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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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yesterday by leolaporte
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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3 days ago by leolaporte
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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6 days ago by leolaporte
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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7 days ago by leolaporte
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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7 days ago by leolaporte
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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10 days ago by leolaporte
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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10 days ago by leolaporte
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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10 days ago by leolaporte
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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11 days ago by leolaporte
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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11 days ago by leolaporte
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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11 days ago by leolaporte
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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11 days ago by leolaporte
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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11 days ago by leolaporte
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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11 days ago by leolaporte
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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11 days ago by leolaporte
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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12 days ago by leolaporte
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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12 days ago by leolaporte
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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12 days ago by leolaporte
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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12 days ago by leolaporte
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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13 days ago by leolaporte
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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13 days ago by leolaporte
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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13 days ago by leolaporte
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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13 days ago by leolaporte
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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13 days ago by leolaporte
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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13 days ago by leolaporte
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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17 days ago by leolaporte
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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18 days ago by leolaporte
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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18 days ago by leolaporte
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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18 days ago by leolaporte
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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19 days ago by leolaporte
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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20 days ago by leolaporte
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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20 days ago by leolaporte
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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20 days ago by leolaporte
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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21 days ago by leolaporte
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 by leolaporte
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 by leolaporte
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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23 days ago by leolaporte
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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23 days ago by leolaporte
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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23 days ago by leolaporte
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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23 days ago by leolaporte
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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23 days ago by leolaporte
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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23 days ago by leolaporte
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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23 days ago by leolaporte
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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23 days ago by leolaporte
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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25 days ago by leolaporte
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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28 days ago by leolaporte
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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28 days ago by leolaporte
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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28 days ago by leolaporte
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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28 days ago by leolaporte
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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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
Google’s in-house security key is now available - The Verge
Built to the FIDO standard, the Titan keys work as a second factor for a number of services, including Facebook, Dropbox, and Github. But not surprisingly, they’re built particularly for Google account logins, particularly the Advanced Protection Program announced in October. Because the keys verify themselves with a complex handshake rather than a static code, they’re far more resistant to phishing attacks than a conventional confirmation code. The key was initially designed for internal Google use, and has been in active use within the company for more than eight months.
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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
Trump’s economic adviser: ‘We’re taking a look’ at whether Google searches should be regulated - The Washington Post
The controversy Tuesday also illustrates the tricky political terrain that Google and its tech peers now navigate. Regulators and users increasingly demand that Silicon Valley apply a heavier hand in moderating content that appears online to prevent harassment, stop hate speech and ensure civil political discourse. At the same time, those decisions about what to allow, and what to take down, aren’t always obvious — and can create controversy. An decision this month from Facebook, Google-owned YouTube and Twitter to discipline InfoWars, a conspiracy theory site founded by Alex Jones, drew the attention of the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., who tweeted that sites like Breitbart and Daily Caller could be next.
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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
Toyota Investing $500 Million in Uber in Driverless-Car Pact - WSJ
Toyota Motor Corp. TM -0.13% is investing about $500 million in Uber Technologies Inc. as part of an agreement by the companies to work jointly on autonomous vehicles aimed at improving safety and lowering transportation costs.
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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
President Trump Accuses Google of Rigging Search Results Against Him, Calls It 'Very Dangerous'
“Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal?” President Trump tweeted.
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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
Verizon couldn't have restricted Santa Clara County's internet service during the fires under net neutrality
Had the FCC maintained its oversight over broadband, the FPD could have filed a complaint alleging that Verizon’s throttling of its emergency services and doubling of its broadband costs were unjust and unreasonable charges and practices prohibited by Title II. But the repeal made that option impossible.
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8 weeks ago by leolaporte
Epic's first Fortnite Installer allowed hackers to download and install anything on your Android phone silently | Android Central
Google has just publicly disclosed that it discovered an extremely serious vulnerability in Epic's first Fortnite installer for Android that allowed any app on your phone to download and install anything in the background, including apps with full permissions granted, without the user's knowledge. Google's security team first disclosed the vulnerability privately to Epic Games on August 15, and has since released the information publicly following confirmation from Epic that the vulnerability was patched.
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8 weeks ago by leolaporte
Tech Companies Are Gathering For A Secret Meeting To Prepare A 2018 Election Strategy
The meeting, the Facebook official wrote, will have a three-part agenda: each company will present the work they’ve been doing to counter information operations; there will be a discussion period for problems each company faces; and a talk about whether such a meeting should become a regular occurrence.
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8 weeks ago by leolaporte
Android Sucks 10X More of Your Private Data Than iPhone
The research, Schmidt claims in his paper, focused on the passive ways. He intercepted and analyzed all the traffic going to Google servers, analyzing Google’s My Activity and Takeout tools, and the company’s privacy policies, as well as third-party research on Google’s data collection activities.
The results look pretty damning. One data point: Chrome on Android is sending data back to the Mountain View mothership at a rate of almost 50 times as much as Safari on iPhone.
His research final conclusions are not surprising.
“[Google is] able to collect user data through a variety of techniques that may not be easily graspable by a general user,” Schmidt pointed out. “A major part of Google’s data collection occurs while a user is not directly engaged with any of its products. The magnitude of such collection is significant, especially on Android mobile devices.”
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8 weeks ago by leolaporte
Exclusive: A Ukrainian black market dealer is responsible for recent flood of Pixel 3 XL leaks | 9to5Google
9to5Google has learned that many of the leaks in recent weeks have come thanks to one Ukrainian seller, offering a large number of possibly stolen Pixel 3 XL units for $2,000 each.

