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FTC reportedly probing TripAdvisor for deleting rape reports - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-11-21 21:02
The travel recommendation site was found to be censoring reports of rape and assault from users' reviews of resorts.

Apple buys the creator of a 'seamless' mixed reality headset

Engadget - Tue, 2017-11-21 20:48
Those rumors of Apple making an augmented reality headset just got a little more fuel. TechCrunch sources say that Apple has acquired VRvana, a startup that crowdfunded (but hasn't shipped) a unique camera-based AR and VR headset, the Totem. Unlike...

Ask Slashdot: How Are So Many Security Vulnerabilities Possible?

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-11-21 20:30
dryriver writes: It seems like not a day goes by on Slashdot and elsewhere on the intertubes that you don't read a story headline reading "Company_Name Product_Name Has Critical Vulnerability That Allows Hackers To Description_Of_Bad_Things_Vulnerability_Allows_To_Happen." A lot of it is big brand products as well. How, in the 21st century, is this possible, and with such frequency? Is software running on electronic hardware invariably open to hacking if someone just tries long and hard enough? Or are the product manufacturers simply careless or cutting corners in their product designs? If you create something that communicates with other things electronically, is there no way at all to ensure that the device is practically unhackable?

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Uber Hacked, Kept it Secret for a Year

PCMag News - Tue, 2017-11-21 20:04
Uber reportedly paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the stolen data and keep quiet about it.

Steam tweaks community reviews to fight spam

Engadget - Tue, 2017-11-21 19:57
Valve has known that its platform Steam, the biggest marketplace for PC titles, has had a review problem for years. Groups of users abuse a game's rating by 'review bombing' them, propping up negative feedback with far more 'this was helpful' votes t...

Sacramento Regional Transit Systems Hit By Hacker

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-11-21 19:50
Zorro shares a report from CBS Local: Sacramento Regional Transit is the one being taken for a ride on this night, by a computer hacker. That hacker forced RT to halt its operating systems that take credit card payments, and assigns buses and trains to their routes. The local transit agency alerted federal agents following an attack on their computers that riders may not have noticed Monday. "We actually had the hackers get into our system, and systematically start erasing programs and data," Deputy General Manager Mark Lonergan. Inside RT's headquarters, computer systems were taken down after the hacker deleted 30 million files. The hacker also demanded a ransom in bitcoin, and left a message on the RT website reading "I'm sorry to modify the home page, I'm good hacker, I just want to help you fix these vulnerability."

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Facebook still allowing discriminatory housing ads - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-11-21 19:18
The social network pledged to fix the problem last year. But its ad platform can still be abused.

FCC Will Also Order States To Scrap Plans For Their Own Net Neutrality Laws

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-11-21 19:10
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In addition to ditching its own net neutrality rules, the Federal Communications Commission also plans to tell state and local governments that they cannot impose local laws regulating broadband service. This detail was revealed by senior FCC officials in a phone briefing with reporters today, and it is a victory for broadband providers that asked for widespread preemption of state laws. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's proposed order finds that state and local laws must be preempted if they conflict with the U.S. government's policy of deregulating broadband Internet service, FCC officials said. The FCC will vote on the order at its December 14 meeting. It isn't clear yet exactly how extensive the preemption will be. Preemption would clearly prevent states from imposing net neutrality laws similar to the ones being repealed by the FCC, but it could also prevent state laws related to the privacy of Internet users or other consumer protections. Pai's staff said that states and other localities do not have jurisdiction over broadband because it is an interstate service and that it would subvert federal policy for states and localities to impose their own rules.

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First observed interstellar object is a speedy, cigar-shaped asteroid

Engadget - Tue, 2017-11-21 19:09
Last month, astronomers running the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii spotted an intriguing object moving through our solar system and it became clear pretty quickly that the object, whether it was a comet or an asteroid, had come from outside of our...

New York AG blasts FCC for refusing to help fight net neutrality spam

Engadget - Tue, 2017-11-21 18:34
Were you frustrated that the FCC did nothing to look into bots flooding its public comment system with anti-net neutrality spam before deciding to kill net neutrality? So was New York. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has posted an open lette...

