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China’s First Private Space Rocket Launch Ever Was This Week

OneSpace Technology conducted the first private rocket launch in Chinese history this week, firing off the 30-foot OS-X from a platform in northwest China on Thursday, according to CNN. Read More >>

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Apple Begins Removing CallKit Apps From Chinese App Store, Citing New Cybersecurity Laws

Apple has begun removing applications that use the CallKit framework from the Chinese version of its App Store after the nation’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology moved to more strictly enforce recent cybersecurity regulations, per a report in 9to5Mac. Read More >>

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Report: North Korea Pretty Good at the Cyber, Is Selling Stuff Like Facial Recognition Tech Abroad

North Korean operatives could be involved in the design and sale of everything from VPNs and encryption software to fingerprint and facial recognition technology, according to a recent report that alleges it’s one way the country’s totalitarian government is generating new revenue. Read More >>

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Here’s a £3,400 ‘iPhone X Tesla’ With a Solar Panel, If You Have Way Too Much Money or Something

Russian phone accessory maker Caviar has begun sales of a $4,500 “iPhone X Tesla” with an attached solar panel, if for some reason you happened to have thousands of dollars lying around you don’t need, and also feel like leaving your pricey electronics sitting around baking in the sun. Read More >>

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Netflix: We’re Going to Have Churned Out 1,000 Originals By the End of the Year

Streaming giant Netflix, which has been aggressively pursuing an original content strategy at the same time it’s lost a great deal of its licensed content, says it is on track to have created over 1,000 original shows and movies by the end of the year. Read More >>

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Microsoft Finally Agrees to Replace Surface Pro 4s With Horrible Screen Flickering That Can’t Be Patched

Microsoft has finally called a mulligan and will just replace Surface Pro 4 models that are experiencing screen flickering that makes the tablet-laptop hybrids unusable, Ars Technica reported. Read More >>

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Apple’s iOS Will Reportedly Soon Have a Feature That Locks Down USB Data Access After a Week

Apple’s latest move in its ongoing war of words with the FBI, the US National Security Agency, and other intelligence and law enforcement agencies over encryption is a feature that turns off USB data access on locked iOS devices. Read More >>

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Facebook is Developing Avatars, Which Are Just Like Bitmoji Except Not Owned By Snap

Just like it did with Filters, Snaps, and Stories, Facebook is duplicating another feature that previously existed on its competitor Snapchat. Read More >>

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At Least 10 Volcanic Fissures Have Now Opened Up Near Hawaii’s Mt. Kilauea, Destroying 21 Homes

The eruption of the Mount Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has continued to progress, with massive lava flows pouring out of what is now believed to be at least 10 fissures in the nearby residential neighbourhood of Leilani Estates, the Washington Post reported. Read More >>

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Report: Facebook Really Is Connecting People, Specifically ISIS

Facebook is connecting more than just distant relatives who post too much about their children, at least per a recent study that concludes it is connecting new affiliates to the Islamic State’s digital networks. According to the Telegraph, researchers with the Counter Extremism Project analysed the social media habits of roughly 1,000 ISIS supporters in 96 countries, finding that “users with radical Islamist sympathies were routinely introduced to one another through the popular ‘suggested friends’ feature.” Read More >>

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YouTubers Are Mad Again After YouTube Deletes Videos With Paid Promos for Academic Cheating

YouTube has removed “hundreds” of videos advertising an essay-writing service, EduBirdie, following a BBC investigation that concluded over 250 channels were promoting the Ukraine-based company. Read More >>

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UK Authorities Order Cambridge Analytica to Give US Voter All the Data It Has on Him

UK authorities have ordered Cambridge Analytica, the sketchy election firm at the centre of a data scandal involving at least 87 million Facebook users, to hand over all of the information it acquired on a US voter in a move that could potentially open the floodgates for others to know what information the firm stockpiled on them. Read More >>

security
Researchers Find Mysterious Russia-Linked Malware That Hijacks Anti-Theft Software Lojack

Security researchers are warning that malware with suspected links to Russian cyber-espionage group Fancy Bear is turning up in installations of Lojack, an anti-computer theft program used by many corporations to guard their assets. Read More >>

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Apple Will Spend $100 Billion of That Cash It Stashed Abroad Buying Back Its Own Stock

For all the tortuous interactions with now-President Donald Trump that Apple CEO Tim Cook has endured over the past few years, in late April he was still making the rounds at fancy White House events—probably because his company has, all told, been a major beneficiary of Republican-backed tax cuts. On Tuesday, Apple revealed where a big chunk of the $252 billion it’s hoarded overseas but has agreed to bring back to the US in exchange for a sweetheart tax deal is going: Stock buybacks. Read More >>

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GitHub Tells Some Users It Accidentally Stored Their Passwords in Plain Text But Hey, NBD

Code repository GitHub warned “a select number of users” on Tuesday that due to a flaw in its password reset system, the company had stored their passwords in plain text on internal logs. Read More >>