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In Computer Attacks, Clues Point to Frequent Culprit: North Korea

SAN FRANCISCO — Intelligence officials and private security experts say that new digital clues point to North Korean-linked hackers as likely suspects in the sweeping ransomware attacks that have crippled computer systems around the world.<p>The indicators are far from conclusive, the researchers …

North Korea

China increases restrictions on internet news outlets

The Chinese government has been ramping up tighter control of its internet in the past year. The latest set of new restrictions released by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) adds more limitations on what news can be created and distributed by online platforms. But the biggest new rule: …

China

Google becomes first foreign internet company to go live in Cuba

After former President Obama reopened America's diplomatic relations with Cuba, businesses started looking for opportunities to make inroads to the island nation. Google was one of these, with Obama himself announcing it would come to help set up WiFi and broadband access there. Cuba's national …

Cuba

NSA will stop illegally collecting American emails

The National Security Agency has enjoyed relatively broad authority to monitor communications among suspected terrorists and their associates, even when those people happen to be American citizens and even without a warrant. However, <i>The New York Times</i> reports the NSA is stopping one of its most …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Lyft's user numbers soared after #DeleteUber

At the start of the year, #DeleteUber trended worldwide after a couple of major missteps by the divisive ridesharing service. Outraged consumers deleted the Uber app en-masse from their phones and flooded to other transportation methods, including old-school taxis and Lyft.<p>According to numbers …

Uber

The Government Is Cracking Down On Instagram Influencers

Posting sponsored content on your social media? Then you owe it to your followers to label it as such. (Though, perhaps not as much as Scott Disick.)<p>Late last year, Kim Kardashian came under fire for posting paid content to her Instagram without disclosing the posts were in fact ads. By now, many …

Kim Kardashian

Facebook's Instant Articles promised to transform journalism — but now big publishers are fleeing

Inside Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters, the arrival of Instant Articles in the spring of 2015 was presented as a cause for celebration. Talking with reporters, executives described the fast-loading, natively hosted articles as a promising new creative format. A suite of publishing tools …

Digital Media

United Airlines furore shows why a smartphone is the most powerful weapon a traveller can possess

For me, the significant thing about the overbooking debacle on a United Airlines plane last week, the one in which a doctor in his 60s was dragged down the aisle and ejected from the aircraft, was not that it happened in the first place. It was the crass nature of the airline’s initial response to …

United Airlines

For Uber, 'Hell' is apparently tracking Lyft drivers

Jean Paul Sartre once said, "Hell is other people." For ride-share giant Uber, "Hell" is actually Lyft drivers.<p><i>The Information</i> reports that Uber previously used secret software called "Hell" to track the location of available Lyft drivers and showed which of those Lyft drivers also worked for Uber, …

Uber

Glitch wants to take you back to the first website you ever made

Do you remember the first website you ever built? If you’re anything like me, I’ll wager it was in the 1990’s. You hacked together some HTML you found online, and crossed your fingers that it’d work. You learned through experimentation, and trial-and-error.<p>Back then, the Internet was pure. …

Web Design

Google Disabled Burger King’s Ad Hijacking Google Home, but BK Got Around That Too

Burger King’s latest ad stunt—in which a TV spot was designed to hijack people’s Google Home devices by saying “OK, Google” and asking about the …

Burger King

The secret to Mastodon’s success will be mastering the hyperlocal — Chris Abraham

Maybe you should install Mastodon, the latest-and-greatest Twitter-killer, onto your own server and launch your very own community in support of your …

Twitter shareholders will vote on turning the company into a cooperative owned by its users

• <b>There's a campaign to turn Twitter into a user-owned co-operative, and shareholders will vote on it next month.</b>• <b><br>If the vote passes the company will have to prepare a report on the feasibility of the radical restructuring.</b>• <b><br>It's symptomatic of dissatisfaction among some shareholders as Twitter</b> …

Twitter

Google now lets you submit URLs for indexing straight from Search

Much like it did with Translate, Google has been gradually incorporating its various services straight into search results for easy access – and the latest one to make the cut is its dedicated URL submission feature.<p>As spotted by Search Engine Land, the tech giant has updated Search to include an …

Google

France’s Presidential Frontrunner Wants Tech Firms to Do More To Fight Extremism

French presidential candidate and frontrunner Emmanuel Macron said on Monday he would step up efforts to get technology firms such as Google or …

Crowdfunding project of the week: Penna is a retro keyboard that looks like a typewriter

