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After EU antitrust ruling, Android's future in Europe looks like its present in China, with fragmented alternatives and numerous hubs for apps and services (Shannon Liao/The Verge) October 20, 2018

Shannon Liao / The Verge: After EU antitrust ruling, Android’s future in Europe looks like its present in China, with fragmented alternatives and numerous hubs for apps and services  —  By the end of the month, Google will charge a licensing fee in Europe for the Play Store and apps like YouTube and Gmail in […]

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Apple climbs past Samsung as world's top phone vendor – CNET

The iPhone maker captured 18 percent of the global smartphone market in the final months of 2016, says Strategy Analytics.
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Facebook weeds out more fake news – CNET

Called out for a raft of fake news stories that allegedly affected the 2016 US election, Facebook is systematically adding steps to show what’s real.
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Microsoft campus has a nude jogger – CNET

Commentary: And the police say he had a very scientific explanation for why he was doing it.
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For Super Bowl, Budweiser addresses immigration – CNET

Commentary: Already trending on YouTube is Budweiser’s Super Bowl ad, which shows the arduous journey to America of founder Adolphus Busch.
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Trump names Supreme Court nominee on Facebook Live – CNET

President Donald Trump took to social media to announce Neil Gorsuch as his pick for the next justice of the Supreme Court.
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Prince's music expected back on Spotify and Apple Music soon – CNET

Inside sources and coy Spotify ads point to The Purple One’s music becoming available on all streaming services very soon.
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Samsung officially launching something next month, just not the Galaxy S8 phone – CNET

Samsung isn’t launching a phone at MobileWorld Congress, but it’s unveiling something. Perhaps a tablet rumored to have a 9.6-inch screen and 12-megapixel camera.
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Super-old sea creature discovered, gives us super-new creeps – CNET

A 500-million-year-old creature adds to the fascinating chain of early life on Earth.
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Sandberg: Trump's immigration ban defies American values – CNET

The Facebook exec says the president’s executive orders put the dreams, futures and safety of immigrant women and children at risk.
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iPhone 7 propels Apple to record-shattering sales – CNET

Who says the iPhone is boring? The company reports record unit sales despite few changes to the look of its flagship device.
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Amazon to spend $1.49B on new air cargo hub – CNET

The investment, which could create over 2,000 new jobs, points to Amazon’s continued ambitions to expand in shipping and logistics.
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Super Mario Run only got 5 percent of players to cough up their coins – CNET

Super Mario Run jumped high with number of downloads, but fell short in number of people who actually paid.
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Trump stresses cybersecurity but postpones executive order

U.S. President Donald Trump called on government agencies to better protect their networks, but he delayed signing an executive order to kick-start a government-wide review of cybersecurity policy.

A draft copy of the order, leaked earlier, would give the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security 60 days to submit a list of recommendations to protect U.S. government and private networks. 

Trump had been scheduled to sign the executive order Tuesday but canceled shortly before it was due to happen.

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Toyota is the most Googled car brand in the world, BMW a close second – Roadshow

Sure, makes sense, it’s one of the world’s top-selling automakers.
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Witness a 'firehose' of lava shooting into the ocean – CNET

A National Park Service ranger captures a stunning moment of nature’s power as a blood-red flow of lava leaps into ocean water in Hawaii.
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Uber will use self-driving Daimler cars… eventually… probably – Roadshow

The deal with Mercedes’ parent company is yet another step toward Uber’s goal of not having to do pesky things like pay humans.
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Orangutans, you swingers. Now there's a Tinder for you – CNET

Samoja the female orangutan will scroll through pictures of males and let zookeepers know which ones she’d like to invite over for a little monkey business.
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FCC cable set-top rules headed for regulatory graveyard – CNET

The Republican-led FCC is no longer considering rules that would have ended cable set-top box rental fees.
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Google upgrades G Suite with tools for IT pros

Google today bolstered its G Suite of productivity apps with new controls and tools for IT professionals. G Suite administrators now have more access to control security key enforcement, data control with data loss prevention (DLP) for Google Drive and Gmail, and additional insights by connecting Gmail to BigQuery, Google’s enterprise data warehouse designed to enable SQL queries, according to Google.

