Brazilian Regulators Fine Apple Nearly $2 Million Over Charger-Less iPhone 12

Regulators in the Brazilian state of São Paulo slapped Apple with a nearly $2 million fine on Friday for failing to include chargers within iPhone 12 boxes, according to 9to5Mac and a Google translation of a report from Brazilian tech news outlet Tilt. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Science, Sao Paulo

Will China's Government-Subsidized Technology Ultimately Export Authoritarianism?

For 30 years David E. Sanger has been covering foreign policy and nuclear proliferation for The New York Times — twice working on Pulitzer Prize-winning teams. But now as American and Chinese officials meet in Alaska, Sanger argues that China's power doesn't come from weapons — nuclear or otherwise: Instead, it arises from their expanding economic might and how they use their government-subsidized technology to wire nations be it Latin America or the Middle East, Africa or Eastern Europe, with ...
Tags: Australia, China, America, Tech, Beijing, United States, Alaska, New York Times, Biden, Pacific, Latin America, Eastern Europe, East Asia, State, Anchorage, Middle East Africa

Microsoft Defender Antivirus Now Automatically Mitigates Exchange Server Vulnerabilities

"Microsoft has implemented an automatic mitigation tool within Defender Antivirus to tackle critical vulnerabilities in Exchange Server," reports ZDNet: On March 18, the Redmond giant said the software will automatically mitigate CVE-2021-26855, a severe vulnerability that is being actively exploited in the wild. This vulnerability is one of four that can be used in a wider attack chain to compromise on-premise Exchange servers. Microsoft released emergency fixes for the security flaws on Mar...
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With Rumored Redesign Around the Corner, Apple Discontinues Two iMac Configurations

Apple is in spring cleaning mode when it comes to its product inventory. In recent weeks, not only has it said, “mmm, bye,” to the iMac Pro and the original HomePod, but now the company has targeted two configurations of the 21.5-inch iMac with its axe. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Steve Jobs, Intel, Macintosh, Computers, Computing, iMac, Apple Inc, Mac Pro, Apple Computers, HomePod, Macintosh Computers, Technology Internet, Imac Family, Fusion Drive

Five Cites on Mars? Architecture Studio Releases Its Plans

Five cities on Mars, home to one million people? That's the vision of architecture studio ABIBOO, which has drawn up designs based on the latest scientific research — and created an impressive three-and-a-half minute video to showcase it. "According to the architecture company's analysis, the construction can start by 2054," reports EuroNews, "and it could be built by 2100 — that is — when the first community could start living there..." "Water is one of the great advantages that Mars offers, it...
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Sony Won't Back Down On $1,400 In Charges Made To Grandmother's Credit Card

Long-time Slashdot reader theshowmecanuck writes: A grandmother let her 13 year old grandson use her credit card to buy added content for one of his games for which she thought would be a $15 charge. After the account opened up because of the credit card on it, he started downloading other things not realizing they were adding substantial charges to her credit card. She asked Sony to refund the charges, it's not like they can't disable the added content if they wanted, but they told her basical...
Tags: Tech, Sony, Visa, Slashdot, CTV News Toronto, Diana -RSB- Liscoumb, Liscoumb

Acer Hit by $50 Million Ransomware Attack

Computer maker Acer has been hit by a ransomware attack "where the threat actors are demanding the largest known ransom to date, $50,000,000," writes Bleeping Computer: Yesterday, the ransomware gang announced on their data leak site that they had breached Acer and shared some images of allegedly stolen files as proof... In response to BleepingComputer's inquiries, Acer did not provide a clear answer regarding whether they suffered a REvil ransomware attack, saying instead that they "reported ...
Tags: Tech, Intel, Acer, Microsoft Exchange, PC Magazine

Covid: What are the top pandemic Google searches in Wales?

