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Don't let blackouts stop you with up to 35% off UPS systems today only at Amazon - CNET

CNET News - 9 min 2 sec ago
Save over $100 on an "uninterruptible power supply" system that can power your PC, console and even your WiFi through a power outage.

An OpenSea Bug Let Attackers Snatch NFTs from Owners at Six-figure Discounts

SlashDot - 14 min 30 sec ago
A bug in OpenSea, the popular NFT marketplace, has let hackers buy rare NFTs for well below market value, in some cases leading to hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses for the original owners -- and hundreds of thousands of dollars in profits for the apparent thieves. From a report: The bug appears to have been present for weeks and seems to be referenced in at least one tweet from January 1st, 2022. But exploitation of the bug has picked up significantly in the past day: blockchain analytics company Elliptic reported that in a 12-hour stretch before the morning of January 24th, it was exploited at least eight times to "steal" NFTs with a market value of over $1 million. One of the NFTs, Bored Ape Yacht Club #9991, was purchased using the exploit technique for 0.77 ETH ($1,760) and quickly resold for 84.2 ETH ($192,400), netting the attacker a profit of more than $190,000. An Ethereum address linked to the reseller had received more than 400 ETH ($904,000) in payouts from OpenSea in the same 12-hour period. "It's a subjective thing whether you consider this to be a loophole or a bug, but the fact is that people are being forced into sales at a price they wouldn't otherwise have accepted right now," said Tom Robinson, chief scientist and co-founder of Elliptic. According to a Twitter thread by software developer Rotem Yakir, the bug is caused by a mismatch between the information available in NFT smart contracts and the information presented by OpenSea's user interface. Essentially, the attackers are taking advantage of old contracts that persist on the blockchain but are no longer present in the view provided by the OpenSea application.

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How to remove permanent mounting tape - CNET

CNET News - 35 min 30 sec ago
The stuff that mounts so many car accessories is easy to remove -- if you know the insider secrets.

Meta has a giant new AI supercomputer to shape the metaverse - CNET

CNET News - 47 min 23 sec ago
The company's RSC has comparable horsepower to the world's fifth fastest general-purpose supercomputer.

Apple Fined $5.6M After Dutch Dating App Antitrust Order

SlashDot - 59 min 30 sec ago
The Netherlands' competition authority has fined Apple $5.6 million for failing to comply with conditions in an order requiring it to allow local dating apps to make user of third party payment technology in their apps. From a report: The tech giant could be on the hook for another $5.6 million fine next week if it doesn't meet the regulatory requirement by then, and each week thereafter for a couple more months -- up to a maximum of $56 million in relation to this particular order. The fine relates to an order made by Dutch watchdog, the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), last year -- which found Apple in breach of antitrust rules and ordered it to adjust the conditions it imposes on dating app providers. At specific antitrust issue are App Store terms mandating the use of Apple's own in-app payment infrastructure (aka the IAP API) for any sales of digital content, via which the tech giant extracts a commission. Apple's terms also ban the use of alternative payment systems by dating apps. The regulator also took issue with Apple banning dating apps from referring to other payment methods in their apps. The ACM said today that Apple has failed to satisfy its conditions and must make amendments to bring the rules for dating apps in line with its order.

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Record number of data breaches reported in 2021, report says - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 30 sec ago
The Identity Theft Resource Center's annual report shows that the number rose 68 percent last year.

Try a Tesla Model 3 before you buy with Autonomy subscription service - Roadshow

CNET News - 1 hour 35 min ago
The founder of TrueCar has a new business, and it's about putting people into flexible terms with a Model 3.

AT&T brings 5-gig fiber internet speeds to more than 70 cities - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 42 min ago
Starting today, AT&T fiber customers in LA, Atlanta, Dallas and more than 70 other metro regions can connect at speeds of up to 5 gigabits per second.

Get crafty and make a Valentine's Day gift with 40% off at JoAnn - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 43 min ago
There's decor, entertaining essentials and even crafts to make this day special.

