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Microsoft co-founer Paul Allen dead at 65

Microsoft co-founer Paul Allen dead at 65 | Geekspace | Scoop.it
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died Monday of complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
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Sidewalk Lab’s use of cellphone data in proposed U.S. deal raises concern in Toronto | The Star

Sidewalk Lab’s use of cellphone data in proposed U.S. deal raises concern in Toronto | The Star | Geekspace | Scoop.it
As Toronto considers allowing Sidewalk Labs to build a “smart neighbourhood,” details have emerged of how the company proposes to collect and commodify data collected from millions of cellphones — and sell it to the government.
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Opinion | Internet Hacking Is About to Get Much Worse - The New York Times

Opinion | Internet Hacking Is About to Get Much Worse - The New York Times | Geekspace | Scoop.it
Many of today’s new computers are not just screens that we stare at, but objects in our world with which we interact. A refrigerator is now a computer that keeps things cold; a car is now a computer with four wheels and an engine. These computers sense us and our environment, and they affect us and our environment. They talk to each other over networks, they are autonomous, and they have physical agency. They drive our cars, pilot our planes, and run our power plants. They control traffic, administer drugs into our bodies, and dispatch emergency services. These connected computers and the network that connects them — collectively known as “the internet of things” — affect the world in a direct physical manner. .
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Facebook unveils the Portal, a video-chat camera for people who still trust Facebook | The Star

Facebook unveils the Portal, a video-chat camera for people who still trust Facebook | The Star | Geekspace | Scoop.it
The toaster-size gadget is a cross between a smart speaker, video camera and digital photo frame.
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Google reportedly hid Google+ security bug

Google reportedly hid Google+ security bug | Geekspace | Scoop.it
For Google, a data privacy reckoning may finally come as a result of a service that it admits almost no one uses much anymore.
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Facebook executive hosted Kavanaugh confirmation celebration

Facebook executive hosted Kavanaugh confirmation celebration | Geekspace | Scoop.it
About 25 attendees showed up to Facebook vice president of public policy Joel Kaplan and Laura Cox Kaplan’s gathering, including Brett and Ashley Kavanaugh.
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Researchers create font to boost memory

Researchers create font to boost memory | Geekspace | Scoop.it
Australian researchers say their new font, called Sans Forgetica, could be the tool to help people retain information.
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Debunking 5 common myths about 5G - Ciena

Ciena’s Brian Lavallée looks at five of the more popular myths, debunks them, and talks about what we’re likely to see in the marketplace.
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Meet Silas Adekunle the world's highest paid robotics engineer

Meet Silas Adekunle the world's highest paid robotics engineer | Geekspace | Scoop.it
Young Nigerian, Silas Adekunle is the world's highest paid robotic engineer, and he is currently signed with Apple Inc.
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This Is Why You Don't Mess With China: The Best Chinese Plane Knockoffs | Icepop

This Is Why You Don't Mess With China: The Best Chinese Plane Knockoffs | Icepop | Geekspace | Scoop.it
1. The Stolen Falcon Hawk China’s Falcon Hawk (J-31) is what experts call a copycat of Lockheed’s X-35, the plane that was developed into the F-35 series. Researchers believe that China saved at least 25 years worth of R&D by using stolen classified information from the United States. If that isn’t bad enough, the Falcon […]
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Facebook, Instagram Go Down on Labor Day

Facebook, Instagram Go Down on Labor Day | Geekspace | Scoop.it
Facebook, the world’s number one social media platform, and subsidiary Instagram are apparently taking some holiday breaks on Labor Day. As of this writing, Facebook and Instagram were facing more than 30 minutes of downtime, with Twitter users taking to their feeds to share the news.
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US government trying to force Facebook to wiretap Messenger app: report

US government trying to force Facebook to wiretap Messenger app: report | Geekspace | Scoop.it
The U.S. government is reportedly trying to force Facebook to break the encryption in its Messenger app to assist law enforcement's efforts in a criminal investigation. 
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Android Go: Apps, Phones, Specs, Release Date and More