A year on from the first lockdown, what have people been searching for during the pandemic?
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Apple wants Tim Cook, Tim Sweeney to testify in Epic lawsuit

Apple and Epic have produced witness lists for an App Store lawsuit that would include Tim Cook, Tim Sweeney and other major executives.
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Brazil regulator fines Apple $2 million for not including chargers with iPhone 12

The agency says Apple did not respond to its questions about the device
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Tech companies predict the (economic) future

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch, but free, and made for your weekend reading. Want it in your inbox every Saturday morning? Sign up here. Earnings season is coming to a close, with public tech companies wrapping up their Q4 and 2020 disclosures. We don’t care too much about the bigger players’ results here at TechCrunch, but smaller tech companies we knew when they were wee star...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, New York, Ipo, Tech, Austin, Squarespace, Exchange, LERMAN, Yext, Mader, Lilli, Insurify, Tuya, Howard Lerman, Smartsheet

Purism Says Unfair iOS Policies Forced it to Remove Its VPN Tunnel from IOS Store

In 2019 Purism launched a suite of privacy-protecting, no-tracking apps and services named Librem One. And it included an encrypted, no-logging, virtual private network tunnel named Librem Tunnel. Unfortunately, "Recently we've been forced to remove Librem Tunnel from iOS due to their unfair policies," explains a post this week on Purism's blog: Apple's policy is that applications that make in-app purchases or offer subscriptions using Apple's payment platform pay Apple 30% of their revenue. ...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Librem Tunnel

Tim Cook and Tim Sweeney among potential witnesses for Apple/Epic trial

A proposed witness list filed by Apple for its upcoming trial against game-maker Epic reads like a who’s who of executives from the two companies. The drawn out battle could well prove a watershed moment from mobile app payments. The two sides came to loggerheads when the Fortnite maker was kicked out of the App Store in August of last year after adding an in-game payment system designed to bypass Apple’s – along with Apple’s cut of the profiles. Epic has accused Apple of monopolist practices pe...
Tags: Apple, Gaming, Apps, Tech, Epic, Tim Cook, Nvidia, App Stores, App Store, Epic Games, Phil Schiller, Tim Sweeney, Craig Federighi, Microsoft Facebook, TechCrunch Apple, Fortnite

Star Rating at Google Review Isn’t Defamatory–Gursten v. Doe 1

The plaintiff is a lawyer. Doe 2, under the pseudonym “Patrick Anderson,” left a one-star rating for the lawyer (without any explanatory text) on the lawyer’s Google Review page. The plaintiff protested that he never had a client named Patrick Anderson. Indeed, the plaintiff had some reason to believe that Doe 2 was a competitor trying to game the Google Reviews’ ratings. The court dismisses the lawyer’s defamation claim. The majority says: “as a matter of law, a one-star wordless review posted...
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Will CRISPR Offer Hope For Controlling African Swine Fever?

"New vaccine trials hold great promise in the management of an East African strain of African swine fever, one of the most devastating diseases to afflict pigs," writes Cornell's Alliance for Science (a group who gives its mission as correcting misinformation and countering conspiracy theories slowing progress on issues including synthetic biology and agricultural innovations). Slashdot reader wooloohoo shares their report: Scientists at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) a...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Tech, Slashdot, International Livestock Research Institute ILRI, Cornell s Alliance for Science, Steinaa

Startups, Supreme, and soft-circling your way to an investment

In an Extra Crunch Live this past week, Cleo Capital founding partner Sarah Kunst broke down what founders can learn from Supreme, a sought-after streetwear brand. She argued that founders, similar to Supreme, should build a brand around themselves that is so well-respected and has clout that whenever they start something new, investors will line up. “A Supreme shirt that costs $100 bucks in the store will cost $1,000 online so, as an investor, I am just a kid on the street corner flipping sport...
Tags: Startups, TC, La, Startup, Tech, Fundraising, Gumroad, Shell, Kleiner Perkins, Mayfield, Alexa von Tobel, Kunst, Navin Chaddha, Supreme, GPT, Poshmark

