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Microsoft Is Putting the Sexy Into Unsexy Software

SlashDot - 37 min 17 sec ago
Microsoft's redesigned SharePoint platform is proof that Microsoft is serious about making their software more stylish. "It's colorful, pretty, and makes SharePoint seem sexy instead of the boring corporate intranet website that most people associate it with," writes The Verge's Tom Warren, in response to Microsoft's latest sizzle video all about SharePoint "innovations." From the report: Microsoft's video also contains the bubbles that form part of the new SharePoint logo -- part of a broader revamp of the company's Office icons that are rolling out right now. It also includes a bunch of Microsoft's Fluent Design elements that form part of the company's big push towards open design internally. So why did Microsoft make such a flashy video for SharePoint? The company held a SharePoint conference earlier this week and launched a new SharePoint home sites feature. It's a new landing site for a business' intranet that combines news, events, content, video, and even conversations. SharePoint is used by businesses to encourage collaboration, and these new home sites look like a far more modern way to achieve that. Warren notes that Microsoft's newly unveiled Windows Terminal also had a sizzle video that promoted the new design.

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IndyCar to mandate Aeroscreen cockpit protection for 2020 season - Roadshow

CNET News - 47 min 26 sec ago
IndyCar has finally approved a new cockpit protection system that it feels won't negatively impact the look of the racecars.

Millions of financial records exposed on First American website, report says - CNET

CNET News - 49 min 4 sec ago
The title insurance company didn't require a password to view the pages, according to security expert Brian Krebs.

Yet another reason why the 2020 iPhone may be worth the wait - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 6 min ago
Apple’s most recent patent filing reveals plans to beef up Touch ID and bring it back to the iPhone in 2020, plus the most important updated to Apple’s new MacBooks.

Zuckerberg Met With Winklevoss Twins About Facebook Developing Cryptocurrency, Report Says

SlashDot - 1 hour 17 min ago
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly met with Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss to discuss the company's plans to launch its own cryptocurrency. "The Financial Times reported Thursday that Zuckerberg met with the Winklevoss twins and executives with Coinbase, a popular online cryptocurrency exchange, as the company considers partnering with the company and others such as Gemini, the exchange founded by the Winklevoss brothers," reports The Hill. From the report: Zuckerberg's past legal conflict with the twins was one of the defining plot points of "The Social Network," the Academy Award-winning movie based on Zuckerberg's rise to power as Facebook's founder. The two brothers claimed in legal proceedings to have come up with the original idea for Facebook while students at Harvard with Zuckerberg. At Facebook's developer conference in April, Zuckerberg indicated that he was interested in Facebook becoming a tool for sending money quickly, a feature that would be a core part of the company's entrance into the cryptocurrency realm. "When I think about all the different ways that people interact privately, I think payments is one of the areas where we have an opportunity to make it a lot easier," he said at the conference, according to CNBC. "I believe it should be as easy to send money to someone as it is to send a photo," he reportedly added last month.

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Comcast will launch Hitz, an on-demand movie service - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 39 min ago
The commercial-free service will replace Cinemax in some packages when it rolls out in July.

Thoughtful Father’s Day gifts in 2019 - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 39 min ago
Perfect presents to give Dad this Father’s Day.

Chinese chip giant delists from NYSE following Huawei ban - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 40 min ago
China's largest chipmaker, SMIC, has decided to delist from the New York Stock Exchange.

Uber's first employee Ryan Graves steps down from board of directors - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 46 min ago
Just two weeks after the ride-hailing company went public, it's board is getting a shakeup.

First American Financial Corp. Leaked 885 Million Sensitive Title Insurance Records

SlashDot - 1 hour 57 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Krebs on Security: The Web site for Fortune 500 real estate title insurance giant First American Financial Corp. leaked hundreds of millions of documents related to mortgage deals going back to 2003, until notified this week by KrebsOnSecurity. The digitized records -- including bank account numbers and statements, mortgage and tax records, Social Security numbers, wire transaction receipts, and drivers license images -- were available without authentication to anyone with a Web browser. Santa Ana, Calif.-based First American is a leading provider of title insurance and settlement services to the real estate and mortgage industries. It employs some 18,000 people and brought in more than $5.7 billion in 2018. Earlier this week, KrebsOnSecurity was contacted by a real estate developer in Washington state who said he'd had little luck getting a response from the company about what he found, which was that a portion of its Web site ( was leaking tens if not hundreds of millions of records. He said anyone who knew the URL for a valid document at the Web site could view other documents just by modifying a single digit in the link. And this would potentially include anyone who's ever been sent a document link via email by First American. KrebsOnSecurity confirmed the real estate developer's findings, which indicate that First American's Web site exposed approximately 885 million files, the earliest dating back more than 16 years. No authentication was required to read the documents. "As of the morning of May 24, was returning documents up to the present day (885,000,000+), including many PDFs and post-dated forms for upcoming real estate closings," Krebs adds. "By 2 p.m. ET Friday, the company had disabled the site that served the records. It's not yet clear how long the site remained in its promiscuous state." A spokesperson for the company issued the following statement: "First American has learned of a design defect in an application that made possible unauthorized access to customer data. At First American, security, privacy and confidentiality are of the highest priority and we are committed to protecting our customers' information. The company took immediate action to address the situation and shut down external access to the application. We are currently evaluating what effect, if any, this had on the security of customer information. We will have no further comment until our internal review is completed."

