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Researchers Find New Ways to Exploit Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities in Modern CPUs

In the past few weeks, the entire information security industry has grown very anxious about Meltdown and Spectre, two classes of exploits that can be used to manipulate vulnerabilities in the way many varieties of modern processors (but especially Intel ones) handle a performance-improving technique called speculative execution and extract hidden system data. While numerous platforms have rushed to roll out patches, and Meltdown appears to be less of an issue than Spectre, it’s still unclear just how badly this situation could go. Read More >>

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Google’s Quest For Dominance Continues With New AMP Formats For Email and News

Google is rolling out a bevy of new open-source Accelerated Mobile Page tools for developers this week, coming in two flavours: AMP for email and AMP Stories. While anyone who reads news online might have already seen AMP articles, these new tools have the potential to shape what people see and do online in Google’s favour, so it’s worth paying some attention. Read More >>

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Report: Equifax Lost Even More Information on Consumers Than It Told the Public

Confidential documents filed with the US Senate Banking Committee suggest that Equifax could have lost considerably more personal information about over 145 million Americans to hackers than it’s publicly let on, CNN Money reported. Read More >>

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Uber Rolls Out Feature That Limit Drivers to Breezy, Pleasant 12-Hour Shifts

Uber has implemented a mandate that its drivers must take at least six hours of time off every time they work at least 12 consecutive hours, the Washington Post reported on Monday, as part of an initiative to crack down on drowsy driving that might result in potentially deadly crashes. Read More >>

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Twitter Says It Will Crack Down on Posts Encouraging Others to Harm Themselves

Twitter, the social media website best known for ignoring its abuse problem until it metastasized into a full-blown presidency, has as of late been trying to change its image. It’s stripped some far-right and white supremacist users of their verified badges and banned others, as well as rolled out what it says is harsher enforcement of rules against abuse, sexual and racial harassment, and threats of violence. Read More >>

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Cryptojackers Strike Again, Hitting Thousands of Sites Including US and UK Government Pages

Thousands of websites including ones run by the U.S. and U.K. governments secretly hijacked browsers to mine cryptocurrency thanks to a compromised plugin, the Register reported on Sunday. Read More >>

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Donald Trump Reportedly Wants to Privatise the International Space Station

It’s been known for some time that the White House has been considering cutting off funding to the International Space Station by 2025 to free up resources for NASA, an agency President Donald Trump wants to send astronauts back to the moon but has also proposed should make do with a shoestring budget. Per the Washington Post, internal documents now show Trump wants to turn the ISS into a “kind of orbiting real estate venture run not by the government, but by private industry.” Read More >>

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Pyeongchang Olympics Hit By Cyber Attack, With Widespread Rumors Russia to Blame

Officials at the 2018 Pyeonchang Winter Olympics have occurred that a cyber attack hit the games, taking its website as well as TV and internet access at its main press centre offline, the Guardian reported. Read More >>

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Danish Man Convicted of Telling Web Users Where to Download Popcorn Time

A Danish man has been handed down a six-month conditional sentence for merely sharing information about Popcorn Time, the once-popular torrent-based streaming client that was targeted for extermination by copyright lawsuits . Read More >>

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A Jailbreaker Was Allegedly Behind Apple’s iBoot Source Code Leak

The code to the iOS 9 version of the iPhone’s iBoot software—the proprietary system that ensures trusted launches of iOS, and one of Apple’s closely held secrets—leaked this week on Github, the open-source code repository. According to Motherboard, sources now say a low-level employee who stole the code at work was responsible. Read More >>

technology
Here Are Some of the New Emoji, Ranked From Most to Least Useful During Sexting

Great news: On Wednesday, the Unicode Consortium released the final version of its 11.0 emoji set, with approximately 77 new emojis being added to the list. There’s a lot of new content, including a few new faces, various organs or body parts, animals, foodstuffs, and science equipment including petri dishes and lab coats. Read More >>

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North Korean and Iranian Athletes at the Olympics Won’t Get Their Free Samsung Galaxy Note 8s

The Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games is handing out special “Olympic edition” Galaxy Note 8 smartphones to competitors this year, but athletes from North Korea and Iran won’t receive them thanks to United Nations sanctions on both countries, Agence France-Presse reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

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Police Departments in America Warn Facebook Users to Stop Allegedly Sharing a Child Abuse Video

Police departments in America are warning Facebook users that a child abuse video captioned with a vague plea to identify the perpetrator is spreading across the site via direct messages and status updates—and that sharing this nightmare chain letter or even viewing its contents is, obviously, a crime that could result in serious penalties up to and including felony charges. Read More >>

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After Disastrous Hawaii Incident, Senators Propose Ending States’ Power to Send Missile Alerts

In mid-January, the Hawaiian state Emergency Management Agency sent out an erroneous text to all cell phones in the state warning of a “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII,” sending many residents into an hour-long panic as they ran for cover from what they feared was a North Korean nuclear bomb. Though it first appeared that bad design in the EMA computer system which sent out the alert was to blame, federal investigators later said the alert was intentionally sent by a now-fired employee who mistook an ongoing drill for a real attack. Read More >>

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SpaceX Landed the Falcon Heavy’s Two Boosters, But Its Core Clipped Its Drone Ship at 300 MPH

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch went pretty well this afternoon, with the rocket’s two partially reusable Falcon 9 strap-on boosters making successful landings at Kennedy Air Force Station after jettisoning from the craft three minutes post-launch. However, the rocket’s centre core did not function as founder Elon Musk and team intended, and appears to have later crashed back down to Earth. Hard. Read More >>