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Twitter pauses account verifications after critics slam it for verifying Charlottesville rally organizer | TechCrunch
The blue check isn't always a reward - sometimes it's a warning: "Twitter today announced it’s pausing all account verifications – the process that gives public figures on Twitter a blue checkmark next to their names – while it tries to resolve “confusion” around what it means to be verified, the company says. The move comes shortly after a wave of criticism directed against the social network for verifying the account belonging to Jason Kessler, the organizer of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August that left one person dead."
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Sean Parker unloads on Facebook "exploiting" human weakness
"And that means that we need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever. And that's going to get you to contribute more content, and that's going to get you ... more likes and comments."
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Gamification of personal interaction degrades human health
This is my exit interview from social media. Some of these “services” I abandoned years ago. Others I am still struggling to avoid. From experience, I assume that you, reader, will make it impossible for me to remain ignorant of developments WRT: all of this garbage. What all of this garbage has in common is that it has all lately proven to be surplus to requirements, and soon I will never voluntarily use any of it ever again.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Paradise Papers: Dear Tim Cook
Public filings reveal that between 2010 and 2017, on average, Apple generated two-thirds of its profits outside the U.S. Evidently, it earned $41.1 billion in 2016 and $44.7 billion in 2017. What these filings also show is that since 2010, Apple’s foreign-earned income has been taxed at a rate of between 1 and 7 percent. Mr. Cook, do you believe this comports with the “moral responsibility” you have advocated? Such “tax optimization” – albeit legal – is only possible because specialized law firms such as Appleby devise complex company structures inaccessible to most other firms. Skilled workers, small business owners and employees in most countries outside the U.S., many of whom surely use Apple products, don’t have the means to shirk ordinary taxes.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
What happens when a company kills a cloud IoT device? Logitech kills Harmony Link.
I received an email today stating that my Harmony Link will no longer work after March 2018.  Can someone please confirm whether it will actually cease to function, or will it just no longer be supported?  The message in the email sounds like Logitech will brick my Link and force me to purchase a new hub.  There is nothing wrong with my link as of now, and I only use it to control a stereo I use for whole-house audio.  Please confirm that my link will NOT be bricked and remain functional after March 2018.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Flying cars, coming to LA in 2020? Can't wait for the first high-speed chase.
Uber’s “flying car” project Elevate came whizzing back into view today with a number of key announcements about where it will first appear, who will be working on it, and how this futuristic service will look when it ultimately takes off.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Should snapchat be easier to use? Kids say no, oldsters say "what?"
And it sounds like whatever’s on the way is far bigger than just some minor user experience tweaks. Spiegel says that “there is a strong likelihood that the redesign of our application will be disruptive to our business in the short term, and we don’t yet know how the behavior of our community will change when they begin to use our updated application.” His full statement on the new app follows below:
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Apple's 2020 vision
Unlike the current generation of virtual reality headsets that use a smartphone as the engine and screen, Apple’s device will have its own display and run on a new chip and operating system, according to people familiar with the situation. The development timeline is very aggressive and could still change, said the people, who requested anonymity to speak freely about a private matter.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
I can run Windows apps on my Chromebook? Nice
CrossOver by CodeWeavers has been available for Mac and Linux for years, allowing users of those operating systems to run some Windows programs without a copy of Windows. It does this by utilizing Wine, an open-source Windows compatibility layer for Unix-based operating systems (CodeWeavers is one of the main contributors to Wine's codebase).
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You've Ever Met
You might assume Facebook’s friend recommendations would work the same way: You tell the social network who you are, and it tells you who you might know in the online world. But Facebook’s machinery operates on a scale far beyond normal human interactions. And the results of its People You May Know algorithm are anything but obvious. In the months I’ve been writing about PYMK, as Facebook calls it, I’ve heard more than a hundred bewildering anecdotes:
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Texas church shooting: Gunman's cellphone is locked - CBS News
"With the advance of technology, and the phones, and the encryption, law enforcement at the state, local or federal level is increasingly unable to get into phones," Combs said. "I'm not going to say what kind of phone it is, I'm not going to tell every bad guy what phone to buy to harass our efforts to try to find justice here."
