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India’s national ID database is reportedly accessible for less than $10

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 11:35 PM PST

 The nightmare is a reality in India. Reports from the country suggest that the government’s national ID system — Aadhaar, which holds personal data belonging to more than one billion people — was compromised. On the slight positive side, the breach wasn’t down to hackers — at least on this occasion. The access hole was publicized after Indian newspaper The… Read More

After Meltdown and Spectre revelation, questions arise about timing of Intel CEO’s stock sales

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 10:31 PM PST

 The timing of Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s large sale of shares in November is raising questions because a Securities and Exchange Commission filing appeared to show that the transactions were planned after the company was informed about the Meltdown and Spectre bugs, but before they were made public. Read More

Chinese game streaming platform Chushou raises Series D, adds Google as investor

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 09:16 PM PST

 Google has added Chinese mobile game livestreaming platform Chushou to its list of investments in Asia. The Beijing-based startup announced today that it has closed a Series D round, which Google joined as a new investor, that brings its total funding so far to over $120 million. Chushou’s previous investors Qiming Venture, Shunwei Capital and Alpha X Capital, also returned for this round. Read More

Crunch Report | Ethereum Hits $1,000 a Coin

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 08:00 PM PST

Ethereum hits $1,000 a coin, Eero lays off 20% of staff and Mark Zuckerberg issues his 2018 challenge. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Travis Kalanick reportedly plans to sell about 29% of his Uber shares

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 07:32 PM PST

 Uber founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick plans to sell nearly a third of his shares in the company, reports Bloomberg. The transaction would be part of the tender offer in which SoftBank Group agreed to buy shares in Uber valuing it at $48 billion, a huge discount from its last fundraising valuation. According to Bloomberg’s sources, Kalanick wants to sell 29% of his stake and would… Read More

GoPro cuts 200-300 jobs, largely impacting its drone division

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 05:31 PM PST

 GoPro is in the process of laying off around 200-300 employees this week, TechCrunch has learned from sources close to the company. The hits to the company were largely concentrated in its aerial division, the segment of the company responsible for its Karma drone. In a letter to impacted employees GoPro explained these cuts are part of a larger restructuring “to better align our… Read More

Facebook Watch is adding clips from the CBS late-night lineup

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 04:54 PM PST

 Short-form content from CBS’ late-night shows “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden” will now appear on Facebook Watch, according to multiple reports. It’s the latest effort by Facebook to make Watch a thing. Clips of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, now the most popular late-night talk show, will begin appearing… Read More

Apple says Meltdown and Spectre flaws affect ‘all Mac systems and iOS devices,’ but not for long

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 04:43 PM PST

 Apple isn’t immune to Meltdown and Spectre, the major bugs in basic computing architecture that were announced yesterday to widespread amazement and horror. In an announcement, the company said that “all Mac systems and iOS devices are affected,” which sounds right, but that mitigations are either already in place or on the way. Read More

Spotify hits 70 million subscribers

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 03:54 PM PST

 Spotify just announced it’s killing it on the subscriber front. As of today, Spotify has 70 million subscribers compared to Apple Music’s 30 million. Last July, Spotify had more than 60 million paid listeners and over 140 million active users. There’s essentially no better time than one day after news leaks about Spotify’s confidential filing to go public to announce a… Read More

Game of Thrones isn’t coming back until 2019

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 03:46 PM PST

 Winter isn’t coming any time soon. Today HBO broke it to dedicated fans the world over that Game of Thrones won’t be returning until 2019. Game of Thrones star actress Sophie Turner gave as much away in an interview with Variety last month, though many fans were still awaiting an official confirmation of their darkest fears. Read More

Jimmy Iovine is reportedly leaving Apple this year

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 03:39 PM PST

 Jimmy Iovine, the music mogul who sold Beats to Apple in 2014, is reportedly leaving Apple later this year (in August), Billboard reports. Word on the street is that Iovine’s departure is timed with his Apple shares fully vesting, according to Billboard. Back in May 2014, Apple paid $3 billion for the headphone maker and streaming music service. As part of the deal, Iovine and Beats… Read More

FCC issues final version of order eliminating net neutrality rules

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 03:28 PM PST

 The FCC has released the final text of the order it voted on last month that is set to undo the net neutrality rules established in 2015. This is the text that will enter the federal register and the official final wording of the new rules and justification thereof. Read More

Apple in good cheer over a billion-dollar Christmas and New Year on the App Store

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 02:47 PM PST

 The week after Christmas is a lazy one, but the App Store was working overtime. Apple triumphantly announced today that the late holiday season brought in more than a billion dollars in purchases on its mobile marketplace. Read More

This bot unrolls Twitter threads and turns them into readable blog posts

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 02:44 PM PST

 For as much as its users love to hate on their platform of choice, Twitter occasionally really comes through with a deep dive on a hot topic that provides actual, meaningful insight. Such an event is almost enough to remind us why we all fritter our lives away on there to begin with. Remember when we used to blog? Like, we issued thoughts in sentences and paragraphs instead of a series of… Read More

Can municipal broadband save the open internet?

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 02:30 PM PST

 No challenge around the future of the internet looms larger in the coming year than what to do in the aftermath of the repeal of net neutrality. Open internet proponents were stunned at last month’s vote, which struck at the heart of the belief that the internet should be free, fair and open for all users. Read More

White House bans personal cellphone use in the West Wing

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 01:38 PM PST

 In a statement on Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that personal cellphones will no longer be allowed in the West Wing. “The security and integrity of the technology systems at the White House is a top priority for the Trump administration and therefore the use of all personal devices for both guests and staff will no longer be allowed in the West Wing. Read More

Hulu and Steven Spielberg are bringing back ‘Animaniacs’

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 01:18 PM PST

 Hulu will be resurrecting 90s animated cartoon hit Animaniacs. Yes, Yakko, Wakko and Dot Animaniacs, from the 90s. In this bizarre twist, which is probably designed to activate some kind of nostalgia center in the brains of 90s kids who are now of child-rearing age, executive producer Steven Spielberg is returning in the same role, and Hulu will also be streaming all existing 99 episodes of… Read More

TiVo debuts its ‘Next-Gen’ platform for pay TV providers looking to fight cord cutting

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 01:14 PM PST

 TiVo today introduced a new “Next-Gen Platform,” as it’s being called, that will allow pay TV operators to better keep up with the changes in how consumers prefer to watch television today. The platform lets operators offer modern-day features to their customers – like personalization, recommendations, voice control, and more to their managed set-top boxes. It also… Read More

Appcanary shuts down its vulnerability scanning service as the team joins GitHub

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 12:46 PM PST

 Appcanary, a Y Combinator-incubated service that helps developers scan the third-party packages and libraries they use to write their code for potential security vulnerabilities, today announced that it will shut down its service on June 1 and that the team is joining GitHub. The two companies did not disclose the financial details of the transaction, but our understanding is that this is… Read More

Mapbox makes another acquisition to bolster its navigation toolkits

Posted: 04 Jan 2018 12:30 PM PST

 Mapbox, the SoftBank-backed developer of mapping applications that competes with Google Maps, TomTom and Here, has acquired the intellectual property and developers behind Mapzen’s Valhalla project in a bid to strengthen its navigation toolkits. Read More