Scammer Servie Will Ban Anyone From Instagram For $60

Scammers are abusing Instagram's protections against suicide, self-harm, and impersonation to purposefully target and ban Instagram accounts at will, with some people even advertising professionalized ban-as-a-service offerings so anyone can harass or censor others, according to screenshots, interviews, and other material reviewed by Motherboard. From the report: It appears that in some cases, the same scammers who offer ban-as-a-service also offer or are at least connected to services to restor...
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Apple to scan iPhones for sexually explicit material involving children

Apple will scan iPhones for known sexually explicit images of children and for messages to children that contain sexually explicit language. The move pleases child protection groups, but the privacy ramifications alarm everyone else—and undermine the company's efforts to present itself as a privacy-conscious alternative to Google and Facebook. — Read the rest
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China's Xiaomi overtook Samsung and Apple in June smartphones sales

Xiaomi's sales grew 26% on-month, giving the company a 17.1% share of the total number of smartphones sold globally in June,...
Tags: Apple, China, Samsung, Xiaomi

America enlists Big Tech to help it develop and execute cyber security plans

Players in ‘Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative’ include Microsoft, AWS, and Google The United States' Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has announced the "standup" of a body called the "Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative" (JCDC) that it hopes will spark ideas for new and improved national responses against electronic threats.…
Tags: Google, Microsoft, America, Software, Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative JCDC

Google co-founder Larry Page is a New Zealand resident, government says

Billionaire’s status was confirmed after report he had been granted entry to New Zealand during the pandemic despite closed bordersBillionaire and Google co-founder Larry Page is a New Zealand resident, and visited the country in the midst of Covid-19 border restrictions.The government confirmed Page’s residency after New Zealand outlet Stuff broke the story on Thursday that Page had been in the country earlier this year, accompanying his child who fell ill in Fiji. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, World news, Larry Page, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Fiji, Page

Infrastructure Bill Could Enable Government To Track Drivers' Travel Data

Presto Vivace shares a report from The Intercept: The Senate's $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill proposes a national test program that would allow the government to collect drivers' data in order to charge them per-mile travel fees. The new revenue would help finance the Highway Trust Fund, which currently depends mostly on fuel taxes to support roads and mass transit across the country. Under the proposal, the government would collect information about the miles that drivers travel f...
Tags: Congress, Senate, Tech, United States, Slashdot, Sean Vitka, Track Drivers Travel Data, Transportation and Treasury

Wealthy People Are Renouncing American Citizenship

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Axios: The number of Americans who renounced their citizenship in favor of a foreign country hit an all-time high in 2020: 6,707, a 237% increase over 2019. While the numbers are down this year, that's probably because many U.S. embassies and consulates remain closed for COVID-19, and taking this grave step requires taking an oath in front of a State Department officer. The people who flee tend to be ultra-wealthy, and many of them are seeking to reduce t...
Tags: Congress, Tech, Eritrea, State Department, Biden, Wall Street Journal, Irs

‘Reboot,’ a Sitcom About Sitcom Reboots, Will Star Keegan-Michael Key and Johnny Knoxville

Keegan-Michael Key and Johnny Knoxville will be teaming up for a new streaming series from Modern Family co-creator Steve Levitan. According to Deadline, Hulu has picked up the comedy pilot Reboot, about a comedy show reboot, with the two actors tapped to star. A Major Showrunner Heads to Streaming Reboot is a meta-comedy inspired by the recent wave of comedy revivals. (Seriously, we’re looking at a possible Frasier revival at Paramount+, a MacGruber series for Peacock, an HBO Max Sex and ...
Tags: Apple, TV, Movies, News, Nbc, Netflix, Hulu, Ryan Murphy, Paramount, Emilia Clarke, Marta Kauffman, Knoxville, Frankie, Peele, Christopher Lloyd, Jordan Peele

Amazon Postpones Return To Office Until January 2022; Won't Implement Vaccine Mandate

Amazon told employees Thursday that it will delay its timeline for returning to regular work in the office until early next year. GeekWire reports: The new date: Jan. 3, 2022. Previously, Amazon had expected employees to start working in the office regularly the week of Sept. 7. However, Amazon stopped short of implementing a vaccine mandate for those who do work in the office, as companies including Microsoft, Google, and Facebook have done. Amazon said it requires employees to wear masks in th...
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Westward, Ho! Day 8: Long Driving Day, now in Ohio

 A very long driving day today, it felt longer than the six hours it took to get to the main gate for Wright Patterson Air Force Base.Of course, it was the wrong gate to get one's VA issued ID registered, so they pointed me to the Registrations office.Once I found it, bordering a different portion of the base, it was closed!  Yep, they close on Thursdays for training.  Go figure.  Gate 12 was nearby so I drove the VRRV with Sammy in tow to the Airman at the gate and explained the problem.Because...
Tags: Google, Motorcycles, Va, Ohio, Air Force, Sammy, Wright Patterson Air Force, RV Trips, USAF Museum, Mariko Drives, VRRV, Army COE, Wright Brothers Memorial Monument

