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It’s the end of an era: Netflix cancels Orange is the New Black October 18, 2018

Netflix yesterday announced it would end its most popular original television program after its next season. Warning: This may make you cry. The Final Season, 2019. #OITNB pic.twitter.com/bUp2yY0aoK — Orange Is the New… (@OITNB) October 17, 2018 “Orange is The New Black” received wide-spread acclaim from critics and fans the moment Netflix debuted it back […]

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Retro 'Stranger Things' news report on Barb's disappearance – CNET

This archival newsreel from 5 WIYZ TV anchor Brenda Wood asks for viewer help in finding poor missing Barb and that mysterious grocery store waffle bandit.
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Here's what happens when Obama gives up his Twitter account – CNET

The White House has a digital transition plan for @POTUS’ social media accounts when he leaves office.
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Two women just changed pro wrestling forever – CNET

Commentary: Sasha Banks and Charlotte were the main event of a WWE pay-per-view — something no one thought could happen just a few years ago.
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Microsoft not happy with Google disclosing major Windows bug – CNET

Web giant says no fix or advisory has been issued even though it reported the flaw 10 days ago.
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Obama administration launches semiconductor study group – CNET

Group of industry veterans will focus on ways to strengthen the US industry, especially for nation’s economic and security interests.
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Google clashes with Microsoft over Windows flaw disclosure

Google and Microsoft are butting heads over the disclosure of vulnerabilities. On Monday, Google revealed a critical flaw in Windows after it gave Microsoft a ten-day window to warn the public about it.

Google posted about the zero-day vulnerability on its security blog, saying Microsoft had yet to publish a fix or issue an advisory about the software flaw.

“This vulnerability is particularly serious because we know it is being actively exploited,” Google said. It lets hackers exploit a bug in the Windows kernel, via a win32k.sys system call, to bypass the security sandbox.

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Discriminated against by an Uber driver? Study says you're not alone – CNET

Black passengers using ride-hailing apps reportedly have longer wait times and more canceled rides than white passengers.
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Why your Facebook friends are checking in at Standing Rock – CNET

Messages on the social network appear to be part of an effort to confuse law enforcement officials.
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Apple leads in tumbling market for tablets – CNET

The tech giant still saw a decline in shipments, mirroring lower demand for tablets worldwide, says research firm IDC.
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Watch the moon shadow the sun with an eclipse seen from space – CNET

Get on board with the Solar Dynamics Observatory for a close look at a spectacular partial solar eclipse.
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'The Walking Dead' nails how a 'zombie virus' could spread – CNET

For some fun, researchers at Argonne National Laboratory run a computer model to see how quickly Chicago residents would join the legions of undead.
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No typo here: Hashtag #HillaryForPrision is trending on Twitter – CNET

Supporters of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump apparently create a misspelled hashtag to possibly avoid censorship by the social network.
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Peter Thiel's Trump endorsement streams on YouTube – CNET

The Facebook board member and venture capitalist defends his political endorsement in an interview at the National Press Club.
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GIF this: Giphy now valued at $600 million – CNET

Popular search engine reportedly raises an additional $72 million in funding after recently announcing its GIFs are seen by more than 100 million people daily.
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What's scarier than death? 'Life,' maybe – CNET

The film doesn’t exactly look like anything new, but first contact and getting killed in space is always a bundle of joy.
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The Fisker EMotion promises 400 miles of EV range, mid-2017 arrival – Roadshow

The name is clever in a dad-joke sort of way.
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Stand down: Samsung's new speaker isn't an Echo competitor – CNET

Samsung announces a new line of speakers, chargers, headphones, and LED lights. But there’s no voice-activated assistant, as expected.
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Little girl poses as superhero for school picture – CNET

A 3-year-old girl, allowed to pick out her own clothes, dons a Supergirl costume and holds her Superman doll for the annual ritual.
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Doctor Strange meets his doggie double – CNET

Benedict Cumberbatch introduces Doctor Strange Pug and other dogs dressed as Marvel superheroes.
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Modders, rejoice: It's legal to tweak your car's software now – Roadshow

The DMCA exemptions were announced in 2015, but they took a whole year to go into effect.
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Microsoft to release version 2 of its Open Compute Project server design

Microsoft’s Project Olympus is its updated datacenter server design that the company will contribute as open source to the Open Compute Project.
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Aston Martin's preowned program is fancier than most new car purchases – Roadshow

The new scheme, called Timeless, covers everything from the “mundane” to the truly exotic.
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Trump claims Google, Facebook, Twitter hid Clinton email news – CNET

Technically Incorrect: In an assertion not linked to evidence, the Republican nominee suggests that social media companies are in on a fix against him.
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Facebook tried to buy Snow, an Asian version of Snapchat – CNET

Mark Zuckerberg reportedly tried to acquire the messaging app this summer.
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Microsoft VR headset details to be revealed at December event – CNET

You caught a glimpse of the headsets during the Windows 10 event in New York last week. You’ll find out more in a matter of weeks.
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Microsoft PowerApps and Flow to be generally available November 1

Microsoft’s PowerApps and Flow development tools will be generally available on November 1, not coincidentally the same day that Dynamics 365 goes on the company’s price list.
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Halloween is taking over your newsfeed – CNET

Social Cues: Also buzzing across social media, the presidential election, the MacBook Pro and a potential iPad killer.
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Microsoft Windows chief Myerson talks Windows 10 priorities, VR headsets, Surface hardware goals

Microsoft Executive Vice President of Windows and Devices Terry Myerson talks to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley about Windows 10 Creators Update, VR headsets, Surface, Windows Mobile and more.
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Joomla websites attacked en masse using recently patched exploits

Attackers are aggressively attacking Joomla-based websites by exploiting two critical vulnerabilities patched last week.

