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  • How a Wi-Fi Pineapple Can Steal Your Data (And How To Protect Yourself From It)
    An anonymous reader writes: The Wi-Fi Pineapple is a cheap modified wireless router enables anyone to execute sophisticated exploits on Wi-Fi networks with little to no networking expertise. A report in Motherboard explains how it can be used to run…
    - 6 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 1:00pm -
  • Russia Detects a Significant Radiation Spike In Mountains Close To Soviet-Era Nuclear Plant
    According to a report via The New York Times, Russia said that it had detected a significant radiation spike in the Ural Mountains, close to a sprawling Soviet-era nuclear plant still remembered as the site of an accident 60 years ago. Russia did how…
    - 9 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 10:00am -
  • Microsoft Confirms Surface Book 2 Can't Stay Charged During Gaming Sessions
    The Verge mentioned in their review that the Surface Book 2's power supply can't charge the battery fast enough to prevent it from draining in some cases. Microsoft has since confirmed that "in some intense, prolonged gaming scenarios with Power Mode…
    - 12 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 7:00am -
  • How the Sugar Industry Tried To Hide Health Effects of Its Product 50 Years Ago
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: About 50 years ago, the sugar industry stopped funding research that began to show something they wanted to hide: that eating lots of sugar is linked to heart disease. A new study exposes the sugar…
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 3:30am -
  • $31 Million In Tokens Stolen From Dollar-Pegged Cryptocurrency Tether
    Mark Wilson shares a report from BetaNews: All eyes may be on the meteoric rise of Bitcoin at the moment, but it's far from being the only cryptocurrency on the block. Startup Tether issued a critical announcement after it was discovered that "malici…
    - 16 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 2:10am -
  • Ask Slashdot: How Are So Many Security Vulnerabilities Possible?
    dryriver writes: It seems like not a day goes by on Slashdot and elsewhere on the intertubes that you don't read a story headline reading "Company_Name Product_Name Has Critical Vulnerability That Allows Hackers To Description_Of_Bad_Things_Vulnerabi…
    - 17 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 1:30am -
  • Sacramento Regional Transit Systems Hit By Hacker
    Zorro shares a report from CBS Local: Sacramento Regional Transit is the one being taken for a ride on this night, by a computer hacker. That hacker forced RT to halt its operating systems that take credit card payments, and assigns buses and trains…
    - 18 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 12:50am -
  • FCC Will Also Order States To Scrap Plans For Their Own Net Neutrality Laws
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In addition to ditching its own net neutrality rules, the Federal Communications Commission also plans to tell state and local governments that they cannot impose local laws regulating broadband…
    - 18 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 12:10am -
  • Uber Fined $8.9 Million In Colorado For Allowing Drivers With Felonies, Motor Violations To Work
    Uber has been fined by a Colorado regulator on Monday for nearly $9 million, after an investigation revealed that 57 people with criminal and motor vehicle offenses were allowed to drive with the ride-hailing company. Jalopnik reports: States across…
    - 19 hours ago, 21 Nov 17, 11:30pm -
  • HP Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman To Step Down
    Hewlett Packard Enterprise's Meg Whitman is stepping down as chief executive officer. Reuters reports: Whitman engineered the biggest breakup in corporate history during her 6 year tenure at the helm, creating HPE and PC-and-printer business HP Inc f…
    - 19 hours ago, 21 Nov 17, 11:10pm -
  • Uber Concealed Cyberattack That Exposed 57 Million People's Data
    According to Bloomberg, hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber. The massive breach was reportedly concealed by the company for more than a year. From the report: Compromised data from the October 2016 attack inc…
    - 20 hours ago, 21 Nov 17, 10:50pm -
  • Russia To Act Against Google if Sputnik, RT Get Lower Search Rankings
    Paresh Dave and Jack Stubbs, reporting for Reuters: The Kremlin will take action against Alphabet's Google if articles from Russian news websites Sputnik and Russia Today are placed lower in search results, the Interfax news service cited Russia's ch…
    - 20 hours ago, 21 Nov 17, 10:10pm -


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    We hope you have a very, merry Christmas!
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  • The real reasons Google is getting into robots
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  • Surprise: This $20 home monitoring camera actually doesn’t suck
    Most of the low-end connected cameras you'll find on store shelves will run you at least $50, and more feature-rich options like Amazon's Cloud Cam and Logitech's Circle 2 are north of $100. The prospect of kitting out your house with connected camer…
    - 23 mins ago, 22 Nov 17, 6:11pm -
  • Facebook will alert you if you liked a fake Russian account
    As part of its ongoing transparency efforts on Russian activity, Facebook today revealed that it will soon let users find out if they liked or followed pages created by the Internet Research Agency between January 2015 and August 2017. The company sa…
    - 48 mins ago, 22 Nov 17, 5:46pm -
  • FCC releases the final draft of its proposal to kill net neutrality
    The FCC has released the final draft of its proposal to rollback 2015 net neutrality protections. If enacted, the order would reclassify broadband internet service as an information service and Title II regulations would no longer apply. Additionally…
    - 51 mins ago, 22 Nov 17, 5:43pm -
  • Walmart is testing a self-driving, floor-scrubbing robot
    Walmart has been testing autonomous floor-cleaning robots in five of its stores, LinkedIn reports. The floor scrubber, developed by Brain Corp., is equipped with cameras, sensors and LiDAR to help it maneuver down aisles and around obstacles. And it.…
    - 1 hour ago, 22 Nov 17, 5:22pm -
  • How to find the best 4K TV for your space
    There has never been a better time to buy a new TV. Huge 4K sets are cheaper and look finer than ever. Perhaps more important, there are finally a few new technologies that make upgrading from your old set worth it: HDR (high dynamic range) video and…
    - 2 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 5:00pm -
  • 'PUBG' will be tweaked to add socialist-friendly messages in China
    PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been this year's sleeper hit, and it's about to officially be released in China. The rub is, it'll have some pretty significant changes given the country's strict state-mandated censorship. Local publisher Tencent wi…
    - 2 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 4:43pm -
  • TalkTalk TV will go multiscreen next year with new streaming app
    Sky, Virgin Media and BT all offer their customers ways to watch TV beyond the living room. TalkTalk has an app for its rental and purchase store -- formerly Blinkbox, you might recall -- but otherwise it's fallen behind the pack somewhat. The compan…
    - 2 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 4:20pm -
  • TiVo wins one of its patent fights with Comcast
    TiVo has good news going into the holiday season: The International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that Comcast's X1 set-top boxes violate two of TiVo's patents related to setting recordings from a mobile device. As a result, there's now an import.…
    - 2 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 4:20pm -