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Republican Senators just sold your privacy to the highest bidder

This morning, Republican senators voted to remove Obama administration restrictions designed to keep internet service providers (ISPs) from selling your private data. The vote passed along party lines, 50-48. The policy, originally proposed by then acting FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler outlined clear guidelines for how ISPs were to handle your data. In short, they couldn’t use it … – The Next Web

March 23rd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

Master & Dynamic MW50 review: Superlative wireless headphones for anywhere

Master & Dynamic wants to prove that function, style and performance can come together in a portable package, with its MW50 wireless headphones. – The Next Web

March 23rd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

WikiLeaks unveils how CIA reportedly hacked our Apple products

A document cache released by WikiLeaks reportedly shows how the CIA has been hacking your iPhone for almost a decade. WikiLeaks opened Vault 7 — a massive collection of alleged CIA hacking secrets — earlier this month. Now its released “Dark Matter,” new documents from the Vault dating as far back as 2008 which “demonstrate [the CIA’s] … – The Next Web

March 23rd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

Spanish teen sues mother after she confiscated his phone

Being grounded sucks. Growing up, there were heaps of times my mum took away my Xbox controller, depriving me of the ability to play Halo 2, because I couldn’t be arsed to do my maths homework. But never – not once – did it cross my mind to drag my mother to court. One unnamed … – The Next Web

March 23rd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

Europe’s first sex doll brothel moves underground

Hope you booked your visit with the LumiDolls fast, because Aki, Lily, and Katy just went out of business … or at least out of public business. According to Spanish newspaper El País, Barcelona police had begun investigating the legality of the brothel where the four polymer dolls were kept. When they arrived to inspect the premises, however, … – The Next Web

March 23rd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

WhatsApp got tons of fake 5-star reviews after terrible Snapchat-like update

WhatsApp is facing accusations over receiving thousands of allegedly fake 5-star reviews in the Google Play Store – but who is paying for them? – The Next Web

March 23rd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

Choose your price for a massive collection of coding education

While it may occasionally feel like everyone in the world is more tech-capable than you, believe us, that’s really not the case. Still, there’s no excuse not to build the programming background you’re lacking right now with a complete Learn to Code 2017 course bundle, especially considering you can get it for any price you want … – The Next Web

March 23rd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

Instagram’s new policy to blur ‘sensitive’ photos is bound to get messy

Instagram has long struggled with moderating its posts (most often around whether or not female nipples are allowed). Now the company is offering up a partial solution: it will soon begin blurring “sensitive” posts, which you will need to manually reveal. Instagram doesn’t specify what qualifies as a “sensitive” post other than it having been reported by a user … – The Next Web

March 23rd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

New Japanese solar cell is closest to reaching maximum efficiency

The Osaka-based Kaneka Corporation has presented a new solar cell that has reached record breaking efficiency of 26.3 percent. – The Next Web

March 23rd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

Instagram finally offers two-factor authentication for everyone

Instagram announced today that two-factor authentication is available to everyone who uses its app, and all we have to say is “Well, it’s about time!” The company first announced this back in February 2016. When we wrote about it at the time, we said “the update is beginning to roll out now.” Apparently that was the start of … – The Next Web

March 23rd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

Apple denies iCloud security breach despite evidence from hackers [Updated]

Apple claims iPhone owners and their iCloud accounts are safe, but hackers still stick to their promise to wipe out millions of devices in April. – The Next Web

March 23rd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

Apple reimagines the iPhone as a MacBook touchpad

A patent created by Apple, and unearthed by Apple Insider, shows that the Cupertino giant is playing around with the idea of creating laptop-style docking stations, that can hold an iPhone or iPad. The first shows an iPhone that docks into a laptop, taking the place of a trackpad. In this example, the laptop acts as … – The Next Web

March 23rd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

Why is Apple afraid of forcing users to reset their passwords?

