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Anonymous cryptocurrency Verge can’t seem to catch a break. It appears that hackers have again exploited the vulnerabilities in Verge’s blockchain to steal XVGs. In an attack that lasted a few hours, approximately 35 million XVGs seem to have been stolen — worth above $1.7 million as per the latest Coinmarketcap price. Verge suffered a similar attack last month resulting in the theft of 250,000 XVG. As per ocminer — the Bitcointalk.org user who had pointed out the attack last time as well — it is the same glitch that has been exploited again by the attackers. The attackers were able to mine multiple blocks one…

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Yesterday, Sony announced a 10-inch digital paper tablet, snappily named the DPT-CP1. This is a bit like a normal tablet, except with an electronic-ink screen, and designed primarily for note-taking. With the DPT-CP1 (surely Sony could have given it a better name, lke the “WriteStation,” maybe?) you can draw and doodle to your heart’s content without running out of pages. It has 16GB of internal storage, with 11GB user-accessible. You can also synchronize your work to your phone, with the companion app available for both Android and iOS. If you need to bring your work to a bigger screen, the…

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Following the Cambridge Analytica affair and the massive leak of 87 million people’s data revealed earlier this year, Facebook is facing unprecedented scrutiny of its business model and especially its use of users’ personal data. These scandals provide political momentum for new initiatives to better regulate Facebook and other tech giants. However, any action to protect digital rights is sure to face opposition from the well-resourced EU lobbying machine that Facebook and other big names from Silicon Valley have built up in Brussels over the last ten years. So far, Facebook has managed to avoid public scrutiny in the EU.…

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HackerRank today published its 2018 Tech Recruiting Report. The paper examines trends and perspectives in the competitive developer recruitment market, and has identified several trends that are guaranteed to raise eyebrows. One trend spotted by HackerRank is that there seems to be endemic relationship issues between recruiters and hiring managers. HackerRank asked how they perceived their relationship with the other party. While 30.5 percent of recruiters said it was “excellent,” only 17.1 percent of hiring managers said the same. That’s a chasm of nearly 13 percentage points. That’s perhaps because both parties have different overall goals. Recruiters are primarily concerned…

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Yubico, the maker of the popular YubiKey hardware two-factor authentication (2FA) token, has announced the launch of its iOS SDK. This allows developers to bake truly secure 2FA (read: not based on SMS) into their apps, based on the company’s YubiKey NEO NFC-equipped hardware. Support for the company’s NFC one-time-password hardware arrived in iOS 11, which Apple released last September. The launch of this SDK signals that the tech has matured, and is ready for the prime-time. Developers of apps — especially enterprise apps — that require an extra layer of secure authentication can use this to integrate YubiKey NEO…

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It isn’t just the initial coin offerings (ICOs) that are running rampant, it seems cryptocurrency forks are in close competition. Bitcoin alone has seen 44 forks of its blockchain since August last year, according to BitMEX Research. Bitcoin Cash, or BCash — launched on August 1, 2017 — was Bitcoin’s first hard fork that resulted in a blockchain split. The hard fork happened following the controversy over the integration of SegWit feature with Bitcoin’s blockchain. A host of forks have since followed — christened by adding any random word you can imagine next to Bitcoin: Candy, Pizza, God, Faith, Diamond, Gold,…

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Cost per click is sabotaging you when it comes to ad campaign management. You could spend days sifting through thousands of keywords and lists and not find a single keyword with enough traffic at a “reasonable” cost per click. Learn why customer lifetime value is far more useful.

Gmail got a much-needed visual refresh and some clever new features recently, including Smart Compose and a snooze button for incoming messages. But did you know that the revamped interface also supports user mentions, à la Twitter? When you’re composing a new message or a reply, you can insert anyone’s email address in the body by entering the @ symbol, followed by their name. For example, @Abhimanyu will bring up a list of people in your contact list with that name, and choosing any of them will add a mailto link labeled with their name. When your recipient clicks that…

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2017 marked a major milestone in the world of advertising: it was the first year on record that global digital ad spending exceeded global TV ad spending. Worldwide, advertisers spent $209 billion on digital, compared to $178 billion for TV. The digital marketing sphere has come a long way from spammy pop-ups, now encompassing everything from SEO and content marketing to YouTube ad placements. Despite new messaging tools and increased spending, digital advertising is still rife with challenges. Many startups waste a significant portion of their budget due to inefficiencies in marketing processes or by working with less-than-stellar ad partners.…

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Google is updating its Photos cloud storage service with a star-shaped button to mark selected pictures as your Favorites. Android Police reports that the feature was first spotted in Photos’ Android app back in August 2017, and that it’s taken the company nearly a year to bring it to life for some reason. It’s OK to play favorites. Rolling out this week, tap the ⭐️ button to mark a photo as a favorite. Head to the Albums tab and view all your favorites in one place. pic.twitter.com/eWnSMDKQ72 — Google Photos (@googlephotos) May 21, 2018 Nevertheless, being able to favorite your…

