Homeland Security warns of a 'critical' security flaw in Windows servers
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Homeland Security warns of a ‘critical’ security flaw in Windows servers

The US government has a major server security headache on its hands. Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has delivered a rare emergency directive (via TechCrunch) urging government agencies to install a patch f… Continue Reading…

Judge blocks US ban on WeChat app downloads
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Judge blocks US ban on WeChat app downloads

TikTok isn’t alone in avoiding a US ban, at least for now. Reuters reports that Judge Laurel Beeler has issued a preliminary injunction blocking a Commerce Department order that would remove WeChat from US app stores by the end of September 20th. Use… Continue Reading…

Trump approves TikTok deal with Oracle and Walmart 'in concept'
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Trump approves TikTok deal with Oracle and Walmart ‘in concept’

TikTok appears to have avoided a US ban at the last minute… probably. President Trump has agreed to a deal “in concept” (via CNBC) that theoretically allays US security issues while letting it operate in the country. True to earlier discussions, Or… Continue Reading…

Six people face charges for allegedly bribing Amazon staff to help sellers
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Six people face charges for allegedly bribing Amazon staff to help sellers

The US is cracking down on an elaborate scheme to boost some third-party Amazon sellers at the expense of others. A Grand Jury in Washington has indicted six people (via The Verge) for allegedly bribing Amazon staff and contractors to gain an edge in… Continue Reading…

Deezer's country selector lets you listen to music and podcasts like a local
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Deezer’s country selector lets you listen to music and podcasts like a local

You may not get a chance to physically travel anytime soon, but if you’re Deezer subscriber, the music streaming service is giving you an alternative way to experience the music and culture of another country. The platform has introduced a country se… Continue Reading…

Twitter steps up account security for politicians ahead of the election
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Twitter steps up account security for politicians ahead of the election

Twitter is stepping up security for accounts belonging to elected officials and other “high profile” figures ahead of the election. With the update, Twitter will require users with weak passwords to update their logins, and will encourage them to ena… Continue Reading…

Facebook will no longer recommend health groups
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Facebook will no longer recommend health groups

Facebook says that groups dedicated to health-related topics are no longer eligible to appear in recommendations. The update is part of the company’s latest effort to fight misinformation. “To prioritize connecting people with accurate health informa… Continue Reading…

Mozilla is shutting down Firefox Send and Notes
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Mozilla is shutting down Firefox Send and Notes

Mozilla plans to say goodbye to two of its lesser-known products this year. The first is Firefox Send, a tool the company introduced in 2017 to allow users to share encrypted files. Send was generally well-liked by the Firefox community, so it might… Continue Reading…

Mozilla asks YouTube users to ‘donate’ their recommendations
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Mozilla asks YouTube users to ‘donate’ their recommendations

YouTube has long been criticized for its opaque recommendations algorithm. Some researchers have warned that the video app’s algorithmic suggestions too often gravitate toward conspiracy theories, which can be especially dangerous to younger users. T… Continue Reading…

Joe Biden's campaign app had a bug that made it too easy to access voter info
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Joe Biden’s campaign app had a bug that made it too easy to access voter info

A bug in Joe Biden’s official campaign app may have exposed the personal information of millions of Americans, according to security researcher the App Analyst. One of the features of the Vote Joe app allows users to sync their phone’s contact list w… Continue Reading…