Sketchy Android keyboard app with 40M downloads makes money off unauthorized purchases

Security researchers have issued warning for Ai.type, an Android third-party keyboard app, that’s been found stealthily signing up users for millions of unauthorized purchases of premium digital content. The findings — disclosed by mobile tech company Upstream — reveal the app was downloaded over 40 million times. Troublingly, it’s active on million of devices to this date, despite being removed from the Google Play Store in June. In addition, Ai.type delivers invisible ads and generates phony c...
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Apple to donate $2.5 billion to combat California housing crisis

"Affordable housing means stability and dignity, opportunity and pride. ... Apple is committed to being part of the solution," CEO Tim Cook says
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Are Amazon's 'Ring' Cameras Exacerbating Societal Inequality?

In one of America's top city for property crime, the Atlantic examines the "porch pirate" of San Francisco's Potrero Hill. It's an 8,000-word long read about how one of the neighborhood's troubled long-time residents "entered a vortex of smart cameras, Nextdoor rants, and cellphone surveillance," in a town where the public hospital she was born in is now named after Mark Zuckerberg. Her story begins when a 30-something product marketing manager at Google received a notification on his iPhone f...
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China wildlife park sued for forcing visitors to submit to facial recognition scan

Law professor takes action against Hangzhou safari park, questioning why the tourist spot would need such data A Chinese wildlife park has sparked outcry after making visitors submit to facial recognition scanning, with one law professor taking it to court.Professor Guo Bing is taking action against Hangzhou safari park, after it replaced its existing fingerprinting system with the new technology. Continue reading...
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Google Contest Requires Teachers To Praise Google's CS Curriculum For Children

Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes:'s tech sponsors haven't been shy when it comes to using the annual Hour of Code as an infomercial of sorts, and it seems unlikely 2019 will be any different. For this year's event, Google is not only offering Code Your Hero, a one-hour coding activity for kids from Google CS First, it's also asking educators to sing the praises of Google CS First in the already-underway Code Your Hero Social Media Teacher Contest. From the Code Your Hero Officia...
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A Widespread BlueKeep 'Exploit' Is Targetting Unpatched Windows 7/XP Computers

An anonymous reader quotes Forbes: When Microsoft issued the first patch in years for Windows XP in May 2019, you knew that something big was brewing. That something was a wormable Windows vulnerability that security experts warned could have a similar impact as the WannaCry worm from 2017. The BlueKeep vulnerability exists in unpatched versions of Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2: and it's now been confirmed that a BlueKee...
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Should Parents Support Teens Who Want To Become Professional Gamers?

A family physician warned about a new problem this week in the New York Times: As a family doctor, I often hear from parents about how their kids push back at any attempt to limit how much time they spend playing video games. The parents will say, it's after midnight, maybe it's time to turn off the video game and get some sleep. But the kid -- usually a teenage boy -- responds that he wants to be a professional gamer. "This is my job," the boy might say... Millions of young Americans are payin...
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Waymo's Driver-Less Cars Will Also Deliver Parts To Repair Shops

"Waymo said that its autonomous vehicles will be used to help shuttle car parts between several AutoNation locations and other repair shops in the Phoenix, Arizona area," reports the International Business Times: While the expanded partnership may not seem like a big deal at first blush, it's important for investors to know that the move is yet another step for Waymo toward the self-driving business-to-business delivery market. While Waymo has received a lot of attention for the company's robot...
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The tests that determine drunken driving are often unreliable, and judges are starting to question them, a New York Times investigation finds

Alcohol breath tests, used by police stations across the US to convict drunken drivers, often produce inaccurate results, a New York Times investigation found. The results can be skewed from problems with software or from the way police stations maintain hardware. Still, the tests are highly regarded as accurate by law enforcement. Now, judges and states are starting to question the tests and throw out thousands of convictions. That can help some who were wrongly convicted but also could let d...
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Waymo Complains California's Government Says Its Robotaxi Service Must Be Free For Now

"Waymo wants to deploy a robotaxi service for the general public in parts of California as soon as possible," reports the Los Angeles Times. "But that's unlikely, the company says, because California says it has to offer the service for free." Last year, the California Public Utilities Commission allowed driverless "robotaxi" pilot programs in the state but banned permit-holders from charging fares. The ban is considered temporary but has no timeline. Some industry analysts say the uncertainty ...
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Linus Torvalds: 'I'm Not a Programmer Anymore'

