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Amazon's Jeff Bezos Called Out On Counterfeit Products Problem

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Here's the scenario. A small company designs and creates a product and puts it up on Amazon. Things go well. People really like it. They post hundreds of

Videogame Lobbyists Join Scientists To Fight 'Gaming Disorder' Classification

Remember when the World Health Organization moved to define a new disease called "gaming disorder"? An anonymous reader quotes Motherboard: Multiple video game lobbying groups from around the world

2M Americans Lost Power After 'Bomb Cyclone'

An anonymous reader quotes the Associated Press: Tens of thousands of utility workers in the Northeast raced to restore power to more than 1.5 million homes and businesses just days after a powerful

23,000 HTTPS Certs Axed After CEO Emails Private Keys

An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica: A major dust-up on an Internet discussion forum is touching off troubling questions about the security of some browser-trusted HTTPS certificates when it

Slashdot Outage Update

Obviously Slashdot has had some issues the past couple days. For those wondering, we inherited an aging hardware setup in the acquisition that was located physically far away from us. We made a big

Amazon Will Soon Stop Selling Google's 'Nest' Smart Home Products

An anonymous reader quotes The Verge: Nest products won't be sold by any longer once current stock runs out, according to a report from Business Insider. Amazon last year declined to offer

'Java EE' Has Been Renamed 'Jakarta EE'

An anonymous reader quotes i-Programmer: The results are in for the vote on the new name for Java Enterprise Edition, and unsurprisingly the voters have chosen Jakarta EE. The renaming has to happen

Playboy Drops Its Copyright Case Against Boing Boing

An anonymous reader quotes the EFF: Playboy Entertainment has given up on its lawsuit against Happy Mutants, LLC, the company behind Boing Boing. Earlier this month, a federal court dismissed

EU Warns Tech Giants To Remove Terror Content in 1 Hour -- or Else

The European Union issued internet giants an ultimatum to remove illegal online terrorist content within an hour, or risk facing new EU-wide laws. From a report: The European Commission on Thursday

Twitter Asks For Help Fixing Its Toxicity Problem

Engadget: Twitter has come under a lot of fire in recent years for issues ranging from not doing enough to stop harassment on its platform to allowing foreign actors to sow political discord. In the

Stars Billions Of Years Old Drop Big Clue To Early Universe

Astronomers have picked up a radio signal from the moment the lights went on in the universe billions of years ago, and they've discovered some surprises embedded in it. No, not aliens, but potential

Snap Said To Skip Bonuses, Combat Morale Slump After Rough Year

An anonymous reader shares a report: On Wednesday, Snap (parent company of messaging service Snapchat) sent employees a survey asking a broad set of questions to understand what they're happy about,

SEC Reportedly Subpoenas Companies and Advisers Over ICOs

An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has issued subpoenas and information requests to "scores" of companies and advisors involved with initial coin offerings (ICOs)

Equifax Identifies Additional 2.4 Million Customers Hit By Data Breach

Credit score giant Equifax said on Thursday it had identified another 2.4 million U.S. consumers whose names and driver's license information were stolen in a data breach last year that affected half

Your Love of Your Old Smartphone Is a Problem for Apple and Samsung

The smartphone industry has a culprit to blame for slumping sales: Its old devices remain too popular. From a report: Flashy phones of yesteryear, particularly Apple's iPhones and Samsung's Galaxy S

Desktop PC Shipments Dip Below 100m/Year

Desktop PC shipments dipped below 100 million in 2017 and there's worse to come across the personal computing device market according to analyst firm IDC. From a report: The company on Wednesday

Best Buy To Close All 250 of Its Smaller, Mobile Phone Stores

Best Buy is planning to close all of its roughly 250 smaller-format mobile phone stores, CEO Hubert Joly said to employees Wednesday in an internal memo, which was reviewed by CNBC. From a report: The

AI Cheats at Old Atari Games By Finding Unknown Bugs in the Code

An anonymous reader shares a report: AI research and video games are a match made in heaven. Researchers get a ready-made virtual environment with predefined goals they can control completely, and the

Even With Double the Subscribers, Spotify Says Apple Will Always Have an Edge Owning the App Store

On Wednesday, Spotify filed for a direct listing in the U.S., sidestepping the traditional IPO process, and now we're starting to see some of the true financial guts of the company -- and some of the

YouTube's New Moderators Mistakenly Pull Right-Wing Channels

In December, said it would assign more than 10,000 people to moderate content in an attempt to curb its child exploitation problem. Today, Bloomberg reports that those new moderators mistakenly