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Google Drive offers whole PC backup

Google is turning Drive into a much more robust backup tool. Soon, instead of files having to live inside of the Drive folder, Google will be able to monitor and backup files inside of any folder you point it to. That can include your desktop, your entire documents folder, or other more specific locations. The backup feature will come out later this month, on...

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Google Chrome will automatically block annoying ads in 2018

Google’s Chrome browser will soon come with preinstalled technology that will block the most annoying ads currently marring the web experience, the company confirmed on Thursday. Publishers will be able to understand how they will be affected through a tool Google is dubbing “The Ad Experience Report.” It will basically score a publisher’s site and inform them which of their ads are “annoying experiences.”...

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Microsoft makes Apple look stale

Remember when buying a Mac meant that you got cutting-edge technology? Nowadays you’re overpaying for old, stale ideas wrapped in “thin and light” aluminum shells. PCs have undoubtedly gone through a stale patch. Partly this has been down to PC sales in general going from soft to soggy over the past few years, partly it’s been down to OEMs scrabbling to make ends meet...

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Brave browser raises $35 million in 30 seconds

There’s been a whole lot of talk about initial coin offerings (ICO), company fundraising events based around the sale of cryptocurrencies, but not much in the way of action until yesterday. That’s when web browser maker Brave, founded by former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, raised $35 million from its ICO — and it did it in less than 30 seconds, too. ICOs operate by selling...

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Websites can crash Windows 7 and 8 PCs due to a bug

It’s been a bad month for Windows 7 users. The widespread WannaCry ransomware hit mostly Windows 7 machines, and now a new bug has been discovered that will slow down and crash Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs. Ars Technica reports that the bug allows a malicious website to try and load an image file with the “$MFT” name in the directory path. Windows...

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Microsoft issues special Windows XP patch for WannaCrypt

Last week, an unprecedented ransomware attack began locking up thousands of computers in more than 150 countries. The so-called WannaCrypt malware leverages a Windows vulnerability known as EternalBlue that leaked last month when a group known as Shadow Brokers posted a bunch of hacking tools that allegedly belonged to the NSA. Microsoft issued a patch for the flaw in March, but many organizations failed...

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Netflix has four times more subscribers than Comcast

Netflix has been growing at a rapid pace over the past few years, with international expansion, a focused strategy on original content that gets people talking, and an affordable price point that appeals to younger subscribers. Because of this, Netflix has surpassed 100 million subscribers this year, their CEO Reed Hastings casually celebrating with a steak dinner at Denny’s last week. He certainly has...

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Google Docs has a sophisticated phishing attack

If someone invites you to edit a file in Google Docs today, don’t open it — it may be spam from a phishing scheme that’s been spreading quickly this afternoon. As detailed on Reddit, the attack sends targets an emailed invitation from someone they may know, takes them to a real Google sign-in screen, then asks them to “continue to Google Docs.” But this...

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Amazon evaded 130 billion euro worth of taxes

Milan tax police have told Amazon they believes the world’s largest online retailer has evaded around 130 million euros ($142 million) of taxes in Italy, a source close to the matter said on Friday. The allegedly unpaid taxes refer to the period between 2011 and 2015, when Amazon made revenues of around 2.5 billion euros in Italy, the source said. The tax police’s findings...

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Google’s new invisible Captcha can only be seen by bots

Google just killed the Captcha, perhaps the most obstructive thing on the entire internet. For years, Captcha served as the primary way of telling humans and robots apart on the internet. It made sure that the person looking to access a website was actually a human being – ensuring that robots couldn’t be used to send spam or flood a website with requests, for...