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Amazon's $99 Prime problem

Amazon is in a pickle.<p>It would probably like to raise the fee on its popular Prime membership to offset its skyrocketing shipping costs. That fee, though, already stands at $99 a year, meaning an increase of just a buck would push membership to the psychologically important $100 barrier.<p>Here's the …

eCommerce

Google is making it easier for anyone to design beautiful apps

New collaboration tools for designers embrace the Material Design philosophy<p>Google is launching a new suite of tools meant to make it easier for designers and app makers to collaborate. It’s partially an expansion of Google’s Material Design efforts, which launched two years ago as a way to rethink …

Dyn, the victim of last week’s denial of service attack, said it was orchestrated using a weapon called the Mirai botnet as the ‘primary source of malicious attack’<p>The cyber-attack that brought down much of America’s internet last week was caused by a new weapon called the Mirai botnet and was …

Cybersecurity

Massive cyberattack turned ordinary devices into weapons

A cyberattack that took down large swaths of the internet around the world on Friday was carried out, in part, by unsuspecting devices connected to the internet.<p>Security firm Flashpoint said it believes that digital video recorders and webcams in people's homes were taken over by malware and then, …

Cyber-attacks

Facebook, Twitter cut off data access for Geofeedia, a social media surveillance startup

According to a new study published today from the American Civil Liberties Union, major social networks including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have recently provided user data access to Geofeedia, the location-based, social media surveillance system used by government offices, private security …

Online music and audio recording studio Soundtrap scores $6M Series A

Soundtrap, a cloud-based music and audio recording platform, has raised $6 million in Series A funding. Nordic VC firm Industrifonden led the round, with participation from an array of existing investors and other new backers, including Peter Sterky, former CFO and COO of Spotify. It brings total …

Serious security: Three changes that could turn the tide on hackers

We're all guilty of making security an afterthought. We need to change that attitude, and fast.<p>It's all gone. All the passwords, all the user names, …

Artificial intelligence-powered malware is coming, and it's going to be terrifying

It all looks normal — but the entire message was actually written by a piece of smart malware mimicking the client's email mannerisms, with a virus attached to the map.<p>It sounds pretty far out — and it is, for now. But that's the direction that Dave Palmer, director of technology at cybersecurity …

9 Places to Learn How to Code in 15 Minutes or Less a Day

These coding games and apps will help you learn how to program in no time flat.<p>I read with great interest a recent TechCrunch article from a …

How to make your own 'SNES Micro' using a Raspberry Pi

When Nintendo introduced its NES Mini back in July, which packs 30 classic games into an all-in-one micro-console, we noticed something. Its full, …

Watch out for this nasty new Macbook malware

For years, the running joke was that only Windows users had to worry about viruses. Those days are long gone, and now the nastiest malware floats …

Scientists name new species of flatworm after President Obama

A flatworm that infects freshwater turtles in Malaysia has been given a presidential name: <i>Baracktrema obamai</i>.<p>The newly-discovered worm, or blood …

A Siberian River Has Mysteriously Turned Blood Red

Alarmed Russians are sharing photos on social media of a Siberian river that has suddenly and mysteriously turned blood red.<p>Russian authorities are trying to determine the cause of the ominous change to the Daldykan River, located above the Arctic Circle and flowing through the mining town of …

Social Media

Snapchat To Reach Nearly $1 Billion In Ad Sales Next Year, eMarketer Predicts

Snapchat, the Venice, Calif.-based messaging service popular among teens and millennials, is forecast to reach nearly $1 billion in global advertising sales in 2017, up from an estimated $366.7 million in revenue this year, according to a new report by forecasting firm eMarketer.<p>The report, …

Advertising

Alleged Data Breach Exposes Almost 800K Porn Site Users

Users of one particular porn site may have unwittingly exposed more than they intended, after an alleged breach compromised chats and user IDs.<p>The names of nearly 800,000 people who allegedly use the Brazzers porn forum were leaked online, exposing not only the apparent identities of some users but …

