Tag: Tech News

Researcher Arrested for Allegedly Teaching North Korea About Ethereum

On Friday, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced criminal charges against a cryptocurrency researcher for allegedly violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act by giving a presentation on cryptocurrency in North Korea. Virgil Griffith, 36, is a special projects researcher at the Ethereum Foundation, which helps to lead the […]

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How the FCC Helped Pave the Way for Predatory Prison Telecoms

Predatory companies have spent decades overcharging inmates and their families for phone calls and video conferencing services. Now, they’re shifting their focus toward charging exorbitant fees to access ebooks and use the internet, thanks in part to federal regulators who’ve turned a blind eye to monopoly power. Earlier this year, the West Virginia Division of […]

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Civil Rights Groups Demand Congress Investigate Amazon’s ‘Surveillance Empire’

Fifteen civil rights groups launched a major campaign on Monday calling on Congress to investigate how Amazon and its home surveillance company Ring violate civil liberties, particularly through partnerships with law enforcement. Last week, senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Ed Markey (D-MA), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Chris Coons (D-DE) wrote a letter […]

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Why IBM Thinks Google Hasn’t Achieved ‘Quantum Supremacy’

Google’s claim to “quantum supremacy” has finally been published in Nature, a month after its research was accidentally leaked online. But quantum supremacy has definitely not been reached, according to IBM’s quantum computing research team, who argued in a blog post that it’s not even really a thing. IBM’s resounding rejection of the much-hyped quantum […]

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Hackers Stole Data on Nearly 5M DoorDash Users, Including Order History

Hackers may have stolen you DoorDash order history. On Thursday, gig economy company DoorDash announced that hackers had stolen data on 4.9 million consumers, merchants, and “Dashers” who deliver food for the app. In a Medium post, the company explained that the information stolen includes names, email addresses, delivery addresses, order history, phone numbers, and […]

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A Mysterious Computer Issue Is Affecting Hollywood Movie and TV Editors

Something weird happened in Hollywood on Monday evening. Well, weirder than usual. As first reported in Variety, film and TV editors across Los Angeles experienced mysterious computer issues: their Mac Pros wouldn’t boot up after they’d been shut down. The common thread was that they were all using Avid, a popular program for digitally editing […]

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A Nuclear Accident at a Russian Missile Facility Killed 7 People

Seven are dead in Russia after an explosion at a missile site in the Russian Arctic last Thursday that officials say involved a nuclear reactor. The explosion happened offshore of the Nenoksa Missile Test Site, which sits on the White Sea, and local officials reported a spike in radiation after the event. Late Sunday night, […]

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Boy Had More Than 500 Teeth in a ‘Bag-Like Mass’ in His Mouth

A 7-year-old boy was brought to a dental college hospital in Chennai, India, complaining of swelling in his jaw. His parents were worried that it was cancer, according to a Saveetha Dental College news post, but the doctors found something else: a huge, bag-like mass filled with 526 tooth-like structures. Yes, the boy had more […]

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The New Guy in Charge of Public Lands Thinks We Should Sell It All

Conservative lawyer William Perry Pendley has argued that the federal government should sell its public lands. As of Monday, he’s in charge of overseeing a huge chunk of them. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt signed an order on Monday naming Pendley as the acting head of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM oversees more […]

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Capital One Is the One to Blame for Exposing Your Data

The major US bank Capital One disclosed a major data breach on Monday evening, revealing that an individual accessed the personal data of 100 million people in the United States and around 6 million in Canada. The FBI has already arrested and indicted Paige Thompson, who worked as a software engineer in Seattle, for allegedly […]

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MalwareTech, the Security Researcher Who Stopped WannaCry Ransomware, Gets No Prison Time for Hacking Crimes

Marcus Hutchins, a security researcher who gained worldwide notoriety for helping stop the disruptive and viral WannaCry malware, was sentenced to time served and supervised release on Friday, according to reporters who were present at the hearing. The researcher, also known as MalwareTech, plead guilty to two counts of hacking in April for his role […]

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Southern California Was Just Hit With Its Biggest Earthquake In Years

Southern California has been hit with a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on Independence Day. According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake hit at 10:33 a.m. Pacific time near the Searles Valley, about 100 miles northeast of LA. People have taken to social media to state that the quake lasted a substantial amount of time. […]

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‘Unprecedented’ Wildfires Burned Across the Arctic Circle In June

Across the Arctic, more than 100 wildfires are releasing clouds of carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions into the atmosphere. The fires have been burning across the Arctic Circle in Siberia and Alaska for weeks. Though fire is a natural part of some Arctic ecosystems, scientists are calling the wildfires “unprecedented” for the month of […]

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Twitter Officially Has Separate Rules for Politicians

The tweets of prominent politicians such as President Trump will now be governed by a separate set of rules than average users, Twitter announced on Thursday. The platform is rolling out new criteria for government officials who violate Twitter’s guidelines, which formalizes a process for preserving tweets that are deemed to be of “public interest.” […]

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Oppo Unveils World’s First Under-Screen Front Camera

As teased, Oppo today unveiled its Under-Screen Camera tech at MWC 2019 Shanghai. While companies like Samsung are also working on similar technology, Oppo claims to be the “world’s first” with its solution. The Chinese smartphone company says that its Under-Screen Camera technology is a “brand new solution” to achieve smartphones with a full-screen display. […]

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Bill Gates Reveals His ‘Greatest Mistake Ever’ Was Microsoft Losing to Android

In an interview with Village Global, Bill Gates talked about his “greatest mistake” and how Microsoft failed to become the standard “non-Apple” mobile platform.The Microsoft co-founder says that his “greatest mistake ever is whatever mismanagement” he was engaged in which led Microsoft to not become what Android today is. Bill Gates says that while Microsoft […]

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AI Can Now Detect Deepfakes by Looking for Weird Facial Movements

Here’s a scenario that’s becoming increasingly common: you see that a friend has shared a video of a celebrity doing or saying something on social media. You watch it, because you’re only human, and something about it strikes you as deeply odd. Not only is Jon Snow from Game of Thrones apologizing for the writing […]

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This Man Is Suing a Cryonics Organization for His Father’s Frozen Head and $1 Million

A Montana man is counter-suing a cryonics organization for $1 million and to get the frozen head of his scientist father back. Kurt Pilgeram alleges that the Alcor Life Extension Foundation, one of the largest cryonics organizations in the world, improperly removed his father’s head, cremated his body, and sent the ashes to his family […]

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The Biggest Data Breach Archive on the Internet Is for Sale

The well-known and respected data breach notification website “Have I Been Pwned” is up for sale. Troy Hunt, its founder and sole operator, announced the sale on Tuesday in a blog post where he explained why the time has come for Have I Been Pwned to become part of something bigger and more organized. “To […]

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