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California May Go Dark This Summer, and Most Aren't Ready

schwit1 quotes a report from Bloomberg: A plan by California's biggest utility to cut power on high-wind days during the onrushing wildfire season could plunge millions of residents into darkness. And most people aren't ready. The plan by PG&E comes after the bankrupt utility said a transmission line that snapped in windy weather probably started last year's Camp Fire, the deadliest in state history. While the plan may end one problem, it creates another as Californians seek ways to deal with wh...
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Justice Breyer's warning to Supreme Court

• iPhone owners can sue Apple for monopolizing App Store, Supreme Court rules • Supreme Court continues open feud over death penalty appeals • 'Heartbeat' law sets up possible challenge to Roe v. Wade
Tags: Apple, News, Supreme Court, Stories, Breyer, App Store Supreme Court, • Supreme Court


A startup called Fox, Seth Meyers makes OTT jokes: Upfronts download

Welcome to our special pop-up TV upfronts roundup. Each day this week we're bringing you breaking news and some of the best (and worst) of TV’s dog-and-pony show, curated by Jeanine Poggi, senior editor, and delivered directly to your inbox. Get it in your email by signing up here. Fox, the new startup While NBC is doubling down on its comedy efforts, a new, slimmed-down Fox won’t have any live-action comedies on its air this fall. In fact, with its emphasis on live sports, it’s made it very d...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Hbo, Usa, Nbc, Jimmy Fallon, Advertising, Fox, Comcast, New York Times, Beverly Hills, Nbc Universal, Seth Meyers, Hulu, Msnbc, Pete Davidson


WhatsApp rushed to fix flaw tied to hacking used to spy on activists; users told to update phones

WhatsApp engineers worked around the clock to patch the vulnerability and released a patch Monday. They encouraged customers to update their apps as quickly as possible.
Tags: Business, Technology, News, World, Nation & World


WhatsApp discovers spyware that infected with a call alone

WhatsApp says a vulnerability in the popular communications app let mobile phones be infected with sophisticated spyware with a missed in-app call alone. The Facebook subsidiary says “an advanced cyber actor” infected an unknown number of people with the malware, which it says it discovered in early May. A WhatsApp spokesman who would not be […]
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Report: WhatsApp Vulnerability Used to Secretly Infect Phones With NSO Group's Notorious Spyware

Powerful spyware developed by Israeli cyber-intelligence company NSO Group exploited a vulnerability in encrypted messaging app WhatsApp to transfer itself to targeted devices, the Financial Times reported on Monday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Cybersecurity, Whatsapp, Pegasus, Espionage, NSO Group, Cyberweapons, Cyber Intelligence


XPRIZE seeks high-tech solutions to California’s fire problems

The fire season is just a few weeks away here in California, and it’s expected to be worse than ever. But there’s a new plan in the works to help catch fires before they get out of control. XPRIZE is organizing a public competition for technology that can quickly find and extinguish wildland fires. Announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom and XPRIZE founder Peter Diamandis on Friday at the Near Future Summit in San Diego, the competition will be open to any company and inventor in the world. “It’ll be ...
Tags: TC, Tech, Peter Diamandis, Gavin Newsom


Academics Improve SHA-1 Collision Attack, Make It Actually Dangerous

An anonymous reader writes: "Attacks on the SHA-1 hashing algorithm just got a lot more dangerous last week with the discovery of the first-ever 'chosen-prefix collision attack,' a more practical version of the SHA-1 collision attack first carried out by Google two years ago," reports ZDNet. Google's original research allowed attackers to force duplicates for specific files, but this process was often at random. A new SHA-1 collision attack variation (a chosen-prefix attack) detailed last week a...
Tags: Google, Tech, SHA, ZDNet Google


San Francisco may become first U.S. city to ban facial recognition

If San Francisco adopts a ban, other cities, states, or even Congress could follow, with lawmakers looking to curtail government surveillance. But local critics say the technology is useful for police investigations in high-crime areas.
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4 Benefits To Recording, Releasing Commentary For Your Music

Sometimes it can be hard to convey everything you want about your music through the album alone - luckily this creates the perfect opportunity to release commentary, giving fans insight into your creative process while keeping them engaged in the music. ____________________________ Guest post by Hugh McIntyre of the Symphonic Blog Do you ever feel like you’re not able to convey the full story when it comes to a certain song with lyrics alone? Maybe there’s a fantastic behind-the-sce...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Music, Diy, Youtube, Marketing, Music Industry, Pandora, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Streaming, Apple Music, Music Business


Lenovo Unveils World's First Foldable PC, Coming In 2020

At its Accelerate 2019 event in Orlando today, Lenovo previewed "the world's first foldable PC." While we don't know the name, price tag, or ship date, we do know that the foldable PC will be part of Lenovo's flagship ThinkPad X1 line and that it will arrive in 2020. VentureBeat reports: Lenovo backs up its "the world's first foldable PC" claim by saying it looked at laptops sold by major PC manufacturers this month. None shipped more than "1 million units worldwide annually" with foldable scree...
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WhatsApp urges users to upgrade after discovering spyware vulnerability

