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Facebook Asked Some Users for Their Email Passwords, Then ‘Unintentionally Uploaded’ 1.5 Million Contact Lists Without Consent

Last month, Facebook admitted that it was asking some users who signed up on desktop while using email addresses not supporting the OAuth open standard to give them the passwords to their email accounts – with options to avoid doing so hidden in a “Need Help?” sub-menu. Now the social media giant has admitted that yes, it did “unintentionally” upload contact lists from up to 1.5 million of those email accounts to Facebook, without their owners’ consent or knowledge. Read More >>

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Ecuador Claims It’s Been Hit With 40 Million Cyberattacks Since Giving Up Julian Assange

Ecuadorian officials claim the country has suffered some 40 million cyber attacks since it allowed UK police to forcibly remove Wikileaks founder Julian Assange from their embassy in London, according to Agence France-Presse. Read More >>

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US Federal Agents, Police Are Using Google’s Location History Feature to Track Down Suspects

American law enforcement queries of Google’s massive mobile device location tracking database, which employees call Sensorvault, has “risen sharply in the past six months,” the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing sources at the company. Read More >>

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Report: Apple May Spend Over Half a Billion on its Subscription Game Service

Sources say Apple is spending hundreds of millions of dollars, and may exceed half a billion dollars in total funding, for its upcoming Arcade game subscription service, the Financial Times reported this weekend. Read More >>

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We Were All Free of Facebook’s Iron Grip on the Internet for a Few Hours

Facebook and its subsidiaries Instagram and WhatsApp experienced widespread outages on Sunday for the second time in the past month (and the third time this year), with issues reported starting at around 11am BST and extending until around 2pm. Read More >>

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Stratolaunch, World’s Largest-Ever Plane by Wingspan, Successfully Takes Off on Maiden Flight

Stratolaunch, the world’s largest plane by wingspan and the brainchild of late Silicon Valley billionaire Paul Allen, finally took off at around 10:00 a.m. local time on Saturday for a two and a half hour inaugural flight, the Washington Post reported. Read More >>

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Report: Hackers Steal, Publish Data on Thousands of Federal Agents, Police Officers Across US

Hackers have stolen data from “several FBI-affiliated websites” and are distributing it across the web, TechCrunch reported on Friday, with details on “thousands of federal agents and law enforcement officers” now floating around on the web. Read More >>

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Singapore Officials Set Horrifying Record, Busting 14-Tonne Shipment of Smuggled Pangolin Scales

Authorities in Singapore have seized more than 14 tonnes of scales of pangolin scales bound for Vietnam in what Paul Thomson of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Pangolin Specialist Group described as the largest single such shipment on record, the New York Times reported on Monday. Thomson told the paper that the IUCN estimated around 36,000 pangolins were killed to harvest the scales, which is forbidden by international law. Read More >>

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Amazon’s Human Helpers Are Quietly Listening in on Some Alexa Recordings

There’s been a number of incidents where Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant has done things like misinterpret something it overheard and started sending random people recordings of private conversations, or audio files kept by the company wound up in the wrong hands. But a real-life stranger could potentially be listening to anything you tell Alexa by design, per a report in Bloomberg on Wednesday. Read More >>

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Report: Jeff Bezos Is Meeting With Prosecutors Over Allegations Saudis Hacked His Nudes

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is “scheduled to meet with federal prosecutors in New York as soon as this week” regarding allegations that the National Enquirer tabloid and its parent company, American Media Inc., engaged in extortion and blackmail with a stolen nude and other sexts from an adulterous relationship. Read More >>

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US Department of Justice Charges UK Firm With Conspiracy, Fraud Over Opioid Withdrawal Drug Suboxone Film

On Tuesday, US federal prosecutors indicted British firm Indivior Plc, the manufacturer of the opioid craving and withdrawal drug Suboxone Film, with misleading doctors and government health programmes into thinking the drug was safer and less addictive than it really is, Bloomberg reported. According to the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the company even ran a “Here to Help” program that purported to assist patients facing opioid addiction, when in reality, DOJ says, it directed them to doctors it knew played loose with scripts. Read More >>

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Rhino Poacher in South Africa Reportedly Killed By Elephant, Then Eaten By Lions

A man suspected to have entered Kruger National Park in South Africa near the border with Mozambique last week with four compatriots to poach protected rhinos was reportedly killed by an elephant before becoming a meal to a pack of lions, according to a report in the Letaba Herald subsequently confirmed by other outlets. Read More >>

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Report: Saudi Arabia Making Brisk Progress on Experimental Nuclear Reactor

A small, experimental nuclear reactor being constructed by Argentina’s state-backed nuclear company INVAP at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh has spurred renewed concerns about Saudi leadership’s intentions for the program, CNN reported on Sunday, even as its development zips along at a brisk pace. Read More >>

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The U.S. Army Gave a Press Demo of Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Military Prototype

Last year, Microsoft won a £375-million-plus contract with the U.S. Army to build Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) prototypes that a government document described as intended to “accelerate lethal defensive and offensive capabilities utilsing innovative components.” This weekend, CNBC got a look at what Microsoft has been cooking up in the form of a modified HoloLens 2, and—though it seems like they got more of a high-end demo than a look at anything refined yet—it seems like the military is getting what they wanted and what Microsoft employees who signed a letter in February 2019 protesting the project feared. Read More >>

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As Apple Moves Into Streaming, Netflix Kills Support for AirPlay

Streaming giant Netflix has dropped native support for Apple’s AirPlay, with the company revising its support guidelines to state that the switch is “due to technical limitations,” Cult of Mac wrote on Saturday. Read More >>