Apple Lets Some Network Traffic Bypass Firewalls on MacOS Big Sur

"Security researchers are blasting Apple for a feature in the latest Big Sur release of macOS that allows some Apple apps to bypass content filters and VPNs..." reports Threatpost. "While users assumed Apple would fix the flaw before the OS emerged from beta into full release, this doesn't appear to have happened." "Beginning with macOS Catalina released last year, Apple added a list of 50 Apple-specific apps and processes that were to be exempted from firewalls like Little Snitch and Lulu," e...
Tags: Apple, Mac, Nsa, Tech, Lulu, Catalina, Patrick Wardle, Wardle, JAMF

Apple releases iOS 14.2.1 to fix bugs found in the 5G iPhone 12 series, but not the one you're worried about

Apple released iOS 14.2.1 last week to exterminate bugs that are affecting only the 5G iPhone 12 series. It will not fix the recently...
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More States Are Offering Contact-Tracing Apps—Now if Only They Could Get People to Use Them

Google and Apple rolled out their covid-19 contact-tracing APIs months ago for state officials to use in developing their own covid-19-tracking apps, but adoption has proceeded at a snail’s pace. Just 15 states and Washington, D.C. are currently employing the tech giants’ “exposure notification” tech while a handful…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Science, Washington, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Contact Tracing

In the Last Week America Experienced 1 Million New Coronavirus Cases

The total number of U.S. coronavirus cases since the pandemic started has now surpassed 12 million, CNN reports — "an increase of more than 1 million cases in less than a week." Researchers at John Hopkins University calculate that over a quarter of a million Americans have now died from the disease. Almost every state has reported a rapid surge in cases, and nationwide numbers have been climbing much faster than ever before — with the country reporting a staggering 2.8 million infections sin...
Tags: White House, Tech, Cnn, Sanjay Gupta, Johns Hopkins University, John Hopkins University, Deborah Birx

Werner Herzog On Asteroids, Star Wars, and the 'Obscenity' of a City On Mars

78-year-old filmmaker Werner Herzog shared some interesting thoughts before the release of his new documentary on asteroids, Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds now available on Apple TV+. From Herzog's new interview with the science site inverse: Herzog tells Inverse he's less concerned than ever that a meteorite will destroy the Earth, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't still be worried about our own extinction. "It may be 100 million years to go until then," Herzog says, before adding, "...
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The Apple TV remote has yet another alternate option that includes buttons

The Apple TV remote’s touchpad is not universally beloved
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Human Capital: Uber’s Black employee base shrinks

Welcome back to Human Capital, where I break down the latest in diversity, equity and inclusion, and labor in tech. TL;DR: This week, Apple announced its third head of diversity and inclusion in four years, Uber’s Black employee base shrunk despite the company committing to anti-racism and Reddit brought on its second Black board member this year.  Meanwhile, Facebook’s content moderators spoke out against the company for forcing some of them to work in the office during a pandemic and a ne...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Facebook, Uber, Labor, Obama, Buzzfeed, San Francisco, Linkedin, Diversity, Tesla, Intel, United States, Reddit, Deutsche Bank, Alexis Ohanian

How the pandemic drove the IPO wave we see today

This is The TechCrunch Exchange, a newsletter that goes out on Saturdays, based on the column of the same name. You can sign up for the email here. I had a neat look into the world of mental health startup fundraising planned for this week, but after being slow-motion carpet-bombed by S-1s, that is now shoved off to Monday and we have to pause and talk about COVID-19. The pandemic has been the most animating force for startups and venture capital in 2020, discounting the slow movement of glob...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Ipo, Virginia, United States, Bird, Airbnb, Exchange, Sapphire Ventures, Byron Deeter, Doordash, Bessemer, Klarna, SPAC, Peloton

Email and Web Traffic Redirected for Multiple Cryptocurrency Sites After GoDaddy Attack

"Fraudsters redirected email and web traffic destined for several cryptocurrency trading platforms over the past week," reports security researcher Brian Krebs: The attacks were facilitated by scams targeting employees at GoDaddy, the world's largest domain name registrar, KrebsOnSecurity has learned... This latest campaign appears to have begun on or around Nov. 13, with an attack on cryptocurrency trading platform "A domain hosting provider 'GoDaddy' that manages one of our core...
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Does the Human Brain Resemble the Universe?

