Germany Calls In Russian Envoy Over Hack Attack

In response to a cyberattack on the German Parliament in 2015, Germany wants to impose a European travel ban and asset freeze on those responsible. Reuters reports: Russia has rejected allegations that its military intelligence was behind the cyber attack after media reported that data had been stolen, including emails from Chancellor Angela Merkel's constituency office. State Secretary Miguel Berger told the ambassador that the government would call for the EU's cyber sanctions mechanism to be ...
Tags: Germany, Angela Merkel, Russia, Berlin, Tech, Eu, Moscow, Gru, Reuters, State, German Parliament, Badin, Miguel Berger, Dmitry Badin

Trump has officially declared war on Twitter and Facebook. Here's the latest on the executive order targeting social media and the reaction at internet companies. (TWTR, FB, GOOG, SNAP)

Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that calls for "transparency and accountability from online platforms." The order represents a remarkable and direct challenge to social media companies like Twitter and Facebook, and comes two days after Twitter fact-checked two of Trump's tweets pushing false claims about voting by mail. Among other things, the order takes aim at Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, a foundational law that has shaped today's internet and which...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Fcc, US, Trends, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Trump, Twitter Facebook, Twitter Trump, Twitter and Facebook, Facebook Here, YouTube Instagram Twitter, TWTR FB GOOG

'How long does AirPods' battery last?': Here's how long your AirPods will last before you'll need to recharge them

Your AirPods battery should last up to 24 hours after charging them in their case the night before, if you keep the case with you.  AirPods can last on their own for up to five hours of listening time and 3.5 hours of talk time on an individual charge depending on your model.  Your AirPods' case contains multiple full charges, offering between three to five hours of use from a single charge.  To help your Airpods' battery last longer, place the wireless headphones back in their case immediatel...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Walmart, Lightning, Airpod

'Does Sling TV have local channels?': Here's what you need to know about Dish Network's internet TV service

Sling TV does not offer subscribers most local channels like CBS, PBS, or ABC In larger market areas like New York, Los Angeles, and Washington DC, you may be able to get Fox or NBC with your Sling TV package.  Sling TV, Dish Networks' over-the-top internet television service, offers digital television channel packages starting at $30 per month.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Sling TV is yet another option for the growing community of cord cutters, or people opting to d...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, Nbc, Abc, Los Angeles, Trends, Walmart, Fox, Washington Dc, Cbs, Hulu, Apple Samsung, New York Los Angeles, Netflix Hulu, CBS PBS, Apple Lenovo

How to start a Google Meet session from Gmail

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Google has added a feature to Gmail that went missing with the death of Hangouts: namely, the ability for anyone to start a Meet video call right from your inbox. Here’s how it works. Google recently made Meet available free for everyone in the wake of the coronavirus — it’d previously only been available to its business and education G Suite users. The move i...
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YouTube Says China-Linked Comment Deletions Weren't Caused By Outside Parties

YouTube sparked widespread speculation about its moderation policies this week after it admitted to accidentally deleting comments that contained phrases critical of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Today, the company told The Verge that the issue was not the result of outside interference -- an explanation for the error floated by many. The Verge reports: The phrases that triggered automatic deletion included "communist bandit" and "50-cent party," a slang term for internet users paid to defe...
Tags: Tech, Ccp, ALEX JOSEPH, Joseph This, YouTube Says China Linked Comment Deletions Weren, Chinese Communist Party CCP Today, Verge YouTube

Google Launches Android Studio 4.0 With Motion Editor, Build Analyzer, and Java 8 APIs

An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google today launched Android Studio 4.0, the latest version of its integrated development environment (IDE). Android Studio 4.0 is supposed to help developers "code smarter, build faster, and design apps." Version 4.0 includes a new Motion Editor, a Build Analyzer, and Java 8 language APIs. Google also overhauled the CPU Profiler user interface and improved the Layout Inspector. [In the article] you'll find Android Studio 4.0 features broken...
Tags: Google, Tech, Google Launches Android Studio

Google Sued by Arizona Over Location Data and Alleged Consumer Fraud

Google has been hit by a lawsuit filed by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, alleging the search giant deceived its users in order to collect location data from their phones. From a report: The company generates the vast majority of its revenue through its massive advertising operation, which is buttressed by personal information Google collects when people use its products. But users were "lulled into a false sense of security" because Google led users to believe they disabled settings for...
Tags: Google, Tech, Arizona, Mark Brnovich, Twitter Google, Brnovich, Arizona Over Location Data

Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz is out

Magic Leap talked a big game, and few were more responsible for fostering a cult of hype and excitement around its vision of the future than the company’s founder and CEO Rony Abovitz. Today, the CEO announced that the company has indeed secured a new bout of funding, but that the company will be attempting to mount a major turnaround without him at the helm. According to a memo sent to staff first obtained by Business Insider, Abovitz will continue on with the company through a transition perio...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Augmented Reality, Magic Leap, Board, Apple Microsoft, Rony Abovitz, Abovitz

Trump signs executive order to narrow protections for social media platforms

Move comes amid president’s feud with Twitter after it fact-checked him for the first timeDonald Trump has fired a shot across the bows of “big tech” companies by signing an executive order that aims to narrow their protections from liability over the content posted on their services.The move came as the US president stepped up his attacks against social media giants after Twitter fact-checked him for the first time over a false assertion that mail-in voting leads to widespread voter fraud. Cont...
Tags: Twitter, Technology, Media, Internet, US, Social Media, US news, US politics, Donald Trump, Trump, Trump Administration

Your Marketing May Already Be AI-Powered (And You Didn’t Even Know)

If your marketing includes advertising on search engines using platforms like Google AdWords, advertising on social networks like Facebook, or is powered by a marketing platform like HubSpot, you’re likely to already be using using Artificial Intelligence in your marketing.
Tags: Google, Facebook, Advertising, Marketing, New Rules of Marketing and PR

Lesson #327: All Search Engine Traffic is Not Created Equal

It is really easy for a newcomer to the world of search engine marketing to assume that the search engines (e.g., Google, Microsoft) are all the same and the clicks therefrom all behave in the same ways.  In the words of Lee Corso, the ESPN analyst on College Game Day . . . “not so fast my friends”!!  In this post, we are going to learn the differences between Google and Microsoft, their search engines and shopping engines, mobile vs. desktop, and much more, to help you better optimize your...
Tags: Google, Startups, Microsoft, United States, Aol, Espn, Google Microsoft, George Deeb, Lee Corso, Pottery Barn Wayfair, Apple Android Samsung

NSA Warns of Ongoing Russian Hacking Campaign Against US Systems

The U.S. National Security Agency on Thursday warned government partners and private companies about a Russian hacking operation that uses a special intrusion technique to target operating systems often used by industrial firms to manage computer infrastructure. Reuters reports: "This is a vulnerability that is being actively exploited, that's why we're bringing this notification out," said Doug Cress, chief of the cybersecurity collaboration center and directorate at NSA. "We really want... the...
Tags: Nsa, Russia, Tech, Gru, Reuters, Sandworm, U S National Security Agency, Cress, Main Intelligence Directorate, Doug Cress

Trump's executive order calls out YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook — but Google's name curiously disappeared from the final version of the order (GOOG)

In response to Twitter fact-checking his tweets, President Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at regulating social media companies. In the order, Trump explicitly called out Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.  But in a notable tweak from the draft version, Google's name was removed from the order, even though it is still clearly referenced. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that takes aim at social me...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, China, Trends, United States, Chinese communist party, Donald Trump, Trump, Facebook Instagram, Twitter Facebook, Twitter Facebook Instagram, YouTube Instagram Twitter

The Most Powerful Raspberry Pi Now Has 8GB of RAM

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has doubled the maximum amount of RAM available in the Raspberry Pi 4 to 8GB with a new device it's selling for $75. An anonymous reader writes: To take advantage of the RAM increase, the foundation is also releasing a new 64-bit version of its operating system in early beta. The new Raspberry Pi 4 is otherwise identical to the device that was announced in June last year, meaning it has the same ARM-based CPU, and HDMI, USB 3, and Ethernet ports. 8GB is a lot of RAM c...
Tags: Tech, CPU, Raspberry Pi Foundation

'SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit' Now Available on Apple Arcade

Apple regularly adds new games to its Apple Arcade gaming service, and this week's addition features characters from the popular SpongeBob cartoon. Described as a platform running game, SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit allows players to take on the role of SpongeBob to defeat Plankton's minions and rescue SpongeBob's friends. Trouble has come to Bikini Bottom! The evil "mastermind" Sheldon J. Plankton has once again hatched a plan to steal the secret Krabby Patty formula. This time he has enlisted his ...
Tags: Apple, Patty, Spongebob, Plankton, Apple Arcade, Patty Pursuit, Sheldon J Plankton, Patrick Sandy Squidward