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Waymo now testing its self-driving cars on public roads with no one at the wheel | TechCrunch
Waymo recently hosted a number of journalists at its private Castle testing compound, and treated us to rides with no safety driver behind the wheel – now, the former Google self-driving car company is going farther still, however, launching public road tests of its autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans with no safety driver on board.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Las Vegas is expanding its self-driving shuttle experiment - The Verge
The city of Las Vegas is expanding its experiment with autonomous technology, offering members of the public free rides on a self-driving shuttle bus making stops in the city’s congested downtown. The shuttle will only make three stops on its 0.6-mile loop, but its operators are calling it “the largest self-driving pilot project in the US.”
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Google Pixel 2 XL adds new display profiles, UI changes to address burn-in in latest update | Android Central
The latest update is also making changes to other display aspects, focused on limiting the amount of burn-in the Pixel 2 XL's display suffers from. These changes include a small reduction in the maximum screen brightness, as well as a navigation bar that now fades out after periods of inactivity. Both of these changes were previously included in the Android 8.1 Developer Preview, but it's great to see Google already implementing them in stable builds. The hope is that together these changes will reduce the strain on the screen and keep it from deteriorating faster than usual.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
The weird (and disturbing) world of algorithmically generated YouTube Kids videos
But as with Toy Freaks, what is concerning to me about the Peppa videos is how the obvious parodies and even the shadier knock-offs interact with the legions of algorithmic content producers until it is completely impossible to know what is going on. (“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”)
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
SCOTUS says Apple owns "slide to unlock" and Samsung has to pay
In October 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reinstated Apple's award after a lower court found Samsung to have infringed upon several popular iPhone features, including slide-to-unlock and autocorrect.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
What's next, cats and dogs sleeping together? Intel and AMD team up: A future Core chip will have Radeon graphics inside | PCWorld
Executives from both AMD and Intel told PCWorld that the combined AMD-Intel chip will be an “evolution” of Intel’s 8th-generation, H-series Core chips, with the ability to power-manage the entire module to preserve battery life. It’s scheduled to ship as early as the first quarter of 2018. 

Though both companies helped engineer the new chip, this is Intel’s project—Intel first approached AMD, both companies confirmed. AMD, for its part, is treating the Radeon core as a single, semi-custom design, in the same vein as the chips it supplies to consoles like the Microsoft Xbox One X and Sony Playstation 4. Some specifics, though, remain undisclosed: Intel refers to it as a single product, though it seems possible that it could eventually be offered at a range of clock speeds.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Mine bitcoin AND heat your home. It's a win-win!
Bitcoin transactions require a lot of processing power, which creates a lot of heat. So Ilya Frolov and Dmitry Tolmachyov built a wooden cottage in the Russian Siberian town of Irkutsk, and they’re heating it with two bitcoin mines. The men pocket about $430 a month from bitcoin transactions, while keeping the 20 square meter space warm.
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6 weeks ago by leolaporte
GoPro will replace the original Hero Session with a new entry-level camera in 2018 - The Verge
Mission accomplished. The company announced yesterday that the third quarter of 2017 was its first profitable quarter in exactly two years. After bogging itself down with a heavy push into content creation and marketing, a confusing set of competing cameras at the low end of its own camera lineup, and unchecked growth, the camera company pulled itself out of the red and wrung $14 million in profit out of $330 million worth of quarterly revenue.
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6 weeks ago by leolaporte
Inside The Great Poop Emoji Feud
According to public consortium documents, Unicode, the technical organization in charge of selecting and overseeing emojis, is embroiled in a fierce debate over a series of proposed emojis, including, but not limited to, “Frowning Pile Of Poo” and “Sliced Bagel.” The heated discussions are the latest in a long-simmering dispute over the future of the 24-year-old organization, which has been — somewhat unexpectedly — tasked with governing what some see as the first digital universal language.
