Russians Accused Of Information Warfare Used Tech To Whip Up Controversy And Cover Their Tracks

Russians accused of information warfare used tech to whip up controversy and cover their tracks MIT Technology Review - 2 hours ago
  • Russians accused of information warfare used tech to whip up controversy and cover their tracks
  • US Special Counsel Robert Mueller (pictured above) has charged 13 Russians and three organizations, including the Internet Research Agency, with alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.
  • Misinformation Inc.: The meddling was widely known,… Read more
  • US Special Counsel Robert Mueller (pictured above) has charged 13 Russians and three organizations, including the Internet Research Agency, with alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.

AT&T Files Complaint Over “unsubstantiated, False, And Misleading Claims” In T-Mobile Holiday Commercial

AT&T files complaint over “unsubstantiated, false, and misleading claims” in T-Mobile holiday commercialCorbin Davenport / Android Police - 3 hours ago
  • Back in December, T-Mobile uploaded a two minute-long short to its YouTube channel, in the style of classic stop-motion specials like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
  • The ad only has 11,000 views on YouTube, and an additional 2.5 million views on Twitter, so the video's impact wasn't massive in the first place.
  • The carrier is only explicitly mentioned on images of newspapers, with the headlines "Here's another way AT&T is screwing over its customers" (referencing this 2015 article by Gizmodo) and "AT&T customer service horror story" (referencing this 2010 CNET post).
  • In response to the complaint, T-Mobile said the ad made no claims about present business practices and did not represent the kind of advertising NAD was designed to review.

Apple Dictates That All New Apps Must Fully Support The IPhone X Screen

Apple dictates that all new apps must fully support the iPhone X screenSamuel Axon / Ars Technica - 4 hours ago
  • Today, Apple emailed iOS developers to explore new features in iOS 11 like ARKit.
  • iOS 11 has brought innovative features and the redesigned App Store to hundreds of millions of customers around the world.
  • Starting April 2018, all new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must be built with the iOS 11 SDK, included in Xcode 9 or later.

Atari Has Decentralized Gaming For 45 Years. Now It’s Creating Altcoins.

Atari has decentralized gaming for 45 years. Now it’s creating altcoins. Tristan Greene / The Next Web - 5 hours ago
  • Atari recently announced the development of two new cryptocurrencies, Atari Token and Pong Token.
  • The company announced a partnership with blockchain pro Infinity Networks to create tokens as part of an investment deal.
  • According to a French press release, the Atari Token is specifically for entertainment:
  • The company is developing a decentralized platform giving access to any form of digital entertainment,that is to say a very wide offer ranging from video games to movies and music.

Visa Confirms Coinbase Wasn’t At Fault For Overcharging Users

Visa confirms Coinbase wasn’t at fault for overcharging usersFitz Tepper / TechCrunch - 6 hours ago
  • Yesterday, we wrote that Coinbase customers were being charged multiple times for past transactions.
  • While some speculated that the erroneous withdraws were down to a Coinbase engineering issue, Coinbase issued a statement saying it wasn’t liable for the duplicate charges.
  • While you can read my post yesterday for an in-depth description of what happened, the basic gist is that Visa refunded and recharged (under a different merchant category) a month of old transactions.
  • But here’s where it gets weird — this morning Visa issued a statement to some publications shifting the blame back to Coinbase, telling TNW that “Visa has not made any systems changes that would result in the duplicate transactions cardholders are reporting.” We are also not aware of any other merchants who are experiencing this issue.”

Tesla Model X Police Car Will Sneak Up On Perps In A Hurry

Tesla Model X police car will sneak up on perps in a hurryAndrew Krok / CNET - 7 hours ago
  • To mark the one and only 359th episode of The 3:59 podcast, we decided to put together a marathon episode for all our awesome fans.
  • Blockchain Decoded:  CNET looks at the tech powering bitcoin -- and soon, too, a myriad of services that will change your life.The Smartest Stuff: Innovators are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter.
  • This isn't the normal OPP that you are supposed to be down with, but given that it's a police department, a positive working relationship wouldn't hurt.
  • Ontario Provincial Police

Twitter Is Killing Its Twitter For Mac Desktop Client

Twitter is killing its Twitter for Mac desktop clientTaylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch - 8 hours ago
  • On Friday, Twitter announced that it would abandon its lesser-loved Mac app, directing users to instead.
  • Over the years, Twitter has often seen its own official app eclipsed by slicker, more feature-rich third-party clients, which it sometimes buys up.
  • Many Twitter users are expressing their concerns that the company could similarly sunset TweetDeck, a well-loved client with multi-column organization, list-making tools and robust notifications that the company acquired for $40 million back in 2011.
  • While most people aren’t likely to mourn the passing of Twitter for Mac, the choice does highlight the gaping hole where a solid multi-platform client should go.

