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  • 2FA codes are great for security, except when 26M of them are leaked

    Just when you thought two-factor authentication was enough to secure your online accounts, a troubling discovery shows how this system can be comprised, thanks to human error. TechCrunch reports that a database of text messages containing more than 26 million 2FA codes, password reset links, and delivery tracking details was left out in the open – and its recipients may have been compromised. Security researcher Sébastien Kaul Kaul discovered the database – owned by a telephony firm called Voxox...


  • 12 mistakes to avoid when funding a startup

    While any funding may seem like good funding, this isn’t necessarily the case. Funding mistakes such as not raising enough funds can actually be detrimental to a startup and lead to major problems down the road. To find out how to avoid such missteps, I asked a panel of entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council the following question: What’s one major funding mistake you’ve made that others can learn from? Their best answers are below: 1. Overspending It’s easy to get money and think it’s so...


  • Facebook removed 1.5 billion fake accounts between April and September

    Facebook released its community standards report today, in which it detailed how it dealt with fake news, spam, hate speech, and terrorist propaganda on its platform. The company noted that, between April and September 2018, it removed a whopping 1.5 billion fake accounts. The social network got rid of 800 million fake accounts in Q2 2018, and 754 million fake accounts in Q3. Comparatively, the company eliminated 534 million accounts in Q1 2018. That should give you a sense of the scale of its...


  • SCUF's Vantage PS4 controller: A lot of issues and a big price tag

    I love SCUF controllers. Or, more accurately, I love all of them but this one. As the proud owner of two of the Infinity4PS Pro models, it was always an easy recommendation to make for anyone looking to drop their hard-earned cash on a premium product. I’m a gamer, and that tag comes with certain responsibilities — chief among them is spending money on things I absolutely do not need. So when the opportunity came up to give the Infinity4PS Pro a try last year, I jumped at it, even going so far...


  • Mark Zuckerberg really wants you to know he reads the New York Times

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today held a press call to talk about the company’s 2nd Community Standards Enforcement report. It was supposed to last 45 minutes, but it ended up nearly 2 hours long thanks to an extended – and very entertaining – interactive session with the national news media. The part about that “Community Standards” stuff — more blah-blah-blah about how Facebook’s algorithms and newly-hired team of crack human hate-speech finders are going to make Facebook great again– was...


  • Researchers create 'master key' fingerprints that can fool biometric databases

    Researchers from New York University have created a set of master fingerprint keys that can be used to spoof biometric identification systems. While the database of fingerprints used by the researchers had a chance of falsely matching with a random fingerprint one out of 1000 times, the master prints they generated had the power to falsely match one out of five times. Their paper was published on the pre-print server ArXiv and proves that fingerprints can be artificially generated using machine...


  • When you wish upon an algorithm: Will Sophia ever be real?

    Once upon a time, in the faraway land of Hong Kong, there was a robot named Sophia. It longed for nothing, felt nothing, and was incapable of even the mildest human emotion. But, its creator Geppetto – er, creators David Hanson and Ben Goertzel, I mean – wanted to bring it to life anyway. So they called upon the all-powerful technology fairies, Blockchainia and Algorithmia, who told them to send the robot to Saudi Arabia so it could become a citizen. If you’re hearing about this for the first...


  • An entrepreneur's guide to Vietnam's startup scene

    Many in the western hemisphere still view Vietnam through antiquated lenses. But while a visit to a rural area of Vietnam may well seem like a step back in time, younger generations and the powers who be in urban Vietnam have their sights firmly set on the future and the key role which their nation aims to play in it. Over the last thirty years, the country has moved from being one of the world’s poorest regions, which had been devastated by decades of conflict, into one of the most dynamic...


  • This (free) Amsterdam blockchain workshop will tackle scalability issues

    The blockchain is diversifying and thriving, yet it’s no longer possible to ignore the elephant in the room: scalability. Scalability in the blockchain industry is an issue that needs to be addressed when talking about the technology’s future. At the moment, the Bitcoin blockchain processes between 3 and 7 transactions per second; Ethereum is handling roughly 15 transactions per second. However, if the blockchain is to compete against the likes of VisaNet, which processes an average of 150...


  • This $29 graphic design bundle could help you land a six figure career

    Even if your art is solely done with real world pencils and paints, the training in the Ultimate Graphic Design Bundle ($29, over 90 percent off, from TNW Deals) can show you the software tools to take your art to the digital age.


  • How to help remote workers feel more connected and less isolated

    Working from home is more popular than ever as 70 percent of the global workforce telecommutes at least once a week. A major challenge to a remote working arrangement is keeping employees connected and engaged with their team as it’s common for them to feel lonely and isolated. According to the research included in Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation, written by workplace expert Dan Schawbel, a third of surveyed employees report missing out on interactions...


  • GitHub Desktop 1.5 makes it easy to resolve frustrating merge conflicts

    GitHub today announced a major update to its visual Git client, GitHub Desktop. Version 1.5 introduces a new way to resolve merge conflicts, which are inevitable when working on a project with a team. Previous versions of GitHub Desktop merely warned if a conflict would occur, leaving resolution entirely in the hands of the developer. With GitHub Desktop 1.5, the app will list the files with conflicts, open your preferred editor to fix them, and let you know when everything is ready to merge....