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6 weeks ago by leolaporte
Bitcoin is an energy nightmare
An index from cryptocurrency analyst Alex de Vries, aka Digiconomist, estimates that with prices the way they are now, it would be profitable for Bitcoin miners to burn through over 24 terawatt-hours of electricity annually as they compete to solve increasingly difficult cryptographic puzzles to "mine" more Bitcoins. That's about as much as Nigeria, a country of 186 million people, uses in a year.
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6 weeks ago by leolaporte
T-Mobile, Sprint Working to Salvage Merger - WSJ
T-Mobile made a revised offer, which Sprint is considering, some of the people said. Terms of the new offer were unclear. The two sides could reach a deal within weeks, the people said, but the two companies could still fail to agree on deal terms.
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6 weeks ago by leolaporte
Google turns to BLE to speed up paring on Android phones
Today we're announcing Fast Pair, a hassle-free process to pair your Bluetooth devices on all supported Android devices running Google Play services 11.7+ with compatibility back to Marshmallow (Android 6.0). Fast Pair makes discovery & pairing of Bluetooth devices easy and is currently rolling out to Android 6.0+ devices. You can try this out with Google Pixel Buds or Libratone's Q Adapt On-Ear, and soon on Plantronics Voyager 8200 series wireless headsets.
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6 weeks ago by leolaporte
Why is Apple putting all my bra pix in a folder? (asking for a friend)
It's already well known that iOS 11 included some advanced updates to the phone's artificial intelligence, and this includes improving the photo app's ability to identify and categorize what is in each of your photos. There are thousands of objects the phone can identify, ranging from "abacus" to "zucchini." Weirdly, despite not having categories for, say, "nude," or "underwear," there are multiple categories for bra: brassiere, bandeau, bandeaus, bra, bras, and brassieres.
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6 weeks ago by leolaporte
Verizon got the feds to drop privacy protections, now they want to force the states to do the same.
Verizon was one of several giant ISPs that paid lobbied the GOP and Trump administration to gut consumer broadband privacy rules earlier this year. Lawmakers admitted they utilized the public's focus on losing health care to quickly dismantle the rules, which would have required ISPs be more transparent about what personal data is collected and sold, and provide working opt out tools for those interested in privacy. The rules were crafted after Verizon was caught covertly tracking users around the internet and AT&T tried to make privacy a luxury option for an additional fee.
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6 weeks ago by leolaporte
What's all this about not enough nickels?
Reuters and Bloomberg both have stories out today on the metals and, as Reuters reports, while demand for nickel keeps increasing, half the world’s nickel supply is too low in quality to use for car batteries.

All of which is going to have seismic effect on the world’s suppliers. In short: There will be winners and losers, and the winners will be the ones with the highest-grade stuff—not unlike, I suppose, the illicit drugs market.
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6 weeks ago by leolaporte
Looks like the Wall St Journal is also butthurt about Apple's unusual iPhone X review regimen
“Unless Apple felt like there would be some bad elements in the reviews, why would you hold back?” Mr. Dawson asked. “Why would you be selective about who gets it first?
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6 weeks ago by leolaporte
Sadly "Immersive reading" (Audible + Text) is switched off on the Kindle Oasis
Bizarrely, the Oasis does not support immersion reading. You can read your book, or you can have the Kindle read to you through your Bluetooth speakers, but you can’t do both. Tap the “switch to listening” button in the top menu and the Oasis switches to a static page showing the time left in the chapter, a grayscale picture of the cover, and various audio controls. On one hand, immersion reading likely accounts for a tiny fraction of the books consumed on Kindles — primarily because doing so requires buying the e-book and the audiobook separately. On the other hand, it’s exactly the kind of serious-reader feature that the Oasis is seemingly built to support. The fact that the free Kindle app on my iPhone allows for more immersive reading than a $250 reading machine feels deeply unfortunate.
