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Tumblr rolls out Safe Mode, which goes beyond search results filtering to filter sensitive Dashboard content (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:Tumblr rolls out Safe Mode, which goes beyond search results filtering to filter sensitive Dashboard content  —  Tumblr this morning is rolling outa significant update to its content filtering system with the launch of a new “Safe Mode” for browsing content on its site.

Nokia debuts $59 Nokia Body Scale, $129 Nokia BPM+ blood pressure monitor, and revamps Health Mate fitness apps (Khari Johnson/VentureBeat)

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Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:Nokia debuts $59 Nokia Body Scale, $129 Nokia BPM+ blood pressure monitor, and revamps Health Mate fitness apps  —  Nokia today unveiled a new smart scale and digital blood pressure monitor as part of the company's “rebirth,” Cédric Hutchings, Nokia's VP of Digital Health …

Instagram adds Live video replays and says Stories has 250M DAUs as of June, whereas Snapchat only had 166M DAUs as of May (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:Instagram adds Live video replays and says Stories has 250M DAUs as of June, whereas Snapchat only had 166M DAUs as of May  —  Instagram Stories is widening its lead over Snapchat and rolling out new features to keep everyone shooting video.  Instagram Stories now has 250 million daily active users …

Amazon Will Now Let You Try On Clothes Before You Buy Them

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For many people, buying clothing online is not worth the hassle of getting a pair of pants or a shirt that does not fit. Many retailers have sought to eliminate that risk by offering free returns on clothing, but now Amazon is going even further. From a report: Amazon is launching Prime Wardrobe, a new program that will let you try on clothes before you buy them. Once you select at least three Prime Wardrobe-eligible pieces from over a million clothing options, Amazon will ship your selections to you in a resealable return box with a prepaid shipping label. After you try on the clothes, you can put the ones you don't want back in the box and leave it at your front door -- Prime Wardrobe also comes with free scheduled pickups from UPS. If you decide to keep at least three items you will get a 10 percent discount off your purchase, and if you keep five or more pieces the discount rises to 20 percent. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Italy investigates foreign ministry hacking attempt

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ROME (Reuters) - Italy's foreign ministry said on Tuesday it was investigating a hacking attempt, after a group calling itself Anonymous published what it said was stolen ministry data.

YouTube updates policies to ensure that LGBTQ+ videos without graphic content are allowed in Restricted Mode (Mariella Moon/Engadget)

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Mariella Moon / Engadget:YouTube updates policies to ensure that LGBTQ+ videos without graphic content are allowed in Restricted Mode  —  YouTube has updated its policies to explicitly state that any LGBTQ+-themed video with no graphic/mature language and content is allowed in Restricted Mode.

Neighborhood social network Nextdoor says it's used in 160K neighborhoods, of which 145K are in US, and expands to Germany (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:Neighborhood social network Nextdoor says it's used in 160K neighborhoods, of which 145K are in US, and expands to Germany  —  Nextdoor, the social network that connects you with people in your neighborhood, is taking another step up in its global growth, after launching in the Netherlands and the UK last year.

NYTimes: Move Over, Bitcoin. Ether Is the Digital Currency of the Moment.

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An anonymous reader shares a report: The price of Bitcoin has hit record highs in recent months, more than doubling in price since the start of the year. Despite these gains, Bitcoin is on the verge of losing its position as the dominant virtual currency. The value of Ether, the digital money that lives on an upstart network known as Ethereum, has risen an eye-popping 4,500 percent since the beginning of the year (alternative source). With the recent price increases, the outstanding units of the Ether currency were worth around $34 billion as of Monday -- or 82 percent as much as all the Bitcoin in existence. At the beginning of the year, Ether was only about 5 percent as valuable as Bitcoin. The sudden rise of Ethereum highlights how volatile the bewildering world of virtual currency remains, where lines of computer code can be spun into billions of dollars in a matter of months. [...] The two-year old system has picked up backing from both tech geeks and big corporate names like JPMorgan Chase and Microsoft, which are excited about Ethereum's goal of providing not only a digital currency but also a new type of global computing network, which generally requires Ether to use. In a recent survey of 1,100 virtual currency users, 94 percent were positive about the state of Ethereum, while only 49 percent were positive about Bitcoin, the industry publication CoinDesk said this month.[..]

Instagram says Stories has 250M DAUs as of June, whereas Snapchat only had 166M DAUs as of its earnings report in May (Michelle Castillo/CNBC)

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Michelle Castillo / CNBC:Instagram says Stories has 250M DAUs as of June, whereas Snapchat only had 166M DAUs as of its earnings report in May  —  - Its main competitor Snap just has 166 million daily active users, as of its last earnings report in May  —  Instagram Stories is now at 250 million daily active users …

Swiss encrypted email provider ProtonMail launches ProtonVPN with Tor support and free subscription tier for single device access (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:Swiss encrypted email provider ProtonMail launches ProtonVPN with Tor support and free subscription tier for single device access  —  ProtonMail has officially launched its first new standalone service, three years after the company's original encrypted email service went to market.

