smartphones
People Are Spending Thousands of Pounds on ‘Distinguished’ Mobile Phone Numbers in Iraq

In Iraq, trying to obtain the coolest mobile number is a high-stakes scramble, with some numbers being valuable enough to pay off a modest mortgage. Read More >>

intel
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 >>

google
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 >>

equifax
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 >>

uber
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 >>

twitter
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 >>

cryptocurrency
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 >>

hacking
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 >>

gaming
Why Buy A Nintendo Switch When You Can Make Your Own With A Raspberry Pi?

First answer: it's easier to buy one. And that's cool. But there are people who, given a Raspberry Pi, a 3D printer and a stick of chewing gum, are going to build their own facsimile running emulation software so they can play whatever they like. Christopher Foote is one such person. The fruits of his labour: the "PiSwitch". Read More >>

piracy
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 >>

apple
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
Unicode Knows Its New Skateboard Emoji Is Bad and Is Asking Tony Hawk for Help

Emoji 11.0 is fixed and prepped for delivery in June. Some of them look promising—useful even. But Anthony Hawk, long-time purveyor of fine video games, has taken umbrage with the Unicode Consortium’s depiction of his stock in trade. He’s also been given the opportunity to fix it. 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 >>

olympics
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 >>