SaltStack’s $15.5M Series A Funding Round Is Largest Ever For An IT Automation Firm

SaltStack’s $15.5M Series A funding round is largest ever for an IT automation firmPaul Gillin / SiliconANGLE - 9 hours ago
  • Information technology infrastructure automation vendor SaltStack Inc.
  • At $15.5 million, the infusion dwarfs the $2 million and $2.5 million raised by competitors Puppet Inc.
  • IT automation has been an essential driver of both the big data and cloud computing markets since.
  • Chief Executive Marc Chenn (pictured) said that feature makes SaltStack a particularly strong choice for security-conscious organizations.

PayPal, YouTube, Facebook Used To Sway US Politics

PayPal, YouTube, Facebook used to sway US politics CNBC - 9 hours ago
  • Scouting for enemy submarines may soon be done by an autonomous ship.
  • The 132-foot Sea Hunter has been in development since 2012 and cost $20 million to build.
  • The groups created social media movements including United Muslims of America, Army of Jesus, Blacktivist, South United, and Heart of Texas, with a goal of undermining democracy as a whole, according to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
  • "Defendants and their co-conspirators used false U.S.

Worldpay And Visa Reversing Duplicate Transactions For Coinbase Users

Worldpay and Visa reversing duplicate transactions for Coinbase users CNBC - 10 hours ago
  • Payments processors Worldpay and Visa said Friday they are reversing duplicate transactions that recently caused unauthorized withdrawals for some users of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase.
  • "Worldpay and Coinbase have been working with Visa and Visa issuing banks to ensure that duplicate transactions have been reversed and appropriate credits have been posted to cardholder accounts," the two payments processors said in a joint statement published Friday evening New York time on Coinbase's Medium blog."This issue was not caused by Coinbase."
  • The statement added that all reversal transactions should appear on customers' accounts in the next few days, and that the majority should already have posted.
  • Visa and Worldpay confirmed the statement to CNBC.

Twilio Will Soon Launch Flex, A Dedicated Contact Center Solution

Twilio will soon launch Flex, a dedicated contact center solutionFrederic Lardinois / TechCrunch - 11 hours ago
  • Twilio’s Engagement Cloud, its suite of products for building new customer experiences, is about to get a new feature, TechCrunch has learned.
  • With the launch of this product, Twilio could potentially be going up against some of its current customers who are selling contact center solutions to enterprises.
  • Until now, Twilio positioned its various APIs as the building blocks for developing new contact center solutions.
  • Our understanding is that Twilio Flex, as the service is currently called (though that could change in the time leading up to the launch date), will follow in the footsteps of most of the company’s products in that it will put an emphasis on the developer experience.

Amazon-exclusive Essential Phone Features Alexa Built-in

Amazon-exclusive Essential Phone features Alexa built-inAdam Westlake / SlashGear - 11 hours ago
  • It’s only been a day since Essential announced three new limited edition color options for its flagship PH-1 phone, but it turns out Andy Rubin’s startup has one more surprise to add to the mix.
  • The biggest addition to the Halo Gray Essential Phone is that it comes with Amazon’s smart assistant Alexa already installed on the device.
  • You might be asking why one would buy the Essential Phone from Amazon if they’re not at all interested in Alexa.
  • The Halo Gray design is admittedly similar to the new Stellar Gray limited edition option, pairing the same matte black ceramic with a lighter shade of titanium for the metal frame.

VR Design Tool ‘Gravity Sketch’ Raises $1.7 Million With Participation From Wacom

VR Design Tool ‘Gravity Sketch’ Raises $1.7 Million With Participation from WacomBen Lang / Road To VR - 12 hours ago
  • Gravity Sketch, a concepting & design tool made for VR, has raised $1.7 million in venture capital.
  • Gravity Sketch, which allows VR users to quickly and easily sketch out 3D industrial design concepts, today announced that the company has raised a $1.7 million seed investment, according to UKTN.
  • Wacom is a leading provider of digital design hardware, best known for its high-precision graphics tablets and similar touch & stylus input technology; it’s a big name in the design space, and a strong vote of confidence for Gravity Sketch.
  • The Gravity Sketch app launched in Early Access on Steam back in August of 2017.