Julian Assange Wins Right To Seek Appeal Against Extradition To the US

SlashDot - 1 hour 43 min ago
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange scored a small win in court in London on Monday, when a judge granted him the right to appeal to the UK's Supreme Court over his extradition to the US. From a report: The High Court ruled that Assange has points that Supreme Court justices may want to consider ahead of the UK extraditing him. Assange will now petition the UK's Supreme Court for a hearing, but there is no guarantee his request will be granted. As his case proceeds through the courts, his extradition will continue to be stalled and Assange will remain in Belmarsh Prison, where' has been held since leaving the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2019. "Today we won -- but Julian continues to suffer," said Stella Moris, Assange's fiancee, speaking outside the court on Monday. "Julian must be freed." Monday's decision follows a ruling by a High Court judge in December granting the US permission to go through with the extradition. It overturned a previous decision by a District Court judge that blocked Assange's extradition on mental health grounds. The WikiLeaks founder has raised a legal question about the circumstances in which the High Court received assurances from the US over the treatment he would receive in prison.

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Save big on TCL 4K TVs, headphones and much more during Best Buy's 24-hour Flash Sale - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 30 sec ago
These deals won't be around for long, so be sure to jump on them while you can.

Bitcoin at roughly half its peak as crypto markets tumble - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 2 min ago
The digital coin drops below $34,000 as the US Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates.

Google sued by multiple states over how it handles your location data - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 3 min ago
It's a bipartisan push from Washington DC, Indiana, Texas, and Washington state.

Ford Maverick orders close completely due to 'overwhelming' demand - Roadshow

CNET News - 2 hours 4 min ago
Ford confirmed it won't be taking an order for any Maverick configuration until this coming summer.

Facebook Promised Free Internet Access, but Users Got Charged Anyway

SlashDot - 2 hours 21 min ago
Facebook says it's helping millions of the world's poorest people get online through apps and services that allow them to use internet data free. Internal company documents show that many of these people end up being charged in amounts that collectively add up to an estimated millions of dollars a month. WSJ: To attract new users, Facebook made deals with cellular carriers in countries including Pakistan, Indonesia and the Philippines to let low-income people use a limited version of Facebook and browse some other websites without data charges. Many of the users have inexpensive cellphone plans that cost just a few dollars a month, often prepaid, for phone service and a small amount of internet data. Because of software problems at Facebook, which it has known about and failed to correct for months, people using the apps in free mode are getting unexpectedly charged by local cellular carriers for using data. In many cases they only discover this when their prepaid plans are drained of funds. In internal documents, employees of Facebook parent Meta Platforms acknowledge this is a problem. Charging people for services Facebook says are free "breaches our transparency principle," an employee wrote in an October memo. In the year ended July 2021, charges made by the cellular carriers to users of Facebook's free-data products grew to an estimated total of $7.8 million a month, when purchasing power adjustments were made, from about $1.3 million a year earlier, according to a Facebook document. Facebook calls the problem "leakage," since paid services are leaking into the free apps and services. It defines leakage in internal documents as, "When users are in Free Mode and believe that the data they are using is being covered by their carrier networks, even though these users are actually paying for the data themselves."

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Nab 20% off beauty products at Ulta Beauty - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 32 min ago
This deal gives you more beauty for less for the rest of the week.

Save over $100 on one of our top pairs of Sony noise-canceling headphones - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 33 min ago
The Sony WH-XB910Ns are an excellent midrange pair of noise-canceling headphones, and today only you can pick them up for nearly half off at Amazon.

$130 Billion Wiped Off Crypto Markets in 24 Hours

SlashDot - 2 hours 46 min ago
The cryptocurrency market had around $130 billion wiped off its value over the last 24 hours as major digital coins continued their multi-day sell-off. From a report: Bitcoin was last down around 4% at $33,755.57, according to Coin Metrics, while Ether plunged 7% to $2,239.08. Earlier in the morning both fell to their lowest points since July and are each about 50% off their all-time highs. Cryptocurrencies are moving in tandem with stocks, which have continued to fall since the beginning of the year and just came off of their worst week since March 2020. Investors have been selling risk assets like technology stocks as they prepare for tighter monetary policy from the U.S. Federal Reserve and higher interest rates. "Looking forward, our most immediate concern is how equities markets respond to this week's Fed meeting," said Leah Wald, CEO at digital asset investment manager Valkyrie Funds. "A consolidation in traditional assets would catalyze a potential recovery in bitcoin, ether and other altcoins. Realistically, though, digital asset traders tend to be willing to take on more risk than traders in other asset classes, so we do expect some volatility in the coming days and weeks."

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Acer brings taller, larger displays to its line of Chromebooks for education - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 47 min ago
The four new models are built to mil-spec standards and made using recycled materials.

Pokemon Go Regice guide: Best counters, weaknesses and moves - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 47 min ago
The legendary ice Pokemon is back until Feb. 1.