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Google pulls virtual assistant ad after users complain

Google Home users got a surprise Thursday when their virtual assistants cheerily mentioned that the live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” is opening in theaters this weekend. The ad has since been pulled.

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Inside the Russian Yahoo hack: How they did it

One mistaken click. That's all it took for hackers aligned with the Russian state security service to gain access to Yahoo's network and potentially the email messages and private information of as many as 500 million people.

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New FCC chief's call to action could hasten 5G's arrival

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has pledged his agency will respond more quickly to new technology proposals, a move that might influence the direction of 5G development around the world.

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Crime ring turned to Amazon and eBay to sell stolen printer ink

A dozen suspects are accused of raking in at least $12 million by putting stolen ink cartridges and retail electronics up for sale on Amazon and eBay, New York’s attorney general said on Wednesday.

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Defensive Computing for email attachments

Email attachments are the modern Trojan Horse and need to be treated as such.

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Chrome makes power move, suppresses background tabs

Google's latest upgrade to the Chrome browser began what will be a series of moves to reduce the browser's power use by limiting activity in background tabs.

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4 charged, including Russian gov't agents, for massive Yahoo hack

The Department of Justice charged four people, including two Russian state intelligence agents, for their involvement in a massive hack of Yahoo that affected half a billion accounts.

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Malicious uploads allowed hijacking of WhatsApp and Telegram accounts

A vulnerability patched in the web-based versions of encrypted communications services WhatsApp and Telegram would have allowed attackers to take over accounts by sending users malicious files masquerading as images or videos.

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Twitter accounts hacked, Twitter Counter steps forward as culprit

Twitter Counter, a third-party analytics service, appears once again to have provided a gateway for hackers to post messages to high-profile Twitter accounts.

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Twitter Counter hacked: Hundreds of high-profile Twitter accounts hijacked

Hackers, allegedly Turkish, hijacked high-profile Twitter accounts, posted swastikas and hashtags #Nazialmanya and #Nazihollanda which translates to Nazi Germany and Nazi Holland.

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The NSA's foreign surveillance: 5 things to know

A contentious piece of U.S. law giving the National Security Agency broad authority to spy on people overseas expires at the end of the year.

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16 months later, YouTube Music is still a missed opportunity

Google's vast library of rare and live music could be a major selling point for the company's streaming music service. Instead, it's a barely-connected footnote.

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After rocky tenure, Mayer to leave Yahoo 'tarnished'

After nearly five rocky years as CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer will be leaving her post with something of a tarnished image.

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Mayer to quit as CEO of new holding company after Yahoo sale to Verizon

Marissa Mayer will step down as CEO from the remaining holding company after Yahoo sells its operating business to Verizon Communications, according to a regulatory document.

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Anything you post can and will be used against you

Sure, the CIA can hack your TV, but public posts on Facebook could really hurt you.

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Hackers exploit Apache Struts vulnerability to compromise corporate web servers

Attackers are widely exploiting a recently patched vulnerability in Apache Struts that allows them to remotely execute malicious code on web servers.

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Senators push FCC to keep its net neutrality rules

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should reverse course and keep the net neutrality rules it passed just two years ago, several Democratic senators said Wednesday.

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Firefox 52 bans plug-ins, supports 'game changer' standard

Mozilla today updated Firefox to version 52, which adds a variety of new features and plugs 28 security vulnerabilities, a half dozen of them considered "critical."

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Google faces another antitrust complaint in Europe

Another day, another antitrust action against Google: On Monday, the Open Internet Project filed a new complaint with the European Union's top competition authority, charging the search giant with abusing its dominant position in the...

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How to disable Chrome's obnoxious Ctrl-Shift-Q shortcut

In case, you know, you don't want to throw away all your active tabs by mistake.

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