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Los Angeles and San Francisco are convinced that Uber's background checks aren't as good as the company claims they are, and it looks the two cities might have ample proof that this is a real, consistent problem. Their district attorneys have amended a lawsuit against Uber to provide evidence tha...

August 19th 2015 at 7:35pm 0 Comments
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LinkedIn doesn't just want to help you find a job or a new hire -- it thinks it can contribute even after you're gainfully employed. The company's new LinkedIn Lookup app for iPhones (there's no mention of Android yet) helps you find and contact co-workers using criteria ranging from names to skil...

August 19th 2015 at 12:22pm 0 Comments
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If you use Skype enough on your Android phone that you can't always make heads or tails of who's calling, today's your day. An updated version of Skype for Android brings the same kind of contact-specific ringtones that you might be used to with conventional calls, so you'll know if it's a BFF or...

August 18th 2015 at 10:58pm 0 Comments
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Amazon has jumped through hoops trying to speed up deliveries, but wouldn't it sometimes make sense to eliminate the last-mile shipping altogether and pick up orders yourself? That might just happen. GeekWire has discovered that Amazon is trying out a new service, Flex, that has you collecting you...

August 18th 2015 at 9:32pm 0 Comments
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It's nearly two years since Target suffered its giant shopping data breach, and the retailer is still paying for its mistakes. In the wake of a $19 million payout to MasterCard, Target has reached a settlement with Visa over compensation for the many, many customers exposed to potential credit and...

August 18th 2015 at 5:13pm 0 Comments
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If you were looking forward to the US relinquishing its internet oversight at the end of September... well, you'll be disappointed. The Department of Commerce has delayed the transition by "at least" a year. Simply put, the community isn't yet ready to take the reins -- it won't have time to both...

August 18th 2015 at 3:45pm 0 Comments
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Typically, coders and researchers who discover security vulnerabilities in software will tell the companies involved before posting their findings -- it's a courtesy to make sure that those holes are patched before attackers can use them. Don't tell that to developer Luca Todesco, though. He recen...

August 17th 2015 at 5:05pm 0 Comments
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Facebook, Google and SpaceX aren't the only big names envisioning a world blanketed with satellite-based internet access. Samsung has published research proposing Earth-wide internet through a cloud of roughly 4,600 micro satellites. The vehicles would switch between multiple radio frequency bands...

August 17th 2015 at 3:13pm 0 Comments
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It's now feasible for many people to access the web, but contributing to the web? That's harder, since you usually need money, know-how or both to create much more than a Tumblr page. Mozilla thinks it can help, though. Its just-finished Webmaker app lets anyone with an Android phone create web...

August 17th 2015 at 11:46am 0 Comments
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When you rent a place on Airbnb, you're always taking on some risk. You're trusting a stranger to house you, after all. However, the home-as-hotel company is learning the hard way that it should help out if you're in trouble. Airbnb is responding to the reported sexual assault of a guest in Mad...

August 16th 2015 at 5:31pm 0 Comments
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Telecoms and other net neutrality opponents usually try to paint the regulation as anti-free market, but they've lately raised the specter of terrorism. Supposedly, it might prevent internet providers from blocking extremist sites. It's a big enough concern, in fact, that Senator Dianne Feinstein...

August 16th 2015 at 8:08am 0 Comments
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Numerous browsers have a private mode to prevent local users from learning too much about your web habits, but what about preventing the sites themselves from tracking what you're doing? Mozilla thinks it can help. It just released a pre-beta version of Firefox whose updated, experimental Private...

August 15th 2015 at 10:03pm 0 Comments