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Apple proposes 13 new emoji that represent people with disabilities

Apple thinks it's high time to make even more inclusive emoji.

Matt Bomer, Kristen Bell, and other celebs bought out movie theaters so people could see 'Love Simon' for free

"This is an important movie, and a really good one."

Please keep this clown away from me

I do not wish to see it.

Taylor Swift finally takes a stand and donates to March for our Lives

...Taylor? Is this you?

Deleting Facebook won't fix our privacy nightmare

You need to do more to take back control of your privacy.

Will Smith helps Jimmy Fallon relive the rich history of iconic TV theme songs

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Congress formally summons Mark Zuckerberg to testify on Cambridge Analytica

Zuck has some major explaining to do.

HBO’s Silicon Valley gets the VR treatment for Season 5

For a long time, we’ve heard that VR is three to five years from becoming mainstream. While that premise remains questionable, HBO’s Silicon Valley is celebrating its fifth season with the launch of a VR experience called Silicon Valley: Inside the Hacker Hostel. The experience will be …

MoviePass keeps dropping its prices and we don't know how

Yes, it's ANOTHER price cut.

Too many teachers in the US are struggling to get by. Here’s what we can do to help.

We entrust teachers with the world’s most important job: educating our kids, says researcher and dean Gregg Garn. So why aren’t we paying and treating them in a way that shows they’re valued?

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Live the startup 'dream' in the ‘Silicon Valley’ VR Hacker Hostel, coming soon to the HTC Vive.

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Elon Musk deletes own, SpaceX and Tesla Facebook pages after #deletefacebook

Elon Musk apparently wasn’t aware that his company SpaceX had a Facebook page. The SpaceX and Tesla CEO has responded to a comment on Twitter calling for him to take down the SpaceX, Tesla and Elon Musk official pages in support of the #deletefacebook movement by first acknowledging he didn’t know one existed, and then following up with promises that he would indeed take them down.

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The latest on the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal? Mark Zuckerberg has been summoned to testify before the US House Committee. Here's everything else there is to know

Apple Proposes Accessibility Emoji, Including Service Dog

Apple on Friday proposed a batch of at least nine new accessibility characters, according to Emojipedia . The lot includes two different service dogs, a person with a cane, an ear with a hearing aid, a person in an electric wheelchair, a person in a manual wheelchair, a prosthetic arm, and a prosthetic leg. Another newly proposed emoji has with an index finger on the cheek to represent the American Sign Language gesture for "deaf."

Feds Charge Iranians for Hacking 144 US Universities

To steal the data, the suspects sent phishing emails to over 100,000 accounts from professors across the globe who tried to fool victims into handing over their sensitive password information. The emails did so by claiming interest in the professor's research and including links to related academic articles. However, certain links in the phishing emails actually led to an internet domain under the hacker's control, the Department of Justice said.

Sick of Facebook? These are your alternatives

To that end, Path invites you to share not only updates, photos and the like, but also thoughts, shopping finds and the latest media you're consuming: books, movies, music and TV. You can even let your circle know when you're going to bed and waking up. (Just be prepared for accusations of oversharing.)

Samsung Investigating Galaxy S9 Touchscreen 'Dead Spots'

Samsung issued a statement which was spotted by Engadget . It states that the company is aware of "a limited number of reports of Galaxy S9/S9+ touchscreen responsiveness issues." We don't know how limited those reports are, but you can bet Samsung is already reviewing the manufacturing process and parts for its handsets in case there's a defect. The last thing it wants is tens of thousands of smartphones requiring screen replacements.

U.K. Watchdog ICO Gets Warrant to Search Cambridge Analytica

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Craigslist kills its personal ads after passage of sex trafficking bill

The popular classifieds website has announced it has pulled its personal ads section from the site. Craiglist made the move after the passage of the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) on Wednesday. The act makes it easier for sex trafficking victims and prosecutors to sue websites that allowed sex traffickers to post ads on the sites. Numerous tech companies fought against the bill arguing they couldn’t be held liable for what people post on their platforms. In a brief statement about the nixing of its personal ads section, Craigslist said:

Nine Iranians indicted by US for hacking to steal research data

In addition to acquiring research that the US and other countries banned access to in Iran and providing it to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the principals of Mabna also sold both stolen research documents and access to hacked organizations' online libraries through and—websites controlled by Abdollah Karima, one of the principals of Mabna Institute. Over a four year period, Manba Institute is alleged to have gained access to computers at over 300 universities—roughly half of them in the United States—while gathering up a total of 31.5 terabytes of research data. Additionally, about 7,996 university accounts were compromised—about 3,768 of them at US universities.

