Louisiana National Guard dispatched to prevent cyberattacks

The Louisiana National Guard was dispatched to stop a series of cyberattacks aimed at government offices across the state in the run-up to the presidential election next month, according to a report. The attacks follow similar ones across Washington state, according to a Reuters report. In Washington, hackers infected government offices with a type of …

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Group battling Apple’s App Store rules sees membership grow

The chorus of voices calling for Apple to change its App Store practices is growing. Less than a month after music streamer Spotify and Tinder parent Match Group joined The Coalition for App Fairness — which is pushing for legislation that will force Apple to cut its steep fees — the list of companies that …

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Senate subpoenas Facebook, Twitter CEOs over Post’s Hunter Biden story

Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey are being called to Capitol Hill to answer for their companies’ censorship of the New York Post’s expose on the Biden familly’s foreign business dealings. Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday authorized subpoenas for the Facebook and Twitter CEOs after accusing them of engaging in “suppression and/or censorship” …

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AI bot creating fake nudes of more than 100,000 women on messaging app

A deepfake bot has used artificial intelligence to “undress” images of women on the messaging app Telegram, according to new research. Security specialist Sensity announced the research Tuesday, noting that the bot lets users “photo-realistically ‘strip naked’ images of women.” Deepfakes use artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to create false, but realistic-looking clips. “Today …

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Travis Kalanick’s CloudKitchens has spent $130M on real estate

Uber founder Travis Kalanick’s food-delivery startup has spent more than $130 million on real estate as it looks to build out a network of “ghost kitchens,” a new report says. Entities linked to CloudKitchens — which rents food-prep spaces to delivery-only restaurants — have snapped up more than 40 properties in almost two dozen cities …

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Japan joining forces with US and Europe to regulate Big Tech

Japan is joining the fight against Big Tech’s market dominance. The head of the country’s antitrust watchdog said Monday that it would be teaming up with the US and Europe to tackle efforts to regulate the four biggest names in Silicon Valley, adding that Tokyo could open a probe into Google’s attempted Fitbit merger. “If …

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Hackers broke into nearly 2,000 Robinhood trading accounts

Nearly 2,000 Robinhood accounts were infiltrated by hackers who stole money from the popular stock-trading app’s users, a new report says. The estimate — which the financial startup has not publicly confirmed — came from an internal review of the hacking activity that looted thousands of dollars from Robinhood users in recent weeks, Bloomberg News …

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First presidential vote cast using blockchain technology

With the 2020 presidential election less than a few weeks away — encumbered yet again by questions and concerns surrounding ballot security and fraud — revolutionary blockchain voting technology is being piloted in small pockets of the country. And Tuesday marked the first time a vote has ever been cast for a US president in …

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Google now lets you search for a song by humming or singing

Google announced this week it is adding a “search a song” button to its search bar that will allow users to hum, sing or whistle the tunes to songs whose names they don’t know. After you provide Google with your best rendition of the song in question, the search engine will provide a list of …

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TikTok says rivals taking advantage of Trump’s ban threat

TikTok claims that competitors are trying to capitalize on the Trump administration’s efforts to ban the popular video-sharing app in the US. The Chinese-owned platform made the allegation in a court filing asking a federal judge to block US Commerce Department rules that would effectively shut down the app next month if it’s not taken …

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