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Police decrypt 258,000 messages after breaking pricey IronChat crypto app

Enlarge (credit: Brian Smithson / Flickr ) Police in the Netherlands said they decrypted more than 258,000 messages sent using IronChat, an app billed as providing end-to-end encryption that was endorsed by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. In a statement published Tuesday , Dutch police said officers achieved a “breakthrough in the interception and decryption of encrypted communication” in an investigation into money laundering. The encrypted messages, according to the statement, were sent by IronChat, an app that runs on a device that cost thousands of dollars and could send only text messages. “Criminals thought they could safely communicate with so-called crypto phones which used the application IronChat,” Tuesday’s statement said. “Police experts in the east of the Netherlands have succeeded in gaining access to this communication. As a result, the police have been able to watch live the communication between criminals for some time.” Read 11 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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JUUL Labs responds to FDA concerns about flavored e-liquids

In a statement released today, Juul Labs has responded to FDA moves to increase regulation on flavored tobacco products in order to curb underage use. This comes at a time when Juul Labs is under increasing scrutiny. Here’s the statement from Juul Labs CEO Kevin Burns: We fully support FDA’s efforts to curb underage use of tobacco products, and we believe restricting access to flavors will negatively impact current adult smokers in their journey to switch from combustible cigarettes. Appropriate flavors help adult smokers who do not want to be reminded of the tobacco-taste of a cigarette. We encourage FDA to allow for further scientific exploration on the role flavors play in helping adult smokers transition away from combustible cigarettes. It’s worth noting that, alongside flavors such as Mint, Cucumber, and Mango, Juul also markets a Virginia Tobacco-flavored pod. This statement follows a proposed ruling by the FDA in March requesting data on the effectiveness of tobacco flavors to help adult smokers smoke less as well as the role they play in initiating non-smoking youth to use tobacco products. In April the FDA requested information from JUUL in particular. And in May , the FDA and FTC issued 13 letters of warning for e-liquid products that “resemble kid-friendly food products, such as juice boxes, candy or cookies, some of them with cartoon-like imagery,” including e-liquids that resembled Sour Patch Kids, Pocky and Reddi-wip. A concern to the FDA, as well as parents, is that even if children don’t use these products to start smoking, they can be easily confused with the products they imitate and be harmful if consumed . That’s not to mention the numerous reports saying use of Juul vaporizers by teens is on the rise . To answer this point, Burns also noted that “Juul also remains steadfast in our commitment to preventing underage use of vapor products.” The company switched its age limit to 21+ following state and federal legislation to make 21 the minimum purchasing age. It’s also changed its social media presence to better reflect former cigarette smokers, instead of using models to market the device.

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Tesla to cut nearly 20 percent of its SolarCity installation locations

Enlarge / Close-up of logo for Tesla Solar, a home solar power generation solution offered by Tesla Motors, San Ramon, California, March 28, 2018. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) (credit: Getty Images) Tesla is planning to close 13 or 14 solar installation locations that were set up by SolarCity before Tesla purchased the company in 2016. Tesla will also end its partnership with Home Depot at the end of the year. The new information was first reported by Reuters, which obtained internal emails and documents detailing the closures. A Tesla spokesperson told Ars that the closures are part of the layoffs it announced in early June . An official statement from the company contended that Tesla's solar business is better served in its existing Tesla stores. "Tesla stores have some of the highest foot traffic of any retail space in the country, so this presents a unique benefit that is demonstrated by the growing number of Tesla vehicle customers who are also purchasing energy products through our stores,” the statement said. Read 7 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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This app in Google Play wants to use phone mics to enforce copyrights

Enlarge (credit: Google ) If ever there were a case for rejecting requested device permissions, it’s made by an Android app with more than 10 million downloads from Google Play . The official app for the Spanish soccer league La Liga was recently updated to seek access to users’ microphone and GPS settings. When granted, the app processes audio snippets in an attempt to identify public venues that broadcast soccer games without a license. According to a statement issued by La Liga officials , the functionality was added last Friday and is enabled only after users click “yes” to an Android dialog asking if the app can access the mic and geolocation of the device. The statement says the audio is used solely to identify establishments that broadcast games without a license and that the app takes special precautions to prevent it from spying on end users. According to the statement, which was translated by Google: Read 4 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Facebook privacy goof makes posts by 14 million users readable to anyone

