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Snapchat's Big Redesign Bashed In 83 Percent of User Reviews
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The new Snapchat redesign that jams Stories in between private messages is not receiving a whole lot of praise. “In the few countries including the U.K., Australia, and Canada where the redesign is widely available, 83 percent of App Store reviews (1,941) for the update are negative with one or two stars, according to data […]

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Apple’s China iCloud data migration sweeps up international user accounts
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 Apple’s plan to migrate China-based iCloud user accounts to a local host on Chinese soil is already running into controversy after the iPhone-maker appeared included accounts registered overseas in the data. China-based users were informed of the upcoming migration yesterday, which Apple said “will allow us improve the speed and reliability of our iCloud services products […]

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Prosecutors say Mac spyware stole millions of user images over 13 years
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Enlarge (credit: Chris Potter) Early last year, a piece of Mac malware came to light that left researchers puzzled. They knew that malware dubbed Fruitfly captured screenshots and webcam images and had been installed on hundreds of computers in the US and elsewhere, possibly for more than a decade. Still, the researchers didn’t know who […]

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Twitter admits it overestimated its user numbers
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 Twitter announced its Q3 financials today which included a surprise beat that could lead it to a quarter of actual profitability before 2017 is out, but there is also less positive news. The company admitted it had mistakenly counted users of Digits, the app it transferred to Google via the sale of its Fabric product in […]

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Company Accused of Selling User Data Shuts Down After $104 Million Settlement
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Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: The Federal Trade Commission has shut down the operator of a large network of online loan sites that promised to find people the loans with the lowest rates, but actually sold users’ data to third-parties, most of which weren’t even lenders. The target of FTC’s ire is a company named […]

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WikiLeaks Dump Reveals CIA Malware That Can Sabotage User Software
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An anonymous reader writes: “While the world was busy dealing with the WannaCry ransomware outbreak, last Friday, about the time when we were first seeing a surge in WannaCry attacks, WikiLeaks dumped new files part of the Vault 7 series,” reports BleepingComputer. This time, the organization dumped user manuals for two hacking tools named AfterMidnight […]

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How Linux Helped Me Become an Empowered Computer User
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If you were to ask any of my friends, they could readily attest to my profound passion for Linux. That said, it might surprise you to know that hardly two years ago, I barely knew what Linux was, let alone had any earnest interest in switching to it from Windows. Although a shift as dramatic […]

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Support chap’s Sonic Screwdriver fixes PC as user fumes in disbelief
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Plus: The crummy computer that did double duty as a pie-warmer On-call  Welcome to another festive edition of On-Call, the column in which we recycle readers’ horror stories.…

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Facebook Buys Data From Third-Party Brokers To Fill In User Profiles
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from International Business Times: According to a report from ProPublica, the world’s largest social network knows far more about its users than just what they do online. What Facebook can’t glean from a user’s activity, it’s getting from third-party data brokers. ProPublica found the social network is purchasing additional […]

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