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Critical flaws on OEM laptops let hackers take over in 10 minutes

Critical flaws on OEM laptops let hackers take over in 10 minutes

Security researchers have discovered critical vulnerabilities in popular off-the-shelf HP, Acer, Dell, Asus and Lenovo laptops that make it possible for hackers to hijack and compromise the PCs in less than 10 minutes. Among cybersecurity professionals, it’s commonly known that if you want to have a secure PC, you probably shouldn’t use a regular off-the-shelf consumer laptop as they come with ‘bloatware’, or third-party...

Starbreeze acquires full rights to Payday franchise

Starbreeze acquires full rights to Payday franchise

Starbreeze AB, an independent creator, publisher and distributor of high quality entertainment products, today announced its agreement with 505 Games to acquire the full rights to the PAYDAY-franchise. The consideration for the acquisition amounts to 10.9 million B-shares in Starbreeze, equivalent to 30 MUSD (approx. 249 MSEK). After the transaction Starbreeze will own the full rights to the PAYDAY-franchise for any future developments or...

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Facebook ads track non-users

Facebook will now display ads to web users who are not members of its social network, the company announced Thursday, in a bid to significantly expand its online ad network. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Facebook will use cookies, “like” buttons, and other plug-ins embedded on third-party sites to track members and non-members alike. The company says it will be able to better target non-Facebook...

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Simplifying updates for Windows 7 and 8.1

While we’ve spent a lot of time over the past year talking about Windows 10 (including new roadmap details), we know that organizations are still working with Windows 7 too, regularly updating their Windows 7 SP1 images to include the latest updates, app versions, and more.  For those that are involved in that process, you’ve probably seen a display like this too many times:...

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Windows 10 will stop sharing Wi-Fi passwords

Microsoft is removing part of its controversial Wi-Fi Sense feature from Windows 10. This means they will stop sharing wi-fi passwords. “We have removed the Wi-Fi Sense feature that allows you to share Wi-Fi networks with your contacts and to be automatically connected to networks shared by your contacts,” says Microsoft’s Gabe Aul. “The cost of updating the code to keep this feature working...

Rise of Ad Blocking Is the Ad Industry’s Fault, Says Outgoing FTC Commissioner

Rise of Ad Blocking Is the Ad Industry’s Fault, Says Outgoing FTC Commissioner

A commissioner at the US Federal Trade Commission who is leaving the agency after six years of working on consumer privacy issues has some critical words for the ad industry. Speaking with Ad Age, departing FTC commissioner Julie Brill lamented the current state of consumer tracking and data collection on the web, linking the rampant rise of ad blockers with the ad industry’s foot-dragging...

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Commerce Secretary Appoints Comcast VP to Advisory Board to Protect Free & Open Internet

I got whiplash this afternoon doing a double-take on the improbable announcement that Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker has seen fit to appoint David Cohen, senior vice president and chief lobbyist at Comcast, to the first-ever Digital Economy Board of Advisors, which counts among its goals protecting a free and open Internet. He will be joined by AT&T’s chief lobbyist, the omnipresent Mr. James Cicconi....

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Why Are People Using Ad Blockers? Ads Can Eat Up To 79% Of Mobile Data Allotments

By now, usage caps on both fixed and wireless networks have grown increasingly common. And while broadband carriers are endlessly looking toward caps and zero rating for a competitive and financial advantage, overlooked is the fact that a huge amount of a user’s monthly bandwidth allotment is now being eroded by good old advertising. How much? According to a new study by Enders Analysis,...

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More Encryption, More Notifications, More Email Security

Today, we’re announcing a variety of new protections that will help keep Gmail users even safer and promote email security best practices across the Internet as a whole. New tools and industry standards make email even safer On Safer Internet Day this year, we introduced a new visual element to Gmail that lets users know when they’ve received a message that wasn’t delivered using...

Congress punishes FCC for standing up to ISPs with pointless hearings

Congress punishes FCC for standing up to ISPs with pointless hearings

In the year since the FCC passed net neutrality rules, ISP allies in Congress have run the agency through an endless gauntlet of show-pony hearings. While most of these hearings profess to be focused on agency transparency and accountability, they’re really geared toward one single purpose: to publicly shame the agency for standing up to deep-pocketed telecom campaign contributors. Given the fact the only...