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New malware masquerades as a ride-sharing app

An update to the venerable Faketoken.q Android malware has made it easier for the program to steal your credit card information from ride-sharing apps. Faketoken attacks Russian ride-sharing apps by overlaying text boxes on the credit card information pages that can capture your credit number and other important information. Kaspersky writes: After getting onto a smartphone (judging by the Read More

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Early-bird Disrupt SF ticket savings extended by one week

Want to attend Disrupt SF 2017 but missed the early-bird ticket deadline? You‘re in luck! We‘re giving you one extra week to get your hands on these deeply discounted Disrupt tickets, so you now have until Friday, August 25 to secure your spot at the best startup show in San Francisco. Read More

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YouTube starts delivering ‘breaking news‘ on its homepage across platforms

YouTube has started rolling out a Breaking News section in people‘s feeds today across platforms as Alphabet continues to tailor custom content playlists to users logged into Google Accounts,Android Police reports. For most, YouTube is a place to hop from one video to the next and descend down rabbit holes, but browsing anything like a feed has become less Read More

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Tracking viewer responses to media, Cinemmerse wants to set the stage for ‘responsive‘ entertainment

Wendy Dent has a dream. The Australian founder, chief executive and sole employee of Cinemmerse wants to change the way folks think about how they watch everything from advertisements to art films. She‘s created Cinnemerse, a website and an app that tracks viewers‘ emotional response to what they‘re watching by monitoring their vital signs through the Apple Read More

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This 3D-printed robotic arm is built for sign language

While we usually see robotics applied to industrial or research applications, there are plenty of ways they could help in everyday life as well: an autonomous guide for blind people, for instance, or a kitchen bot that helps disabled folks cook. Or and this one is real a robot arm that can perform rudimentary sign language. Read More

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bxblue wants to move payroll-secured loans online in Brazil

Payroll-secured loans are a 40 billion a year business in Brazil, but that business largely happens offline. A startup in Y Combinator calledbxbluewants to change that, by creating a marketplace for borrowers to evaluate multiple loan options all in one place. Read More

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A ‘bug‘ that let a 500 password cracking box open up iPhones is patched as of iOS 11

Apple confirmed that the behavior that lets a 500 box crack an iPhone 7 passcode will be patched out of the final version of iOS 11 that‘s due this fall. It‘s also patched under iOS 11 beta 4, if you‘re running that. Read More

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A Tesla owner shows his 97-year-old Grandpa a car from the future

Zac Carmi showed his 97-year-old grandfather his Tesla. His grandpa was pretty impressed. You can watch video of the adorable interaction below. In what could be some of the cutest footage of a lovable grandpa discovering the future ever, Carmi loads his grandpa into the car and accelerates. Grandpa, obviously, says that you need a parachute to drive this thing. Tech folks Read More

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A ‘bug‘ that let a 500 password cracking box open up iPhone 7 is patched as of iOS 11

Apple confirmed that the behavior that lets a 500 box crack‘ an iPhone 7 passcode will be patched out of the final version of iOS 11 that‘s due this fall. It‘s also patched under iOS 11 beta 4, if you‘re running that. Read More

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NBC‘s Snapchat news show gains 29+ million viewers in its first month

NBC News‘ first-ever daily show for Snapchat is seeing promising numbers after its first month on the air. In a release sent to reporters this morning, NBCU claims the show has grown its audience to over 29 million unique viewers. That‘s roughly triple the number of viewers who tune into the top-rated NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt program, by the way. But Read More

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Rapportive founder‘s new startup Superhuman is what Gmail would be if built today

Reinventing the email experience is an area numerous startups have tried to tackle over the years, with some apps focused more on triage, others on making a better desktop alternative to Outlook, and still more aiming to re-envision email as a mobile-first product, among other ideas. A new startup called Superhuman, from the founder of Gmail add-on Rapportive acquired in 2012 by LinkedIn, Read More

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Target won‘t be adding Hampton Creek products back on its shelves

Despite clearance from the Food and Drug Administration earlier this month, Target has decided to terminate its relationship with beleaguered food startup Hampton Creek. Target pulled all 20 Hampton Creek products from its shelves two months ago, including its original Just Mayo eggless mayonnaise spread and held an internal review of the startup after it was notified of Read More

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Google brings six-second video previews to mobile search