SwiftKey Beta V6.7.8 Appears To Fix Annoying Bug When Typing In Comment Forms Like Disqus In Chrome

SwiftKey Beta v6.7.8 appears to fix annoying bug when typing in comment forms like Disqus in ChromeJason Hahn / Android Police - 12 hours ago

Pixel 2 Owners Report Warm Temps, Low Battery Life After Update

Pixel 2 owners report warm temps, low battery life after updateBrittany A. Roston / SlashGear - 13 hours ago
  • Following a recent software update, some Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners are reporting issues with warm phones and decreased battery life.
  • Not all Pixel 2 / 2 XL handset owners are reporting these issues following the software update released earlier this month.
  • In addition to the warmer temps, many Pixel 2 handset owners are reporting decreased battery life, some saying it is now “terrible” after the updates, others seemingly with less severe impacts.
  • It’s hard to tell how many users may be impacted, but the number of complaints and reports have reached a high enough level that it seems safe to say there many be an issue at play rather than post-update paranoia.

New Studies Zero In On Roots Of Depression And Why Ketamine Reverses It

New studies zero in on roots of depression and why ketamine reverses itJohn Timmer / Ars Technica - 13 hours ago
  • While we have a number of treatments available for clinical depression, many of them have a significant side effects, and a lot of people struggle to find a drug that they respond to.
  • In that light, it came as a bit of a shock when we discovered a drug we'd been using recreationally and for anesthesia could lift the symptoms of depression in less than 24 hours.
  • But there's been significant progress in unravelling the confusion over ketamine, with researchers identifying a ketamine derivative that tackles depression with far fewer side effects.
  • The new studies rely on the work of a number of other labs, which have identified a specific structure deep in the brain that's associated with depression.

Twitch Detoxes Chat By Splitting It Into Separate Rooms

Twitch detoxes chat by splitting it into separate rooms Rachel Kaser / The Next Web - 14 hours ago

‘Black Panther,’ Afrofuturism Reclaim The Black Experience

‘Black Panther,’ Afrofuturism reclaim the black experienceCharlotte ML Bailey / CNET - 14 hours ago
  • There's a secret at the heart of Marvel's superhero adventure "Black Panther": the African nation of Wakanda, bursting with advanced technology and hidden from the world.Afrofuturist icon Janelle Monae at the Los Angeles world premiere of "Black Panther" in January.
  • But that's not the only thing this Afrofuturist epic uncovers.
  • "Black Panther" star Chadwick Boseman, who plays T'Challa, said he expressly thought about how he should approach his accent as Wakanda's king from a purely African perspective."He's the ruler of a nation," Boseman told CNET in a November interview.
  • Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios 2018

Telegram Has Raised An Initial $850M For Its Billion-dollar ICO

Telegram has raised an initial $850M for its billion-dollar ICOJon Russell / TechCrunch - 15 hours ago
  • It looks like Telegram’s billion-dollar ICO has reached its first milestone after the chat app company raised an initial $850 million, according to a filing.
  • A document submitted to the SEC earlier this week states that the money was raised “for the development of the TON Blockchain, the development and maintenance of Telegram Messenger and the other purposes.” The security is described as “purchase agreements for cryptocurrency” and the filing is signed by Telegram CEO Pavel Durov.
  • This initial sum is most likely the pre-sale stage of the ICO which, as TechCrunch reported on extensively last month, was targeted at venture capital firms and top figures in the investment community who were given deep discounts to buy Telegram’s Gram token.
  • Telegram initially planned to raise a further $600 million to develop its TON project via a public sale that starts in March, according to documents seen by TechCrunch, but it remains to be seen whether that figure will be adjusted.

How China Spied On The African Union Via Donated Computers

How China spied on the African Union via donated computers iAfrikan News / The Next Web - 15 hours ago
  • For a period of 5 years, China continued to spy on all electronic communications at the African Union’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • This is according to an investigation conducted by Le Monde which has gone on to reveal how the Chinese, who donated and built the new AU headquarters in Adis Ababa, fitted the building with hidden microphones and transferred data every night from the AU’s data center to their servers in Shanghai.
  • In January 2012, the new AU headquarters in Addis Ababa built and equipped by the Chinese government were opened.
  • Almost exactly five years later after the new headquarters were opened, in January 2017, it has been revealed that the IT team at the AU headquarters discovered that their network was transmitting unusually large amounts of traffic after midnight, daily.