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Google announced today that its Safe Browsing service in Chrome now flags websites that use social engineering content like fake download buttons, fraudulent updates, and ads designed to mimic the branding on a page in an effort to spread malware. These types of social engineering ads can be common on certain websites and attempt to trick a user into — for example — installing a new update to Flash. Instead, the download is actually malicious software than can hide nefarious things like ransomware on the user’s computer. This change is a part of the company’s new social engineering policy, which… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today Instagram announced that it was rolling out its first 60 second video ads, starting with selections from Warner Brothers and T-Mobile. Previously, the maximum length for video ads was 30 seconds, which Instagram had just changed in September from the then-maximum, 15 seconds. One of the first ads features everyone’s favorite whipping boy, Drake, in a T-Mobile extension of its own Super Bowl commercial. Warner Brothers is also set to air a 60 second ad for its new film, ‘How to Be Single.’ We’re in the #BigGame with @ChampagnePapi. #YouGotCarriered A video posted by tmobile (@tmobile) on Feb 3, 2016… This story continues at The Next Web

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To rewrite or not to rewrite, that is the question many Ruby developers face. GitHub wants to help you decide if refactoring code is really your best option, which is why it’s introducing Scientist. The tool is pretty straightforward: it uses your legacy code, and compares its performance to new code. It then takes return values, and lets you know if your new code is ready for production. It’s meant for testing pull requests. As projects get larger, Scientist can held expedite your workflow by quickly testing if the candidate code will even work — or if it will break something.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last July, Google announced that it would offer free gigabit Internet in all of the public housing units present in current Google Fiber markets. Today, the company has made good on that promise, announcing the roll-out of Fiber in the West Bluff neighborhood of Kansas City. Developed in a partnership with ConnectHome, a federal initiative created by the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the program offers Internet at no cost to residents as well as opportunities to purchase discounted hardware and computer skills classes. The pilot program consists of 100 homes in West Bluff, and families will be able… This story continues at The Next Web

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Samsung’s 2016 developer conference is now open for registration. The event will be held April 27-28 at Moscone West in San Francisco. Early bird registration is open until March 29, and costs $399. Samsung says this year’s event will have over 60 technical sessions, workshops, keynotes and hands-on experiences. The conference will cover VR, IoT, mobile, wearables, Smart TV, Tizen, enterprise solutions as well as games and medical topics. If you want more info, check out the Samsung developer conference page, or keep track of the #iheartSDC hashtag on Twitter. ➤ Samsung Developer Conference

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Getting stuff for free is awesome; it’s why apps that don’t cost you anything are so popular. Like anyone else, I was guilty of forgoing paid apps to get a free one — even if that meant I wasn’t having the best experience. But I’ve done a complete turnaround on that thinking, and you should consider doing the same. Predictable results from an unpredictable app Getting weather info right isn’t necessarily hard, but creating a decent weather app seems to be. I was using Yahoo weather, which is free. It’s also gorgeous, accurate and has a nice widget for iOS.… This story continues at The Next Web

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In mid-December, researchers at security firm Check Point Software reported a security vulnerability to EBay. This vulnerability is an appropriately-named (JSFUCK) exploit that bypasses restrictions by eBay on how it handles hosted JavaScript within its listings. Using JSFUCK, attackers can bypass this safeguard and run malicious code that targets eBay’s users. According to Check Point: To exploit this vulnerability, all an attacker needs to do is create an online eBay store. In his store details, he posts a maliciously crafted item description. eBay prevents users from including scripts or iFrames by filtering out those HTML tags. However, by using JSF**k, the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Credit: Android PoliceCredit: Android Police Rumors began to float around yesterday that Google was preparing to launch podcasts on Google Play Music this month after podcaster Bill Simmons mentioned it in a tweet. Now it looks like there’s more concrete evidence than ever. Android Police noticed that some users were starting to see a Podcasts option show up inside the Play Music app via a server change (meaning no app update was required). Once you click on it, the interface looks pretty much identical to other parts of the app, but podcasts are divided into ‘Featured’ and ‘Your Podcasts’ sections. You… This story continues at The Next Web