Hackers are threatening to wipe millions of iPhones clean if Apple doesn’t pay up. There’s an easy fix though: Just force everyone to change passwords. – The Next Web

March 23rd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

Facebook adds Mentions and Reactions to group chats on Messenger

Facebook is making group conversations in Messenger a lot more like… well, Facebook. You can now use reactions during group conversations, as well as tag specific people using the ‘@’ symbol. The reactions are useful for the same reason they are on Facebook proper: They give you more ways to acknowledge you’ve read a post … – The Next Web

March 23rd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

Apple denies iCloud security breach despite evidence from hackers

Apple claims iPhone owners and their iCloud accounts are safe, but hackers still stick to their promise to wipe out millions of devices in April. – The Next Web

March 23rd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

Congress could soon allow ISPs to sell your browsing history without your consent

The Senate is set to vote on whether to roll back a ruling that prevented ISPs like Comcast and AT&T from selling users’ data without their consent. – The Next Web

March 23rd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

BlackBerry’s clever new Android app keeps people from peeping at your screen

BlackBerry’s new Privacy Shade app lets you black out your screen, save for a rectangular or circular area that you can resize and move around. – The Next Web

March 23rd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

Apple acquires automation app Workflow and makes it free

Apple has acquired Workflow, an automation app for iOS that lets you connect apps and create quick shortcuts to actions. It’s also made it free. – The Next Web

March 23rd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

Google’s bringing audio-only calls to Duo at last, but I’ll probably never use it

Seven months since its launch, Google’s Duo video calling app is finally adding support for voice-only calls. The feature is rolling out first in Brazil. – The Next Web

March 23rd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

Nintendo releases ‘Super Mario Run’ on Android a day early

For the unfortunate Android fans that had to wait their turn to play Mario on a smartphone — especially those that didn’t realize you could just grab an emulator and play all the old Mario games — today is your day. Nintendo officially announced last Friday the game would drop on March 23rd (tomorrow), but apparently decided … – The Next Web

March 23rd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

Did Trump order a teenager to take down a kitten website?

One teenager in San Francisco got a letter from the President … and probably not the kind that looks good framed on a wall. Lucy is an aspiring web developer who wanted to make a cute, simple website to show off on her resume. She made a little site where kitten paws slap the face … – The Next Web

March 22nd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

Ev Williams has lost his goddamn mind

Ev Williams is a brilliant man. His vision for online publishing offers up a near-utopian vision of what a democratized internet looks like in Medium. He also once ran a couple of other businesses you may have heard of: Twitter, which he co-founded, and Odeo, a popular podcast app that may have actually launched before the public … – The Next Web

March 22nd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

Bitcoin is tanking (again)

After reaching an all-time high earlier this month, Bitcoin prices are coming back to earth. The current price (as of this writing) of $998 a coin is down more than 20-percent from its previous high, and down 10-percent today alone. As with all Bitcoin peaks, the fall is typically just as dramatic as the rise, and often … – The Next Web

March 22nd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

Nintendo offers fix for Switch but won’t admit it’s broken

Nintendo, officially, doesn’t have a problem with Switch Joy-Cons. It does, however, have a fix for the problem it, uh, doesn’t have? By and large, the Switch is a big hit — Nintendo is even doubling production to get more consoles on the shelves. But it has had its problems, including the widespread issue with the left Joy-Con, … – The Next Web

March 22nd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

Artificial intelligence is quickly becoming as biased as we are

As we progress in our ability to train machines to think and react like humans, it’s becoming clear that not all things are worth passing on. – The Next Web

March 22nd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

Instagram will let businesses add a ‘book appointment’ button

Instagram is going to become something of a Yelp competitor soon. In an announcement saying it had reached 1 million advertisers, the company also briefly shared plans to bring a booking feature to the app. Say you want to get a haircut. A new “Book” option on your salon or barbershop’s business profile would let you choose … – The Next Web

March 22nd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

Google is letting celebs speak directly to fans via search results

Google is going to allow sports teams and celebs to “Post” status updates directly into search results. The company today announced it’s opening Posts up to organizations. Specifically, it’s including “museums, sports teams, sports leagues, movies” and in Brazil: musicians. Ever been to a tech festival? TNW Conference won best European Event 2016 for our … – The Next Web

March 22nd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

Sorry Apple, but the iMessage App Store sucks

You might not realize it, but the iMessage App Store is pretty awful. When announced, it was one of my favorite new features, and personally I still love it. Crazy sticker packs and lightweight apps aren’t life-changing, but when used in the right situation they breathe life into text message conversations. Ever been to a tech … – The Next Web

March 22nd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web

How to partner with data to create insightful stories

Whether you’re a marketer trying to persuade people, a technologist building a startup, or an executive making business decisions, data is your partner. You can use it to make better decisions, and create insightful data stories inside and outside your company. The first step is to accept your relationship status with data: you’re partners forever. … – The Next Web

March 22nd, 2017 Tech News, The Next Web