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You should change your Twitter password right now

Yes, it’s that time again — password changing time. On Thursday, Twitter revealed that a bug caused the platform to store user passwords in unmasked form. Normally, sensitive personal data like passwords would be stored in hashed form using a mix of letters and numbers to protect the content of the password itself. In this instance, it sounds like Twitter stored plain text passwords openly without any hashing on an internal log.

Following a Security Bug, Twitter is Urging Users to Change Their Password

Today, over on the official Twitter blog, the social networking giant has confirmed that there was a security bug that bypassed a masking tool the company uses to hide individual users’ passwords. That bug was able to unmask the stored passwords on an internal log for an unknown amount of time. As a result, Twitter is urging users to change their passwords at their earliest convenience.

Windows 10 April Update fix for freezing Chrome browsers will come next week

On its community message board, the Redmond company acknowledged it is "aware that some devices running the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803) may hang or freeze when using certain apps, such as ‘Hey Cortana’ or Chrome.” Microsoft says it is working on a solution and aims to include the fix in Windows 10’s next regular monthly update, which is due next week on May 8.  

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Google Assistant can now use your voice to control 5,000 devices

Google Assistant can now control more than 5,000 smart devices from 1,500 manufacturers, the company announced today. By comparison, its chief competitor, Amazon’s Alexa, is able to control 12,000 devices from 2,000 manufacturers, an Amazon spokesperson told VentureBeat.

Musk's conduct, Tesla stock slide make $700 million profit for...

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Short-sellers who had targeted Tesla Inc ( TSLA.O ) logged a $700 million paper profit on Thursday after the stock fell nearly 9 percent a day after Chief Executive Elon Musk stunned analysts by dodging “boring” questions about the electric car maker’s financial outlook.

Every Marvel Character Who Has Worn the Infinity Gauntlet in the Comics - IGN

The Infinity Gauntlet is one of the most powerful weapons in the Marvel Universe, and it's Thanos' weapon of choice whenever he's in the mood to kill a whole lot of people. But the Mad Titan is hardly the only character to don the glove. Heroes and villains alike have worn the gauntlet and gained total control over the fundamental forces of creation. And not all of them call the Marvel Universe home.

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Google adds more Assistant features to Wear OS

You can already tell Google Assistant to control your smart home devices like, say, setting the temperature of your LG fridge. Now this feature is coming to your Wear OS device, too, which means you'll get to talk to you wrist to set your thermostat or turn on the Hue lights in your bedroom. Hearing the answer to a question via your watch speaker or Bluetooth-connected headphones can be more convenient than having to lift your wrist to see a visual response, too, and pre-set response suggestions will offer up things you might not think of when asking Assistant for the weather, for example. All these features will roll out to Wear OS devices over the next several days, so keep an eye out for an update.

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11 Video Game Hall of Fame inducts ‘Tomb Raider’ and ‘Final Fantasy VII’

The four inductees will be featured in a permanent display at the museum. Nominees are judged on how widely they are recognized and remembered, if they've enjoyed long-term popularity, whether they've had an international impact and, most importantly, that they've had a significant influence on the design and development of other video games, popular culture in general or on other forms of entertainment. Journalists, scholars and other video game experts make the final selections.

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Facebook hired eHarmony’s chief scientist… but not for its new dating feature (Updated)

Along with Steve Carter, we’ve been trying to figure out whether Facebook has been hiring other people to build a relationships team that it could task with building out dating and other products. It turns out that there is definitely some crossover of employees who have worked at various dating sites over the last several years, who are now at Facebook — but most likely, this is mostly a product of the general churn that you get in the tech world, where people are often jumping from one job to another.

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Toyota will test self-driving car ‘edge cases’ at new proving ground in Michigan …

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Amazon finally opens up Alexa to developers to make money off third-party skills …

Enterprise IoT projects: Data, ML, security, and other key factors | ZDNet

The Internet of Things has been hyped, discussed and piloted for years, but is now beginning to deliver real business benefits. However, with surveys revealing only moderate success rates for IoT projects, there's clearly work to do in deploying suitable edge computing architectures, setting up trusted (blockchain-mediated) data flows, and applying the most appropriate AI/ML algorithms to extract actionable insights. The IoT is a complex area and, it seems, businesses would do well to look beyond their in-house resources in order to maximise the chances of a successful result.

Microsoft: Here's our 4 step plan for getting rid of passwords forever

The Windows 10 April 2018 Update includes the ability to do just that, the post noted: Using Windows 10 in S mode, cloud users (with Managed Service Account or Azure Active Directory) can use their PC without ever entering a password. Users can take advantage of this feature by setting up the Microsoft Authenticator App, installing the Windows 10 April 2018 Update with S mode enabled, and setting up Windows Hello.

Exclusive: Redesigns As The Anti-Amazon

Instead of a product dump, is “local and personal.” The personal comes largely from the option to “Easy Reorder” recent products, and continues as you scroll into category shopping down the page. The local comes from a new trending module, which shows three products that are selling fast in physical Walmart stores near you. “You go into Walmarts across the country, and while 80% of the store is the same, there’s different inventory highlighted regionally. It’s not just a selling tactic. People are excited when they walk into their local Walmart and see [local sports items] stacked,” says Sweetnam. “When we started prototyping [the trending module], we got a really similar reaction.”

