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As Zuck testifies to Senate, Democrats propose tough opt-in privacy law
Two Democratic US senators today proposed a "privacy bill of rights" that would prevent Facebook and other websites from sharing or selling sensitive information without a customer's opt-in consent. The proposed law would protect customers' Web browsing and application usage history, private messages, and any sensitive personal data such as financial and health information.

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Mysterious Google-branded 4K Android TV dongle shows up at the FCC
The FCC just dropped a major surprise on us. It has documentation of a Google-branded HDMI dongle that runs Android TV and comes with a remote! It almost looks like a next-gen Chromecast. The documents show off pictures, specs, and even the manual. The device is manufactured by "Shenzhen SEI Robotics Co.

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Elizabeth Holmes announces brutal layoffs at Theranos following SEC settlement
As recently as 2015, the plucky blood-testing company Theranos had about 800 employees. But on Tuesday, that number fell to about two dozen or less, according to a report by . Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of the Silicon Valley biotech company, announced the third, brutal round of layoffs today in an all-hands meeting at the company's Newark, California office.

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Radical Heights is too embarrassing a PUBG clone to hide behind “early access”
For all the flak and attention Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski has garnered over the years, the developer has always at least put his name behind solid video games. His most recent self-admitted financial failure, , at least did a fine job carrying Bleszinski's old-school, torch, in spite of its issues with difficulty curve and generic art.

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This app features super-accurate GPS, and I can’t figure out how it works
One of the things you have to accept as a tech writer is being on the receiving end of a never-ending stream of PR pitches. Generally, they're ill-targeted or irrelevant to the topics I actually write about—for instance, anything with "blockchain" gets deleted immediately. Sometimes, though, a pitch email will be intriguing enough to warrant a reply other than "sorry,…

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Dealmaster: Take up to $40 off Amazon Fire TV streamers, Kindles, and Fire tablets
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Every now and then, Amazon will drop the price on a collection of its Fire TV media streamers, Fire tablets, and Kindle e-readers, and today is one of those days. Many of these discounts require you to be a Prime subscriber, but if you're…

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Practical passwordless authentication comes a step closer with WebAuthn
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and FIDO Alliance today announced that a new spec, WebAuthn ("Web Authentication") had been promoted to the Candidate Recommendation stage, the penultimate stage in the Web standards process. WebAuthn is a specification to allow browsers to expose hardware authentication devices—USB, Bluetooth, or NFC—to sites on the Web.

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“Your ass is about to get swatted,” swatting suspect tweets from jail
Tyler Barriss stands accused of making a fake emergency call, a crime known as "swatting," that led to the death of a Kansas man. He has been held in a Sedgewick County Jail since January. He is not supposed to have Internet access there, but on Friday the noticed Barriss tweeting.

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Banning Chinese network gear is a really bad idea, small ISPs tell FCC
The Federal Communications Commission's proposed ban on Huawei and ZTE gear in government-funded projects will hurt small Internet providers' efforts to deploy broadband, according to a lobby group for rural ISPs. As previously reported, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal would prevent Universal Service Fund (USF) money from being used to buy equipment or services from companies that "pos[e] a national…