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Facebook Suspends Data Firm Linked to Trump Campaign

Kogan developed a personality test app called thisisyourdigitallife, which he billed as "a research app used by psychologists," according to Facebook. About 270,000 people downloaded the app and gave Kogan access to their data, like city and content they had liked. That information should have remained with Kogan, but he instead gave it SCL/Cambridge Analytica and Wylie. They used it to build profiles on potential voters for use in political campaigns.

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Nest Hello doorbell brings smart surveillance to your stoop

If you pay for the Nest Aware subscription service, you can also create a database of friends, family members or anyone else who regularly comes to your house (dog walker, home care professional, repair person, etc.) and you'll get a custom alert when the camera detects that particular person.

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Portrait of a modern multi-cloud data center - Video | ZDNet

Built and operated in Amsterdam by Interxion, and dubbed AMS8, this data center was designed from the ground-up to capitalize on the latest trends in enterprise cloud computing. Read more: http://zd.net/2FHA8pw

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Good news: Google's Android P can halve photo sizes. Bad news: Not on lower-end phones

JPEG, now 25 years old, has shown remarkable staying power. It's useful, fast, universally supported and free of patent barriers. But HEIC shows that it's vulnerable. You may not have it in your next Android phone, and other challengers might carry the day. But sooner or later, we'll have a format that can handle live photos and 3D scenes. Because photography is moving beyond the JPEG age.

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One Apple HomePod vs. 2 Sonos Ones: Which sounds better?

Going from the HomePod to the Home Max, we were aware of the HomePod's smaller size and tonally lighter sound balance. The Home Max is more of a party animal, but when played loud its grittier highs put us on edge. Also, a single Max can't do stereo imaging, so it sounds spatially challenged next to a pair of Sonos Ones or even a single HomePod.

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Jason Serafica on Twitter

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Apple March 27 Chicago event: New iPads, and other things we hope to see

Pencil, perhaps? The Apple Pencil is a great tool, but it's limited to expensive iPad Pros . I'm going out on a limb and guessing that Apple finds a way to include Pencil support in lower-cost iPads, to support art and other graphics-based work on iPads in schools. Maybe that would mean a redesigned, more school-friendly Pencil, too, that doesn't have an easy-to-lose end cap, is easier to hold in smaller hands, and doesn't roll off tables. (An eraser function would also be nice). Consider the invite graphic (at the top of this story): lots of flowing pencil-like lines. Probably no accident.

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Say Hello to your new favorite video doorbell

At first glance, the Nest Hello is an HD live streaming camera-buzzer combination like any other smart doorbell. View the video feed from your phone or computer, receive push alerts and emails when the camera detects motion, sees a person or hears a loud sound -- and review three hours of saved images for free. There's other neat stuff, like scheduling and geofencing if you want to control when the camera is on and off.

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Steve Jobs' 1973 job application sells for over $174K at auction

The auction, which ran from March 8 to 15, included other Apple-related items like a Mac OS X technical manual signed by Jobs in 2001, which sold for $41,806. A signed newspaper clipping from 2008 about Jobs speaking at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference sold for $26,950. Those items also exceeded their estimated values of more than $25,000 and $15,000, respectively.

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Microsoft hits "human milestone" with Chinese-to-English machine translator - Video | ZDNet

Microsoft researchers are making progress in translating text using deep neural networks AI training techniques.

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Turn a Raspberry Pi 3 into a desktop PC | ZDNet

You might be thinking that $49.99 is a lot for a case for a Raspberry Pi 3. And you' be right, but this is much more than a case. The kit also comes with an add-on board that acts as a power controller, a real- time clock (RTC), and a high capacity Solid State Drive (SSD) expansion card for additional storage.

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Get a full-size Logitech wireless keyboard for $35 | ZDNet

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Did the New AVENGERS Trailer Disprove Who Dies in INFINITY WAR? | Nerdist

Join guest host and wielder of the Soul Stone, Amy Vorpahl , as she runs down our latest Infinity War theory. So far, we’ve seen Cap and Iron Man fighting the war against Thanos on two different fronts. It looks like Iron Man’s taking the battle to Thanos on Titan while Cap’s leading the charge in Wakanda. And during Cap’s standoff with Thanos, he’s still using his new Wakandan shields instead of his classic indestructible shield.

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NotreDame California on Twitter

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Galaxy S9 deals from all major US carriers all in one place

The deal : You can get 50 percent off the Galaxy S9 when you buy it through one of two AT&T Next plans, which works out to either 24 or 30 payments depending on which plan you choose. You can also get bill credits for the Galaxy S9 Plus and Galaxy Note 8, for up to $395. These are pricier phones, so the deal works out to less than half off. Your monthly bill will range from $26.34 to $39.59, depending on the phone and plan you pick.

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Suspending Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group from Facebook | Facebook Newsroom

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Yet again, Google tricked into serving scam Amazon ads

The bad ad appeared at the very top of the search result for anyone searching for the internet retail giant -- even above the legitimate search result for Amazon.com. Anyone who clicked on the ad was sent to a page that tried to trick the user into calling a number for fear that their computer was infected with malware -- and not sent to Amazon.com as they would have hoped.

