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Netflix Just Announced a User Focused Security Application

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Moving beyond movies and TV shows (and their DVDs), Netflix announced on Tuesday Stethoscope, its "first project following a User Focused Security approach." From a company's blog post: The notion of "User Focused Security" acknowledges that attacksagainst corporate users (e.g., phishing, malware) are the primary mechanism leading to security incidents and data breaches, and it's one of the core principles driving our approach to corporate information security. [...] Stethoscope is a web application that collects information for a given user's devices and gives them clear and specific recommendations for securing their systems. If we provide employees with focused, actionable information and low-friction tools, we believe they can get their devices into a more secure state without heavy-handed policy enforcement. The company says Stethoscope tracks disk encryption, firewall, automatic updates, up-to-date OS/software, screen lock, jailbroken/rooted status, security software stack configurations of the device. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Facebook deletes fake child-cancer posts accounts

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Two accounts that stole pictures of a sick child and falsely claimed he had cancer are deleted by Facebook.

GlobalSign Supports Billions of Device Identities In an Effort To Secure the IoT

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Reader broknstrngz writes: GlobalSign, a WebTrust certified CA and identity services provider, has released its high volume managed PKI platform, taking a stab at the current authentication and security weaknesses in the IoT. The new service aims to commodify large scale rapid enrollment and identity management for large federated swarms of devices such as IP cameras, smart home appliances and consumer electronics, core and customer premises network equipment in an attempt to reduce the attack surface exploitable by IoT DDoS botnets such as Mirai. Strong device identity models are developed in partnership with TPM and hardware cryptographic providers such as Infineon and Intrinsic ID, as well as other Trusted Computing Group members. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

KGI: Apple's 2017 OLED iPhone to have front-facing camera with 3D sensing abilities; depth sensing could be used in facial recognition and games (Mitchel Broussard/MacRumors)

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Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:KGI: Apple's 2017 OLED iPhone to have front-facing camera with 3D sensing abilities; depth sensing could be used in facial recognition and games  —  The rumored “iPhone 8” with an edge-to-edge OLED display will gain a “revolutionary” front-facing camera system that consists of three modules …

University Offers Course To Help Sniff Out and Refute 'Bullshit'

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An anonymous reader shares an Engadget report: There's now a course at the University of Washington, "Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data" that helps you find bad information and show others why it's bad. The instructors, Professors Jevin D. West and Carl T. Bergstrom, jokingly write that "we will be astonished if these skills do not turn out to be among the most useful ... that you acquire during the course of your college education." They add that the intention is not to be political, as "both sides of the aisle have proven themselves facile at creating and spreading bullshit." The intention, then, is to arm students (and the public if they want) with the tools to combat a scourge of misinformation that's aided and abetted by social media. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

ARM buys European lightweight cellular tech firms Mistbase and NextG-Com as part of new initiative to offer cellular modems for IoT (Jim McGregor/Forbes)

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Jim McGregor / Forbes:ARM buys European lightweight cellular tech firms Mistbase and NextG-Com as part of new initiative to offer cellular modems for IoT  —  Through a recent blog post, ARM made major announcements both in its efforts to enable new applications and to offer its first cellular modem.

Sources: Jay Z is launching a VC fund, which will partner with Sherpa Capital though it will have a separate brand, and investments won't be led by Sherpa (Dan Primack/Axios)

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Dan Primack / Axios:Sources: Jay Z is launching a VC fund, which will partner with Sherpa Capital though it will have a separate brand, and investments won't be led by Sherpa  —  Rapper and ubiquitous mogul Jay Z is launching a venture capital fund, according to multiple sources.

Google's Project Fi starts testing Voice over LTE support for a subset of its users, does not announce timeframe for a roll out to all users (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:Google's Project Fi starts testing Voice over LTE support for a subset of its users, does not announce timeframe for a roll out to all users  —  Google's own wireless service called Project Fi has rolled out Voice over LTE service for a subset of its users, the company confirmed this week via an announcement in Google's product forums.

Microsoft Confirms Another 2017 Update After Windows 10 Creators Update

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Mark Wilson, writing for BetaNews: Windows 10 Creators Update is due to arrive in the spring, and at Microsoft Ignite in Australia, the company confirmed that a second major update is on the way later in the year. We don't know a great deal about this update, but it's likely to incorporate Project NEON design elements. While it is not a new revelation that a second big update is coming to Windows 10 in 2017, until now there has only been a passing reference to the second one from Microsoft. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

TransferWise Launches International Money Transfers Via Facebook

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Money transfer company TransferWise has launched a new service that allows users to send money internationally through Facebook's Messenger, as competition in the digital payments landscape intensifies. From a report on Reuters: The London-based startup said on Tuesday that it had developed a Facebook Messenger "chatbot", or an automated program that can help users communicate with businesses and carry out tasks such as online purchases. TransferWise's chatbot enables customers to send money to friends and family to and from the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and Europe from Facebook Messenger. It can also be used to set up exchange rate alerts. Facebook already allows its users to send money domestically in the United States via its Messenger app, but has not yet launched similar services internationally. TransferWise said its service will be the first to enable international money transfers entirely within Messenger. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

UPS tests drone deliveries in Florida with eye to cost cuts

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(Reuters) - Package delivery company United Parcel Service Inc tested home delivery by drone in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, the first step in what the company hopes will be a move toward more automated delivery.

TransferWise launches Facebook Messenger bot for easy global money transfers (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:TransferWise launches Facebook Messenger bot for easy global money transfers  —  International money transfer service TransferWise has introduced a new Facebook Messenger bot, letting customers send money and create rate alerts directly from within Facebook Messenger.

