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Facebook’s been reportedly storing user password in plain text since 2012
Last night, Facebook revealed that it found a flaw in January in its systems that stored user passwords in plain text, which meant that anyone who had access to them could read those passwords without having to decrypt them. The vulnerability impacts “hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users.” What’s more shocking is that, according to cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs, in some instances, the company has been storing these passwords without securing them since 2012. The report also noted that because of the flaw, nearly 20,000… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook
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YouTube’s ‘child safe’ app is crawling with videos advocating suicide, murder, and sexual exploitation
For nearly five minutes, the cartoon is predictable. Colorful characters with child-like voices act out the types of scenarios capable of reversing even the wildest tantrums, turning screaming toddlers into tiny, submissive humans. It’s the optimal time for a man to enter the frame, telling your small child the proper way to slit their wrists. YouTube Kids is supposed to be the kid-friendly choice for discerning parents. It’s devoid of the conspiracy theories and misinformation that runs rampant on the main site and features cute and cuddly kids programing tailored to the youngest of children. It’s supposed to be inoffensive,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube
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This obscure Steam game makes me feel… nothing (and that’s the point)
Shakespeare had it right: “A sad tale’s best for winter.” If you’ve ever wanted to experience the cold, existential despair of being bored and alone on a winter night, a game that fills that niche recently appeared on Steam — a strange little experience titled “It’s Winter.” Sometimes there comes a Steam game so unusual that you’re not quite sure what to make of it. Last time I had that feeling, it was when I discovered Viscera Cleanup Detail (for those of you who haven’t heard of that game before, you’re welcome). I heard about It’s Winter from the good folks over… This story continues at The Next Web
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Bitcoin scammer boasts $760,000 payday through dark web domain squatting
A scammer is claiming to have made 200 BTC ($760,000) through ‘typosquatting’ criminal dark web sites on the Tor network, over the past four years. Typosquatting is a form of cybersquatting – basically sitting on websites under someone else’s brand – that specifically targets users who incorrectly type a website address into their web browser to lead them to a spoof site. For example, typing Facebook.com as opposed to Faceboook.com. Digital Shadows, the company which unearthed the scammer’s claims and analyzed supporting evidence, says it cannot confirm whether the scammer operating this typosquat network was able to abscond with as much Bitcoin as… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin
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Why we should trust Apple and Google more than our governments
When I was younger, I was taught that the ridges and patterns found on my fingertips are so unique, that no other person in the world has them. I can only assume you were also told that your fingertips are unique too — and not in a millennial sort of unique where everyone is so unique that they deserve a participation medal — actually unique. And it’s true. As I grew older, however, things got a little darker. Unique fingertips also meant that if someone got a hold of them, they could potentially steal my money; identity; frame me for murder, and leave me to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple,Google
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Switzerland inches closer to cryptocurrency regulation
Switzerland is getting closer to regulating cryptocurrencies. The Swiss Federal Assembly, the body tasked with handling government legislation in the country, yesterday approved a motion requesting the Federal Council regulate cryptocurrencies. A loosely translated version of the press release said the Federal Council would now be responsible for “adapting the provisions on judicial and administrative procedural instruments so that they can also be applied to cryptocurrencies.” Additionally, the statement highlighted that cryptocurrencies‘ pseudo-anonymous nature favored extortion and money laundering. “It should be clarified how the risks could be contained and whether the persons responsible for the cryptocurrency trading platforms should be equated… This story continues at The Next Web
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Brexit is a mess, but UK startups may find refuge in Estonia’s e-Residency
I’m not going to try to explain Brexit or where it’s headed, because it’ll be outdated before the day is out. It’s a mess no matter what your stance is, and it’s shrouded in uncertainty. What is clear is that everyone needs to prepare for the worst case scenario. The UK government has tried to come up with solutions to make the breakup easier on the country’s startups, but it hasn’t addressed the biggest issue: losing access to the EU single market. Luckily, Estonia offers a way for the UK to maintain its foothold. I visited the e-Residency office in… This story continues at The Next Web
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Cryptocurrency scammer pleads guilty in $4M fraud case