Firefox in 2018: We'll tackle bad ads, breach alerts, autoplay video, says Mozilla | ZDNet

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Raspberry Pi-powered Boom IoT sensor detects nuclear explosions, tornadoes, rockets

The Raspberry Boom can detect sound frequencies lower than 20 Hz (all the way down to 0.05 Hz), which is typically regarded as the limit for human hearing, the release noted. This means the sensor can detect both man-made and natural disasters. It was initially inspired by the work of volcano expert Jeffrey Johnson, who had previously developed his own infrasonic detection system.

The 12 best things you can buy your dog on Amazon

When scouting for the safest, most reliable, toxin-free items to buy for our dogs, I always refer to testimonials given by other owners. For this reason, I compiled a list of the most popular products you can find on Amazon that your dog would order himself if he had thumbs. There is something on this list for everyone, from the teacup Yorkie to the bull mastiff. Not all dogs are created equal, and we are so thankful for that.

Android tips and tricks: 10 great ways to boost your phone experience | ZDNet

This is a two-step process. First, you set starred contacts for people you'll want to talk with no matter when they call. Then, go to Settings > Sound > Do Not Disturb preferences. From there, click on Priority only allows. Here, your choices will be: From anyone, which is a waste of time; From contact only, if you just want to block calls from strange numbers; and From starred contacts only, if you want to restrict it to calls from very important people only.

Making sense of Microsoft's Common Data Service makeover | ZDNet

"The Common Data Service is the Microsoft Azure-based business application platform that enables you to easily build and extend applications with their business data. The Common Data Service does the heavy lifting of bringing together your data from across the Dynamics 365 family of services so you can focus on building and delivering the apps, insights and process automation that matter to you and your customers with PowerApps, Power BI, and Microsoft Flow."

How to customize text in Safari for Mac | Cult of Mac

You probably spend more time in Safari than in any other app on your Mac. Some people I know almost never use anything else, even typing their blog posts into a text field in the browser. The good news is that Safari is an excellent browser, and makes it really easy to read most sites on the web. Today, though, we’ll see how to make things even easier to read. With a few quick tweaks in Safari’s settings, we can customize text for any website.

Stingray spying: 5G will protect you against surveillance attacks, say standards-setters | ZDNet

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Hacker vs hacker: This cryptojacking malware kills off its rivals to ensure maximum profit | ZDNet

Researchers at Minerva Labs uncovered a new form of cryptocurrency-mining malware, dubbed GhostMiner, which uses fileless malware delivery techniques to land on systems. If other cryptojacking malware is already on the system, it will fight to remove it in order to earn Monero.

IBM Think 2018 postmortem: Making incumbent enterprises great again | ZDNet

At this week's Think conference, IBM issued a call to action to its customers that incumbents can be disrupters. It unveiled a series of offerings that simplify and make AI more accessible than before. But IBM's messaging and positioning is still making that path to disruption more complex and confusing than it needs to be.

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Just in: A new data leak has hit Aadhaar, India's national ID database. Here's our story. …

Facebook knows literally everything about you

Let’s put aside Instagram, WhatsApp and other Facebook products for a minute. Facebook has built the world’s biggest social network. But that’s not what they sell. You’ve probably heard the internet saying “if a product is free, it means that you are the product.”

Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Were Struggling Before Arizona Crash

Waymo, formerly the self-driving car project of Google, said that in tests on roads in California last year, its cars went an average of nearly 5,600 miles before the driver had to take control from the computer to steer out of trouble. As of March, Uber was struggling to meet its target of 13 miles per “intervention” in Arizona, according to 100 pages of company documents obtained by The New York Times and two people familiar with the company’s operations in the Phoenix area but not permitted to speak publicly about it.

Spotify reveals 2 million free users are dodging ads

That’s a big deal, as Spotify itself points out in its IPO filing. Free users stealing what amounts to its Premium service without paying for it could increase costs of the free Spotify for the company without providing a corresponding increase to revenue (in either ad views or Premium subscription fees). And unlike most free users — which Spotify counts on to convert to paid customers over time as a key part of its business model — those users with modded versions of the application are less likely to become Premium subscribers.

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Here's some stuff Apple might launch at its education event next week

6 TED talks for dog lovers

These talks celebrate the special bond we form with our loyal, furry companions.

How Facebook handles account deletions

To get started, I went to my settings, then the "Manage account" section. There was no mention of deleting the account, so I figured I'd try deactivate and see if that led to any more information about deleting. I went ahead and clicked on the "Deacivate your account" link.

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Steven Spielberg doesn't believe Netflix movies deserve Oscar nominations

Dropbox Shares Soar as Much as 48% in Market Debut

Dropbox shares soared as much as 48 percent to $31 at 11:37 a.m. in New York, giving the company a market value of $11.9 billion. The file-sharing company sold 36 million shares for $21 apiece on Thursday to raise $756 million. San Francisco-based Dropbox offered the shares for $18 to $20 apiece after strong demand from investors prompted an increase from the initial range of $16 to $18.

