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Collection 1 Data Breach Exposes More Than 772 Million Email Addresses
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A collection of almost 773 million unique email addresses and just under 22 million unique passwords were exposed on cloud service MEGA. Security researcher Troy Hunt said the collection of data, dubbed Collection #1, totaled over 12,000 separate files and more than 87GB of data. ZDNet reports: “What I can say is that my own […]

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China and NASA Shared Data About Historic Moon Landing
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hackingbear writes: “China exchanged data with NASA on its recent mission to land a Chinese spacecraft on the far side of the moon, the Chinese space agency said Monday, in what was reportedly the first such collaboration since a Cold-War-era-like American law banned joint space projects with China that do not have prior congressional approval,” […]

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Google Assistant Gets More Features, Greater Reach
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Google this week debuted a slew of new capabilities for Google Assistant at CES in Las Vegas. The new Connect platform lets device manufacturers incorporate Assistant into their products easily and cost-effectively. Connect uses Google’s existing smart home platform to expand to new device types, while making device setup and discovery easy for consumers. A […]

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An unsecured database exposed the personal details of 202M job seekers in China
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The personal details belonging to more than 202 million job seekers in China, including information like phone numbers, email addresses, driver licenses and salary expectations, were freely available to anyone who knew where to look for as long as three years due to an insecure database. That’s according to findings published by security researcher Bob Diachenko […]

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Amazon Dash buttons judged to breach consumer rules in Germany
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Amazon’s Dash buttons have been found to breach consumer ecommerce rules in Germany. The push-to-order gizmos were debuted by Amazon in 2015, in an attempt by the ecommerce giant to shave friction off of the online shopping process by encouraging consumers to fill their homes with stick-on, account-linked buttons that trigger product-specific staple purchases when pressed […]

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Kaspersky blew whistle on NSA hacking tool hoarder
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Enlarge / NSA got a message from Kaspersky that one of its own was being very, very bad, according to a new Politico report. Harold T. Martin III, a former government contractor, is still facing trial for the alleged theft of massive amounts of National Security Agency data, including documents and tools from the NSA’s […]

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Possible Superconductivity In the Brain?
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“The unprecedented power of the brain suggests that it may process information quantum-mechanically,” according to a new research paper. Long-time Slashdot reader time961 writes: Pavlo Mikheenko, a superconductivity researcher at the University of Oslo, has published a paper in the Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism (abstract only; arxiv pre-print here) suggesting that microtubule structures […]

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Researchers propose guiding large space telescopes with tiny satellites
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Using the recently retired Kepler space telescope, scientists have confirmed thousands of exoplanets, and as its successor TESS ramps up its search, we're poised to discover plenty more. But once we find exoplanets, learning more detailed information…

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Sling TV rolls out improved UI features on Apple TV
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Apple TV users are getting some new Sling TV features that will make it easier to find and watch shows. Sling said the updates are geared towards being more "content-centric" and they include changes to the main guide, content information views and r…

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