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Facebook debuts tool for reporting scam ads that feature false celeb endorsements - CNET - News - 1 hour 15 min ago
The UK-only feature (for now) is helping the social media giant avoid legal action from consumer advocate Martin Lewis.

Gender-reveal lasagna takes a cheesy trend too far - CNET - News - January 23, 2019 - 11:51pm
Are you having a blue- or pink-cheese baby?

Layoffs hit Verizon Media Group - CNET - News - January 23, 2019 - 11:46pm
As rivals AT&T and Comcast grow their media businesses, Verizon struggles to find its footing.

Sundance 2019: Previewing the hard-hitting documentaries, horror chillers - CNET - News - January 23, 2019 - 11:30pm
Documentaries on Harvey Weinstein and Michael Jackson are among the highlights of this year's film festival.

Polish your wheels and get ready to lay frame, because Ford is reviving the mini truck - Roadshow - News - January 23, 2019 - 11:27pm
Ford exec Jim Farley confirms the brand's plan to make a sub-Ranger pickup in the near future.

Google’s lobbying spending set new records in 2018

Ars Technica - January 23, 2019 - 11:25pm

Enlarge / Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies before the House Judiciary Committee. (credit: Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images)

American technology giants spent record sums on lobbying in 2018, according to disclosures the companies filed with the Federal Elections Commission on Tuesday.

Google led the pack, spending $21 million—up from $18 million in 2017. The company lobbied on a wide range of issues, including copyright and patent reform, privacy issues, cybersecurity, education, trade, health IT, immigration, workplace diversity, spectrum policy, network neutrality, autonomous vehicles, and tax reform.

Amazon spent $14 million lobbying on many of the same issues, while Facebook spent almost $13 million. Microsoft spent $9.5 million, while Apple spent $6 million.

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Xiaomi's double-bending foldable phone just stole Samsung's thunder - CNET - News - January 23, 2019 - 11:19pm
Commentary: We've never seen a foldable phone prototype like this.

Oops, Toyota sold too many special-edition Supras in the UK - Roadshow - News - January 23, 2019 - 11:13pm
A computer glitch is to blame, and Toyota is trying to make everyone happy.

As netizens, devs scream bloody murder over Chrome ad-block block, Googlers insist: It's not set in stone (yet)

The Register - January 23, 2019 - 11:11pm
Advertising giant insists it's all still on drawing board – as plugin devs face code rewrites

Analysis Following uproar from developers and netizens over proposed changes to Chrome that threaten to break content and ad blockers, and knacker other browser extensions, Google software engineer Devlin Cronin has offered reassurance that the plans aren't set in stone.…

Acer looks to boost education sales with new Chromebooks - CNET - News - January 23, 2019 - 10:59pm
They're designed to be extra durable for students.

UK clothing company: Oops, our trademark doesn’t cover

Ars Technica - January 23, 2019 - 10:42pm

Enlarge / One of the custom paintings in a stairwell of the Electronic Frontier Foundation offices, Sep 19, 2013 in San Francisco, CA, USA. (credit: Peter DaSilva for The Washington Post via Getty Images))

For the second time in a month, lawyers have told the Electronic Frontier Foundation that their legal claims were sent in error.

On Wednesday, lawyers representing the British fashion company ASOS sent a short email to Daniel Nazer, an EFF attorney, apologizing for a recent cease-and-desist letter over a claimed trademark infringement.

"Clearly the C&D letter should never have been sent," the letter states. "We are taking the matter very seriously and are investigating how this happened. Of course, ASOS would like to assure you that we will not be taking any further action and will ensure appropriate correspondence is sent as soon as possible to confirm this."

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Hulu will make its basic plan cheaper as Netflix gets pricier

Ars Technica - January 23, 2019 - 10:31pm

Enlarge / Hulu on the Web. (credit: Samuel Axon)

In February, Hulu will drop the price of its ad-supported, on-demand streaming service from $7.99 per month to $5.99, while also raising the base price of its live TV cable replacement service from $39.99 per month to $44.99, Deadline reports. Its ad-free on-demand service will stay at $11.99.

The price changes will go into effect for new customers on February 26 and for existing customers in the billing cycle that follows that date.

One of Hulu's chief competitors, Netflix, did just the opposite recently—it raised the prices of all its plans by a dollar or two per month. Hulu is structured quite differently from Netflix, though; while Netflix licenses some shows from other content providers, its primary focus is on original content produced just for the online platform. Hulu, on the other hand, is co-owned by several of the broadcast TV networks and is primarily oriented toward distributing those networks' shows (and other content from traditional Hollywood sources) online. Hulu has some original series, too, though.

