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Hackers say they’ve breached U.S. arrest records database

Hackers say they’ve breached U.S. arrest records database

The hacking group Crackas With Attitude, which previously infiltrated the personal email of CIA Director John Brennan, says it has breached a law enforcement portal through which one can access tools for law enforcement and arrest records, among other things. The breach is a serious one, and was accomplished via a vulnerability that hasn’t been detailed. One of the breached systems is a database containing U.S. arrest records.

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Yahoo updates image search with Flickr results

Yahoo updates image search with Flickr results

Yahoo has updated its image search engine to include images from Flickr, its image-hosting website. You’ll have to be logged into your Yahoo account, which will pull up personalized Flickr results when searching for an image on Yahoo. This will include some of your own images on Flickr, and images from other people, such as users you follow and top photos on the image service.

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TalkTalk reveals 157,000 customers’ data stolen in hack

TalkTalk reveals 157,000 customers’ data stolen in hack

Following TalkTalk's disclosure of a major hacking incident two weeks ago, in which it was said that data on all 4 million customers may have been accessed, the UK ISP has finally identified exactly how many people have been affected. Last week it put the estimate at under 1.2 million users, but fortunately the real figure is much less: exactly 156,959 customers. These people have had data including names, phone numbers, and email addresses stolen by those behind the cyberattack.

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Philips, Ericsson 4G smartpoles light up, connect LA streets

Philips, Ericsson 4G smartpoles light up, connect LA streets

It's a project two years in the making. Probably even more if you consider R&D and preliminary contracts. February last year, Philips and Ericsson revealed that they were workting together on the streetlight of the future, combining two of the things most delectable to city folk need or love or both: bright night lights and pervasive Internet access. Now that idea will finally be put to the real world test. Philips has just revealed that Los Angeles will be the first every city in the world to deploy its SmartPole street lights with 4G LTE connectivity.

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Comcast expands 300GB data cap to several more cities

Comcast expands 300GB data cap to several more cities

Back in early September, Comcast subscribers in South Florida were informed their data would be capped at 300GB a month unless they paid an extra fee to remove the cap. It went over about as well as you'd expect, which is to say subscribers were not happy. Despite the unhappy customers, Comcast isn’t stopping there, and it’ll be introducing the same 300GB data cap in other cities throughout the southern United States soon.

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Luma smart wifi system spreads the web around your home

Luma smart wifi system spreads the web around your home

There's a router - which you already have - then there's a Smart Wifi system like Luma. The folks behind Luma have decided that it's time we started really digging in to how well wireless internet is applied to our homes - especially since we no longer just have a set of 2 or 3 computers as we did ten years ago. Luma is a also a secure system, promising monitoring abilities for kids and alerts of incoming hacker attacks.

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Circle with Disney keeps any device under parental eyes

Circle with Disney keeps any device under parental eyes

In this digital age, almost every kid wants to have access to the Internet and to modern amenities like mobile devices. The situation often presents a nightmare for parents who want to protect their children from the dangers of the online world. Since not all smartphones and tablets are equipped to safeguard children's welfare, some parents resort to buying specialized devices with parental controls built-in. Now, however, they might not need to spend as much, with Circle with Disney offering that same control for any device in the house and a fraction of the price.

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Facebook AI describes photos to blind users

Facebook AI describes photos to blind users

Facebook has detailed an ongoing effort with its artificial intelligence that enables its software to describe photographs to blind users. CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a link to the video describing the technology on his own Facebook account yesterday, briefly discussing the feature and Facebook’s work. He said the video inspired him, and that, “Our AI can now look at a photo, figure out what’s in it and help explain it to you.”

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Twitter replaces stars with hearts, Favs are now Likes

Twitter replaces stars with hearts, Favs are now Likes

Twitter has finally done it. They've made the change that many have been expecting for some now. The star icon for favoriting something is out, and now the social network is all about hearts. Because hearts are in. To really emphasize the change, the action is not even called "favorites" anymore, but is instead the universal "likes" from now on. In a blog post, Twitter says the change is going into effect from today on both Twitter and Vine.

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Gmail’s Inbox will now have instant “smart reply” buttons

Gmail’s Inbox will now have instant “smart reply” buttons

This week "Inbox by Gmail" will be introducing a far quicker way to reply to emails - one-button "Smart Reply" answers. This system will allow you to select from a number of pre-made reply - or just the start of your reply - in a number of words. If you're being asked a question about a document, for example, your Smart Reply might be "Let me have a look" or "I'll send it to you." This could be your entire reply, or it could be just a quick way to begin your email at full length.

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FCC hits Hilton with fine over WiFi jamming probe

FCC hits Hilton with fine over WiFi jamming probe

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed that Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc. be hit with a $25,000 fine for reportedly obstructing a probe into whether it was jamming guests’ WiFi hotspots. In addition, the FCC has ordered Hilton to “immediately provide essential information” detailing its WiFI practices, and has threatened to increase the penalties if the company delays or obstructs the process in any way.

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Facebook ditches ‘maybe’ invite button, adds ‘interested’

Facebook ditches ‘maybe’ invite button, adds ‘interested’

Facebook is a convenient way to plan get togethers, assuming most of the people you plan to invite are on the social network. Simply create an event, send out the invites, and then sit back and wait to see how people respond. Up until now, this has involved three options: yay, nay, and the frustratingly ambiguous "maybe". Facebook has decided to do away with that "maybe" and replace it with something that shows a little more interest.

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