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EU privacy regulators to discuss Uber hack next week
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union privacy regulators will discuss ride-hailing app Uber's [UBER.UL] massive data breach cover-up next week and could create a task-force to coordinate investigations.

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BBC News - Technology
last updated: Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:15:43 GMT

Russian Fancy Bear hackers' UK link revealed
When notorious Russian hackers hired servers from a UK-registered company, they left a trove of clues.

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YouTube child abuse reporting system 'flawed'
Volunteer moderators say there could be more than 50,000 predatory accounts on the site.

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Facebook, Google and start-ups oppose net neutrality U-turn
Opponents say the proposed changes could threaten the US's start-up ecosystem.

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Facebook to expose Russian fake news pages
It will release a tool to let people see if they had followed now-deleted Russia-linked pages.

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Tesla finishes installing mega-battery in Australia
The battery array can store enough energy to power 30,000 homes for about an hour.

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Foxconn stops interns' illegal overtime at iPhone X factory
Apple's main iPhone supplier has stopped illegal overtime by school age interns in a factory in China

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UK broadband ads to ditch 'misleading' speeds
A radical shake-up of broadband advertising will change the way ISPs promote the speed of net services.

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Singapore to use driverless buses 'from 2022'
The government plans to let commuters hail on-demand shuttles using their mobile phones.

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Ultra-fast broadband cash up for grabs in UK
Public bodies will be able to apply for a share of the cash to help roll out full fibre broadband.

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Android phones 'betray' user location to Google
The devices send location data back to Google even when location services are switched off.

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Drones scatter mosquitoes to fight diseases
The drones can release thousands of sterile male mosquitoes to reduce the insect population.

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Iranian charged with Game of Thrones hack
Behzad Mesri is accused of leaking details of unaired episodes and demanding a $6m ransom from HBO.

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Water firms still using 'magic sticks'
Engineers from the majority of the UK's water firms still use divining rods to locate pipes, it emerges.

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More than 480 web firms record 'every keystroke'
More than 480 web firms use keystroke-tracking software, according to researchers at Princeton.

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Skype removed from China Apple and Android app stores
Apple says it removed the call and messaging app because it does not comply with local laws.

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Regulator repeals US net neutrality rules
As expected, the Federal Communications Commission has pushed back net neutrality legislation.

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Google to 'derank' Russia Today and Sputnik
Alphabet's Eric Schmidt says the search engine's algorithms can help reduce spread of propaganda.

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Tencent chief 'richer than Google founders'
Ma Huateng's company is the first Asian firm to reach a market value of more than $500bn.

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Tether crypto-currency operator reports $31m raid
Tether says it is taking steps to prevent thieves from cashing in the stolen funds.

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Drone maker DJI in cyber-security row over bug bounty
The drone maker claims a researcher who contacted it had "unauthorised access" to its servers.

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Uber and Volvo strike deal for 24,000 self-drive cars
Uber plans to purchase up to 24,000 cars from Volvo before 2021 to build a self-drive fleet.

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Hacking pioneer John Draper faces sex misconduct claims
A lauded hacker, known as Captain Crunch, is accused of unwanted sexual contact with teenagers.

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Apple delays launch of smart speaker
The HomePod will now be released in early 2018 as the gadget still needs work, said Apple.

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Germany bans children's smartwatches
Telecoms regulator says kids' smartwatches are spying devices and are to be banned under German law.

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How an emergency services app is helping to save lives
A start-up is trying to simplify Nairobi's chaotic emergency services system.

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OnePlus: Inside its smartphone factory
Click gets exclusive access to a factory in Shenzhen to see how the new OnePlus 5T phone is made.

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Simulator trains teachers to deal with mass shootings
In the last four years there have been more than 200 school shootings in the United States.

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Google Pixel Buds language translation tested
Rory puts Google's language translating headphones through their paces, with varying results.

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Tesla shows off new truck and surprise Roadster
Tesla shows off a long awaited truck, but surprises with its new Roadster sports car.