Cambridge Analytica shuts down in wake of Facebook data scandal

With mounting legal fees and vanishing clients in the wake of revelations about its use of Facebook data, political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica and its British parent company, SCL Elections, are shutting down — though another company may be taking its place. [Updated with Emerdata info]

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Beware of Russian attackers impersonating LoJack security software to hack computers

LoJack, which under normal circumstances allows subscribers to remotely lock and delete files from their own computer in the event of loss or theft, relies partially on a dropper embedded in the BIOS of computers, which is inserted from the factory with the cooperation of participating OEMs. These include Apple, Acer, ASUS, HP, Lenovo, Dell, Toshiba, and Samsung, according to the Absolute Software website.

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The 13 most awesomely disgusting Ash vs. Evil Dead moments over all three seasons

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The first exoplanet known to contain helium is a truly alien world

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GDPR Shield | EU data privacy compliance made easy

The European Union's new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which takes effect on 25th May 2018, creates uncertainty and risk for website owners. It applies to businesses world-wide, because it protects all users accessing your site from the EU, regardless of where your business is located. GDPR threatens website owners with fines of 4% of turnover or €20 million (whichever is higher). If you don't have an in-house legal team, complying with the law requires you to consult with a lawyer specializing in data protection law. In addition, you're at risk of vindictive reporting from no-win-no-fee legal firms.

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Forget aliens—on The Expanse, humans are now the scariest thing in the universe

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Windows 10 April 2018 Update could break a ton of critical features on your PC

According to a Wednesday post from WindowsUnited , the latest upgrade to Windows 10 isn't just glitchy or causing some freezing—it's disabling critical pieces of hardware on the host machine. While unsupported drivers may be the culprit, the post said, the problems run the gamut from audio/visual to keyboard lag and browser issues.

LG G7 ThinQ hands-on: The loudest, brightest smartphone yet

The rest of the G7 is mainly refinements to solve everyday pain points, while still maintaining many of the best qualities of other LG models, such as durability, headphone output and versatility in photography. Crucially, there's no exact prices or release dates for the G7 just yet, but the phone is coming first to South Korea "in the coming days", followed by a roll-out to the US, Europe, South America and Asia. Only time will tell whether the G7's focus on the fundamentals will be enough to win over fickle smartphone buyers.

Kanye West's latest antics make more sense with the help of this conspiracy theory

"I believe Kanye is doing a modern take on Beuys piece with the coyote. He's embraced what might be considered the coyote of today. Gotten close to it. Trump, Candace Owens, Alt Right," Snowcone tweeted. "Maybe he sees this as a better chance to 'tame' the coyote than more traditional methods."

iPad remains top dog as tablet market shrinks

That 28.8 percent share of the market is Apple’s largest since 2014, when its share was 32.7 percent. It grabbed just 26.8 percent in 2015, 25.9 percent in 2016, and 24.9 percent in 2017. Apple could see further growth in the future as a result of its more affordable 9.7-inch tablet.

10 questions full stack developers should expect in a job interview

This question seems simple, yet quickly reveals a full stack developer's security knowledge, said Paul Leduc, director of technology at RingPartner . "There are lots of ways to store passwords, but only a few could be considered secure from front-end to back-end," Leduc said. "Ideally, a developer would be able to articulate which specific security features are essential and explain how the user's data would be protected from the UI through to the back-end and databases. This is also a great opportunity for a developer to highlight how she or he has handled a similar scenario in the past, which provides insight on character and helps the interviewer see how the candidate could be a culture fit."

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Best Horror Movies on Netflix Right Now (May 2018) - IGN

Here you'll find the best horror movies on Netflix right now -- it's a genre that is particularly prevalent on streaming platforms, perhaps because there are so many horror movies. It's as wild and as varied as a genre gets, and whatever the brand of horror you're in the mood for, there's something on there for you. So let's take a look at the best new releases in horror streaming on Netflix right now. It's horror for fans of all kinds! (And head over here to find out what's new to Netflix this month or here for the best sci-fi movies streaming on Netflix right now.)


Apple Pay gets you $15 off flowers just in time for Mother’s Day

Apple Pay’s latest promotion couldn’t have come at a better time. Until Mother’s Day on May 13, you can now save $15 on flowers ordered through 1-800-Flowers. Simply place your order online or through the iOS app .

Ban on FaceTime may soon be lifted in United Arab Emirates | Cult of Mac

That could soon change, however, because Apple is in talks with the UAE federal government to lift the ban on Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services as far as it affects FaceTime.

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Keeping your account secure

When you set a password for your Twitter account, we use technology that masks it so no one at the company can see it. We recently identified a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log. We have fixed the bug, and our investigation shows no indication of breach or misuse by anyone.

Hmm, the royal wedding coin looks a lot like a certain meme

We certainly hope Prince Harry is not a distracted boyfriend, but the commemorative royal wedding coin makes a strong case to the contrary.

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Boy Scouts to drop 'boy' from namesake program upon welcoming girls

"As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in Scouting in every way possible," Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive of BSA, said in a statement. "That is why it is important that the name for our Scouting program for older youth remain consistent with the single name approach used for the Cub Scouts."

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