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Security firm FireEye has confirmed that a widely used web payment portal used to pay for local government services, like utilities and permits, has been targeted by hackers. Hackers have broken into self-hosted Click2Gov servers operated by local governments across the US, likely using a vulnerability in the portal's web server [...]
Amazon's Echo Dot may have been a bestseller on Prime Day, but Google's Home Mini device is now the top-selling smart speaker worldwide, according to a new report out this morning from Strategy Analytics. The analyst firm says Google's small speaker accounted for 1 in 5 smart speaker shipments in [...]
Telegram has announced it will be migrating iOS users of its messaging app to a rebuilt-from-scratch Swift version. It's been running two versions of its app in parallel on iOS and Android during 2018 — officially announcing Telegram X in January, when it billed it as an experiment and said [...]
Magic Leap promised us a world of dreams, we're getting Angry Birds. After about a month in the public spotlight, the Magic Leap One is starting to get its first titles. Rovio and Resolution Games announced publicly today that they will be releasing Angry Birds FPS: First Person Slingshot this fall [...]
Newegg is clearing up its website after a month-long data breach. Hackers injected 15 lines of card skimming code on the online retailer's payments page which remained for more than a month between August 14 and September 18, Yonathan Klijnsma, a threat researcher at RiskIQ, told TechCrunch. The code siphoned off [...]
Ryan Hoover Contributor Share on Twitter Ryan Hoover is the founder of Product Hunt and host of Product Hunt Radio. In the second episode of the new Product Hunt Radio, I'm joined by two amazing community-builders based in New York, Anil Dash and Allison Esposito. Anil is the CEO of Glitch, a friendly [...]
Internet outages happen all the time. If it's not someone cutting through a cable in the street, it's a massive denial-of-service attack pummeling a pillar of the internet with junk data. There is another, more common cause: routing issues. Internet routing isn't sexy. But it's a fundamental part of how the internet [...]
We're excited to head to Beirut, Lebanon, on October 3rd for TechCrunch Startup Battlefield MENA 2018. Yes, we're bringing our premier startup pitch competition to the Middle East / North Africa, and as well as launching 15 of the hottest startups in MENA on stage for the first time, we'll [...]
One of the major structural issues in the Middle East is the lack of consistent healthcare across the region. So this market was clearly waiting to be disrupted by technology. In 2011 Vezeeta came along to change that. Launched initially in Cairo as a sort of “Uber for Ambulances”, it has [...]
IBM has launched a software service that scans AI systems as they work in order to detect bias and provide explanations for the automated decisions being made — a degree of transparency that may be necessary for compliance purposes not just a company's own due diligence. The new trust and [...]

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Sony announced Wednesday that it will release the PlayStation Classic micro console on December 3. It will cost $100 and come with 20 built-in games. From a report: Like Nintendo's NES Classic and SNES Classic, the PlayStation Classic will come packed with a list of beloved hits from the system's [...]
An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via The Guardian: People don't shout in Pontevedra -- or they shout less. With all but the most essential traffic banished, there are no revving engines or honking horns, no metallic snarl of motorbikes or the roar of people trying make [...]
The European Commission has launched an antitrust investigation into the Volkswagen Group, BMW and Daimler, over allegations they colluded to keep certain emissions control devices from reaching the market in Europe, according to a statement the Commission released on Tuesday. CNET reports: The technologies the group allegedly sought to bury [...]
The European Commission has launched an antitrust investigation into the Volkswagen Group, BMW and Daimler, over allegations they colluded to keep certain emissions control devices from reaching the market in Europe, according to a statement the Commission released on Tuesday. CNET reports: The technologies the group allegedly sought to bury [...]
After the House's unilateral support back in April, the Senate has unanimously voted to pass the Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act, which is named in honor of the Republican senior senator from Utah -- a songwriter himself -- who will retire at the end of the year. Billboard explains [...]
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: For years, Facebook has publicly positioned its Messenger application as a way to connect with friends and as a way to help customers interact directly with businesses. But a new report from The Wall Street Journal today indicates that Facebook also [...]
Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist, New York Times best-selling author, and The Wharton School's top professor, says Americans should work two hours less. Instead of the typical 9-to-5, people "should finish at 3pm," says Grant in a recent LinkedIn post. "We can be as productive and creative in 6 focused [...]
Liam Tung reporting for ZDNet: Ubuntu maintainer Canonical and Microsoft have teamed up to release an optimized Ubuntu Desktop image that's available through Microsoft's Hyper-V gallery. The Ubuntu Desktop image should deliver a better experience when running it as a guest on a Windows 10 Pro host, according to Canonical. [...]
Google has released a Chrome OS 69 update that introduces a range of new features. From a report: Most notably, there's now support for running Linux apps. You'll need a supported machine (a handful of machines from Acer, ASUS, HP, Lenovo, Samsung and Google itself). Still, this could be more [...]
"Ireland's government has fully recovered more than [$16 billion] in disputed taxes and interest from Apple, which it will hold in an escrow fund pending its appeal against a European Union tax ruling," reports The Guardian. From the report: The European commission ruled in August 2016 that Apple had received [...]

