DOD, FBI, DHS Release Info on Malware Used in Chinese Government-Led Hacking Campaigns

The U.S. government today publicly exposed malware used in Chinese government hacking efforts for more than a decade. From a report: The Chinese government has been using malware, referred to as Taidoor, to target government agencies, entities in the private sector, and think tanks since 2008, according to a joint announcement from the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the Department of Defense, and the FBI. The Chinese Communist Party has been u...
Tags: Tech, Taiwan, Fbi, Chinese communist party, Pentagon, Dod, Taidoor

Do Animals Really Anticipate Earthquakes? Sensors Hint They Do

An anonymous reader quotes Scientific American: For centuries, people have described unusual animal behavior just ahead of seismic events: dogs barking incessantly, cows halting their milk, toads leaping from ponds... Now researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and the University of Konstanz, both in Germany, along with a multinational team of colleagues, say they have managed to precisely measure increased activity in a group of farm animals prior to seismic activity... The...
Tags: Germany, Tech, Italy, University of Konstanz, Wikelski, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior

Prosecutors Are Investigating Amazon's Treatment of Third-Party Sellers

According to Bloomberg, attorneys general from New York and California are partnering with the FTC to investigate Amazon's online marketplace, in what may be the beginnings of a formal antitrust enforcement action. From a report: The agencies are going to interview witnesses jointly on conference calls over the next few weeks. The news comes after intense questioning over Amazon's Marketplace practices during [last week's landmark Big Tech antitrust hearing]. Rep. Lucy McBath (D-GA) asked CEO Je...
Tags: Amazon, New York, California, Tech, Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos, Wall Street Journal, Ftc, Bezos, Lucy McBath D GA

Apple Announces New 27-Inch iMac With 10th-Gen Processors, Up to 128GB RAM, 1080p Webcam, True Tone, and More

Apple today announced a new 27-inch iMac with faster 10th-generation Intel Core processor options, next-generation AMD graphics, up to 128GB of RAM, a higher-resolution 1080p front-facing FaceTime camera, a new nano-texture glass display with True Tone support, a T2 chip, higher fidelity speakers, studio-quality microphones, and more. Starting at $1,799, the new 27-inch iMac is available to order today on and in the Apple Store app. It will begin arriving to customers and will be in...
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Review: Meet the best budget phone with premium features, Google Pixel 4A

The Google Pixel 4A has a big 5.8 inch OLED screen, great camera, audio transcriptions and more generous storage than rivals at 128 GB.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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FAA Proposes Requiring Four Key Boeing 737 MAX Design Changes

The Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday that it is proposing requiring four key Boeing 737 MAX design changes to address safety issues seen in two crashes that killed 346 people and led to the plane's grounding in March 2019. Al Jazeera reports: The agency is issuing a proposed airworthiness directive to require updated flight-control software, revised display-processing software to generate alerts, revising certain flight-crew operating procedures, and changing the routing of some wi...
Tags: Tech, Al Jazeera, Faa, Boeing, Federal Aviation Administration

Facebook moderators say companies should avoid a 'PR stunt' by extending the ad boycott against the company (FB)

Facebook moderators have called for the ad boycott against the company to be extended, according to The Guardian. Companies such as Starbucks, Coca-Cola, and Unilever have participated in the boycott, which began in response to the company's decision not to take action against controversial posts from President Trump regarding the George Floyd protests. Despite the boycott, Facebook's ad revenue still grew in the second quarter of 2020, although its growth rate was lower than that of the first...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Trends, Unilever, Adidas, The Guardian, Trump, Ben Jerry, FB, Sheryl Sandberg Facebook, Starbucks Coca Cola, George Floyd, Unilever Verizon Ford

Windows 10: HOSTS File Blocking Telemetry Is Now Flagged As a Risk

AmiMoJo writes: Starting at the end of July, Microsoft has begun detecting HOSTS files that block Windows 10 telemetry servers as a 'Severe' security risk. Windows 10 users are reporting that Windows Defender had started detectingmodified HOSTS files as a 'SettingsModifier:Win32/HostsFileHijack' threat. So it seems that Microsoft had recently updated their Microsoft Defender definitions to detect when their servers were added to the HOSTS file. Users who utilize HOSTS files to block Windows 10 t...
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Alphabet raises $10B with the biggest, cheapest bond sale in its history

