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  • Google Offers $1,000 Bounties For Hacking Dropbox, Tinder, Snapchat, and Others
    An anonymous reader quotes Mashable:Google, in collaboration with bug bounty platform HackerOne, has launched the Google Play Security Reward Program, which promises $1,000 to anyone who can identify security vulnerabilities in participating Google…
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 5:34pm -
  • Why Are We Still Using Passwords?
    Here's some surprising news from the Akamia Edge conference. chicksdaddy writes:[E]xecutives at some of the U.S.'s leading corporations agreed that the much maligned password won't be abandoned any time soon, even as data breaches and follow-on atta…
    - 5 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 4:34pm -
  • Code School Fined $375K Over Employment Claims and Licensing Issues
    An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:[O]ne of the most prominent institutions, New York's Flatiron School, will be shelling out $375,000 to settle charges brought by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office. The AG said the school ope…
    - 6 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 3:34pm -
  • Friendlier GPL-Enforcement Permission Proposed By Linux Kernel Developers
    The former Executive Director of the Free Software Foundation -- and Slashdot user #41121 -- contacted Slashdot with this announcement. bkuhn -- now president of the Software Freedom Conservancy --writes: Software Freedom Conservancy, home of the GP…
    - 7 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 2:34pm -
  • Tech Companies To Lobby For Immigrant 'Dreamers' To Remain In US
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Nearly two dozen major companies in technology and other industries are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency, a…
    - 8 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 1:00pm -
  • Tim Cook Confirms the Mac Mini Isn't Dead
    Apple has refreshed just about every Mac product within the last couple of years -- except for the Mac Mini. Naturally, this has left many analysts questioning whether or not the company would be phasing out the Mini to focus more on its mobile devic…
    - 11 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 10:00am -
  • The US Government Keeps Spectacularly Underestimating Solar Energy Installation
    Michael J. Coren reports via Quartz: Every two years, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), America's official source for energy statistics, issues 10-year projections about how much solar, wind and conventional energy the future holds fo…
    - 14 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 7:00am -
  • Body Camera Study Shows No Effect On Police Use of Force Or Citizen Complaints
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Having police officers wear little cameras seems to have no discernible impact on citizen complaints or officers' use of force, at least in the nation's capital. That's the conclusion of a study performed…
    - 18 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 3:30am -
  • Software Developer Creates Personal Cryptocurrency
    mirandakatz writes: If you want to pick Evan Prodromou's brain -- as many people often do -- you'll have to pay him. And not just a consulting fee: You'll have to pay him in his own personal cryptocurrency, dubbed Evancoin. Currently, 20 days after h…
    - 20 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 1:25am -
  • Elon Musk Begins Digging a Hyperloop Tunnel In Maryland
    Elon Musk has been granted permission by Maryland to start digging tunnels for his hyperoop transit system that he wants to build between New York and Washington. "Hogan administration officials said Thursday the state has issued a conditional utilit…
    - 21 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 12:45am -
  • Vungle CEO Arrested For Child Rape and Attempted Murder
    Freshly Exhumed writes: Axios is working to get details about a revelation on a government website that Vungle CEO Zain Jaffer is facing charges at the Maple Street Correctional Center in Redwood City, California of attempted murder, a lewd act on a…
    - 21 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 12:07am -
  • Google Says 64 Percent of Chrome Traffic On Android Now Protected With HTTPS, 75 Percent On Mac, 66 Percent On Windows
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Google's push to make the web more secure by flagging sites using insecure HTTP connections appears to be working. The company announced today that 64 percent of Chrome traffic on Android is now pr…
    - 22 hours ago, 20 Oct 17, 11:20pm -


  • GitHub’s scandalized ex-CEO returns with Chatterbug
     Translation earbuds might eliminate some utilitarian reasons to know a language, but if you want to understand jokes, read poetry, or fall in love in a foreign tongue, you’ll have to actually learn it. Unfortunately, products like Rosetta Stone l…
    - 5 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 4:47pm -
  • Antisocial media?
