Connecting Your Bank Account To an App is Now a $3-Billion Business

When you link your checking account to Venmo or use it to buy bitcoin, a startup called Plaid is likely facilitating the connection with your bank. You punch in your user name and password; Plaid checks those credentials with the financial institution and, if they’re accurate, passes banking information back to the app. That’s it. From a report: This kind of software has been around for decades. But in the…

January 8, 2019
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Alienware unveils the Area-51m, an ultra-powerful gaming laptop with a 17.3″ 1080p display that’s designed to let users swap out parts, starting at $2,549 (Chaim Gartenberg/The Verge)

January 8, 2019

Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge: Alienware unveils the Area-51m, an ultra-powerful gaming laptop with a 17.3″ 1080p display that’s designed to let users swap out parts, starting at $2,549  —  The ‘world’s most powerful gaming laptop’ wants to bring user-replaceable processors, graphics cards, storage, and RAM to portable computers Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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US Telcos Are Selling Access To Their Customers’ Location Data, and That Data Reaches Bounty Hunters and Others Not Authorized To Possess It

T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to their customers’ location data, and that data is ending up in the hands of bounty hunters and others not authorized to possess it, letting them track most phones in the country, an investigation by news outlet Motherboard has found. From the report: Nervously, I gave a bounty hunter a phone number. He had offered to geolocate a phone for me, using a…

January 8, 2019
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