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3/18/2019

Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, was a member of 1980s hacking group Cult of the Dead Cow, the oldest hacking group in the US, in high school. O'Rourke ended his ties with the group, which coined the term hacktivism -- hacking for the greater good, a practice continued by today's Anonymous -- after he enrolled in Columbia University.

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3/18/2019

While many device-makers are creating foldable phones, few of those phones will be available in the US in the beginning, except for Samsung's Galaxy Fold. Trade restrictions in China complicate the availability of new phones, as many of the most innovative designs come from companies there.

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The Verge
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Samsung
3/18/2019

Multiple threat actors have abused a WinRAR vulnerability that affects all versions released in the last 19 years. Cyber-criminal groups, and perhaps some nation-state hackers, attempted to take advantage of the WinRAR vulnerability to place malware on users' devices.

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ZDNet
3/18/2019

The Internet Archive and the ArchiveTeam are working to protect public posts on the Google+ platform before it shuts down and the posts vanish. The teams will only preserve posts available to the public, not posts marked private or deleted.

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The Verge
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3/18/2019

Apple's Garageband app is celebrating its 15th year of allowing musicians to demo, produce and occasionally finalize master recordings. The software has reshaped the music industry by enabling individuals to make professional-quality recordings and to speed music production.

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Rolling Stone
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3/18/2019

Smart cities already are capable of amazing things, but what will they be like three decades from now? Peter Diamandis imagines the effects of 100% driverless car adoption, which would free up a lot of time for commuters who would no longer have to wake up to drive, live near major metropolitan areas or hunt for parking.

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Singularity Hub
3/18/2019

The hacker who allegedly stole personal data belonging to 80 million JP Morgan Chase customers and launched global money-laundering schemes is now believed to be helping the US, although the nature of his work is unclear. Gery Shalon, who is under home supervision, was believed to be working with a Russian hacker, so his role could include helping to predict and avert Russian cyberthreats.

3/18/2019

Under the direction of New York's chief information security officer, Deborah Snyder, the state has overhauled its cybersecurity program, giving consumer data an extra layer of protection. The state's plan includes making cybersecurity a budgetary priority while strengthening security via measures such as controlling access to sensitive data.

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New York State
3/18/2019

Comcast is reportedly considering entering the gaming market, as the company is in talks with Korea-based gaming company Nexon, developer of popular role-playing game "MapleStory." However, Comcast will face competition, as both Amazon and Electronic Arts are reportedly bidding as well.

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CNET
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Comcast, Nexon, Electronic Arts, Amazon
3/18/2019

Xbox Live will soon be available on Android and iOS devices, which will allow users to transfers player information to their smartphones. While there has been speculation that the service will also come to Switch and PlayStation 4 consoles, a Microsoft official declined to share any details on such arrangements.

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GeekWire, 9to5Mac
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