AriseBank CEO Jared Rice, who faced 120 years in prison for defrauding investors of $4 million in a cryptocurrency scam, has pleaded guilty. The cryptopreneur plead guilty yesterday morning after standing in front of judges in Texas, local outlet Dallas News reports. Rice conned investors by guaranteeing “no-risk returns” of between 10 and 20 percent on investments made into his startup. He admitted to one count of securities fraud, saying that he did indeed lie to investors. He also promised Visa-branded cards despite having no relationship with the payment services provider. Rice has also claimed that AriseBank’s initial coin offering… This story continues at The Next Web
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Here’s the difference between ICOs and IEOs
Welcome to Hard Fork Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice to keep you up to date in the cryptocurrency and blockchain world. People have been hailing security token offerings (STO) as the next initial coin offering (ICO), but there is momentum growing for a new type of blockchain-based fundraising. Say hello to the initial exchange offering (IEO). In this Hard Fork Basics article we’ll take a look at what an IEO is, and how it is both similar and different to an ICO. Let’s get to it. Defining the IEO? An IEO is still technically a form… This story continues at The Next Web
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PSA: Don’t use this fake Wasabi wallet to store your Bitcoin
Watch out! Wasabi, the popular anonymizing Bitcoin wallet, has been been duped in an apparent bid to steal your Bitcoin — and the ruse comes complete with an entirely phony website. Wasabi’s co-founder, nopara73, shared the discovery this morning: “The first malware that pretends to be Wasabi […]. Notice only the Windows download link points to their own website, the rest is to our GitHub?” he tweeted. Indeed, the fraudulent site (http://wasabibitcoinwallet.org/) features a download page that links to the latest version of “Wasabi.” It lists four versions for download (macOS, Windows, and two for Linux). All the links direct users to the real Wasabi… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin
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Here’s why you’re having issues with Reddit and Wikipedia in the EU
Redditors and Wikipedians (is that the correct term?) in the EU might have a hard time using their favorite websites today. The reason is the EU‘s upcoming Copyright Reform, which will be put to a vote on March 26. The directive includes the controversial Article 13 that will make platforms responsible for any copyright infringement by users. This will most likely damage the openness of the internet and make it harder to operate platforms dealing with user-generated posts — possibly outlawing content like Miley Cyrus’ birthday wishes to her hubby. To make people understand how serious the effects of the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Reddit,Wikipedia
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Facebook is hiring a lead for its blockchain counsel
It seems Facebook isn’t content with its 50-strong team dedicated to building its proprietary cryptocurrency, as it’s now looking to hire someone for its blockchain counsel. The social media giant is looking for a “lead commercial counsel, Blockchain” based at their Menlo Park, California headquarters. The job posting is not dated and it’s still unclear when Facebook first started looking. The firm wants a “proactive team player” that will support the company‘s new initiative into the development of blockchain-based applications. I sincerely hope this doesn’t mean Farmville is getting put on the blockchain. The successful applicant will be responsible for… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook
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Google’s AI-powered Doodle to celebrate Bach’s birthday is its best ever
Over the years, Google has consistently created beautiful ‘doodles’ – creative takes on its logo that show up on its homepage – to commemorate festivals, holidays, and significant events in history. Today, the company’s knocked it out of the park with its first-ever AI-powered doodle to celebrate the 334th birthday of Baroque composer extraordinaire Johann Sebastian Bach. The beautifully illustrated doodle has you write out a couple of bars of sheet music, choose a key, and then have Google‘s custom AI flesh out your melody with a harmony in Bach‘s signature style. There are a bunch of buttons that surface… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google
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‘Flat Earthers’ are embarking on a bizarre journey to Antarctica to prove that YouTube makes you stupid
A group of Flat Earthers are prepared to set sail on a bizarre journey to the Antarctic to prove, once and for all, that we’re living a lie. The group, spear-headed by the intellectuals over at the Flat Earth International Conference — the same group that believes NASA is run by conspirators hell-bent on perpetuating the myth of a spherical Earth — plan to set sail early next year. Logan Paul, the internet’s favorite punching bag, is reportedly interested in attending. Paul, you may remember, launched a teaser for his upcoming documentary, “The Flat Earth: To The Edge and Back.”… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says he will pay you to work on Bitcoin full-time