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6 weeks ago by leolaporte
Facebook says 126 million people in the U.S. may have seen posts produced by Russian-government-backed agents - Recode
At Facebook, roughly 126 million users in the United States may have seen posts, stories or other content created by Russian government-backed trolls around Election Day, according to a source familiar with the company’s forthcoming testimony to Congress. Previously, Facebook had only shared information on ads purchased by Kremlin-tied accounts, revealing that they reached more than 10 million U.S. users.
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6 weeks ago by leolaporte
California wildfires also destroyed the papers of Hewlett and Packard
According to the Press Democrat, the wildfire blazed a trail through the Fountaingrove headquarters of Keysight Technologies, a spinoff of HP spinoff Agilent Technologies, and burned down a modular structure where the personal and business papers of late HP co-founders William Hewlett and David Packard were stored. Appraisers had estimated the documents were worth up to $2 million in 2005; former HP staff archivist Karen Lewis told the paper that the archives had previously been kept in special, flame retardant-lined vaults.
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6 weeks ago by leolaporte
Google CEO Promises to Fix Cheeseburger Emoji | Time.com
Responding to criticism about the placement of cheese on Google's version of the cheeseburger emoji, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that he would take a look at the issue immediately.
"Will drop everything else we are doing and address on Monday :) if folks can agree on the correct way to do this!" Pichai tweeted.
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6 weeks ago by leolaporte
Artificial Intelligence Beats Google's reCAPTCHA
Vicarious says the key to its success was modeling RCN after the human brain's visual system. The company explains that RCN's artificial neurons are structured in a way that supports the generation of models that can quickly identify surfaces and contours to help it recognize images and objects given just a few examples.

These findings suggest "text-based CAPTCHAs are becoming obsolete," George says. He notes that Google and others are already moving away from text-based CAPTCHAs toward new verification mechanisms, such as relying on image-based CAPTCHAs.
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6 weeks ago by leolaporte
WhatApp allows message recall, but does this make it more secure?
Message recalls have been rumored on WhatsApp for months now and every couple of weeks, we got a glimpse of the functionality in a beta version but it was always a false alert and never properly worked. Now the option appears to be going live, with a slow rollout to more and more users.
Message deletion for all, i.e. message recalls, lets you remove a message you sent from a conversation and it won't just disappear from your end, it'll also go away on the recipient(s)'s phone. That can be handy if you sent something to someone by mistake, you made a typo, or you regretted saying something, and so on. I'm sure you're smart enough to figure out other uses for this, cough cough.
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6 weeks ago by leolaporte
Should you protect property rights in augmented reality?
A new batch of apps that allow users to create hidden graffiti using AR raises an important question about who is legally allowed to “tag” a place. Physical graffiti itself is illegal without the permission of a property owner, but what about virtual graffiti? If not immediately viewable by the public, how big a crime is it? If it is just for a group of friends, or patrons, or other groups, is it an intrusion on the property? At some point, the answer is probably yes. When a space becomes “public” is in fact defined by law (thought not yet in MR). However, Yelp reviews of a particular “place” have been perfectly acceptable up to now, suggesting some general societal tolerance for open commenting on private places.
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6 weeks ago by leolaporte
Update on Our Advertising Transparency and Authenticity Efforts | Facebook Newsroom
Starting next month, people will be able to click “View Ads” on a Page and view ads a Page is running on Facebook, Instagram and Messenger — whether or not the person viewing is in the intended target audience for the ad. All Pages will be part of this effort, and we will require that all ads be associated with a Page as part of the ad creation process. We will start this test in Canada and roll it out to the US by this summer, ahead of the US midterm elections in November, as well as broadly to all other countries around the same time.
