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It's not just you: spammers have been slipping spoofed messages to Gmail's 'sent' folder

The Register - 1 hour 16 min ago
Google confirms reports of mysterious mails popping up

Google has confirmed that it is possible for spammers to create spoofed emails that appear in a user's 'sent mail' folder.…

Robot helps Jack McLinden, 14, to be Everton mascot

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 27 min ago
A robot carried on to the pitch feeds panoramic live images and sound back to Jack McLinden's tablet.

You've won your Fitbit case, judge tells lawyers, but those filet mignon expenses...

The Register - 1 hour 32 min ago
Federal judge slams brakes on class action gravy train

A federal judge has approved a $33m class action lawsuit against fitness tracker Fitbit but put the brakes on a massive $8.25m lawyer award claim.…

Google Chrome’s major redesign shows a lighter, rounder UI

Ars Technica - 1 hour 35 min ago

Google is planning a massive redesign of its major products this year. We've already seen some major changes land in the first Android P Developer Preview, and we've seen leaks of a new Gmail design. Next up on the docket is Google Chrome.

We've been unofficially calling Google's new design effort "Material Design 2," which is how it was first referenced in a Chrome commit from February. "Material Design" is Google's current company-wide design language, which first debuted in 2014 with Android 5.0 Lollipop. We're expecting to hear a lot about Material Design 2 at Google I/O 2018, but so far we've seen work-in-progress MD2 changes bring a lighter, rounder design to Google's products. Round buttons, boxes with rounded corners, and white background are usually among the changes. We also see an increasing use of the "Product Sans" font in the redesigns, which makes everything look more Googly given that it's the same font used in Google's logo.

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Uber will finally stop letting your ex-drivers see your exact address - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 36 min ago
Currently, Uber drivers have access to all your exact pick-up and drop-off locations, even if you delete the app, but this is changing.

iPhone SE 2 could get wireless charging, like iPhone X - CNET - News - 1 hour 44 min ago
Rumor has it Apple's other iPhone will have a glass backing, like the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

A who's who of Hollywood studios just sued this streaming service - CNET - News - 1 hour 54 min ago
Amazon, Netflix, and plenty more claim to have proof the $20-a-month Set TV was too good to be legal.

Prof behind Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook data mining says he’s sorry

Ars Technica - 1 hour 55 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Anthony Quintano / Flickr)

In advance of his upcoming testimony before the UK Parliament, Aleksandr Kogan wants the public to know two things: he's sorry, and he's not a Russian agent. (Kogan, who was born in Moldova, moved to the Soviet Union as a child before eventually emigrating to the United States, where he became a citizen.)

Kogan, who authored the initial Facebook app created at the behest of Cambridge Analytica, has now come forward. He recently granted interviews to The New York Times, BuzzFeed News, and CBS' 60 Minutes. (Kogan did not respond to Ars' request for comment.)

It was Kogan's 2014 app, "This is Your Digital Life," which invited users to log in with their Facebook credentials and answer a slew of survey questions in exchange for $4. Those respondents also allowed Kogan and his team access to their friends' public profile data. In the end, this system captured data on 87 million Facebook users. This data trove ultimately wound up in the hands of Donald Trump's presidential campaign when it hired the London-based firm.

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Surface Phone speculation spurred by new phone APIs in Windows

Ars Technica - 2 hours 11 min ago

Enlarge / The "Surface Phone" is speculated to be some kind of dual-screen device. (credit: Microsoft)

The rumors that Microsoft is developing some kind of phone-like device (perhaps a "Surface Phone" or "Andromeda") have been floating around for years, with little concrete evidence that such a thing exists. But the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview has given new fuel for the speculative fire: it has a set of new APIs for cellular phones.

Windows has had integrated support for cell modems since Windows 8, but this has been restricted to supporting data connections. Telephony—dialing numbers, placing calls—has always required either Windows Phone or Windows 10 Mobile. This has made the full Windows 10 unsuitable for a phone.

