In numbers that pale in comparison to those reported by Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn announced Thursday that it received 145 government requests for information in the first half of 2016, up slightly from 139 in the second half of 2015.
Hackers used an army of hijacked security cameras and video recorders to launch several massive internet attacks last week, prompting fresh concern about the vulnerability of millions of “smart” devices in homes and businesses connected to the internet.
In the United States, the social media giant has been an advocate of equal treatment of all Internet content. In India, regulators who share that belief have effectively blocked a free Facebook service.
Last week there were a few “unicorn reports” about how things have fared in terms of valuations in the first half of 2016. Yunno, the year we were supposed to have a huge correction. What we have had -- champagne corks!-- is a slowing of new unicorn births and a sudden revival of actual exits worth more than $1 billion. Not “kinda IPOs” where Fidelity backs […]
Last night Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off in the first 2016 Presidential Debate. A few hours earlier, Leigh Cowart joined me live from Asheville, North Carolina to talk about her recent visit to a Donald Trump rally and also to offer her predictions for the debate (including one involving Hillary transforming into a lizard.) If you haven't […]
Have you already listened to our very special pre-debate podcast featuring Leigh Cowart? No? Then go here without delay. Then it's time for our post-debate coverage where I'm joined by Sarah Lacy and James Aylett to discuss everything that transpired on the presidential debate stage last evening. Sarah explains why, despite Hillary's winning […]
San Diego based DBNetworks may very well have the answers to many of those security shortcomings in the form of their IDS-6300, a security appliance which detects intrusions into databases and provides administrators with the intelligence to do something about it.
While, “doing it all wrong” may be an exaggeration, no one can deny the fact that breaches are on the rise, and IT security solutions seem to be falling behind the attack curve. Yet, those looking to place blame may need only look in the mirror.
Donald Trump, speaking Wednesday to Christian conservatives, made a joke about kicking non-Christians out of a rally. To a cheering crowd in Council Bluffs, Iowa, he asked Christian conservatives in the crowd to raise their hands. The room lit up with cheers and people proudly throwing up their arms, as seen in a video from The Washington Post. But then Trum […]
The Federal Communications Commission is making some improvements to its emergency alert system following the bombing in Chelsea, New York. After the bombing, authorities sent out emergency alerts to mobile phones in the New York area warning residents to be on the look out for the suspect. Phones buzzed across New York city during rush hour, with the words: […]
While Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs has tons of iconic moments, one of the most memorable will always be the scene in which Steve Buscemi complains about having to go by the name, "Mr. Pink." And now there's this: that exact scene, but with sock puppets. Our CineFix series, Homemade Movies, serves up creative DIY versions of your favorit […]
Seven hours of legal argument on states' right to allow carbon pollution may determine the fate of the centerpiece of US efforts to limit climate change. The post The Court Case That Will Decide Obama’s Climate Legacy appeared first on WIRED.
Planetoid Pioneers is a sci-fi sandbox game where you visit little “planetoids” and explore the physics-based environments. It is debuting today on Steam Early Access on the PC. The game from independent developer Data Realms is sort of like Minecraft in space, and it is counting on users to help make the game into a […]
Welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, the PlayStation 4 outsells the Xbox One (again), someone puts Flappy Bird on an e-cigarette, and we review anticipated games like Dark Souls 3 and Bravely Second: End Layer. Happy reading, and have a great weekend! Pieces of flair and opinion The DeanBeat: The narrative of the […]
Our GamesBeat Summit 2016 event is approaching on May 3-4, and I am the head cheerleader and organizer of it. It’s going to call out stories about the “underdogs” of gaming and the lessons that we can extract from them. It’s only our second GamesBeat Summit event, and I’m looking forward to the talks, stories, […]
The chaotic Internet of Things (IoT) space just got a bit less fragmented as an Australian consortium chose to back the Hypercat technology standard. The Hypercat Australia group recently launched its efforts as a counterpart to the UK-based alliance pushing the Hypercat standard. This comes against the backdrop of competing standards vying for dominance in. […]
Snapchat was on the ropes after Instagram pretty much ripped it off in a major update rolling out its Stories feature over the summer. The Venice, CA-based social giant is answering this challenge by unveiling a new wearable camera that enables its users to send 10-second videos (called snaps) to their feed without having to raise... Read more » The post Bec […]
If the founder of computer giant Acer has his way, Taiwan will be jumping into the smart city fray backed by public-private partnerships. An article by iTech Post reports on recent comments by Stan Shih that urged Taiwan toward further smart city development through collaboration with the private sector. Shih was speaking at a seminar on the advancement... R […]
High-end vehicle, chauffeur included? You can see why it makes sense that Volvo would target the luxury end of the market with its upcoming self-driving car. Volvo announced plans to field a vehicle by 2021, thanks in part to a $300 million deal with Volvo that will let it leverage some of their work, but now we have some more details, including the vehicle […]