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6 weeks ago by leolaporte
How Floyd Mayweather Helped Two Young Guys From Miami Get Rich - The New York Times
Centra was one of the 270 or so I.C.O.s that have raised more than $3.2 billion this year, a 3,000 percent jump from last year’s total, according to data from Tokendata.io, which tracks coin offerings. Investors have been willing to pay real money for these virtual tokens because they hope their value will go up as fast as the price of Bitcoin, the best-known digital currency, has in recent months.
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6 weeks ago by leolaporte
Meet Alexa your new pharmacist
According to a review of records by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Amazon has received approval for wholesale pharmacy licenses in at least 12 states, including Nevada, Arizona, North Dakota, Louisiana, Alabama, New Jersey, Michigan, Connecticut, Idaho, New Hampshire, Oregon and Tennessee.
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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
Alphabet shares pop after earnings beat. Or something
Alphabet reported third-quarter earnings that topped analysts' expectations on Thursday and revenue that exceeded estimates. Share prices passed $1,020 in after-hours trading — surpassing the all-time intraday high of $1,016.31 set during the regular session on Oct. 18.
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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
Big jump in number of people who watch YouTube on their TVs
The video service says viewers are watching 100 million hours of its clips a day on actual television sets.

And it says that number has shot up 70 percent in the last year.
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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
Amazon Key lets couriers deliver packages inside your home - CNET
Amazon Key works with the company's new Cloud Cam security camera, a smart door lock and the new Key app. It will be available only for Prime members. Besides deliveries, the service can be used to let in guests and, in the coming months, will let customers schedule in-home visits from tens of thousands of local businesses on Amazon Home Services, including house cleaners and dog walkers.
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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
DxO buys the Nik Collection to save it from an untimely demise | TechCrunch
DxO will let the Nik Collection remain free for now while working on a new version to launch in 2018. The set of Lightroom and Photoshop plugins was once priced around $500, but Google eventually dropped the price to free after picking it up along with the powerful mobile photo editing tool Snapseed in 2012.
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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
Twitter dumps RT and Sputnik Advertising
Twitter has made the policy decision to off-board advertising from all accounts owned by Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik, effective immediately. This decision was based on the retrospective work we've been doing around the 2016 U.S. election and the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that both RT and Sputnik attempted to interfere with the election on behalf of the Russian government. We did not come to this decision lightly, and are taking this step now as part of our ongoing commitment to help protect the integrity of the user experience on Twitter.
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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
Joseph Stiglitz says America Has a Monopoly Problem
But if we begin with the obvious, opposite hypothesis—that what we see in our daily life is true, that our economy is marked in industry after industry by large concentrations of market power—then we can begin to simultaneously understand much of what is going on.
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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
Publishers might have to start paying Facebook if they want anyone to see their stories - Recode
As part of a new test in six countries, Facebook is taking content from publishers and businesses out of its main feed. Instead, those posts will exist in a separate, hard-to-find feed that Facebook recently launched for discovering new stuff, called the “Explore Feed.”
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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
26 billion app downloads for $17B revenues so far THIS YEAR!
App downloads and revenue hit record levels in the third quarter of 2017, according to a new report out this morning from App Annie. Downloads across the two major app stores, Apple’s App Store and Google Play, reached nearly 26 billion worldwide – up 8 percent over the same time last year. That figure doesn’t include reinstalls or app updates, only new downloads. In other words, it paints a picture of the app economy’s true growth, rather than including downloads from people who were just grabbing a new version of an existing app, or re-downloading an app they had previously installed.
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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
Kaspersky agrees to source code audits
RESPONDING TO U.S. government suggestions that its antivirus software has been used for surveillance of customers, Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab is launching what it’s calling a transparency initiative to allow independent third parties to review its source code and business practices and to assure the information security community that it can be trusted.
