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Nest Yale Lock review - CNET - Reviews - 1 hour 9 min ago
We've been waiting on a Nest-Yale collaboration for quite a while, but does this $249 lock live up to the hype?

Key Takeaways From Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Media Blitz

Wired - 1 hour 12 min ago
Mark Zuckerberg made the rounds Wednesday, apologizing for Facebook's failure to protect your data. Here are the highlights.

'Westworld' unveils new poster with one month until season two - CNET - News - 1 hour 22 min ago
Sure the poster is nice, but check out what's hidden inside.

US music subscriptions equal the entire population of Canada now - CNET - News - 1 hour 23 min ago
Explosive popularity of music subscriptions has lifted the US music industry back to where sales were a decade ago (but still 40 percent below the peak).

'Alien' Atacama skeleton surrenders its genetic secrets - CNET - News - 1 hour 23 min ago
Scientists investigate the genome of a tiny skeleton named "Ata" found in the Chilean desert and thought by some to have an extraterrestrial origin.

Uber Crash Proves Cities Are Asleep at the Wheel

Wired - 1 hour 28 min ago
WIRED columnist Susan Crawford on the lessons from Uber’s self-driving tragedy—and why cities can’t just blindly welcome autonomous vehicles to the streets.

Dealmaster: Grab a new Logitech MX Master wireless mouse for $58

Ars Technica - 1 hour 53 min ago

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Every now and then, Amazon runs a collection of deals on Logitech accessories—today is one of those days. This haul isn't as far-reaching as some incarnations but still includes discounts on a few popular peripherals, including the Logitech MX Master, which is down to $58. That's about $15 off its usual going rate, and it's close to the lowest it has been on Amazon to date.

The MX Master is technically a generation behind the newer MX Master 2S, but it comes with a similarly sturdy, contoured, and wireless design and still works on most surfaces. The newer model does get you longer battery life (about 70 days instead of 40 days) and the ability to copy and paste between multiple computers, but it also costs $92 as of this writing.

If you want nothing to do with Logitech, though, we've also got discounts on Dell laptops, Amazon's entire line of Fire tablets, the Amazon Echo Spot, the Essential Phone, Nintendo's Switch Pro controller, and more. Take a look for yourself below.

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Facebook: Threat to sue journalists was 'not our wisest move' - CNET - News - 2 hours 1 min ago
With a Cambridge Analytica exposé nearing publication, Facebook should "have probably not threatened to sue the Guardian," Facebook exec Campbell Brown says.

Instagram Announces You'll Soon See "Newer" Posts In Your Feed

Wired - 2 hours 6 min ago
What users really want is a chronological feed, but today's announcement is at least an acknowledgement that not everything about the algorithmic timeline is working.

Thousands of servers found leaking 750MB worth of passwords and keys

Ars Technica - 2 hours 6 min ago

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Thousands of servers operated by businesses and other organizations are openly sharing credentials that may allow anyone on the Internet to log in and read or modify potentially sensitive data stored online.

In a blog post published late last week, researcher Giovanni Collazo said a quick query on the Shodan search engine returned almost 2,300 Internet-exposed servers running etcd, a type of database that computing clusters and other types of networks use to store and distribute passwords and configuration settings needed by various servers and applications. etcd comes with a programming interface that responds to simple queries that by default return administrative login credentials without first requiring authentication. The passwords, encryption keys, and other forms of credentials are used to access MySQL and PostgreSQL databases, content management systems, and other types of production servers.

Collazo said he wrote a simple script that ran through the 2,284 etcd servers found in his Shodan search. Using the query GET http://:2379/v2/keys/?recursive=true, the script was designed to return all credentials stored on the servers in a format that would be easy for hackers to use. Collazo stopped the script after it collected about 750 megabytes of data from almost 1,500 of the servers. The haul included:

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Instagram changes app to emphasize newer posts - CNET - News - 2 hours 8 min ago
The Facebook-owned property adds a "New Posts" button and promises to surface more, uh, new posts.

GoPro enters licensing deal with Jabil for third-party gear - CNET - News - 2 hours 9 min ago
The partnership could bring GoPro's technology to enterprise fields such as self-driving cars, video conferencing, military and police.

Bollinger’s electric truck is nothing like a Tesla, and that’s OK

Ars Technica - 2 hours 21 min ago

Bollinger Motors

It has become a trope to compare every new electric vehicle (EV) startup to Tesla. I know I'm guilty of doing so, but it's hard not to; for all its troubles with Model 3 mass production, you can't deny Tesla's achievements. Bollinger Motors is almost entirely unlike Tesla. There's no masterplan to ramp up to half-a-million units a year. No one is working on self-driving software or sensors. Its vehicle, a refreshingly utilitarian-looking thing called the B1, doesn't even have a touchscreen. But it may be the coolest EV in development, particularly if you're someone who prefers function over form.

The company is the brainchild of Robert Bollinger, who ended up in the fortunate position of being able to indulge his childhood passion—in this case building a car. Given a childhood drawing sports cars, it's therefore a little surprising that the B1 intends to remake the truck.

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MIT boffins build rubber robot, invade privacy of unsuspecting sealife

The Register - 2 hours 26 min ago
Finding Robo: Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…

Researchers at MIT have developed a robotic fish that should allow scientists to spy on intimate fishy moments normally unseen by human eyes.…

Google Assistant can now help you transfer money to friends - CNET - News - 2 hours 30 min ago
The new ability is available on Android and iOS for Google Pay users. It'll roll out to Google's smart speakers in the coming months.

Game developers push for unionization amid insecure positions, excessive OT

Ars Technica - 2 hours 41 min ago

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SAN FRANCISCO—Going into the Game Developers Conference this week, you could foresee some of the hot topics that would be consuming the world’s largest gathering of game makers: stuff like real-time raytraced graphics, fantastical blockchain-based business schemes, and how to design games for augmented reality. But another surprising issue has overtaken many of the discussions in the Moscone Center hallways this week: that of unionization.

Labor organizing isn’t a new idea in the game industry—the first time I personally wrote about the issue was in Electronic Gaming Monthly more than a decade ago. There seems to be more momentum for the idea among the grassroots developers on hand at the conference this year, though, thanks in large part to an organized movement called Game Workers Unite. The organization, which isn’t a union itself, formed over private Facebook groups and Discord chats in recent weeks and has practically blanketed the Moscone Center with brochures and zines encouraging developers to band together against exploitative working conditions, uncertain project-based job security, and excessive, life-consuming crunch time.

“We are currently forming an anonymous and horizontal organization of people dedicated to advocating for workers' rights and the crafting of a unionized games industry,” GWU writes on its website. “We represent all workers in game development and we seek to increase the visibility of our cause through community building, sharing resources, and direct action. We seek to bring hope to and empower those suffering in this industry.”

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How YouTube Uses Mechanical Turk Tasks to Help Train Its AI

Wired - 2 hours 45 min ago
A Mechanical Turk task shared with WIRED provides a glimpse into how algorithms are trained to spot and sort content on the video platform.

Great Pacific Garbage Patch growing into a plastic monster - CNET - News - 3 hours 1 min ago
Plastic pollution in the Pacific Ocean is out of control as a new study finds the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is now three times the size of France.

Samsung's creepy TV ad hypnotizes you to forget a TV show - CNET - News - 3 hours 5 min ago
If you have 23 minutes and an open mind, Samsung promises a fresh binge-watch.

Vodafone is UK's mobile ping king

The Register - 3 hours 6 min ago
It's not all about speed

Vodafone is the mobile network with the best ping rate, according to network performance sleuth Tutela.…

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