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Angry Tech News #44: Multiplayer Scarf

FTC makes its presence known, Apple and Google want you to trust them with your darkest secrets, Tesla releases a video game console, and Microsoft reduces update spam (for certain operating systems)

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FTC, lawsuit seeking to block MSFT/ATVI acquisition
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/news/press-releases/2022/12/ftc-seeks-block-microsoft-corps-acquisition-activision-blizzard-inc
https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/v/ar-AA15uQv7

FTC fines Epic Games over Fortnite dark patterns
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2022/12/epic-will-pay-520-million-to-settle-ftc-privacy-payment-complaints/

Apple announces E2E encryption in icloud
https://www.macrumors.com/2022/12/08/fbi-privacy-groups-icloud-encryption/

Google adds client-side encryption to gmail
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/google-introduces-end-to-end-encryption-for-gmail-on-the-web/

Tesla cars get Steam integration
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/tesla-steam-model-s-x-054406511.html

Pixel 8 gets unnecessary upgrade
https://9to5google.com/2022/12/20/google-pixel-8-main-camera/

MSFT dropping all support for Edge, Win7, Win8 on January 10
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2022/12/microsoft-edge-will-stop-supporting-windows-7-and-8-in-january-2023/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motte-and-bailey_fallacy
https://tech.slashdot.org/story/22/12/12/1643254/support-for-windows-7-and-8-fully-ends-in-january-including-microsoft-edge

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Angry Tech News #42: Acronym Epicenter

The march of time for Windows, more reasons to worry about your passwords, and a whole lot of shaking… of your phones!

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Fastcompany breach caused by reused password
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/how-the-pizza123-password-could-take-down-an-organization/
Google is officially dropping support for Win7/8.1
https://www.theregister.com/2022/10/25/chrome_support_windows_7/
Win11 can run Android apps
https://www.androidpolice.com/microsoft-windows-subsystem-for-android-stable-release/
Thermal imaging attack on passwords
https://www.gla.ac.uk/news/headline_885914_en.html
Roller coasters “crash” iphone 14
https://9to5mac.com/2022/10/09/roller-iphone-14-crash-detection-workaround/
Android earthquake warning
https://www.androidauthority.com/android-phones-earthquake-detection-warning-usa-3224704/

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Angry Tech News #41: Parse Microbe

Intel source code, more phishing, safe LEDs, Google Stadia shutting down, and why I spent three hours futzing with my lightning node today instead of preparing ATN stories!

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Intel source code leak
https://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-confirms-6gb-alder-lake-bios-source-code-leak-new-details-emerge

LinkedIn-assisted phishing attacks
https://www.microsoft.com/security/blog/2022/09/29/zinc-weaponizing-open-source-software/

New “safe” UV LED
https://scitechdaily.com/far-ultraviolet-led-efficiently-kills-bacteria-and-viruses-without-harming-people/

Google Stadia to shut down
https://blog.google/products/stadia/message-on-stadia-streaming-strategy/
https://www.gamesradar.com/red-dead-redemption-2-fan-with-nearly-6000-hours-on-stadia-begs-rockstar-for-character-transfer/

LND bug blocks older lightning nodes from syncing to blockchain
https://github.com/lightningnetwork/lnd/issues/7002

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Angry Tech News #40: Tab Exorbitant

Headline show, featuring old news and new sarcasm!
Data breaches, Silicon Valley regulator fines, Crappy IoT devices, hacks, hacks, hacks, and Overwatch 2

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Facebook now supports NFTs
https://www.engadget.com/facebook-nfts-support-instagram-meta-191740915.html

ISIS NFT
https://www.wsj.com/articles/islamic-state-turns-to-nfts-to-spread-terror-message-11662292800

Google continues using monopoly power to further ban adblockers
https://www.theregister.com/2022/08/30/google_play_vpn_rules_changed/

Chrome malware extensions removed
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2022/08/google-removes-extensions-that-covertly-tracked-users-and-injected-javascript/

