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Hacking Team is spreading government malware through YouTube and Microsoft Live

You don't have to click on a sketchy link to end up downloading malware. A new report from Citizen Lab's Morgan Marquis-Boire shows how companies can spread targeted malware by intercepting web traffic en route, sending malicious traffic from an otherwise friendly link. A company called Hacking …

Microsoft brings Minority Report hover keyboards to life

Microsoft's research division has released a video detailing a design developed for an augmented mechanical keyboard. It appears to offer a novel way …

6 Things Entrepreneurs Wish Family, Friends, and Employees Understood | Inc.com

I started my first company when I was 25. I was a reluctant entrepreneur. My sales abilities outgrew three companies, and I couldn't seem to manage the politics necessary to get where I wanted to go at the speed I wanted to get there. So I took a deep breath, opened a company in 1989, and never …

Entrepreneurship

Android device owners, now you can control your desktop from across the room — or the world

Google released its Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android yesterday, enabling the Android crowd to access their Mac or PC from afar. The app is a mobile extension of Chrome’s remote desktop screen-sharing service, which has enabled machine control from Chromebooks and Chrome browsers since it …

Aereo’s CEO on the future of Netflix, TV sports and the public airwaves

Advertisement<p>20 Comments<p>Credit: Jeff Roberts<p>In 2012, Chet Kanojia set out to take on TV’s goliaths with a slingshot full of tiny antennas, but he …

Project Ara: our best look yet at Google's new modular smartphone

This week in Mountain View, Google held its first-ever developer conference for Project Ara. Developed by a small team within the company called ATAP staffed with ex-DARPA engineers and some of the brightest minds at Google, Ara is a mission to make a modular smartphone. It'd be the last phone you …

‘None of the Web companies are doing anything’ to protect you, say security pros

Tech giants are struggling to protect your privacy. More to the point, they’re struggling to protect themselves from public criticism.<p>And security experts say the biggest companies of them all aren’t doing nearly enough to safeguard consumers. Instead, they’re piling on the features and benefits to …

SeaWorld loses bid to put trainers back in water for killer-whale shows

SeaWorld lost a major round Friday in its legal fight to put its trainers back into the water with killer whales during the parks' marquee orca shows.<p>By 2-1, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., rejected an appeal by SeaWorld of a citation issued in 2012 by the Occupational …

Project Ara video reminds us why we want a modular phone

Google sold most of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.9 billion earlier this year, but it kept one small part of the phone manufacturer. Motorola's Advanced Technology and Projects group had been working on Project Ara when it was incorporated by Google — an ambitious plan for a modular smartphone …

US Reportedly Tried To Hire Jack Dorsey To Run 'Cuban Twitter'

It seems like the US may have tapped into the subversive power of social media as it sought to stir dissent against Cuba’s communist government with the creation of a “Cuban Twitter,” the Associated Press reports.<p>The project dubbed “ZunZuneo,” which began in 2009 and lasted more than two years, …

Google is beta testing Chrome Remote Desktop for Android, invite only for now

A few users of the Chrome Remote Desktop browser extension have been asked by Google to help beta test Chrome Remote Desktop for Android. The beta is invite only, for users that opted in to help Chrome improve the browser based remote desktop client.<p>The photos come from a lucky reader over at Droid …

Google

Google’s sneaky new privacy change affects 85% of iPhone users—but most of them won’t have noticed

“What Google really wants is for everybody to be signed in to their Google accounts all the time,” a Google insider told me in passing last month.<p>Around the same time, the official Gmail blog put up a 205-word post explaining the latest update to the Gmail app for Apple devices that run on iOS …

Google

Google Is Splitting Its Stock Today To Solidify Sergey Brin And Larry Page’s Domination

Google shares (NASDAQ:GOOG) are worth 50 percent less today. But don’t worry, the company isn’t crashing. It is executing its 2 for 1 stock split as previously announced. But why is the company doing that?<p>Google shares closed at $1,135.10 a share yesterday. It should open around $570 a share today. …

The frightening truth about the security of our healthcare data

Advertisement<p>11 Comments<p>Credit: rangizzz/Shutterstock<p>Is your healthcare data safe? That’s not something most people think about on a regular basis. …

If you back a Kickstarter project that sells for $2 billion, do you deserve to get rich?

