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Apple Moves Chinese iCloud Encryption Keys to China, Worrying Privacy Advocates Apple Moves Chinese iCloud Encryption Keys to China, Worrying Privacy Advocates

Apple has moved encryption keys for mainland Chinese iCloud users to China, potentially enabling much easier access to data for the nation’s heavy-handed authorities and worrying privacy advocates.

US Officials Say Russia Hacked Pyeongchang Olympics, Tried to Pin It on North Korea US Officials Say Russia Hacked Pyeongchang Olympics, Tried to Pin It on North Korea

US officials, albeit ones speaking under the cover of anonymity, are accusing the Russian military of participating in a cyber attack on the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and then attempting to blame it on North Korea, the Washington Post reported.

Wow, Who Could Have Predicted 59 Percent of 2017's ICOs Are Already Dead or Doomed Wow, Who Could Have Predicted 59 Percent of 2017's ICOs Are Already Dead or Doomed

Hey, remember initial coin offerings, the almost totally unregulated form of investment vehicle in which investors trade real cash or assets in exchange for virtual “tokens” in cryptocurrency-backed startups? You know, that hot new crypto market that the Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort, warned everyone was rife…

Microsoft Is Selling Old Lumia Smartphones Again, For Some Reason Microsoft Is Selling Old Lumia Smartphones Again, For Some Reason

Microsoft appears to have found an old pallet of Lumia smartphones or something, and it’s offering up Lumia 950, 950 XL, and even 650 and 550 models for sale on its web site this month.

Facebook Pulls Oculus Rift Shooter Bullet Train From CPAC Amid Gun Violence Controversy Facebook Pulls Oculus Rift Shooter Bullet Train From CPAC Amid Gun Violence Controversy

Facebook has pulled a demo of Oculus Rift’s VR shooter “Bullet Train” from the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland amid concerns over gun violence, Variety reported Saturday morning.

SpaceX Payload Fairing Survives Despite Missing Recovery Net by 'a Few Hundred Meters’ SpaceX Payload Fairing Survives Despite Missing Recovery Net by 'a Few Hundred Meters’

Early today, a Falcon 9 rocket delivered the PAZ radio communications satellite, along with a pair of SpaceX-owned internet satellites, to low-Earth orbit. It was an otherwise routine launch and deployment, save for the attempt to recover the rocket’s payload fairing—a feat that’s never been tried before.

Uh Oh, Snap Uh Oh, Snap

Social-media monarch Kylie Jenner—a longtime Snapchat power user and arguably one of the most important trendsetters on there—suggested on Wednesday she may be done with the app, which is bad news for a company that has already seen numerous users get mad online (but more importantly maybe reduce their engagement)…

Photographer Catches Trump's Notes on How to Appear Sympathetic to Mass Shooting Survivors Photographer Catches Trump's Notes on How to Appear Sympathetic to Mass Shooting Survivors

As President Donald Trump met with survivors and others impacted by the spate of mass school shootings across the US at the White House on Wednesday, he held a cue card with notes on how to appear empathetic while proposing solutions like tightening the federal background check system, raising the age of firearms…

New Report on Emerging AI Risks Paints a Grim Future New Report on Emerging AI Risks Paints a Grim Future

A new report authored by over two-dozen experts on the implications of emerging technologies is sounding the alarm bells on the ways artificial intelligence could enable new forms of cybercrime, physical attacks, and political disruption over the next five to ten years.

Man Arrested For Instagram Post of AR-15 Captioned 'Thinking About Finally Going Back to School' Man Arrested For Instagram Post of AR-15 Captioned 'Thinking About Finally Going Back to School'

Police in Texarkana, Texas arrested 24-year-old Ricky Jared Rankin for allegedly posting a photo of an AR-15—that model of semi-automatic rifle that keeps on being used in mass slaughters across the country—to Instagram accompanied by the caption, “I’m thinking about finally going back to school,” KTBS reported.