All of the changes, which are live today, are designed to elevate G Suite for the enterprise, especially among companies that need more confidence in the controls they can maintain over corporate data, according to Google.

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Is Samsung Galaxy S8's secret weapon a hit or miss? (The 3:59, Ep. 171) – CNET

We dig into the super chip powering Samsung’s next flagship phone, take a look at the Super Bowl in VR and bid adieu to Walmart’s Prime copycat.
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Trump to sign cybersecurity order calling for government-wide review

President Donald Trump is due to sign an executive order Tuesday that gives each cabinet official more responsibility for the safety of data within their agency.

It will be accompanied by a government-wide review of cybersecurity by the Office of Management and Budget, looking at the technology in place that guards U.S. government systems from cyberattacks, according to a White House official.

The results of that review could lead to a government-wide upgrade of federal cybersecurity systems.

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Nvidia wants to prepare you for battle at no charge – CNET

New GeForce GTX 1080 or 1070 card, laptop or desktop buyers can pick up an Ubisoft game for free so you can see just what your system can handle.
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Dieselgate be damned, Volkswagen earns global sales crown – Roadshow

It takes the honor away from Toyota, which held the top spot for four years in a row.
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Security execs voice concern over Trump travel ban

Senior security industry professionals weighed in about the travel ban imposed this weekend by President Trump, and worried that the repercussions could go far beyond the handful of countries singled out so far.

The nation’s cybersecurity posture would be hurt in numerous ways, they said, citing increased anti-American sentiment spurring more hacking attacks, hurting international cyber enforcement cooperation efforts, discouraging foreign students from coming here to study, hurting recruitment efforts, and influencing organizers of international cybersecurity conferences to look at other countries for meeting locations.

And while most of these effects will take time to be realized, some companies have already felt the impact of the ban.

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The long haul: A day in the life at the 24 Hours of Daytona – Roadshow

24 hours of racing goes by faster than you think. Let’s take a look at how we spent that time, whether it’s up against the fence or hanging out in the pits.
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Fox teams up with LiveLike to show Super Bowl highlights in VR – CNET

Fans can catch the biggest plays of the game in virtual reality in real time Sunday. It could be the closest they ever get to Tom Brady and Matt Ryan.
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Privacy worries are on the rise, new U.S. poll shows

A recent IDC survey found 84 percent of U.S. consumers are concerned about the privacy of their personal information, with 70 percent saying their concern is greater today than it was a few years ago.

These concerns of consumers should also alarm businesses: Consumers are willing to switch to another bank, medical center or retailer if they feel their personal information is threatened, the survey found.

“Consumers can exact punishment for data breaches or mishandled data by changing buyer behavior or shifting loyalty,” said Sean Pike, an analyst at IDC, in a statement. The survey, released last week, polled 2,500 U.S. consumers about their privacy concerns across four verticals: Financial services, healthcare, retail and government.

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Even Sprint beat AT&T and Verizon in customer growth – CNET

An end-of-year surge in signups suggests Sprint is starting to pull itself out of a death spiral at last.
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Facebook, GitHub teams up to make password resets more secure

GitHub is adopting Facebook’s Delegated Recovery protocol to identify and work out security kinks in the new way users regain access to their accounts. Security researchers are encouraged to take part in the bounty program and uncover potential security flaws before the system becomes widely used across the internet.

Most websites and online services rely on email to recover user accounts and reset passwords. While password reset emails are ubiquitous, they aren’t very secure because of the underlying assumption that the user still has control over the email address and that the attackers haven’t already compromised the account. Security questions are no better, especially since anyone with a little time can engage in social engineering or online stalking to find answers to commonly asked security questions.

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Chinese chatters send whopping 14B virtual cash envelopes over new year – CNET

It comes as China spends in the trillions of dollars in the financial tech world.
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Managing compliance is easier in the cloud

Cloud doubters often raise compliance requirements as a barrier to cloud adoption, but in fact cloud providers have many tools to ease compliance with regulations and industry standards. They can help you maintain compliance with the least amount of resources.

