Eight people charged with running a multimillion-dollar online ad scam

Eight people charged with running a multimillion-dollar online ad scam

The Department of Justice has unsealed indictments against eight people who allegedly ran the infamous online advertising scams 3ve and Methbot. The defendants, who are primarily from Russia, are accused of collecting more than $36 million from companies who thought they were paying to place ads on websites. But the ads were never seen by a human being — instead, the defendants allegedly used a server farm and a botnet to simulate billions of visits…

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Some airlines may be using algorithms to split up families during flights

Some airlines may be using algorithms to split up families during flights

Your random airplane seat assignment might not be random at all. For most people, the holiday seasons includes travel, especially with their families. But airlines are reserving an increasing number of seat assignments for those who pay extra, meaning that you may not get to sit next to your traveling companions on a flight unless you’re willing to pay more for the privilege. A recent investigation by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority found that some…

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DriveSavers claims it has a way to break into locked iPhones with 100 percent success

DriveSavers claims it has a way to break into locked iPhones with 100 percent success

Data recovery company DriveSavers is advertising a new service that claims it can recover sensitive data from a locked smartphone, including notably difficult-to-crack iOS devices. The company’s service, called Passcode Lockout Data Recovery, is advertised for regular consumers and not seemingly designed for law enforcement or any other type of official cybersecurity business. Yet The Verge was unable to directly verify the efficacy of the tool, and the offer goes against many promises made by…

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Amazon will reportedly sell software that reads medical records

Amazon will reportedly sell software that reads medical records

Amazon reportedly plans to start selling software that can read medical records and make suggestions for improving treatment or saving money, according to The Wall Street Journal. The program scans medical files to pick out relevant information such as the medical condition and patient’s procedures and prescriptions. While other algorithms that try to do the same thing have been stymied by doctors’ abbreviations, Amazon claims to have trained its system to recognize the idiosyncrasies in…

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US farms are going bankrupt at an alarming rate. Trump’s trade war is partially to blame.

US farms are going bankrupt at an alarming rate. Trump’s trade war is partially to blame.

More than 80 farms in the upper Midwest have recently filed for bankruptcy. President Donald Trump’s trade war with China is making life harder for struggling American farmers. A total of 84 farms in the upper Midwest filed for bankruptcy between July 2017 and June 2018, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. That’s more than double the number of Chapter 12 filings during the same period in 2013 and 2014 in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota,…

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Apple fixes iCloud to work better with Windows 10 October Update

Apple fixes iCloud to work better with Windows 10 October Update

Apple just updated iCloud for Windows to version 7.8.1 today, which seems to fix compatibility issues users were reporting between iCloud and Windows 10’s October Update, as spotted by 9to5Mac. For the past few weeks, users had been reporting seeing an error message and failed installations if they tried to upgrade iCloud for Windows on a Windows 10 machine running the October patch. Many users who already had iCloud prior to the update have encountered…

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Sprint and HTC are partnering to make a 5G device for next year

Sprint and HTC are partnering to make a 5G device for next year

Sprint is partnering with HTC to make a mobile “smart hub” that will run on 5G next year. It’s the second product Sprint has announced for its own nascent next-gen network, but we’re getting very little in the way of concrete details right now. The device is developed by Sprint, HTC, and Qualcomm in a joint effort. It will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon x50 5G modem with gigabit LTE and 5G capabilities. The device will…

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Trump says he’ll cut GM’s subsidies. He can’t do it without Congress.

Trump says he’ll cut GM’s subsidies. He can’t do it without Congress.

Trump’s retaliation plan has a bit of a hitch. President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened to retaliate against General Motors for its decision to shutter plants and slash jobs by cutting the automaker’s federal subsidies, including for electric cars. But he can’t act unilaterally to do it. The president has become increasingly incensed publicly since GM said on Monday that it would make overhauls that would lead to $6 billion in cost reductions by 2020,…

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