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A fun little ‘endless runner’ skiing game, Alto’s Adventure, is coming to Android. After a long stint on iOS, the game will debut on android February 11. And it’ll be free. The iOS version is — and will remain — $2.99. Speaking to The Verge, Alto’s Adventure co-creator Ryan Holowaty says piracy is a big reason the game will be free: Piracy on Android is a much bigger issue on the platform especially in the case of premium iOS titles that charge more than $0.99. His development partner Ryan Cash goes on to say “the game only costs a few… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s been along time coming, but YouTube is finally ready to release its first original shows and films. YouTube Red Originals will premiere on February 10, and are included in your YouTube Red membership. So far, the Alphabet-owned company has four shows lined up; here are the official descriptions from the announcement blog post: A Trip to Unicorn Island: From the team at Astronauts Wanted, this feature-length movie gives fans an extraordinary look inside the life and journey of Lilly Singh as she embarks on a challenging 26-city global tour where she has to remember to practice what she preaches:… This story continues at The Next Web

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While there are plenty of option for connected health gadgets, new Kickstarter project Flo may actually be the first you’ll want to use. Aimed at parents, Flo is small Bluetooth enabled contactless thermometer that lets you track and manage health as if it were social media. Here’s how it works: take a temperature reading, and Flow plots it on a chart for you. You can add pictures to that temperature reading, and share them to true social media sites lie Facebook or Twitter. There’s also the option to take the temperature of objects (like a bottle of milk or formula),… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google’s Senior vice president of search, Amit Singhal, is leaving the company after joining in 2000. Oh what a journey! Fifteen amazing years at @google. Time for me to take the next turn. https://t.co/TjZhFG1bm6 — Amit Singhal (@theamitsinghal) February 3, 2016 Singhal is known for having heavily tweaked the search engine’s ranking algorithm in 2001 and was a driving force in making Google into the company we know now. In a Google+ post describing his departure, Singhal states that he’s leaving in order to spend more time giving back to others: “It has always been a priority for me to give… This story continues at The Next Web

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Square’s new NFC card reader is now available at Apple Stores nationwide, or online. The reader, which accepts both chip cards and forms of NFC payments like Android Pay and Apple Pay, will sell for $49 both online and in-store. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to be live on Apple’s site just yet, but Apple is still selling other Square hardware. Last year, Square CEO Jack Dorsey quietly proclaimed Square would quickly adapt to new payment methods. After a testing period and slow initial rollout, Square is now easily available. It’s a clever move by Apple, too. As the company looks to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Citymapper, the much-loved urban journey-planning app, has just rolled out a new feature on iOS and Android that should make that painful daily commute on public transit a little less… painful. Smart Commute currently works best on Android, where a live-updating lockscreen notification will pop up each day as you start your journey to work. It gives you a live ETA, departure times, and information about disruptions, delays and the weather. You can get some of this info pushed to your Android Wear watch, too. Pop the app open on both Android and iOS and you’ll get all of the… This story continues at The Next Web

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The world wasn’t crying out for a search engine of the first 15 seasons of the Simpsons with an editor that allows you to quickly hack each one up into memes, but now we know it exists… Credit: FraniacSeason 9, episode 22 Hello Frinkiac! Named after the resident Simpsons geek Professor Frink (obvs), this slightly bizarre contraption was created by a three-person dev team, Paul Kehrer, Sean Schulte and Allie Young, to help everyone celebrate god’s gift that is the Simpsons. Credit: FrinkiacSeason 9, episode 14 Simply enter a search term, or an exact quote, and scroll through almost three million scenes from 335 episodes to find… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s no secret that Google makes money off advertising, and it’s had issues in the past with Android apps that blocked advertising. Now, just days after Samsung announced that it was adding an official ad blocking API for its Internet browser, Google has pulled the first ad blocking app from the store. Adblock Fast was Samsung’s launch partner for the new feature, but its app was pulled with little explanation today after it racked up more than 50,000 downloads and had appeared on the top charts. Brian Kennish, developer at Rocketship Apps, the company behind Adblock Fast, said that Google sent… This story continues at The Next Web

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Fitbit has unveiled a new fashionable fitness band today called the Alta. Set to launch in March and cost $130, the tracker is available to preorder now and is arguably Fitbit’s most aesthetically pleasing device yet. Unlike the Blaze or the Surge bands, the Alta’s design is purposely discreet. It offers the same SmartTrack instant exercise recognition as its siblings, as well as pairing with the Fitbit app to manage weekly goals and monitor daily activity and sleep tracking. And this one will vibrate to tell you when to get off your butt if you’ve been sitting down for too long as… This story continues at The Next Web

