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The US Government Almost Bankrupt Yahoo in 2008

The US Government Almost Bankrupt Yahoo in 2008

For an illuminating glimpse of government power in action, it’s hard to beat the fines the Justice Department threatened to level against Yahoo if it didn’t comply with a secret and sweeping surveillance request in 2008. News coverage of the case, for which documents were unsealed last week, reported the proposed fines ...

The 3&Dbot is a 3D Printer on Wheels With Endless Possibilities

The 3&Dbot is a 3D Printer on Wheels With Endless Possibilities

3D printers are far from a perfect technology at this point, but one of their most glaring issues is that their printing capacity is limited to the size of the machines. The print head on a 3D printer can only travel so far, which is why moving it onto a wheeled platform that's completely mobile is a brilliant idea, and ...

iOS 8 Pays Careful Attention to When Apps Are Tracking You

iOS 8 Pays Careful Attention to When Apps Are Tracking You

A few weeks ago, the world went crazy when reports surfaced that Facebook Messenger was snooping on you. Reporters, hackers, and users alleged that, because Messenger had the permission to use your camera, monitor your location, or (on Android) read your text messages, that it was doing so all the time. The scare was ...

Google’s ‘Service Workers’ Will Let You Access Sites When You’re Offline

Google’s ‘Service Workers’ Will Let You Access Sites When You’re Offline

Someday soon, users may be able to interact with their favorite websites even when these sites aren’t accessible, thanks to a new browser standard called Service Workers being developed by Google. With Service Workers, “We can make sure when you go to your site, it always feels responsive, that it is always there, even ...

Google’s Doubleclick Ads Exposed Millions to Malware

Google’s Doubleclick Ads Exposed Millions to Malware

Last night, researchers at Malwarebytes noticed strange behavior on sites like Last.fm, The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post. Ads on the sites were being unusually aggressive, setting off anti-virus warnings and raising flags in a number of Malwarebytes systems. After some digging, researcher Jerome Segura realized ...

Sling Media Adds Support for Chromecast on iOS and Android Phone

Sling Media Adds Support for Chromecast on iOS and Android Phone

Sling Media recently announced support for Chromecast through the Slingplayer apps on iPhone, iPad and Android phone, with plans to bring support to Android tablets "very soon." Each of these apps now has an integrated 'Cast’ icon, which also shows Roku devices on your home network, letting you sling your living room TV ...

Home Depot Says its Breach Put 56 Million Credit Cards at Risk

Home Depot Says its Breach Put 56 Million Credit Cards at Risk

Home Depot said Thursday that the security breach it reported this month allowed cyberthieves to cull information from 56 million credit and debit cards, far worse in terms of data loss than a similar attack late last year on the Target store chain. The malicious software, or malware, was placed on Home Depot point-of-sale ...

HealthKit App Support in iOS 8 is Delayed Until the ‘End of the Month’

HealthKit App Support in iOS 8 is Delayed Until the ‘End of the Month’

On Wednesday morning, apps designed to connect to the new iOS HealthKit framework were set to launch alongside the brand new iOS 8, but those apps, hungry for your data about calories and fitness progress, apparently hadn't laced their jogging shoes. Shortly after the new version of iOS launched, developers learned that ...

Goodwill’s Recent Breach Went on for 18 Months and Affected Other Retailers, Too

Goodwill’s Recent Breach Went on for 18 Months and Affected Other Retailers, Too

In July, it was revealed that Goodwill Industries had suffered from a credit card data breach that affected the charitable retailer’s stores in at least 21 states. The Goodwill breach seemed by many to be just the latest case of criminals taking advantage of the weak underbelly of retailers—their point-of-sale systems. ...

Twilio’s MMS Tech Now Works With the Internet of Things

Twilio’s MMS Tech Now Works With the Internet of Things

Twilio is adding a twist to its MMS service, which lets developers embed picture, video and other multimedia messaging into their apps. It’s now adding MMS support for regular 10-digit phone numbers, wherever that number happens to terminate. That means companies can now use a single phone number for all of their customer ...