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PinkKite point of sale malware spotted in the wild | ZDNet

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New Windows 10 'Redstone 5' test build includes a new way to push Edge | ZDNet

The newest Windows 10 test build, 17623, includes a change via which links in Windows Mail open in Edge, regardless of a user's default browser choice. Let the complaints begin!

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NASA could divert killer asteroids with nudge-or-nuke 'Hammer'

Hammer stands for "Hypervelocity Asteroid Mitigation Mission for Emergency Response," which is an impressive name all on its own. Hammer's a concept at the moment, but if built, it would be a 30-foot-tall (9 meter), 8.8-ton spacecraft that could act as either an asteroid battering ram or as a delivery vehicle for a nuclear device. Let's call it the "nudge or nuke" option.

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Drew Fustini on Twitter

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GitHub: New copyright rules could strangle software development | ZDNet

While the EC proposals said the use of "effective content recognition technologies, shall be appropriate and proportionate", GitHub is concerned that proposals mean that online platforms would have to filter uploaded content including code. But it said that such upload filters not only raise privacy and free speech issues but are also likely to be ineffective.

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Boeing's new 737 MAX 7 completes first successful test flight

The original version of the 737 made its first flight in 1967. The new 737 MAX 7 is designed for customers flying out of airports at high altitudes and in hot climates and will now undergo several months of additional trials. Another plane in the 737 MAX series, the MAX 9, made its first public appearance at the Paris Auto Show in 2017. CNET took a tour, which you can see in the gallery below.

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Hacker Adrian Lamo, known for hacking The New York Times and turning in Chelsea Manning, is dead

Hacker Adrian Lamo, known for hacking The New York Times and turning in Chelsea Manning, is dead

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UAG and Tech21 cases for the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: Stylish drop protection | ZDNet

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are now available and we spent time with a couple of new cases that offer drop protection for this glass sandwich smartphone.

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How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions

So the firm harvested private information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission, according to former Cambridge employees, associates and documents, making it one of the largest data leaks in the social network’s history. The breach allowed the company to exploit the private social media activity of a huge swath of the American electorate, developing techniques that underpinned its work on President Trump’s campaign in 2016.

27 WIRED on Twitter

After a pedestrian bridge collapse in Florida this Thursday, many wondered whether an "innovative" engineering technique was responsible. But the process used to construct this bridge is hardly brand new https://wired.trib.al/1bwsJ6V 

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BI Tech on Twitter

Trump-linked firm Cambridge Analytica collected personal information from 50 million Facebook users without permission http://read.bi/2pkDDJb  pic.twitter.com/vCbG3qERbi

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Gizmodo on Twitter

Wikipedia had no idea YouTube was going to use it to fact-check conspiracy theories http://gizmo.do/2xa83Hp  pic.twitter.com/PppgqlKXy1

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Best home theater upgrades from $20 to $2,500

Whether it's antennas, speakers, sound bars, AV receivers or streamers, these are the best products to enhance your TV, music and movie experience. We've generally ordered them from the cheapest (a $20 antenna) to the most expensive. Game on!

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Gizmodo on Twitter

What's up with this weird US Army video on St. Patrick's Day? http://gizmo.do/CCBGQ1W  pic.twitter.com/f3d3SXx7SB

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Gizmodo on Twitter

Asthma inhalers fail minority children due to a lack of diversity research http://gizmo.do/ofymj27  pic.twitter.com/sQTuy8mDAp

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Nvidia Turing release date, news, and rumors

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What is Hyperloop? The game-changing transport tech explained - Video | ZDNet

Elon Musk has inspired numerous companies to try and commercialize technology that could be faster and more efficient than traditional rail.

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YouTube for iOS Gets a Dark Mode

The dark theme essentially inverts the white UI elements to black thereby making it more immersive. YouTube had first added a dark mode to its website last year after which it quickly became the most commonly requested feature for its mobile app. Given the popularity of dark theme in apps among power users, it is nice to see Google finally getting around to adding a dark theme to the app.

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​Phantom Secure criminals indicted in global joint law enforcement 'smash' | ZDNet

A law enforcement consortium, comprising the AFP, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Royal Mounted Canadian Police, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, New South Wales Crime Commission, New South Wales Police, Queensland Police, Victoria Police, South Australia Police, the Australian Taxation Office, and Austrac, has reportedly been working together to "successfully smash" the organised crime market, disabling the encrypted platform and the thousands of secure devices used on it.

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Bluetooth speakers: 7 new releases worth a look | ZDNet

If you are getting bored with your existing portable speaker, have a look at these recent releases.

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Here are some of the juiciest details from the Theranos suit

The startup also sent investors a binder of background materials including incorporation documents, shareholder agreements, financial projections and news articles about Theranos. One section included reports of clinical trial work Theranos had supposedly done with pharmaceutical companies. These reports prominently displayed these companies' logos, suggesting they were drafted by them. But only one of the reports was co-written by a pharmaceutical client, the suit states. The other two were drafted by Theranos employees, who simply added the pharmaceutical companies' logos to them. These reports led investors to believe the companies had written endorsements of Theranos' technology, the SEC says.

