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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
W3C votes to make the contentious Encrypted Media Extensions specification, a system for HTML5 DRM, an official W3C Recommendation   —  30.8% of W3C members disapproved of the decision.  —  The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the industry body that oversees development of HTML and related Web standards …
Sep 18, 2017, 3:05 PMIn context
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers find 50+ apps, now-removed but downloaded 1M-4.2M times, on Google Play that secretly charged users by sending text messages to premium numbers   —  Malware scanners fail to detect 50 apps that charged for fake services.  —  Researchers recently found at least 50 apps …
Sep 14, 2017, 12:45 PMIn context
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Equifax blames Apache Struts vulnerability that was patched on March 6 for the massive data breach that it says happened in mid-May   —  Critical Apache Struts bug was fixed in March.  In May, it bit ~143 million US consumers.  —  The Equifax breach that exposed sensitive data …
Sep 14, 2017, 8:55 AMIn context
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will require third-party apps ask permission to access camera and other sensitive information or hardware   —  Microsoft is continuing to tinker with the privacy configuration and options in Windows 10, with the Fall Creators Update, due for release on October 17 …
Sep 13, 2017, 3:10 PMIn context
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
Apple says that watchOS 4 will be available to Apple Watch users on September 19 with new health features, watch faces, more   —  Bringing a Siri watch face, workout motivation prompts, and more to the watch.  —  CUPERTINO—Apple revealed details about watchOS 4, its newest update …
Sep 12, 2017, 1:36 PMIn context
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
“BlueBorne” Bluetooth exploit works on unpatched Android, iOS 9 or earlier, Linux, Windows devices; Google to release patch today; other OSes have patches   —  BlueBorne exploit works against unpatched devices running Android, Linux, or Windows.  —  Over the past decade …
Sep 12, 2017, 1:15 PMIn context
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Lawsuit against Grubhub, argued in court this past week, may set a precedent for how gig economy companies define employees vs contractors   —  Was Raef Lawson an employee or a business owner when he drove for GrubHub?  —  SAN FRANCISCO—The first big trial over worker rights in the …
Sep 10, 2017, 6:50 AMIn context
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
The Equifax breach, affecting ~44% of US population, is possibly the worst leak of personal information ever and was handled poorly by the company   —  Consumer's most sensitve data is now in the open and will remain so for years to come.  —  It's a sad reality in 2017 that a data breach …
Sep 8, 2017, 7:35 AMIn context
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
How Google's political influence has waned: loss of Obama administration insiders, Eric Schmidt's bet on Hillary Clinton in 2016, rising unease with monopolies   —  Antitrust sentiment grows, so does skepticism about Google on both the left and the right.  —  Eight years ago, Google was on top of the world.
Sep 6, 2017, 6:40 PMIn context
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Federal judge dismisses libel suit against Techdirt from Shiva Ayyadurai, who claims he invented email, due to difficulty in defining email; appeal planned   —  Judge: Techdirt articles were opinionated and hyperbolic, but not libel.  —  A federal judge in Massachusetts has dismissed …
Sep 6, 2017, 5:07 PMIn context

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