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Saturday April 17, 2021 @ 08:38:15 PM mt

Google Project Zero will give a 30-day grace period before disclosing security issues




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Googles Project Zero, a team of dedicated security engineers tasked with reducing the number of zero day vulnerabilities around the entire internet, says it will give developers an extra 30 days before disclosing vulnerability issues, in order to give end-users time to patch their software.

Developers will still have 90 days to fix bugs, but Project Zero will wait another 30 days before it discloses the details of the bug publicly. If a flaw is being actively exploited in the wild, a company will have seven days to issue a patch, and a three-day grace period if requested. But Google Project Zero will wait 30 days before it discloses technical details.

In 2020, Google announced a trial to allow developers 90 days to work on patch...

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Saturday April 17, 2021 @ 08:38:11 PM mt

Judge in Australia finds Google misled Android users about location data collection




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A judge in Australia found Google misled users about personal location data the company collected via Android devices, a violation of Australian law, the Associated Press reported.

According to Federal Court Judge Thomas Thawley, the violations occurred between January 2017 and December 2018. Users creating a new Google account while setting up a new Android device were led to believe that the Location History setting was the only Google account setting that would determine if the company collected identifiable data about the users location. In fact, another Google account setting that was turned on by default the Web & App Activity setting allowed Google to collect and store personally identifiable location information when it...

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Saturday April 17, 2021 @ 08:38:05 PM mt

Twitter having a partial outage Saturday morning




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It looks like problems on Twitter that began Friday night are persisting Saturday morning. People on the east coast of the US were reporting that while the page would load, they were unable to send tweets and DMs. As of 11 AM ET Saturday, the site was still experiencing issues for many users.

Theres no official word on how widespread the outage is, but Twitter said Saturday it was fixing an issue with its servers.

Twitter Support posted a brief message Friday night that it was looking into the matter, and updated it Saturday morning.

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Saturday April 17, 2021 @ 08:38:02 PM mt

During Indianapolis shooting FedEx cell phone policy meant some family members couldnt reach workers




Police caution tape blocks the entrance to the site of a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis. | Photo by JEFF DEAN/AFP via Getty Images

During a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis on Thursday, a company policy barring some employees from having their cell phones on them while working prevented family members from being able to contact workers inside the facility, The New York Times reported.

Authorities said the gunman, a former employee, fired into the warehouse killing eight people and wounding at least seven others, then fatally shot himself before police arrived. The incident began around 11PM Thursday and was over in a matter of minutes.

Tami Campbell, whose husband works at the facility, said she didnt know what had happened to him until he called her after his shift ended at 10AM Friday. I called his phone a thousand times even though I knew he...

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Saturday April 17, 2021 @ 08:37:59 PM mt

CPSC urges people with children at home to stop using Peloton Tread Plus treadmill immediately




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The Consumer Product Safety Commission on Saturday issued a warning about Peloton Tread Plus treadmills, saying the machines pose serious risks to children for abrasions, fractures, and death. In a March blog post by CEO John Foley, the company said it was aware that a child had died in an accident on the treadmill.

The agency says it is aware of 39 incidents with the Tread Plus, including one death. In light of multiple reports of children becoming entrapped, pinned, and pulled under the rear roller of the product, CPSC urges consumers with children at home to stop using the product immediately, the CPSC bulletin states.

The CPSC posted a video showing what could happen in a Tread Plus accident involving a child. It shows an...

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Saturday April 17, 2021 @ 08:37:55 PM mt

NASA reschedules Ingenuity helicopters first flight on Mars for Monday




An artists rendering of the Ingenuity and its parent rover Perseverance | NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA has rescheduled the first flight of its Ingenuity Mars helicopter to April 19th at 3:30AM ET, the agency announced Saturday.

The four-pound helicopter that arrived on Mars on February 18th with its parent rover Perseverance has seen its first flight delayed a few times. It touched the surface of Mars on April 4th, and has been undergoing tests and checkouts. It survived its first night alone on Mars frigid surface, passing a first test of its independence from Perseverance.

The craft was scheduled to take flight April 11th, but last weekend NASA said data from a high-speed rotor test showed the test sequence ended early, as Ingenuitys computer tried to switch from pre-flight to flight mode The date was pushed back again after...

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Saturday April 17, 2021 @ 08:37:52 PM mt

Amazon has canceled its Lord of the Rings MMO game




Amazon Game Studios has canceled a Lord of the Rings online role-playing game, Bloomberg reported. The company announced the project with Leyou-owned Athlon Games back in 2019, and planned it to be a free-to-play game for PC and consoles.

The game was to be set at a time long before the events of The Lord of the Rings, exploring lands, people and creatures never seen before by fans of the Tolkien universe, according to an announcement from Athlon at the time. But Leyou was acquired by Tencent Holdings in December, and an Amazon spokesperson said in an email to The Verge that the company was unable to secure terms to proceed with this title at this time.

The team from the LOTR project will work on other games for the company, the...

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Saturday April 17, 2021 @ 08:37:49 PM mt

Google introducing a feature in Chrome 90 to create links to highlighted text on a webpage




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An upcoming feature in Chrome 90 will allow users to create a link to a section of a website that theyve highlighted. First launched as a browser extension called Link to Text Fragment last year, Google has now added the feature within Chrome itself.

The new feature is still rolling out to users; I wasnt able to get it to work even after I updated to Chrome 90. But the feature works just like the browser extension did, according to a blog post from Google product manager Kayce Hawkins: Visit a web page, highlight the text you want to create a link to, right click, and select copy link to highlight. A URL ending in a pound sign (#) is generated, which you can then share with others. When they open the link, theyll be sent to the...

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Saturday April 17, 2021 @ 08:37:45 PM mt

Roblox to introduce content ratings for games to better restrict age-inappropriate content




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Virtual gaming platform Roblox is developing content ratings for games and easier-to-use parental controls, the companys chief privacy officer Remy Malan told The Wall Street Journal.

Half of Robloxs audience of more than 30 million daily users are kids under 13, but the platform has struggled at times to contain sexually explicit content. Age-inappropriate games sometimes surface up on kids recommended for you lists, according to the WSJ.

The platforms current system restricts kids to specific games, but under the new system, parents would have more information about what kids might find in a given game; until you play a game, its not always clear that it might have explicit or inappropriate content in it.

Malan did not...

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Saturday April 17, 2021 @ 12:06:15 AM mt

An actual house is an NFT now




A real estate broker named Shane Dulgeroff decided to take advantage of the NFT hype. Hes selling a house at 221 Dryden Street, in Thousand Oaks, California along with an NFT of a psychedelic-flavored video of the house.

The artwork and house are up for auction on OpenSea, with a minimum bid of 48 ETH, or almost $117,000. No one has bid yet, and the auction closes in seven days. The house previously sold at $746,000, according to real-estate platform Zillow.

Its less about the significance of the art as it is the significance of us using a platform like this to sell a home, Dulgeroff told Fast Company. The significance that the art will carry, its going to be stored in your digital wallet forever as living proof that you...

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