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Who's Behind Wednesday's Epic Twitter Hack?

Brian Krebs has written a blog post with clues about who may have been behind yesterday's Twitter hack, which had some of the world's most recognizable public figures tweeting out links to bitcoin scams. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from the report (though we strongly recommend you read the full analysis here): There are strong indications that this attack was perpetrated by individuals who've traditionally specialized in hijacking social media accounts via "SIM swapping," an increasing...
Tags: Twitter, Instagram, Tech, Spain, New York Times, Brian Krebs, Jack Dorsey, Chelsea Manning, KrebsOnSecurity, Shinji, LAMO, Adrian Lamo, Liverpool U K, Chaewon, Joseph @Shinji, Joseph James Connor


Federal court rules WhatsApp and Facebook’s malware exploit case against NSO Group can proceed

A U.S. federal court judge ruled on Thursday that WhatsApp and parent company Facebook’s lawsuit against Israeli mobile surveillance software company NSO Group can go forward. Phyllis Hamilton, Chief Judge of the United Stated District Court of the Northern District of California, denied most of the arguments NSO Group made when it filed a motion to dismiss the suit in April (a copy of her decision is embedded below). Last October, WhatsApp and Facebook filed a complaint alleging that N...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Lawsuit, Mexico, Court, Tech, Whatsapp, Pegasus, Hamilton, Phyllis Hamilton, NSO, NSO Group, Bahrain United Arab Emirates


Apple TV+ Orders ‘Echo 3’, a New Series From ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Writer Mark Boal

As Apple TV+ continues to try to make a name for themselves, they keep attracting interesting talent. The latest: Mark Boal, screenwriter of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, is headed to the streaming service with his new series Echo 3. The 10-part series follows two men searching for a woman who went missing near the Columbia-Venezuela border. The series is an adaptation of Israeli TV series When Heroes Fly, and Boal will serve as co-showrunner along with Jason Horwitch. In Echo 3, “Am...
Tags: AppleTV, Television, Echo 3, Mark Boal


Revamped Apple Sanlitun Store Opens in Beijing

Apple today announced that the redesigned Apple Sanlitun store is opening for customers. Apple Sanlitun, located in the Taikoo Li Sanlitun mall in Beijing, was Apple's first store in China. The original store opened up in 2008, but Apple is replacing it with a new flagship store that's been under construction for several months. The updated store is adjacent to the original store, but it's twice the size. According to Apple, the redesigned store features many of the modern updates that App...
Tags: Apple, China, Beijing, Apple Store, Shandong, Padang, Deirdre O Brien Apple, Apple Sanlitun Store Opens, Apple Sanlitun, Taikoo Li Sanlitun, Beijing Apple Sanlitun, Revamped Apple Sanlitun Store Opens


Daily Crunch: Twitter hacked in crypto scam

A Twitter hack hits the platform’s most famous users, Netflix gets a co-CEO and Revel’s mopeds are coming to San Francisco. Here’s your Daily Crunch for July 16, 2020. The big story: High-profile Twitter accounts hacked in crypto scam This was a crazy one: The Twitter accounts of Apple, Elon Musk, Joe Biden and many, many others were compromised yesterday, posting messages with the address of a bitcoin wallet, promising that any payments would be doubled and sent back. Apparently a hacker u...
Tags: Security, Social, Facebook, Twitter, Hong Kong, Europe, Instagram, China, New York City, San Francisco, Tech, Netflix, Ted Sarandos, GDC, EU US, Stein


Destination Linux 182: Security Keys, Disk Encryption & Two Factor Authentication (2FA)

on DL182: Google & Canonical Are Teaming Up For Flutter On Linux. How Important Is Disk Encryption & Security Keys? A DRM FREE Game Called Drox Operative & Much More!
Tags: Google, Linux


Scanning Blood for Coronavirus for Possible Mass Screening

Israel Aerospace Industries is working with Group 42 of Abu-Dhabi to research and develop a medical system that can scan the blood of people from above the skin and notify in seconds whether the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Science, Technology, Medicine, World, Innovation, Abu Dhabi, Israel Aerospace Industries


Fan Uses AI Software To Lipread What Actors Really Said In TV Series Before Chinese Authorities Censored Them (techdirt)