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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
Samsung's Bixby, now smarter, arrives on fridges - CNET
Samsung on Wednesday said the second generation of its Bixby digital assistant will be coming to its various non-mobile devices including its smart TVs in the US and Korea in 2018, as well as its Family Hub refrigerator. Bixby 2.0, Samsung's answer to the likes of Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa, is smarter than its first version, with deep-linking capabilities and improved natural language capabilities. It can better recognize individual users and better predict peoples' needs. 
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8 weeks ago by leolaporte
Netflix plans to use its recent price hikes to invest $8 billion in original films and anime | Alphr
Netflix has said it will be increasing its yearly spend to a cheek-slapping $8 billion (£6.2 billion) in 2018, as part of a larger push to have 50% of its library be originally produced content.
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8 weeks ago by leolaporte
The Pixel 2's images look good thanks to custom silicon
One thing that Google left unannounced during its Pixel 2 launch event on October 4th is being revealed today: it’s called the Pixel Visual Core, and it is Google’s first custom system-on-a-chip (SOC) for consumer products. You can think of it as a very scaled-down and simplified, purpose-built version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, Samsung’s Exynos, or Apple’s A series chips. The purpose in this case? Accelerating the HDR+ camera magic that makes Pixel photos so uniquely superior to everything else on the mobile market. Google plans to use the Pixel Visual Core to make image processing on its smartphones much smoother and faster, but not only that, the Mountain View also plans to use it to open up HDR+ to third-party camera apps.
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8 weeks ago by leolaporte
Essential Is Getting Sued For Allegedly Stealing Wireless Connector Technology
According to the lawsuit, Keyssa and Essential engaged in conversations in which the wireless tech company “divulged to Essential proprietary technology enabling every facet of Keyssa’s wireless connectivity,” all of which was protected under a non-disclosure agreement. More specifically, the lawsuit alleges that Keyssa “deployed a team 20 of its top engineers and scientists” to educate Essential on its proprietary tech, sending them “many thousands of confidential emails, hundreds of confidential technical documents, and dozens of confidential presentations.”
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8 weeks ago by leolaporte
SCOTUS agrees to hear DOJ vs. Microsoft
The justices will review a federal appeals ruling that the Trump administration says has become a major obstacle in criminal probes. Already, Google Inc. and Yahoo, acquired by Verizon Communications Inc., have stopped complying with search warrants for emails and other user data stored outside the country, the Justice Department said.
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8 weeks ago by leolaporte
Infineon, weakening RSA keys since 2012
The weakness allows attackers to calculate the private portion of any vulnerable key using nothing more than the corresponding public portion. Hackers can then use the private key to impersonate key owners, decrypt sensitive data, sneak malicious code into digitally signed software, and bypass protections that prevent accessing or tampering with stolen PCs. The five-year-old flaw is also troubling because it's located in code that complies with two internationally recognized security certification standards that are binding on many governments, contractors, and companies around the world. The code library was developed by German chipmaker Infineon and has been generating weak keys since 2012 at the latest.
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8 weeks ago by leolaporte
Looking forward to Security Now tomorrow - meanwhile turning on my VPN
"Although websites or apps may use HTTPS as an additional layer of protection, we warn that this extra protection can (still) be bypassed in a worrying number of situations," the researchers explained. "For example, HTTPS was previously bypassed in non-browser software, in Apple's iOS and OS X, in Android apps, in Android apps again, in banking apps, and even in VPN apps."
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8 weeks ago by leolaporte
OnePlus vows to stop collecting data from OxygenOS devices - Neowin
"By the end of October, all OnePlus phones running OxygenOS will have a prompt in the setup wizard that asks users if they want to join our user experience program. The setup wizard will clearly indicate that the program collects usage analytics. In addition, we will include a terms of service agreement that further explains our analytics collection. We would also like to share we will no longer be collecting telephone numbers, MAC Addresses and WiFi information."
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8 weeks ago by leolaporte
Humble Bundle has been acquired by IGN
Humble grew out of a bundle of indie games sold to raise money for charity in 2010, and in the seven years since it has raised over $100 million for charity. In a conversation today with Gamasutra, Humble cofounder John Graham and IGN executive VP Mitch Galbraith reiterated that IGN does not intend to change the way Humble does business.