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has made an offering to the cryptocurrency community: he will pay developers to work full-time on Bitcoin Core and other “cryptocurrency ecosystem” projects. Are you currently contributing to bitcoin-core or other crypto ecosystem projects for free in your off-time? We’d like to pay you to do it full-time. If interested, DM @SqCrypto, and follow for updates on our progress. Thank you! — jack (@jack) March 20, 2019 Bitcoin Core is an open-source protocol. There is no one company funding Bitcoin development, and it has no leader. Any budding programmer from around the world can contribute building… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin,Twitter
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Futuristic hover bike promises 15,000 foot climbs and 150 MPH top speed (and you can pre-order it now)
Earlier this month, JetPack Aviation threw down the gauntlet, offering up its futuristic hover bike, dubbed the Speeder, for pre-order. It promised delivery next year. The hovercraft features four turbojet engines capable of 750 pound-feet of thrust, an on-board vehicle stability system, touchscreen navigation, and a 360-degree automatic collision avoidance system. It’ll reach altitudes of 15,000 feet, and top speeds of 150 miles per hour. There’s even a consumer-friendly version that doesn’t require a pilot’s license, all for a cool $380,000. It comes with training, a personalized flight suit, a helmet, and a free t-shirt… so, there’s that. It’s a… This story continues at The Next Web
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Snapchat is getting into games — here’s what we’d like to see
Snapchat is getting into the game, literally. Rumor has it an in-app gaming platform, along with a handful of games, are coming to the social network. While we don’t yet know which titles Snap has snapped up, there are some games that we think will work best within the app — and a few things it should avoid. According to a report from Cheddar, Snap Inc will be revealing its platform, codenamed “Project Cognac,” at an event in April. It’ll allegedly show a few third-party games that’ll work with the app, alongside (one would hope) some games of its own. The… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Snapchat
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Amazon has a new cheap Kindle, but the Paperwhite is still a better deal
Amazon today updated its entry-level Kindle, making it at once a bit more useful and a bit more expensive – the starting price has gone from $79.99 to $89.99 . It’s a welcome update, but you should probably buy the Kindle Paperwhite instead. The biggest change is the addition of an adjustable front light, meaning you can finally use the entry-level Kindle in the dark. This isn’t automatic brightness adjustment like we’re used to on our phones and laptops, mind you; you’ll have to adjust the brightness manually. Still, given the e-ink display, this shouldn’t be much of an issue;… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Kindle,Amazon
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Cryptocurrency platform Augur can’t fix ‘invalid market’ scam without huge update
Decentralized betting protocol Augur is dealing with a situation: fraudsters can illegitimately profit by gaming the system, and there’s not much its devs can do about it (for now). Augur co-founder Joey Krug recently addressed community concerns about scammers taking over the platform. They’re alleged to be intentionally creating invalid markets en masse, which fool the system into mistakenly distributing profit to the attackers. For context, Augur is a blockchain-based marketplace for prediction betting, where anyone can open a market on any subject. Token holders are encouraged to come to consensus over the outcome of a particular bet (say, that it… This story continues at The Next Web
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Cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopia resumes trading months after debilitating hack
Cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopia has resumed trading following a debilitating hack in mid-January. The New Zealand-based company said on Twitter today that it had resumed trading “on 40 trade pairs […] quantified as secure,” adding that it would continue to expand its offering as more coins were cleared. A list of the available trading pairs is available on its website. As previously reported by Hard Fork, the exchange is thought to have had more than 1,095 digital assets available for trade when it went offline a couple of months ago. As one of the longest-serving cryptocurrency exchanges, Cryptopia made headlines after it announced “a security breach… This story continues at The Next Web
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Disney resurrects Lucasfilm Games for a mysterious Star Wars project
Disney appears to be reviving Lucasfilms Games on the sly, hiring people to work on “interactive products.” The job postings are vague, but we can surmise Disney might be making a new Star Wars game. That’s exciting not just because, you know, Star Wars, but because it could mean Disney is getting back into games after all these years. “Lucasfilms Games.” To quote an old master, that’s a name I’ve not heard in a long time… a long time. It’s the original name of LucasArts, the legendary studio that developed games in the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, as well as several of… This story continues at The Next Web
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Here’s how Apple could’ve made the new AirPods even better
