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Something fishy is going on with YouTube. It appears the Google subsidiary has been hit by hackers as a number of popular music videos have been defaced – or have suddenly disappeared. Indeed, the platform’s most viewed video ever – Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankeee – was temporarily unavailable on YouTube. It remains unclear what the source of the attack is, but most of the affected videos were uploaded from Vevo accounts. Someone just owned a LOT of VEVO accounts @YouTube. pic.twitter.com/dlGTFrypW8 — Melvin Lammerts (@showthread) April 10, 2018 While social media chatter suggested the attackers had initially… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube

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Roughly a year and a half since their launch, Google’s Assistant-powered Home and Home Mini smart speakers have finally made their way to India. The voice-activated speakers, which can play music, answer questions, and control your connected home gadgets, works with Indian accents; it offers content from a range of local sources and publishers, including Times of India, NDTV, Dainik Bhaskar, India Today, and Aaj Tak. The company says that Hindi support for Assistant is coming soon. Google is also sweetening the deal for customers in India by bundling a JioFi router from Reliance’s mobile carrier; both speakers also come… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Police in India have a bad reputation for extortion and bribery, but in a first, the policemen have gone rather tech-savvy in their approach — they are ditching fiat for Bitcoin. Eight policemen have been arrested by the criminal investigation department (CID) in the Indian state of Gujarat for allegedly extorting 200 BTC from a businessmen, reported Indian national daily Hindustan Times. Shailesh Bhatt, a local businessman, had filed a complaint against the policemen alleging abduction and extortion. The accused comprised three more people other than the policemen including a lawyer and an ‘agent’, who acted as a fixer between… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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The Internet has never been bigger. Lower costs of getting online, paired with near-ubiquitous cheap smartphones, has meant that more people are connected to the information superhighway than ever. But it’s not all good news. According to Mozilla’s inaugural Internet Health Report, things aren’t going too well. Rather than being an anarchic wilderness where anyone can make their mark, the Internet is rapidly consolidating into the hands of a few key players. No prizes for guessing who they’re talking about. And that’s before we even get into the rapid spread of misinformation online, and the rapidly disappearing notion of digital… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Mozilla

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HQ Trivia is a sensation. The app-based game show sees people try to answer twelve questions – some easy, some fiendishly difficult – in the hope of winning cash. Since its launch, it’s gone from strength to strength, launching a UK version, bringing on new guest hosts, and clinching sponsorship deals with global brands like Nike. Now, it’s introducing a new feature that lets you play with (and compete against) friends and family. The feature – called “Friends on HQ” – lets you see friends who are playing, and track their progress in the game. So, if you stumble after… This story continues at The Next Web

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PayPal is looking to round its digital wallet service with the introduction of debit cards that you can use to make payments and withdraw cash at ATMs, reports The Wall Street Journal. That’s in addition to other banking services like being able to deposit a check to your account by taking a picture of it, and even personal and small business loans. The idea is to get people without banking accounts onto its platform, rather than to convert existing customers of traditional banks. PayPal has been testing its new offerings with some users in the US for the past few… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: PayPal

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If you’re in the market for a large tablet, you couldn’t do much better than Apple’s excellent – if ridiculously expensive – 12.9-inch iPad Pro. But now, HP has a new contender in the game, in the form of its $599 Chromebook x2. The 12.3-inch convertible device is the second Chrome OS-powered tablet ever made, after Acer’s Chromebook Tab 10, and it comes with a detachable keyboard and trackpad, as well as a stylus – making it appear quite similar to most laptops. The whole thing comes in at a light 1.4kg, and measures just 15.3mm in thickness. Under the hood,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Chromebook,iPad,iPad Pro

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Uber has acquired Jump, a bike-sharing startup that offers dockless electric bicycles for hire on demand across San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but TechCrunch’s source says it cost Uber some $200 million. The acquisition follows the ride-hailing company’s trials of its Uber Bike service, which saw it partner with Jump in San Francisco at the end of January to allow customers to unlock and use the iconic red e-bikes through its app, making for an additional option to get around besides cabs. Jump’s bicycles will now appear as an option alongside cabs… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Uber