Cisco is buying 400-employee startup ThousandEyes, which launched by using thrown-away computer servers and an unusual source of seed money

Cisco plans to buy a startup called ThousandEyes, it announced on Thursday. The acquisition marks a natural fit for the network equipment giant: ThousandEyes offers a service that watched the whole internet to help companies avoid outages and service problems. ThousandEyes is used many big-name tech companies and said it had $100 million under contract for its 2020 fiscal year. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but ThousandEyes had an estimated valuation of $670 million a year ago. Bloomber...
Tags: Google, Amazon, America, Trends, Cisco, Bloomberg, Silicon Valley, Ucla, National Science Foundation, Ricardo Oliveira, Julie Bort, ThousandEyes, Pitchbook Bloomberg, Microsoft Slack Box Okta Comcast, Mohit Lad

A $350 'Anti-5G' Device Is Just a 128MB USB Stick, Teardown Finds

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Believers of 5G conspiracy theories have apparently been buying a $350 anti-5G USB key that -- not surprisingly -- appears to just be a regular USB stick with only 128MB of storage. As noted by the BBC today, the "5GBioShield" USB stick "was recommended by a member of Glastonbury Town Council's 5G Advisory Committee, which has called for an inquiry into 5G." The company that sells 5GBioShield claims it "is the result of the most advanced tec...
Tags: London, Tech, Bbc, Pen Test Partners, Anna Grochowalska, Glastonbury Town Council s 5G Advisory Committee

Apple Pay Promo Offers 30% Discount From Ray-Ban

Apple sends out Apple Pay promotional emails on a regular basis, and this week's promotion provides a 30 percent discount on custom sunglasses or eyeglasses from Ray-Ban when using ‌Apple Pay‌ and the promo code APPLEPAY at checkout. The deal applies only to custom orders on the website, and the promotion is valid until June 3, 2020. The Ray-Ban website features a Custom Lab that allows users to choose from 37 styles, 149 lens types, and 290 color options. Pricing for sunglasses ...
Tags: Apple, Ray Ban, Apple Pay promo, Navy Pacsun

Judge Dismisses 'Servant' Copyright Lawsuit Against Apple and M. Night Shyamalan

A lawsuit that accused Apple and M. Night Shyamalan of copying 2013 film "The Truth About Emanuel" for the "Servant" Apple TV+ series has been dismissed, reports Variety. A federal judge today threw out the copyright lawsuit, which had been levied against Apple and Shyamalan by director Francesca Gregorini, who claimed that "Servant" appropriated the plot of her movie and used the same "cinematic language," resulting in a "substantially similar feeling, mood, and theme." Gregorini also claimed...
Tags: Apple, Lawsuit, Court, Emanuel, Shyamalan, Francesca Gregorini, Apple TV shows, Apple TV Plus, Apple TV Shows Apple, Gregorini, Emanuel Gregorini

Hell Hath No Fury Like A Federal Law Enforcement Agency That Keeps Finding Some Way To Break Into IPhones (techdirt)

Nothing has made the FBI more irritated than its ability to break into phones it swears (often in court!) it cannot possibly get into without the device maker's assistance. The agency doesn't want third-party vendors to offer solutions and it doesn't seem to want its own technical staff to find ways to get stuff from encrypted devices. It wants the government to tell companies like Apple to do what they're told. It will accept any solution that involves a mandate, whether it's from a federal cou...
Tags: Apple, News, Fbi, United States, Doj, Pensacola, Bureau, Wray, San Bernardino, USA USA USA, Tim Cushing, Barr, Chris Wray, Bill Barr, Rianna Pfefferkorn

Most online grooming offences in UK committed on Facebook-owned apps

Data shows 55% of offences where the means of communication was given involved firm’s appsMore than half of online grooming offences recorded under a law that made it illegal to send sexual messages to children were committed on Facebook-owned apps, figures reveal.The data, obtained by the NSPCC under freedom of information laws, show 10,019 offences of sexual communication with a child were recorded since the legislation was introduced in April 2017. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Technology, Instagram, Privacy, Social Networking, Children, Social Media, Society, Whatsapp, Child protection, Social Care, NSPCC

