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Russian hackers exploit patched, update your Windows

Microsoft released 14 new security bulletins on Tuesday, in which, it addressed many security issues including a vulnerability actively exploited by a Russia-linked group and several other bugs for which exploits are publicly available. One of the security updates is MS16-135, a bulletin rated Important on severity level. MS16-135 resolves two information disclosure and three privilege elevation vulnerabilities, including a Windows kernel bug exploited...

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Google denies Android violates competition rules

Google has denied the way it handles its Android mobile operating system is anti-competitive. In 2015, the European Commission said it would investigate whether Google “abused its dominant position” and “hindered the development” of rivals. Google argued Android was a “flexible” platform that had “expanded competition” rather than hurting it. The European Commission told the BBC it would carefully consider Google’s response before making...

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Chrome said to have 2 billion active installs

Google is hosting its Chrome Dev Summit today. There hasn’t been a lot of news out of the event, but one number that stood out in today’s keynote by Chrome Engineering VP Darin Fisher was that there are now 2 billion Chrome installs in active use across desktop and mobile. This is the first time Google has shared this number. Sadly, Google didn’t announce any new...

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Microsoft patches Google outed Windows security hole

As promised, Microsoft has issued a fix for the Windows security flaw that Google disclosed before a patch was ready. The update tackles vulnerabilities in numerous versions of Windows (from Vista through Windows 10) that would let an attacker get control of your system through a malicious app. You’re already safe if you use Windows 10 Anniversary Update and an up-to-date browser, we’d add...

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Spotify excessively writes to drives

I recently noticed that something was writing a lot of data to my SSD so I started looking trough what could be causing it, and Spotify ended up being the culprit, it was writing close to 10GB an hour to my drive at one point. I checked the I/O write data with the S.M.A.R.T data on my drive and it wrote 28.305.469.806 Bytes of...

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Google introduces YouTube HDR support

For some millennials, YouTube stars are more important than popular pop musicians or famous Hollywood actors. Older folks may not understand this phenomenon, but it actually makes a lot of sense — YouTube is a platform where many young people spend their time. Today, Google announces that it is making YouTube even better. The service can already stream video in 4K, and is available on...

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Windows 10 updates get smaller

Microsoft has been promising smaller updates to Windows 10, through various methods, for what feels like years, but the company is now starting to test a new Unified Update Platform (UUP) that will make a big difference. “One of the biggest community and customer benefits of UUP is the reduction you’ll see in download size on PCs,” explains Bill Karagounis, a Windows program manager,...

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Twitch sells video ads that cannot be ad blocked

Twitch, the Amazon-owned video streaming platform which is today used by over 2 million broadcasters, announced today its plans to begin selling video ads in its partners’ live streams. These ads will roll out this week, and will be delivered through Twitch’s new SureStream video technology platform, which also offers smoother and more reliable streams, including ads, the company claims. The goal is to offer...

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Facebook revenue increases by blocking ad blockers

Facebook’s recent workaround for Adblock Plus and other ad blockers is already earning it money. On today’s blockbuster Q3 earnings call, the company said desktop ad revenue grew 18 percent year-over-year this quarter compared to around 9 percent in previous quarters, and that thwarting ad blockers was largely the cause for that boost. While Adblock Plus announced it would circumvent the ban, and temporarily...

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Firefox 50 startup improvements land on November 15

Mozilla Firefox 50, the next release version of the web browser, won’t come out on November 8, 2016 but a week later on November 15, 2016 instead. Firefox ESR will be released a week later as well to come out at the same day as Firefox 50. The reason for the change is quite positive for users of the web browser: Mozilla wants to include...