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Apple Jams Facebook's Web-Tracking Tools
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The next version of iOS and macOS “will frustrate tools used by Facebook to automatically track web users,” reports BBC. At the company’s developer conference, Apple’s software chief Craig Federighi said, “We’re shutting that down,” adding that Safari would ask owners’ permission before allowing the social network to monitor their activity. BBC reports: At the […]

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Is Pluto Actually a Mash-Up of a Billion Comets?
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Scientists from the Southwest Research Institute suggest Pluto may be a comet, as opposed to a planet or dwarf planet. According to a study published in the journal Icarus, Pluto could be made up of billions of comets all mashed together. Smithsonian reports: Scientists had long believed the dwarf planet Pluto was formed the way […]

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Now Even Russian Lawmakers Want a Piece of Mark Zuckerberg
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PolygamousRanchKid shares a report from Quartz: In an ironic twist in the saga of Facebook’s troubles, Russian lawmakers have declared that they, too, would like to question Mark Zuckerberg. According to the Moscow Times, senator Anton Belyakov yesterday offered to invite the Facebook CEO to address the upper chamber of the Russian parliament. “After all, […]

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Payday Loans Online With Instant Approval
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The whole point of payday loans is that they are a way of getting a cash advance really quickly. Therefore speed has become one of the defining qualities people look for in payday lenders. Technological advances and sophisticated websites have helped payday loan providers to put their entire application processes online, reducing the need for […]

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Cyber Thieves Claim To Hit Two Big Canadian Banks
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New submitter Heritype writes: Bank of Montreal, Canada’s fourth biggest lender, said on Monday it was contacted by fraudsters on Sunday who claimed they were in possession of the personal and financial information of a limited number of the bank’s customers. The bank said it believed the attack originated from outside the country and was […]

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Police use of Amazon’s face-recognition service draws privacy warnings
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Enlarge (credit: Amazon) Amazon is actively courting law-enforcement agencies to use a cloud-based facial-recognition service that can identify people in real time, the American Civil Liberties Union reported Tuesday, citing the documents obtained from two US departments. The service, which Amazon markets under the name Rekognition, can recognize as many as 100 people in a […]

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Comcast Website Bug Leaks Xfinity Customer Data
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A bug in Comcast’s website used to activate Xfinity routers can return sensitive information on the company’s customers. The website, used by customers to set up their home internet and cable service, can be tricked into displaying the home address where the router is located, as well […]

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AT&T launches its LTE-powered Amazon Dash-style button
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When we first told you about AT&T’s LTE-M Button, the information was socked away in a deluge of AWS Re:Invent announcements. The telecom giant was a bit more upfront when announcing its availability earlier this week — but just a bit. After all, it’s not a direct-to-consumer device. Unlike the product-branded hunk of plastic you […]

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YouTube Expands Music Credits: Makes It Easier To Identify the Song Featured in a Video
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Next time you hear a song featured in a YouTube video and you are not sure what it is called, or who made it, you can find out by clicking (or tapping) the “show more” button. From a report: YouTube has announced that the platform is expanding the credits available on videos featuring music. The […]

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