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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers: a hacking group made ~$3.7M in Bitcoin since Aug. with Ryuk ransomware, which only targets firms with huge resources and can lay dormant for a year   —  Ryuk lies in wait for as long as a year, then pounces on only the biggest prey.  —  A recently discovered ransomware group …
Jan 12, 2019, 10:20 PMIn context
Ben Klemens / Ars Technica:
US Patent Office proposes new rules with tighter restrictions on what may be excluded from patentability, potentially making it easier to patent software   —  New rule narrows landmark 2014 Supreme Court decision limiting software patents.  —  A landmark 2014 ruling by the Supreme Court called …
Jan 10, 2019, 12:30 PMIn context
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
AT&T has rolled out software updates to some Android phones changing its branding of 4G LTE to “5G E”, says that 5G with mmWave technology will be branded “5G+”   —  AT&T starts swapping out “4G” status bar icons with “5GE.”  —  There's a new cellular network technology …
Jan 7, 2019, 7:20 PMIn context
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
Withings unveils $129 Move ECG smartwatch with activity and sleep tracking, as well as ECG monitoring that is awaiting FDA clearance, available in Q2 2019   —  The analog-faced smartwatch uses three electrodes to measure ECGs.  —  Withings has had a tumultuous couple of years.
Jan 7, 2019, 12:35 AMIn context
Jennifer Ouellette / Ars Technica:
Researchers used a series of auctions to find that, on average, it would take more than $1,000 to entice a Facebook user to deactivate their account for a year   —  Some users required more than $1,000 to deactivate their account for one year. … A series of auctions revealed …
Jan 1, 2019, 8:30 AMIn context
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Big players in autonomous driving such as Uber, Tesla, and Waymo had a disappointing 2018, but many startups with a “minimum viable product” made good progress   —  Big companies struggled but small ones moved forward.  —  As 2018 dawned, expectations for self-driving vehicles were sky-high:
Dec 30, 2018, 9:15 PMIn context
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
An overview of how deep convolutional neural networks have gotten good at recognizing images, after a landmark 2012 paper called AlexNet transformed the field   —  A landmark 2012 paper transformed how software recognizes images.  —  Right now, I can open up Google Photos, type “beach,” …
Dec 19, 2018, 11:30 AMIn context
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Google repeatedly pushes the web in a proprietary direction to improve its services on Chrome, making Microsoft's adoption of Chromium a loss for the open web   —  Analysis: Microsoft adopting Chromium puts the Web in a perilous place.  —  With Microsoft's decision to end development …
Dec 19, 2018, 8:25 AMIn context
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers detail a phishing campaign by Iran-linked hackers targeting US government officials that bypassed SMS-based 2FA protections in Gmail and Yahoo Mail   —  Group breaches SMS-protected accounts.  It's still testing attacks against 2fa apps.  —  A recent phishing campaign targeting …
Dec 16, 2018, 10:20 PMIn context
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Hands-on with the ECG feature in Apple Watch Series 4: taking an ECG is easy, but to review ECG traces you view them on the iPhone, not the watch itself   —  When Apple introduced the fourth iteration of its smartwatch, the big new selling point wasn't a feature we typically associate with a watch or any sort of smart device.
Dec 13, 2018, 10:15 AMIn context

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