It's hardly news to Techdirt readers that China carries out censorship on a massive scale. What may be more surprising is that its censorship extends to even the most innocuous aspects of life. The ChinAI Newsletter, which provides translations by Jeff Ding of interesting texts from the world of Chinese AI, flags up one such case. It concerns a Chinese online TV series called "The Bad Kids". Here's how the site Sixth Tone describes it: Since its first episodes were released on China's Netflix...
Tags: Google, News, China, Netflix, Chen, Glyn Moody, National Radio and Television Administration, Jeff Ding, ChinAI Newsletter, Eury Chen, ChinAI Chen, LipNet


Upcoming Gmail redesign turns it into a one-stop productivity suite (ars technica)

Gmail with tons of extra controls. There are now sections for "Mail," "Chat," "Rooms," and "Meet." [credit: Tahin Rahman ] It looks like big changes are coming to Gmail soon. Twitter user Tahin Rahman posted leaked slides (first spotted by 9to5Google) detailing a merger between Gmail, Google Docs, Google Chat, and Google Meet that looks to be coming to the Web and mobile soon. Google's "...
Tags: Google, News, Don, Ron Amadeo, Tahin Rahman, Google Doc Meet


TechCrunch talks Virtual Events and Event Technology

As you may have heard, we’re taking our entire events lineup fully virtual in 2020. This is of course in response to Covid-19. We’re working hard to make sure that, despite limitations, this year’s events will be some of the best we’ve ever produced. To make that happen, we’re partnering with virtual event masterminds like Bizzabo and Grip to bring our vision to life. Now I’m sure you have many questions on how it will all work. To answer your questions, we’ll be hosting an Ask-Me-Any...
Tags: TC, Events, Tech, Ama, Bizzabo, CrunchMatch, Alon Alroy, COVID, Joey Hinson Joey Hinson, Bizzabo CMO, Slido, Tim Groot


Top iOS 14 Features: Compact Phone Calls, Back Tap, Widgets, App Library and More

Apple's iOS 14 update, coming this fall, is packed with tons of new features, functions, and design changes, many of which iOS users have been wanting for years now. In our latest YouTube video, we highlighted some of the best features included in iOS 14 that will make you want to upgrade to the new software. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Picture in Picture FaceTime - You know how FaceTime pauses your video if you exit the app while you're on a FaceTime c...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Facetime, Control Center, MacRumors YouTube, Ios 14, Sound Recognition, Compact Phone Calls Fed, Custom Widget Stacks Apple


Amazon is reportedly starting to check some warehouse employees for COVID-19 symptoms when they come into work (AMZN)

Amazon is starting to screen some warehouse employees for COVID-19 symptoms when they come into work, CNBC reported Thursday. The company told employees in at least two states, Michigan and Virginia, that it would be "introducing a symptom screen" and sending people home who show signs of the coronavirus, according to CNBC. Separately, Amazon said in May that it was launching a pilot program to test employees for COVID-19 as it ramps up safety measures in its warehouses. Still, employees conti...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Minnesota, Cbs News, Virginia, Trends, Bloomberg, Michigan, Lady Gaga, Cnbc, Yellowstone, US supreme court, Cory Booker, AMZN, Dave Clark, COVID


Apple Previews New Emoji Coming in 2020 Like Ninja, Piñata, Bubble Tea, Dodo, Tamale and More

Tomorrow marks World Emoji Day, and in celebration of the event, Apple has shared a preview of upcoming 2020 emojis that will be added to iPhones, iPads, and Macs with Emojipedia. Emojis coming in 2020 are part of the Emoji 13 update, which includes the following emoji options: Faces - Smiling Face with Tear, Disguised Face People - Ninja, Person in Tuxedo, Woman in Tuxedo, Person with Veil, Man with Veil, Woman Feeding Baby, Person Feeding Baby, Man Feeding Baby, Mx. Claus, People Hu...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Emoji, Unicode, Emojipedia, Tuxedo Person


WATCH: The cofounder and CEO of one-click checkout startup Fast and an investor from Index Ventures walked us through the fintech's pitch deck and what it takes to win over investors

In this webinar, one-click checkout startup Fast's co-founder and CEO Domm Holland walks through how to build a pitch deck and win over investors. Holland was joined by Jan Hammer, general partner at Index Ventures. The conversation was moderated by Business Insider reporter Shannen Balogh, who covers the future of how we shop and pay. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In May, one-click checkout startup Fast raised its $20 million Series A from investors including Index Vent...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Nba, Holland, Hammer, Index Ventures, Business Insider, Baron Davis, Jan Hammer, Shannen Balogh, Domm Holland, Anthos Capital Join


