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“We’re sorry,” Facebook says, again—new photo bug affects millions
Further Reading50 million Facebook accounts breached by access-token-harvesting attackAnother day, another privacy issue with Facebook. The company announced Friday morning that a photo API bug might have resulted in millions of people having their private photos become improperly accessible by up to 1,500 apps for a period of 12 days in September 2018.

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Apple says iOS update will avoid Qualcomm patents, China iPhone ban
Apple's patent battle with Qualcomm in China has intensified this week, with Qualcomm seeking a broader ban and Apple claiming it has a workaround to avoid Qualcomm's patents. Further ReadingQualcomm says a Chinese court has banned sales of older iPhones nationwideOn Monday, Qualcomm announced that a Chinese court had banned the sale of most iPhone models.

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Blizzard shifts developers away from Heroes of the Storm
So it is with last night's surprise update on the status of Blizzard-universe MOBA . Blizzard now says "we need to take some of our talented developers and bring their skills to other projects," and thus has "made the difficult decision to shift some developers from to other teams." This doesn't mean the immediate end of the game or anything…

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Discord Store to offer developers 90 percent of game revenues
Discord has announced that it will start taking a reduced, 10-percent cut from game revenues generated on its online store starting next year, one-upping the Epic Games Store and its recently announced 12-percent cut on the Epic Games Store. "We talked to a lot of developers, and many of them feel that current stores are not earning their 30% of…

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Verizon cuts 10,000 jobs and admits its Yahoo/AOL division is a failure
Verizon is parting ways with 10,400 employees in "a voluntary separation program," despite the Trump administration providing a tax cut and various deregulatory changes that were supposed to increase investment in jobs and broadband networks. The cuts represent nearly seven percent of Verizon's workforce and were announced along with a $4.6 billion charge related to struggles in Verizon's Yahoo/AOL business…

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Iranian phishers bypass 2fa protections offered by Yahoo Mail and Gmail
A recent phishing campaign targeting US government officials, activists, and journalists is notable for using a technique that allowed the attackers to bypass two-factor authentication protections offered by services such as Gmail and Yahoo Mail, researchers said Thursday. The event underscores the risks of 2fa that relies on one-tap logins or one-time passwords, particularly if the latter are sent in…

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Mass email hoax causes closures across the US and Canada
A tsunami of emailed bomb threats is prompting closures at hospitals, schools, public transit agencies, and business across the US and Canada. Word of the emails surfaced Thursday morning in tweets such as this one: So I actually just got a bomb threat in my work email today ordering me to send the person $20,000 via bitcoin or they will…

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Apple will spend $1 billion and hire up to 15,000 people for new Austin office
Earlier this year, Apple announced it would launch a major new campus in the US, its second largest behind the Cupertino headquarters. Now we know where. Apple announced this morning that it will spend $1 billion to open a new campus in the southern tech hub of Austin, Texas, and that it will open new offices and add 1,000 new…

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We finally talked to an actual Waymo passenger—here’s what he told us
For the last 18 months, Waymo vehicles have been ferrying passengers around the southeast corner of the Phoenix metropolitan area. The company has tightly controlled information about the project by contractually prohibiting passengers from discussing the experience. That was supposed to change last week when Waymo officially launched its commercial service, Waymo One.