Which? found that Virgin Media's Super Hub 2 "can be hacked in a matter of days" if users don't change the default password the devices come with. Once someone hacks into a router, that person can often get access to devices that use that router. Around 864,000 people apparently own a Super Hub 2. Read more...

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Virgin Media thinks 800,000 users should change their router passwords

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Virgin Media wants you to change your router password. 

The company recently published guidance on how to do that for older router models after Which? magazine — a publication "known for testing household products" — found that Virgin Media routers weren't so hard to hack. 

Which? found that Virgin Media's Super Hub 2 "can be hacked in a matter of days" if users don't change the default password the devices come with. Once someone hacks into a router, that person can often get access to devices that use that router. Around 864,000 people apparently own a Super Hub 2. Read more...

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The network sent its Supreme Court sketch artist Bill Hennessy to visit White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's domain on Friday. While he didn't have his easel to work with, he did a pretty decent job standing up in the back of the room.

The White House has been prohibiting cameras at some press briefings, so we sent a sketch artist https://t.co/FuKv8RjYD2 pic.twitter.com/pCPzMZas5G

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CNN sent its Supreme Court sketch artist to the off-camera White House press briefing

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When life gives you off-camera White House press briefings, make your Supreme Court sketch artist draw them. 

That seems to have been CNN's thought, anyway. 

The network sent its Supreme Court sketch artist Bill Hennessy to visit White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's domain on Friday. While he didn't have his easel to work with, he did a pretty decent job standing up in the back of the room.

The White House has been prohibiting cameras at some press briefings, so we sent a sketch artist https://t.co/FuKv8RjYD2 pic.twitter.com/pCPzMZas5G

— CNN (@CNN) June 23, 2017 Read more...

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Where Travis Kalanick and Donald Trump meet in the middle: Their supporters

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They might not be perfect, but they're winners.

In 2017, it's a common refrain. For example: It's how Donald Trump supporters justify supporting Donald Trump. And it's also how Travis Kalanick supporters still justify supporting Travis Kalanick.

Let's be clear: Kalanick is, in form and function, nothing like Trump. Kalanick is a legitimately successful entrepreneur who created a massive company out of thin air. Kalanick's also got plenty of faults, but he hasn't been accused of a fraction of the improprieties that Trump has (personally, and professionally). 

They share, however, in a cult of personality among their supporters—as do other tech figures (see: Elon Musk). Their supporters look at these figures and their faults, and see greatness—not just alongside these faults, but because of these faults. Read more...

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China targets livestreaming in latest censorship crackdown

China just shut down livestreaming on three major media platforms -- Weibo, the news site iFeng and the video website ACFUN. China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television sent notices to the companies ordering them to...
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Google promises to stop digging through your email inbox to target ads (which it was totally doing)

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Google will no longer scan your emails to steer the ads it shows you—a longstanding controversial practice that you may not have even been aware the company was doing.

The surprise announcement seems to be an effort to appease paying users of Google's office email software. The search giant has never shown those customers ads or skimmed their emails as it does with its free Gmail service, but some were confused about that point, according to Google Cloud SVP Diane Greene.

"This decision brings Gmail ads in line with how we personalize ads for other Google products," Greene wrote in a blog postRead more...

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Amazon has registered a patent to do this.

Maybe this Jeff Bezos dream will come true. Maybe it won't. Amazon has, after all, also registered a patent for huge flying drone warehouses, like blimps that spew miniature versions of themselves out into the world below, a design built to deliver packages so quickly that customers will barely have ordered the thing before it shows up at their door.  Read more...

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Amazon could fill our cities with towering Echo-shaped drone hives

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Picture an Amazon Echo. Maybe you have one, or a friend does, or you've seen one in a commercial. They're cylindrical and black, and small enough to be unobtrusive sitting atop a kitchen counter. Now picture them the size of a skyscraper, amid buildings of a similar height. Picture this giant Echo full of little doors through which package-carrying drones buzz in and out, the delivery people of the future. 

Amazon has registered a patent to do this.

Maybe this Jeff Bezos dream will come true. Maybe it won't. Amazon has, after all, also registered a patent for huge flying drone warehouses, like blimps that spew miniature versions of themselves out into the world below, a design built to deliver packages so quickly that customers will barely have ordered the thing before it shows up at their door.  Read more...

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5 ways to overcome the entrepreneurial dilemma with Randi Zuckerberg

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Some Uber employees want Kalanick back in the CEO chair

Travis Kalanick stepped down as Uber's CEO earlier this week, leaving the CEO, COO, CFO and general counsel positions open. But while he's no longer head of the company, Kalanick is far from gone. He's still a member of the board and controls the maj...
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Symantec refuses Russia request for source code access

Security firm Symantec will no longer allow Russian authorities to inspect its source code, according to Reuters. "It poses a risk to the integrity of our products that we are not willing to accept," the company's Kristen Batch said. The worry is tha...

The short-term home rental platform is getting ready to launch a premium tier of rentals that would compete more directly with hotels, according to a report in Bloomberg

The service would match higher-paying guests with high-quality home rentals, checked by Airbnb's very own inspectors. To pass inspection, Airbnb hosts would have to treat their listings like hotels and provide fancy towels and bed linens and travel-size shampoo and conditioner. They'd even have to keep the kitchen stocked with bottled water, coffee, and tea.  Read more...

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Airbnb might launch a premium option where the rooms are just like hotels

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Airbnb wants to be more like the hotels it's disrupting. 

The short-term home rental platform is getting ready to launch a premium tier of rentals that would compete more directly with hotels, according to a report in Bloomberg

The service would match higher-paying guests with high-quality home rentals, checked by Airbnb's very own inspectors. To pass inspection, Airbnb hosts would have to treat their listings like hotels and provide fancy towels and bed linens and travel-size shampoo and conditioner. They'd even have to keep the kitchen stocked with bottled water, coffee, and tea.  Read more...

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