"Does the human brain resemble the Universe?" teases an announcement that an astrophysicist of the University of Bologna and a neurosurgeon of the University of Verona "compared the network of neuronal cells in the human brain with the cosmic network of galaxies...and surprising similarities emerged." Slashdot reader Iwastheone shares their report: Despite the substantial difference in scale between the two networks (more than 27 orders of magnitude), their quantitative analysis, which sits a...
Tags: Tech, Slashdot, University of Bologna, University of Verona, Iwastheone, Franco Vazza, Alberto Feletti, University of Verona Read

Affirm, Airbnb,, Roblox, Wish file for tech IPO finale of 2020

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. The wait was long but this week the time was right: Airbnb finally filed its S-1 and so did Affirm,, Roblox, and Wish. We are likely to see these five price on public markets before the end of an already superlative year for tech IPOs. The ongoing pandemic and political turmoil were not scary enough, apparently. This coming decade, you have to t...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Utah, New York, Obama, White House, Ipo, US, America, San Francisco, Tech, Joe Biden, Italy, Tencent, SEC

Google accidentally reveals new icon and name for a key Android app

An ad discovered on YouTube includes a leaked icon image and name for the app currently known as Phone by Google. The latter has been...
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In Historic Test, US Navy Shoots Down an Intercontinental Ballastic Missile

"In a historic test, a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer shot down an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) warhead aimed at a patch of ocean off the Hawaiian Islands," reports Popular Mechanics: Once the missile launched, a network of sensors picked it up. The data was then handed off to the guided missile destroyer USS John Finn, which launched a SM-3 Block IIA interceptor. Just as the ICBM released a [simulated] nuclear warhead, the SM-3 released an Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) des...
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Why Amazon's Echo Shines an Ominous Red Light When Its Microphone is Muted

This year Amazon followed up its cylindrical Echo (and its hockey puck-shaped Echo Dot) with a cloth-wrapped sphere-shaped Echo device. And Fast Company reports that one significant change was to the light pipe, "that glowing ring on top of the Echo that signals it's talking or thinking. "For the fourth generation, that light pipe has been moved to the bottom of the device, to reflect off tables or countertops, and provide a more ambient lighting experience that blends into one's environment —...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Tech, Sony, Alexa, Defcon, Miriam Daniel, Echo device And Fast Company

5 Android apps you shouldn't miss this week - Android Apps Weekly

The 355th Android Apps Weekly is out! This week we talk about more Google Photos stuff, Hulu's price hike, and more.
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Black Friday 2020: Best Apple Deals to Plan For

In the lead-up to Black Friday next week, we've been putting a spotlight on the best deals coming from various retailers like Best Buy and Walmart. In an effort to further prepare our readers for the best Black Friday deals, we're breaking down what we think should be on your radar for Black Friday in 2020. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. AirPods...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Deals, Black Friday, Walmart, Best, Nintendo, Luigi, Apple Watch, MacBook Air, Mario Kart, Avengers, Macbook Pro, Gamestop, Legion, Don

Assigning Homework Exacerbates Class Divides, Researchers Find

"Education scholars say that math homework as it's currently assigned reinforces class divides in society and needs to change for good," according to Motherboard — citing a new working paper from education scholars: Status-reinforcing processes, or ones that fortify pre-existing divides, are a dime a dozen in education. Standardized testing, creating honors and AP tracks, and grouping students based on perceived ability all serve to disadvantage students who lack the support structures and paren...
Tags: Tech, Ap, Indiana University, Jessica Calarco, Calarco

iPhone 12 Pro Max teardown reveals a truly huge main camera

A teardown of Apple's iPhone 12 Pro Max has illustrated just how large the main camera sensor really is — you wouldn't fit it into a...
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Entering a new talent market through a multi-channel marketing strategy

Entering a new talent market through a multi-channel marketing strategy. Entering a new talent market is no easy task. The days of posting on your local job board are no more. To make an impact as an unknown in a new market you need to launch a comprehensive campaign or else you won’t make a […]
Tags: Featured, News, Marketing, Social Media, Communication, Tech, Recruiting, Guest Post, Branding, Blog Posts, Recruitment Marketing, Talent Acquisition

After Restoring YouTube-dl, GitHub Revamps Its Copyright Takedown Policy

On October 23rd GitHub initially complied with a takedown request for the open-source project youtube-dl — and then after 24 days, reinstated it. "If there's a silver lining to the episode, it's that GitHub is implementing new policies to avoid a repeat of a repeat situation moving forward," reports Engadget: First, it says a team of both technical and legal experts will manually evaluate every single section 1201 claim. In instances where there's any ambiguity to a claim, the company says it ...
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This Week in Apps: Apple slashes commissions, Twitter launches Fleets, warnings about Parler

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a   $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Japan, Instagram, Supreme Court, Australia, Washington Post, Youtube, Ipo, Tech, Eu

Hulu UX teardown: 5 user experience fails and how to fix them

Hulu is the first major streaming platform to offer a social watching experience. And with most major league sports now being allowed to resume behind closed doors, Hulu’s combined proposition with ESPN will likely help entertain the service’s 30+ million users over the winter months. But users have a surplus in choice of streaming services right now, so how will Hulu stay competitive? With the help of UX expert Peter Ramsey from Built for Mars, we’re going to give Hulu an Extra Crunch ...
Tags: TC, Video, Media, Developer, Entertainment, Tech, User Experience, Espn, Ux, Mars, Hulu, Usability, Steve, Streaming Services, Peter Ramsey

