• Zuckerberg and Pichai Allegedly Signed Off On Illegal Facebook-Google Ad Deal

    Zuckerberg and Pichai Allegedly Signed Off On Illegal Facebook-Google Ad Deal
    BuzzFeed News reports:Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally signed off on a secret advertising deal that allegedly gave Facebook special privileges on Google's ad platform, according to newly unredacted court documents filed on Friday.
    The allegation is from a complaint first filed in December 2020 by Texas and several other states against Google for engaging in "false, deceptive, or misleading acts" while operating its buy-and-sell auction system for digital ads.
  • More Than 80% of NFTs Created For Free On OpenSea Are Fraud Or Spam, Company Say

    More Than 80% of NFTs Created For Free On OpenSea Are Fraud Or Spam, Company Say
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: OpenSea has revealed just how much of the NFT activity on its platform is defined by fakery and theft, and it's a lot. In fact, according to the company, nearly all of the NFTs created for free on its platform are either spam or plagiarized. The revelation began with some drama. On Thursday, popular NFT marketplace OpenSea announced that it would limit how many times a user could create (or "mint") an NFT for free on the platform using its to
  • Samsung Spilled Up To 763K Gallons of Sulfuric Acid Waste Into Austin Tributary

    Samsung Spilled Up To 763K Gallons of Sulfuric Acid Waste Into Austin Tributary
    New submitter blackprint writes: The City of Austin released a memo saying that Samsung released as much as 763,000 gallons of sulfuric acid waste into a Northeast Austin creek over a period as long as 106 days. They confirmed the leak has stopped, but no fish or macro invertebrates survived in the impacted area. They don't know if there are any long-term impacts, but pH levels in the area have returned close to normal. According to the memo, "Public access to this area is limited, and there are
  • DeFi Platform Qubit Finance Begs Hacker To Return $80 Million In Stolen Funds

    DeFi Platform Qubit Finance Begs Hacker To Return $80 Million In Stolen Funds
    Qubit Finance took to Twitter last night to beg hackers to return more than $80 million in stolen cryptocurrency this week. ZDNet reports: On Thursday, the DeFi platform said their protocol was exploited by a hacker who eventually stole 206,809 binance coins from Qubit's QBridge protocol, worth more than $80 million according to PeckShield. An hour after the first message, the company explained that they were tracking the exploiter and monitoring the stolen cryptocurrency. They noted that they c
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  • Microsoft Fends Off Record-Breaking 3.47Tbps DDoS Attack

    Microsoft Fends Off Record-Breaking 3.47Tbps DDoS Attack
    Microsoft's Azure DDoS Protection team said that in November, it fended off what industry experts say is likely the biggest distributed denial-of-service attack ever: a torrent of junk data with a throughput of 3.47 terabits per second. Ars Technica reports: The record DDoS came from more than 10,000 sources located in at least 10 countries around the world. The DDoS targeted an unidentified Azure customer in Asia and lasted for about two minutes. The following month, Microsoft said, Azure warde
  • Waymo Sues State DMV To Keep Robotaxi Safety Details Secret

    Waymo Sues State DMV To Keep Robotaxi Safety Details Secret
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Los Angeles Times: Waymo, the driverless car company operating an autonomous taxi fleet in San Francisco, is suing the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The immediate issue: whether the company, owned by Google parent Alphabet, can hide from the public safety-related information by designating it as a trade secret. The topics Waymo wants to keep hidden include how it plans to handle driverless car emergencies, what it would do if a robot taxi s
  • Apple Finally Removing Python 2 In macOS 12.3

    Apple Finally Removing Python 2 In macOS 12.3
    Apple will no longer bundle Python 2.7 with macOS 12.3, according to developer release notes for the upcoming software update. MacRumors reports: Python 2 has not been supported since January 1, 2020 and no longer receives any bug fixes, security patches, or other changes. Apple says that developers should use an alternative programming language instead, such as Python 3, but it's worth noting that Python 3 also does not come preinstalled on macOS. Developers can run the stub /usr/bin/python3 in
  • The Crypto Selloff Wiped $7 Billion Off Corporate Balance Sheets