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Baidu's voice-controlled smart speaker and other news
BBC Click's Nick Kwek looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.

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Face ID iPhone X 'hack' demoed live with mask by Bkav
A Vietnamese cyber-security firm shows the BBC how a mask can be used to unlock Apple's new phone.

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CAST studies how robots could work better with people
A new research lab is looking to find the best ways to train robots to work with people.

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Automated checkouts 'miserable' for elderly shoppers
"Intimidating" checkouts and a lack of seating are "shutting out" the elderly from shops, a charity says.

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Vancouver driver had phone and tablet tied to steering wheel
Vancouver police say they pulled the motorist over when they noticed him wearing headphones.

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Why these faces do not belong to 'real' people
Nvidia has been developing algorithms to generate photorealistic faces.

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Ford builds robot which tests car seats and other news
BBC Click's Nick Kwek looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.

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The robot that can swim and fly and other tech news
BBC Click's Marc Cieslak looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.

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How a graphene tattoo could monitor your health
The tattoo could be a wearable device measuring electrical activity of the brain, muscles or heart.

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Help is on its way!
Not every country has a single number to call in an emergency. One start-up is trying to change that.

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Can't write code?
After creating her own app without knowing how to programme, Tara Reed is teaching others to do the same.

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Power ranger
As the world moves towards low-carbon electric cars, how are we going to power them all?

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Chill seekers
A simple innovation is helping to cut supermarkets' refrigeration costs by 15%.

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Visibility poor
A shortage of weather data is holding back many African economies. Some start-ups are changing this.

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Propaganda machine
A Russian "troll factory" is working with rebels in eastern Ukraine to discredit pro-Ukrainian elements, BBC Russian has learned.

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Talking pants
We love shopping online for clothes but often have to return them. Can tech help make things easier?

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Tiger cubs
Asia is driving the massive growth in online shopping, with younger generations leading the charge.

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Xbox One X: Microsoft's new console reviewed
The console can display 4K 60 frames-per-second graphics in high dynamic range.

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How algorithms helped design a concert hall
Each of the 10,000 acoustic panels is unique and designed to give the best listening experience.

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AI takes centre stage in new Adobe tools
Click visits the Adobe Max conference to find out the latest developments in Photoshop.

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Inside Microsoft's new mixed reality capture studio
Microsoft opens a hi-tech studio dedicated to creating mixed reality content.

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Geek.com
last updated: Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:30:09 +0000

Happy Birthday, Masterful Michelle Gomez!
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last updated: Thu, 04 May 2017 03:28:00 +1000

Sneaky Gmail phishing attack fools with fake Google Docs app
Google Docs was pulled into a sneaky email phishing attack on Tuesday that was designed to trick users into giving up access to their Gmail accounts.

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Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines
last updated: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:13:35 -0400

Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur

Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial SlurNicomi Stewart, a mother in Rochester, New York, is “disgusted” after an automated call sent to her phone from the city’s school district mispronounced her daughter’s name as a racial slur.


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Galaxies collide in stunning picture
A NEW image captured by NASA Hubble space telescope shows ‘doomed duo’ galaxies colliding and then trying to destroy one another.

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last updated: Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:00:04 +0000

Tesla just built the world's largest battery, thanks to a bet - CNET
The lithium-ion battery in South Australia will be energised within days, all thanks to a Twitter bet between two billionaires.

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BuzzFeed - Geeky
last updated: Mon, 31 Jul 2017 19:46:02 -0400
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Will Uber’s Data Breach Cover-up be the Final Straw for Its Most Loyal Users?
Customers could start deserting the ride-hailing company after a strong of scandals

(DETROIT) — Uber has managed to hold the title of world’s largest ride-hailing service despite its seemingly endless string of scandals.

Its latest misbehavior involving a data breach cover-up revealed this week could be the impetus for people to ride elsewhere — or keep looking the other way.