Defcon hack on John Deere tractor
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2022/08/a-new-jailbreak-for-john-deere-tractors-rides-the-right-to-repair-wave/

Plex hacked
https://www.theverge.com/2022/8/24/23319570/plex-security-breach-exposes-usernames-emails-passwords

Goodbye SmartDry, we didn’t know ye
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2022/08/smartdrys-useful-laundry-sensor-to-be-cloud-bricked-next-month/

Ireland fines Instagram 400B euros
https://www.irishtimes.com/technology/2022/09/05/irish-data-protection-commissioner-fines-instagram-405m/

Brazil blocks iphone sans power brick
https://9to5mac.com/2022/09/06/brazil-suspends-iphone-sales-power-brick/

Google denied appeal of EU fine
https://www.axios.com/2022/09/14/google-loses-appeal-eu-antitrust-ruling

Overwatch 2 anti-toxicity scheme
https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/esports/what-is-a-post-paid-number-and-why-do-you-need-one-for-overwatch-2-answered/ar-AA12DDvP

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Angry Tech News #39: Broadband Gasoline

Streaming quarterly reports, Smarthomes working for the government, another reason to turn off wi-fi, and some headlines

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Google and Amazon pillage your data in an “emergency”
https://www.cnet.com/home/security/ring-google-and-the-police-what-to-know-about-emergency-requests-for-video-footage/

Ring E2EE
https://support.ring.com/hc/en-us/articles/360054941511-Understanding-Video-End-to-End-Encryption-E2EE-

Spotify Q2: Users up, revenue down
https://www.engadget.com/spotify-q2-2022-113946036.html

Disney beats subscriber growth projections, raises prices to compensate
https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/10/media/disney-price-ads/index.html

Wifi smartphone probing exposes a ton of data
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/wifi-probing-exposes-smartphone-users-to-tracking-info-leaks/

Starlink bid for $885M in public funds rejected
https://techcrunch.com/2022/08/10/fcc-denies-starlinks-application-for-885m-subsidy/

Google Fiber resumes rollout
https://fiber.google.com/blog/2022/08/whats-next-for-google-fiber.html

VLC banned in India
https://analyticsindiamag.com/why-was-vlc-banned/

Meta sues Facebook
https://www.theverge.com/2022/7/19/23270164/meta-augmented-reality-facebook-lawsuit

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Angry Tech News #33: Ponzi Cinema

Russian theaters do what they must to survive, Google has a bug, Apple hates developers, Browser numbers, New Google AMP features from Brave, and the most disgusting NFT story I’ve ever told

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Russian cinemas turn to piracy
https://torrentfreak.com/russian-cinemas-are-showing-pirated-movies-downloaded-from-torrents-220502/

Russia pulls out of ISS
https://www.ibtimes.com/russia-pulls-out-international-space-station-amid-mounting-sanctions-report-3491322

Google store credits are smaller than they appear
https://9to5google.com/2022/05/01/google-store-credit-500/

Apple hates stable niche apps
https://developer.apple.com/news/?id=gi6npkmf

Statcounter browser share numbers
https://gs.statcounter.com/browser-market-share/desktop/worldwide/#monthly-202103-202204

Anti-AMP features from Brave and DDG
https://www.theregister.com/2022/04/21/brave_duckduckgo_google_amp/

Yuga breaks ethereum
https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/crypto/how-bored-ape-yacht-club-broke-ethereum/

BAYC Instagram hacked
https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/k/ar-AAWAJ0j

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Angry Tech News #30: Cluster Unthinkable

AI-generated text is spam, Isle of Wight finds a way to spice up vehicle charging, hacks, hacks, hacks, and hacks!

