Now Stores Must Tell You How They’re Tracking Your Every Move

The law that took effect January 1 says businesses must “inform” consumers that they are collecting personal information “at or before the point of collection.” The attorney general’s draft regulations, due to be finalized in time for enforcement to begin in July, suggests physical premises distribute paper notices or display “prominent signage” with a web link. B8ta declined to explain how it reasoned that knee-high notices might inform customers or…

January 15, 2020
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An Alarming Windows Bug, a Triumph for Tesla, and More News

Tesla is surging and Microsoft is purging, but first: a cartoon about wedding software updates. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here! Today’s News Windows has a flaw so dangerous the NSA disclosed it In a rare event, the National Security Agency found and disclosed a vulnerability in Windows 10. The…

January 15, 2020
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Windows 10 Has a Security Flaw So Severe the NSA Disclosed It

Microsoft released a patch for Windows 10 and Server 2016 today after the National Security Agency found and disclosed a serious vulnerability. It’s a rare but not unprecedented tip-off, one that underscores the flaw’s severity—and maybe hints at new priorities for the NSA. The bug is in Windows’ mechanism for confirming the legitimacy of software or establishing secure web connections. If the verification check itself isn’t trustworthy, attackers can exploit…

January 15, 2020
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If Russia Hacked Burisma, Brace for the Leaks to Follow

The oil firm Burisma sits at the center of the Venn diagram of two of the Kremlin’s hacking obsessions: It’s in Ukraine, Russia’s favorite playground for all manner of cyberattacks. And it’s at the core of a political controversy that might further divide the US and aid Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. All of that makes Burisma an almost inevitable target for another hack-and-leak operation of the sort that Russia carried…

January 14, 2020
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Now It’s Really, Truly Time to Give Up Windows 7

Two days ago, I finally gave up Windows 7. I don’t dislike Windows 10, but there’s just always been something special about Windows 7. It was svelte. It actually ran faster and took up less hard drive space than its predecessor, the much-maligned Windows Vista. It looked great. We Windows users could finally hold our heads a little higher around Mac users. And, well, I didn’t know how well Windows…

January 14, 2020
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The Mandalorian Is the Only Smart Soldier in the Star Wars Galaxy

After nine Star Wars movies, two Star Wars stories, and countless TV show episodes, The Mandalorian has finally given us something utterly priceless. No, not Baby Yoda—although, yes, I would die for that damn thing. I refer to the Mandalorian himself: a protagonist who finally understands military tactics. He’s an expert at cover and concealment. He actually aims his shots. In the Mandalorian, the Star Wars universe for the first…

January 14, 2020
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Cut Undersea Cable Plunges Yemen Into Days-Long Internet Outage

Last week, the internet went dark for Yemen and its 28 million citizens. It’s still not fully back today. In fact, the entire Red Sea region has dealt with slow to nonexistent connectivity since the severing of a single submarine cable on Thursday. It’s popular to think of the internet as a cloud, but it’s really under the sea. A lattice of massive cables crisscrosses the world, seeding connectivity to…

January 14, 2020
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All the Ways Facebook Tracks You—and How to Limit It

More broadly, you can stop some of the web activity being used to target you with ads by visiting the YourAdChoices site run by the Digital Advertising Alliance. You’ll notice Facebook advertising targeting is on the list of entries—tick the Opt Out box to do just that. Note that you’ll need to do this separately for each browser you use; for the biggest impact, you should opt out of all…

January 12, 2020
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The FBI Wants Apple to Unlock iPhones Again

After anxious days awaiting Iran’s response to the US assassination of Qasem Soleimani, the country sent missiles flying at two Iraqi military that housed US troops—who knew about it well in advance, thanks to an early warning system that dates back to the Cold War. In a rare reversal from the norm, Donald Trump followed up by using Twitter to defuse tensions rather than escalate them further. Iran’s still on…

January 11, 2020
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This Government-Subsidized Phone Comes With Malware

An Android phone subsidized by the US government for low-income users comes preinstalled with malware that can’t be removed without making the device cease to work, researchers reported on Thursday. ARS TECHNICA This story originally appeared on Ars Technica, a trusted source for technology news, tech policy analysis, reviews, and more. Ars is owned by WIRED’s parent company, Condé Nast. The UMX U686CL is provided by Virgin Mobile’s Assurance Wireless…

January 11, 2020
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