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Anonymous takes credit for cyberattacks crippling Turkey

Apparently, the hacktivists from Anonymous aren't just targeting ISIS directly -- they're causing chaos for indirectly responsible countries, too. The collective is taking credit for an escalating series of cyberattacks that have disrupted banks, internet backbones and government websites in …

Cyber-attacks

Group wants probe of attempted fire at Calif. mosque

TRACY, Calif. — A day after investigators said a Texas mosque fire was intentionally set, deputies here are looking into an attempted firebombing at a Muslim house of worship in California.<p>San Joaquin County deputies responded to an incident at about 6:30 a.m. PT Saturday at the Tracy Islamic …

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Apple Continues To Showcase Its Own Apps In The App Store’s Top Charts

It seems Apple is continuing to use the App Store’s “Top Charts” section to promote its own applications, by allowing apps like iMovie and those from its iWork suite to appear in the Top 10 Free apps on users’ iPhones. This gives the appearance that Apple’s own apps among the most popular and …

Facebook’s Real Name Policy Enforcement Changes Are Here, But Questions Remain

A new process allows people to tell Facebook if they have a special circumstance, though the policy remains the same.<p>The policy, which requires people use their "authentic name" on Facebook, was being enforced with such rigidity that people with special circumstances – including members of the …

MacKeeper Leaks 13 Million Mac Owners' Data, Leaves Passwords Open To Easy Cracking

Anti-virus provider MacKeeper is known for pushing the message Apple Mac owners need protection. It needed some extra protection of its own today, after a white hat hacker discovered a database containing 13 million customer records was accessible by just visiting a selection of IP addresses, no …

Security

You Might Soon Be Rating Your Uber Driver With Emojis

Uber might soon be simplifying its five-star rating system.<p>Two new systems are currently being tested, <i>Quartz</i> reports. The first uses thumbs up and …

Google's experimental wireless service will work with tablets too

Google gives folks enrolled in its Project Fi service the option to add cellular-enabled tablets at no additional charge.<p>Google's cheap, alternative wireless service, called Project Fi, is taking another step to shake up the mobile industry.<p>Google on Wednesday will let Project Fi subscribers with …

Facebook won't change its real name policy, but has unveiled a tool for victimized groups

Facebook’s real name policy saga has been rumbling on for more than three years now, when it first claimed this wasn’t going to rolled out on a broad scale.<p>Since then, they’ve asked our US editor Natt Garun to provide a pronunciation of her name, been ordered to allow Germans to use whatever name …

Social Media

Google Play Books' new 'Night Light' adds a blue wavelength filter to help you fall asleep

A little under two weeks ago, Amazon added a ‘Blue Shade‘ filter to its Fire tablets to help you fall asleep after nighttime reading. Not to be left behind, Google just essentially did the same for Play Books, calling it Night Light.<p>If you’re not caught up with your science, blue wavelengths of …

Slack launches an app store and an $80 million fund to invest in new integrations

Power to the platform<p>Slack is wrapping up a breakout year with a set of announcements designed to press its advantage as a next-generation productivity app. The team-communication app, which now has 2 million daily users and 570,000 paying customers, has established an $80 million fund to invest in …

BlackBerry's holiday promotion offers complimentary accessories, free shipping

'Tis the time to be frugal. BlackBerry is offering a few discounts and free express shipping just in time for you to grab a couple last-minute …

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China's Xi Jinping says internet users must be free to speak their minds

Chinese citizens should have the right to speak their minds on the internet, president Xi Jinping has claimed, just two days after a prominent free speech advocate was put on trial for sending seven tweets.<p>Scuffles outside Beijing court as human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang goes on trial<p>Read …

China

Facebook quietly launches desktop-only Yelp competitor

With little fanfare, a new Facebook feature has emerged.<p>The desktop-only feature called Facebook Professional Services lets users find reviews and …

Apps

Police Arrest Man In Hack of 6.4 Million Kids' Toys

A hacker broke into the servers of toymaker VTech last month, compromising the personal information of millions of children and adults. While the …

Pebble smartwatches get a built-in fitness tracking app

If you've wanted to use your Pebble smartwatch as an activity tracker so far, you've had to grab a third-party app -- unlike Apple or Google, you didn't have anything built-in. Well, that won't be an issue after today. Pebble is rolling out a firmware update to the Time, Time Steel and Time Round …

Apps

Facebook is changing the way it enforces its real name policy

After enduring more than a year of criticism, Facebook is making major changes to the way it enforces its real name policy. Starting today, Facebook users will notice a new system for reporting fake names along with a new system for responding to those reports. The system now includes specific …

Android Pay Now Works In Mobile Apps

Following its launch this fall, Google’s Apple Pay rival known as Android Pay is taking another notable step this morning: it’s now available to use within mobile applications. According to the company, Android Pay will initially be available as an alternative means of checking out and paying for …

Slack introduces $80M developer fund and extensive app directory

At an evening event in San Francisco today, communications company (and rapidly growing unicorn) Slack announced two major accommodations for third-party app developers on the platform.<p>The first: an $80 million developer fund, created in partnership with Accel, Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, …

Apple Working on Scalable 3D Touch Technology for Future iPads and iPhones

Apple is working on next-generation pressure-sensing display technology that will work on screen sizes as large as the iPad Pro, reports <i>AppleInsider</i> citing a source with knowledge of Apple's plans. The new display technology is said to be in development, but it won't be finished in time for …

Facebook makes it harder to abuse its 'real name' policy

Facebook may not be dropping its "real name" policy in the strictest sense, but it's definitely taking steps to prevent abuse of that guideline. It's testing fake name reporting tools that require you to explain why you believe someone is acting shady, whether it's identity theft or something less …

Internet

16 Great Actors Who Have Never Won An Oscar

For generations, actors have been winning awards for their performances on-screen. And of all the ceremonies out there that commemorate the work of …

What Tina Fey Said to Donald Trump When She Ran Into Him at an Adele Concert

Side note: Trump was at an Adele concert?<p>This sounds like the premise of a <i>Saturday Night Live</i> sketch: Tina Fey runs into Donald Trump at Adele's big New York concert. Maybe the punchline could be that they end up crying in each other's arms by the end of the show. But here's how this interaction …

Jennifer Lawrence Won’t Be Twinning With Amy Schumer

Jennifer Lawrence just can’t open her mouth without making news. When she made waves a few days ago by saying that she and best bud Amy Schumer would …

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