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Amazon files patent to record before you say 'Alexa' - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 21 min ago
Amazon is looking to capture and process "portions of a spoken utterance command that may occur before a wake word."

Apple reportedly buys asthma-monitoring startup

Engadget - 2 hours 27 min ago
Apple has snapped up a company called Tueo Health, which was working on an app to help parents monitor asthma symptoms of their sleeping kids, according to CNBC. The startup's CEO and chief operating officer switched their employer to Apple on Linked...

Apple's 2020 iPhones could have full-screen Touch ID - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 28 min ago
Apple's smartphones could also come with OLED screens from LG by next year, a report says.

Hackers Breach Company That Makes License Plate Readers for US Government

SlashDot - 2 hours 37 min ago
Hackers breached a company that provides license plate reader technology for the US government, including at the border with Mexico. From a report: The hackers posted what appears to be the internal data of the company, called Perceptics, on a dark web website on Thursday. A company employee confirmed to Motherboard that Perceptics was hacked. "We are aware of the breach and have notified our customers. We can't comment any further because it is an ongoing legal investigation," Casey Self, director of marketing for Perceptics said in an online message. The Register first reported the news on Thursday. The data appears to include a variety of databases, company documents, and financial information, according to the file directory giving an overview of the stolen material. Boris Bullet-Dodger, the hacker who listed the data online, contacted Motherboard with a link to the stolen data on Thursday. Perceptics, once a subsidiary of major government contractor Northrop Grumman, mainly distributes license plate readers, under-vehicle cameras, and driver cameras to the U.S., Canada, Mexico to place at border crossings.

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Snapchat might follow Instagram by letting you add music - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 41 min ago
The company is reportedly working with major record labels for rights to their catalogs.

Every Xbox One title will be playable on Project xCloud

Engadget - 2 hours 57 min ago
A major selling point for Xbox One is its broad backward compatibility with an array of Xbox and Xbox One games, giving it an enormous library of more than 3,500 titles. When Project xCloud debuts, it'll be capable of streaming any of those games out...

An Algorithm May Decide Who Gets Suicide Prevention

SlashDot - 3 hours 16 min ago
An algorithm, it seems, could determine, in some cases, who gets shown lifesaving information, and who doesn't. From a report: The researchers behind the New Media & Society paper set out to understand this odd quirk of Google's algorithm, and to find out why the company seemed to be serving some markets better than others. They developed a list of 28 keywords and phrases related to suicide, Sebastian Scherr at the University of Leuven says, and worked with nine researchers from different countries who accurately translated those terms into their own languages. For 21 days, they conducted millions of automated searches for these phrases, and kept track of whether hotline information showed up or not. They thought these results might simply, logically, show up in countries with higher suicide rates, but the opposite was true. Users in South Korea, which has one of the world's highest suicide rates, were only served the advice box about 20% of the time. They tested different browser histories (some completely clean, some full of suicide-related topics), with computers old and new, and tested searches in 11 different countries. It didn't seem to matter: the advice box was simply much more likely to be shown to people using Google in the English language, particularly in English-speaking countries (though not in Canada, which Scherr speculates was probably down to geographical rollout). "If you're in an English-speaking country, you have over a 90% chance of seeing these results -- but Google operates differently depending on which language you use," he said. Scherr speculates that using keywords may simply have been the easiest way to implement the project, but adds that it wouldn't take much to offer it more effectively in other countries, too. A Google spokesperson, who asked not to be quoted directly, said that the company is refining these algorithms. The advice boxes require the cooperation of local organizations which may not always be available, they said, but that relevant resources will still show up in regular search results. Google said the service does not have comprehensive global coverage, and while it is actively working on new languages and locations, rolling that out takes time.

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Facebook's FTC settlement delayed by political infighting, report says - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 21 min ago
And you thought Congress was bad. Apparently Democrats and Republicans on the FTC can't agree on a potentially $5 billion deal over Facebook's privacy breaches.

Google Stadia will share game titles, pricing, launch info this summer - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 23 min ago
The game-streaming service works on a variety of devices.