An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet: Linus Torvalds, Linux's creator, doesn't make speeches anymore. But, what he does do, and he did again at Open Source Summit Europe in Lyon France is have public conversations with his friend Dirk Hohndel, VMware's Chief Open Source Officer. In this keynote discussion, Torvalds revealed that he doesn't think he's a programmer anymore. So what does the person everyone thinks of as a programmer's programmer do instead? Torvalds explained: "I don't know coding a...
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Firefox To Hide Notification Popups By Default Starting Next Year

An anonymous reader quotes ZDNet: In a move to fight spam and improve the health of the web, Firefox will hide those annoying notification popups by default starting next year, with the release of Firefox 72, in January 2020, ZDNet has learned from a Mozilla engineer. The move comes after Mozilla ran an experiment back in April this year to see how users interacted with notifications, and also looked at different ways of blocking notifications from being too intrusive. Usage stats showed that...
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Does Linux Have a Marketing Problem?

On Hackaday's hosting site, an electrical engineer with a background in semiconductor physics argues that Linux's small market share is due to a lack of marketing: Not only does [Linux] have dominance when raw computing ability is needed, either in a supercomputer or a webserver, but it must have some ability to effectively work as a personal computer as well, otherwise Android wouldn't be so popular on smartphones and tablets. From there it follows that the only reason that Microso...
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Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Living with Yourself’ delivers a surprisingly emotional punchline

The following post contains no major spoilers for “Living With Yourself,” but it does describe the show’s big concept — which can be a fun surprise if you manage to watch without learning anything in advance. If that’s what you want to do, maybe come back and read/listen later. When we heard that Netflix’s “Living with Yourself” features Paul Rudd playing two different versions of himself — copywriter Miles Elliot and his clone — it was easy to imagine this as a showcase for Rudd’s comedic ac...
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SpaceX achieves key milestone in safety testing of Crew Dragon spacecraft

SpaceX has managed to run 13 successful parachute tests in a row of the third major revision of the parachute system it’s planning to use for its Crew Dragon spacecraft. The most recent test, which SpaceX shared a shorted edited video clip of on Twitter, involved using the system with one of the parachutes intentionally not deploying, to prove that it can land the crew craft safely even in case of a partial failure. This is a big step for SpaceX’s plan to launch NASA astronauts aboard Crew...
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China Roundup: TikTok stumbles in the US and Huawei shipments continue to surge

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. It’s been a very busy last week of October for China’s tech bosses, but first, let’s take a look at what some of them are doing in the neck of your woods. TikTok’s troubles in the U.S. The challenge facing TikTok, a burgeoning Chinese video-sharing app, continues to deepen in the U.S. Lawmakers have recently called for an i...
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Third 'Terminator' Reboot Bombs at Box Office

"Terminator: Dark Fate once again failed to avoid Judgment Day because audiences just don't care about the Terminator as a brand, an IP or a franchise," writes a box office pundit at Forbes. He points out the newly-released film earned just $10.6 million on its opening day: The sci-fi sequel, directed by Tim Miller, produced by James Cameron, and starring franchise vets Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger alongside newbies Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes and Gabriel Luna, was the third at...
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Would You Trust a Self-Landing Plane?

"Lots of hay has been made over self-driving, self-parking, and summon features of new cars," writes Shotgun (Slashdot reader #30,919). "Now Garmin has a system that will land your plane for you." He shares this new report from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association: During this first-ever autoland for me, nothing felt terribly out of the ordinary until the final 100 feet or so when it finally sunk in that in a few seconds we would be hitting the pavement and no one had their hands on the...
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10 Best Blowjob Machines in 2020

Blowjobs are always a welcomed surprise. But what if you could get one every day without any extra effort from your part? Even though you’re not technically getting a blowjob, the toys on this list of the best blowjob machines have surely done their best to get you the sensation you’re after. In this article, we’ll go into detail on what you should look out for when buying a blowjob machine, as well as the best ones currently available. Let’s get started! Top Picks: Autoblow A.I. C...
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10 Best Blowjob Machines in 2019

Blowjobs are always a welcomed surprise. But what if you could get one every day without any extra effort from your part? Even though you’re not technically getting a blowjob, the toys on this list of the best blowjob machines have surely done their best to get you the sensation you’re after. In this article, we’ll go into detail on what you should look out for when buying a blowjob machine, as well as the best ones currently available. Let’s get started! Top Picks: Autoblow A.I. C...
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Upgrading To A New Phone

I got the new Pixel 4 XL and am in the process of copying over all of my data and apps and other stuff. Apple and Google make it so easy these days to sync a new phone with an old phone that it is easy to think you are done once the sync is over. But that is unfortunately not the case. The biggest “gotcha” that I worry about is moving all of my two-factor codes over from my old phone to my new phone. For that reason, I keep my old phone around for a few weeks just to make sure I’...
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Will Amazon Poach CS Profs Needed To Produce CS Grads Promised For Amazon HQ2?

Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: To make good on the proposal that snagged it a share of the Amazon HQ2 prize last year, the State of Virginia pledged to produce an additional 25K-35K grads annually with computer science or closely related degrees. And while university leaders in the Greater Washington DC area appear to be on the same page with Amazon when it comes to filling the region's ever-growing demand for tech talent, the Washington Business Journal reports there's an understandi...
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Airbnb Tries New Screening System for 'High-Risk Reservations' After 'Party House' Fatalities

"The CEO of Airbnb has announced that the company will be banning 'party houses' and doubling down on getting rid 'of abusive host and guest conduct' in direct response to the deadly shooting that broke out during a Halloween party held at an Airbnb rental in Orinda, California," reports BuzzFeed News: On Thursday, renters of the home in Orinda threw a party attended by more than 100 guests, despite the Airbnb host stating that parties are not allowed at the property. Five people were fatally s...
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Week in Review: #DeleteLinkedIn

Hey everyone. Thank you for welcoming me into you inbox yet again. Last week, I talked about SoftBank’s big embarrassment and how it could impact venture capital. If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can get this in your inbox here, and follow my tweets here. The big story #DeleteLinkedIn Before you dial up a quick search, no, LinkedIn isn’t currently caught in a scandal, but does a product need to have a deeply toxic culture, corrupt democracy or have an ICE contract for you to...
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A network of ‘camgirl’ sites exposed millions of users and sex workers

A number of popular “camgirl” sites have exposed millions of sex workers and users after the company running the sites left the back-end database unprotected. The sites, run by Barcelona-based VTS Media, include,, and Most of the sites’ users are based in Spain and Europe, but we found evidence of users across the world, including the United States. According to Alexa traffic rankings, is one of the most popular in Spain. The database, con...
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Translating The Three-Body Problem.

The WIRED Book Club asks (a somewhat misleading title for an interview with the translator, Ken Liu): Were there any big changes you made to the translation of The Three-Body Problem? The first book, as originally published in Chinese, actually comes in a different order. It starts out with the police and army officers asking Professor Wang to join them at the Battle Command Center. All the Cultural Revolution episodes happen as flashbacks. That gave the original Three-Body Problem a very Japa...
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Recruitment of Registrars in SVNIT Surat 2019

Recruitment of Registrar Vacancy in SVNIT Surat 2019  Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT), Surat (Gujarat) is one of the leading NIT across the country. Online Applications are invited for following Sarkari Naukri Vacancy of  Registrars at various levels in SVNIT Surat (Gujarat)  for the year 2019. Published by... Please Click on the Title to Read Full Details. [Author: [email protected] (Manisha)]
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The surprisingly boring road to self-driving cars

At last, it is here! The truly self-driving car, no human behind the wheel! For the public! …A few hundred of them, in a closed beta, in a small corner of sun-drenched (never snow-drenched, almost never water-drenched) suburban Phoenix, five years later than some people were predicting six years ago. Few new technologies have ever been more anticipated and more predicted than the self-driving car. Anyone who drives cannot help but imagine not having to drive any more. It has been said that they ...
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Watch Out IT Admins! Two Unpatched Critical RCE Flaws Disclosed in rConfig

If you're using the popular rConfig network configuration management utility to protect and manage your network devices, here we have an important and urgent warning for you. A cybersecurity researcher has recently published details and proof-of-concept exploits for two unpatched, critical remote code execution vulnerabilities in the rConfig utility, at least one of which could allow [Author: [email protected] (Swati Khandelwal)]
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Chrome Tries APIs That Allow Changing A User's Files, Receiving SMS Verification Texts

"Web pages have never been able to directly access your computer's (or phone's) file system, unless there was a plugin like Java or ActiveX involved somewhere," reports Android Police. The new Native File System API in Chrome 78 changes that... Here's how the API works: A web page can bring up a file picker dialog, just like you would see when clicking an Upload button on any web site. One file, a group of files, or an entire folder can be selected (it's up to the web page). The page can late...
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