How to get developer options on Android

Want to dig into some of the hidden options on your Android phone? We show you how using developer options.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Trends, How-to, Developer Options, Tier 4


This week of never-ending security updates continue. Now Apple emits dozens of fixes for iOS, macOS, etc

Make sure your iThing installs these patches Apple has released a fresh batch of software security updates for its flagship devices.…
Tags: Apple, Software


These are the execs leading Twitter as the company scrambles to get its house in order after the devastating hacker attack (TWTR)

Twitter suffered a blow to its image this week when hackers took over and posted a bitcoin scam on the verified accounts of some of Twitter's biggest users: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, many others. Only a few months ago, Twitter had done battle with Elliott Management who was trying to oust CEO Jack Dorsey. Twitter cut a deal that ultimately added new board members, including one from Elliott.  Twitter also fairly routinely reshuffles its executive leadership. Here's a rundown of the pe...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Yahoo, Dick Costolo, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Fbi, BrightRoll, Square, American Express, Department Of Justice, Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams


macOS Catalina 10.15.6 Successfully Fixes USB 2.0 Issues Experienced by 2020 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air Users

macOS Catalina 10.15.6 successfully fixes a frustrating bug that prevented some USB 2.0 accessories from working properly with 2020 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models, according to MacRumors readers and users on Reddit. Apple in the release notes for the macOS Catalina 10.15.6 update said that the update "resolves an issue where certain USB mouse and trackpads may lose connection," and people who were experiencing that particular problem have confirmed that their accessories are now able to s...
Tags: Apple, Usb, MacBook Air, Catalina, MacBook Pro 13, Reddit Apple, Macbook Pro 16, MacBook Air Users


Why Netflix shares are down 10%

Today after the bell, Netflix reported its Q2 financial performance. After its were out, the popular video streaming service saw its value drop sharply, with its shares off 10% in after-hours trading as of the time of writing. What happened to the high-flying Netflix, a company that you might have expected to report growth bolstered by the fact that many consumers in its home market are confined to their homes? The company not only failed to produce Q2 numbers that investors were uniformly ...
Tags: Video, Media, Tech, Netflix, Earnings, Ted Sarandos, Cnbc, Yahoo Finance


The Calm meditation app is getting its own celebrity-filled HBO Max show

Meditation apps have been a nice tech-centric respite for many, as the world continues to fall apart at the seams. HBO Max is hoping to build on that success with the launch of a new show based on the wildly popular Calm app. It is, thankfully, neither drama nor workplace comedy (HBO’s already done the startup thing), but rather a different format more inline with what you’ll get on the app. Formatted as a season of 10 half-hour episodes, the show is loosely built around Calm’s sleep Stories...
Tags: Apps, Hbo, Hollywood, Entertainment, Tech, Netflix, National Geographic, Keanu Reeves, Michael Acton Smith, Calm, Quibi, HBO Max


Immersive chat startups have a very different vision for the future of voice

What happens when startups look to build on the trendiness of podcasting and social audio platforms while injecting them with some of virtual reality’s weirdness? Turns out, plenty of founders are already experimenting with that strange question. As audio-centric platforms garner investor interest, virtual reality founders of old are trying to push 3D audio as the next evolution, presenting the tech in a way that looks entirely different from today’s voice chat platforms. Though some of these ef...
Tags: Apple, TC, Tech, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Chat, Google Facebook, High Fidelity, 3D audio


Ted Sarandos named co-CEO at Netflix

Ted Sarandos, the longtime leader of Netflix’s content efforts, has been named co-CEO with co-founder and current CEO Reed Hastings. Sarandos will continue to serve as the company’s chief content officer, and he’s joining the company’s board of directors as well. Meanwhile, Chief Product Officer Greg Peters is taking on the additional role of chief operating officer. In a blog post, Hastings said he does not expect this to significantly change the company’s day-to-day operations. Instead, ...
Tags: Media, Entertainment, Tech, Ted, Netflix, Ted Sarandos, Hastings, Eastern, Sarandos, Greg Peters, Reed Hastings Sarandos


CRV has closed its newest fund with the same amount as its previous fund; “We’re making a statement”

