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Smart cities around the world were exposed to simple hacks     – CNET
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Researchers found 17 vulnerabilities on systems that control traffic signals and water levels in major cities around the world.

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To Gain Foothold in India, Apple Plans To Open Stores, Offer Deals All Year Around, and Fix Services: Report
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Apple has long struggled to gain market share in India, the world’s second largest smartphone market. But now, it apparently plans to change that. Before we get into it, here is some disclaimer: Rumors of Apple’s intentions to improve its presence in India are nearly as old as Apple’s existence. From Bloomberg: Instead of officially […]

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Samsung is probably keeping the headphone jack around for the Galaxy Note 9
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Let’s be real — the latest batch of Samsung ads are more about the company’s perception of Apple than its own devices. But hey, that tact has worked for the company in the past, so who can blame ‘em? They do, however, offer at least one key bit of insight into the company’s on-going plans. […]

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Ajit Pai finally gets around to fighting fraud in FCC comment system
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Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Palto) The Federal Communications Commission is planning to overhaul its public comments system to deter fraud and abuse, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a letter to lawmakers last week. The FCC may institute a CAPTCHA system as part of a redesign that will “institute appropriate safeguards against abusive conduct,” […]

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Emirates' VR experience lets you wander around its planes     – CNET
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Check out the fancy perks of first and business class.

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New Firefox Extension Builds a Wall Around Facebook
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Mozilla has announced Facebook Container, a Firefox browser extension that is designed to segregate users’ activity on Facebook from their other Web activity, limiting Facebook’s ability to track them and gather personal data. Mozilla recently has engaged in an aggressive strategy to counter Facebook data management policies that many see as intrusive. The extension is […]

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With HomePod around the corner, Siri’s “give me the news” feature exits beta
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Enlarge (credit: Apple) When you say “Hey Siri, give me the news” to your iOS device, Siri will now immediately begin playing a daily news update from a popular news podcast—NPR by default in the United States. Coming shortly before the launch of the HomePod smart speaker, also powered by Siri, this small feature is […]

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Volunteers Around the World Build Surveillance-Free Cellular Network Called 'Sopranica'
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dmoberhaus writes: Motherboard’s Daniel Oberhaus spoke to Denver Gingerich, the programmer behind Sopranica, a DIY, community-oriented cell phone network. “Sopranica is a project intended to replace all aspects of the existing cell phone network with their freedom-respecting equivalents,” says Gingerich. “Taking out all the basement firmware on the cellphone, the towers that track your location, […]

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Cities around US offer billions in tax breaks to be Amazon’s HQ2
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Enlarge / Amazon’s campus in South Lake Union, Seattle. (credit: Joel Rogers / Getty Images) Cities around the country are pulling out all the stops to entice Amazon to set up its second headquarters in their area. The online retail giant is taking proposals from around North America, and today’s the deadline. Some of the proposals […]

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