The spyware, developed by Israeli cyber intelligence company, used infected phone calls to take over the functions of operating systemsWhatsApp is encouraging users to update to the latest version of the app after discovering a vulnerability that allowed spyware to be injected into a user’s phone through the app’s phone call function.The spyware was developed by the Israeli cyber intelligence company NSO Group, according to the Financial Times, which first reported the vulnerability. Continue re...
Tags: Technology, World news, Malware, Whatsapp, Data and computer security


WhatsApp exploit let attackers install government-grade spyware on phones

WhatsApp just fixed a vulnerability that allowed malicious actors to remotely install spyware on affected phones, and an unknown number reportedly did so with a commercial-grade snooping package usually sold to nation-states. The vulnerability (documented here) was discovered by the Facebook-owned WhatsApp in early May, the company confirmed to TechCrunch. It apparently leveraged a bug in the audio call feature of the app to allow the caller to allow the installation of spyware on the device ...
Tags: Security, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Israel, Tech, Hack, Whatsapp, Pegasus, Department Of Justice, Financial Times, NSO, NSO Group


Announcing TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise this September in San Francisco

Of the many categories in the tech world, none is more ferociously competitive than enterprise. For decades, SAP, Oracle, Adobe, Microsoft, IBM and Salesforce, to name a few of the giants, have battled to deliver the tools businesses want to become more productive and competitive. That market is closing in on $500 billion in sales per year, which explains why hundreds of new enterprise startups launch every year and dozens are acquired by the big incumbents trying to maintain their edge. Las...
Tags: TC, Business, Microsoft, San Francisco, Tech, Companies, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Ibm, Salesforce, Github, Oracle, Sap, Red Hat, Startup Company, Marketo


Tech stocks tumble as China retaliates in latest salvo of the trade war

Shares of technology companies were hit hard as China retaliated against the U.S. in the latest salvo of the ongoing trade war between the two countries. The S&P 500 Index shed roughly $1.1 trillion of value while the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq Composite Index fell 2.38% and 3.41%, respectively. On Monday, China responded in equal measure to the U.S. raising tariffs on imports to 25% by imposing 25% duties on some $60 billion of U.S. exports to the country. On June 1, Beijing wi...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Uber, Business, Technology, Congress, China, Tech, Economy, Netflix, Beijing, United States, Stock Market, Donald Trump


'Foldable' PC? Lenovo ThinkPad laptop screen bends in half like a book

Lenovo is showing off not a foldable phone but a prototype of what the Chinese company claims as the first “foldable PC,” ThinkPad laptop.            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Usa Today, Lenovo


Twitter Bug Shared Location Data For Some iOS Users

Twitter today disclosed a bug in its platform that impacted the privacy of some its iOS app's users. From a report: "We have discovered that we were inadvertently collecting and sharing iOS location data with one of our trusted partners in certain circumstances," Twitter said. The company said the bug only occurred on its iOS app where users added a second Twitter account on their phones. If they allowed Twitter access to precise location data in one account, then that setting was applied to bot...
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Drinking Six or More Coffees a Day Can Be Detrimental To Your Health, New Study Reveals

While the pros and cons of drinking coffee have been debated for decades, new research from the University of South Australia reveals that drinking six or more coffees a day can be detrimental to your health, increasing your risk of heart disease by up to 22 percent. From a report: In Australia, one in six people are affected by cardiovascular disease. It is a major cause of death with one person dying from the disease every 12 minutes. According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular ...
Tags: Australia, Tech, World Health Organization, University of South Australia, UniSA, Ang Zhou, Elina Hypponen, Australian Centre for Precision Health, Hypponen


Google Gave Free Ads to a Deceptive Anti-Abortion Counseling Organization

An anti-abortion nonprofit has raised millions of dollars to further expand its mission to target “abortion-minded women,” and a public filing indicates that about $150,000 of funding has come from Google.
Tags: Google, Science, Abortion, Anti Abortion, Google Ads, Crisis Pregnancy Center, Abortion Counseling Organization


Forget Foldable Phones, Lenovo's Prototype Bendy Screen Laptop Looks Sick

We’ve already seen the arrival of flexible phones like the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, and while the excitement around these gadgets may have been dulled somewhat by concerns about durability, that isn’t stopping Lenovo from taking bendy screen tech and applying it to something bigger. Read more...
Tags: Science, Lenovo, Laptops, Hands On, Thinkpad, Consumer Tech, Flexible Displays, Bendy Screens, Samsung Galaxy Fold, Meet The First Bendy Screen Laptop


Lenovo foldable laptop prototype due in 2020

Lenovo foldable laptop prototype due in 2020. Don’t expect it to be cheap.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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Your laptop can fold, but can it bend? Lenovo’s next-gen ThinkPad is flexible