Fisker-Foxconn EV partnership ‘moving faster than expected,’ CEO Henrik Fisker says

U.S. electric automaker Fisker expects operating expenses to reach between $490 million and $530 million this year, a slight increase in its business outlook for the year that is driven by R&D spending on prototypes for its Ocean SUV, testing and validation of advanced technology, hiring and its “accelerating” partnership with Foxconn. The company, which reported its second-quarter earnings Thursday after market close, raised its business outlook for expectations for key non-GAAP operating expen...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, China, India, Tech, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Wisconsin, Earnings, SEC, Henrik Fisker, Foxconn, Fisker, NCAP, IIHS

Choosing a New Laptop – The Invisible Bits (Memory, Storage, CPU, Warranty)

Some of the most important parts of your laptop are things you’ll never see, such as this M.2 SSD. This is the second part in our series on how to choose the most suitable laptop for your needs.  Please see the links at the bottom to the other parts in the series. Processor (CPU) We should start off by pointing out that the overall computing experience, especially the perceived speed, is a function of very much more than the CPU alone.  This is similar to how the speed of a car depends on a...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, England, Science, Microsoft, US, Tech, Intel, Bill Gates, New Zealand, Dell, Amd, Lg, Costco, Cellphones & Wireless, Samsung Ssd

Choosing a New Laptop – The Visible Parts (Screen and Keyboard)

The reference point of excellence from which to judge all lesser keyboards – the Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard. This is the third part in our series on how to choose the most suitable laptop for your needs.  Please see the links at the bottom to the other parts in the series. Screen Size and Resolution Too many people take screen quality for granted.  In truth, there is an enormous variation in screen quality, especially as most easily measured by resolution. I considered it essential the sc...
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Apple to scan iPhones for child sex abuse images

Apple announces it will implement a system to scan US iPhones for images of child sexual abuse.
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Choosing a New Laptop

With so many hundreds of confusingly similar or even more confusingly different choices, finding the best laptop for your needs can be complicated and frustrating.  This new article series will help you. This is the first part of a new article series on choosing a new laptop.  Links to the other four parts of the series are at the bottom. Many of us might find our plans for a new laptop (or desktop) computer brought forward with the incipient advent of the new Windows 11 operating system.  Th...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Science, Microsoft, Tech, Intel, Lg, Costco, Cellphones & Wireless, Intel EVO, Intel Iris Xe Graphics

Apple explains how iPhones will scan photos for child-sexual-abuse images

Apple offers technical details, claims 1-in-1 trillion chance of false positives.
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Vudu and FandangoNow Merge Into a Single Streaming Service

Fandango has revealed that Vudu is merging with its parent company's own streaming service, FandangoNow, to form a single platform that'll take on Vudu's name. The change comes more than a year after it purchased the streaming platform from Walmart. New submitter echopulse writes: The new Vudu service will have more than 200,00 movies and TV shows available to buy, and many for free with ads. It will also be the official movie store for Roku devices, replacing the FandangoNow store. If you have ...
Tags: Tech, Walmart, Roku, Fandango, VUDU

Zoom Lied about End-to-End Encryption

The facts aren’t news, but Zoom will pay $85M — to the class-action attorneys, and to users — for lying to users about end-to-end encryption, and for giving user data to Facebook and Google without consent. The proposed settlement would generally give Zoom users $15 or $25 each and was filed Saturday at US District Court for the Northern District of California. It came nine months after Zoom agreed to security improvements and a “prohibition on privacy and security misrepresentations” in a settl...
Tags: Google, Facebook, California, Uncategorized, Encryption, Courts, Lies, US District Court, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Bruce Schneier, Northern District, Videoconferencing

FCC Blocks Elon Musk From Getting Millions In Subsidies For Delivering Broadband To Traffic Medians (techdirt)

Late last year consumer group Free Press released a report showing how numerous broadband providers had been gaming the FCC's RDOF (Rural Digital Opportunity Fund) subsidy program to get money they didn't really deserve. The program doles out roughly $9.2 billion in subsidies paid for by money paid by consumers into the Universal Service Fund (USF). The study clearly showed that during the last RDOF auction a long list of ISPs gamed the system to gain millions in subsidies to deliver broadband t...
Tags: Apple, Spacex, Elon Musk, News, Fcc, Congress, US, Federal Communications Commission, USF, Free Press, Karl Bode, Jessica Rosenworcel, StarLink, Ajit, FCC Blocks Elon Musk, RDOF Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

Best Buy investing millions in Brown Venture Group, a firm exclusively backing BIPOC founders