     As Facebook finds itself publicly on the hook for enabling Russian agents to spread divisive propaganda via its platform, be it in the form of fake news, ‘dark ads’, issue pushing Facebook pages, and even political rallies organized using its…
    - 5 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 4:37pm -
  • Stop what you are doing and watch Nathan for You’s brilliant Uber episode right now
     If you have not yet had the pleasure of being introduced to Nathan for You, you’re in for a treat! The man behind the show, Nathan Fielder, is so wonderfully awkward in his delivery he might just make you pee your pants from laughing so hard.Las…
    - 6 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 3:25pm -
  • Redesigning the TechCrunch app
     Over the last two years we have been working hard to improve the experience of TechCrunch products for our readers. Our tiny-but-mighty product team launched the brand new TechCrunch mobile app earlier this month and we couldn’t be more excited.…
    - 10 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 11:00am -
  • CapHorn Invest raises $150 million fund to invest in B2B startups
     French VC firm CapHorn Invest recently closed a new $150 million fund (€130 million). Around 250 CEOs and executives of big established companies invested in the fund as limited partners. This is CapHorn Invest’s second fund. The firm plans to…
    - 11 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 10:25am -
  • Southeast Asia gaming and e-commerce firm Sea ends first day on NYSE up 8%
     Sea, the gaming and e-commerce company holding the first major U.S. IPO from a Southeast Asian tech firm, had a bumpy start to life on the NYSE after closing the day up around eight percent on its list price of $15. The company raised $884 million…
    - 13 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 8:43am -
  • Crunch Report | SoftBank Vision Fund Sequels
    SoftBank is planning to create $100 billion Vision Fund sequels, Chariot is temporarily paused in San Francisco and Stitch Fix shows us what a good IPO looks like. All this on Crunch Report. Read More
    - 18 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 3:30am -
  • Mozilla proposes combined WebXR standard for virtual and mixed reality in the browser
     Although we may disagree on the usefulness of VR and AR today, it’s hard to argue with the idea that it should be easier to develop for and deploy — especially on the web. That’s why Mozilla is working on a combined framework that gives devel…
    - 21 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 12:17am -

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  • New Twitch tools help you become a pro streamer
    Many Twitch streamers dream of turning pro, but getting there is a fuzzy process. How do you know you've 'made it' and can apply to become an affiliate or partner? And how do you make a big deal out of staple events like channel raids and new viewe…
    - 5 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 4:31pm -
  • The best devices and apps to up your selfie game
    The first time a stranger on the train told me I had a nice smile, I didn't believe her. Back then, I hadn't yet had my crooked teeth fixed, and my self-esteem wasn't anywhere as high as it is today. I was an ugly kid, and it took a shocking number o…
    - 6 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 3:00pm -
  • How Microsoft embraced 'messy’ creativity with Windows Ink
    Windows Ink isn't Microsoft's first stab at bringing stylus support to PCs -- that would be Windows XP Tablet Edition -- but it is the company's most successful. It made stylus support a core part of Windows 10, and it's a big reason you're seeing so…
    - 8 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 1:30pm -
  • The Morning After: Weekend Edition
    Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.Welcome to the weekend. We'll recap this week's news highlights, plus big stories from Friday like Project Loon-distributed internet going live in Puerto Rico.
    - 9 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 12:00pm -
  • Google's annual report shows more web traffic is encrypted
    For several years now, Google has been exerting pressure to increase the usage of HTTPS across the internet. By defaulting to secure connections on both ends, users can be protected from anyone who may intercept or even manipulate data as it flows ba…
    - 12 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 8:59am -
  • Apple's Upgrade Program offers a 'head start' on iPhone X
    While initial pre-orders for the iPhone X are still a week away from opening, some Apple die-hards will be able to get started early. Apple's installment-based Upgrade Program that lets customers get a new phone every year will, just like it did with…
    - 17 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 3:59am -
  • Vector plans three 'microsatellite' launches in Virginia
    Virginia's governor announced that microsatellite delivery company Vector has arranged a trio of launches from the state's spaceport on Wallops Island. While the notice gave no information on the payloads or customers, they will be very small compare…
    - 19 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 2:02am -
  • Senators want to know if Apple fought back on China's VPN ban
    Apple CEO Tim Cook wasn't pleased about pulling VPN software from the company's App Store in China, but this July, it happened anyway. As a result, many users who once counted on such software to dodge the country's Great Firewall were left to their.…
    - 21 hours ago, 21 Oct 17, 12:54am -