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9 weeks ago by leolaporte
Welcome to the Wild West cyber style
The Active Cyber Defence Certainty (ACDC) Act allows individuals and companies to hack hackers if the goal is to disrupt, monitor or attribute the attack or destroy stolen files. 
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9 weeks ago by leolaporte
The Real Reason Twitter Restricted Rose McGowan's Account Instead Of Just Deleting One Tweet
Some observers feel the company should rethink its trust and safety system. “What would Twitter have to lose in completely blowing up their whole approach to trust and safety?” a former Twitter employee told BuzzFeed News. “It’s not more transparency, it’s the fucking rules. The interpretation of the rules and clarity of the rules. I don't see what the company would have to lose at this point by completely redrafting the policy."
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9 weeks ago by leolaporte
Could Equifax get any worse. Actually, yes.
Earlier on Thursday, Ars Technica reported that security analyst Randy Abrams was prompted to download fraudulent Adobe Flash updates when he visited the Equifax website to contest his credit report. Abrams determined that when those updates were clicked, adware would infect a visitor's computer. Abrams also encountered those links during at least three subsequent visits, according to Ars Technica.
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9 weeks ago by leolaporte
Facebook’s ‘Order Food’ feature officially launches across the U.S. | TechCrunch
Facebook today formally announced its new feature that allows users to order food from local restaurants using its app. Instead of competing directly with other food ordering services, Facebook is partnering with several industry players on this effort, including EatStreet, Delivery.com, DoorDash, ChowNow, Olo, Zuppler, and Slice. It’s also working with restaurant chains directly, like Jack in the Box, Five Guys, Papa John’s, Wingstop, TGI Friday’s, Denny’s, El Pollo Loco, Chipotle, Jimmy John’s, and Panera.
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9 weeks ago by leolaporte
Zuckerberg apologizes for his tone-deaf VR cartoon tour of Puerto Rico devastation | TechCrunch
“When you’re in VR yourself, the surroundings feel quite real. But that sense of empathy doesn’t extend well to people watching you as a virtual character on a 2D screen. That’s something we’ll need to work on over time,” Zuckerberg said in another comment he left.
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9 weeks ago by leolaporte
How Facebook ads helped elect Trump, from the Trump Campaign's digital director
So now Facebook lets you get to…15 people in the Florida Panhandle that I would never buy a TV commercial for," says Parscale.  And people anywhere could be targeted with the messages they cared about. "Infrastructure…so I started making ads that showed the bridge crumbling…that's micro targeting…I can find the 1,500 people in one town that care about infrastructure. Now, that might be a voter that normally votes Democrat," he says. Parscale says the campaign would average 50-60,000 different ad versions every day, some days peaking at 100,000 separate iterations – changing design, colors, backgrounds and words – all in an effort to refine ads and engage users.
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9 weeks ago by leolaporte
Facebook CSO says press doesn't understand how hard it is to prevent voter manipulation
“I am seeing a ton of coverage of our recent issues driven by stereotypes of our employees and attacks against fantasy, strawman tech cos” wrote Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos on Saturday in a reeling tweetstorm. He claims journalists misunderstand the complexity of attacking fake news, deride Facebook for thinking algorithms are neutral when the company knows they aren’t, and encourages reporters to talk to engineers who actually deal with these problems and their consequences.
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9 weeks ago by leolaporte
The guy who created the like button now says it's dangerously addictive
A decade after he stayed up all night coding a prototype of what was then called an “awesome” button, Rosenstein belongs to a small but growing band of Silicon Valley heretics who complain about the rise of the so-called “attention economy”: an internet shaped around the demands of an advertising economy.
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9 weeks ago by leolaporte
Wasn't this what Microsoft used to do?
