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Angry Tech News #10: Weed Zombie

The world’s most sought-after iPhone, a Call of Duty hotfix, unspecified BIOS vulnerabilities, a fully-autonomous gardening laser, and supercharger slumming!

Links:

USB-C iphone sells for $86001
https://www.theverge.com/2021/11/12/22777988/usb-c-iphone-x-lightning-ebay-auction-86001
https://github.com/kenp-io/not-for-iphone-usb-c/tree/master/ip-x

Call of Duty Vanguard hotfix to remove pages of Quran
https://www.pcgamer.com/activision-apologises-as-call-of-duty-vanguard-removes-bloodstained-quran-pages/

Intel processor vulnerabilities – update your BIOS if you’re able
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/high-severity-bios-flaws-affect-numerous-intel-processors/

Using lasers to control weeds
https://www.agweb.com/news/crops/crop-production/weed-wars-laser-beam-technology-may-fundamentally-change-farming
https://carbonrobotics.com/laserweeding-technology

Tesla opens superchargers to other EVs in NL
https://www.tesla.com/support/non-tesla-supercharging

GM to install 40k EV stations in US/CA
https://www.engadget.com/gm-community-level-2-ev-charging-stations-201232330.html
https://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2021/oct/1026-ultium-charger.html

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Angry Tech News #9: Independent Kilowatt

Apple repairs, Army lasers, and automated timepieces. Plus: Netflix enters mobile gaming, Yahoo exits China, Amazon steals from its employees, and Crypto scammers steal from fools.

Links:

Netflix mobile games
https://gadgets.ndtv.com/games/news/n-2597216

FTC settles with Amazon over driver tips
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2021/11/ftc-returns-nearly-60-million-drivers-whose-tips-were-illegally

Yahoo exits China
https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/02/tech/yahoo-china-exit/index.html

Crypto scam using Google ads
https://www.theverge.com/2021/11/4/22763015/cryptocurrency-fake-wallet-phishing-scam-google-ads-phantom-metamask

Apple uses DRM to kill repair shops
https://www.ifixit.com/News/54829/apples-new-screen-repair-trap-could-change-the-repair-industry-forever

Army laser platform
https://www.popsci.com/technology/military-defensive-laser-weapon/

WWVB description (fascinating!)
https://www.nist.gov/pml/time-and-frequency-division/time-distribution/radio-station-wwvb/help-wwvb-radio-controlled

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Angry Tech News #7: Munition Parser

Argentinian data breach, NPM supply chain attack, Apple as a bad security neighbor, Play store fees dropping, and the return of the 90s encryption ban

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Argentina RENAPER DB breached
https://therecord.media/hacker-steals-government-id-database-for-argentinas-entire-population/
https://techstory.in/argentinas-entire-population-at-risk-hacker-steals-government-id-database/

NPM supply chain attack: UA-Parser-JS lib released with backdoor
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/popular-npm-library-hijacked-to-install-password-stealers-miners/
https://blog.sonatype.com/npm-project-used-by-millions-hijacked-in-supply-chain-attack

Apple silently fixing reported bugs without giving credit
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/apple/apple-silently-fixes-ios-zero-day-asks-bug-reporter-to-keep-quiet/

Bringing back the encryption ban – this time “hacking tools”
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/us-govt-to-ban-export-of-hacking-tools-to-authoritarian-regimes/
https://public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2021-22774.pdf

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Angry Tech News #4: Manifest Transit

Airtags as a security hole, ApplePay as a security hole, The end of useful browser extensions, and Down With Proprietary Charging cables

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Airtag phishing attack: https://medium.com/@bobbyrsec/zero-day-hijacking-icloud-credentials-with-apple-airtags-stored-xss-6997da43a216

https://screenrant.com/airtag-track-stalk-people-apple-privacy-features-explained/

ApplePay Express Transit mode hacked
https://threatpost.com/apple-pay-visa-hacked-locked-iphones/175229/

Google to kill Manifest v2
https://www.theregister.com/2021/09/27/google_chrome_manifest_v2_extensions/

Brazil fines Apple for not including charger
https://appleinsider.com/articles/21/09/27/brazil-will-fine-apple-again-for-not-including-charger-with-iphone-13

One charger to rule them all
https://www.reuters.com/business/media-telecom/eu-plans-one-mobile-charging-port-all-setback-apple-2021-09-23/

I wasn’t kidding about this one
https://www.komando.com/gadgets/iphone-11-charging-slower-and-why/602882/

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Angry Tech News #2 – Friday, 17 Sep 2021

Apple vs Epic, Apple vs kiddie porn, Apple vs. the Environment, ProtonMail isn’t so private after all, and Tesla offers FSD only to drivers who don’t need it.

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Epic v. Apple verdict
https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.cand.364265/gov.uscourts.cand.364265.812.0_2.pdf

Apple abuses CSAM filter
https://www.apple.com/child-safety/

Apple censors Russian voting app
https://9to5mac.com/2021/09/17/apple-giving-into-russia-csam/

Apple shareholders pushing for right to repair
https://9to5mac.com/2021/09/16/aapl-shareholder-resolution-repair/

Protonmail gives up IP address of user
https://techcrunch.com/2021/09/06/protonmail-logged-ip-address-of-french-activist-after-order-by-swiss-authorities/

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/protonmail-scandal-tarnishes-swiss-privacy-reputation-/46952640

Tesla releases FSD b10 only for “good” drivers
https://electrek.co/2021/09/17/tesla-make-sure-good-driver-before-giving-access-full-self-driving-beta/

BONUS: Excited Tesla driver cheers drunken AI https://streamable.com/grihhc