2.9-Ton Battery Pallet Becomes Largest Mass Ever Discharged From Space Station

"A pallet of batteries was released from the International Space Station last week, becoming the heaviest single piece of junk ever jettisoned from the station," reports UPI: Mission controllers in Houston commanded the Canadarm2 robotic arm to release an external pallet loaded with the 2.9 tons of nickel-hydrogen batteries into Earth's orbit Thursday morning. "It is safely moving away from the station and will orbit Earth between two to four years before burning up harmlessly in the atmosphere...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Earth, Chile, International Space Station, European Space Agency, Houston, Gizmodo, Iss, UPI, Jonathan McDowell, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, HTV, U S Space Command Read

Critical F5 BIG-IP Bug Under Active Attacks After PoC Exploit Posted Online

Almost 10 days after application security company F5 Networks released patches for critical vulnerabilities in its BIG-IP and BIG-IQ products, adversaries have begun opportunistically mass scanning and targeting exposed and unpatched networking devices to break into enterprise networks. News of in the wild exploitation development comes on the heels of a proof-of-concept exploit code that [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
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Rust Takes 'Tentative First Step' Toward Linux Kernel

In his This Week in Programming column, Mike Melanson writes: Rustaceans' dreams of Rust's inclusion in the Linux kernel are one tiny, ever so slight step closer to becoming a reality, with this week's "intentionally bare-bones" inclusion in Linux-next, the development branch of the Linux kernel... Curb your enthusiasm, however, as this remains a rather tentative first step of many necessary steps before Rust fully lands in the Linux kernel. A rather brief post on summarizes where we ...
Tags: Tech, GCC, Linux, LLVM, Mike Melanson, Miguel Ojeda

What’s up with the Apple App Store’s privacy changes?

You may have noticed an influx of ads for furniture on your Instagram feed after looking for a new chair for your work-from-home setup, or promoted posts for a coffee shop that you’ve only ever walked past. Your phone’s apps collect and share a lot of information—from your location, to your browsing habits, to your search history. But for iPhone owners, that’s about to change in significant ways. Apple announced in June 2020 that this spring it would begin requiring iPhone, iPad, and tvOS apps t...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Privacy, Apple App Store

Zack Snyder Plans Another Version of Re-Edited 'Justice League' - in Black and White

From a report: On Saturday, Zack Snyder himself will head to Twitch to unveil the first look at Justice League: Justice Is Gray... the grayscale version that will soon arrive on HBO Max. The "pre-show" for the event kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time on the MANvsGAME channel, with the Snyder and and Justice League star Joe Manganiello joining the broadcast for the big reveal at 4:00 p.m. Pacific. StreamElements designed audience tools to use during the stream, including an engaging donation fu...
Tags: Hbo, Justice, Joe Manganiello, Tech, Justice League, Batman, Man Of Steel, Joss Whedon, Tribune, Variety, Snyder, Esquire, Pacific Time, Zack Snyder, Comicbook, Yahoo Entertainment

Apple Fined $2 Million in Brazil for Selling iPhones Without Chargers

Apple has been slapped with a near $2 million fine in the Brazilian state of São Paulo over violations of the Consumer Law Code due to the lack of a charger in the box for newer iPhones, Brazilian tech news outlet Tilt reports. Procon-SP, São Paulo's consumer protection agency, decided to fine Apple following intense scrutiny over the decision to remove the power adapter from the boxes of iPhones. With the iPhone 12, Apple removed the power adapter from the box, saying that doing so will redu...
Tags: Apple, Brazil, Sao Paulo, Procon SP São Paulo, Fernando Capez Procon SP

Facebook stock jumped more than 4% after Mark Zuckerberg said Apple's privacy update will help the social media giant

Nick Wass/Associated Press Facebook stock climbed 4.1%, closing at $290.11 on Friday, after Mark Zuckerberg's comments on Clubhouse. "I'm confident that we're gonna be able to manage through that situation," Zuckerberg said on Thursday. The Apple iOS 14 software update allows users to opt-out from being tracked. See more stories on Insider's business page. Facebook stock climbed 4.1% on Friday after CEO Mark Zuckerberg changed his tune on Apple's imminent privacy updat...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Privacy, Trends, Markets, Data, Tracking, Zuckerberg, Audience Network, Tech Insider, IDFA, Isobel Asher Hamilton, Nick Wass Associated Press Facebook, Fatma Khaled