China's Millennials Are Hustling For Part-Time Gigs Instead of Traditional Jobs

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Bloomberg has a report today in which it underscores a growing trend among millennials in China who are looking for part-time jobs. From the article: Hopping from one short-term stint to another isn't the sort of aspiration an earlier generation had in China, where the middle-class dream has long been university degrees followed by a stable job -- preferably one backed by the government. In a 2016 poll of 13,000 college students, 48 percent said they didn't want to enter the traditional labor market. Hardly any of these part-time jobs pay well, but it doesn't matter to millennials. The report adds: "The money is little," Zhang Chen, a 21-year-old accounting student said of the short gig that pays about 240 yuan ($35). "But I want a more interesting life." Chen was lined up for the work through DouMi, a startup that focuses exclusively on part-time positions and blends elements of a temp agency with an internet jobs board and marketing service. For around 130 yuan a day, DouMi users can sort crates of milk at a supermarket or hand out pamphlets on frozen sidewalks. Those considered "beautiful women," and between the ages of 18 and 28, can make four times as much plus tips by working as live-streaming models to keep mostly-male viewers entertained. Many of the roles run for mere days or weeks at a time, a flexibility that suits those juggling social lives and university studies. "Every month we have between 300,000 and 400,000 jobs," said Chief Executive Officer Zhao Shiyong.[..]

EE shows off helium balloon mobile masts

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They will be used in a UK rural area this year, the mobile phone network says.

Snap Spectacles roll out ahead of IPO

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The company behind Snapchat sells its flagship video-recording sunglasses online in the US.

Iran bans private drones from skies over Tehran amid security fears

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Military officials act to remove "security threat" of private drones after shooting at two devices.

Warning on used cars failing to forget old owners

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Car makers need to disconnect old owners from cars as vehicles change owners, an expert says.

Guru Brian Krebs' attackers sentenced for data theft

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Convicted duo also tried to frame security researcher Brian Krebs.

The colour-changing hair dye and other tech news

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BBC Click's Dan Simmons looks at some of the best of the week's technology news.

The flatpack robot that could explore planets

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A new generation of Super Ball robots could help us explore planets.

How a Nasa Starshade could help find exoplanets

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BBC Click's Spencer Kelly finds out how a giant shade could help find evidence of life on other planets.

The drone selfie camera and other news

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BBC Click's Marc Cieslak looks at some of the best of the week's technology news.

Hacking toasters

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How do you make home appliances safe from hackers? Computer security expert Mikko Hypponen has a plan.

Distracted to death

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Drivers using mobile phones on the road are four times more likely to have an accident - but can apps also make us safer?

Italian tragedy

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The story of Tiziana Cantone who killed herself after private sex videos of her went viral.

The robot helping children to code and other tech toys

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BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the latest gadgets at London's Toy Fair.

How hackers could use doll to open your front door

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As the National Cyber Security Centre opens, we discover how your smart devices could be a threat.

Gemalto Launches eSIM Technology for Windows 10 Devices

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An anonymous reader shares a report: Global digital security firm Gemalto on Tuesday announced it will make available its on-demand connectivity and eSIM technology for Microsoft's Windows 10 devices. The eSIM is designed to be remotely provisioned by mobile network operators with subscription information and is globally interoperable across all carriers, device makers and technology providers implementing the specification. Gemalto's On-Demand Connectivity solution gives service providers the capability to deliver a seamless customer experience for connecting consumer and industrial devices. "eSIM technology remains an important investment for Microsoft as we look to create even more mobile computing opportunities," said Roanne Sones, General Manager (Strategy and Ecosystem), Microsoft. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Investors bet on Israel tech stock windfall under Trump

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TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Investors are betting heavily that Israeli defense and cyber-security firms will reap a windfall from President Donald Trump's big U.S. spending plans, although likely benefits for the wider economy remain like the man himself - hard to predict.

Verizon Revises Its Deal With Yahoo, Reduces Price Of Acquisition By $350M

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Ingrid Lunden, writing for TechCrunch: After the disclosure of two massive data breaches last year, today Yahoo and Verizon finally confirmed new terms for the sale of Yahoo to Verizon: Verizon will pay $350 million less than originally planned, working out to a price of $4.48 billion to acquire Yahoo. The two have also agreed to share legal and regulatory liabilities after the massive data breach at Yahoo, which affected some 1.5 billion users across two hacks, one revealed in September 2016, and another in December 2016. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Verizon and Yahoo reduce price of acquisition deal by $350M, now valued at about $4.48B, and will evenly split cost of data breaches (Verizon Communications Inc.)

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Verizon Communications Inc.:Verizon and Yahoo reduce price of acquisition deal by $350M, now valued at about $4.48B, and will evenly split cost of data breaches  —  Media contact(s) T. 908-559-6388 media@yahoo-inc.com … NEW YORK, NY and SUNNYVALE, CA - Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and Yahoo! Inc. …

Toshiba seeks $8.8 billion for chip unit stake as banks fret over risks

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp wants to raise at least 1 trillion yen ($8.8 billion) by selling most of its flash memory chip business, seeking to create a buffer for any fresh financial problems, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Toshiba wants to pick preferred bidder for chip unit sale by May: source

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp wants to pick the preferred bidder or bidders for a majority stake in its chip unit by the end of May and will hold the first round of bids next month, a source with knowledge of the plan said.

Uber hires ex-U.S. Attorney General Holder to probe sexual harassment

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(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc has hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to conduct a review of sexual harassment claims at the ride-hailing service made by a former employee.
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