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CellRobot wants to let you build a modular robot

Robots. Some people love them, some people hate them, and some people are deeply afraid of them causing a <i>Terminator</i>-like apocalyptic future. No matter what your feelings on them are, everyone can agree that they’re pretty hard to build yourself, unless you possess some serious background knowledge …

Robotics

This malware sold to governments could help them spy on iPhones, researchers say

Many people assume their iPhones are secure, but new research sent Apple scrambling to fix vulnerabilities that left users at risk.<p>Spyware relying on three previously unknown, or “zero-day,” flaws in Apple’s iOS mobile operating system for years made it possible for governments to take over …

Security

Google Fiber reportedly ordered to cut costs, downsize

Building a fiber-based network is expensive and time-consuming. The company is said to have fallen "well short" of its subscriber goals.<p>Google Fiber's ultrafast 1Gbps broadband service may not be going fast enough.<p>Google Fiber, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, has fallen "well short" …

Telecoms

Google Fiber is pulling back on its broadband rollout as pressure grows to cut costs

Another bump in the road for Alphabet.<p>For the past year, Ruth Porat, the CFO of Google and its parent Alphabet, has told Wall Street that Google Fiber is her most expensive unit outside of the core business — and is well worth the costs.<p>Her bosses may be telling Fiber employees the …

Telecoms

Facebook Plan For WhatsApp Data Poses Legal Risks

When WhatsApp announced on Thursday that it would start sharing data with its corporate parent, Facebook, some of its fans howled that the popular …

Privacy

Advocacy Group Files FTC Complaint Over Kardashians' Instagram Ads

The group Truth in Advertising has filed an official complaint saying members of the Kardashian/Jenner family engage in deceptive advertising practices on social media. If the FTC acts on the complaint, the sisters — or the company whose products they're selling — could be fined.<p>Last week, the …