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How to enable developer mode on your Chromebook

At first glance, it may not look like you can do much tinkering on a Chromebook. Open the device, sign in, and enjoy the security of the sandboxed …

Google

The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2018

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> <i>UPDATE: This list, first published January 3, was updated with the news that former sheriff Joe Arpaio is entering Arizona's Senate race and state treasurer Josh Mandel is dropping out of Ohio's.</i><p>Republicans rid themselves of Roy Moore after his loss in Alabama's special election. …

Roy Moore

Google adds Pixelbook as latest ‘target device’ for testing Fuchsia OS

With Fuchsia, Google is creating an operating system designed to run on everything from Internet-of-Things devices to desktops. In the works since 2016, the latest development sees Google adding support for the Pixelbook as a “target device.”<p>One aspect that makes Fuchsia unique is how it’s not …

Happy New Year in Pictures

Colorado

The Human Cost of the Ghost Economy

<i>Melissa Chadburn | Longreads | December 2017 | 12 minutes (3,090 words)</i>Last year I worked undercover at a temp agency in Los Angeles. While I took …

Employment

How some startups are trying to work around net neutrality repeal

Some startups are trying to turn existing technologies into products that could reduce consumers' reliance on major internet service providers for …

Net Neutrality

Ultra-fast 5G wireless service declared national security priority by White House

Who would have thought that the president who writes in 140-character missives would suddenly be interested in 70 Gbps wireless internet access?<p>The White House released its congressionally-mandated National Security Strategy report (warning: PDF) yesterday. Tucked away in a section on improving …

The White House

Time To Make Life Hard For The Rich

It is time for polite, respectable, rational people to start saying what has become painfully obvious: It is time to stop respecting the rich, and …

Income Inequality

A new polymer could make phone screen repairs a thing of the past

If you've ever had to deal with a cracked smartphone screen, you know what a hassle it can be. Slapping a screen protector on it is only a stopgap until you have to have the screen replaced, which comes with a decent price tag. Now, researchers in Tokyo have discovered a new polymer that may …

Koch Brothers Are Cities' New Obstacle to Building Broadband

The three Republican commissioners now in power at the FCC voted this week to erase the agency's legal authority over high-speed Internet providers. …

These 3D-printed objects don't need batteries to connect to Wi-Fi

One of the big tradeoffs that comes with the convenience of having smart devices run your home is the hassle of keeping them powered, either with batteries or by plugging them into the wall. But a new project devised by researchers at the University of Washington could one day help guide the …

Millions Are Hounded for Debt They Don’t Owe. One Victim Fought Back, With a Vengeance

On the morning a debt collector threatened to rape his wife, Andrew Therrien was working from home, in a house with green shutters on a cul-de-sac in …

Crime

HP quietly installs system-slowing spyware on its PCs

Lenovo has only just settled a massive $3.5 million fine for preinstalling adware on laptops without users' consent, and now it seems HP is getting in on the stealth installation action, too. According to numerous reports gathered by <i>Computer World,</i> the brand is deploying a telemetry client on …

New from Uber: 'We do the right thing. Period.'

There are some new rules at Uber. First, employees should do the right thing. Period.<p>That's one of the company's eight new "cultural norms," which CEO Dara Khosrowshahi unveiled publicly on Tuesday following an internal all-hands meeting.<p>The CEO was charged with reformulating Uber's controversial …

Silicon Valley

Website offers to send your ashes to GOP lawmakers after Trumpcare kills you

Less than 24 hours after the U.S. House of Representatives approved a new healthcare plan, the plan’s detractors have found the saddest possible way of protesting. Thanks to a new website, you can ship your cremated remains to a Republican lawmaker should you die as a result of the plan.<p>Zoe Jordan …

Who Smoking Affects: 'Thirdhand Smoke' On Children Is Cigarettes' Latest Danger

Michael Miller, 44, does what most smokers do to protect his sons and daughter from the fumes of his Marlboro Ultra Lights. He takes it outside.<p>After …

Ubuntu Unity is dead: Desktop will switch back to GNOME next year | Ars Technica

Ubuntu phones and tablets also dead, but the desktop, server, and cloud live on.<p>Six years after making Unity the default user interface on Ubuntu …

It seems like not sending kids into lifelong banker-indentured servitude for wanting a decent education is getting pretty popular. https://t.co/1zUS0BILa6

The maker of an internet-connected garage door disabled a customer's device over a bad review

This is what happened to one customer who bought Garadget — an internet-connected garage door opener. It lets you remotely lock or unlock your garage with an app, or see if it's open.<p>But after they complained about it online and left a negative review, he got an unpleasant surprise — Garadget had …

Internet

UN experts raise alert over 'alarming' US state bills

Nineteen US states have introduced bills that would curb freedom of expression and the right to protest since Donald Trump's election as president, an "alarming and undemocratic" trend, UN human rights investigators say.<p>Maina Kiai and David Kaye, independent UN experts on freedom of peaceful …

Rights & Freedoms

A VPN can stop internet companies from selling your data — but it’s not a magic bullet

‘We shouldn't have to buy trust as an add-on service’<p>Earlier this week, Congress voted to repeal privacy measures that would stop internet service providers from sharing their users’ internet activity with third parties. Those rules were passed in October, but not only does this vote undo them, it …

Privacy

The FCC is talking about everything but the imminent repeal of its internet privacy rules

It was a productive meeting at the FCC: Chairman Pai talked about putting pressure on phone scammers, preventing phone smuggling in prisons and improving mobile service. But one thing he <i>didn’t</i> want to talk about was the vote taking place in the Senate that very moment that would overturn privacy …

Net Neutrality

Malware found preinstalled on 38 Android phones used by 2 companies | Ars Technica

Malicious apps were surreptitiously added somewhere along the supply chain.<p>A commercial malware scanner used by businesses has recently detected an …

Samsung Galaxy

Celebrity Shooter Matthew Jordan Smith Shows You How to Take Great Portraits of Women (VIDEO)

Matthew Jordan Smith is a expert portrait shooter who has photographed some of the world’s most famous people in the U.S. and abroad. In the video …

Creepy new browser-tracking technique means there's nowhere left for you to hide

These days, everyone on the internet already knows if you're a dog. Thanks to a newly developed tracking technique, they may soon know even …

FCC head puts the brakes on new ISP privacy rules

In the latest chip at net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission has Chairman Ajit Pai has moved to put a halt to a set of privacy rules designed to shield customers' personal data from internet service providers.<p>The rules were approved by the FCC under former Chairman Tom Wheeler back in …

Law

Orlando officer who mistook doughnut glaze for meth disciplined

<b>ORLANDO, Fla.</b> -- Officials in Florida say an Orlando police officer who arrested a man after mistaking doughnut glaze for meth has been …