    The Crypto Selloff Wiped $7 Billion Off Corporate Balance Sheets
    At least 26 public corporations are holding bitcoin on their balance sheets, according to data compiled by cryptocurrency analytics firm CoinGecko. Since the price of cryptocurrencies began to plummet in November, they've collectively lost nearly $7 billion. Quartz reports: The price of Bitcoin peaked above $67,000 on Nov. 8, but has since fallen 46%. Corporate crypto holdings for the largest 26 totaled at least $14.7 billion at the height of the rally. As of Jan. 26, they're worth $8 billion. T
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  • US Bans Telecom Giant China Unicom Over Spying Concerns

    US Bans Telecom Giant China Unicom Over Spying Concerns
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: China Unicom has become the latest Chinese telecoms giant to be banned from the US over "significant" national security and espionage concerns. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said it had voted unanimously to revoke authorization for the company's American unit to operate in the US. The firm must stop providing telecoms services in America within 60 days. The announcement comes after larger rival China Telecom had its licence to opera
  • CISA Adds Eight Known Exploited Vulnerabilities to Catalog

    Original release date: January 28, 2022
    CISA has added eight new vulnerabilities to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities Catalog, based on evidence that threat actors are actively exploiting the vulnerabilities listed in the table below. These types of vulnerabilities are a frequent attack vector for malicious cyber actors of all types and pose significant risk to the federal enterprise. CVE NumberCVE TitleRequired Action Due DateCVE-2022-22587Apple IOMobileFrameBuffer Memory Corruption Vulnerabi
  • Samsung Led Smartphone Shipments For 2021, Beating Out Apple

    Samsung Led Smartphone Shipments For 2021, Beating Out Apple
    Around 1.35 billion smartphones were shipped in 2021, according to IDC's quarterly mobile phone tracker. Overall, fewer smartphones were shipped in the final quarter of 2021 compared to Q4 2020 but overall, more were shipped last year than in 2020, IDC said Thursday. CNET reports: Samsung retook the top spot for smartphone shipments in 2021, holding 20% market share globally after shipping 272 million phones during the year. Apple came in second, at 235.7 million phones, Xiaomi with 191 million,
  • Water On Mars May Have Flowed For a Billion Years Longer Than Thought

    Water On Mars May Have Flowed For a Billion Years Longer Than Thought
    Observations by a long-running Mars mission suggest that liquid water may have flowed on the Red Planet as little as 2 billion years ago, much later than scientists once thought. Space.com reports: Scientists charted the presence of chloride salt deposits left behind by flowing water using years of data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which has been orbiting the Red Planet since 2006. By studying dozens of images of salt deposits taken by the spacecraft's Compact Reconnaissance Im
  • Dozens of US States Say Apple Stifles Competition, Back 'Fortnite' Maker Epic

    Dozens of US States Say Apple Stifles Competition, Back 'Fortnite' Maker Epic
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Apple is stifling competition through its mobile app store, attorneys general for 34 U.S. states and the District of Columbia said on Thursday, as they appealed against a ruling that let the iPhone maker continue some restrictive practices. While dozens of state attorneys general have filed recent antitrust lawsuits against other big tech companies, including Facebook owner Meta Platforms and Alphabet's Google, none had so far taken aim at Apple.
  • Texas Governor Candidate Plans To Make Texas the 'Citadel For Bitcoin'

    Texas Governor Candidate Plans To Make Texas the 'Citadel For Bitcoin'
    Texas governor candidate Don Huffines said he is "committed to making Texas the citadel for bitcoin and has released a plan detailing the effort. "As a leader in innovation, Texas needs to lead the nation in Bitcoin & cryptocurrency adoption," it reads. "Not only by acknowledging, supporting, and promoting the industry, but by also using our natural resources and the power of our state to legitimize Bitcoin as a store of value, medium of exchange, and unit of account."Huffines says the state
  • SpaceX Planning To Launch Up To 52 Missions In 2022

    SpaceX Planning To Launch Up To 52 Missions In 2022
    Commercial space company SpaceX plans to launch a whopping 52 flights in 2022, a NASA safety panel revealed today during a meeting. If successful, it would be the most launches the company has ever conducted in a single year, with its previous record last year at 31 launches. The Verge reports: The impressive figure was given during a virtual meeting of NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, or ASAP, which gives guidance to the space agency on how to maintain safety within its biggest programs.
  • Living Near Fracking Sites Raises Risk of Premature Death For Elderly, Study Finds