There are cloud systems for PCI compliance (for credit card processing), HIPAA compliance (for health care information security and portability), and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance (for process logging at publicly traded companies), as well as systems to handle similar European regulations.

Compliance should be managed as a set of rules and regulations that change over time, not as adherence at a specific in time for a specific regulation. And the cloud is great at managing items that change.

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Better security through obscurity? Think again

When attackers look for vulnerabilities, they target popular software. Why bother chasing flaws in applications that few people use?

That’s why one of my best friends runs a third-party application instead of Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and read PDF documents. Another friend runs the Maxthon browser to stay out of the way of exploits that target more popular browsers.

Does running less popular software really reduce risk? Yes, it probably does a little bit. But most of us don’t pick what software we run purely because of security. We pick software and hardware based on features, familiarity, support, and so on. The world’s most secure software programs usually rank among the least popular, even when they are free and very functional.

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There's definitely a new 'Game of Thrones' short story coming this year – CNET

No, there’s no guarantee that George R. R. Martin will finish “The Winds of Winter” this year. But at least we’ll get a new story in 2017.
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MacBook Pros with Touch Bars banned from law exams – CNET

The Touch Bar’s predictive text could let students cheat their way into a passing mark.
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Walmart kills its Amazon Prime copycat – CNET

The company gets rid of ShippingPass to make room for free two-day shipping for all.
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Lego's new social network for kids uses Lego emoji to communicate – CNET

Branding, or community-building? Lego’s first dive into a kid hub filled with crazy Lego sculptures will be a moderated work in progress.
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Are we all just living in a holographic universe? Maybe – CNET

Since the 1990s, some physicists have suggested our reality is like a 3D projection of a two-dimensional universe. Now one team says it has evidence to support the wild idea.
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You actually need to win the lottery to get PSVR in Japan – CNET

Japan, home of PlayStation, is struggling to keep up with demand for PlayStation’s virtual reality platform.
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Every WWE star you need to know about – CNET

Want to get into pro wrestling but don’t who to look out for? These are the faces you’ll want to be familiar with.
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Apple Watch 'theater mode' is real – CNET

WatchOS 3.2, now in beta for developers, lets you quickly mute the sound on your Apple Watch and avoid waking the screen when you raise your wrist.
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Your family tree begins with this ugly wrinkled sea sack – CNET

No, your grandma isn’t the oldest bag going round.
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What the WWE Royal Rumble told us about WrestleMania – CNET

Did you think Roman Reigns would be wrestling for a title at WrestleMania? Think again.
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Thousands of Googlers protest Trump's immigration order – CNET

Google employees, including cofounder Sergey Brin, from offices worldwide gathered to speak out against President Trump’s immigration restrictions.
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​Lyft tops Apple App Store, because…#DeleteUber – CNET

Uber reportedly buys promoted tweets and Facebook ads to say it’s helping immigrants, while Lyft’s app grows in popularity.
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Peter Capaldi leaving 'Doctor Who' – CNET

“It’s been cosmic”, says the TARDIS star as he announces plans to make way for a new Doctor at Christmas.
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Nextbit Robin phone will be no more as new owner Razer steps in – CNET

Robin phones will see software support for the next year, but don’t expect a sequel soon.
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Play Netflix's Atari-style 'Stranger Things' video game – CNET

Now you can run around the Upside Down and save the day from Demogorgon in 8-bit glory.
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Trump's next target? Work visas tech firms rely on – CNET

A newly drafted executive order could dramatically change hiring practices in the tech industry, reports Bloomberg.
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​Airbnb: Stranded refugees can stay with us for free – CNET

The home-rental site creates a webpage that lets people volunteer their homes to immigrants who’ve been affected by President Trump’s executive order.
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Feel a drone's terror at being stalked by a house cat – CNET

Watch as a ruthless hunter tries to swipe a tiny drone out of the air in a battle of machine versus feline.
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