Apple Discontinues 512GB and 1TB SSD Configurations of 4K 21.5-inch iMac

Just hours after officially discontinuing the iMac Pro, Apple has also discontinued the 512GB and 1TB SSD configurations of the 4K 21.5-inch iMac. Last month, both options became unavailable for purchase, although it was unclear at the time whether it was a temporary issue due to a component supply problem or if it was a permanent decision to no longer offer the options. Apple has now removed both of the affected SSD options from the ‌iMac‌’s configuration page entirely, leaving a 256GB SSD...
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Russian Man Admits Ransomware Plot Against Tesla In Nevada

A Russian man has pleaded guilty in the U.S. to offering a Tesla employee $1 million to cripple the electric car company's massive electric battery plant in Nevada with ransomware and steal company secrets for extortion, prosecutors and court records said. The Associated Press reports: In a case that cybersecurity experts called exceptional for the risks he took, Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Reno. Prosecutors alleged that Kriuchkov acted on behalf of...
Tags: Tech, Tesla, Fbi, Associated Press, Nevada, Kremlin, U S District Court, Emsisoft, Callow, Brett Callow, Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, Kriuchkov

How to make calls on your Google Nest, Home, or Mini

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to set up hands-free calling on the Google Home. Learn how to sync your contacts, and make and end calls.
Tags: Google, Trends, Google Nest Home

The best Google Assistant-compatible devices for 2021

Google Assistant is an unbelievable smart-home brain that can be used to control every item on this list.
Tags: Google, Trends, Smart Home, Best Of, Buying Guides, Smart Home Devices, Google Assistant, Google Home, Smart Speakers, Tier 4

Saturday's Best Deals: Animal Crossing Gift Bundle, Shredding Meat Claws, Moock Jump Starter, Soothing Shower Steamers, Posture Trainer, and More

A set of meat shredding claws and an Animal Crossing gift set lead Saturday’s best deals.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Ipad, Science, Microsoft, Asus, Newegg, Kindle, Samsung, Walmart, Music Industry, Intel, Best Buy, Cuisinart, Ferrari, Gear

10 Ways to Monitor and Improve Your Small Business Online Reputation

Your online reputation can be one of your brand’s biggest assets. So it’s essential to monitor your online content and platforms carefully. Everything from your website to your social media can make an impact. Read tips from members of the online small business community to improve and monitor your company’s reputation. Audit Your Brand’s Online Reputation Every brand has a reputation. There are several online factors that may impact this. So it’s important to always keep an eye on those elem...
Tags: Google, Sales, Startup, Andrew Hutchinson, Social Media Today, John Jantsch, Ivan Widjaya, Lisa Sicard, Lane Ellis, David J Brin, Ian Loew, Jos Davies, Matthew Emans, Budget Trust, Ryan Buddulph, Facebook Business Page Facebook

Apple, Amazon, and Google don't pay to integrate Wikipedia articles into their search products. The non-profit now hopes to use contracts with Big Tech to help fund 'knowledge equity' around the world.

Lisa Seitz-Gruwell Wikimedia Foundation Non-profit Wikipedia just announced a potential enterprise contracts for businesses. Amazon and Apple don't pay to use Wikipedia to answer user questions through Siri and Alexa. Wikipedia exec Lisa Seitz-Gruwell explains how the non-profit could use the contract money to grow. See more stories on Insider's business page. Big tech's relationship with Wikipedia could undergo a massive shift this year.On March 16, Wikipedia announced a histo...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Asia, News, Wikipedia, Trends, Siri, Wikimedia, Jimmy Wales, Comscore, Wikimedia Foundation, Amazon Apple, Apple Amazon, Larry Sanger, Today Amazon

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