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German Supreme Court Rules Ad Blockers Legal

New submitter paai writes: The publishing company Axel Springer tried to ban the use of ad blockers in Germany because they endanger the digital publishing of news stories. The Oberlandesgericht Koln (Germany’s Higher Regional Court of Cologne) followed this reasoning

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New Alexa Blueprints Let Users Make Custom Skills Without Knowing Any Code

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Amazon just released a new way for Alexa users to customize their experience with the virtual assistant. New Alexa Skill Blueprints allow you to create your own personalized Alexa skills, even

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LinkedIn’s AutoFill Plugin Could Leak user Data, Secret Fix Failed

TechCrunch reports of a flaw in LinkedIn’s AutoFill plugin that could have allowed hackers to steal your full name, phone number, email address, location (ZIP code), company, and job title. “Malicious sites have been able to invisibly render the plugin

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Millions of Chrome Users Have Installed Malware Posing as Ad Blockers

Kaleigh Rogers, writing for Motherboard: Andrey Meshkov, the cofounder of ad-blocker AdGuard, recently got curious about the number of knock-off ad blocking extensions available for Google’s popular browser Chrome. These extensions were deliberately styled to look like legitimate, well-known ad

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FDA Wants Medical Devices To Have Mandatory Built-In Update Mechanisms

Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: The US Food & Drug Administration plans to ask Congress for more funding and regulatory powers to improve its approach towards medical device safety, including on the cybersecurity front. An FDA document released this week

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Netflix Could Start Buying Movie Theaters to Help Films Gain a Boost in Oscar Race, Report Says

Netflix has made a strong effort to land Oscar nominations since debuting its first original feature, “Beasts of No Nation,” in 2015. The next step in the streaming giant’s plan to secure film awards could be to buy and own

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The Higher Your Salary, the More Time Your Employer Will Pay You Not To Work

The best-paid workers in the US not only make more money than many of their colleagues, they also tend to get more paid vacation days. An anonymous reader shares a report: An annual survey of of employee benefits conducted by

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Pasta Is Good For You, Say Scientists Funded By Big Pasta

Earlier this month, numerous news outlets reported on a study which concludes that eating pasta is good for health. In fact, the reports claimed, eating pasta could help you lose weight. Except, there is more to the story. BuzzFeed News

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Microsoft Has Run Out of Windows Phone Stock

Even if you really wanted to buy a Windows phone, Microsoft has run out of Windows Phone devices to sell to you. From a report: I’ve been watching the number of Windows Phone options on the Microsoft Store website dwindle

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Turn Right at the Burger King: Google Maps Begins Using Landmarks To Help With Guidance

Most navigation apps give you instructions based on streets or distance. But it’s arguably in contrast to how people usually provide directions — some usually point to landmarks that are easier to spot. Google sees some merit in that. The

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