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What to do about those ‘government-backed attack’ warnings from Google

TOTALLY PANIC. Just kidding; please don’t do that. Google regularly issues warnings to people whose accounts are or have been targeted by state-sponsored attackers, and every time it does, users get really nervous that their emails are going to wind up on WikiLeaks. Don’t freak out if you get one of these notices — it doesn’t necessarily mean that your account has been compromised, it just means you should think about taking a few extra steps to secure your account. I got a “government-backed attack” warning. What does it mean? You’re in good company — lots of journalists and academics have received warnings like these. According to Google, it means that a sophisticated attacker has tried to gain access to your account using phishing, malware or some other tactic. Just because you get a warning doesn’t mean you’ve been hacked, though. “We send these out of an abundance of caution — the notice does not necessarily mean that the account has been compromised or that there is a widespread attack. Rather, the notice reflects our assessment that a government-backed attacker has likely attempted to access the user’s account or computer through phishing or malware, for example,” Shane Huntley, a member of Google’s Threat Analysis Group, wrote. Unfortunately, you’re unlikely to hear more information, such as when the attack happened or whether or not it was successful. Google doesn’t always send...

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Weekly Roundup: Apple acquires Workflow, Uber loses its president

This week, Apple and Amazon both made big acquisitions, the U.S. Senate voted to repeal broadband privacy rules created by Obama’s FCC and Uber lost its president. These are the top tech headlines from this week, plus some good long-form weekend reads. You can also receive this post as a weekly newsletter in your inbox, if you’d like.  1. Apple acquired Workflow, a tool that lets you automate tasks by hooking together apps and functions within apps in strings of commands. The startup had raised an unannounced seed round. The app was made by a small team that includes Ari Weinstein, a former iPhone jailbreaker, and could prove to be a powerful tool for the iPhone and iPad. 2. It was confirmed that a TSA “emergency amendment” order will affect nine airlines that fly out of 10 airports in the Middle East and Northern Africa. The order bans U.S.-bound passengers from bringing any personal electronic devices larger than a smartphone into the passenger cabin. Instead, they will have to put their laptops, tablets, game consoles, cameras and portable DVD players into their checked baggage. The U.K. followed suit and instituted its own ban, targeting a slightly different list of airports. When the dust finally settled, two major storylines emerged: one focuses on terrorism while the other is about the economics of the airline business. 3. The Senate voted to repeal broadband privacy rules created by Obama’s FCC last year. Among other...

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Crunch Report | Tesla’s Long List of Updated Updates

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Chance the Rapper Sits in on Math Class and He Attends Elementary School Career Fair

Chance the Rapper is going back to school. Kind of. The Chicago native made a surprise visit to the Windy City’s Courtenay Elementary for its college and career fair today. Chance also gave a talk to students after lunch about his career and how he became a rapper. Chance is very committed to Chicago’s public school system, and has even met with Illinois governor Bruce Rauner to discuss funding. Chance pledged $1 million USD to Chicago Public Schools, and has donated $10,000 USD to nine different schools as well. According to reports, students at Courtenay were very excited to meet the rapper. “I think it was really cool. When I first saw him I was like, ‘Oh my god.’ I just wanted to jump up… my whole class was excited,” said 9-year-old Gorgeous Peoples. Additionally, Ethan Nguyen, a 12-year-old, said, “He inspired us to try to make our dreams come true. It was exciting.” .@ChancetheRapper made a surprise visit to a Chicago elementary school’s college and career fair today https://t.co/wshzyj7O95 pic.twitter.com/Yqi8f6yQku — DNAinfo Chicago (@DNAinfoCHI) March 24, 2017 Pult up for Career Day and was invited to sit in on Ms. Jackson’s class #supportCPS A post shared by Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) on Mar 24, 2017 at 11:00am PDT Article source:...

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Here’s a Look at All the Influences That Shaped Kanye West’s Controversial "Famous"

Kanye West‘s The Life of Pablo hit “Famous” is undeniably controversial. This video takes us through all the samples and influences behind the song, from Nina Simone to Sister Nancy. It also delves into the controversy surrounding the hit but also the implications the song had on Kanye himself. As Yeezus himself has stated, this song helped bring him out of writer’s block. Check out the clip above and let us know what you think. Additionally, check out this feature outlining 30 other pairings that are as lit as Kanye and Drake. Article source:...

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