Facebook disclosed a new privacy blunder on Thursday in a statement that said the site accidentally made the posts of 14 million users public even when they designated the posts to be shared with only a limited number of contacts. The mixup was the result of a bug that automatically suggested posts be set to public, meaning the posts could be viewed by anyone, including people not logged on to Facebook. As a result, from May 18 to May 27, as many as 14 million users who intended posts to be available only to select individuals were, in fact, accessible to anyone on the Internet. “We have fixed this issue, and, starting today, we are letting everyone affected know and asking them to review any posts they made during that time,” Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan said in the statement. “To be clear, this bug did not impact anything people had posted before–and they could still choose their audience just as they always have. We’d like to apologize for this mistake.” Read 5 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Facebook plans to let everyone unsend messages, will stop Zuckerberg until then

TechCrunch reported last night that Facebook retracted Facebook messages sent by Mark Zuckerberg and other executives from their recipients’ inboxes . That’s an ability normal Facebook users don’t have. But now Facebook tells me it plans to make an “unsend” feature available to all users in several months, and has already been considering how to build this product. Until the Unsend feature is released for everyone, Facebook says it won’t unsend or retract any more of Zuckerberg’s messages. The retractions of the CEO’s chats were never previously disclosed until Facebook confirmed the news to TechCrunch last night after we reported having email receipt evidence of messages that have since disappeared. Many users are seeing that as a breach of trust. Revealing plans for the Unsend button now could serve to dampen the backlash by making Zuckerberg look like a beta tester of the feature, and eventually normalizing Unsend as a common behavior.   For the full story on Zuckerberg’s disappearing messages, check out our feature story: Facebook retracted Zuckerberg’s messages from recipients’ inboxes Update: A Facebook spokesperson issued this statement apologizing for not offering Unsend to everyone sooner and explaining its plans: “We have discussed this feature several times. And people using our secret message feature in the encrypted version of Messenger have the ability to set a timer — and have their messages automatically deleted. We will now be making a broader delete message feature available. This may take some time. And until this feature is ready, we will no longer be deleting any executives’ messages. We should have done this sooner — and we’re sorry that we did not”. To recap, now six sources confirm that Facebook messages they had received from Mark Zuckerberg had disappeared from their inboxes

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The harmful drive-by currency mining scourge shows no signs of abating

Aw, damn. (credit: cibomahto ) The scourge of drive-by currency mining—in which websites and apps covertly run resource-draining code on other people's devices—shows no sign of abating. Over the weekend, researchers added two more incidents: one involves more than 4,200 sites (some operated by government agencies), while the other targets millions of Android devices. The first incident affected sites that offer a free text-to-speech translation service called Browsealoud . On Sunday, someone changed the JavaScript code hosted here to include currency-mining code from Coinhive, a controversial site that uses the devices of site visitors, usually without their permission, to generate digital coin known as Monero. In the process, any site that included a link to the Browsealoud JavaScript suddenly saddled its visitors with code that used 60 percent of its CPU resources, with no attempt to warn end users or get their permission (by default, Coinhive code uses 100 percent). Search results show that the breach affected 4,275 sites, including those operated by the UK government's Information Commissioner's Office, US federal courts, and the state of Indiana. The CTO of Texthelp, the company that offers Browsealoud, issued a statement saying it suspended the service until Tuesday. The move put an end to the illicit mass mining, which lasted about four hours. At no time was customer data accessed or lost, the statement said. Read 8 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Xbox One updated with over-the-air TV for the US and Canada, Miracast streaming support, more (Xbox Wire)

By Major Nelson posted April 22, 2015 at 8:00 AM Xbox keeps getting better with more new features coming to preview this month for both Xbox One consoles and the Xbox app on Windows 10. We’re making the Xbox app more social, while also giving you more control over your Xbox experience. Also, this month we are delivering several new fan-requested features to the Xbox One console and Xbox One SmartGlass. Xbox on Windows 10 Let’s take a closer look at what’s coming to Xbox on Windows 10 with this month’s Xbox app preview and Windows Insider updates from the Windows team. We know you love recording and sharing game clips and screenshots, so this month we spent time enabling that feature on Windows 10. Game DVR for PC games – The Game bar lets you record game clips of your favorite Windows games. With an upcoming  Windows Insider update (build 10061 or higher), you will be able to record game clips for Windows PC games* using the new Game bar available on Windows 10. To bring up the Game bar, press Windows + G . Click the "Record that" button to save the last 30 seconds of gameplay, or just press Windows + Alt + G . Additionally, you can manually start and stop recording a game clip by clicking on the "Record" button on the Game bar or pressing Windows + Alt + R . The length of a recording, including the maximum length, can be changed in Settings > Game DVR in the Xbox app. There are also a few key settings within the Game bar itself. Get started by turning on “Record game clips and screenshots” in the Xbox app.  Once enabled, there are options for background recording, video and audio quality.

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