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Fake broadband ISP support scammers accidentally cough up IP address to Deadpool in card phish gone wrong

The Register - January 23, 2019 - 10:27pm
A tale of Twitter fraudsters, an infosec biz boss, and a quest for one honeypot hit

Fraudsters masquerading as ISP support agents to phish payment card details have been unmasked – after they tried to scam a Brit infosec biz cofounder.…

Sorry, Ajit: Comcast lowered cable investment despite net neutrality repeal

Ars Technica - January 23, 2019 - 10:21pm

Enlarge / A Comcast Service Vehicle in Indianapolis, Indiana, in March 2016. (credit: Getty Images | jetcityimage)

Comcast's cable division spent 3 percent less on capital expenditures last year, despite promises that the repeal of net neutrality rules would boost broadband network investment.

Comcast's cable division spent $7.95 billion on capital expenditures during calendar year 2017, but that fell to $7.72 billion in the 12 months ending on December 31, 2018.

"Cable Communications' capital expenditures decreased 3.0 percent to $7.7 billion, reflecting decreased spending on customer premise equipment and support capital, partially offset by higher investment in scalable infrastructure and line extensions," Comcast said in an earnings announcement today.

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Nicolas Cage to star in film based on H.P. Lovecraft's Color Out of Space - CNET - News - January 23, 2019 - 10:05pm
The 1927 novella involves a misbehaving meteorite.

Emulator project aims to resurrect classic Mac apps and games without the OS

Ars Technica - January 23, 2019 - 9:55pm

Want to be able to run classic Mac OS applications compiled for the Motorola 68000 series of processors on your ever-so-modern Mac OS X machine? Or maybe you'd rather run them on a Raspberry Pi, or an Android device for that matter? There's an emulation project that's trying to achieve just that: Advanced Mac Substitute (AMS).

Emulators of older computer platforms and game consoles are popular with vintage game enthusiasts. But emulators also could be attractive to others with some emotional (or economic) attachment to old binaries—like those with a sudden desire to resurrect aged Aldus PageMaker files.

Advanced Mac Substitute is an effort by long-time Mac hacker Josh Juran to make it possible to run old Mac OS software (up to Mac OS 6) without a need for an Apple ROM or system software. Other emulators out there for 64000 Mac applications such as Basilisk II require a copy of MacOS installation media—such as install CDs from Mac OS 7.5 or Mac OS 8. But AMS uses a set of software libraries that allow old Mac applications to launch right within the operating environment of the host device, without needing to have a full virtual hardware and operating system instance behind them. And it's all open source.

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Galaxy X? Galaxy F? Samsung's foldable phone faces 9 big issues - CNET - News - January 23, 2019 - 9:55pm
Xiaomi ups the ante with the most inventive foldable phone design we've seen.

Google planning changes to Chrome that could break ad blockers

Ars Technica - January 23, 2019 - 9:30pm

Google is planning to change the way extensions integrate with its Chrome browser. The company says that the changes are necessary for and motivated by a desire to crack down on malicious extensions, which undermine users' privacy and security, as part of the company's continued efforts to make extensions safer. The move also means that popular ad blocking extensions such as uBlock Origin and uMatrix will, according to their developer, no longer work.

The plans, called Manifest V3, are described in a public document. Google is proposing a number of changes to the way extensions work. The broad intent is to improve extension security, give users greater control over what extensions do and which sites they interact with, and make extension performance more robust. For example, extensions will no longer be able to load code from remote servers, so the extension that's submitted to the Chrome Web store contains exactly the code that will be run in the browser. This prevents malicious actors from submitting an extension to the store that loads benign code during the submission and approval process but then switches to something malicious once the extension is published. In a bid to discourage extensions from asking for blanket access to every site, Manifest V3 also changes the permissions system, so universal access can no longer be demanded at extension install time.

The problem for ad blockers comes with an API called webRequest. With the current webRequest API, the browser asks the extension to examine each network request that the extension is interested in. The extension can then modify the request before it's sent (for example, canceling requests to some domains, adding or removing cookies, or removing certain HTTP headers from the request). This provides an effective tool for ad blockers; they can examine each request that is made and choose to cancel those that are deemed to be for ads.

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NASA discovers fresh 'blast pattern' on Mars - CNET - News - January 23, 2019 - 9:27pm
Blamo! NASA catches sight of a smashing new impact crater on the Red Planet.

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