Hackers were able to steal data for 57 million riders and drivers, and Uber concealed it for a year after paying $100,000 in ransom for the stolen information to be destroyed.

Riders and business experts say that while Uber’s problems such as workplace sexual harassment, drivers with criminal records and other past infractions are serious, stolen data hits people directly and could make them mad enough to delete the app. Then again, riders have fled from the service before, but enough have stayed because of the Uber’sconvenience so the latest scandal-of-the-week may not make much of a difference. The brand is so well-known for quickly responding to ride requests that it’s often used as a verb for such trips, no matter which service is summoned.

Michael Pachter, a technology analyst based in Los Angeles, said he uses Uber five to 10 times a month.

“I don’t blame the drivers for the company transgressions, and view Uber as the glue that facilitates drivers willing to drive me around,” he said.

But for Vermont resident Jay Furr, the breach was the “final straw.” He had stuck with Uberdespite recent problems because of the service. But now he’ll use Lyft, Uber’s main competitor, when he goes to the airport for frequent business trips.

“Why reward crooked behavior?” he asked. “The only way they will learn is if they lose business.”

For much of the past year, Uber has been mired in well-publicized problems. A female former engineer blogged that her boss had propositioned her for sex, exposing widespread sexual harassment. A federal judge urged prosecutors to investigate allegations that Uberstole technology from Waymo, Google’s autonomous vehicle unit. The Justice Department is investigating whether Uber used a bogus app to deceive inspectors in several cities, and in London, authorities decided not to renew Uber’s operating license in part for failing to report crimes.

Earlier this week the state of Colorado fined Uber $8.9 million for allowing employees with serious criminal or motor vehicle offenses to drive for the company. Then came the stolen data, which has touched off more government inquiries.

The scandals have damaged Uber’s brand reputation over time, said Robert Passikoff, president of Brand Keys Inc., a New York-based customer research firm. The company’s polling has found that in 2015 Lyft passed Uber as the most trusted of ride-hailing brands, and trust in Uber has been eroding ever since. Consumers will give technology companies the benefit of the doubt for a long time. But with Uber, “That well of forgiveness isn’t bottomless,” Passikoff said.

Passikoff doesn’t measure the impact on ridership and Uber won’t discuss it. But Lyft says its share of the U.S. market has risen 3 percentage points since August to 33 percent. It’s up from 12 percent two years ago as Lyft has expanded with more drivers in major U.S. cities.

In the data breach, Uber has said that for riders, hackers got only names, email addresses and telephone numbers. They did not get personal information such as trip details or credit card and Social Security numbers. For about 600,000 drivers in the U.S., hackers got driver’s license numbers, and the company has offered them free credit monitoring services.

While Uber drivers lost personal data and face uncertainty over identity theft, it appears they’ll stick with Uber. Many drive for Lyft as well.

Nate Tepp, who drives Uber in Seattle, said he doesn’t plan to leave, nor does he think other drivers will.

“All they are doing is cutting out 60 to 65 percent of their income,” Tepp said of drivers who might consider leaving. That estimate is based on his own split between Uber and Lyft fares.

Tepp also thinks the last three to four months at Uber have been different and things have “started to go in drivers’ favor.” This includes adding an option for riders to tip.

He is also somewhat forgiving about the hacking — and the subsequent cover-up. After all, companies are hacked often, he said.

“Does it make me happy? No. Does it (make me angry) to the point that I am going to stop making money through that company? No,” he said.

New Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi could do little but admit the problem and promise ethical behavior in the future. “We are changing the way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make and working hard to earn the trust of our customers,” he wrote in a blog post.

Marlene Towns, a professor at Georgetown University’s business school who studies brand values, said Uber is testing the boundaries of how many scandals people will endure. While data breaches are personal to people, she still thinks Uber will get through this scandal as well.

“We have a short memory as consumers,” she said. “We tend to be if not forgiving, forgetful.”

 

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The current state of Bitcoin and Ethereum

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