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Hacks, bribes and bugs: Uber accused of illegal intelligence activities

The Register - 58 min 27 sec ago
Filing: Explosive allegations against ride-hailing biz revealed in letter from former staffer

Uber has been accused of illegal intelligence gathering, using non-attributable hardware and software, impersonating drivers and bugging private events, in an explosive set of allegations from a former staffer.…

ReMarkable tablet review: The high price of getting that paper feeling

Ars Technica - 1 hour 20 min ago

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Unless you use a Kindle or another e-reader regularly, you probably don't come into contact with e-ink displays. While they were once popular for high-end devices, they've largely been relegated to use in reading devices now that LCD and other display technology have grown in popularity and affordability.

But the company reMarkable is trying to expand e-ink's use with the reMarkable paper tablet, a slab with a 10.3-inch e-ink display and an included stylus. Not only is it meant to be a reading device, but the reMarkable is designed to replace pretty much any papers you have to bring with you anywhere—books, documents, notes, sketches, and the like.

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Gemalto friendzones Atos: We're with Thales now, get the hint

The Register - 1 hour 26 min ago
We'll wait for you! cries spurned suitor

After turning down a €4.3bn (£3.8bn) buyout offer from Atos last week, Dutch security and chip biz Gemalto announced today that it has accepted a €4.8bn (£4.2bn) deal from French defence group Thales.…

After firestorm, CDC director says terms like “science-based” are not banned

Ars Technica - 1 hour 43 min ago

Enlarge / CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald at the agency's headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. (credit: Getty | Washington Post)

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fired off a series of tweets Sunday to try to quell fierce backlash from a Friday night report that the Trump administration had banned the agency from using certain terms in budget documents, including “science-based” and “diversity.”

I want to assure you there are no banned words at CDC,” Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald‏ tweeted at the top of a thread Sunday morning, which is currently pinned.

Instead, several sources have tried to clarify that the language changes were merely suggestions to help make the agency’s budget more palatable to some Republicans and ease its passage.

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Twitter suspends Britain First leaders

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 50 min ago
The leader and deputy of a far-right British political party's Twitter accounts are frozen.

UK good for superfast broadband, crap for FTTP – Ofcom

The Register - 1 hour 55 min ago
Ahead of only Nigeria when it comes to fibre

Blighty is one of the top countries when it comes to superfast broadband but one of the worst for full-fibre connections, according to an in-depth report by Ofcom comparing the UK with 16 other nations.…

Twitter’s violence rules don't apply to military, governments - CNET - News - 1 hour 55 min ago
The social network wants to be a safer place for its users. Enforcement of the rules, though, could prove tricky.

“There will be a [Senate] vote” to reinstate net neutrality, Schumer says

Ars Technica - 2 hours 39 sec ago

Enlarge / Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. (credit: Getty Images | Win McNamee)

US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he will force a vote on a bill that would reinstate the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules.

Legislation to reverse the repeal "doesn’t need the support of the majority leader," Schumer said during a press conference Friday, according to The Hill. "We can bring it to the floor and force a vote. So, there will be a vote to repeal the rule that the FCC passed."

Just a simple majority needed

The Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal its own net neutrality rules last week, and the repeal will take effect 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register. But Congress can overturn agency actions by invoking the Congressional Review Act (CRA), as it did earlier this year in order to eliminate consumer broadband privacy protections.

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Relax by a yule log with Lil BUB the internet cat - CNET - News - 2 hours 14 min ago
Famous cat Lil BUB purrs, snorts, and wheezes the night away in front of a roaring fireplace in this festive hour-long video.

All flasher Tintri makes play for the cash-strapped: Buy 'em drive by drive

The Register - 2 hours 18 min ago
Well you do need to start with 13...

Tintri has made a FlexDrive facility available so cash-strapped customers can expand all-flash array capacity one drive at a time.…

Interstellar asteroid 'Oumuamua has a crust but no aliens - CNET - News - 2 hours 21 min ago
Scientists have been studying the strange space rock from beyond our solar system. There's plenty of weirdness but no signs of E.T. aboard ... so far.

Toyota to introduce 10 electric cars by mid-2020s - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 26 min ago
Additionally, its whole lineup will be electrified by about 2025.

YouTube money-makers

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 40 min ago
YouTuber Evan Edinger's latest video explains the five main ways of making money from YouTube.

Facebook: Post more to feel better about yourself

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 51 min ago
Using Facebook more proactively can combat its negative impact on wellbeing, says the social network.

Kent woman to season festive dinner with her mother's ashes

The Register - 2 hours 52 min ago
All I want (to eat) for Christmas is you

A woman from Kent intends to redefine the meaning of a cremated Christmas dinner this year as she plans serve her mother's ashes with her festive meal.…

That Cuphead app for iOS is '100% fake,' developers say - CNET - News - 2 hours 55 min ago
Sorry, but the $4.99 "Cuphead" app for Apple devices is a complete scam.

Twitter's fight against harassment kicks into a higher gear - CNET - News - 3 hours 3 min ago
The social network releases more details on how it will punish those engaging in abusive and hateful behavior.

Amazon's Digital Day is coming back on Dec. 29 - CNET - News - 3 hours 7 min ago
You can expect deals from Amazon on all things downloadable, like apps, movies and games.

New Facebook algorithm update attempts to quell “engagement bait” posts

Ars Technica - 3 hours 10 min ago

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Facebook news feeds can get pretty cluttered, especially with clickbait posts fishing for as many likes, shares, and comments as possible. But it appears that enough users have complained to Facebook about these posts that the social media platform will start cracking down on what it is calling "engagement bait." In a Facebook blog post, the company explains it will demote engagement bait posts and pages starting this week.

The company defines engagement bait posts as any that encourage interaction to "artificially boost engagement" and glean more reach on the site—posts that say, "Like this post if you're an Aries or Love this if you're a Leo," and other spam-like messages. Facebook has reviewed and categorized thousands of posts like this so it could update its news feed algorithm to identify engagement bait posts and demote them on your news feed.

The hope is that with the new demotion policies, spam posts won't be shown as often on your news feed, and those that post engagement bait will stop doing so. Facebook is also implementing stricter policies for pages that "systematically and repeatedly use engagement bait to artificially gain reach." These rules will roll out over the next few weeks, so publishers should keep them in mind as they create new posts. Pages that consistently use engagement bait tactics will see the reach on those posts decline as these new rules are put into effect.

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Facebook cracks down on 'like this if' bait in your news feed - CNET - News - 3 hours 18 min ago
Breathe a sigh of relief as we say goodbye to one type of spammy post on Facebook.

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