Android Go: Apps, Phones, Specs, Release Date and More | Geekspace | Scoop.it
Google's Android Go software -- a standout at MWC 2018 -- is optimized for low-powered devices with spotty connectivity. It's launching in developing markets.
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Selfie deaths: 259 people reported dead seeking the perfect picture

Selfie deaths: 259 people reported dead seeking the perfect picture | Geekspace | Scoop.it
A 2018 study claims the number could be much higher, as selfies are never named as a cause of death.
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Facebook says attackers stole details from 29 million users | Reuters

Facebook says attackers stole details from 29 million users | Reuters | Geekspace | Scoop.it
Facebook Inc said on Friday that attackers in the mass security breach it announced late last month accessed the accounts of about 30 million people in total and stole name and contact details for 29 million.
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Facebook 'fake clone' message goes viral: Here's what to do

Facebook 'fake clone' message goes viral: Here's what to do | Geekspace | Scoop.it
If you receive the message, you can ignore it, and search Facebook to ensure your account has not, in fact, been cloned.
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Google drops out of Pentagon cloud computing competition

Google drops out of Pentagon cloud computing competition | Geekspace | Scoop.it
Google is no longer competing for a Pentagon cloud-computing contract worth up to $10 billion, saying in a statement that the contract may conflict with company principles. 
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Warning over WhatsApp voicemail scam that could give hackers access to your account | Daily

Warning over WhatsApp voicemail scam that could give hackers access to your account | Daily | Geekspace | Scoop.it
Scammers attempt to gain access to a user's account by taking advantage of weakly secured voicemail inboxes. In doing so, they can figure out the security code sent by WhatsApp to log into users' accounts.
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China avoids questions about Apple, Amazon chip hack report | CBC News

China avoids questions about Apple, Amazon chip hack report | CBC News | Geekspace | Scoop.it
A Chinese government spokesman has sidestepped questions about a report that its spies inserted chips into computer equipment that might allow them to hack into U.S. companies and government agencies.
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Microsoft brings Robot Operating System to Windows 10

Microsoft brings Robot Operating System to Windows 10 | Geekspace | Scoop.it
At ROSCon 2018 in Madrid, Microsoft announced Robot Operating System for Windows, an optimized build of ROS that taps into the firm's AI and cloud services.
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Up to 50m Facebook accounts attacked

50 million Facebook accounts compromised, the social network says - in all, 90m accounts will have to take action
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Fraudulent TripAdvisor reviews could result in jail time for culprits

Fraudulent TripAdvisor reviews could result in jail time for culprits | Geekspace | Scoop.it
A landmark legal ruling in Italy has seen a fraudulent online reviewer sentenced to jail, in one of the first cases of its kind.  The owner of PromoSalento, a company which sells fake review packages to hospitality businesses in Italy, was sentenced to nine months in prison after the Criminal Court of Lecce ruled that writing fraudulent reviews under a false identity was “criminal conduct”. The defendant was also ordered to pay €8,000 in costs and damages.
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Boost Your Twitter Engagement Using GIFs - AddThis

Boost Your Twitter Engagement Using GIFs - AddThis | Geekspace | Scoop.it
When the World Wide Web entered the public consciousness, the only way to show moving images in a web browser was to use animated GIFs. However, they quickly grew tiresome and were often considered primitive and cheesy. By the mid-to-late 1990s, most self-respecting designers, website builders, and marketers refused
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Exclusive: Saudi PIF in talks to invest in aspiring Tesla rival Lucid - sources | Reuters

Exclusive: Saudi PIF in talks to invest in aspiring Tesla rival Lucid - sources | Reuters | Geekspace | Scoop.it
PIF, the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund that Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk has said could help him fund a $72 billion deal to take his electric car maker private, is in talks to invest in aspiring Tesla rival Lucid Motors Inc, people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.
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Chinese inventor shows off his unique flying SCOOTER that can reach a top speed of 44 mph | Daily

Chinese inventor shows off his unique flying SCOOTER that can reach a top speed of 44 mph | Daily | Geekspace | Scoop.it
Zhao Deli, 40, was lifted into the air by his eight-propeller drone in China's Guangdong province. He says it will be available to customers for between £4,330 - £5,700 ($5,500 and $7,200) next year.
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