We are back with yet another ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’, a series in which we highlight some of the hottest tech coming from sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Let’s get right to it, shall we?<p><b>Other featured campaigns:</b><p>Joto is a robotic drawing board<br>• LookOut Charger is a security camera …

Mastodon Is What Disruption Looks Like Right Before It Happens

Twitter may have a new problem. Just six months old, Mastodon is an open-source version of Twitter that just might upset a few Twitter stakeholders. Name aside (seriously, an extinct animal?), the fledgeling service is getting a lot of tongues wagging for fixing more than just a couple of …

Monthly Active Users

Uber is now banned in Italy for unfair competition

While Uber is fighting Waymo at home, the American company is also having issues abroad. As Reuters reported, an Italian court has ordered Uber to stop all activities in all of Italy. The court says Uber represents unfair competition for taxi drivers.<p>In particular, the court in Rome says that Uber …

Keep your data safe from the apocalypse in an Arctic mineshaft

The World Data Archive promises clients their data will be safe from nuclear blasts in a converted mine<p>Norway’s famous doomsday seed vault is getting a new neighbor. It’s called the Arctic World Archive, and it aims to do for data what the Svalbard Global Seed Vault has done for crop samples — …

Roaming sucks. This Handy travel phone could rescue your bill

Tink Labs' phone wants to be the ultimate travel companion, and it's coming to a hotel room near you soon -- if it's not already in one.<p>Google Maps, online flight check-in, access to TripAdvisor and Yelp on demand -- there are a thousand ways the internet makes traveling more convenient and fun.<p>You …

Phones

Fae is a new open-source content management system based on Rails

FINE, a San Francisco- and Portland-based brand agency, is open sourcing the content management system (CMS) it has developed in-house to build sites for brands like Anchor Brewing, Kimpton Residences at Seafire, Prūf Cultivar (“Elevated Cannabis”) and others.<p>It’s no secret that there is already a …

WordPress

The fad may be over, but Pokémon Go still has 65 million monthly active players

As a social phenomenon, Pokémon Go may have peaked just a few months after its July 2016 launch.<p>But in a talk today at the London Games Festival, John Hanke, CEO of Pokémon Go developer Niantic, reveals that the game is still healthy and thriving with 65 million monthly active users.<p>Just for …

Pokémon

Following Fitbit acquisition, Pebble rolling out update to ensure watches will function indefinitely

Last December, Pebble was acquired by Fitbit with all future hardware plans being canceled. Since then, however, there have been questions about the fate of existing Pebble devices on the market. Now, Pebble has pushed an update to the Pebble app on iOS and Android to ensure that existing …

Smartwatches

Over 8,000 Uber, Lyft drivers fail new Massachusetts background check

More than 8,000 Uber and Lyft drivers have been denied licenses to operate in Massachusetts under a new, stricter state background check law, according to the <i>Boston Globe</i>. The most common reason? Issues with the driver's license status, including suspensions.<p>Under the new law, which went into …

Uber

Twitter Lite is a faster, leaner mobile web version of Twitter

A new Progressive Web App developed with Google<p>Twitter has introduced a new, speedier version of its site for the mobile web and dubbed it Twitter Lite. Focused on emerging markets and users in environments with unreliable connectivity, Twitter Lite takes up less than a megabyte and comes with a …

Facebook's social network for businesses will soon be available for free

After launching its rival to enterprise collaboration apps like Slack last October, Facebook told CNBC that it’s now working on a free edition of Workplace in order to sign up more companies to its service.<p>It’ll be called Workplace Standard, while the paid version will be renamed Workplace Premium. …

Collaboration

Google to display fact-checking labels to show if news is true or false

In its ongoing bid to combat fake news, Google follows Facebook in announcing new technology to help curb spread of misinformation<p>Google is to start displaying fact-checking labels in its search results to highlight news and information that has been vetted and show whether it is considered to be …

Twitter just won their fight against the Trump regime over this Anti-Trump Twitter account

Congrats, Twitter! You won!<p>Twitter withdrew its lawsuit against the U.S. government Friday, only a day after filing, after the government backed down from its request for information regarding an immigration-focused, anti-Trump account. <i>The Guardian</i> tweeted the news, and the lawsuit has been updated.<p>…

Twitter

A beginner’s guide to Mastodon, the hot new open-source Twitter clone

Toot your own horn<p>Mastodon is a fast-growing Twitter-like social network that seeks to re-create the service’s best parts while eliminating its whale-sized problems. The distributed, open-source platform offers better tools for privacy and fighting harassment than Twitter does, but it also comes …