That may be changing. Windows 10 build 17650—a preview of Redstone 5, the next Windows update after the delayed April updateincludes some telephony APIs. The new APIs cover support for a range of typical phone features: dialing numbers and contacts, blocking withheld numbers, support for Bluetooth headsets and spearphone mode, and so on and so forth. There also looks to be some kind of video-calling support, suggesting support for 3G or LTE video calling.

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J. Cole's KOD snags title from Drake for most-streamed album - CNET - News - 2 hours 12 min ago
More people in the US listened to the rap album on Apple Music and Spotify in its first 24 hours than any other.

The Apple-Shazam deal is now under investigation - CNET - News - 2 hours 19 min ago
EU regulators worry Apple might use Shazam to stifle competition.

Watch the 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 hit its 212-mph top speed on track - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 22 min ago
Feel like trying this at home? Do society a favor and don't.

Petty PETA rapped by judges over monkey selfie copyright stunt

The Register - 2 hours 24 min ago
Animals can sue, but don't have the ability to file intellectual property lawsuits

A US appeals court has upheld a lower court's decision that a monkey can't own copyright.…

Detroit developer sues French press over “toxic culture” reports

Ars Technica - 2 hours 30 min ago

Enlarge / I thought this screen from Detroit could be used as a metaphor for the current legal wrangling, but I'm not 100% sure of how. (credit: Quantic Dream)

Quantic Dream, the developer behind upcoming PS4 game Detroit: Beyond Human, has brought lawsuits against two French media outlets following articles accusing the developer of fostering a "toxic corporate culture."

Kotaku reports on the lawsuits against Le Monde and website Mediapart, two of the three outlets that published a joint investigation of Quantic Dream in January. The third, Canard PC, told the site it has received "threatening letters" surrounding the articles but is not the subject of any lawsuits at this time.

"We're suing their journalists," Quantic Dream founder David Cage confirmed to Kotaku at a recent preview event.

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Say good bye to net neutrality: What now? (The 3:59, Ep. 390) - CNET - News - 2 hours 37 min ago
We discuss what's next for net neutrality, Amazon home robots and the death of cash.

Facebook says you aren't the product, social media is - CNET - News - 2 hours 41 min ago
The social network's vice president of ads seeks to answer the "hard question" of how much data the company has on its 2 billion users and how it's used.

“I feel whole again:” Wounded vet receives first penis-scrotum combo transplant

Ars Technica - 2 hours 45 min ago

Enlarge / Doctors performing surgery. (credit: Getty | BSIP)

A young military veteran severely maimed by an improvised explosive device (IED) received a transplant of a large section of tissue, including the penis, scrotum, and a portion of the abdominal wall, from a deceased organ donor, according to The New York Times.

The 14-hour operation took place at Johns Hopkins Hospital last month. It marks the third successful penis transplant and the first complex penis transplant, which is to say it involved the scrotum and surrounding tissue as well as the penis. For ethical reasons, surgeons removed the testicles prior to the transplantation to prevent the possibility that the recipient could father children genetically belonging to the donor.

Though doctors expect his recovery and nerve regrowth to take some time, they’re hopeful that the patient will eventually recover the ability to urinate and have spontaneous erections and orgasms. In fact, they expect urination to be possible within a few months.

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Spotify tests filter to block swearing in songs

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 46 min ago
The trial feature skips explicit tracks but only works on Apple devices and lacks a parental lock.

Sanctions against Kaspersky are 'logical next step,' senator says - CNET - News - 3 hours 2 min ago
The call for additional restrictions on the cybersecurity company follows a ban by the US government.

Beats headphone deal: $110 off Studio3 Wireless at Best Buy and Amazon - CNET - News - 3 hours 3 min ago
The price for Beats' premium over-ear wireless noise-canceling headphones has dipped -- for certain colors.

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