Amazon tests Prime Wardrobe, a new service that lets customers try up to 15 pieces of clothing at a time, with bigger discounts the more they keep (Jason Del Rey/Recode)

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Jason Del Rey / Recode:Amazon tests Prime Wardrobe, a new service that lets customers try up to 15 pieces of clothing at a time, with bigger discounts the more they keep  —  Prime Wardrobe is currently in beta.  —  Following in the footsteps of a host of e-commerce startups, Amazon's fashion division is testing …

Cisco Subdomain Private Key Found in Embedded Executable

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Earlier this month, a developer accidentally discovered the private key of a Cisco subdomain. An anonymous reader shares the post: Last weekend, in an attempt to get Sky's NOW TV video player (for Mac) to work on my machine, I noticed that one of the Cisco executables contains a private key that is associated with the public key in a trusted certificate for a cisco.com sub domain. This certificate is used in a local WebSocket server, presumably to allow secure Sky/NOW TV origins to communicate with the video player on the users' local machines. I read the Baseline Requirements document (version 1.4.5, section 4.9.1.1), but I wasn't entirely sure whether this is considered a key compromise. I asked Hanno Bock on Twitter, and he advised me to post the matter to this mailing list. The executable containing the private key is named 'CiscoVideoGuardMonitor', and is shipped as part of the NOW TV video player. In case you are interested, the installer can be found here (SHA-256: 56feeef4c3d141562900f9f0339b120d4db07ae2777cc73a31e3b830022241e6). I would recommend to run this installer in a virtual machine, because it drops files all over the place, and installs a few launch items (agents/daemons). The executable 'CiscoVideoGuardMonitor' can be found at '$HOME/Library/Cisco/VideoGuardPlayer/VideoGuardMonitor/VideoGuardMonitor.bundle/Contents/MacOS/CiscoVideoGuardMonitor'. Certificate details: Serial number: 66170CE2EC8B7D88B4E2EB732E738FE3A67CF672, DNS names: drmlocal.cisco.com,[..]

A Third Of the Planet's Population Is Exposed To Deadly Heatwaves

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An anonymous reader shares a report: Nearly a third of the world's population is now exposed to climatic conditions that produce deadly heatwaves, as the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere makes it "almost inevitable" that vast areas of the planet will face rising fatalities from high temperatures, new research has found. Climate change has escalated the heatwave risk across the globe, the study states, with nearly half of the world's population set to suffer periods of deadly heat by the end of the century even if greenhouse gases are radically cut. "For heatwaves, our options are now between bad or terrible," said Camilo Mora, an academic at the University of Hawaii and lead author of the study. High temperatures are currently baking large swaths of the south-western US, with the National Weather Service (NWS) issuing an excessive heat warning for Phoenix, Arizona, which is set to reach 119F (48.3C) on Monday. The heat warning extends across much of Arizona and up through the heart of California, with Palm Springs forecast a toasty 116F (46.6C) on Monday and Sacramento set to reach 107F (41.6C). Read more of this story at Slashdot.

How Amazon sellers compete to win the "Buy Box", which houses the "Add to Cart" button and doesn't always prioritize low prices (Leticia Miranda/BuzzFeed)

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Leticia Miranda / BuzzFeed:How Amazon sellers compete to win the “Buy Box”, which houses the “Add to Cart” button and doesn't always prioritize low prices  —  Behind the scenes on what may appear to be a simple product page on Amazon, a bustle of sellers are all scrambling to win your business.

U.S. banks, corporations establish principles for cyber risk ratings firms

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(Reuters) - More than two dozen U.S. companies, including several big banks, have teamed up to establish shared principles that would allow them to better understand their cyber security ratings and to challenge them if necessary, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said on Tuesday. Large corporations often use the ratings, the cyber equivalent of a FICO credit score, to assess how prepared the companies they work with are to withstand cyber attacks. Insurers also look at the ratings when they make

Leaked Recording: Inside Apple's Global War On Leakers

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Reader citadrianne writes: A recording of an internal briefing at Apple earlier this month obtained by The Outline sheds new light on how far the most valuable company in the world will go to prevent leaks about new products. The briefing, titled 'Stopping Leakers -- Keeping Confidential at Apple,' was led by Director of Global Security David Rice, Director of Worldwide Investigations Lee Freedman, and Jenny Hubbert, who works on the Global Security communications and training team. According to the hour-long presentation, Apple's Global Security team employs an undisclosed number of investigators around the world to prevent information from reaching competitors, counterfeiters, and the press, as well as hunt down the source when leaks do occur. Some of these investigators have previously worked at U.S. intelligence agencies like the National Security Administration (NSA), law enforcement agencies like the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service, and in the U.S. military. Top-notch reporting from The Outline, consider reading the full report. During the briefing, a company executive said they have been able to find two employees who leaked information to media. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Fatal Tesla crash driver 'given warnings'

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More details about the driver who was killed last year while his car was in autopilot have been published.