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Python is a widely-used general purpose programming language, which drives a great many of your favorite sites across the Web. For those looking to step into the field of programming, The Python Programming Bootcamp is an ideal entrypoint with lifetime access to six courses and 50 hours of training that will prepare anyone, regardless of experience, to become proficient in this versatile, widely-used coding language. Get it now for just $39. Your instruction begins with the most basic fundamentals, then moves progressively into intermediate and advanced concepts to prepare you for complete success. You’ll learn essential Python concepts that are… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post was brought to you by Adobe and Creative Cloud, building apps that help you design websites and mobile apps faster.One of the fables that floats around UX teams is that of the US space program and its quest for a pen that could be used in anti-gravity. They reportedly spent million dollars developing a high-tech writing utensil with ink that remained solid until the flow of writing and a pressurized chamber that made it useful upside-down. The Russian cosmonauts, however, simply brought pencils. Though this story isn’t wholly true, it shines light on the necessity of understanding the larger picture. The space pen did make it into orbit and was a privately-funded accomplishment in engineering. In their own applications,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ohlala, a service that connects men with women who are willing to go on “paid for” dates has launched in New York City today, marking its first foray outside of its home market in Germany. Launched last summer in Berlin and now available in Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg and a few other German cities, the service looks to capitalize on the time-poor and cash-rich members of society by offering “paid dating.” Just don’t call it an escort app, OK. It’s definitely, definitely not that. That said, it lets men put out a request for a date (pretty sure a woman wouldn’t… This story continues at The Next Web

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Having seen taxi drivers in Paris win a court case last week against Uber amid two days of street protests, it looks like the ride-hailing community in France has taken a leaf out of their rivals’ book and decided to stage a rally of its own. The ‘funeral march’ for their profession is being led by the Alternative Mobilité Transport group, which represents salaried chauffeurs in France and increasingly partners with services like Uber as drivers tussle for position in the app-powered world. Last week, the Prime Minister Manuel Valls sent letters to app companies, including Uber, ordering them to stop allowing salaried drivers to… This story continues at The Next Web

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While Amazon has continuously updated its Kindle hardware, the interface has been left largely untouched. Thankfully, an update rolling out this week will fix that. The new home screen highlights books you’ve recently looked at, your personalized reading list and recommendations. It’s also done away with the light button, which is now tucked behind a new ‘gear’ option that also gives you quick access to other settings like airplane mode and syncing. The update is the biggest change Amazon has applied to the devices in years. Another neat new feature is the ability to share quotes from books you’re reading… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s pretty obvious Adobe Flash is dying, but the company has avoided ever publicly saying as much. Today, however, it’s dropping Adobe Flash from one of its own products, Adobe Connect, signalling even the company itself moving away from the beleaguered product. Adobe Connect is a Web conferencing offering in the same vein as GoToMeeting, allowing companies to have calls with up to 1,000 participants. Until now, it required Adobe Flash to be installed, but now the company is embracing HTML5 so you can go plugin free. The death of Flash has been long and slow, but it’s definitely happening as… This story continues at The Next Web

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Comparing two cities’ startup scenes is difficult. A number of companies use various methods and combinations of metrics to produce an answer as to which city or region or country is beating out the other. All of them, admittedly, do a fantastic job trying to assess certain metrics, but inherently miss out on other potentially influential factors. Still, assessing which of two cities should be deemed the best of a certain region can actually be a major deal for companies looking to set up headquarters or subsidiaries in new markets. Two of the fastest emerging capitals for the global startup economy… This story continues at The Next Web

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HTC reported its year-end results today and while they’re looking less scary than last quarter, everything isn’t rosy yet. The company laid off a significant amount of employees over the past few months to help recover its profits, which helped a small amount and recovered around $900 million NT ($268,000 USD) in operating profit, to a loss of $4.1 billion NT ($122 million USD). HTC’s CFO Hui-Ming Cheng said on the investor call that “to be very candid, our flagship [phones] did not perform well — actually, our flagships fell far short of our expectation for the entire cycle of 2015.” Cheng continued… This story continues at The Next Web

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