Uber Fined $8.9 Million In Colorado For Allowing Drivers With Felonies, Motor Violations To Work

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-11-21 18:30
Uber has been fined by a Colorado regulator on Monday for nearly $9 million, after an investigation revealed that 57 people with criminal and motor vehicle offenses were allowed to drive with the ride-hailing company. Jalopnik reports: States across the U.S. have been considering laws to require additional background checks for individuals who drive for Uber and competitors like Lyft. In Colorado, the state's Public Utilities Commission investigated the company's drivers after an incident this past March, reported The Denver Post, when a driver dragged a passenger out of a car and kicked them in the face. The commission said it found 57 drivers had issues that should've disqualified them from driving for Uber, including felony convictions for driving under the influence and reckless driving, while others had revoked, suspended or canceled licenses. A similar investigation was conducted on Lyft, the Post reported, but no violations were revealed. An Uber spokesperson said the situation stems from a "process error" that was "inconsistent with Colorado's ridesharing regulations." The spokesperson said Uber "proactively notified" the commission. "This error affected a small number of drivers and we immediately took corrective action," the company said in a statement to the Post. "Per Uber safety policies and Colorado state regulations, drivers with access to the Uber app must undergo a nationally accredited third-party background screening. We will continue to work closely with the CPUC to enable access to safe, reliable transportation options for all Coloradans."

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HP Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman To Step Down

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-11-21 18:10
Hewlett Packard Enterprise's Meg Whitman is stepping down as chief executive officer. Reuters reports: Whitman engineered the biggest breakup in corporate history during her 6 year tenure at the helm, creating HPE and PC-and-printer business HP Inc from parent Hewlett Packard Co in 2015. Whitman will be succeeded by the company's president, Antonio Neri, who takes over from Feb. 1. "Now is the right time for Antonio and a new generation of leaders to take the reins of HPE," Whitman said in a statement. Whitman, who will continue as a board member, had been steering the company towards areas such as networking, storage and technology services.

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Best Black Friday deals for home audio 2017 - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-11-21 18:06
Whether you're looking for a good deal on a receiver, speakers or one of those high-tech voice assistants, these are the best Black Friday audio specials we've found.

MIT's DIY muon detector sniffs out cosmic particles

Engadget - Tue, 2017-11-21 18:02
Scientists at MIT have designed a pocket-sized muon detector that can be easily made with common electrical parts, meaning anyone can kit themselves out with legitimately-functional Ghostbusters-esque gear for less than $100. The device detects the c...

Uber hid data breach of 57 million users, drivers - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-11-21 17:51
New Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says the breach happened in October 2016.

Uber Concealed Cyberattack That Exposed 57 Million People's Data

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-11-21 17:50
According to Bloomberg, hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber. The massive breach was reportedly concealed by the company for more than a year. From the report: Compromised data from the October 2016 attack included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world, the company told Bloomberg on Tuesday. The personal information of about 7 million drivers were accessed as well, including some 600,000 U.S. driver's license numbers. No Social Security numbers, credit card details, trip location info or other data were taken, Uber said. At the time of the incident, Uber was negotiating with U.S. regulators investigating separate claims of privacy violations. Uber now says it had a legal obligation to report the hack to regulators and to drivers whose license numbers were taken. Instead, the company paid hackers $100,000 to delete the data and keep the breach quiet. Uber said it believes the information was never used but declined to disclose the identities of the attackers. Here's how the hack went down: Two attackers accessed a private GitHub coding site used by Uber software engineers and then used login credentials they obtained there to access data stored on an Amazon Web Services account that handled computing tasks for the company. From there, the hackers discovered an archive of rider and driver information. Later, they emailed Uber asking for money, according to the company.

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Meg Whitman will leave HP CEO job early next year - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-11-21 17:48
In July, she tweeted "I am not going anywhere."

Uber hid data breach that exposed info for 57 million users

Engadget - Tue, 2017-11-21 17:42
Uber's new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has inherited yet another scandal from Travis Kalanick. The ridesharing firm has revealed to Bloomberg that it hid an extortion-oriented cyberattack which exposed the personal info for roughly 57 million customers an...

Read 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' script online for free - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-11-21 17:24
Groot's "death button" scene is just as funny when you read it as when you watch it on screen.

EA patches 'Star Wars Battlefront II' to address technical issues

Engadget - Tue, 2017-11-21 17:21
EA has faced a Star Destroyer's worth of trouble over the just-released Star Wars Battlefront II, most notably the backlash over the micro transactions that were panned as too expensive while also encouraging a pay-to-win vibe. EA subsequently pulled...