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Thai junta says Google removing content with royal insults

22 October[ —]

Google logo adorns entrance of Google Germany headquarters in HamburgThailand’s government met with representatives from Internet giant Google, amid growing calls from Thai hardline royalists to bring those who insult the monarchy to justice, as many Thais look with uncertainty to a future without their revered king. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s death on Oct. 13 has thrown the country of 67 million into mourning. It has also led to the rise of ultra-royalist vigilante groups who say they will punish anyone perceived to have insulted the monarchy during a highly sensitive time for Thailand.

Facebook to allow more graphic news

22 October[ —]

Facebook to allow more graphic newsFacebook on Friday said that it will begin allowing more graphic or potentially disturbing newsworthy posts to be shared at the leading online social network. "Were going to begin allowing more items that people find newsworthy, significant, or important to public interest -- even if they might otherwise violate our standards," Facebook vice presidents Joel Kaplan and Justin Osofsky said in a blog post. "Our intent is to allow more images and stories without posing safety risks or showing graphic images to minors and others who do not want to see them," Kaplan and Osofsky said.

India launches phone app to monitor New Delhi's pollution

22 October[ —]
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian capital, laboring under the label of being the world's most polluted city, is trying something new to help clean up its air.

How to stop specific contacts from knowing when you’ve read their iMessages

22 October[ —]
Apple's iOS 10 software has been available for a while now. In fact, the latest version of Apple's popular mobile platform is already installed on more than two-thirds of all active iOS devices in the world , and we're likely less than a week away from seeing the next major build, iOS 10.1, released to the public . Tens of millions of people use iOS 10 each day, and yet Apple added so many new features to the platform that many people miss things they would actually benefit from a great deal. Among the new features that often go unnoticed by many is the option to control iMessage read receipts on a per-contact basis. That's right, you can stop specific contacts from knowing when or even if you read their messages. In this post, we'll tell you exactly how to do it. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel speed tests: Closer, but Android was still crushed in the end Everyone knows that you can enable or disable read receipts across the board by opening the Settings app and toggling read receipts on or off from within the Messages menu. Most people want to leave them on, but there are always a few contacts who send you messages and you don't want them to know if and when you've read them. This is one of those iPhone and iPad features where, once you find out how easy it is, you want to kick yourself for not having noticed it before. Here's all you need to do: From within the Messages app, open a conversation with the contact in question Tap the "i" in the top-right corner On that screen, you'll see a setting for "Send Read Receipts" — toggle it to off That's it. This setting will override your global setting and this specific contact will no longer know when you open his or her messages.

NSA contractor to be charged with espionage after making off with 50 TB of data

22 October[ —]
Late on Thursday, federal prosecutors signaled their intention to charge former NSA contractor Harold T. Martin with violating The Espionage Act after authorities discovered that he took upwards of 50 TB of classified data from the NSA to his home. While the precise details regarding the stolen data remain murky, the New York Times a few weeks ago claimed that it may have included "highly classified computer codes developed to hack into the networks of foreign governments” like China, North Korea and Iran. DON'T MISS:  These are the 2 best iPhone email apps in the world, and I can’t decide which to use Interestingly enough, Martin's arrest a few weeks ago came on the heels of the leak involving NSA hacking tools. It was initially believed that an NSA operative inadvertently left the hacking tools on a computer, but Martin's arrest prompted a wave of speculation that the leak may have been purposeful. The motion filed by federal prosecutors -- originally published by LawNewz  -- reads in part: For over two decades, the Defendant, Harold T. Martin, III, was entrusted to work at multiple government agencies dealing with highly classified information, including the National Security Agency (“NSA”). Throughout his government assignments, the Defendant violated that trust by engaging in wholesale theft of classified government documents and property—a course of felonious conduct that is breathtaking in its longevity and scale. The Defendant’s decades of criminal behavior were in flagrant violation of his many promises and oaths, as well as the law. The case against the Defendant thus far is overwhelming, and the investigation is ongoing. The Defendant knows, and, if no longer detained may have access to, a substantial amount of highly classified information, which he has flagrantly mishandled and could easily disseminate to others. At this point, there is absolutely no debating that Martin absconded with classified information. In fact, prosecutors note that investigators, upon visiting Martin's home, found classified documents littered everywhere, some of which were "lying openly in his home office or stored in the backseat and trunk of his vehicle." Notably, Martin told investigators that he has consistently been taking classified materials from the NSA for a period of many years. That said, it still remains unknown what was driving Martin's espionage escapades. The federal prosecution's full complaint against Martin can be read over here .