Google parent Alphabet borrowed $10 billion via its biggest — and cheapest — corporate bond sale ever on Monday. The company pledged to use $4.5 billion for corporate moves, like acquisitions, and funnel the other $5.5 billion into environmental and social initiatives. Alphabet said the latter represents “the largest sustainability or green bond by any company in history.” “Although a number of companies have issued green bonds (directed solely to environmental uses), sustainability bonds differ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Congress, Alphabet, Hard Fork

Google Play Music Shutting Down, Subscriptions Migrating To YouTube Music

A merger between corporate-sibling streaming services Google Play Music and YouTube Music has been in the works for several years, and as Billboard reports, it's coming to fruition soon. That spells the end for Google Play, which will be phased out starting in August with subscribers moved over to YouTube Music. More »
Tags: Google, Google Play, Music, News, Youtube, Youtube Music

A new Senate bill would ban corporations from using facial recognition without people's explicit consent

A new bill in the Senate would curtail the use of facial recognition by private companies, requiring them to obtain people's consent before scanning them with facial recognition tech. It would also ban companies from selling people's biometric identifiers, like face ID or fingerprint. If passed, the bill would wipe out much of the business of controversial facial recognition companies like Clearview AI.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A new bill introduced in the Senate T...
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James Baldwin Talks About Racism in America & Civil Rights Activism on The Dick Cavett Show (1969)

There are many reasons, some quite literal, that it can be painful to talk about racism in the U.S. For one thing, it often seems that writers like W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells, Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, or James Baldwin, have already confronted questions of racial violence without hedging or equivocation. Yet each time racist violence happens, there seems to be a decorous need in politics and media to pretend to be surprised by what's right in front of us, to pretend to have discovered...
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Anxious WHO Implores World To 'Do It All' in Long War on COVID-19

The World Health Organization warned on Monday that there might never be a "silver bullet" for COVID-19 in the form of a perfect vaccine and that the road to normality would be long, with some countries requiring a reset of strategy. From a report: More than 18.14 million people around the world are reported to have been infected with the disease and 688,080 have died, according to a Reuters tally, with some nations that thought they were over the worst experiencing a resurgence. WHO Director-Ge...
Tags: Tech, World Health Organization, Geneva, Reuters, Mike Ryan, Tedros, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Amazon Canada Deals: Save 42% on YCbingo Ludo Board Game & Chinese Checkers + 34% on Xbox One Gaming Headset + More Offers

Amazon Canada has awesome deals available now! The Amazon Canada deals include: Get YCbingo Ludo Board Game & Chinese Checkers 2 in 1, for $13.99, (when you apply 2.00 Coupon), Save 42% off Get Speedboat Inflatable Ride-On Kiddie 1 Red, for $26.75 Get Fisher-Price Imaginext Jurassic World Sub Dino Catcher, for $5.00, Save 44% off Get Cardinal Games Pinkfong Baby Shark 25Piece Foam Puzzle, for $9.99, Save 38% off Get Nerf N-Strike Elite Delta Trooper, for $28.98, Save 28% off Get Sew Mini Garde...
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Apple Encourages Developers to Use iOS 14's New App Attest API to Protect Against Security Threats

Apple in iOS 14 added a new App Attest API to the DeviceCheck feature that helps keep iOS apps secure. Apple today sent out a reminder to developers, letting them know about the new API. App Attest is designed to reduce fraudulent app use, generating a cryptographic key on a device to verify app integrity before the server provides access, which will help cut down on hacked apps and apps that are sideloaded and modified through jailbreak tweaks.Part of the DeviceCheck services, the new App At...
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Ratched Trailer: Ryan Murphy Hatches a Cuckoo’s Nest

