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A third-party app can use Grindr to expose your exact location
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Back in March, a report revealed that Grindr suffered from flaws that could expose its users' personal information. The company issued a statement in response that said its location tracking feature is more akin to a square on an atlas and can't pinp…

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Rocket Report: Japanese spaceplane, GEO downturn, Block 5 results good
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Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson/SpaceX) Welcome to Edition 1.17 of the Rocket Report! This week, we discuss a lot of new launch contracts, a Japanese plan to build a suborbital spaceplane, and Chinese plans to develop a potentially recoverable payload fairing. Also, check the launch schedule: three launches in three days! As always, we welcome reader […]

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Medical Device Insecurity: Diagnosis Clear, Treatment Hazy
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An increasing number of healthcare professionals have become alert to the need for well-rounded medical device security in recent years, and players throughout the industry have started putting more effort into raising the bar. Developers have become aware of the most glaring holes, and more information security researchers have been brought into the fold. The […]

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Coinbase plots to become the New York Stock Exchange of crypto securities
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The future of Coinbase looks something like the New York Stock Exchange. That’s according a vision laid out by CEO Brian Amstrong who was interviewed on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco today. Coinbase is known for being the most popular exchange for converting fiat currency into crypto — most of the largest traded […]

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Google sets October 9th for the Pixel 3 unveiling
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Enlarge / Google’s event invite. (credit: Google) Thirty-three days. That’s how long we have to see Google confirm all the Pixel 3 rumors that have been floating around. Today, Google sent out invites to a “Made by Google Launch Event,” which will invariably include the company’s Pixel 3 smartphone flagship. The event will be held on […]

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Being reminded of your political bubble can stop you from breaking out
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Enlarge (credit: Nats Sitticus) Using social media is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it can connect us to many more people than we would otherwise interact with, which is great. But our choices regarding who we interact with (often amplified by a platform’s algorithms) limit many of our social networks in a  way […]

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Political anonymity may help us see both sides of a divisive issue online
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Some topics are so politically charged that even to attempt a discussion online is to invite toxicity and rigid disagreement among participants. But a new study finds that exposure to the views of others, minus their political affiliation, could help us overcome our own biases. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, led by sociologist Damon […]

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Meituan reportedly targets $55B valuation for Hong Kong IPO, leading to concerns that may be too high
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Meituan-Dianping is reportedly aiming for a $55 billion valuation in its upcoming initial public offering in Hong Kong, but the company’s net losses and increasing competition from Alibaba are already raising questions about whether that is too ambitious, despite the company’s market leadership in China. Meituan-Dianping, which bills itself as a “one-stop super app” that […]

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Researchers show Alexa “skill squatting” could hijack voice commands
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Enlarge (credit: Amazon) The success of Internet of Things devices such as Amazon’s Echo and Google Home have created an opportunity for developers to build voice-activated applications that connect ever deeper—into customers’ homes and personal lives. And—according to research by a team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)—the potential to exploit some of […]

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