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

Nothing in the trademark filing specifies the kind of audio being accessed, but a Google representative said the focus of the app was on spoken word content. There is little public information about the app, although Google has played with smart captioning, translation, and other AI-assisted features in previous podcast products.
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8 weeks ago by leolaporte
Verizon throttled fire department’s “unlimited” data during Calif. wildfire | Ars Technica
Verizon Wireless' throttling of a fire department that uses its data services has been submitted as evidence in a lawsuit that seeks to reinstate federal net neutrality rules.

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

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

The Associated Press reports Google apps can collect data even when users have turned off location services on their phones, so the potential number of people covered by the warrant was vast. Still, without knowing whom the warrant was seeking or whether the suspect even used a Google device, a federal judge signed it on March 30.
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‘Minecraft: Education Edition’ comes to iPad, as education features expand to mainstream version of game – GeekWire
At the same time, Microsoft is drawing attention to features initially developed only for Education Edition that have started crossing over to consumer Minecraft. The first is the Chemistry Resource Pack, which was announced for schools in January and uses game-based learning to introduce chemistry concepts. It features a full periodic table and a compounding table, similar to Minecraft’s crafting table.
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How Facebook -- yes, Facebook -- might make MRIs faster
Computer scientists at Facebook (FB) think they can use machine learning to make things a lot faster. To that end, NYU is providing an anonymous dataset of 10,000 MRI exams, a trove that will include as many as three million images of knees, brains and livers.
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Netflix, Hulu, Amazon miss out on money as Millennials share passwords
Hill and Magid said 35 percent of millennials share passwords for streaming services. That's compared with 19 percent of Generation X subscribers and 13 percent of Baby Boomers. Take those password-sharing rates, the tens of millions of paying subscribers for various services and the monthly subscription cost of a service like Netflix, and that can add up to hundreds of millions of dollars in potential revenue that streaming companies aren't booking.
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New Russian Hacking Targeted Republican Groups, Microsoft Says - The New York Times
In a report scheduled for release on Tuesday, Microsoft Corporation said that it detected and seized websites that were created in recent weeks by hackers linked to the Russian unit formerly known as the G.R.U. The sites appeared meant to trick people into thinking they were clicking through links managed by the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute, but were secretly redirected to web pages created by the hackers to steal passwords and other credentials.
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Arm Unveils Client CPU Performance Roadmap Through 2020 - Taking Intel Head On
The A76 being a 2018 product – and we should be hearing more on the first commercial devices on 7nm towards the end of the year and coming months, Deimos is its 2019 successor aiming at more wide-spread 7nm adoption. Hercules is said to be the next iteration of the microarchitecture for 2020 products and the first 5nm implementations. This is as far as Arm is willing to project in the future for today’s disclosure, as the Sophia team is working on the next big microarchitecture push, which I suspect will be the successor to Hercules in 2021.
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Australians who won’t unlock their phones could face 10 years in jail – Naked Security
The Australian government wants to force companies to help it get at suspected criminals’ data. If they can’t, it would jail people for up to a decade if they refuse to unlock their phones.

The country’s Assistance and Access Bill, introduced this week for public consultation, strengthens the penalties for people who refuse to unlock their phones for the police. Under Australia’s existing Crimes Act, judges could jail a person for two years for not handing over their data. The proposed Bill extends that to up to ten years, arguing that the existing penalty wasn’t strong enough.
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World's smallest transistor switches current with a single atom in solid state
(Nanowerk News) At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), physicist Professor Thomas Schimmel and his team have developed a single-atom transistor, the smallest transistor worldwide. This quantum electronics component switches electrical current by controlled repositioning of a single atom, now also in the solid state in a gel electrolyte. The single-atom transistor works at room temperature and consumes very little energy, which opens up entirely new perspectives for information technology.
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Exclusive: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger - sources | Reuters
The previously unreported case in a federal court in California is proceeding under seal, so no filings are publicly available, but the three people told Reuters that Facebook is contesting the U.S. Department of Justice’s demand.

The judge in the Messenger case heard arguments on Tuesday on a government motion to hold Facebook in contempt of court for refusing to carry out the surveillance request, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
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Chinese spies force US-based Uighurs into "voluntary" surveillance by threatening their families in China / Boing Boing
US-based Uighur immigrants report that they have been contacted by their family-members in China, who ask them to submit scans of their ID, their car license plate numbers, bank card numbers, and phone number, with the implied threat that the family members will face reprisals in China if they don't cooperate.
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What Will Happen When China Dominates the Web
Chinese President Xi Jinping has outlined his plans to turn China into a “cyber-superpower.” Already, more people in China have access to the Internet than in any other country, but Xi has grander plans. Through domestic regulations, technological innovation, and foreign policy, China aims to build an “impregnable” cyberdefense system, give itself a greater voice in Internet governance, foster more world-class companies, and lead the globe in advanced technologies.
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Alexa Display Devices Replay Smart Home Security Camera Video Feeds | Digital Trends
If you are a developer or are working with the Alexa Skills Kit, you have to use the Smart Home Skill API V3 (version 3). The V3 authentication model gives your skills the ability to send asynchronous events to Alexa.
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