Monthly Archives: April 2018

Volkswagen, Audi Cars Vulnerable To Remote Hacking

An anonymous reader writes: “A Dutch cyber-security firm has discovered that in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems deployed with some car models from the Volkswagen Group are vulnerable to remote hacking,” reports Bleeping Computer. The vulnerabilities have been successfully tested and verified

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Will the T-Mobile, Sprint Merger Be Bad For Consumers?

On Sunday, T-Mobile and Sprint said that they have agreed to a $26.5 billion merger, creating a wireless giant to compete against industry leaders AT&T and Verizon. While a new website has been set up by the companies to help

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Facebook Is Investigating a Claim That an Employee Used His Position To Stalk Women

Facebook is investigating a claim that an employee potentially used access granted by their job to stalk women online, the social media giant confirmed in a statement to Motherboard on Monday. From the report: “Although we can’t comment on any

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Chinese Government Admits Collection of Deleted WeChat Messages

The South China Morning Post reported over the weekend that Chinese authorities have the capability of retrieving deleted messages from the WeChat app. The newspaper noted that an anti-corruption commission in Hefei province posted Saturday to social media that it

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WhatsApp Founder Plans To Leave After Broad Clashes With Parent Facebook

Elizabeth Dwoskin, reporting for Washington Post: The billionaire chief executive of WhatsApp, Jan Koum, is planning to leave the company after clashing with its parent, Facebook, over the popular messaging service’s strategy and Facebook’s attempts to use its personal data

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Senate Democrats Plan To Force Vote On Net Neutrality

Senator Edward J. Markey tweeted earlier today that Democrats will force a floor vote to restore net neutrality rules on May 9th. “[Democrats] had the signatures in favor of restoring the rules since January, along with a companion House bill

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AI Researchers Revolt Against a New Paywalled Nature Journal

More than 2,000 researchers, including several employees of Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Netflix and other companies, have signed an open letter to revolt against Nature Machine Intelligence, a proposed new paywalled (closed-access) journal from Nature Publishing Group. The researchers said they

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Comcast Won’t Give New Speed Boost To Internet Users Who Don’t Buy TV Service

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Last week, Comcast announced speed increases for customers in Houston and the Oregon/SW Washington areas. The announcement headlines were “Comcast increases Internet speeds for some video customers.” Customers with 60Mbps Internet

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On This Day 25 Years Ago, the Web Became Public Domain

On April 30, 1993, CERN — the European Organization for Nuclear Research — announced that it was putting a piece of software developed by one of its researchers, Tim Berners-Lee, into the public domain. That software was a “global computer

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‘Red Alert’ Protest For Net Neutrality Starts May 9

Net neutrality activists and websites like Etsy, Tumblr, Postmates, Foursquare and Twilio will post “red alerts” starting May 9 to protest the FCC’s effort to roll back Obama-era net neutrality protections. From a report: This latest protest, announced Monday, is

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