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Ratched Trailer: Ryan Murphy hatches a Cuckoo’s Nest Netflix has debuted the first trailer for the upcoming One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest prequel series Ratched from six-time Emmy winner Ryan Murphy starring Sarah Paulson (Mrs. America) in the titular role. The trailer can be viewed in the player below! RELATED: Netflix Debuts First-Look Photos & Premiere Date of Ratched PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; ...
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How to take a screenshot on a Google Chrome browser in 4 different ways, using a simple trick

You can take a screenshot in Google Chrome with one of your computer's built-in tools, or via Chrome's developer menu. To take a screenshot with Chrome's developer menu, open the Element Inspector and then type "screenshot." You can choose from among four kinds of screenshots, including one that captures an entire web page, even if you can't fit it all on your screen. Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. You probably know several ways to capture screenshots on you...
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Apple Updates the iMac With New Intel Processors and a Better Webcam

Apple is announcing updates for both the 27-inch and 21.5-inch iMacs. It's updating the processors inside to Intel's 10th Gen Comet Lake processors and also switching out the webcam to a higher-resolution 1080p HD sensor instead of the low-res 720p found in other Macs. From a report: SSDs are now standard across the line, and there will be a bunch of new configuration options -- including a "nano-texture" version with less reflective matte glass. The 27-inch iMac starts at $1,799, is available t...
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Apple's New 27-inch iMac Is a Massive Refresh—and Likely Intel's Last

Surprise! Apple just announced it’s refreshing the 27-inch iMac. On top of adding a new 10-core Intel processor, the newest Mac desktop will also offer beefed-up memory, a Retina 5K display, next-gen graphics, and updated cameras, speakers, and mics. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Science, Intel, Desktops, iMac, 27 Inch Imac

If Microsoft buys TikTok, it could be bad news for Google Cloud (MSFT)

Microsoft's plans to buy TikTok may seem crazy at first, but it's all about the data. TikTok would give Microsoft eyes into a market where it is mostly blind: smartphone use among Generation Z. But there's another appealing side for Microsoft: TikTok is reportedly a huge customer of arch-rival Google Cloud. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. At first glance, Microsoft's talks to acquire TikTok's US operations from Chinese owner ByteDance seems somewhere between odd and crazy....
Tags: Google, Microsoft, India, US, America, Trends, Wells Fargo, Trump, Google Facebook, Microsoft Azure Google, Kevin McLaughlin, Google Cloud, Amir Efrati, Bytedance, Google Cloud MSFT, TikTok Redmond

Read the remote-work guide used by an education company that trains employees at Google and Deloitte

Business teams around the world have shifted to remote work. A recent webinar by the adult-education school General Assembly explains why listening is a critical skill for identifying the needs and wants of remote employees. The presentation, which we've reproduced in full below, outlines how managers can develop and maintain company culture. Click here for more BI Prime content. People around the world are practicing social distancing to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, which m...
Tags: Google, New York City, Trends, Deloitte, General Assembly, SINGAPORE PARIS, adult education school General Assembly, Matt Brems, Brems

How Google Pixel 4A compares with Apple iPhone

The Google Pixel 4A has a big 5.8 inch OLED screen, great camera, audio transcriptions and more generous storage than rivals at 128 GB.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Why artificial intelligence models are often biased, according to the Google exec who heads Alphabet's internal tech incubator Jigsaw

In early March, The Tory Burch Foundation hosted its Embrace Action 2020 Summit, which saw leaders and entrepreneurs from around the world gather to talk about gender parity and inclusion in the workforce.  At the Summit, Bank of America COO Thomas Montag spoke with former AOL CEO Steve Case, Goldman Sachs Partner Dina Powell, and Tory Burch about how their companies aimed to create a more inclusive industry.  Diane von Furstenberg also spoke at the conference, as did Gloria Steinem, former co...
Tags: Google, Trends, Green, Aol, Alicia Keys, Diane Von Furstenberg, American Express, Goldman Sachs, Gloria Steinem, Steve, Steve Case, Alphabet, Tory Burch, Management Committee, Mellody Hobson, Burch