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Reboot Tuesday
https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-april-2022-patch-tuesday-two-zero-day-vulnerabilities-tackled/

Google confirms AIs create spam
https://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-says-ai-generated-content-is-against-guidelines/444916/

Isle of Wight charging stations suddenly worth watching
https://news.sky.com/story/isle-of-wight-councils-electric-car-charging-points-hacked-to-show-porn-12584211

Hacking story that has almost nothing to do with adult sites
https://www.techradar.com/news/hackers-hijack-adult-websites-to-infect-victims-with-malware

Phishing Microsoft accounts using Microsoft’s own certificates
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/phishing-uses-azure-static-web-pages-to-impersonate-microsoft/

Microsoft vs Russian sovereignty
https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2022/04/07/cyberattacks-ukraine-strontium-russia/

US AG admits to computer espionage
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/06/us/politics/us-russia-malware-cyberattacks.html

VMWare zero-day
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/hackers-exploit-critical-vmware-cve-2022-22954-bug-patch-now/

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Angry Tech News #25: Ukraine Skylines

AI Copyright, Malware in the Windows store, Malware in game mods, and more Ukraine news than I ever wanted to report

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Disney coasts on old IP
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Walt_Disney_Studios_films_%282020%E2%80%932029%29

Google knows better than Ukrainian citizens
https://www.reuters.com/technology/google-blocks-russias-rt-app-downloads-ukrainian-territory-says-rt-2022-02-27/
https://nypost.com/2022/02/28/google-disables-maps-tools-in-ukraine-to-track-troops-civilians/

Federov calls for censorship
https://www.theverge.com/2022/2/25/22951413/ukraine-russia-apple-app-store-block-fedorov

Netflix virtue signals
https://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Netflix-Defies-Russian-Law-And-Refuses-To-Air-16969242.php

No copyright for robots
https://www.theverge.com/2022/2/21/22944335/us-copyright-office-reject-ai-generated-art-recent-entrance-to-paradise

Electron-Bot malware
https://research.checkpoint.com/2022/new-malware-capable-of-controlling-social-media-accounts-infects-5000-machines-and-is-actively-being-distributed-via-gaming-applications-on-microsofts-official-store/

Cities Skylines mods found to contain malware
https://threatpost.com/cities-skylines-modder-banned-over-hidden-malware/178403/

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Angry Tech News #21: Homework Destiny

Sony+Bungie, Dark Souls hack, Apple emojis, and Google Drive’s algo copyright-strikes an output file. Plus Activision/Msft producer feedback

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Sony to buy Bungie
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/31/sony-to-buy-video-game-maker-bungie-in-3point6-billion-deal.html

Dark Souls networking code RCE exploit
https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/the-person-whose-exploit-took-souls-servers-offline-is-worried-about-elden-ring/

New ios 15.4 emojis
https://mashable.com/article/ios-15-4-new-emoji-2022-sexting

Google vs output04.txt
https://torrentfreak.com/google-drive-flags-text-files-with-1-or-0-as-copyright-infringements-220125/

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Angry Tech News #20: Recursive Carrier

Activision Blizzard passes beyond the event horizon, Pour one out for IBM Watson, Mobile carriers declare war on VPNs, Rust vulnerability, and Google in legal hot water all over the world

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MSFT buys Activision Blizzard
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/18/microsoft-to-buy-activision.html

Apple’s built-in VPN rustles some jimmies
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/01/09/apple-fire-iphone-encryption-tech/

T-mobile blocks icloud privacy
https://9to5mac.com/2022/01/10/t-mobile-block-icloud-private-relay/

IBM selling off Watson Health division
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/21/business/ibm-watson-health.html

Rust standard library race condition can delete all of your files
https://github.com/rust-lang/rust/security/advisories/GHSA-r9cc-f5pr-p3j2

Texas, Indiana, Washington, and DC sue Google saying it invades users’ privacy
https://apnews.com/article/de23ecc89b7f113de4e8fd49cda1305c

Google Analytics declared illegal in EU
https://tutanota.com/blog/posts/google-analytics/

Google preaches doom if AUS court ruling is let stand
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/jan/24/google-warns-of-devastating-impact-if-court-ruling-on-defamatory-hyperlinks-not-overturned