    Living Near Fracking Sites Raises Risk of Premature Death For Elderly, Study Finds
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Elderly people living near or downwind from unconventional oil and gas wells such as fracking sites are more likely to die prematurely, according to a major new US study. Extracting oil and gas through newer or unconventional methods like fracking has expanded rapidly across America over the past two decades with at least 17.6 million people now living within one kilometer of an active well. Compared with traditional drilling, unconventional
  • Android Malware BRATA Wipes Your Device After Stealing Data

    Android Malware BRATA Wipes Your Device After Stealing Data
    The Android malware known as BRATA has added new and dangerous features to its latest version, including GPS tracking, the capacity to use multiple communication channels, and a function that performs a factory reset on the device to wipe all traces of malicious activity. BleepingComputer reports: BRATA was first spotted by Kaspersky back in 2019 as an Android RAT (remote access tool) that mainly targeted Brazilian users. In December 2021, a report by Cleafy underscored the emergence of the malw
  • Apple Revenue Pops 11% To $123.9 Billion Despite Supply Chain Concerns

    Apple Revenue Pops 11% To $123.9 Billion Despite Supply Chain Concerns
    According to CNBC, Apple "beat analyst estimates for sales in every product category except iPads and overall revenue was up 11% annually." This is despite global supply chain challenges caused by the covid-19 pandemic. Here is how Apple did in the quarter ending Dec. 25 versus Refinitiv consensus estimates (via CNBC): EPS: $2.10 vs. $1.89 estimated, up 25% year-over-year
    Revenue: $123.9 billion vs. $118.66 billion estimated, up 11% year-over-year
    iPhone revenue: $71.63 billion vs. $68.34 billio
  • macOS 12.3 Will Break Cloud-Storage Features Used By Dropbox and OneDrive

    macOS 12.3 Will Break Cloud-Storage Features Used By Dropbox and OneDrive
    If you're using either Dropbox or Microsoft OneDrive to sync files on a Mac, you'll want to pay attention to the release notes for today's macOS 12.3 beta: the update is deprecating a kernel extension used by both apps to download files on demand. Ars Technica reports: The extension means that files are available when you need them but don't take up space on your disk when you don't. Apple says that "both service providers have replacements for this functionality currently in beta." Both Microso
  • Gaming Chromebooks Are On the Way With Full RGB Keyboards

    Gaming Chromebooks Are On the Way With Full RGB Keyboards
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Google: The next class of Chrome OS devices may be targeted at the gaming market -- more than one Chromebook is set to release with a full RGB keyboard. Similar to how Chrome OS offers support for Linux apps and Android apps, there's been a long-running effort -- codenamed Borealis -- to get Steam and various Linux-compatible PC games running in a virtual machine on your Chromebook. While there's yet to be any formal announcement of Steam games for Ch
  • Messenger's End-To-End Encrypted Chats and Calls Are Available To Everyone

    Messenger's End-To-End Encrypted Chats and Calls Are Available To Everyone
    Messenger has fully rolled out end-to-end encryption (E2EE) to everyone, with toggles to encrypt text messages as well as group chats and calls. As The Verge notes, Messenger first added E2EE in 2016 back when it was still called Facebook Messenger and Meta was still Facebook. "Meta has discussed switching to E2EE as a default, but that may not happen until next year at the earliest, as some regulators claim this would harm public safety," adds The Verge. From the report: There are two ways Mess
  • Social Media Scammers Stole At Least $770 Million In 2021

    According to a new report from the FTC, more than 95,000 people lost $770 million to scammers who found them via social media platforms in 2021. "That's more than double the $258 million they say scammers made off with in 2020," notes Engadget. From the report: The report doesn't speculate on why there was such a big increase in 2021, but it notes that reports of scams have "soared" over the last five years. It also states that there was a "massive surge" in scams related to "bogus cryptocurrenc
  • Google Relents: Legacy G Suite Users Will Be Able To Migrate To Free Accounts