Large, For-Profit ITT Tech Is Shutting Down All Of Its Campuses

The fall semester has just begun on most college campuses, but tens of thousands of students in 38 states were told Tuesday that, instead, their college is closing its doors.<p>In a press release, ITT Educational Services announced it would close all campuses of its ITT Technical Institutes. The …

You Need to Update Your Apple Computer Right Now

Remember that nasty iPhone security flaw we warned you about last week? Apple just released patches fixing similar problems with the software …

Mother Calls EpiPen Price Hike 'A Matter Of Life And Death'

Lawmakers are demanding answers after the maker of an allergy treatment raised the price from about $100 per pack to about $600 per pack in seven years. Parents say they can't afford it.<p>Transcript<p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>You probably heard news this week about the rising cost of EpiPens. Those are …

Health Care

Romo breaks bone in back, reportedly out 6-10 weeks

An MRI revealed that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has suffered a broken bone in his back, and there is no timetable for his return, head …

Chicago police shootings: data reveals 92 deaths and 2,623 bullets fired

After threatening to sue the city’s police department, the Chicago Tribune has obtained official data tracking every time an officer has opened fire in the city over the past six years. The vast majority of those shot, the newspaper found, were black men or boys.<p>Dwyane Wade: cousin of NBA star shot …

Law Enforcement

Michigan Couple Sues Creators of Pokémon Go, Says It Turned Their Neighborhood Into a 'Nightmare'

A Michigan couple filed a class action lawsuit last week against Pokémon Go creator Niantic, along with the Pokémon Company and Nintendo, alleging …

South Sudan Troops Raped, Beat Foreigners as U.N. Force Ignored Calls for Help: AP

NAIROBI, Kenya — The soldier pointed his AK-47 at the female aid worker and gave her a choice.<p>"Either you have sex with me, or we make every man here rape you and then we shoot you in the head," she remembers him saying.<p>She didn't really have a choice. By the end of the evening, she had been raped …

Sage software firm hit by data breach

<b>A data breach at large UK software company Sage may have compromised personal information for employees at 280 UK businesses, it is understood.</b><p>Police are investigating the breach and Sage is probing the "unauthorised access" of data by someone using an "internal" company computer login.<p>The …

A quick way to fix your internet connection and make it faster: Update your router's firmware

Updating the firmware (a process often called "flashing the firmware") can help a router work better and sometimes even repair an annoying bug or add support for faster internet speed. This is especially when a router reset doesn't help.<p>Some routers require you to use a desktop or mobile app to …

Wi-Fi

The Onion Omega2 lets you add Linux to your hardware projects

Need a tiny, $5 computer to build a robot that will bring you your slippers, initiate a massage chair session, and pour out your daily dose of bourbon? <br>The Onion Omega2 can do all that and more.<p>This tiny board is Arduino -compatible but also runs Linux natively. This means you can plug it in and …

Hackers Can Steal Your Data by Listening to Your Hard Drive

New research shows that sensitive info like passwords can be transmitted using the sounds from hard drive motors.<p>Intelligence agencies have developed a number of ways to prevent hackers getting access to their systems, and one of the best ways to keep a system safe is to remove it from the network …

Information Systems

Those chip and PIN cards aren't as secure as we thought

Chip and PIN cards and readers are finally rolling out in the United States. Unlike traditional magnetic cards, which use static information to make a transaction, these pieces of plastic create a new key with each purchase, based on a standard by Europay, MasterCard and Visa. That should make …

Security

Flex, a tampon alternative you can wear during sex, just raised $1 million

The Flex Company, the makers of a disc-shaped tampon alternative, has raised $1 million from Y Combinator, Amplify.LA and several others and acquired menstrual disc competitor Softcup for an undisclosed amount.<p>Flex now owns all of the market’s menstrual disc products, which the company says are …

Australia to launch investigation into bungled census

Australia will launch an official investigation into how the census was bungled, the government said on Wednesday. The inquiry was announced after …

Oracle's Data Breach May Explain Spate of Retail Hacks

Oracle has suffered a data breach within its retail unit.<p>The cloud giant discovered malicious software on systems running its network of MICROS …