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Facebook now blocks Pirate Bay links — but you can still bypass the ban

You can forget about sharing links from popular torrent site, The Pirate Bay, with your Facebook friends. Well, sort of. The social media giant has started blocking all links from thepiratebay.org, TorrentFreak has noticed. The ban applies to both posts and private chats. “Your message couldn’t be shared because this link goes against our Community Standards,” a warning reads. “If you think this doesn’t go against our Community Standards let us know.” This is hardly the first time The Pirate Bay has landed itself in hot water with Facebook. Unlike previous times, though, the Zuck empire is barring users from…
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AI is now being used to shortlist job applicants in the UK — let’s hope it’s not racist

It’s oft-repeated that artificial intelligence will be a danger to our jobs. But perhaps in a not-so-surprising twist, AI is also being increasingly used by companies to hire candidates. According to a report by The Telegraph, AI-based video interviewing software — such as that developed by HireVue — are being used by UK companies for the first time to shortlist the best job applicants. “Unilever, the consumer goods giant, is among companies using AI technology to analyse the language, tone and facial expressions of candidates when they are asked a set of identical job questions which they film on their mobile…
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Spotify’s family plan launches in India at Rs. 179 a month

Spotify today announced it’s bringing its family sharing plan to India for just Rs. 179 ($2.52) per month. The plan will unlock premium access to the streaming service account for up to six people. All members of the family can use their individual accounts to stream music and podcasts as per their choice. The master account holder will be billed at the end of each month. With the new family plan, you will also get parental controls and a playlist called Family Mix based on of all the tunes your family is listening to. In comparison, Apple Music offers a family plan in…
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Everything we know about Google’s upcoming Pixel 4

We’re just two weeks away from Google’s big Pixel 4 reveal on October 15. But it’s not a Pixel launch if the phone’s not leaked a gazillion times before then. So, we’re going to take a look at what we know about these devices so far. We know that there are going to be two devices: the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL. This year, Google tried to control leaks by giving out an early glimpse of the device in June. The photo posted by Google confirmed that the upcoming flagship is going to host a dual-camera setup on…
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Dark web weed dealers used ‘Craigslist of Bitcoin’ to launder their illicit profits

Two men have pleaded guilty for conspiring to launder money using Bitcoin after selling marijuana on the dark web. Connor Brooke and Aidan Curry, 25 and 23 respectively, gave their plea in federal court yesterday. The pair agreed to forfeit “tens of thousands of dollars worth of cash, cryptocurrency, and [computer hardware]” that was used to commit the crime, the Times of San Diego reports. Brooke and Curry ran a series of dark web enterprises, one of which sold marijuana while the other allowed people to buy cryptocurrency for cash at a premium. In a text message, Curry described the perpetrators’ cryptocurrency transfer…
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Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘$10M Chinese Bitcoin farm burns, network gets clogged’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Habermass used to say: Yolo! Bitcoin Price We closed the day, September 30 2019, at a price of $8,293. That’s a respectable 2.34 percent increase in 24 hours, or $189. It was the highest closing price in four days. We’re still 58 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017). Bitcoin market cap Bitcoin’s market cap ended the day at $149,011,567,415. It…
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218M ‘Words with Friends’ players’ data reportedly stolen in Zynga hack

Popular social game developer Zynga has reportedly become the latest victim of a massive data breach impacting some 218 million Words with Friends accounts. On September 12, the company disclosed that “certain player account information may have been illegally accessed by outside hackers,” but didn’t disclose any details about the scope of the breach and the number of players who may have had their information stolen. But now, there appears to be more than meets the eye in this case. According to Hacker News, gnosticplayers — the threat actor behind the sale of two colossal data dumps comprising of 747…
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Uber is testing a ‘record audio’ feature to help you feel safer during your ride

Last week, Uber recently rolled out a bunch of safety features including an optional PIN number to authenticate your ride. But it might roll out more stuff soon. According to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, the ride-hailing company is testing a feature in its mobile app that lets you record audio if you feel uncomfortable during your trip. The screenshot posted by Wong on Twitter suggests once you hit record, the audio will be captured in the background and sent to Uber Uber is testing “Record Audio” in case the rider is uncomfortable with the ride pic.twitter.com/btC5C0F3CN — Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane)…
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Apple just released the third iOS 13 patch in a week

For those of you who just checked your iPhones or iPads and saw you have another software update available — no, you’re not going crazy. Apple today pushed out iOS 13.1.2, which will hopefully bring the number of bugs down to manageable levels. iOS 13.1.2 is the latest in a line of rapid fire updates, iOS 13.1.1 having come out last Friday and iOS 13.1 having come out just three days before that. The update notes state iOS 13.1.2 fixes a few major bugs, including the flashlight or the camera not working. It also fixes a few issues with Shortcuts and a stalled iCloud progress bar…
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HP’s new Spectre x360 13 brings more power in a smaller, sleeker package

HP has been seriously upping its design game the last few years, what with some svelte laptops and even one that was basically half leather. Today HP announced the latest in its renewed product line, the impressively sleek Spectre x360 13. The new laptop is 13 percent smaller than the previous generation, thanks in part to slimmer bezels on the display – particularly on the bottom, where many ‘bezel-less’ laptops had developed a rather unsightly chin. HP has maintained the camera above the display too, even including Windows Hello infrared facial detection in that tiny sliver. It makes for an…
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