    Google Relents: Legacy G Suite Users Will Be Able To Migrate To Free Accounts
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: There is hope for users of Google's "legacy" free G Suite accounts. Last week, Google announced a brutal policy change -- it would shut down the Google Apps accounts of users who signed up during the first several years when the service was available for free. Users who had a free G Suite account were given two options: start paying the per-user monthly fee by July 2022 or lose your account. Naturally, this move led to a huge outcry outside
  • Computers Uncover 100,000 Novel Viruses in Old Genetic Data

    Computers Uncover 100,000 Novel Viruses in Old Genetic Data
    sciencehabit writes: It took just one virus to cripple the world's economy and kill millions of people; yet virologists estimate that trillions of still-unknown viruses exist, many of which might be lethal or have the potential to spark the next pandemic. Now, they have a new -- and very long -- list of possible suspects to interrogate. By sifting through unprecedented amounts of existing genomic data, scientists have uncovered more than 100,000 novel viruses, including nine coronaviruses and mo
  • Apple Might Let You Use Face ID With a Mask in the Next iOS Update

    Apple Might Let You Use Face ID With a Mask in the Next iOS Update
    Apple appears to be testing a feature that will let you use Face ID to unlock the phone even when wearing a mask. From a report: The first developer beta for iOS 15.4 has a screen that asks if you want to be able to use Face ID while wearing a mask, at the cost of reduced security, according to photos from Brandon Butch on Twitter and MacRumors. According to pictures of the screen, Apple says that "iPhone can recognize the unique features around the eye area to authenticate" but warns that Face
  • Sweden Approves Plan To Bury Spent Nuclear Fuel for 100,000 Years

    Sweden Approves Plan To Bury Spent Nuclear Fuel for 100,000 Years
    Sweden's government gave the go-ahead on Thursday for the building of a storage facility to keep the country's spent nuclear fuel safe for the next 100,000 years. From a report: What to do with nuclear waste has been a major headache since the world's first nuclear plants came on line in the 1950s and 1960s. The International Atomic Energy Agency estimates that there is around 370,000 tonnes of highly radioactive, spent nuclear fuel in temporary storage around the globe. "Our generation must tak
  • Booby-trapped Sites Delivered Potent New Backdoor Trojan To macOS Users

    Booby-trapped Sites Delivered Potent New Backdoor Trojan To macOS Users
    Researchers have uncovered advanced, never-before-seen macOS malware that was installed using exploits that were almost impossible for most users to detect or stop once the users landed on a malicious website. From a report: The malware was a full-featured backdoor that was written from scratch, an indication that the developers behind it have significant resources and expertise. DazzleSpy, as researchers from security firm Eset have named it, provides an array of advanced capabilities that give
  • DeepDotWeb Co-admin Sentenced To 8 Years in Prison

    DeepDotWeb Co-admin Sentenced To 8 Years in Prison
    One of the two administrators of the DeepDotWeb portal was sentenced this week to 97 months in prison for receiving money from illegal dark web marketplaces to promote their sites. From a report: Tal Prihar, 37, was detained in May 2019 in France and subsequently extradited to the US. He was charged with running DeepDotWeb, a website on the public internet that advertised and reviewed dark web marketplaces that sold illegal content such as drugs, firearms, and forged documents. US authorities sa
  • FCC Approves Internet 'Nutrition Label' Proposal

    FCC Approves Internet 'Nutrition Label' Proposal
    The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve a proposal that would require internet service providers to share details about their plans in easy-to-read nutrition labels, similar to those on food. From a report: The FCC action, required by law and included in President Biden's executive order on competition, is meant to address consumer complaints about surprise pricing and fees, and make it easier to comparison shop for an internet provider. The proposal would req
  • WhatsApp Gets EU Ultimatum After New Terms Spark Backlash

    WhatsApp Gets EU Ultimatum After New Terms Spark Backlash
    Meta Platforms' WhatsApp was given a month to answer European Union concerns over new terms and services that sparked outrage among consumers and privacy campaigners. From a report: WhatsApp must provide "concrete commitments" to address EU concerns about a possible lack of "sufficiently clear information" to users, or the exchange of user data between WhatsApp and third parties, the European Commission said Thursday. "WhatsApp must ensure that users understand what they agree to and how their p

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