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A group of 23 child advocacy and privacy groups have filed a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging Google has been illegally collecting data and personalizing advertisements to children under 13. According to the Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), websites and services must first obtain parental consent should they intend to collect personal data on any child under 13. YouTube, the group alleges, is collecting personal details — including location, device identifiers, phone numbers, and browser tracking data — from children who view videos on the site. It’s now urging the FTC to investigate Google for the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube

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Scientists believe the introduction of a hormone-like system, such as the one found in the human brain, could give AI the ability to reason and make decisions like people do. Recent research indicates human emotion, to a certain extent, is the byproduct of learning. And that means machines may have to risk depression or worse if they ever want to think or feel. Zachary Mainen, a neuroscientist at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon, speaking at the Canonical Computation in Brains and Machines symposium, discussed the implications of recent experiments to discover the effects serotonin has on decision… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s a big week for Facebook. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to appear before Congress tomorrow, ready to fess up to his social network’s multitudinous problems. But the company might soon have a bigger adversary: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which could put Facebook on the hook for more money than even its redoubtable coffers could supply. Facebook came to a settlement with the FTC in 2011 over a claim that the former had “deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public.” Under the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Huawei’s P20 Pro has the most impressive camera hardware I’ve seen in a smartphone in years, but I was a little disappointed to hear there was no optical image stabilization (OIS) on two of the three rear cameras. Or at least, that’s what I thought. Then iFixit tore down the P20 Pro and made everything more confusing. It certainly looks like the P20 has the optical image stabilization on each of its rear cameras. I mean, just look at the jiggling lenses: https://ifixit-guide-objects.s3.amazonaws.com/igo/video/ifixit/VBJW62A2BIm4jWjr_MP4_592.mp4 You can see the extra space around the lenses allowing them to move freely. Compare that to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Huawei

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Rep. Elise Stefanik, chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, recently introduced legislation calling for the creation of a national security commission on artificial intelligence. If the bill passes, President Trump will receive a full report on AI sometime in 2019. The legislation would establish the “National Security Commission Artificial Intelligence Act of 2018,” and calls for the temporary formation of an 11-member committee whose purpose would be to conduct a general review of AI for the government. It calls for an initial report to be generated within 180 days of enactment and a comprehensive… This story continues at The Next Web

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As part of its larger efforts to clean up its act, a couple of months back Facebook announced it will no longer allow ads promoting crypto-products and initial coin offerings (ICOs) on its platforms. But it seems that sly marketers have already worked out how to slip cryptocurrency ads past the filtering system. The worst part is that the trick is ridiculously simple: all it takes to circumvent the cryptocurrency ad ban on the popular social media platform is to avoid using any of the forbidden terms. This is why some marketers have began strategically abbreviating the word “cryptocurrency” to “c-currency”… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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IKEA continues its steps into the world of smart home devices with the release of two Bluetooth smart speakers called Eneby. The Eneby come in two square sizes: 8″ and 12″, with each being available in black and white (the latter of which looks more like heather gray with the color of the fabric front). The 8″ model comes with a carrying handle. On both models, you can remove the fabric panel if it doesn’t work with your decorating. Aesthetically, the two fit in perfectly with the rest of IKEA’s comforting minimalism. Functionally, the device only has one knob, which… This story continues at The Next Web

