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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Mac apps using Sparkle, a third-party updating service, are subject to MITM attacks, affected apps include Camtasia, uTorrent, DuetDisplay, and Sketch   —  “Huge” number of Mac apps vulnerable to hijacking, and a fix is elusive  —  Apps that use 3rd-party updater over insecure HTTP channels subject to MiTM attacks.
Feb 9, 2016, 4:12 PMIn context
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Oculus reveals first “Oculus Ready” PCs, with bundles starting at $1499 and pre-orders beginning February 16   —  Oculus reveals first “Oculus Ready” PCs, bundled starting at $1,499  —  Asus, Dell, and Alienware towers certified to run virtual reality.
Feb 9, 2016, 2:05 PMIn context
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
eBay tells security firm it has no plans to fix bug that lets attackers bypass restrictions on auction pages and run custom JavaScript   —  eBay has no plans to fix “severe” bug that allows malware distribution  —  Clever “JSF**K” technique allows hackers to bypass eBay block of JavaScript.
Feb 3, 2016, 12:25 PMIn context
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Comcast says gigabit cable Internet service launching in Atlanta, Nashville early this year, with Chicago, Detroit, and Miami in following months   —  Comcast 2Gbps fiber available to 18M homes; gigabit cable coming soon  —  Atlanta and Nashville get gigabit cable first; Chicago, Detroit, and Miami next.
Feb 3, 2016, 9:50 AMIn context
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
YouTube stars Fine Brothers kill plans to trademark the word “react” and license their videos' “format” after backlash   —  Fine Bros back down, rescind trademark claim on the word “react”  —  This is as much of React World as you're likely to see after the “react video” …
Feb 2, 2016, 2:05 AMIn context
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
NSA, GCHQ used open source software to spy on Israeli, Syrian drones   —  Image tools unscrambled encrypted analog video feeds, documents reveal.  —  Documents provided to The Intercept by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden show new evidence of a long-running surveillance campaign …
Jan 30, 2016, 12:45 AMIn context
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
LG patches data-theft vulnerability discovered in Smart Notice, a preinstalled app on the G3 affecting an estimated 10M phones   —  LG closes data-theft hole affecting millions of G3 smartphones  —  Bug allows attackers to embed malicious code in data fed to phone.
Jan 28, 2016, 11:35 PMIn context
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Newest Wikimedia board trustee Arnnon Geshuri steps down after 290 editors vote for removal   —  Wikimedia's newest board appointment steps down amid editor hostility  —  In a non-binding vote, 290 editors had asked for Geshuri to be removed.  —  The newest addition to the Wikimedia Foundation Board …
Jan 27, 2016, 5:15 PMIn context
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
200 Wikipedia editors call for removal of new foundation trustee, Arnnon Geshuri, due to his connection to anti-poaching case involving tech firms   —  Wikipedia editors revolt, vote “no confidence” in newest board member  —  As a Google HR exec, Arnnon Geshuri fired a recruiter who dared to call Apple.
Jan 25, 2016, 9:55 PMIn context
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Amazon is reportedly asking OEMs to integrate retailer's services into Android phones at a “factory level”, but Google's contracts may limit the possibilities   —  Amazon reportedly seeks a bigger hand in Android phone software  —  Amazon is reportedly in talks with OEMs to “gain a bigger backdoor to Google's Android.”
Jan 25, 2016, 7:35 PMIn context

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