Google is killing YouTube’s “Hangouts on Air” this year
1 month, 4 weeks ago by kyle | 4 facts | 1 comments | 18 votes


Ubuntu replacing Chromium deb with snap
1 month, 4 weeks ago by kyle | 5 facts | 1 comments | 18 votes

  • Initially, the transition will be happening exclusively for Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) users - community.ubuntu.com
  • Eventually it will be rolled out to stable releases, starting with disco and then the LTSes - community.ubuntu.com
  • The deb packages have been updated in eoan to install the stable snap on upgrade or new install - community.ubuntu.com
  • Currently, Chromium needs to be build separetly for each Ubuntu release but the snap will allow one build to run on all releases - community.ubuntu.com
  • Chromedriver has been patched so that existing Selenium scripts should keep working without modifications - community.ubuntu.com

Debian 10 "Buster" released
1 month, 2 weeks ago by kyle | 7 facts | 1 comments | 17 votes

  • Over 91% of the source packages included in Debian 10 are reproducible builds. - www.debian.org
  • Debian 10.0 was released July 6th, 2019. - www.debian.org
  • GNOME defaults to using the Wayland display server instead of Xorg. - www.debian.org
  • Ten architectures are supported: amd64, i386, ppc64el, s390x, armel, armhf, arm64, mips, mipsel, and mips64el. - www.debian.org
  • Available desktops: Cinnamon 3.8, GNOME 3.30, KDE Plasma 5.14, LXDE 0.99.2, LXQt 0.14, MATE 1.20, Xfce 4.12. - www.debian.org
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Pinebook Pro available for pre-order on July 25, 2019
1 month, 1 week ago by kyle | 7 facts | 1 comments | 17 votes

  • Pinebook Pro pre-orders start July 25, 2019 - www.pine64.org
  • It will offer hardware switches to toggle Bluetooth/Wifi, Webcam, and Microphone. - www.pine64.org
  • Initially the Pinebook Pro will support Linux, Chromium OS, and Android. - www.pine64.org
  • It will support installing and runing regular Linux applications on Chromium OS pretty much as if they were native Linux applications. - www.pine64.org
  • Pine64, the US-based company behind a growing range of ARM-powered Linux devices, say PineBook preorders will go live July 25, 2019. - www.omgubuntu.co.uk
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Pinebook Pro, the $199 Linux Laptop, Gets Keyboard & Bluetooth Spec Bumps
1 month, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 4 facts | 0 comments | 16 votes

  • As well as working on the PineBook Pro the fine Pine64 folks are also working on a $79 Linux-based tablet with detachable keyboard: the PineTab. - www.omgubuntu.co.uk
  • The PineBook Pro will now offer Bluetooth 5 out of the box. - www.omgubuntu.co.uk
  • The Pinebook Pro features a full-size keyboard — which on end-user models will be available in a choice of ISO or ANSI layout. - www.omgubuntu.co.uk
  • Pine64, the company behind a range of popular single-board computers, have shared some more details on the upcoming PineBook Pro Linux laptop. - www.omgubuntu.co.uk

Jeffrey Epstein accused of running a sex trafficking ring
1 month, 1 week ago by kyle | 5 facts | 0 comments | 16 votes

  • Authorities say he paid underage girls for massages and then molested them at his homes in Florida and New York in the early 2000s. - www.latimes.com
  • Epstein faces a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison if convicted. - www.cnbc.com
  • He is registered as a sex offender in Florida under a nonprosecution agreement he signed with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami. - www.cnbc.com
  • Federal prosecutors announced sex trafficking and conspiracy charges against wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein. - www.latimes.com
  • The girls were as young as 14 years old. - www.ibtimes.com

Silex malware is bricking IoT devices
1 month, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 4 facts | 1 comments | 15 votes

  • "It's using known default credentials for IoT devices to log in and kill the system," Cashdollar told ZDNet in an email today. - www.zdnet.com
  • According to Anubhav, responsible for this destructive malware is a 14-year-old teenager going online by the pseudonym of Light Leafon. - www.zdnet.com
  • Light said the project started as a joke but has now developed into a full-time project, and has abandoned the old HITO botnet for Silex. - www.zdnet.com
  • The BrickerBot author, known under the pseudonym of the Janit0r, claimed he permanently or temporarily destroyed over ten million IoT devices. - www.zdnet.com

Linux Mint 20 to drop support for 32-bit systems
1 month, 2 weeks ago by john | 4 facts | 1 comments | 14 votes

  • Linux Mint 20 will only be able to be released in 64-bit. - blog.linuxmint.com
  • Linux Mint 19.x is already available in 32-bit and it can be used until 2023. - blog.linuxmint.com
  • Ubuntu (which Linux Mint is based on) will also be dropping 32-bit support in its 19.10 release. - news.hoxly.com
  • Linux Mint has confirmed plans to drop support for 32-bit release in the near future - www.omgubuntu.co.uk

China installs spyware on tourists phones at border
1 month, 2 weeks ago by john | 4 facts | 0 comments | 14 votes

  • Border agents have been requiring tourists to hand over their phones for inspection at the Xinjiang border. - www.theverge.com
  • Border agents install a spyware app onto phones that collects text messages, contacts, pictures, videos, documents, etc. - www.nytimes.com
  • The app checks for files related to Islamic terrorism on the phone - www.nytimes.com
  • The spyware is called BXAQ - www.theverge.com

S&P 500 jumps above 3,000
1 month, 1 week ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 14 votes

  • Stocks reached record highs Wednesday after testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell bolstered the case for easier monetary policy in the U.S. - www.cnbc.com
  • The S&P 500 briefly broke above 3,000 for the first time, while the Nasdaq Composite and Dow Jones Industrial Average also reached all-time highs. - www.cnbc.com
  • The S&P 500 gained 0.6% to break above 3,000 for the first time ever as the energy and tech sectors outperformed. - www.usatoday.com

