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Twitter is killing its Twitter for Mac desktop client

Twitter is killing its Twitter for Mac desktop client On Friday, Twitter announced that it would abandon its lesser loved Mac app, directing users to Twitter.com instead. The company declared that it will refocus its efforts on “a great Twitter experience that’s consistent across platforms” rather than continuing development for Twitter for Mac, a message that doesn’t sound great for TweetDeck lovers. The Twitter for Mac app no longer lives in the Mac App Store, though its one and a half star rating lives on in the hearts of minds…

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People are trolling iPhone users with the ‘killer symbol’ that crashes their apps

People are trolling iPhone users with the ‘killer symbol’ that crashes their apps Surprise! Assorted jerks on the internet have weaponized the unicode-based bug we reported yesterday to insta-crash apps running on an iPhone or a Mac. The result is somewhere between the old Alt + F4 trick and a script kiddie stunt and it ranges from being annoying to rendering a device unusable, depending on the tenacity of the troll. The bug causes many iOS and Mac apps to crash when rendering two characters in Telugu, a south Indian language….

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Special counsel Robert Mueller indicts Russian bot farms for election meddling

Special counsel Robert Mueller indicts Russian bot farms for election meddling Special Counsel Robert Mueller has just handed down a set of indictments, charging 13 Russian citizens and three Russian organizations with interference in the U.S. presidential election in efforts dating back to 2014. The indictment names the Internet Research Agency, a bot farm and disinformation operation based out of St. Petersburg as one of the sources of the fake accounts meant to create divisions in American society. Those accounts were active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and the indictment…

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This new text bomb crashes most Mac and iOS apps with a single unicode symbol

This new text bomb crashes most Mac and iOS apps with a single unicode symbol TechCrunch has learned of a potentially serious new bug affecting a wide range of Apple devices. During their development work on an international news feed, software engineers at Aloha Browser discovered two unicode symbols that can crash any Apple device that uses Apple’s default San Francisco font. The bug instigates crashes on iPhones, iPads, Macs and even Watch OS devices that display text containing the symbol on their screens. When one of the two symbols…

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Senator calls on Tinder to fix a security flaw that lets randos snoop through your dates

Senator calls on Tinder to fix a security flaw that lets randos snoop through your dates Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is nervous about Tinder. He may not be swiping on the service this Valentine’s Day, but with a new letter demanding that Tinder resolve some security issues, Wyden is looking out for everyone who is. Last month, a security report surfaced what it deemed “disturbing vulnerabilities” in the dating app. Wyden’s letter cites the research, demanding a fix for a security loophole that allows would-be attackers to view nearly everything…

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Florence invites you into an interactive graphic novel about finding love (and losing it)

Florence invites you into an interactive graphic novel about finding love (and losing it) The latest game from Monument Valley designer Ken Wong doesn’t have much in common with the brilliant pastel puzzler, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth experiencing. Florence, available now in the App Store, isn’t really a game so much as a graphic novel strewn with a few interactive moments, kind of like quicktime events but pleasant instead of annoying. You’ll brush teeth, organize records, and populate conversation bubbles, and those events just lead to the…

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Salon’s Monero mining project might be crazy like a fox

Salon’s Monero mining project might be crazy like a fox In the age of altcoins, at least one news site is taking a novel approach to making ends meet. Salon announced today that it would give readers a choice between turning off ad-blocking software or “allowing Salon to use your unused computing power” in order to access their content. If you say yes to the latter deal, Salon will then invite you to install Coinhive, a software plugin that mines the cryptocurrency known as Monero. Salon explains its program, which…

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Coincheck users are suing to get their money off the hacked cryptocurrency exchange

Coincheck users are suing to get their money off the hacked cryptocurrency exchange The fallout from the year’s biggest cryptocurrency hack to date continues. On Monday, Reuters reported that 10 traders who used the Tokyo-based exchange Coincheck are preparing to file a lawsuit with Tokyo’s District Court on Thursday. The plaintiffs will be represented by Hiromu Mochizuki, who has been tweeting some updates about the case. During the aftermath of its recent $530 million hack of NEM tokens, Coincheck froze transactions on its platform, holding plenty of virtual wealth hostage in…

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Cryptocurrency mining malware put UK and US government machines to work

Cryptocurrency mining malware put UK and US government machines to work Over the weekend, a little piece of malware was hard at work mining cryptocurrency on government computers. Security researcher Scott Helme first noticed the malware, which he believes was running on more than 4,000 sites, including the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ico.org.uk) and the website for the American court system (uscourts.gov). The malware leveraged the victims’ devices to generate the cryptocurrency Monero by performing complex, CPU-intensive calculations, a mathematical process known as “mining” that’s used to create some cryptocurrencies….

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Italian cryptocurrency exchange gets hacked for $170 million in Nano

Italian cryptocurrency exchange gets hacked for 0 million in Nano The obscure Italian coin exchange BitGrail looks to be the latest cryptocurrency cautionary tale. On Friday, the site posted a notice to users informing them that hackers had made off with 17 million units of Nano (XRB), the coin formerly known as RaiBlocks. While Nano was worth as little as 20 cents in late November, prices hovered around $10 late last week, putting the BitGrail losses at $170 million. Nano currently boasts a market capitalization of $1,287,013,24, the 24th largest…

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