Samsung has shown off its first foldable phone this year, but Lenovo is going a step further with its first foldable computer. It unfolds out to offer a 13.3-inch screen, but when folded up it resembles a compact notebook. The post Your laptop can fold, but can it bend? Lenovo’s next-gen ThinkPad is flexible appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Mobile, Windows, Samsung, Trends, Computing, Lenovo, Thinkpad X1, Foldable Computer


Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 with folding OLED display is the future of laptops

Samsung has shown off its first foldable phone this year, but Lenovo is going a step further with its first foldable computer. It unfolds out to offer a 13.3-inch screen, but when folded up it resembles a compact notebook. The post Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 with folding OLED display is the future of laptops appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Mobile, Windows, Samsung, Trends, Computing, Lenovo, Thinkpad X1, Foldable Computer


Microsoft's cloud grew 73% last year. Leaders and employees from 10 tech companies weigh in on whether it can topple Amazon's cloud reign (MSFT, AMZN)

Right now, Amazon Web Services has the biggest share in the cloud market, but Microsoft's cloud is catching up as well. Microsoft has been promoting its hybrid cloud strategy, artificial intelligence abilities, and relationships with enterprise customers. Business Insider spoke with leaders and developers at 10 tech companies on the state of the cloud wars and whether Microsoft can beat AWS. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When Microsoft reported its earnings last quarter,...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Azure, Trends, Alibaba, Ibm, Pentagon, Seattle, Amazon Web Services, Cto, Paychex, Joe Duffy, Security Solutions, Logz, Bill Richter


2020 hopeful Biden says he’s open to breaking up Facebook

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Joe Biden said he would be open to breaking up Facebook, a sign of the deep skepticism among many Democratic presidential contenders about the power of massive technology firms. In an interview on Monday with The Associated Press, the former vice president said that dismantling large technology companies is “something we […]
Tags: Facebook, Business, Technology, News, Joe Biden, Nation, Associated Press, Biden


Avoiding The ‘Data Liability Trap’: Protecting Against Third-Party Data Security Risks

How do you avoid this data liability trap? This is where qualified counsel versed in technology, data security, and data privacy is invaluable.
Tags: Technology, Law, Cybersecurity, Tom Kulik


Pegasystems buys VC-backed In The Chat Communications

Pegasystems Inc (Nasdaq: PEGA) has acquired In The Chat Communications (ITC), a Waterloo-based digital messaging platform. Terms weren’t disclosed. Founded in 2010 by President and CEO John Huehn, ITC helps businesses more effectively find and engage with customers through social media. Pegasystems, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based software company, said ITC’s platform will be integrated with its artificial intelligence-powered customer engagement solutions. ITC was a portfolio company of Canadi...
Tags: Trends, Tech, M&a, Las Vegas, Itc, Waterloo, DPA, Cambridge Massachusetts, Pegasystems, CNW, Pegasystems Inc NASDAQ, Pega, Pegasystems Inc, Pegaworld, Chat Communications ITC, John Huehn


A New Aerospace Company Enters the Race To Build Fastest Aircraft In the World

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Monday, a U.S.-based company named Hermeus announced plans to develop an aircraft that will travel at speeds of up to Mach 5. Such an aircraft would cut travel time from New York to Paris from more than 7 hours to 1.5 hours. Hermeus said it has raised an initial round of funding led by Khosla Ventures, but it declined to specify the amount. This funding will allow Hermeus to develop a propulsion demonstrator and other initial technologies...
Tags: New York, Tech, Ars Technica, Paris, Concorde, Virgin Group, Khosla Ventures, Japan Airlines, Mach, Ars, Boom Supersonic, Hermeus, New Aerospace Company, Skyler Shuford


YouTube is trying to resurrect 6 second ads but data suggests that advertisers have moved on

YouTube is rolling out a new tool that analyzes marketers' videos and cuts them into six-second ads. YouTube and TV networks have pushed marketers to create the short spots, but new research from MediaRadar suggests that the ad format is losing favor with advertisers. Advertisers using six-second ads declined 20% year-over-year, according to MediaRadar. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. YouTube is making a renewed push for six-second ads, even as marketers cool on the format...
Tags: Google, Youtube, US, Trends, Kohl, Fox NBC, Jennifer Kohl, MediaRadar, Krizelman, Gary Stein, Todd Krizelman, YouTube Snap, VMLY R, Vishal Sharma VP


YouTube is trying to resurrect six second ads but data suggests that advertisers have moved on

YouTube is rolling out a new tool that analyzes marketers' videos and cuts them into six-second ads. YouTube and TV networks have pushed marketers to create the short spots, but new research from MediaRadar suggests that the ad format is losing favor with advertisers. Advertisers using six-second ads declined 20% year-over-year, according to MediaRadar. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. YouTube is making a renewed push for six-second ads, even as marketers cool on the format...
Tags: Google, Youtube, US, Trends, Kohl, Fox NBC, Jennifer Kohl, MediaRadar, Krizelman, Gary Stein, Todd Krizelman, YouTube Snap, VMLY R, Vishal Sharma VP



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