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July 5, 2016, 2:25 AM

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James Vincent / The Verge:
Second “celebgate” hacker pleads guilty to phishing 300+ Gmail and iCloud accounts, faces 5 years; neither hacker was charged with distributing stolen content  —  A hacker has pleaded guilty for his role in the “Celebgate” breach of 2014.  Edward Majerczyk faces up to five years …
Bloomberg:
FCC auction sets $86.4B price for TV spectrum, exceeding estimates and raising concerns that wireless providers may balk at the cost, extending auction's length  —  FCC releases payment pledge to TV station owners in auction  —  Airwaves sale now turns to bids from wireless companies
Jason Shueh / Government Technology News:
Gov IT vendors air grievances to Congress about White House's 18F and USDS over opacity, recommend pausing 18F's integration into new gov modernization efforts  —  Tech lobbying groups are looking for more transparency from 18F, the group working to increase competition and decrease the costs of high-profile tech projects.
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:
comScore: 38% of US smartphone users ages 25 to 34 are on Snapchat, 14% for those 35 and older, versus 5% and 2% respectively three years ago  —  An estimated 14% of U.S. smartphone users 35 or older are on messaging app  —  Paris Zeikos says he noticed a surprising trend on Snapchat.
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BBC:
IAC sells Q&A-based social network Ask.fm to asset management firm Noosphere  —  The Q&A-based social network Ask.fm is under new ownership, less than two years after it last changed hands.  —  IAC - the owner of the dating app Tinder - has sold the business to Noosphere, an asset management firm that specialises in tech.
Adam Westlake / SlashGear:
Google adds built-in Cast option to Chrome 51 for desktop  —  One of the most handy features of Google's Cast television dongle is how easy it is to broadcast your Chrome browser tab onto a bigger screen.  That is, as long as you have the browser extension installed.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researcher uses exploits to extract disk encryption keys from Android devices with Qualcomm chips; publicly-available attack code works on unpatched devices  —  Unlike Apple's iOS, Android is vulnerable to several key-extraction techniques.  —  Privacy advocates take note …
Zack Bloom / Eager:
How CSS originated out of the early-90s browser wars and several competing stylesheet language proposals  —  When HTML was announced by Tim Berners-Lee in 1991 there was no method of styling pages.  How given HTML tags were rendered was determined by the browser, often with significant input from the user's preferences.
Tweets: @kttravers

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Winning hackathon project now helping millions read and write  —  Teacher Merlyne Graves used to spend hours recording for her students who struggled with reading.  Not any more.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
Planned maintenance of our US Data Center: July 7th, 2018 - 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST  —  We have planned a network infrastructure upgrade on our primary data center in the USA on July 7th, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST.

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