Google announced a major update to its mobile search results pages today. Whenever your query brings up a video, Google will now show you a silent six-second clip from that video to help you decide if that‘s actually a video you want to see. This will work for the vast majority of videos on the web today including, but not limited to, YouTube. Indeed, as Emily Moxley, Read More

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Fisker‘s EMotion Tesla competitor will make its official debut at CES 2018

The first car from Henrik Fisker‘s new electric vehicle company, the EMotion luxury sport sedan, will premiere at CES in January 2018. That‘s according to Fisker himself, who shared the debut date with TheStreet on Friday. We already know what the EMotion looks like, as well as its 129,000 starting price tag, and some of the technical achievements it‘s said to pack, like Read More

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Delphi and LiDAR-maker Innoviz partner on self-driving tech

Automotive supply giant Delphi, which recently shifted focus to target autonomous and high-tech solutions more specifically, has signed a new partnership with Innoviz, an Israeli tech company building LiDAR tech for autonomous driving. The team-up includes a new minority investment from Delphi in Innoviz, the full financial details of which haven‘t been released. The commercial Read More

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Monster brings a music-centric voice assistant to its headphone line

Monster isn‘t exactly regarded as the most innovative force in tech, but it has decided to get in on the voice assistant game by baking support for a helper called Melody directly into their headphones. Speak Music, which makes the Melody voice assistant included on this model of Monster‘s Elements headphones line, has basically designed the featurearound Siri‘s musical Read More

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Monster brings the Melody voice assistant to its headphone line

Monster isn‘t exactly regarded as the most innovative force in tech, but it has decided to get in on the voice assistant game by baking support for a helper called Melody directly into their headphones. Speak Music, which makes the Melody voice assistant included on this model of Monster‘s Elements headphones line, has basically designed the featurearound Siri‘s musical Read More

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Teenage bitcoin millionaire is back with a better Botangle

Erik Finman gained notoriety and a certainfameas a 14-year-old entrepreneur and bitcoin investor who‘d managed to turn a 1,000 investment in the cryptocurrency into more than a million dollars and a chance to never see the inside of a college institution. Now, several years after its sale, Finman is buying back his original startup: Botangle. Read More

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Trump approves Obama-era plan for a more independent US Cyber Command

President Trump has given the go-ahead for a plan dating from the Obama administration to elevate US Cyber Command to the level of Unified Combatant Command, giving it more operational independence from the National Security Agency. The statement also raised the possibility of splitting off CyberCom from the NSA entirely. Read More

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Infiniti‘s Prototype 9 is a modern electric car with 1940s retro racer roots

Days of thunder future past? Infiniti‘s newest race car prototype is actually inspired by vintage race vehicles of the 1940s, with a torpedo-style sleek cylindrical body and offset wheels at the end of extended axes. The drivetrain of the so-called Prototype 9,‘ however, is all 2017: It‘s an electric motor, combined with a 30 kWh battery pack. Here‘s what I Read More

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Google and ProPublica team up to build a national hate crime database

Few things are certain in 2017‘s fraught national climate, but hate certainly doesn‘t look to be going away. In partnership with ProPublica, Google News Lab is launching a new tool to track hate crimes across America. Powered by machine learning, the Documenting Hate News Index will track reported hate crimes across all 50 states, collecting data from February 2017 onward. Data Read More

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Y Combinator-backed VIDA turns artwork into fashion, accessories and more

VIDA, an e-commerce startup that allows artists to upload their designs to be printed on real-world materials - like fabric, leather, metal and more - which are then sold as unique products, has grown its community of artists to over 100,000 members since its launch a few years ago. The company is now participating in startup accelerator Y Combinator, following its recent Read More

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How Facebook prioritizes privacy when you die

Should your parents be able to read your Facebook messages if you die? Facebook explained why it won‘t let them in a post in its Hard Questions series today about social networking after death. Facebook admits it doesn‘t have all the answers, but has come up with some decent solutions to some issues with what it Memorialized Profiles and a Legacy Contact. When you Read More

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Google Home now works with Spotify free accounts

For all of the talk of how voice assistants could be the future of IoT or computing in general, the only consistently engaging use of home assistants like Echo or Google Home seems to be audio playback. Today, Google is making it a bit easier for the cheapos to get in on the action, as it‘s beginning to roll out support for Spotify free accounts on its Home platform. Google announced Read More

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