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Old Android malware uses new tricks to turn your phone into a spying device

Weeks after discovering a malicious agent programmed to snatch patient data from Israeli hospitals, Dutch cybersecurity firm Trend Micro has come across another nasty attack vector: An Android vulnerability that allows ill-intended individuals to surreptitiously take over control of your …

China blocks WhatsApp features in crackdown on messaging app

WhatsAppusers in China have reported problems with the messaging app sparking fears the service could have been blocked by authorities following Liu Xiaobo's death in prison.<p>People trying to access WhatsApp from within China said they were having difficulties with the app and were unable to send or …

On this day of action, the internet needs a law, not a regulation

True supporters of a free and open internet should spend their energy today driving leaders toward a lasting and bipartisan solution.<p>Too often, politicians and activists of all stripes prefer slogans over solutions. Today, Silicon Valley players, big and small, and many Washington, D.C.-based …

Net Neutrality

Microsoft, Trump administration clash over email searches

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the surface, the investigation was routine.<p>Federal agents persuaded a judge to issue a warrant for a Microsoft email account they suspected was used for drug trafficking.<p>But U.S.-based Microsoft kept the emails on a server in Ireland. Microsoft said that meant the emails were …

Facebook's WiFi locator is available to users worldwide

Last year, Facebook began testing its "Find WiFi" feature on its app, which lets you locate businesses nearby that have free, public WiFi. Find WiFi was launched in a few countries in 2016 and today Facebook announced it would be expanding the feature globally.<p>When activated, Find WiFi will show …

Ransomware attack 'not designed to make money', researchers claim

Digital security researchers say malware attack that spread from Ukraine appeared to be focused on damaging IT systems<p>A ransomware attack that affected at least 2,000 individuals and organisations worldwide on Tuesday appears to have been deliberately engineered to damage IT systems rather than …

Microsoft's Windows 10 Shared Source Kit code leaks

Some Windows 10 source code leaked to the internet, but according to some reports, the potential for serious exploits may be somewhat limited due to …

Google launches its AI-powered jobs search engine

Looking for a new job is getting easier. Google today launched a new jobs search feature right on its search result pages that lets you search for jobs across virtually all of the major online job boards like LinkedIn, Monster, WayUp, DirectEmployers, CareerBuilder and Facebook and others. Google …

Airbnb is buying a scam-fighting background check technology

Airbnb is getting more serious when it comes to keeping fraudulent listings and shady renters off the website. According to <i>Bloomberg</i>, the short-term rental platform is buying Trooly Inc., a startup specializing in background checks to fight off scammers. Airbnb has been using Trooly's service to …

Uber’s Kalanick still hasn’t decided if he’s going on leave, and it’s causing intense management turmoil

Only hours before the Holder report is released and an all-hands meeting that paints an ugly picture of the car-hailing company under his leadership, the CEO mulls his own fate.<p>Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has still not decided as yet whether he plans to take a leave of absence from the deeply troubled …

Autonomous Vehicle

New Mac Malware Discovered on Dark Web as Security Experts Remind Mac Users Not to Be 'Overconfident'

Two new pieces of malicious software aimed at Mac computers have been discovered on the Dark Web, offered through Malware-as-a-Service (MaaS) and Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) portals and estimated to have been up for around the past three weeks, beginning May 25. Originally spotted by <i>Bleeping</i> …

Amazon axes unlimited cloud storage plan

Amazon has made some serious changes to its Drive service. The online retail giant has killed off the unlimited cloud storage plan, which started at $11.99 per year. You now have to choose between a 100 GB plan for $11.99 per year or a 1 TB plan for $59.99 per year. You have the option of expanding …

Cloud Computing

Laptop and tablet flight ban could be expanded worldwide

The current ban on laptops and tablets in carry-on luggage from 10 different airports could be extended internationally, a new report claims.<p>The U.S. government has held high-level discussions with officials from the European Union, with both sides deciding “to intensify talks.” The U.S. is said to …

