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Heaps of Windows 10 internal builds, private source code leak online

The Register - June 23, 2017 - 9:09pm
Unreleased 64-bit ARM versions, Server editions among dumped data

Exclusive A massive trove of Microsoft's internal Windows operating system builds and chunks of its core source code have leaked online.…

Not Apr 1: Google stops scanning your Gmail to sling targeted ads at you

The Register - June 23, 2017 - 8:53pm
Given the amount of data it already has on you, why bother?

Google has said it will no longer scan the content of Gmail messages to sell targeted adverts to users of the free service.…

How To Turn Off Snapchat’s Stalkerish Snap Map Feature

Wired - June 23, 2017 - 8:24pm
It's called Ghost Mode.

2018 Kia Stinger Release Date, Price and Specs - Roadshow - Reviews - June 23, 2017 - 8:17pm
Kia's 2018 Stinger GT shows off some serious high-performance capabilities around the Nürburgring.

Scroogled no more: Gmail won’t scan e-mails for ads personalization

Ars Technica - June 23, 2017 - 8:09pm

Enlarge / Microsoft's description of Gmail scanning from the "Scroogled" ad campaign. (credit: Microsoft)

Google has announced it will no longer scan e-mail messages for ad personalization. Previously, in the consumer version of Gmail, Google's computers would scan the contents of every e-mail message to determine a relevant ad to show. The scanning "feature" has been turned off for Google Apps for Education and GSuite accounts for some time, but now Google says that "consumer Gmail content will not be used or scanned for any ads personalization after this change."

In its blog post, Google says, "This decision brings Gmail ads in line with how we personalize ads for other Google products. Ads shown are based on users’ settings. Users can change those settings at any time, including disabling ads personalization." Presumably Google means Gmail will now honor the account-wide "Ads personalization" setting, which is available at

Gmail's scanning has long drawn ire from the tech community. It was the subject of a lawsuit alleging the the feature violated wiretapping and privacy laws, which eventually resulted in Google turning scanning off for students. Google has also been sued by non-Gmail users over the feature. That lawsuit claims that non-users that e-mail Gmail users should not have their e-mails scanned. The feature has also been the subject of Microsoft's "Scroogled" campaign.

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Why Aren't More Employees Suing Uber?

Wired - June 23, 2017 - 8:00pm
Arbitration agreements prevent lawsuits---but exacerbate the cultural problems endemic to startups.

The 3:59 extended edition: Are you an iPad Pro or Surface Pro? - CNET - News - June 23, 2017 - 7:48pm
Here's the full podcast and YouTube post-show from one of our favorite episodes this week.

Dealmaster: Get a Dell XPS tower or an Inspiron desktop with monitor for just $499

Ars Technica - June 23, 2017 - 7:45pm

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains, we're back with a bunch of new deals to share before the weekend begins. Of note are two great deals priced at $499: you can get either a Dell XPS tower PC, complete with a Core i5 processor and 2GB Nvidia GPU, or a Dell Inspiron 3650 desktop with a Core i5 Skylake CPU and a 22-inch Dell LED monitor. Both deals are great if you're in need of a new at-home PC, so snag the one you like best while you can.

Check out the full list of deals below.


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The 404 Show 1704: What is Amazon gonna do with all these Whole Foods? (podcast) - CNET - News - June 23, 2017 - 7:41pm
Who else better to talk about Amazon's jaw-dropping purchase of Whole Foods than the man who covers the company for CNET? Ben Fox Rubin is back to share his thoughts on the deal and sticks around long enough to get an E3 2017 debriefing.

SpaceX completes first half of its weekend doubleheader

Ars Technica - June 23, 2017 - 7:30pm

Enlarge / SpaceX successfully test-fired its rocket for the BulgariaSat-1 mission last week. (credit: SpaceX)

3:30pm ET Update: Under nearly perfect skies in Florida, SpaceX successfully launched the BulgariaSat-1 on its way to geostationary transfer orbit Friday afternoon. The "flight proven" booster made its second flight, and provides further indication that reusable rocketry isn't going to be an aerospace fad. It is, rather, likely the future.

The company also demonstrated its increasing proficiency with regard to booster landings. Although Elon Musk didn't provide technical details, he said the reentry force and heating faced by this booster would be greater than that of any previous flight. Despite this technically challenging, three-engine landing, the rocket made it back to a droneship in the Atlantic Ocean.

The first-stage booster was singed, smoking and listing—and near the edge of the droneship. But the rocket had made it home in one piece. "Rocket is extra toasty and hit the deck hard (used almost all of the emergency crush core), but otherwise good," Musk tweeted a few minutes following the landing.

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Laugh it up! 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' marathon on the way - CNET - News - June 23, 2017 - 7:26pm
In the not-too-distant future, 38 classic episodes of the movie-mocking show will be livestreaming.

Florida Man to be fined $1.25 per robocall... all 96 million of them

The Register - June 23, 2017 - 7:25pm
Record $120m penalty will be doled out by FCC for bonkers binge of junk dialing

America's comms regulator, the FCC, will fine a Florida Man $120m for flooding the country with nearly 100 million robocalls in three months.…

Google won't scan your Gmail anymore for ad targeting - CNET - News - June 23, 2017 - 7:17pm
The tech giant will stop combing through emails to tailor ads. But it’s not like it doesn't have all your info anyway.

Facebook wants to save the world. You've got work to do - CNET - News - June 23, 2017 - 7:14pm
The social network, dealing with existential questions about its role in the world, isn't just about connecting everyone. It now wants to try to help people get along.

How the iPhone came to be (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 89) - CNET - News - June 23, 2017 - 7:06pm
It's the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone, and Apple's Scott Forstall talks about how the iPhone happened. So which came first -- the iPhone or the iPad?

How to use your Amazon Echo as a personal fitness trainer - CNET - News - June 23, 2017 - 7:05pm
Amazon's Alexa speakers can help you get a good workout. Here's how.

'Preacher' season 2 makes 'Game of Thrones' seem like 'Downton Abbey' - CNET - News - June 23, 2017 - 6:58pm
"Preacher" star Graham McTavish on how season 2 raises the stakes of the demented AMC and Amazon action series.

Microsoft ransomware-protected Windows 10 S gets hack-tested - CNET - News - June 23, 2017 - 6:56pm
We asked a leading security researcher to test Microsoft's claim that "no known ransomware" installs on its newest, locked down version of Windows 10.

Dodge Demon acknowledgement letter ensures owners don't screw it up - Roadshow - News - June 23, 2017 - 6:26pm
Owners can still do what they want, but Dodge gives some pretty good advice in this document.

Tech Tent: Uber at a crossroads

BBC Technology News - June 23, 2017 - 6:10pm
On the Tech Tent podcast this week, we explore the stunning resignation of Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick.

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