Microsoft Says Critical Vulnerability in Windows is Already Being Used in ‘Limited Targeted Attacks’

Microsoft said on Monday that it has discovered a flaw in Windows 10 and other versions of the operating system that has already resulted in “limited targeted attacks.” There is as of yet no patch for the vulnerability, though Microsoft ranks it as a “critical” flaw. Read More >>

CDC Says Coronavirus Traces Lasted 17 Days on Cruise Ship, But No Evidence of Transmission Risk

Traces of the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus can last longer on some surfaces than previously detected by health authorities, according to a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released on Monday. Read More >>

Former Google Engineer Anthony Levandowski Escapes 32 of 33 Charges in Waymo Theft Plea Deal

Anthony Levandowski, the ex-Google autonomous vehicle engineer slapped with 33 charges of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets last year, has struck a deal with Uncle Sam to plead guilty and escape with just one guilty plea, per the Wall Street Journal. Read More >>

NASA, SpaceX Still Aiming to Launch Manned Crew Dragon Demo-2 Test as Early as May

NASA and SpaceX are still planning on conducting the first manned commercial crew program launch to space as early as May, indicating that the timetable for the mission has not shifted despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Read More >>

US CDC Advises Morticians That It Is Time to Switch to Livestreaming Funerals

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned morticians that large funerals should be livestreamed instead due to the spread of the novel coronavirus across the country. Read More >>

Automated Facebook Anti-Spam System Goes Wild, Blocks Links Including Covid-19 Info

Facebook’s automated moderation tools went wild and targeted tons of posts about the coronavirus pandemic and other topics on Tuesday evening, blocking users from sharing articles from legitimate news sources. Read More >>

Report: Apple Plans to Release Cheap iPhone 9 Plus With Touch ID This Spring

Code snippets in iOS 14 appear to show that Apple is working on an iPhone 9 Plus to complement the budget model iPhone 9 rumoured to be in development, 9to5Mac reported on Monday. Read More >>

What the Heck Was That, Trump?

Donald Trump announced a national emergency in the U.S. over the outbreak of the novel coronavirus spreading across the country on Friday, for some reason bringing along the CEOs of some of America’s largest companies to trot up to the podium and explain the merits of public-private partnerships that they’ve formed with the federal government. Read More >>

Airports in the EU Devolve Into Chaos Over Trump’s Inaccurate Covid-19 Address

Travellers at European airports faced chaos, surging prices, and uncertainty as they scrambled to react to Donald Trump’s Wednesday announcement that severe restrictions would be imposed on travel from the continent to the U.S. – made significantly worse by a series of bullshit claims made by the president during his address. Read More >>

Trump Finally Admits COVID-19 is Serious, Blames Europe for Spread of ‘Foreign’ Virus

In a speech to the nation on Wednesday night, President Donald Trump partially blamed the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic to the United States on Europe, announcing that the White House will take the unprecedented step of suspending travel by most foreign nationals from Europe to the U.S. for 30 days, effective March 13. The United Kingdom is not included in the ban. Read More >>

Google Asks All U.S. Staff to Work From Home as COVID-19 Spreads

Google has asked all of its North American employees – well over 100,000, counting all those working under parent company Alphabet, and a similarly massive number of contractors – to work from home due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Business Insider reported on Tuesday. Read More >>

E3 2020 Has Reportedly Been Cancelled

Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2020 in Los Angeles is cancelled, Ars Technica reported on Tuesday evening, citing multiple sources who said that the its organisers at the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) will soon make a public announcement. Read More >>

At Least 20 VPN and Ad-Blocking Apps With 35 Million Downloads Actually Monitored Users’ Phones

At least 20 ad-blocking and virtual private network (VPN) apps owned by analytics firm Sensor Tower may have been secretly spying on users’ phones, according to a BuzzFeed News investigation on Monday. Read More >>

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Encryption Flaws Leave Millions of Toyota, Kia, and Hyundai Cars Vulnerable to Key Cloning

Millions of cars with radio-enabled keys made by Toyota, Hyundai, and Kia may be vulnerable to hijacking thanks to a flaw in their encryption implementation, Wired reported this week, citing the results of a KU Leuven in Belgium and University of Birmingham study. Read More >>

Facebook May Be Considering Changing Course as Libra Crypto Project Sails Towards Disaster

Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project has been heading full steam at a global financial regulatory system-sized iceberg for a while now. But it might be trying to change course after finally realising that the iceberg will win. Read More >>