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Hackers try to extort Apple by threatening to wipe iPhones

Hackers try to extort Apple by threatening to wipe iPhones

Someone claiming to be a group of hackers called themselves the "Turkish Crime Family" has apparently been trying to extort money from Apple. As Motherboard reported a few days ago, the group claims to have login details for hundreds of millions of A…

Apple says recent Wikileaks CIA docs detail old, fixed iPhone and Mac exploits

 Apple says that its preliminary assessments of the Wikileaks documents released today indicate that the vulnerabilities it details for iPhone and Mac were fixed years ago. The documents, which originated with the CIA, detailed a variety of methods for compromising — breaking into — Apple devices if an agent was able to gain physical access […]

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Of course Starbucks figured out a way to ruin avocado toast

Basics, rejoice. Starbucks has—years into the game—finally jumped onboard the avocado toast wagon, and is offering packages of organic avocado spread for all your snacking needs. SEE ALSO: Drinking coffee like the ‘Gilmore Girls’ is a nightmare Made with “fresh, organic Hass avocados, sea salt, onion, garlic, jalapeño pepper, and lime juice,” the spread sounds […]

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CREDO and Cloudflare argue against national security letter gag orders

 Earlier this week, the FBI finally allowed Cloudflare and CREDO Mobile to identify themselves as recipients of national security letters, which allow the agency to secretly order tech companies to hand over customer data. (The FBI initially allowed Cloudflare and CREDO to disclose some but not all of their NSLs; TechCrunch reported in January the […]

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How to block 'Game of Thrones' spoilers, curse words and eggplant emoji on Twitter

Finally, some peace and quiet on social media.  Twitter rolled out some new muting options today, which will allow Android and web users to hide selected words, phrases, hashtags and even emoji from their timelines and notifications for preset amounts of time. (iOS users, for now, will have to settle for blocking things from their […]

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Tour and activities marketplace Zozi lays off 30% of staff

 Zozi, a startup that describes itself as an OpenTable for tours and activities, and which raised $30 million from Richard Branson and others back in 2015, has laid off 30 percent of staff, TechCrunch learned and Zozi confirmed. The company says the restructuring will allow Zozi to focus on its core B2B software platform, Zozi Advance, going forward. […]

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'The Handmaid's Tale' trailer takes us to a bleak post-America future

Hulu has been teasing its adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale for months now, giving us a peak into a dystopian future Margaret Atwood first imagined in 1985. While those previews definitely gave us a look at the show's visual style, they didn't offer…

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Scorching heat from this 'artificial sun' could help fight climate change

German scientists have just switched on the world’s largest “artificial sun,” an instrument they say could be a game-changing technology in the fight against climate change. With 149 high-powered lamps, the Synlight system produces light about 10,000 times the intensity of natural sunlight on the Earth’s surface. When concentrated on a single spot, the lamps […]

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Hubble telescope finds black hole shot out of a distant galaxy

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have observed a supermassive black hole with a mass one million times that of our Sun hurtling away from its parent galaxy. It's the first confirmed case out of several suspected "runaway black holes,"…

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Theranos is offering investors Elizabeth Holmes’ shares if they promise not to sue

 One way Theranos is hoping to stay afloat is by offering double the shares — including some of founder Elizabeth Holmes own shares — to investors if they promise not to sue. Theranos is knee-deep in an avalanche of lawsuits from investors and consumers of its blood testing products after it was discovered the tests […]

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