Oculus's backers could have had a 145x return on their donation. Here's why that never would have happened<p>The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset raised $2.4 million on Kickstarter, no strings attached. Those donors weren’t looking for a payout; they wanted to support something they believed in, …

Your Smartphone Is A Crucial Police Tool, If They Can Crack It

New software and gizmos are revolutionizing police work, with social media scanners, facial recognition and other high tech items. As it turns out, though, the single most valuable new police tool is your smartphone.<p>Rolf Norton, a homicide detective in Seattle, says when he's talking to a suspect, …

Google encrypts Gmail between data centers to keep the NSA out of your inbox

Google just announced that as of today, Gmail is more secure than ever before. And the company isn't hiding the fact that it's actively trying to stop the government from spying on your email activity. Google says that Gmail will now use a secure HTTPS connection whenever you check or send email, …

Why Larry Page Would Give His Savings to Elon Musk Instead of Charity

Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page says he'd rather leave his savings to inventor Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and founder of Tesla, when he dies than …

The View From Kiev: Coping With Ukraine's Unfinished Revolution

"There is no victory," a psychologist working with protesters says, "only a potential victory."<p>KIEV—In front of the scorched husk of the city's Trade Union building, three young men in grubby fatigues sit outside a tent pitched on Independence Square, their faces rattled and vacant. One stares up …

Paris car ban imposed after pollution hits high

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1060000/1060997_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524648552_836e62e353898ac528b1ae252e2adc27<p><b>Hundreds of police monitored traffic in Paris on Monday after high pollution levels prompted the French government to impose major restrictions.</b><p>Only …

Pollution

Radioactive Fukushima Waters Arrive At West Coast Of America

Presenters at the annual Ocean Sciences Meeting of the American Geophysical Union in Honolulu in late February said ocean water containing dissolved radionuclides from Fukushima’s crippled nuclear reactors has reached the northern west coast of North America (msn.com).<p>The scientific community found …

Associated Press News

Giant 3D printer starts spitting out a house

Forget machine parts and iPhone cases, the Dutch are thinking much bigger by using a 20-foot-tall 3D printer to create whole rooms that can be assembled into unique, customized houses.<p>Till now, 3D printing has been used to create relatively small items -- everything from iPhone cases to prosthetic …

3D Printing

Predictive tech is getting smarter and more pervasive — but more controversial, too

We’re seeing the biggest change in how we interact with computers in years. And it’ll mean much less input from you.<p>Apps like Google Now, Tempo AI, and others represent the first wave of “predictive technology.” These are apps and services that are smart enough to fetch information for you — before …

Associated Press News

Syrian Officials To U.S.: You Should Be On Our Side

LATAKIA, Syria — Syrian officials have a sharp message for American policymakers about the war in this country: you should be on our side.<p>“The militants that we face here, they are like the head of the snake,” said one Syrian army colonel, who, like all the military officials interviewed for this …

Haitians launch new lawsuit against UN over thousands of cholera deaths

Plaintiffs hold UN responsible for outbreak of disease, which they say was carried into Haiti by peacekeepers from Nepal<p>The United Nations is facing a huge new lawsuit over the outbreak of cholera in Haiti that has widely been blamed on its peacekeepers, after 1,500 Haitian victims and their family …

Not Spring Yet: Wicked Winter Storm To Pound Midwest, New York

That beautiful spring-like day those of you in the Midwest and Northeast have been experiencing today after a brutal winter?<p>It's not going to last. As Weather.com reports, temperatures will plunge and then cities from Detroit to Cleveland to Buffalo and Burlington will receive yet another heavy …