Russian indicted on charges he hacked LinkedIn

22 October[ —]
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Russian man has been charged with hacking and stealing information from computers at LinkedIn and other San Francisco Bay Area companies, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

AT&T is close to acquiring Time Warner for $85 billion

22 October[ —]

AT&T is close to acquiring Time Warner for $85 billionAT&T is nearing a deal to acquire Time Warner for $110 per share, a price tag to the tune of $85 billion for the telecom. According to Reuters, AT&T has reached an agreement in principle, which is a kind of stepping stone on the path to a formal contract. At $110 a share, AT&T would be paying a roughly 23 percent premium on Time Warner’s market value at close this afternoon, which was around $70 billion.

Look how easy it would be for Nintendo to make the Switch so much hotter

22 October[ —]
After months of anticipation, Nintendo finally unveiled its new console on Thursday . As expected, the console is unlike anything we've ever seen before from a major console maker, combining the raw power of a home console with "the mobility of a handheld" to let gamers bring the biggest games with them anywhere they go. Unfortunately, there's still a great deal we don't know, including the price of the Switch, the launch lineup and the color options that will be available at launch. DON'T MISS:  Nintendo’s Switch is everything the Wii U should have been, but it might be too late Although we might have to wait until 2017 to know the answer to any of those questions, a talented fan who goes by TheGrumpyCat took to imgur yesterday to share his concepts for an assortment of Nintendo Switch colorways. First up we have the classic white, which will probably be real eventually: Next up is a striking orange, which surprisingly doesn't look too bad: Taking some inspiration from Apple's rose gold iPhone, perhaps: My personal favorite — the Nintendo Switch NES Edition: And for those of you who prefer the Famicom to the NES: In all likelihood, the Nintendo Switch will launch in the black/grey that we saw in the preview trailer on Thursday, but down the line, don't be surprised to see several of TheGrumpyCat's designs lining store shelves.

Microsoft in 2010 offered to buy Facebook for $24 billion and Mark Zuckerberg said ‘no’

22 October[ —]
Facebook over the years has received no shortage of buyout offers, with Yahoo's bid to purchase the social network for $1 billion back in 2006 perhaps being the most famous of all. While $1 billion seems like a steal today, remember that Facebook back in 2006 was only two years old and it was no surefire guarantee that it would go onto become the tech giant it is today. Remember, MySpace was still alive and kicking back in 2006 and Facebook at the time was still closed off to anyone without a .edu email address. DON'T MISS:  Samsung’s bogus copyright claim couldn’t block this video of the Note 7 bomb hack in GTA 5 Yahoo, though, wasn't the only tech giant to express an interest in Facebook over the years. Microsoft in 2010 made a play for the company back in 2010. Of course, Facebook in 2010 was a much different animal than it was in 2006, and Microsoft's offer clearly reflects that. Though Facebook's IPO was still two years away, Facebook by 2010 was growing like mad and had firmly established itself as the only   social networking site worth caring about. Appearing on CNBC earlier today , former Microsoft CEO and current LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer looked back at some of Microsoft's past acquisitions. While explaining that Microsoft was never interested in acquiring Twitter, Ballmer did confirm that Redmond was dead serious about snatching up Microsoft. When asked how much Microsoft was willing to pay to acquire Facebook, Ballmer said $24 billion. "I think $24 billion when the company was itsy-bitsy and [Zuckerberg] said no," Ballmer said. "And I respect that." The entire interview with Ballmer can be viewed below.

New NYC law, San Francisco lawsuit highlight global risks for Airbnb

22 October[ —]

Chesky co-founder and CEO of AirBnb attends the Reuters Global Technology Summit in San FranciscoSAN FRANCISCO/BERLIN (Reuters) - Airbnb, the online lodging service that investors now believe is worth $30 billion, faces a reckoning. "Throughout the country, people representing cities have called me to ask whats going on with the litigation," he said.

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