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Ahem, Amazon, Google, Microsoft... Selling face-snooping tech to the Feds is bad, mmm'kay?

The Register - January 15, 2019 - 10:51pm
Government facial surveillance harms civil liberties, advocacy groups warn

The campaign against Uncle Sam's use of facial recognition stepped up a notch this week: scores of rights-warriors have urged Amazon, Google, and Microsoft to cease selling the panopticon tech to the US government.…

Avengers: Endgame countdown hits 100 days, so here are some wild theories - CNET - News - January 15, 2019 - 10:46pm
After Infinity War was released, we made some guesses about what might happen next.

Spider-Man's Mysterio: Here's how the villain has evolved in the comics - CNET - News - January 15, 2019 - 10:31pm
A look at the history of the fishbowl-headed illusionist, played by Jake Gyllenhaal in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Nine defendants charged in SEC hacking scheme that netted $4.1 million

Ars Technica - January 15, 2019 - 10:30pm

Enlarge (credit: Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images)

Federal authorities have charged nine defendants with participating in a scheme to hack a Securities and Exchange Commission database to steal confidential information that netted $4.1 million in illegal stock trade profits.

Two of the defendants, federal prosecutors in New Jersey said, breached SEC networks starting in May 2016 by subjecting them to hacks that included directory traversal, phishing attacks, and infecting computers with malware. From there, the defendants allegedly accessed EDGAR (the SEC’s Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system) and stole nonpublic earnings reports that publicly traded companies had filed with the commission. The hackers then passed the confidential information to individuals who used it to trade in the narrow window between when the files were stolen and when the companies released the information to the public.

“Defendants’ scheme reaped over $4.1 million in gross ill-gotten gains from trading based on nonpublic EDGAR filings,” SEC officials charged in a civil complaint. It named Ukrainian nationalist Oleksandr Ieremenko as a hacker, along with six individual traders in California, Ukraine, and Russia, and it also named two entities. A criminal complaint filed by federal prosecutors in New Jersey charged Ieremenko and a separate Ukrainian named Artem Radchenko with carrying out the hack.

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Google to yoink apps with an unauthorized Call Log or SMS habit from Android Play Store

The Register - January 15, 2019 - 10:25pm
'We take access to sensitive data and permissions very seriously...' No giggling, please

Paul Bankhead, director of product management at Google, has told programmers that apps in the Play Store that want access to SMS or Call Logs will start being removed unless the ad-slinger has OK'd the given developer's justification.…

Amazon Fire TV Stick gets Alexa TV control remote, still costs $40 - CNET - News - January 15, 2019 - 10:24pm
The 2019 version of the Amazon's cheapest streamer tries to one-up the Roku Streaming Stick. We go hands-on.

Google workers urge tech giants to drop forced arbitration - CNET - News - January 15, 2019 - 10:14pm
It’s the first major protest of the year from tech workers.

Polk will have the first sound bar to support Alexa multiroom - CNET - News - January 15, 2019 - 10:12pm
Polk's Command Bar arrives early to the whole-home Alexa party.

Sprint unveils T-Mobile-like rewards program, kicks it off with free pizza - CNET - News - January 15, 2019 - 9:59pm
Customers can score a large Papa John's pie and other perks -- including cash back on store purchases.

Apple Maps gooses DuckDuckGo in search privacy partnership - CNET - News - January 15, 2019 - 9:58pm
The maps that show up on iPhones are now used on the privacy-first search engine, too.

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan starts at $32,500 - Roadshow - News - January 15, 2019 - 9:55pm
Adding all-wheel drive will cost an extra $2,000.

Microsoft’s fonts catch out another fraudster—this time in Canada

Ars Technica - January 15, 2019 - 9:49pm

Enlarge / The Calibri font. Don't use this if you're forging anything written before 2007. (credit: Peter Bright)

You'd think that people forging documents would have learned by now. Canadian Gerald McGoey was judged to have falsified documents in an attempt to protect certain assets from bankruptcy proceedings because—and stop me if you've heard this before—the documents used Microsoft's modern "C" fonts, which didn't become widely available until 2007. This would have been fine were it not for the minor detail that the documents were dated 2004 and 1995. Whoops.

McGoey was CEO of Look Communications when it collapsed and left him bankrupt. The company was liquidated, and McGoey was ordered to replay $5.6 million to creditors. McGoey claimed that the assets in question—homes, in this case—were held in trust by his wife and three children and hence beyond the reach of the courts. To prove this, he presented two signed documents. Unfortunately for him, he'd created the documents using typefaces that didn't exist at the time of the documents' purported creation.

The first trust document was dated 1995 and used the Cambria font. The second, dated 2004, used Calibri. Cambria was designed in 2004, while Calibri was between 2002 and 2004. But neither became widespread until 2007, when they were bundled with Windows Vista and Office 2007. That software included seven different fonts with names beginning with "C"—the "C fonts"—that were optimized for ClearType antialiasing. With their release, Microsoft changed Word's default font from the venerable Times New Roman to Calibri. Using the new fonts instantly betrays that a document wasn't written any time prior to 2007.

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First 5G Remote Surgery Completed In China

Slashdot - January 15, 2019 - 9:45pm
Categories: Geek, Opinion

First artificial meteor shower might outshine natural 'shooting stars' - CNET - News - January 15, 2019 - 9:44pm
The sky gets lit! Japanese company Astro Live Experiences is sending a satellite to orbit capable of creating a phenomenal light show.

Listen to the 1,000-horsepower Hellephant engine in all its glory - Roadshow - News - January 15, 2019 - 9:35pm
Mopar built a 1,000-horsepower crate motor. Because of course it did.

Alphabet's Loon recruits high-powered mobile veterans to serve on board - CNET - News - January 15, 2019 - 9:32pm
Loon, spun out of Google's parent company, prepares for a commercial launch later this year.

LG drops price on OLED TVs in time for the Super Bowl, starting at $1,500 - CNET - News - January 15, 2019 - 9:26pm
The 55-inch B8 series is now $1,500 and the 65-incher is now $2,300. If you were waiting, now's the time to pull the trigger.

Mustang GT500 vs. Challenger Redeye vs. Camaro ZL1: How do they stack up? - Roadshow - News - January 15, 2019 - 9:07pm
We compare the latest American muscle from Chevy, Dodge and Ford.

German court dismisses latest Qualcomm patent suit against Apple - CNET - News - January 15, 2019 - 8:58pm
But a separate ban on iPhones in Germany still stands.

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