Yep, today Apple released its new pair of AirPods, something you can read about in detail here. While the updates are undoubtedly good, I’m disappointed that Apple didn’t do more. I’m a regular AirPod user and, while I like them a lot, the earbuds could easily be better. In many ways, the newest pair feels like AirPods 1.5, instead of the 2.0 version I was dreaming of. Don’t worry though – I’m here. So, Apple design team, pick up your pencils and crayons, I’m about to give you the secrets to making the next set of AirPods properly good. Stop them… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple
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TNW2019 Daily: You’re my hero
There are exactly 50 days left until TNW Conference. Do you know what that means? It means if you haven’t got your ticket yet, I’m officially offended. You really don’t want to be missing out, so get yours now. We’ve got so much fun stuff in store, and I can’t even tell you everything yet – but I will in the next few weeks, so stay tuned! Today, I’d really like to talk about how attending our conference is not just for your own benefit, but rather for the greater good. Let me explain… You can save the universe It’s… This story continues at The Next Web
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Full moon patents: Uber’s pick-up AR, Microsoft’s crime scene AI, and Boeing’s toilet
Ugh, the Gregorian calendar is so boring. That’s why we’re disrupting monthly series with a lunar cycle-based series about the best patents of the last synodic month, picked by the PatentYogi team. Get ready when that moon gets gibbous, y’all. This March-ish roundup lands on the icky Worm Moon ! Since my last post, the US patent office issued over 13,028 patents and published over 13,113 patent applications. Each patent asset adds a little something new to the human knowledge base. As I cannot list all these patent assets here, the PatentYogi team has selected the five most interesting patent assets. Enjoy! Patent… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft,Uber
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I wanted to fold Huawei’s foldable phone but they wouldn’t let me
After reading and writing pieces about foldable phones for months, I finally got to try Huawei‘s extravagant Mate X foldable phone. I used the phone for a couple of minutes at the company’s briefing in India, and it was a very cool experience. However, there was one catch: I didn’t get to actually fold it. As my colleague Matt has mentioned in his story, the Mate X looks incredible – both in it’s folded and unfolded avatars. In my couple of minutes with the phone, I felt the phone’s build is quite massive and bulky (it weighs 295 grams), making the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Huawei
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Apple’s new AirPods include wireless charging, Siri, and a fancy new chip
They’re here! Apple has just announced its new AirPods, and they’re on sale now. We’ve discussed the merits (and pitfalls) of Apple’s popular wireless earbuds before, and this update is definitely a Good Thing. The company put its new H1 chip into the earbuds, which will deliver faster device connections, and an extra hour of talk time – a 50-percent improvement over the previous model’s performance. Another thing Apple has done with the H1 chip is to implement “Hey Siri.” Say this, and you activate the voice assistant, which you can then use to do things like change songs or make… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple
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North Korean dissidents are using Ethereum to overthrow Kim Jong-un
Political dissidents known as the Cheollima Civil Defense (CCD) are selling special “post-liberation blockchain visas” for cryptocurrency in a bid to raise funds for overthrowing Kim Jong-un — and they’ve already collected over $57,000 in Bitcoin. Much like internationally recognized visas, CCD says it will allow anyone who purchases a Free Joseon Genesis Visa (G-VISA) to visit North Korea once it has been “liberated,” reports South China Morning Post. The group says it will create 200,000 non-fungible Ethereum-based (ERC-721) tokens called the Free Joseon Genesis Visa, sold for 1 Ethereum ($137) each. At pixel time, seven G-VISAs have been issued to five addresses. CCD has been touted… This story continues at The Next Web
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Why designers create products that are never meant to be real
Humans are great at telling stories. We use them to teach our children, to learn about ourselves, and to plan paths to the future. Speculative fiction, imagining worlds that are not our own, is a great tool for considering the societal consequences of things that haven’t happened yet, sometimes on a grand scale. Designers also think about possibilities and potentials: What can be created to solve this particular challenge, or to meet this particular need? Often, the process of answering these questions involves building prototypes to test an idea. Once you get your hands on something and start using it, you… This story continues at The Next Web
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Here’s how to attend TNW2019 and a 1-day course with a discount
If you’re looking to take the next step in your career, learning new skills is essential. At TNW Conference on May 9 and 10 in Amsterdam, you can find two days of knowledge sharing with the biggest names in tech – but if you want an extra learning experience, we have just the thing. With our Growth Pass, we’ve partnered with Growth Tribe to offer you a great discount on the ultimate experience to develop your skills. You’ll receive a full ticket to TNW Conference as well as a one-day growth hacking course by Growth Tribe. These tickets are worth… This story continues at The Next Web
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