Windows Phone, Which Was Already Dead, Gets Another Stake Through Its Corpse Windows Phone, Which Was Already Dead, Gets Another Stake Through Its Corpse

In October, Microsoft admitted that its Windows Phone line was pretty much totally dead after failing to attract app developers and its market share plummeted from 0.8 percent to 0.1 percent by t 2017, with even corporate vice president for Windows Joe Belfiore saying that he had switched to Android. Instead, the…

Mercedes-Benz Owner Daimler AG May Have Rigged Emissions Tests Mercedes-Benz Owner Daimler AG May Have Rigged Emissions Tests

Daimler AG, the automaker which produces the Mercedes-Benz line of luxury vehicles, is facing growing scrutiny after US investigators reportedly found that it installed software to cheat diesel emissions tests on cars, Bloomberg and Reuters reported.

Chinese Security Allegedly Wrestled With Secret Service, John Kelly Over Trump's Nuclear Football Chinese Security Allegedly Wrestled With Secret Service, John Kelly Over Trump's Nuclear Football

Chinese security personnel physically “skirmished” with a Secret Service agent as well as White House Chief of Staff John Kelly last year at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People over the goddamn nuclear football, according to a report in Axios on Sunday.

Elon Musk Is Back to Digging Tunnels, This Time Under DC Elon Musk Is Back to Digging Tunnels, This Time Under DC

Noted tunnel enthusiast Elon Musk is digging again, this time for hazily defined purposes at an abandoned parking lot near the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives headquarters building in northeastern Washington, DC, the Washington Post reports.

Report: Some Crypto Enthusiasts Are Increasingly Worried About Getting Robbed in Person Report: Some Crypto Enthusiasts Are Increasingly Worried About Getting Robbed in Person

Despite periodic crashes in the cryptocurrency markets, digital currency keeps on moving out of its formerly niche space and affecting the real world in unpredictable ways. Bitcoin-mining operations are now set to gobble more electricity than domestic residential consumption in Iceland, major credit card providers are …

Facebook Now Says It Will Verify Election Ad Buyers' Identities With Postcards Facebook Now Says It Will Verify Election Ad Buyers' Identities With Postcards

Facebook, which landed itself in the crosshairs after becoming one of the primary venues by which federal prosecutors allege a Kremlin-linked, pro-Donald Trump Russian operation called the Internet Research Agency tried to flood the US with disinformation and propaganda before the 2016 elections, now says it will…

Today Was the NASA Opportunity Rover's 5,000th Martian Dawn Today Was the NASA Opportunity Rover's 5,000th Martian Dawn

Saturday, February 17th marks the 5,000th local day (sol) of operations for NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover, which was originally designed to last for just 90 sols after its January 2004 landing date, but has instead continued to set milestones like completing a marathon-length tour of its surroundings and taking huge…

Trump Eagerly Jumps on Facebook Ad VP's Tweet Downplaying Russian Troll Operation Trump Eagerly Jumps on Facebook Ad VP's Tweet Downplaying Russian Troll Operation

Facebook and Donald Trump, two large, terrible sons of our broken society that truly deserve each other, slow-motion collided on Saturday when the president decided to lift wholesale a new line of defense over the ongoing Russian election scandal from the social media giant’s vice president of advertising Rob Goldman.

White House Says It Will Get Right On That 130-Plus Staff With Only Partial Security Clearances Thing White House Says It Will Get Right On That 130-Plus Staff With Only Partial Security Clearances Thing

After reports hit the news that over 130 of the more-or-less-randomly-promoted angry teens in the White House were working without full security clearances as of November, including top aides with access to highly classified intel like Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s administration says it will overhaul…

Uber Is Reportedly Going to Sell Its Southeast Asian Division to Competitor Grab Uber Is Reportedly Going to Sell Its Southeast Asian Division to Competitor Grab

Sources say Uber is considering bailing on its Southeast Asia division, with plans to sell it to regional competitor Grab, CNBC reported on Friday.

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