HP was recently caught in the act using a “security update” to prevent its printers from operating with a number of recycled and third-party ink cartridges. After much outcry the company has relented and is issuing a rollback option — but they’ll be damned if they admit any wrongdoing. Read More
MightyTV, an app that helps you figure out what to watch next, is now available on Android. The startup is led by AdMeld co-founder Brian Adams, and it presents users with a stack of movie and TV recommendations which you swipe through, Tinder-style. If you’ve seen something already, you can say whether or not you liked it, which will influence the recommen […]
A mother of a 9/11 victim now has the right to sue Saudi Arabia over its alleged support of the attackers. But she's not celebrating. Adele Welty lost her son, firefighter Timothy Welty, in the World Trade Center attack. She was working just a few blocks away, and knew that her son was among the first responders. When Ms. Welty heard this week that Con […]
In the last few years, thousands of Cubans have left the island for South American countries. From there, they make their way north, trekking thousands of miles, hoping to get to the United States. Last year, 29,000 Cubans crossed the border from Mexico into Texas — quadrupling the total from a decade ago. Now the numbers are even higher. Heidy Vera, a young […]
A US congressional vote to allow the relatives of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi Arabian government over alleged connections to the attacks could "open the floodgates" to retaliatory cases against the US, according one legal expert. The law, called the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, amends the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976, wh […]
HP is backtracking on a firmware update that recently blocked some printers from using third-party ink cartridges. Some users reported that the update sometimes mistakenly marked legitimate ink as fake, so HP’s CEO Jon Flaxman wrote today that the company will issue a new update to turn off the DRM. HP also clarified that third-party cartridges still work wi […]
If Netflix’s Luke Cage is about anything, it’s about power — and no word is imbued with as much unique power in black life as “nigga.” Luke Cage himself makes that much clear. Early on in the new series, Luke (Mike Colter) is held up at gunpoint. “What’re you doing here, nigga?” asks the young, black gunman. “Young man,” Luke says, “I’ve had a long day. I’m […]
Apple is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Game of Thrones by launching enhanced editions of George R.R. Martin's best-selling novels, exclusively on iBooks. The Enhanced Edition will allow die-hard Game of Thrones fans to have an interactive experience, one that aims to make the notoriously complex stories a little easier to follow. Clicking on a nam […]
This week electrovehicle and space transit magnate Elon Musk unveiled his master plan for the human race to become “a multi-planetary species ”, starting with travel to Mars. But while I know it’s an act of remarkable hubris for me to even say this, I believe SpaceX’s plans for their Interplanetary Transport System have some pretty glaring flaws. The good ne […]
Jason Torchinsky on Jalopnik, shared by Adam Clark Estes to Gizmodo
There’s really nothing like playing a Nintendo 64 game with one of the classic controllers. The problem is that classic N64 controllers don’t hook up to phones, tablet, or laptops, which makes playing console emulators a real pain. Now, there’s finally some sweet relief for retro gaming fans.Read more...
As you would if you were him, Zack Snyder posted a photo of himself on the Justice League set and wearing a Batman gauntlet to Twitter, causing nerds everywhere to scream, “WHAT’S ON HIS TABLET?” The answer is Deathstroke. Deathstroke is on his tablet.Read more...
Katharine Trendacosta on io9, shared by Adam Clark Estes to Gizmodo
Waze Rider, the ride-sharing version of the popular Google-owned navigation app, is now open to the general public in the Bay Area. After several months in private beta, the Wall Street Journal reports that Google is ready to open up its casual carpo...
On the first Sunday of each month, you can't drive a car in Paris -- not unless it's electric. That's a trend that might just catch on elsewhere, judging by the fact that rival Tesla has pre-sold over 300,000 Model 3 EVs. So, Mercedes is suddenly tak...
Perennial snake oil salesman Dr. Oz has found a new way to take your make money: a wearable. The press release promises the iBeat Life Monitor is "lifesaving" smartwatch that "empowers people to live longer lives." The big difference here versus offe...
Google is giving its Apps for Work a refresh today, adding new features and renaming the entire collection into the simpler and decidedly more gangsta ‘G Suite.’ Google says the new name better reflects its mission to “help people everywhere work and innovate together, so businesses can move faster and go bigger.” Personally, I think ‘Google Apps for Work’ w […]
While Google and Tesla duke it out for autonomous driving supremacy — and Apple waits in the wings — Nvidia might actually offer the best solution. Unlike the traditional approach to autonomous driving, Nividia is teaching its card to drive the same way driving instructors taught each of us. Rather than relying on programming alone, Nvidia’s AI is fully capa […]
Earlier this week, former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, offered one lucky bidder the chance to punch him in the face, for a price. Bids, he said, were as high as $78,000. Then again, Shkreli lies (and people punish him with lube). For some reason, the $78,000 bid fell through (or never existed in the first place) and Shkreli went with a backup o […]