Tesla board certifies Elon Musk’s payday worth more than $700 million

Tesla’s board certified a financial milestone that unlocks the first tranche — worth more than $700 million — of an unprecedented multibillion-dollar pay package for CEO Elon Musk, according a document filed Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The milestone allows Musk to purchase the first grouping or tranche of nearly 1.69 million shares at a steep discount. Tesla shares closed Thursday at $805.81, putting the value at $775 million. Musk is able to buy those stock options at ...
Tags: Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, SEC, Securities And Exchange Commission, Musk, EBITDA, Screenshot SEC

Contact Tracing and Technology Conference

As I wrote about a few weeks ago, I am excited about the possibility that technology, particularly mobile computing technology, can supplement the work of manual contact tracing to keep us all safer until a permanent solution is found to this pandemic. But there is a ton of confusion about what contact tracing is, what exposure alerting is, what the role of legacy contact tracing systems are, and what role new applications can play in this moment. So I was thrilled that a group of organiza...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Entrepreneurship, Trends, USV, Current Affairs, Health Care, Matt Cynamon, HiringAlbert Wenger

Why You Shouldn't Make a Habit of Force-Quitting iOS Apps or Restarting iOS Devices

Adam Engst, writing for TidBITS: Because force-quitting apps and restarting or shutting down devices are necessary only to fix unanticipated problems, there are two notable downsides to engaging in such behavior as a matter of habit: reduced battery life and wasted time. Why would these behaviors reduce battery life? Remember, iOS is a modern operating system that's built on top of Apple's proprietary hardware. Apple has put a great deal of effort into ensuring that iOS knows the best ways to ma...
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Trump's Executive Order on Social Media Is the Worst Kind of Bullshit

On Thursday, Donald Trump escalated his inane, frothing, and mostly one-sided feud with Twitter and other social media companies he has accused of silencing right-wing voices online to a dangerous, legally questionable new level.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Science, Technology, Fcc, Social Media, Federal Communications Commission, Donald Trump, Free Speech, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Trump, Tech Policy, The Mods Mods Act

Rony Abovitz is stepping down as Magic's Leap CEO, describing the move as 'a natural next step' – read the memo he just sent staff

Rony Abovitz has announced he is stepping down as CEO of Magic Leap. It happens just a few weeks after the company cut half of its staff and made a pivot to enterprise.  It is not known who might replace Abovitz, who said he will remain as CEO through the transition and "provide strategy and vision from a Board level" once replaced. Are you a current or former Magic Leap employee? Contact this reporter using encrypted messaging app Signal (+1 628-228-1836) or email ([email protected]
Tags: Google, Trends, Magic Leap, Board, Rony Abovitz, Abovitz, Rony

Board Question #93093: In the book Where The Wild Things Are, does Max ...

Q: Dear 100 Hour Board,In the book Where The Wild Things Are, does Max really return to the same night he left? The moon appears to be in a different phase on the night he returns than on the original night.Thanks!Lunar A: Dear Lunar, You're right about the moon being in a different phase. Here it is on the night he leaves, where it appears to be a waning crescent (assuming Max lives in the Northern hemisphere): And here it is on the night he returns - an unambiguous full moon: But this is n...
Tags: Google, Max, Northern, Maurice Sendak, Rachel Singer, Sendak, Best Josefina, Randy Hoyt, John Zornado

SpaceX gets FAA permission to fly its Starship spacecraft prototype

SpaceX has received authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly suborbital missions with its Starship prototype spacecraft, paving the way for test flights at its Boca Chica, Texas site. SpaceX has been hard at work readying its latest Starship prototype for low-altitude, short duration controlled flight tests, and conducted another static engine fire test of the fourth iteration of its in-development spacecraft earlier today. Officially, the FAA has granted SpaceX ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Science, Tech, Nasa, Faa, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Artemis, Spacecraft, Federal Aviation Administration, Outer Space, Federal Aviation Administration FAA

Donald Trump is threatening to punish Twitter. Here’s why everyone should take this seriously

US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Thursday afternoon declaring social media companies to be broadcasters (as opposed to carriers). While the exact language of the EO has yet to be revealed, an alleged draft has circulated on social media throughout the day. If what we’re seeing is close to the final order, it’s safe to say there will be huge ramifications for the tech community and the billions of us who use social media regularly. For your reading pleasure, her...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Opinion, US, Social Media, Insights, Tech, Donald Trump, Insider, Trump

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