MOUNTAIN VIEW — In an explosive new allegation, a renowned architect has accused Google of racketeering, saying in a lawsuit the company has a pattern of stealing trade secrets from people it first invites to collaborate.
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9 weeks ago by leolaporte
California deals a blow to taxis, says fingerprints are unnecessary for Lyft and Uber drivers
For one thing, people who submit fingerprints via the popular Live Scan service aren’t required to show photo ID, the commission wrote. And criminal records, even those attached to a fingerprint, are only as accurate and up-to-date as the information provided by local courts and law enforcement agencies. When there are errors in those records, requiring a fingerprint can actually exacerbate those resulting delays, the commission wrote.
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9 weeks ago by leolaporte
Danny Sullivan is the new Matt Cutts
My title is still being determined, but the position will be to serve as a sort of public liaison for search. The goal is to increase the connection between those at Google who work hard on search each day and the public that depends on Google for answers. I’ll be educating the public about how search works. I’ll be exploring and explaining issues that may arise. I’ll be looking at ways to take in feedback and work for solutions to improve search going forward.
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10 weeks ago by leolaporte
Google's long term plans for Pixel
While Osterloh expects the Pixel to "become big, meaningful business for the company over time," right now his benchmark isn't sales, it's "consumer satisfaction and user experience.” So I ask: what about five years out? "We don't want it to be a niche thing," Osterloh says. "We hope to be selling products in high volumes in five years."
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10 weeks ago by leolaporte
Apple and Qualcomm’s Billion-Dollar War Over an $18 Part - Bloomberg
In addition to selling modems and other chips, Qualcomm has amassed a portfolio of more than 130,000 patents covering, among other things, the key technologies that allow phones to send and receive data. If you want to sell a phone capable of connecting to the internet at high speeds, you need a license from Qualcomm. The company charges a royalty of as much as 5 percent of the average selling price of the phone, which can come to more than $30 per device.
Qualcomm says its pricing scheme is fair, and, seen from a certain angle, it is. Thirty bucks, after all, is a small price to pay for the ability to pull data straight out of the sky. Cell phone manufacturers refer to it as “the Qualcomm tax,” and the practice has been investigated by regulators in China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, the European Union, and the U.S. A few phone makers, including Nokia OYJ and Ericsson AB, have unsuccessfully taken Qualcomm to court. The rest have simply tried to negotiate volume discounts.
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10 weeks ago by leolaporte
Facebook tries fighting fake news with publisher info button on links | TechCrunch
Facebook thinks showing Wikipedia entries about publishers and additional Related Articles will give users more context about the links they see. So today it’s beginning a test of a new “i” button on News Feed links that opens up an informational panel. “People have told us that they want more information about what they’re reading” Facebook product manager Sara Su tells TechCrunch. “They want better tools to help them understand if an article is from a publisher they trust and evaluate if the story itself is credible.”
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10 weeks ago by leolaporte
Patel explains why the loss of the headphone jack is bad for everyone but Apple
Third-party vendors like Shure and Bose should be scared out of their minds: they will never get the system-level access they need to compete with platform owners. Pebble failed as a smartwatch in part because it didn’t have enough access to the operating system to do things the Apple Watch and Android Wear can do, like reply to text messages. That future is coming for your favorite headphone company. How does a Skullcandy or a Bowers & Wilkins compete when they’re relegated to second-class connectivity and feature sets? Why would any rational consumer buy anything but the wireless headphones guaranteed to work best with their phones?
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10 weeks ago by leolaporte
A Pre-History of Slashdot on its 20th Birthday – freeCodeCamp
Within a few days of DNS registration, Slashdot.org was live. I quickly added polls to answer urgent questions like “How many shots should Kurt drink”. While he suffered the results of these polls, I would tail -f on the access_log and the residents of the so-called Geek House would boggle as names like ‘mit.edu’ and ‘microsoft.com’ streamed forward faster than we could read.
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10 weeks ago by leolaporte
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