7-Eleven Japan to suspend payment app after hack
1 month, 1 week ago by kyle | 5 facts | 0 comments | 14 votes

  • The app allowed password resets to be sent to any arbitary email address instead of the only verified account owners. - www.zdnet.com
  • A hacker only needed to know a 7pay user's email address, date of birth, and phone number. - www.zdnet.com
  • 7-Eleven Japan shut down its mobile payment app after hackers stole $500,000 from users - www.theverge.com
  • The vulnerability caused about 900 customers to have money stolen. - www.zdnet.com
  • Birthdays defaulted to January 1, 2019 if the user did not enter one. - www.zdnet.com

Debian 10 will be released on July 6th, 2019
1 month, 4 weeks ago by kyle | 2 facts | 1 comments | 13 votes

  • Tuesday the 2019-06-25 at 13:00 UTC is the absolute last moment for submitting unblock requests for buster. - lists.debian.org
  • In the last week prior to the freeze, testing will be completely frozen and only emergency bug fixes will be considered in this period. - lists.debian.org

British Airways faces record £183m fine for data breach
1 month, 1 week ago by kyle | 8 facts | 1 comments | 13 votes

  • British Airways is facing a record fine of £183m for last year's breach of its security systems. - www.bbc.com
  • The ICO said in a statement that the fine is related to infringements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). - techcrunch.com
  • Cybercriminals diverted traffic from the British Airways website to a fraudulent site through which they harvested data from unwitting customers. - www.siliconrepublic.com
  • About 500,000 customers had their information leaked - www.siliconrepublic.com
  • The ICO said it was the biggest penalty it had handed out and the first to be made public under new rules. - www.bbc.com
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Google Chrome is testing global media controls in new build
1 month, 1 week ago by kyle | 3 facts | 0 comments | 12 votes

  • Google Chrome now introduced “Global Media Controls UI” in Canary version 77 and it can be enabled and seen from the toolbar. - techdows.com
  • The new Play/Pause button works even better than the old clickable "speaker" button because it doesn't require the user tracking down the offending tab. - www.zdnet.com
  • To enable the GCM Play/Pause button, Chrome Canary users must enable the following flag: chrome://flags/#global-media-controls - www.zdnet.com

FedEx sues the Department of Commerce after incident involving misrouted Huawei packages
1 month, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 5 facts | 0 comments | 12 votes

  • FedEx is suing the United States Department of Commerce, claiming that it has been “essentially deputized” to enforce its trade blacklist. - techcrunch.com
  • The lawsuit comes after several Huawei packages meant for delivery in Asia were instead shipped to the U.S. - techcrunch.com
  • FedEx said that the current export ban “places an unreasonable burden on FedEx to police the millions of shipments that transit our network every day.” - techcrunch.com
  • FedEx says the U.S. government expects it to perform a “virtually impossible task, logistically, economically, and in many cases, legally” - techcrunch.com
  • FedEx argues that EAR violates its rights to due process under the Fifth Amendment. - techcrunch.com

Amazon takes on TCL’s Roku TV with low-cost HDR Fire TV television
1 month, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 1 facts | 0 comments | 12 votes

  • Amazon is introducing three new smart televisions made by Toshiba that bring HDR support to the product line for the first time. - arstechnica.com

Mozilla releases Firefox Preview for Android
1 month, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 7 facts | 0 comments | 12 votes

  • Firefox Preview blocks trackers by default. - blog.mozilla.org
  • Today we’re very happy to announce a pilot of our new browser for Android devices that is available to early adopters for testing as of now. - blog.mozilla.org
  • Firefox Preview is up to 2x faster than previous versions of Firefox for Android. - blog.mozilla.org
  • The new application is powered by Firefox’s own mobile browser engine — GeckoView — the same high-performance, feature enabling motor that fuels our Focus app. - blog.mozilla.org
  • Likewise, what we’re releasing today is an early version for our experimental browser for Android users based on GeckoView. - blog.mozilla.org
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California’s Bot Transparency Law Goes into Effect on July 1, 2019
1 month, 2 weeks ago by http | 4 facts | 1 comments | 11 votes

  • "in order to incentivize the sale of goods or services in a commercial transaction, or to influence a vote" - www.jdsupra.com
  • only applies to platforms with more than 10 million monthly users - www.thedailybeast.com
  • The law will require bots to identify themselves in a manner that is “clear, conspicuous, and reasonably designed.” - www.newyorker.com
  • Not all bots are required to make disclosures only political or commercial ones. - www.newyorker.com

AT&T sued over hidden fee that raises mobile prices above advertised rate
1 month, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 1 facts | 1 comments | 11 votes

  • AT&T is facing a class-action complaint over its practice of charging a $1.99-per-month "Administrative Fee" that isn't disclosed in its advertised rates. - arstechnica.com

Microsoft discourages staff from using Slack, AWS, Google Docs, and GitHub Cloud
1 month, 3 weeks ago by kyle | 4 facts | 1 comments | 11 votes

  • Slack is on the “prohibited” category of the internal Microsoft list, along with tools such as the Grammarly grammar checker and Kaspersky security software. - www.geekwire.com
  • Services in the “discouraged” category include Amazon Web Services, Google Docs, PagerDuty and even the cloud version of GitHub. - www.geekwire.com
  • "Slack Free, Slack Standard and Slack Plus versions do not provide required controls to properly protect Microsoft Intellectual Property (IP)," Microsoft said - www.theinquirer.net
  • It adds that Slack Enterprise Grid is more acceptable, but that it really would rather its staff used Teams that what it calls "competitive software". - www.theinquirer.net

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