in-chief because Julian Assange has no internet access - The Verge
Julian Assange has stepped aside as editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, with the group saying his departure was “due to the extraordinary circumstances” of him being unable to communicate with anyone but his lawyers for the last six months. Assange has appointed Kristinn Hrafnsson to replace him. Hrafnsson is an Icelandic journalist who served as WikiLeaks’ spokesperson from 2010 to 2016.
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24 days ago
Google breathes new life into Wear OS smartwatches with today’s update - The Verge
Wear OS 2.1 is a very nice update for existing users, and my understanding is that it should be available via a relatively simple update for nearly all of them. However, it’s not the sort of update that I believe should change your calculations about buying a new watch. It handles the basics much better than before. But I think for most Android users, it’ll be worth waiting to see what a new generation of watches can do before spending your money. And though Wear OS watches work with iPhones, you would have to really like round watches to pick one over an Apple Watch.
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24 days ago
Introducing Cloudflare Registrar: Domain Registration You Can Love
Here's the promise of the Cloudflare Registrar: we'll follow the best possible security practices and offer you the best possible price. What do we mean by that? From the security side, we promise we'll allow you to enable two-factor authentication, we’ll lock your domain registration by default, and automatically enable best-practice security services like DNSSEC.
From the price side it’s even simpler: we promise to never charge you anything more than the wholesale price each TLD charges. That’s true the first year and it’s true every subsequent year. If you register your domain with Cloudflare Registrar you’ll always pay the wholesale price with no markup.
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24 days ago
Apple wins appeal of $234 million patent dispute with university - The Verge
A federal appeals court has ruled in Apple’s favor in a patent dispute with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The court ruling, initially spotted by Reuters, said that that Apple didn’t infringe on one of the university’s patents, overturning a prior ruling in the university’s favor that had fined Apple $234 million. Another $272 million was later added to that fine to account for Apple’s continued use of the patent, but that will presumably be thrown out now that the underlying judgment has been reversed.
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24 days ago
Tesla's Musk pulled plug on settlement with SEC at last minute
The SEC sued Tesla on Thursday, alleging fraud over Musk's tweet on Aug. 7 in which he announced he was planning to take the company private and had "secured funding" for the deal. It would have been the largest such transaction of its kind.
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24 days ago
Exclusive: WhatsApp Cofounder Brian Acton Gives The Inside Story On #DeleteFacebook And Why He Left $850 Million Behind
“At the end of the day, I sold my company,” Acton says. “I sold my users’ privacy to a larger benefit. I made a choice and a compromise. And I live with that every day.”
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26 days ago
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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29 days ago
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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29 days ago
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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29 days ago
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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29 days ago
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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29 days ago
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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29 days ago
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.
29 days ago
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.
29 days ago
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. 
29 days ago
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.
29 days ago
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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