The flaws allow the creation of accounts with elevated privileges on websites built with the popular Joomla content management system, even if account registration is disabled. They were patched in Joomla 3.6.4, released Tuesday.

Hackers didn’t waste any time reverse engineering the patches to understand how the two vulnerabilities can be exploited to compromise websites, according to researchers from Web security firm Sucuri.

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From politics to stalking, the Internet can torment and terrify. Happy Halloween!

Don’t blink. Don’t close your eyes. Don’t let your guard down. There are scary things that go bump in the night, but with technology, scary things also whir, beep, and bing.
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Why Blockchain’s growing pains will be worth it

Experts at a recent technology conference agreed that blockchain has a bright future, but warned it may be a rocky ride until that future arrives. Blockchain is a distributed database that uses a secure digital ledger of transactions that users can share across a computer network. It’s also the technology behind virtual currency bitcoin.      

“When you are at the leading edge there will be mistakes. People will get a lot wrong in the next five years. I think of it kind of like running with scissors,” says Constellation Research analyst Steve Wilson at the Oct. 26 Connected Enterprise conference hosted by his company.

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From left to right: Shawn Wiora, CEO of Maxxsure, Silicon Valley Product Exec Chirag Mehta, and Aron Dutta, Global Head of Blockchain at IBM

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Buggy components still dog Java apps

Software will have bugs, but the issues are often in third-party libraries and open source frameworks, not in the code the developers actually wrote. No matter how good the actual code, if these components aren’t managed and checked regularly, the final application remains vulnerable.

“Continued pressure to build high-quality software with ever-shorter development cycles and the ongoing explosion of new architecture patterns, such as microservices, has developers doubling down on the already prevailing dependence of third-party components in enterprise applications,” application security firm Veracode wrote in its 2016 State of Software Security report.

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17 essential tools to protect your online identity, privacy

Make no mistake: Professional and state-sponsored cybercriminals are trying to compromise your identity — either at home, to steal your money; or at work, to steal your employer’s money, sensitive data, or intellectual property.

Most users know the basics of computer privacy and safety when using the internet, including running HTTPS and two-factor authentication whenever possible, and checking haveibeenpwned.com to verify whether their email addresses or user names and passwords have been compromised by a known attack.

But these days, computer users should go well beyond tightening their social media account settings. The security elite run a variety of programs, tools, and specialized hardware to ensure their privacy and security is as strong as it can be. Here, we take a look at this set of tools, beginning with those that provide the broadest security coverage down to each specific application for a particular purpose. Use any, or all, of these tools to protect your privacy and have the best computer security possible.

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CNET giveaway: Leme Bluetooth Headphones – CNET

The fun doesn’t stop on Monday, because we’re giving you 7 days to win some wireless headphones. This sweepstakes ends on November 7, 2016.
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Neon Genesis Evangelion brings the apocalypse to Universal Studios – CNET

Osaka’s Universal Studios Japan will get a new 4D ride based on the iconic anime early next year.
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The rough and tumble Rebelle Rally – Roadshow

The first all-female Rebelle Rally took teams over 1,200 miles on the dirt with only a compass and a map to find their way.
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Microsoft vs. Apple: The two videos that show the difference – CNET

Technically Incorrect: Last week, both had shows. One, though, showed more imagination. A video produced by each company demonstrates it clearly.
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This is the panic inside a plane when it catches fire – CNET

Technically Incorrect: An American Airlines 767 catches fire in Chicago. The plane is evacuated. Naturally, someone films the scene with a phone.
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Finally, something more distressing than Google Glass – CNET

Technically incorrect: Welcome to the Smabow, the baseball cap with a camera holder. Because you need two cameras these days, don’t you?
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Google scares up cute game for Halloween doodle – CNET

Help an adorable black cat as she tries to save her school of magic from sinister spriits.
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Peter Thiel explains his support for Donald Trump – CNET

Technically Incorrect: The famed VC insists the situation is so dire that we must overlook personal characteristics.
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Weird horror movies for Halloween you probably overlooked – CNET

Killer puppets, Nazi zombies and tentacled sea creatures. Instead of watching the same old scary films, catch these creepy picks you never thought of adding to your streaming queue.
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Facebook wants to be your guide on Election Day – CNET

A new feature gives you info on federal, state and local contests and lets you put together a voting plan.
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Cute dog becomes Wonder Woman for Halloween – CNET

Let Internet star Munchkin brighten your day as she dresses in a classic Wonder Woman costume and deflects lasers with her golden bracelets.
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Relive that brutal 'Walking Dead' season 7 scene in Lego – CNET

Still upset over you-know-who dying in the new season premiere of “The Walking Dead?” Ease your pain — or maybe make it worse — with this Lego re-enactment.
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Donald Trumpkin is perfectly scaring up votes for Halloween – CNET

These jack-o’-lanterns of US presidential candidate Donald Trump are both topical and festive.
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Mobile internet use still on the move – CNET

At the rate things are going, surfing the net from a regular old computer may soon be a thing of the past.
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Oh, how the mighty have fallen – Roadshow

The story of how my team almost won the very first all-female Rebelle Rally.
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The coral blue Galaxy S7 Edge is the perfect phone for mermaids – CNET

Samsung gives the S7 Edge a coral blue makeover, but is that enough to keep its fans happy?
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Slasher or hacker? These 2016 hacks gave us nightmares – CNET

With so many rightening cybersecurity issues this year, it was hard to tell the difference between real life and a horror movie.
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