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Meet EventBot, a new Android malware that steals banking passwords and two-factor codes

By |April 30th, 2020|

Security researchers are sounding the alarm over a newly discovered Android malware that targets banking apps and cryptocurrency wallets. The malware, which researchers at security firm Cybereason recently discovered and called EventBot, masquerades as a legitimate Android app — like Adobe Flash or Microsoft Word for Android — which abuses Android’s in-built accessibility features to --> READ MORE

Tesla to reduce price of standard range Model 3 in China

By |April 29th, 2020|

Tesla said it will reduce the price of its standard range Model 3 vehicle in China to meet the government’s new eligibility requirements for subsidies. This marks the second time this year that the automaker has reduced the price. Several months ago, the base version of China-made Model 3 was lowered by 9%. Tesla has --> READ MORE

Tesla pushes Tesla Semi deliveries to 2021

By |April 29th, 2020|

Tesla is pushing back plans to produce and deliver its all-electric Class 8 truck until 2021, the company said in its quarter earnings report Wednesday. The move puts the Tesla Semi two years behind the automaker’s previous target. “We are shifting our first Tesla Semi deliveries to 2021,” the company said without providing any more --> READ MORE

Instagram ‘pods’ game the algorithm by coordinating likes and comments on millions of posts

By |April 29th, 2020|

Researchers at NYU have identified hundreds of groups of Instagram users, some with thousands of members, that systematically exchange likes and comments in order to game the service’s algorithms and boost visibility. In the process, they also trained machine learning agents to identify whether a post has been juiced in this way. “Pods,” as they’ve --> READ MORE

Workers prepare to strike May 1, amid strained pandemic working conditions

By |April 29th, 2020|

The global pandemic has tested the bounds of businesses across the world and transformed the way many of us live our lives. For those among us who are unable to leave our homes at all as COVID-19 virus rages, online retail and food services have been a kind of lifeline. But as contact-free delivery becomes --> READ MORE

The lockdown is driving people to Facebook

By |April 29th, 2020|

The quarantine lockdown is driving a record number of users to Facebook’s products. On a conference call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg disclosed a number of new metrics highlighting a significant bump in Facebook usage during the broader quarantine lockdown. In the past month, more than 3 billion internet users logged onto a Facebook service, including its --> READ MORE

Tesla turns Q1 profit on cost reductions, rising car margins, credits

By |April 29th, 2020|

Tesla reported Wednesday that it earned $16 million and generated $5.985 billion in revenue in the first quarter, results buoyed by improved automotive margins and reductions in operating expenses. Tesla’s first quarter earnings were lower than the fourth period as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted operations and dampened sales. But the company still managed to squeeze --> READ MORE

TikTok tops 2 billion downloads

By |April 29th, 2020|

TikTok, the widely popular video sharing app developed by one of the world’s most valued startups (ByteDance), continues to grow rapidly despite suspicion from the U.S. as more people look for ways to keep themselves entertained amid the coronavirus pandemic. The global app and its Chinese version, called Douyin, have amassed over 2 billion downloads --> READ MORE

Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Extraction’ inflicts brutal action on forgettable characters

By |April 29th, 2020|

If you think that action movies generally suffer from an excess of characterization, then “Extraction” is the movie for you. Almost everything about the film that’s not an action scene is dealt with in a perfunctory way, starting from the sketchy characterization of our hero Tyler Rake (played by Chris Hemsworth) — he’s muscular, good --> READ MORE

Joue targets novice musicians with its latest crowdfunded instrument

By |April 29th, 2020|

I wrote about Joue back in January, right before the company participated in (and won) our CES pitch-off. The company was one of a handful of crowdfunded musical instrument startups at the show that were really worth getting excited about. This week, the French startup is launch the campaign for Play, a more user-friendly version --> READ MORE