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NSA pulls plug on some email spying before Congress slaps it down

The Register - April 28, 2017 - 10:54pm
Curious time to stop listening to Americans talking about foreigners, eh, Donald?

Updated The NSA has, in theory, stopped snooping on American citizens' private communications that loosely involve foreigners in some way.…

Obama reportedly digs at Trump and his Twitter account - CNET - News - April 28, 2017 - 10:46pm
Commentary: In an interview in Manhattan, the president muses that he had his own way of dealing with things, according to the New York Post.

A Big Change in NSA Spying Marks a Win for American Privacy

Wired - April 28, 2017 - 10:45pm
The NSA won't collect the emails of US citizens just because they mention a foreign target. That's a big deal. The post A Big Change in NSA Spying Marks a Win for American Privacy appeared first on WIRED.

Investigate Uber for phone tracking, consumer group tells FTC - CNET - News - April 28, 2017 - 10:44pm
Consumer Watchdog asks the Federal Trade Commission to check out claims that Uber tracked users' iPhones even after they'd deleted the app.

Time travel is 'possible' -- mathematically anyway - CNET - News - April 28, 2017 - 10:42pm
A researcher crunches the numbers on time travel using his own TARDIS. Also, a weird new material could be the real-world version of a flux capacitor.

Elon Musk Layers on the Crazy With His Plan for Traffic-Killing Tunnels

Wired - April 28, 2017 - 10:40pm
An appealing vision held back only by its lunacy. The post Elon Musk Layers on the Crazy With His Plan for Traffic-Killing Tunnels appeared first on WIRED.

A Fitbit Flex 2 “exploded” on woman’s wrist, leaving second-degree burns [Update]

Ars Technica - April 28, 2017 - 10:28pm

Enlarge / The Flex 2's module is super tiny and slides into this silicone band. (credit: Valentina Palladino)

Update, 4/28/17 at 5:25pm: A Fitbit representative told Ars in an email that its investigation of the exploding Flex 2 showed "external forces" caused the problem. Here's Fitbit's full statement:

We were greatly concerned by Ms. Mitchell’s report and took swift action to understand the situation. Based on our initial investigation, including testing of her device by a leading third-party failure analysis firm, we have concluded that Ms. Mitchell’s Fitbit Flex 2 did not malfunction. The testing shows that external forces caused the damage to the device.

We have not received any other complaints of this nature and we want to assure our customers that they can continue to enjoy their Flex 2 and all Fitbit products with confidence.

The health and safety of our customers is our top priority and, as such, Fitbit products are designed and produced in accordance with strict standards and undergo extensive internal and external testing to ensure the safety of our users.

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Samsung isn't the only company that has had deal with exploding products. A Wisconsin woman told ABC News that her new Fitbit Flex 2 activity tracker "exploded" on her wrist while she read a book earlier this week. Dina Mitchell was treated at an area urgent care provider the next day and was left with second-degree burns on her wrist.

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Apple Music could turn itself into a video streaming giant - CNET - News - April 28, 2017 - 10:26pm
The tech giant is looking to take its music service into new territory and create a unique type of service, says a report.

IDG Contributor Network: What happens when ‘Net Neutrality’ becomes ‘Pay-To-Play’? - Infrastructure - April 28, 2017 - 10:23pm

Net neutrality is like a public park that anyone can use. ‘Pay-To-Play’ is a private club that only rich members use.

What happens to the internet when access isn't equal? (Or to paraphrase George Orwell in Animal Farm, "We're all equal, but some are more equal than others"). 

How could this impact consumers, businesses and non-profits?

“Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission outlined a sweeping plan to loosen the government’s oversight of high-speed internet providers, a rebuke of a landmark policy approved two years ago to ensure that all online content is treated the same by the companies that deliver broadband service to Americans”, reports the NYT.

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11 deleted tweets from President Trump's first 100 days - CNET - News - April 28, 2017 - 10:16pm
The president has tweeted more than 500 times since taking office. Here are the 11 he took back.

Bullyboy Apple just blew a $500m hole in our wallet, cries Qualcomm

The Register - April 28, 2017 - 9:59pm
Chip biz says Cook's crew has commanded tech world to withhold patent dosh

Qualcomm claims Apple has ordered chip manufacturers to stop sending royalty checks to the Snapdragon designer amid the pair's patent licensing war.…

The Fyre Festival: The Fiasco We All Should Have Seen Coming

Wired - April 28, 2017 - 9:26pm
When the promise of an Instagram hashtag campaign meets real-life disaster, schadenfreude comes easy. But we're all vulnerable to the power of the filter. The post The Fyre Festival: The Fiasco We All Should Have Seen Coming appeared first on WIRED.

Aura review - CNET - Reviews - April 28, 2017 - 9:23pm
The Aura is super easy to setup and fun to use, but it doesn't have enough to justify its over-the-top cost.

Audi's moon rover makes its film debut in 'Alien: Covenant' - Roadshow - News - April 28, 2017 - 9:06pm
Yes, Audi built a moon rover.

The 404 Show 1698: Shanon Cook from Spotify previews the music of the summer (podcast) - CNET - News - April 28, 2017 - 9:04pm
Shanon Cook returns to the show bringing along candidates for what could be the song of the summer -- but doesn't leave before telling a slightly embarrassing Bono story.

Mitsubishi, West Coast Customs to build a 'new' 1917 Model A - Roadshow - News - April 28, 2017 - 8:50pm
It may look 100 years old, but it will be built atop a brand-new platform.

Unlimited data plans: Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint, compared - CNET - News - April 28, 2017 - 8:49pm
We compare the unlimited data plans offered by the four major US carriers.

Microsoft and Google riding the cloud wave - Infrastructure - April 28, 2017 - 8:48pm

Google and Microsoft are both benefiting from solid growth in enterprise cloud services. Both companies released earnings reports this week that highlighted significant momentum in G Suite, Office Suite, respectively, and more sophisticated cloud platforms for business.

“We crossed a major milestone with more than 100 million monthly active users of Office 365 commercial,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said during a conference call. “Office 365 commercial seats grew 35 percent year-over-year and revenue is up 45 percent.” Microsoft also reported a 15 percent year-over-year gain in revenue from Office 365 and other consumer products. The company ended the quarter with 26.2 million Office 365 consumer subscribers.

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AT&T vs. Verizon vs. T-Mobile vs. Sprint: How to save and get the cheapest phone plan - CNET - News - April 28, 2017 - 8:40pm
We help you avoid all the fine print and tedium that comes with choosing a phone plan.

Apache OpenOffice: Not dead yet, you'll just have to wait until mid-May for mystery security fixes

The Register - April 28, 2017 - 8:33pm
Reference to vulns suddenly vanishes after El Reg probe

Apache OpenOffice, sized for euthanasia by one of its own last year, still lives and should see an update before the end of May, allegedly.…

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