Apple Maps 3D images of Apple Park show buildings, walkways & fountain

Apple Maps now shows 3D images of the Apple Park campus, with detailed representations of buildings, walkways and other landscape features. The detail extends as far as the sun-shade slats and solar panels on the main building.<p>The app added 3D satellite imagery back in March, though this was rather …

Apple Park

Revealed: Facebook's internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence

Leaked policies guiding moderators on what content to allow are likely to fuel debate about social media giant’s ethics<p>Facebook’s secret rules and guidelines for deciding what its 2 billion users can post on the site are revealed for the first time in a Guardian investigation that will fuel the …

Hackers Are Trying to Reignite WannaCry With Nonstop Botnet Attacks

Over the past year, two digital disasters have rocked the internet. The botnet known as Mirai knocked a swath of major sites off the web last …

WannaCry ransomware attack linked to North Korea

Code discovered in the WannaCry worm also has been found in backdoor code used by a hacking group tied to North Korea's government.<p>Security researchers say they've found evidence that suggests a state-sponsored hacking group in North Korea may be behind the global WannaCry ransomware hack.<p>Neel …

Gorilla Glass

New Nintendo 2DS XL is the 3DS price drop in disguise - CNET

The NES Classic is gone. The Nintendo Switch is hot stuff. But the Nintendo 3DS ($379.99 at Amazon.com) still hangs around. In fact, Nintendo's got a new version, called the New Nintendo 2DS XL, coming out July 28.<p>I haven't played one yet (but we will, soon), but here's what you need to know about …

Samsung Galaxy S8 review: ahead of the curve

The new S8 and S8 Plus aren't perfect, but they are damn close<p>People "aren’t excited by new phones anymore."<p>That’s the first thing Samsung’s product manager said to me before introducing the company’s new flagship Galaxy S8 last month. He’s not wrong: the modern concept of the smartphone has been …

Gear & Gadgets

Is Trump Actually in Charge? Or Is It Worse Than We Feared?

I haven't felt this shaky about the world in half a century.<p>I have resisted the temptation to speculate on the mental state of our president* because I've always been leery of long-distance psychiatric diagnoses, and because I am not Charles Krauthammer, who regularly has used his professional …

Donald Trump

Kim Jong Un’s half brother was killed by VX nerve agent, Malaysian police say

SEOUL — The North Korean leader’s half brother was killed by a nerve agent that can cause death within minutes if absorbed through the skin, Malaysian police said Friday.<p>The finding will add to the increasing evidence suggesting that Kim Jong Un’s regime in North Korea was behindlast week’s brazen …

North Korea

Patent shows Intel's design for a curved 2-in-1 laptop

Patents are interesting. Pouring through them can tell you what kind of a direction a company is going in. Even if the products envisioned by the patent never actually materializes, they at least give you some kind of insight into where that particular company’s head is at.<p>One Intel patent, sent to …

Electronics

Inside the Startup Behind Silicon Valley's Favorite $100 Light Bulb

Austin-based lighting startup Ketra has built a state-of-the-art LED bulb and a state-of-the-art way to control it. But to sell its wares to the world’s biggest tech companies, it first had to build a state-of-the-art problem.<p><b>Two years ago,</b> as it prepared to build a new office on Manhattan’s West …

Alphabet shares fade as Google phone costs drag on profits

Google's parent company Alphabet posted lower-than-expected profits tonight as the high cost of launching its new Pixel phone and investing in cloud services took the shine off a leap in advertising income.<p>The company’s shares fell slightly in closed-market trading after it published fourth-quarter …

FBI, Justice Department to be investigated over Clinton probe

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Justice Department's internal watchdog announced Thursday it has launched a probe into the department and the FBI's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.<p>The announcement, which was expected, comes after criticism of the Justice …

Donald Trump

Apple Store Employees Fired Over Alleged 'Photo-Sharing Ring'

Apple has fired several store employees in Australia for operating a “photo-sharing ring,” according to a report.<p>Apple (AAPL) fired “several” …

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 production permanently ended following battery explosions

South Korean electronics company to kill off its flagship smartphone after failing to fix problems with batteries catching fire<p>Samsung has confirmed that it is permanently stopping production of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after it was involved in dozens of fires and explosions worldwide.<p>In a …