CRV, the early-stage venture firm that is this year celebrating its 50th anniversary, has just closed its newest fund with $600 million in capital commitments. The firm asserts that it garnered the pledges entirely during the pandemic, saying it kicked off its fundraising efforts in April. But just as notably, says general partner Jon Auerbach — who joined the firm’s Boston office 13 years ago and two years ago headed the Bay Area, where CRV has two offices —  the fund is the “exact size of o...
Tags: Microsoft, Boston, India, San Francisco, Tech, Palo Alto, Kansas, Doordash, Bessemer, Bay Area, Wichita, Auerbach, CRV, Devdutt, Devdutt Yellurkar, Anna Khan


Sign up next week’s Pitchers and Pitches competition on 7/23

Can one minute really make a difference in your startup success? If we’re talking about your 60-second pitch (and we are), then heck yeah!  A crisp, concise and compelling pitch opens doors to opportunity, and we’re here to help you pump up your pitch. Join us online for the next Pitchers & Pitches competition on July 23 at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, where you’ll hear rapid-fire pitches from five Digital Startup Alley exhibitors who will be participating at Disrupt this year. The five early-stage...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Startup Battlefield, Digital Startup Alley, Disrupt 2020


Sign up for next week’s Pitchers & Pitches competition on 7/23

Can one minute really make a difference in your startup success? If we’re talking about your 60-second pitch (and we are), then heck yeah! A crisp, concise and compelling pitch opens doors to opportunity, and we’re here to help you pump up your pitch. Join us online for the next Pitchers & Pitches competition on July 23 at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, where you’ll hear rapid-fire pitches from five Digital Startup Alley exhibitors who will be participating at Disrupt this year. The five early-stage ...
Tags: Startups, Events, Tech, Startup Battlefield, Digital Startup Alley, Pitchers and Pitches, Disrupt 2020


Hot, synchronous DRAM: Next-gen memory tech spec DDR5 lands

Power-sipping, phat bandwidth and dope density Great news for anyone who wants to use Slack and Google Chrome simultaneously: The JEDEC Solid State Technology Association has formalised the spec for DDR5 SDRAM, expected to become the standard memory for most computing devices.…
Tags: Google, Software, JEDEC Solid State Technology Association


History Hit TV lets you explore history through video, documentaries, podcasts and more

If you routinely lament the loss of truly educational television...well, join the club. There are only so many hours of Real Housewives and Forensic Files you can watch before your brain turns to mush and you’re convinced the final days of mankind must be counting down. Don’t lose faith just yet, however. There are actually some interesting and enlightening viewing options out there more invested in expanding your mind than watching it disintegrate at the Jersey Shore. History Hit TV is a...
Tags: Apple, Post, News, Shop, Dan Snow, Amazon Firestick, Jersey Shore History Hit TV, History Hit TV


Twitter won’t say if hackers accessed user DMs after breach

Twitter has said that there is “no evidence” that attackers obtained user account passwords after its security breach on Wednesday, which forced the company to lock down user accounts to prevent verified users from tweeting. In a series of tweets on Thursday — almost exactly a day after the mass account hijacking started — the social media giant said: “We have no evidence that attackers accessed passwords. Currently, we don’t believe resetting your password is necessary.” “Out of an abundance...
Tags: Twitter, Tech, Fbi, Jack Dorsey, Wyden, Ron Wyden, Kirk


US beat China on App Store downloads for first time since 2014, due to coronavirus impact

The U.S. App Store’s downloads have surpassed China’s downloads for the first time since 2014. According to data from Sensor Tower’s Q2 2020 report, out today, the U.S. App Store saw 27.4% year-over-year growth in the quarter, compared to the 2.1% growth for the China App Store. During the quarter, the U.S. App Store generated 2.22 billion new installs compared with China’s 2.06 billion downloads, to regain the top position. This then translated to the U.S. beating China on App Store consumer sp...
Tags: Mobile, Apps, China, Russia, US, Tech, Ios Apps, App Store, U S App Store, Roblox, Sensor Tower Sensor Tower, Japan Great Britain


U.S. beat China on App Store downloads for first time since 2014, due to coronavirus impact

The U.S. App Store’s downloads have surpassed China’s downloads for the first time since 2014, in a new milestone. According to data from Sensor Tower’s Q2 2020 report, out today, the U.S. App Store saw 27.4% year-over-year growth in the quarter, compared to the 2.1% growth for the China App Store. During the quarter, the U.S. App Store generated 2.22 billion new installs compared with China’s 2.06 billion downloads, to regain the top position. This then translated to the U.S. beating China on A...
Tags: Mobile, Apps, China, Russia, Tech, Ios Apps, App Store, U S App Store, Roblox, Sensor Tower Sensor Tower, Japan Great Britain



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