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Since September 1st, YouTube channel FlareTV has been streaming the slowest coup of all time. A ticker steadily tracks the side-by-side subscriber counts of channels T-Series and Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg. Presumably, it will continue until T-Series, a music production company based in India, finally overtakes Kjellberg as the biggest channel [...]
Last night, Nintendo officially rolled out its online subscription service for the Nintendo Switch, and one of the big selling points is the inclusion of classic NES games. For $20 a year, you get access to a growing list of 8-bit titles; there are 20 available at launch, with more [...]
Finnish game development studio Rovio is bringing its flagship property, Angry Birds, to one of the most forward-looking devices on the market, the Magic Leap One. First unveiled early last month, the One is the first commercially available mixed reality headset from secretive Florida startup Magic Leap, which has amassed [...]
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SimpliSafe, maker of the best do-it-yourself home security system, according to our recent review, is today releasing a new integration with Google Assistant that will let owners control their home security systems with a Google Home or another device that has access to Assistant. This feature follows the Amazon Alexa [...]
A PS4 release of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) has been rated by the Korean Game Rating Board (as spotted by Eurogamer), indicating that its period of console exclusivity on the Xbox One may soon be coming to an end. Mobile versions of the game on iOS and Android released earlier in [...]
Gray's ‘Alter Ego' case is available in four different colours.
Ultra-premium case manufacturer Gray has turned its attention to the recently announced iPhone XS with a new lineup of titanium phone cases that cost significantly more than the handset itself. The cases range from the grey Alter Ego Titanium which you can get for $1,460, and stretch right through to [...]
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The screen steals the show Continue reading… [...]
What role do major institutions play in the promotion of extremism? Two days into this week, we've already gotten two important looks at the issue. On Monday I told you about a report from danah boyd about the media's role in amplifying “digital martyrs” like Alex Jones. (I pasted the wrong [...]

 

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People in Kuwait are reacting on social media to news a 3D printing shop has been closed after an outcry from an Islamist cleric. [...]
Breck Bednar, 14, was groomed before being lured to his death by Lewis Daynes in 2014. [...]
When details from her tell-all memoir were published, one detail stood out. [...]
Tekken 3 and Ridge Racer are among the titles on Sony's new miniature PlayStation. [...]
The state of Georgia judge is "gravely concerned" about hacking - but allows e-voting to go ahead. [...]
IBM is launching software which will monitor algorithms in real time and highlight how they make decisions. [...]
The game imagines a dystopian post-Brexit future where citizens of European heritage are exiled. [...]
How likely is it that we will see mobile phones that use self-healing materials any time soon? [...]
Digital currencies pose a "litany of risks" and investors have little protection, says an MPs' committee. [...]
Women in three US states were allegedly not shown job ads for certain "male-dominated professions". [...]

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