Phil Schiller Moving on to Become 'Apple Fellow,' Greg Joswiak Taking Over as Marketing SVP

Apple's Phil Schiller is moving on to become an "Apple Fellow," Apple announced today, while Greg Joswiak will take over as Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. Schiller will continue to lead the App Store and Apple Events, but will no longer be in charge of marketing. Apple CEO Tim Cook said he is "thrilled" that Joswiak will be leading the marketing team, and that his experience will ensure a seamless transition."Phil has helped make Apple the company it is today and his c...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Tim Cook, Phil Schiller, Phil, Schiller, Greg Joswiak, Joswiak, Product Marketing, Joz, Worldwide Product Marketing, Worldwide Marketing Schiller, Steve Tim

Trump Says TikTok Will Be Banned If Not Sold By Sept. 15, Demands Cut of Sale Fee

President Trump said Monday that TikTok will be shut down in the U.S. if it hasn't been bought by Microsoft or another company by Sept. 15, and claimed that the U.S. Treasury should get "a very substantial portion" of the sale fee. From a report: Trump appears to have backed off his threat to immediately ban TikTok after speaking with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who said Sunday that the company will pursue discussions with TikTok's Chinese parent company ByteDance to purchase the app in the U.S...
Tags: Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Tech, Trump, U S Treasury, Bytedance, Tiktok, U S TikTok

Watch: Deepfakes Jay-Z raps the Navy SEAL copypasta meme to live jazz music

My editor-in-chief dared me to pull a bunch of random topics out of a hat and write a compelling tech story about them. Here’s what I got: Jay-Z, neural networks, the US Navy SEALs, and jazz music. Luckily for me, I happened across this video featuring a group of talented jazz musicians interpreting a Deepfake AI-generated version of Jay-Z rapping the infamous Navy SEAL copypasta meme. Natch. Adam Neely, a popular music YouTuber with over a million subscribers, released the video as part of a Cu...
Tags: Startups, Music, Navy, Jay Z, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, US Navy, Jay, Neural, Deepfakes Jay Z, Natch Adam Neely

'Hot objects' from vehicle tailpipe caused 26,850-acre Apple Fire in California, authorities say

Only 7% of perimeter was contained as about 2,300 firefighters battled the blaze. Authorities sought witnesses who saw the vehicle blamed for fire         [Author: Palm Springs Desert Sun]
Tags: Apple, News, California, Palm Springs Desert Sun

'Wakaresaseya': Private Agents Hired To End Relationships

Christine Ro from the BBC writes about the private agents in Japan, called "wakaresaseya," that you can hire to seduce your spouse or their partner. From the report: The industry is still serving a niche market. One survey showed around 270 wakaresaseya agencies advertising online. Many are attached to private-detective firms, similar to private investigators in other countries (who can also become entangled in relationship dissolution). "Wakaresaseya service costs quite a lot of money," acknowl...
Tags: Japan, Tech, Bbc, First Group, Mochizuki, Christine Ro, Wakaresaseya, Yusuke Mochizuki, Mai Nishiyama, Yamagami International Law Office, Shogo Yamagami

Trump Admin Moves to Boot GOP FCC Commissioner Who Hinted Its Social Media Order Is 'Gibberish'

The White House has yanked its nomination to give GOP Federal Communications Commissioner Mike O’Rielly another term at the agency, offering no explanation as to why.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Science, Technology, Fcc, Youtube, White House, Social Media, Federal Communications Commission, Donald Trump, Free Speech, Tech Policy, Section 230, Mike O'Rielly, Mike Orielly

Google’s budget Pixel 4a addresses its premium predecessor’s biggest problem

The Pixel line has always felt like more of an underdog product than one should reasonably expect from a corporation as massive as Google. After years of partnerships and Nexus devices, when Google finally did enter the smartphone market in earnest, it found itself attempting to chip away at an already mature category — an even more difficult feat when most of that competition is already running your operating system. In an important sense, the Pixel line’s differentiator may actually be its...
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