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Hackers hit Atlanta Hawks shop with malware that steals credit card information – CNET

There’s a technical foul on the Hawks fan shop, says a security analyst. The team says it’s investigating. …read more

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Malicious Lifestyle Apps Found On Google Play, 30 Million Installs Recorded

A total of 50 malicious apps have managed to bypass Google’s security checks and land on the Google Play store, leading to millions of installs on Android devices. ZDNet reports: Now, the cybersecurity team from Avast have found a further 50 apps relating to lifestyle services which masquerade as legitimate software but are actually adware, and these malicious apps have been downloaded a total of 30 million times. On Tuesday, Avast published a report on the discovery, in which the apps are linked to each other through third-party libraries that “bypass the background service restrictions present in newer Android versions.”

“Although the bypassing itself is not explicitly forbidden on the Play Store, Avast detects it as Android:Agent-SEB [PUP], because apps using these libraries waste the user’s battery and make the device slower,” the researchers say. “The applications use the libraries to continuously display more and more ads to the user, going against Play Store rules.” Each app displays full-blown ads to users, and in some cases, will also attempt to lure viewers to install additional adware-laden applications. The malicious apps include Pro Piczoo, Photo Blur Studio, Mov-tracker, Magic Cut Out, and Pro Photo Eraser. Installation rates range from one million to one thousand.

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Facial recognition errors are bad for business: Most of us aren’t white men – CNET

MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini says AI must do better at gender and skin color. …read more

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Kingdom Hearts 3 is the best-selling game of 2019 (so far) – CNET

The wait was worth it. For Square Enix, at least. …read more

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Elon Musk says Tesla will make a leaf blower, for some reason – CNET

The CEO is a hammer and even life’s littlest annoyances are nails. …read more

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‘Technology Needs To Be Regulated’: Apple CEO Tim Cook Says No Oversight Has Led To Great Damage To Society

In an interview at the TIME 100 Summit in New York, Apple CEO Tim Cook said more government regulation on the tech industry is needed in order to protect privacy. “We all have to be intellectually honest, and we have to admit that what we’re doing isn’t working,” said Cook. “Technology needs to be regulated. There are now too many examples where the no rails have resulted in a great damage to society.” Time Magazine reports: In the interview, Cook suggested that U.S. regulators could look to Europe’s passage of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018. “GDPR isn’t ideal,” said Cook. “But GDPR is a step in the right direction.” In light of recent data breaches and foreign election influence through social media, Cook’s view is that the tech industry has no other responsible option but to accept more government oversight, a position he outlined in a recent TIME Ideas piece.

“I’m hopeful,” Cook said at the Summit. “We are advocating strongly for regulation — I do not see another path.” Cook also explained Apple’s stance on transparency and money in politics. “We focus on policies, not politics,” Cook said. “Apple doesn’t have a PAC…I refuse to have one because it shouldn’t exist.” […] “I try not to get wrapped up in a pretzel about who we upset,” Cook said. “At the end of the day we’ll be judged more on ‘did we stand up for what we believed in,’ not necessarily, ‘do they agree with it.'”

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Facebook Profits Likely To Fall After Fake News And Privacy Scandals

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Google questioned by Congress over Sensorvault location database – CNET

A House committee wants a briefing with Google by May 7 about the database law enforcement has tapped for location data. …read more

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Avengers: Endgame review — Three-hour Marvel thrill ride tops Infinity War – CNET

Spoiler-free: The Russo brothers’ engrossing, wholly satisfying MCU superhero epic doesn’t leave a second to spare. …read more

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The first FDA-approved device to treat ADHD, explained – CNET

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have a new, nondrug treatment option for managing the condition. …read more

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