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Get a year of Norton security for up to 5 devices for under $20 — on sale thanks to Amazon Prime Day – Mashable

Mashable Get a year of Norton security for up to 5 devices for under $20 — on sale thanks to Amazon Prime Day Mashable By Kevin Billings Mashable Deals 2 hours ago. For Prime Day, Norton Security Deluxe is available for only $19.99, $60 off its listed $79.99 price tag. The keycard provides a full year of Norton antivirus for up to five devices, including PC, Mac, and ... and more »

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VirusTotal now protects developers from becoming false positives

It’s been six years since Google acquired VirusTotal , a service that allows users to upload any file to check it for malware and viruses against the databases and algorithms of 70 antivirus and domain blacklisting services. Over the years, VirusTotal, which is now part of Alphabet’s Chronicle, has established itself as a neutral public service that has the trust of both users and developers, who can also access its service through an API. Today, the company is expanding on its core services by launching a new tool that allows developers to scan new code against the systems of its antivirus partners to help ensure that those partners don’t mistakenly identify their code as malware. These kind of false positives are surprisingly common and can obviously create massive headaches for developers who aren’t in the malware business. With VirusTotal Monitor, which is now available to all developers, developers can upload their code, have VirusTotal check it and if it’s mistakenly flagged as malware by one of the company’s partners, VirusTotal notifies both its partners and the developers– and connects them to make sure they can figure out a solution. As VirusTotal tech lead Emiliano Martinez told me, it’s worth noting that false positives are not just a headache for developers but also a potential PR disaster for the antivirus industry. Those companies don’t want to be responsible when users suddenly can’t use the latest version of an application they depend on only because their antivirus tool mistakenly thought it was malware. “So what we came up with is something like a Google Drive to which software developers can upload what they create — and do so before launching a given piece of software — or after,” Martinez explained. It’s worth noting that this tool is mostly geared toward commercial developers, but it’ll also be useful for developers who write line-of-business apps for larger companies, given that they often need those application to run their businesses. VirusTotal Monitor is free for the antivirus companies.

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In enticing #DeleteUber users back to Uber, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says company’s redemption lies in safety with upcoming features like live trip info…

Geoffrey A. Fowler / Washington Post : In enticing #DeleteUber users back to Uber, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says company's redemption lies in safety with upcoming features like live trip info sharing   —  Video recording rides?  Transparency about accident and assault rates?  New Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has ideas for how to make Uber “the safest mobility platform.”

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Apple Music says it removed R. Kelly’s music from featured playlists weeks ago while Pandora currently does not promote the singer’s music (Amy X….

Amy X. Wang / Rolling Stone : Apple Music says it removed R. Kelly's music from featured playlists weeks ago while Pandora currently does not promote the singer's music   —  Three streaming services have now removed the R&B singer's music from curated playlists  —  Spotify caused a mighty stir yesterday when it announced that …

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Boston Dynamics founder says the company’s dog-like SpotMini robot will go on sale in 2019, but doesn’t disclose price (Lucas Matney/TechCrunch)

Lucas Matney / TechCrunch : Boston Dynamics founder says the company's dog-like SpotMini robot will go on sale in 2019, but doesn't disclose price   —  After 26 years, Boston Dynamics is finally getting ready to start selling some robots.  Founder Marc Raibert says that the company's dog-like SpotMini robot …

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Czech cybersecurity and antivirus company Avast has raised $814M in its London IPO and is now valued at $3.1B+ (Tom Metcalf/BloombergQuint)

Tom Metcalf / BloombergQuint : Czech cybersecurity and antivirus company Avast has raised $814M in its London IPO and is now valued at $3.1B+   —  (Bloomberg) — Pavel Baudis and Eduard Kucera have the strictures of communism to thank for reaching the pinnacle of capitalism.  —  The Czech co-founders of cyber-security firm Avast Plc …

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Luminary Media raises $40M; sources say it plans to launch subscription service for premium podcasts, has begun to strike licensing deals with podcast…

Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal : Luminary Media raises $40M; sources say it plans to launch subscription service for premium podcasts, has begun to strike licensing deals with podcast creators   —  The newly created venture has raised $40 million from New Enterprise Associates and others to enter the rapidly expanding realm of podcasting and audio.

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Facebook removes 10 Instagram groups that artificially inflated the popularity of member accounts and posts to game Instagram algorithm and gain more…

Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed : Facebook removes 10 Instagram groups that artificially inflated the popularity of member accounts and posts to game Instagram algorithm and gain more visibility   —  The groups, including one with more than 200,000 members, vanished after BuzzFeed News contacted Instagram.

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Stack Overflow for Teams launches as a new private section on the public website that lets any group use the Q&A platform internally (Emil…

Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat : Stack Overflow for Teams launches as a new private section on the public website that lets any group use the Q&A platform internally   —  Stack Overflow today launched Stack Overflow for Teams, a new private section on the public website for developers looking for answers to work-specific questions.

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How the Chinese government, long suspicious of internet companies, is now keen on harnessing tech companies’ capital and knowledge to realize its…

New York Times : How the Chinese government, long suspicious of internet companies, is now keen on harnessing tech companies' capital and knowledge to realize its goals   —  The government in China, long suspicious of internet companies, now sees ambitious titans like Tencent and Alibaba as useful partners.

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Microsoft, VMWare, and Dell are teaming up to offer a joint IoT solution optimized for Dell Edge Gateways that is set to be available in the second…

Chris Duckett / ZDNet : Microsoft, VMWare, and Dell are teaming up to offer a joint IoT solution optimized for Dell Edge Gateways that is set to be available in the second half of 2018   —  Joint Internet of Things offering to combine Azure IoT Edge, VMware Pulse IoT Center, and Dell Edge Gateways.

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Google says it has started rolling out Google Pay on the web through desktop browsers and iOS (Abner Li/9to5Google)

Abner Li / 9to5Google : Google says it has started rolling out Google Pay on the web through desktop browsers and iOS   —  Since Google Pay launched as the company's unified payment solution in February, it has added a number of new features with more on the roadmap.  Google Pay is now beginning to roll out on the web for desktops and other mobile platforms.

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