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If you act fast, you can get a MoviePass subscription for just $6.95 per month:

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Just days after Congress approved a controversial bill intended to curb sex trafficking, sites like Craigslist are shuttering sections of their websites due to concerns over running afoul of the new legislation 

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Relive the pain of this week's awful snowstorm with this satellite gif

Apple will let you watch next week's big event (just not live)

Sadly, it’s bad news. An update to the Apple Events app for tvOS confirms we will get to enjoy a  recording of the keynote, which will be hosted at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago, Illinois — but only “after it concludes.”

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New room-temperature maser uses weird diamond to succeed where others failed

Pivotal Software files for IPO

Pivotal also acknowledges that it faces competition from “legacy application infrastructure and middleware form vendors” like IBM and Oracle. It says it additionally competes with “open-source based offerings supported by vendors” like RedHat. It also faces challenges from SAP Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

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Traveling to Brazil? Get vaccinated ASAP, says CDC

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Your half-assed attempts at exercise are still really good for you

Firefox's 2018 roadmap: What Mozilla has in store for this year - Video | ZDNet

Firefox's 2018 roadmap: What Mozilla has in store for this year

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Scientists are building a mini-Earth with 8 tons of spinning liquid sodium

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Artist hides secret code to $10,000 worth of cryptocurrencies in Lego artworks

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The mother-son pair didn't commit infanticide. The amorous adult male committed infanticide on the mother's calf.

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Meet the Oregon middle schoolers fighting for net neutrality

Folding iPhone might land in 2020 | Cult of Mac

Bank of America analyst Wamsi Mohan told investors in a note today that supply chain checks show Apple plans to launch the radically different design in 2020. After meeting with several Apple suppliers in Asia, Mohan is convinced the long-rumored device is nearly ready.

E-Cigs Breed More Smokers Than They Stop

Samir Soneji, an associate professor of health policy at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and the paper’s lead author, said that advertising e-cigarettes as a means to quit or reduce smoking has done damage, mostly to young people. E-cigarettes use cartridges of chemicals, including nicotine, that are transformed into vapor. Despite a federal requirement that purchasers be at least 18 years of age, use of the product in popular culture, combined with its fruity flavors, have proved a strong draw to younger, would-be vapers. These characteristics have been at the core of keeping youths interested in the devices, Soneji said, and should be the focus of restriction efforts by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Apple working on a foldable iPhone to launch in 2020, says top analyst

"Our checks also suggest that Apple is working with suppliers on a foldable phone (that potentially could double up as a tablet)", said Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Wamsi Mohan to CNBC . 

How to scan and fax from your iPhone | ZDNet

Have you ever had one of those days when you're pulled out of your normal routine and you suddenly have to adult-up in an old-school kind of way? You have to somehow produce an important document out of thin air, right-the-heck-now. Or you have to get some important document that lives in meatspace and send it to someone else who lives in meatspace... and yes, you need to do it right-the-heck-now.

Apple's next iPhone (aka iPhone 11): Specs, pricing, rumors, release date, more | ZDNet

This pricing structure looks aggressive to me, because it bumps up the price of the cheapest new iPhone by yet another $50, following a similar bump this year. The gap between $699 for "last year's" model with a 5.5-inch display and the cheapest "new" iPhone also feels like quite a leap. Pricing the 6.1-inch LCD model at $799 and perhaps rejigging the prices of the handsets below that by $50 or so might make everything look more palatable to price-conscious buyers.

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Security provider Symantec said that nearly a quarter of the attacks it blocked in December 2017 were related to cryptojacking. 

Get a lifetime RemotePC team subscription for $69.50 | ZDNet

Is your organization on the smaller side? You can also snag a single-user, 10-PC lifetime license for $39.50. (My advice: splurge on the Team option. All it takes is one extra user and it's paid for itself.)

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Fear of China may drive FCC to punish carriers for using Huawei equipment

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The analytics platform based on Apache Spark and optimized for Microsoft Azure will help businesses better integrate and scale machine learning projects. 

Today in Apple history: Macintosh LC II launches, the Mac mini of its day

Still, it won reviewers’ recommendations. Like today’s Mac mini, the LC II wasn’t a computer you’d buy if you were looking for a top-of-the-range Macintosh with every feature under the sun. Instead it offered an improved, entry-level machine that was more affordable for budget-oriented customers.

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57 Researchers find a new material for quantum computing
58 How 'One Day at a Time' perfectly summarizes how the Latinx community deals with mental health
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60 Guess What? Facebook Logs Your Calls, Texts
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64 Craigslist ends the era of missed connections by pulling personal ads
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