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- Twitter's Tip Jar Privacy Fiasco Was Entirely Avoidableon May 7, 2021 at 8:33 pm
Sending its users to PayPal has created all sorts of problems that Twitter should have caught ahead of time.
- Ajit Pai promised cheaper Internet—real prices rose 19 percent insteadon May 7, 2021 at 6:50 pm
Home-Internet prices rose four times faster than inflation in Trump era.
- US physics lab Fermilab exposes proprietary data for all to seeon May 6, 2021 at 5:22 pm
Exposed systems paved way for researchers to access code, messages, passwords, and more.
- Fix for critical Qualcomm chip flaw is making its way to Android deviceson May 6, 2021 at 10:00 am
Higher-end devices made by Google, Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, and OnePlus are affected.
- Severe vulnerabilities in Dell firmware update driver found and fixedon May 5, 2021 at 11:39 pm
Dell firmware update driver 2.3 can be exploited to gain kernel-level privilege.
- Twitter’s latest robo-nag will flag “harmful” language before you poston May 5, 2021 at 11:10 pm
Follows Twitter's effort to make you read the news before you share it.
- How a Former Netflix Exec Built a Brazen Bribery Schemeon May 5, 2021 at 9:00 pm
The company’s ex-vice president of IT faces 20 years in prison for creating a pay-to-play environment with technology vendors.
- Data leak makes Peloton’s Horrible, No-Good, Really Bad Day even worseon May 5, 2021 at 8:59 pm
Faulty API let anyone grab users’ private data, including weight and gender.
- Starlink can serve 500,000 users easily, several million “more of a challenge”on May 5, 2021 at 3:29 pm
The "only limitation is high density of users in urban areas," Musk said.
- Netflix IT exec forced employees to use products from vendors that bribed himon May 4, 2021 at 8:57 pm
Jury finds ex-Netflix VP guilty of awarding tech contracts in exchange for bribes.
- New Spectre attack once again sends Intel and AMD scrambling for a fixon May 4, 2021 at 7:07 pm
A new transient execution variant is the first exploit micro-ops caches.
- Frontier exits bankruptcy, claims it will double fiber-to-the-home footprinton May 4, 2021 at 5:49 pm
Frontier plans 3 million new fiber lines—but 8M others would be stuck on copper.
- They Told Their Therapists Everything. Hackers Leaked It Allon May 4, 2021 at 11:00 am
A mental health startup built its business on easy-to-use technology. Patients joined in droves. Then came a catastrophic data breach.
- Don’t Buy Into Facebook’s Ad-Tracking Pressure on iOS 14.5on May 3, 2021 at 9:49 pm
The company tells Apple users that tracking helps keep those platforms “free of charge,” but opting out now doesn't mean paying up later.
- Apple reports 2 iOS 0-days that let hackers compromise fully patched deviceson May 3, 2021 at 8:24 pm
Webkit flaws in just-released iOS 14.5 lets attackers execute malicious code.
- Verizon agrees to sell Yahoo and AOL to private-equity firm for $5 billionon May 3, 2021 at 3:48 pm
Apollo to buy Yahoo/AOL for $5B, didn't have much competition from other bidders.
- A Ransomware Group Hit DC Police—Then Pivoted to Extortionon May 1, 2021 at 1:00 pm
Warrantless searches, tracking troops, and more of the week’s top security news.
- An ambitious plan to tackle ransomware faces long oddson May 1, 2021 at 11:05 am
Heavyweight task force proposes framework to tackle a major cybersecurity problem.
- Ford’s ever-smarter robots are speeding up the assembly lineon May 1, 2021 at 10:15 am
A transmission factory shows how AI may gradually creep into industrial processes
- More US agencies potentially hacked, this time with Pulse Secure exploitson April 30, 2021 at 10:00 pm
Zero-day vulnerability under attack has a severity rating of 10 out of 10.
- Google's Grand Plan to Eradicate Cookies Is Crumblingon April 30, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Regulators in the EU and competitors have raised concerns about the company's proposals to rewrite the rules of online advertising.
- Verizon tries to sell Yahoo and AOL after spending $9 billion on fallen giantson April 29, 2021 at 4:21 pm
After spending $9 billion combined, Verizon may sell units for $4 billion or so.
- An Ambitious Plan to Tackle Ransomware Faces Long Oddson April 29, 2021 at 10:00 am
A task force counting Amazon, Cisco, and the FBI among its members has proposed a framework to solve one of cybersecurity's biggest problems. Good luck.
- Office default Calibri will join Clippy, Internet Explorer in Windows retirementon April 28, 2021 at 10:25 pm
"Calibri in Office" could almost drive (15 years old), but a new sans serif will soon emerge.
- Verizon “leads” all US carriers in mmWave 5G availability at 0.8%on April 28, 2021 at 9:59 pm
Phones capable of using mmWave 5G access it less than 1% of the time.
- Chipmaker says it will ramp up production of older 28nm chipson April 28, 2021 at 7:36 pm
Fourth-largest contract chipmaker aiming at supply problems for carmakers, others.
- Ransomware crooks threaten to ID informants if cops don’t pay upon April 28, 2021 at 12:04 pm
The FBI is investigating claim hackers obtained 250GB of police department data.
- Feds Arrest an Alleged $336M Bitcoin-Laundering Kingpinon April 27, 2021 at 10:20 pm
The alleged administrator of Bitcoin Fog kept the dark web service running for 10 years before the IRS caught up with him.
- AirDrop Is Leaking Email Addresses and Phone Numberson April 27, 2021 at 1:00 pm
Apple has known about the flaw since 2019 but has yet to acknowledge or fix it.
- Hackers Used ‘Mind-Blowing’ Bug to Dodge macOS Safeguardson April 26, 2021 at 10:39 pm
The vulnerability was patched Monday, but hackers had already used it to spread malware.