Masks are Effective, Despite One Flawed Study From Denmark

"I think the overwhelming body of evidence suggests that masks are effective," the lead author of a study recently cited by America's Center for Disease Control told the Washington Post. They were responding to another (very controversial) outlier study whose findings "conflict with those from a number of other studies," according to the New York Times, citing numerous experts. "Critics were quick to note [that] study's limitations, among them that the design depended heavily on participants re...
Tags: Post, Washington Post, America, Tech, New York Times, Denmark, Columbia University, The Washington Post, Center for Disease Control, Internal Medicine, Angela Rasmussen, Henning Bundgaard, Bundgaard

SpaceX Begins a Day With Two Falcon 9 Launches, Seventh Flight of a Recycled Rocket

While tonight will see SpaceX's 16th launch of its broadband satellites, that launch will also make history, reports CNET: The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket is set to make its seventh flight, which would be a record for rocket recycling for the company. The booster previously flew on four Starlink missions and a pair of larger telecom satellite launches. SpaceX will likely attempt to land the booster on a droneship in the Atlantic shortly after launch and may also try to catch the two halv...
Tags: Spacex, California, Tech, Atlantic, Cnet, Falcon, StarLink, International Space Station Read, Vandenburg Air Force Base, Michael Freilich, NASA European Space Agency Sentinel

A top Goldman dealmaker is jumping ship — Affirm gears up for an IPO — Hedge fund pay

  Happy Saturday!Bankers have been plenty busy as they work on big tie-ups and look to get IPOs across the line before the end of the year.Here's a recap of some of the big news this week:PNC announced its planned purchase of BBVA US, the US-based arm of the Spanish lending giant BBVA, for $11.6 billion. Reed Alexander talked with insiders to learn more about how one of the biggest bank deals since the financial crisis came together. You can read the full story here. The buy now, pay later lende...
Tags: Google, Europe, Microsoft, US, Trends, Paypal, Getty Images, Michael Dell, Goldman Sachs, Seattle, Morgan Stanley, Max Levchin, Goldman, Fintech, ADP, Bbva

Deep Frozen Arctic Microbes Are Waking Up

An anonymous reader shares an opinion piece from Scientific American: Permafrost covers 24 percent of the Earth's land surface, and the soil constituents vary with local geology. Arctic lands offer unexplored microbial biodiversity and microbial feedbacks, including the release of carbon to the atmosphere. In some locations, hundreds of millions of years' worth of carbon is buried. The layers may still contain ancient frozen microbes, Pleistocene megafauna and even buried smallpox victims. As th...
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The life and career of Tony West, the Uber executive married to Kamala Harris' sister, and who may be in the running for a role in the Biden administration

Tony West in 2009. Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images Tony West, Uber's chief legal office, is reportedly in play for the role of Attorney General in the Biden administration, according to Insider.  If appointed, he'd be the highest-profile Silicon Valley exec to play a key role in national politics.  West served in the Justice Department during both the Clinton and Obama administrations before leaving government to work at PepsiCo.  He joined Uber in 2017 to help clean ...
Tags: Google, Uber, Obama, Eric Holder, California, Washington Post, Washington, Stanford, Senate, White House, US, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco, Trends, Joe Biden, Features

Voter-fraud debunking journalist Isaac Saul talks about his viral election thread and why the conspiracy theories put poll workers in danger

Ballots are counted at the Allegheny County Election Division warehouse on the Northside of Pittsburgh, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar Since election night, journalist Issac Saul has been documenting and debunking as many voter fraud conspiracy theories as possible in an ever-growing Twitter thread. "It took off immediately, and the new lies just kept pouring in," Saul told Business Insider Columnist Anthony L. Fisher.  Saul says these conspiracy theories are putting innocen...
Tags: Google, Florida, Congress, America, Trends, Atlanta, Pennsylvania, United States, Usps, Philadelphia, Michigan, Biden, Detroit, Skype, Pittsburgh, Trump

Job diary: I'm an LA doctor who runs a ketamine-infusion therapy program to help people overcome depression, anxiety, and trauma

David Mahjoubi, MD. David Mahjoubi, MD. David Mahjoubi, MD, 42, is an anesthesiologist based in Los Angeles, California. He founded the Ketamine Healing Clinic of Los Angeles in 2014, and says that despite the drug's reputation as an illegal party drug, its use in controlled medical settings can help patients battling depression, anxiety, and trauma. Before accepting a new patient, Dr. Mahjoubi says they need to have first tried other anti-anxiety or depression medication in the past. He a...
Tags: Google, Europe, California, La, New York City, US, Trends, Madrid, Henry Schein, Los Angeles California, Kevin O Leary, New York Times The Washington Post, Jorge Perez, Mahjoubi, Suzannah Weiss, COVID

Top Stories: Apple M1 Macs and HomePod Mini Launch, iOS 14.2.1 Bug Fixes for iPhone 12, App Store Fee Changes

It was a week full of unboxings this week, with Apple's new M1-based Macs and the HomePod mini making their way into customers' hands for the first time. We're seeing impressive performance from all of the new products, and it'll be super interesting what Apple is able to do with its higher-powered Macs as the transition to Apple Silicon continues. This week also saw the release of a special iOS 14.2.1 update for the iPhone 12 lineup to address a few early bugs on those devices, and Apple ann...
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