Apple files more claims in lawsuit against Qualcomm, accusing it of operating an "illegal business model", and seeking to void patent claims (Susan Decker/Bloomberg)

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Susan Decker / Bloomberg:Apple files more claims in lawsuit against Qualcomm, accusing it of operating an “illegal business model”, and seeking to void patent claims  —  IPhone maker files more claims against Qualcomm in lawsuit  —  Apple cites May Supreme Court ruling against double-dipping

Time Warner Will Spend $100 Million On Snapchat Original Shows, Ads

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Time Warner and Snap Inc. have announced a new deal that will bring increased ad spending and the development of new made-for-Snapchat shows. People familiar with the deal tell TechCrunch that it is valued at about $100 million spent over the next two years. The newly created shows will span a variety of genres, including scripted drama, daily news shows, documentaries and comedy. The shows will be similar to those already released by other networks on Snapchat, and run 3-5 minutes in a vertical format. Right now there is about one new show airing per day -- this deal will push that to about three news shows per day, varying between the different genres outlined above. Snap will take 50 percent of the ad revenue generated by these shows and the content partners will keep the other half, according to the WSJ. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Ether, which has risen 4,500% since the beginning of the year, is likely to pass Bitcoin's total value soon, in a milestone being called "the flippening" (Nathaniel Popper/New York Times)

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Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:Ether, which has risen 4,500% since the beginning of the year, is likely to pass Bitcoin's total value soon, in a milestone being called “the flippening”  —  The price of Bitcoin has hit record highs in recent months, more than doubling in price since the start of the year.

Apple tells court Qualcomm chip licenses are invalid

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(Reuters) - Apple Inc broadened a legal attack on Qualcomm Inc, arguing to a U.S. federal court that license agreements that secure the chip maker a cut of every iPhone manufactured were invalid.

Analysis of NaviStone code on Acurian medical sites shows use of keystroke logging-like tech that captures data as soon as users type into forms for targeting (Gizmodo)

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Gizmodo:Analysis of NaviStone code on Acurian medical sites shows use of keystroke logging-like tech that captures data as soon as users type into forms for targeting  —  In the summer of 2015, Alexandra Franco got a letter in the mail from a company she had never heard of called AcurianHealth.

Genealogy website Ancestry.com files for confidential IPO

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(Reuters) - Genealogy website Ancestry.com Inc on Monday said it had confidentially submitted a draft registration statement on a proposed initial public offering (IPO) to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Cats May Have Been Domesticated Twice

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sciencehabit writes: Cats may have been domesticated twice, once in Turkey around 10,000 years ago, and again in Egypt, thousands of years later. That's the conclusion of a new genetic analysis of more than 200 ancient cats, including DNA extracted from Egyptian mummies. The scientists found evidence for an exodus of cats into the wider world from both ancient Turkey and ancient Egypt, but that these two waves of cats sported different genetic signatures. Whether or not the ancient Egyptians independently domesticated cats, their massive breeding programs appear to have further tamed the feline, turning cats from territorial and antisocial creatures into the lovable furballs we know today. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google launches AI-powered jobs search engine that taps into listings from LinkedIn, Monster, WayUp, DirectEmployers, CareerBuilder, Facebook, and others (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:Google launches AI-powered jobs search engine that taps into listings from LinkedIn, Monster, WayUp, DirectEmployers, CareerBuilder, Facebook, and others  —  Looking for a new job is getting easier.  Google today launched a new jobs search feature right on its search result pages that lets …

Supreme Court and top patent court rarely see eye to eye

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous backing on Monday of a ruling by the country's top patent court was a rare instance of agreement with a body whose decisions in that specialized area it regularly overturns.

Continental joins BMW, Intel, Mobileye platform for self-driving cars

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Continental said on Tuesday it would join a self-driving platform developed by BMW , Intel and Mobileye with the German auto parts and tire maker handling integration of components and software.

AP-NORC poll: Few favor Trump move to ditch Paris accord

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A new poll finds that Americans are more likely to oppose than support President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord

Scientists Declare End to Global Coral Reef Bleaching Event

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Scientists in the U.S. have announced Monday that a mass bleaching of coral reefs worldwide has finally ended after three years. "About three-quarters of the world's delicate coral reefs were damaged or killed by hot water in what scientists say was the largest coral catastrophe," reports Phys.Org. From the report: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a global bleaching event in May 2014. It was worse than previous global bleaching events in 1998 and 2010. The forecast damage doesn't look widespread in the Indian Ocean, so the event loses its global scope. Bleaching will still be bad in the Caribbean and Pacific, but it'll be less severe than recent years, said NOAA coral reef watch coordinator C. Mark Eakin. Places like Australia's Great Barrier Reef, northwest Hawaii, Guam and parts of the Caribbean have been hit with back-to-back-to-back destruction, Eakin said. University of Victoria, British Columbia, coral reef scientist Julia Baum plans to travel to Christmas Island in the Pacific where the coral reefs have looked like ghost towns in recent years. While conditions are improving, it's too early to celebrate, said Eakin, adding that the world may be at a new normal where reefs are barely able to survive during good conditions. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Hidden trove of suspected Nazi artifacts found in Argentina

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In a hidden room in a house in Argentina's capital, police believe they have found the biggest collection of Nazi artifacts in the country's history, including busts of Adolf Hitler and even a macabre medical device used to measure head size
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