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September 29, 2017, 3:05 PM

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers find alarming number of Macs remain vulnerable to stealthy hacks due to outdated EFI firmware; Windows and Linux PCs are also likely at risk  —  At-risk EFI versions likely put Windows and Linux PCs at risk, too.  —  An alarming number of Macs remain vulnerable to known exploits …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Sources: Google is building a smart screen competitor to Amazon's Echo Show, codenamed “Manhattan”, to launch in late 2017 or early 2018  —  Multiple sources tell TechCrunch that Google is building a tabletop smart screen for video calling and more that will compete with Amazon's Echo Show.
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:
ACLU challenges DoJ warrants for Facebook account information of users involved in anti-Trump protests, arguing the requests are overbroad  —  Three Facebook users are challenging newly disclosed search warrants for their account information, arguing that the warrants are overbroad …
Corbin Davenport / Android Police:
Amazon quietly announces Fire OS 6, based on Android Nougat 7.1.2; the OS will premiere on the 4K Fire TV  —  Amazon's fork of Android is known as Fire OS, and it ships on all of the company's tablets and TV devices.  The current version, Fire OS 5, is getting a bit long in the tooth …
Cynthia Kim / Reuters:
South Korea bans raising money through initial coin offerings  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's financial regulator on Friday said it will ban raising money through all forms of virtual currencies, a move that follows similar restrictions in China on initial coin offerings.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Sources: open source database startup MariaDB to raise another $27M, led by Alibaba, at $354M valuation  —  Alibaba has spent 2017 pushing its cloud computing business and now it is preparing to make its first major investment in a Western startup in the space.
The Spain Report:
After court order Google removes Catalan referendum app On Votar 1-Oct from Spanish Play Store  —  Sep 29 2017—NEWS—New order issued because the blanket instruction issued on September 23 only covered websites, not apps.  Google app referendum The Catalan referendum Google app on the Play store.
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