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2018 started off on a sour note with the discovery of the Meltdown and Spectre chip-level security flaws, which could be exploited to access secure data on computers powered by the world’s most popular processors. Now, there’s another version doing the rounds. Microsoft and Google have jointly disclosed what’s being called Speculative Store Bypass (variant 4), which, as the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team describes, “could allow an attacker to read older memory values in a CPU’s stack or other memory locations.” Variant 4 uses speculative execution, an optimization technique in CPUs, to potentially expose certain kinds of data. The…

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Adobe has agreed to acquire Magento, a popular ecommerce CMS, presently owned by a private equity firm, for $1.68 billion. The deal will close in the third quarter of 2018. The Magento platform has long been regarded as a solid choice for companies who want to build and manage online stores; Bloomberg notes that it supports more than $155 billion in gross merchandise volume, and counts the likes of Canon, and Rosetta Stone among its customers. Adobe’s plan is to eventually combine Magento’s offerings with its own Experience Cloud, a suite of digital marketing services that include advertising and analytics…

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Apple’s Siri today began leaking information about the upcoming WWDC event. According to the virtual assistant, it’s getting a brand new voice and another smart speaker. If you’ve got an iPad or iPhone you can ask it yourself. What’s the meaning of this: It looks like Apple is turning to Siri to generate some buzz for the upcoming WWDC event. Users with compatible devices can ask Siri to tell them about this year’s event, it responds: La la la, Siri is getting a brand new voice. Furthermore, as was initially discovered by The Apple Post, the virtual assistant is also…

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Royole today announced the launch of its RoWrite Smart Writing Pad to North American consumers. The device, perhaps a bit of a solution looking for a problem, lets you combine the experience of using a pen on paper with the reality that all of our information is on our phones now. The RoWrite is a digital notepad that allows you to use a special ink pen to write on actual paper. Everything you write is transmitted, in real-time, to an app, available on iOS and Android. You can change brushes and colors in the app, and while your ink is…

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If you can barely stop playing Epic Games’ ridiculously successful Fortnite long enough to read this sentence, you might be interested to know the company will soon offer the biggest prize pool in esports history. According to a company blog post: In the 2018 – 2019 season, Epic Games will provide $100,000,000 to fund prize pools for Fortnite competitions. We’re getting behind competitive play in a big way, but our approach will be different – we plan to be more inclusive, and focused on the joy of playing and watching the game. Stay tuned for more details about competitive structures…

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Two new all wheel drive (AWD) versions of the Tesla Model 3 will go on sale next month. Both models are pricier by far than the current Model 3, but they have an extra motor. And, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the Performance edition will gobble up a BMW M3 on the track. Wasn’t Musk, just a few weeks ago, sleeping on the Tesla factory floor, replacing robots with humans, and contending with an angry board? Now the eccentric CEO is on Twitter announcing new models and tossing shade at one of the most beloved luxury performance vehicles in…

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There’s nothing quite like opening a Reddit thread and finding yourself swept away in tale of international intrigue, government denials, and explosive cover-ups. But this window into the life of an average AC repair person in The Czech Republic has it all. Maybe. The mystery began when a person on Reddit posted the following image and accompanying text: Backstory: I am doing some air-condition maintenance in an small business office building. No one was in that server room for more than 2 months since the last IT guy left and apparently took the keys with him. AC gave up, found…

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Fanta is my favorite soft drink. The original, I mean. I can’t get enough of that sweet, sweet orange nectar. It’s like crack to me — if crack was invented in Nazi Germany and chugged by the Wehrmacht like lager. I’m less keen on the weird not-orange flavors though. Peach Fanta tastes a bit like mouthwash, and I’m pretty sure that Fruit Punch Fanta is repurposed industrial slurry that would otherwise be pumped directly into the Hudson River. I’m not a fan. That said, compared to some of the Fanta flavors conceived by this truly bonkers Twitter bot, fruit punch…

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The Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence now offers a free six-part online course, The Elements of AI, available to anyone. I like free stuff: Especially when there’s no catch. Sign up is quick and simple, and there’s no application process. Completion of the course will earn you a LinkedIn certificate and, if you’re enrolled in a Finnish university, you can get a couple credits. More importantly, you’ll get a free education designed to introduce students to the basic concepts surrounding artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning. What’s in it for you: The curricula includes six topics, each of which…

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The music industry is at a turning point, with artists demanding more money and power. The problem? There are so many ways to accomplish these goals, to the point where no one quite knows which form it will take. This leaves us with questions about the future of the industry. How will we purchase, listen to, and support music made by artists? How do we give them the power they demand, while ensuring that consumers are also getting what they want? At TNW Conference this week, our Music Summit track will highlight some emerging trends in the industry. Our lineup…

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