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A scene from a 1996 episode of The Simpsons recently spawned a fresh clutch of memes across the web, shedding light on a very specific – and, for the average web user, peculiar and dubiously-named – form of online fan activity: shitposting. Like other Internet memes, shitposting involves users remixing and remaking snippets of popular culture – in this case, the “steamed hams” skit between Superintendent Chalmers and Principal Skinner – to create an original take. One user created a version auto-tuned to the 1999 song “All Star” by Smashmouth – a tune with a memetic following of its own.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Machine learning has a lot of buzz around it and business-leaders are eager to hire talent with experience in the field. But what does ‘machine learning’ actually mean? And if someone has it listed on their resume, how do you know if they are a good fit for solving business problems? What most people don’t realize when they’re talking about machine learning, is that there are actually two disciplines. The term ‘machine learning’ can refer to either machine learning research or to applied machine learning, but people use the same term for both things, and it creates confusion. If businesses… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’ve been waiting to buy Samsung’s Dex Pad – the gadget that turns the Galaxy S9 into a desktop – you’ll have to wait a bit longer. Samsung today announced the DeX Pad goes on sale on May 13 for $99. Pre-order, however, begin today, and those who buy an S9 or S9+ from Samsung will recieve a free DeX Pad for a limited time. For those not familiar, the DeX Pad is a small dock that you can connect your S9 to provide a desktop environment on a monitor or TV. You can run windowed apps, play games… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung

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Here is why you should never readily trust anyone on Twitter – even those with blue badges. A shifty user has leveraged his verified profile to impersonate high-profile cryptocurrency influencers and scam people. The malicious individual was busted using the verified @Protafield handle to trick naive users into sending over Ethereum – a new tactic which has been running rampant in the blockchain space as of recently. The twitter user @Protafield has been pretending to be Bitfinex and asking people to send over ETH. Indeed, one of the tweets from the profile reads “Send from 0.5 to 5 ETH to the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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The halcyon era of the smartwatch didn’t last long, but although interest has largely died down, there’s still some interesting movements in the marketplace. Take, for example, the part Xiaomi-owned Huami, and its new wrist-worn device, the Amazfit Stratos. Amazfit is a portmanteau of “amazing” and “fitness,” so it’s therefore no surprise that the overarching focus of the device is real-time sports analytics. The Amazfit Stratos packs sensors and software from Heartbeat Technologies and Zepp Labs to track performance in a range of twelve sports, including cycling, soccer, skiing, and more. It then offers advice on how to make actionable… This story continues at The Next Web

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The cryptocurrency market has been going through a rough patch over the past couple of months. It seems this extreme price volatility has driven heaps of Reddit users away from the “HODL” life – the common practice of holding on to your coins despite abrupt drops in value. Over at the popular DataIsBeautiful subreddit, one numbers-obsessed user measured how often the term “HODL” appeared in comments on Reddit over the past year. The results are fascinating. Despite a massive spike in usage between last December and this January, Redditors have gradually been using the word “HODL” much less often since… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Reddit

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As someone who struggles with personal organization, I often find myself experimenting with new to-do apps and productivity tools, in order to cure my scatterbrained ways. The latest app I’ve tested is Taskade, from the company of the same name. Taskade’s biggest strength is that it doesn’t do too much. It lets you effortlessly group your to-do lists into folders, allowing you to segment your business and personal duties. So, you could have a folder for work, and in that would be lists of tasks that you’ve got to complete for projects you’re working on. Then you could have a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Yesterday, Twitter briefly suspended the @bitcoin handle on its platform, sparking an outrage among Bitcoin Cash (BCH) supporters. The micro-blogging service has since reinstated the account, but it remains unclear who is in control of it. One thing is for sure though: It no longer belongs to Bitcoin.com CEO Roger Ver. So this is how free speech dies…with thunderous [email protected]://t.co/TMZc0EWoIx — Roger Ver (@rogerkver) April 8, 2018 Roger Ver, predictable given his staunch support for Bitcoin Cash, started crying free speech on Twitter. Bitcoin Cash fans have since argued that the Twitter suspension was the result of a coordinated effort… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s always nice when something from the 1990s makes a comeback. One thing which most thought dead, but has made an unexpected resurgence, is the personal digital assistant (PDA), which has found new life courtesy of the Planet Computers Gemini. This Android-powered device apes the aesthetic and functionality of an old-school PDA (think the Psion Series 5), but in a modern setting. It runs Android 7.1 Nougat (and, optionally, Linux) and packs the specs of a mid-range mobile, but includes a full QWERTY keyboard that’s a delight to type on. In short, if you want a workhorse for when you’re… This story continues at The Next Web

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