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The Best Digital Cameras of 2018

There are also premium bridge models with larger 1-inch sensors and shorter zooms. They still have a considerable size advantage over SLRs with comparable zooms—just think about carryin an interchangebale lens camera and two or three lenses to cover a 24-200mm, 24-400mm, or 24-600mm coverage range. They tend to be more expensive than an SLR, and certainly more than bridge models with smaller sensors, but do better at higher ISO settings and sport lenses that gather more light. If you put a premium on a lightweight camera, and want the versatility that a long zoom design delivers, look at a bridge model with a 1-inch sensor. Just be prepared to pay a premium.

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MIT Tech Review on Twitter

If there’s one firm takeaway from the Broadcom-Qualcomm ordeal it’s that America has no plans for foreign firms to acquire its semiconductor businesses. https://trib.al/DDO92mZ 

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MIT Tech Review on Twitter

Multiple flaws in AMD’s Ryzen and Epyc processors could let hackers who’ve already compromised computers access secure portions of the processors to install malware or steal sensitive data like encryption keys. https://trib.al/tD3CG30 

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Adobe makes e-signature tool healthcare compliant, adds SAP integration

In order to better handle electronic records in the biopharmaceuticals industry, Adobe Sign is now compliant with FDA 21 CFR Part 11. Adobe Sign delivers compliant electronic signatures across desktop, web, and mobile, that are SAFE-BioPharma certified, the post said.

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Cyber-crooks find a new way to share malware and scams | ZDNet

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Google follows Facebook and will ban all ads promoting cryptocurrency - Video | ZDNet

Initial Coin Offerings, wallets, and consultancy services are all included in the blanket ban.

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iPhone X sales give Apple the lead in Australian smartphone market - Video | ZDNet

iOS reclaimed the lead in the Australian smartphone market for the fourth quarter of 2017, according to research firm IDC, fuelled by the release of the iPhone X in November. Read more: http://zd.net/2FNSGoc

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Microsoft offers $250,000 bounty to prevent the next Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws

News of Microsoft’s Spectre response comes just as Intel is preparing its own CPU changes for the future . Intel is redesigning its processors to protect against attacks like Spectre, and the company’s next-generation Xeon processors (Cascade Lake) will include new hardware protections, alongside 8th generation Intel Core processors that ship in the second half of 2018. Existing CPUs will be protected with firmware updates, but it’s obvious that the industry wants to address these new problems at the fundamental hardware design level to ensure future devices are protected.

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TechRepublic on Twitter

Raising awareness of these risks, identified by the Open Web Application Security Project, can help build a culture of secure code in your organization. http://tek.io/2FHKYge 

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Singapore industry needs stronger codes of conduct as consumer data gains value | ZDNet

As businesses capture more information about customers, consumers need to be more informed about such practices and industry guidelines and codes of conduct must evolve to ensure responsible data use.

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Fortnite (for PC)

The pre-match staging area is situated on an island just off the coast of the main map itself. It's entertaining to peer off the side and see the entire playable landscape in a panoramic view. At most, you get a couple of minutes to explore the island, test out some mechanics, or just finalize your strategy before the battle begins. There's no bridge that connects to the main map, so naturally, you fly in aboard the Battle Bus, a bright blue school bus, complete with a gigantic balloon and blaring sound system. Once you find a good drop spot (and preferably one far away from other players) you jump out and begin a rapid free-fall descent. The game's physics let you cover a significant distance in any direction, so don't worry if you accidentally drop out over the wrong area of the map. Deploy your glider at any point to slow your descent and soften your landing (it deploys automatically once you get close enough to the ground).

51 Facebook Suspends Data Firm Linked to Trump Campaign
52 DroneMax 360 hands-on: A portable power station that does it all | ZDNet
53 Little Caesars just patented a pizza-making robot | ZDNet
54 ​How to build a data driven culture in your business | ZDNet
55 The Best Android Phones of 2018
56 Luck o' the Irish: Save 20 percent on green Apple Watch bands [Watch Store] | Cult of Mac
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62 Bionic limbs get a sense of movement | ZDNet
63 Using Github cloak, malware masterminds finetune cryptojacking code - Video | ZDNet
64 Meet The Hardware Artisans Keeping Classic Video Games Alive
65 Wave Computing close to unveiling its first AI system | ZDNet
66 Royal Caribbean drops us into an AR cruise
67 YouTube has a dark mode. Here's how to turn it on
68 The YouTube Kids app has been suggesting a load of conspiracy videos to children
69 ​Poland now shuts shops on Sundays but forgets how tech can get round law | ZDNet
70 Uh-oh: Your iPhone's battery doesn't get a break with wireless charging - Video | ZDNet
71 Samsung Galaxy S9+ vs iPhone X Speed Test
72 Serverless computing, containers see triple-digit quarterly growth among cloud users | ZDNet
73 Facebook vastly downplayed scope of data leak involving info on more than 50 million users
74 Suspending Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group from Facebook | Facebook Newsroom
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76 Uber may offer its self-driving technology to Toyota
77 Trump campaign-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica reportedly collected info on 50M Facebook profiles
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