Last summer, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, Best Buy committed to “do better ” when it came to supporting communities of color. As part of the retail giant’s self-proclaimed mission to better address underrepresentation and technology inequities, the company announced today that it is investing up to $10 million in Brown Venture Group . Minnesota-based Brown Venture Group is a three-year-old venture capital firm that has pledged to exclusively back Black, Latino and Indigenous te...
Tags: Minneapolis, Tech, Best Buy, Crunchbase, Campbell, Chris Brooks, Paul Campbell, Corie Barry, BIPOC, George Floyd, Brown Venture Group, Brown Venture Group Minnesota, Best Buy Teen Tech Centers

Video Review: Using the 12.9-Inch M1 iPad Pro for Two Months

Apple in May released the new M1 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, and they're the first iPads that use Apple's M-series chips designed for Macs instead of A-series iOS chips, and the 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ has an all-new mini-LED display. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. We did a hands-on video back when the ‌M1‌ ‌iPad Pro‌ first came out, but MacRumors videographer Dan has been using it daily since launch, and thought he'd revisit it to give an updated review o...
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Apple to start checking iPhone and iCloud photos for child abuse imagery

Apple on Thursday said it will begin testing a new system to automatically match photos on iPhones and uploaded iCloud accounts to a database of child sexual abuse images and alert authorities as needed.
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Developers complain that Apple promotes scam apps on the App Store

Apple removed the story promoting the apps after developers pointed it out.
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Latest Apple Pay Promo Offers Back to School Discounts

Apple's today sent out emails highlighting its latest Apple Pay promo, which has a back to school focus. Discounts are available for stores like Bed Bath & Beyond, Billabong, J. Crew, and more. Bed Bath & Beyond - 15 percent in My Funds rewards when you shop in the app to use toward a future purchase. Billabong - 30 percent off a single item with promo code APPLEPAY. J. Crew - An extra $25 off when spending $150 or more with promo code APPLEPAY. Lands' End - 45 percent off full-p...
Tags: Apple, Quiksilver, Billabong, Apple Pay promo

Best cheap AirPods deals for August 2021: AirPods and AirPods Pro

Finding AirPods in a discount bin isn't as rare as you'd think — you just need to know where to look.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Trends, Home Theater, AirPods, Apple AirPods, Apple AirPods 2, Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, AirPods Deals, Evergreen Deals

Daily Crunch: Google reveals new designs and improved chip for Nest Cam and Doorbell

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Extra Crunch for August 5, 2021. What goes up must come down. Mostly. That’s the lesson from Robinhood’s stock this week. It shot higher yesterday. And today it fell sharply. Something something stonks. Regardless, we have big news from Apple, Facebook, a host of startups and even some drones for you today. A quick reminder that tomorrow is the...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, America, Tech, Gm, Quora, Ikea, Nest, Boeing, Robinhood, Qualcomm, Latin America, Deliveroo, Bluecore

EIP-1559 Has Already Burned $1 Million Worth of ETH

$1 million worth of ether (ETH) has been removed from circulation, or "burned," in under three hours since the London hardfork and the implementation of EIP-1559 earlier today. Crypto Briefing reports: With the new update, the base fee from each Ethereum transaction gets burned, deflating the supply of ETH. In the meantime, the price of ETH has jumped more than 6% in the last hour. A few deflationary blocks have already been added to the chain, with the amount of ETH burned higher than the block...
Tags: London, Tech, Drake, Ethereum, ETH, Crypto Briefing, Justin Drake, Uniswap OpenSea

Apple is about to start scanning iPhone users' devices for banned content, warns professor

For now it's child abuse material but the tech has mission creep written in Apple is about to announce a new technology for scanning individual users' iPhones for banned content. While it will be billed as a tool for detecting child abuse imagery, its potential for misuse is vast based on details entering the public domain.…
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US Intel Agencies Are Reviewing Genetic Data From Wuhan Lab

ytene writes: CNN is claiming an exclusive scoop, with an article reporting that U.S. intelligence agencies have scored a massive trove of Covid-19 genetic data, which, CNN suggests, comes from the Wuhan research lab. More than the complex challenge of absorbing and understanding the "mountain" of raw data, U.S. researchers are going to have to translate the material from native Mandarin before the real work can begin. Whilst there has obviously been a lot of interest in a clear identification o...
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Apple's New Feature That Scans Messages for Nude Photos is Only for Children, Parental Notifications Limited to Kids Under 13

Apple today announced a series of new child safety initiatives that are coming alongside the latest iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey updates and that are aimed at keeping children safer online. One of the new features, Communication Safety, has raised privacy concerns because it allows Apple to scan images sent and received by the Messages app for sexually explicit content, but Apple has confirmed that this is an opt-in feature limited to the accounts of children and that it must be enab...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, Rumors, Monterey, Children Parental Notifications Limited, Communication Safety

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