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Multiple Million-Plus-Follower Instagram Influencers Report Hacking; Emir of Qatar Possibly Affected

<i>Updated 11:18 PM PST with comment from Facebook, plus reaction from influencers</i><p>Multiple large Instagram accounts are reporting sophisticated hacking attempts by attackers who seem to know their passwords, leading some to believe that Instagram servers have been compromised.<p>“Six of my Instagram …

Security

Condemned Fremont home sells for $1.23 million: 'The buyer bought the dirt'

Despite the holes in the roof and the mildew on the ceiling, a condemned home in Fremont, Calif., sold for $1.23 million last month.<p>The listing for the property at 3239 Bruce Dr. warned potential buyers, "Enter at your own RISK."<p>"The buyer was really buying the dirt to build a new home," says …

Real Estate

Law enforcement agencies are buying GrayKey, a device to unlock iPhones

Unlocking an iPhone may no longer be the arduous task it once was for law enforcement officials. It would appear that an increasing number of U.S. …

Mobile Technology

China’s new autonomous-vehicle rules let any of its cities test robo-cars

The guidelines are another sign that the country wants to compete with America in developing driverless cars as quickly as possible.<p><b>What’s new:</b> …

Autonomous Cars

Comcast will start bundling Netflix into its cable subscriptions

Today’s development in weird potential frenemy relationships is an interesting one with Comcast now planning to bundle Netflix into its cable subscriptions, the companies announced today.<p>Known as the original cord-cutting service, Netflix serves as a hub for not only a ton of original content, but …

Televisions

Apple is moving on from Intel because Intel isn’t moving anywhere

Apple’s abandonment of Intel chips is inevitable<p>A report from <i>Bloomberg</i> this week has made public something that should already have been apparent to tech industry observers: Apple is planning to replace Intel processors in Mac computers with its own chips starting sometime around 2020. The two …

MacBook Air

1.5B Accounts? Facebook's Epic Free Data Giveaway Could Be The Largest Privacy Breach Ever

It wasn’t a data breach. It was a data give-away, a yard sale where every price was free.<p>I’m talking, of course, about the mechanism whereby Cambridge Analytica’s partner Aleksandr Kogan captured extensive data on 50 million Americans, by using Facebook’s tools as Facebook intended, as Facebook …

Apps

Facebook will hold an emergency meeting to let employees ask questions about Cambridge Analytica

It’s set for Tuesday morning<p>Facebook has scheduled an open meeting to all employees Tuesday to let them ask questions about the unfolding Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, according to an internal calendar invitation reviewed by <i>The Verge</i>. The meeting, which is scheduled for 10AM PT, will be …

Cambridge Analytica

How Facebook's old terms of service allowed Cambridge Analytica to get data on 50M people from just 270K users of an app that used Facebook Login

Trump plans new sanctions on Venezuela's 'Petro' cryptocurrency

Last month, the Venezuelan government launched Petro, the world's first state-issued cryptocurrency, in hopes of boosting its struggling economy and …

This is the real story of American retail

Forget all the “retail apocalypse” headlines. The phrase suggests the whole industry is collapsing, consulting firm Deloitte says. In reality, it’s not.<p>But it is changing in significant and fundamental ways. In an in-depth study conducted over more than a year, Deloitte dug into what’s really going …

Bose's AR sunglasses use sound, not a screen to augment reality

Bose — yes, the speaker and headphone company — is developing augmented reality sunglasses.<p>But unlike the failed Google Glass and other smart glasses …

Astronaut Scott Kelly’s DNA Changed in Space

Identical twin astronauts Mark (left) and Scott Kelly are subjects of NASA’s Twins Study (via NASA)<p>Nature: 1, nurture: 0.<p>After spending nearly a year …

Top 7 Plug-In Cars Listed By Price Per Mile Of Electric Range

Range is all the rage when it comes to electric cars, but often range comes at a cost.<p>So, which plug-in cars offer the most miles of electric range …

Electric Vehicles

If you upload your mind to a computer, are you immortal or just a bot?

Immortality has gone secular. Unhooked from the realm of gods and angels, it’s now the subject of serious investment—both intellectual and financial—by philosophers, scientists, and the Silicon Valley set. Several hundred people have already chosen to be “cryopreserved” in preference to simply …

Singularity

iOS 11 on an iPad Pro still won’t replace your laptop

Apple introduced some major changes to the iPad with its iOS 11 beta earlier this week. While you can use the iPad just as you’ve always been able to, there are some additional multitasking changes that really make the iPad Pro more of a laptop contender. Apple has created a dock that acts more …

Apps

This Is The Next Battleground For Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft

The next battle between tech giants like Apple and Google may hinge on which one’s technology is better for overlaying silly-looking mustaches on …

Augmented Reality

Tesla adds lots of Certified Pre-Owned Model S vehicles for less than $40,000 with new warranty

Tesla holds a tight grip on its used vehicle market through its certified pre-owned program. As previously reported, it resulted in the Tesla Model S retaining its value better than gas-powered cars in its segment – losing only 28% after 50,000 miles, according to an Autolist report.<p>Unfortunately …

Tesla Model S

Let’s All Stop Apologizing for the Delayed Response in Our Emails

“Adulthood is emailing ‘sorry for the delayed response!’ back and forth until one of you dies,” writer Marissa Miller tweeted in February of last …

Google’s cloud clients now have full access to its speech recognition software

The latest version of the software is also more accurate.<p>Google has released an improved version of its speech software for its cloud customers, and is allowing them to use the software more widely. The software is used for tasks such astranscription and voice commands.<p>Google, which makes most of …

Software

The Navy's Drone Tanker Will Fly Off an Aircraft Carrier and Refuel its Jets

The MQ-25 Stingray will supply gas for the rest of the aircraft carrier's planes.<p>The U.S. Navy wants a drone that can fly off an aircraft carrier, but not to bomb the enemy or engage other aircraft—at least, not yet.<p>The MQ-25 Stingray will be an unmanned tanker, extending the range of the other …

Aviation

Facebook’s algorithm isn’t surfacing one-third of our posts. And it’s getting worse

Starting in January of this year, we at the Chicago Tribune started to anecdotally see a fairly significant change in our post reach.<p>We weren’t …

Social Media

New password guidelines say everything we thought about passwords is wrong

When I recently discovered a draft of new guidelines for password management from NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology), I was amazed about the number of very progressive changes they proposed.<p>Although NIST’s rules are not mandatory for nongovernmental organizations, they …

Citizen journalists capture life in Raqqa under Islamic State

The citizen journalists behind Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) are the main - and often only - source of information about life in a city controlled by the so-called Islamic State. They use YouTube, Facebook and other social media to inform the rest of the world about murders, explosions …

New York City

How to take over the app store in 48 Hours

<i>Gilad Bechar is the co-founder & CEO of Moburst, a global mobile marketing agency helping first tier startups and brands grow their mobile business.</i><p>It’s obvious enough that a newly launched app can’t really take off on its own – vast marketing efforts are vital to accomplishing any kind of exposure …

3 reasons to be proactive about going reactive

The sharing and instant gratification economies are booming, and the companies leading these movements share at least one thing in common: They’re providing reactive applications — applications that react to users, load events, and failures on their own, without any human interaction by developers …