Apple is silently removing Zoom’s web server software from Macs

Apple is silently removing Zoom’s web server software from Macs

After all of the drama over Zoom’s use of a hidden web server on Macs, Apple itself has decided to step in, TechCrunch reports. It is issuing a silent update — meaning your Mac will get it without any interaction on your part — to remove the web server, which was designed to save Safari users an extra click, from any Mac that has Zoom’s software installed. Although Zoom itself issued an emergency patch yesterday…

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Labor Secretary Acosta has no good answer for the cushy Jeffrey Epstein plea deal

Labor Secretary Acosta has no good answer for the cushy Jeffrey Epstein plea deal

He offered unsatisfying defenses of his handling of the Epstein case in a Wednesday press conference. It was a different time. That was one of the defenses offered by US Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta at a press conference Wednesday to address the deal his office gave in 2008 to money manager Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls. Despite the number and seriousness of the allegations, Epstein ended up serving…

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Former Tesla employee admits uploading Autopilot source code to his iCloud

Former Tesla employee admits uploading Autopilot source code to his iCloud

Guangzhi Cao, a former engineer at Tesla, admitted in a court filing this week that he uploaded zip files containing Autopilot source code to his personal iCloud account in late 2018 while still working for the company. Tesla sued Cao earlier this year for allegedly stealing trade secrets related to Autopilot and bringing them to Chinese EV startup Xiaopeng Motors, also known as Xmotors or XPeng, which is backed by tech giant Alibaba. Cao denied…

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Bird is making Paris its ‘second home,’ as city cracks down on scooter riding

Bird is making Paris its ‘second home,’ as city cracks down on scooter riding

Bird is planning to build a new hub in Paris and hire 1,000 people over two years to help spur the growth of its scooter-sharing service across the European continent. Bird CEO Travis VanderZanden said the hub will be the Santa Monica-based company’s “second European home.” Bird first launched its dockless, electric scooter rental business in Paris last August. Since then, its scooters have become a ubiquitous sight in the City of Lights. The hub…

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Google shuts down Nest app for Apple Watch and Wear OS

Google shuts down Nest app for Apple Watch and Wear OS

People take control of their smart thermostat from their wrist so infrequently that Google has decided to completely scrap its Nest app for both Apple Watch and the company’s own Wear OS platform. The smartwatch Nest app offered a quick way to adjust the thermostat’s target temperature or operating mode. But now it simply displays a “Nest is no longer supported on Wear OS” message when opened and instructs customers to uninstall it. “We took…

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Why Nancy Pelosi is at odds with House progressives over Twitter

Why Nancy Pelosi is at odds with House progressives over Twitter

This is about more than Twitter. Ideological divides between Democrats have been boiling into public view so frequently of late that speaker Nancy Pelosi firmly told House Democrats to keep their internal gripes behind closed doors, even as she herself fields backlash for seemingly dismissing her caucus’s progressive firebrands. “You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that…

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Nintendo is updating the original Switch with a new CPU and storage

Nintendo is updating the original Switch with a new CPU and storage

Nintendo just announced a smaller, cheaper version of the Switch today, but the Switch Lite may not be the only trick up Nintendo’s sleeves — the original Nintendo Switch is also getting a new processor and new flash storage chips, according to filings with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The new chips could mean fewer slowdowns, faster load times, longer battery life, less heat… or perhaps none of these things. Nintendo submitted what’s called a…

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Louisiana may get hit by a hurricane this weekend. New Orleans is already flooded.

Louisiana may get hit by a hurricane this weekend. New Orleans is already flooded.

A potential hurricane Barry may hit Louisiana. Here’s what we know. A storm is brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, and the National Hurricane Center expects it to become a hurricane by Saturday, with potential impacts along the coast of Texas, Louisiana, and, potentially, in the city of New Orleans. The storm could bring 18 inches of rain to the region, which isn’t good, considering that the region is already inundated with rain. The city…

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