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Google’s PIN-encrypted Android ‘Safe Folder’ protects crucial documents

Google Google has introduced a new way for Android users to protect crucial files like ID documents, particularly in developing countries where devices are often shared. Called “Safe Folder” and located in the Files by Google app, it lets you protect documents, images, videos and audio files with a 4-digit PIN code, on top of …

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Ex-Waymo engineer Levandowski sentenced to 18 months in prison

Justin Sullivan via Getty Images US District Judge William Alsup has sentenced Anthony Levandowski, the former lead Waymo engineer at the heart of a trade secret legal battle between the Alphabet subsidiary and Uber, to 18 months in prison. Prosecutors sought a 27-month sentence, while Levandowski requested a one-year home confinement, telling the court that …

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An OnlyFans creator is suing a site that hosts paywalled images for free

DragonImages via Getty Images YouTube creators aren’t the only ones battling copyright infringement. OnlyFans creators Deniece “Niece” Waidhofer is suing Thothub — a site that reposts paywalled adult content for free — for spreading her images without consent, Motherboard reports. Waidhofer isn’t just going after Thothub, though. She’s suing Cloudflare for providing services to Thothub …

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China won’t accept ‘theft’ of TikTok, according to state newspaper

Dado Ruvic / Reuters China won’t accept the “theft” of TikTok, and that it has “plenty of ways to respond” if the US government tries to force a sale through, according to an editorial in the state-run China Daily (via Reuters). That follows news that Microsoft wants to acquire TikTok’s operations in certain markets, after …

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Twitter expects a fine of up to $250 million over privacy violations

bombuscreative via Getty Images The FTC has been investigating Twitter over the use of personal data for ad targeting since October last year, the social network itself revealed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. According to the document, the Commission is looking into Twitter’s “use of phone number and/or email address data …

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Dish buys Ting Mobile to expand its wireless business

Ting Mobile Dish is adding another piece to its small but growing wireless business. On Monday, the company announced a deal to acquire the customer base of mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Ting Mobile from Tucows. As part of the agreement, the latter will also provide infrastructure services to Dish, helping facilitate things like billing …

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Impossible Burger continues its rapid expansion with Publix

ANGELA WEISS via Getty Images Impossible Foods announced today that its plant-based Impossible Burger will now be available at more than 1,200 Publix stores. Publix is primarily located in Florida, Georgia and much of the Southeast.  This continues the company’s aggressive grocery store rollout of the Impossible Burger this year. It expanded its retail presence …

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Google’s latest Chrome extension shows detailed ad-tracking data

Steve Dent/Engadget Google has released a Chrome extension that can give you more insight into how you’re being targeted by advertisers. Called “Ads Transparency Spotlight,” it shows the number of ads loading on a page, the advertisers and ad tech companies present, and the personal data (demographics, re-marketing, interests, location, etc.) that is being used …

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Computer mouse co-inventor William English dies at 91

By Marcin Wichary from San Francisco, U.S.A. – Bill English Uploaded by Edward, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9722998 One of the pioneers of the modern computer interface has passed away: the New York Times reports that William “Bill” English died on July 26th from respiratory failure at the age of 91. Alongside Douglas Englebart at the …

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A $13,000 electric car will go on sale in the US by late 2020

Kandi America You’ll soon have the opportunity to buy a brand new electric car under $15,000 in the US — if you’re willing to make a few sacrifices. TechCrunch reports that Chinese automaker Kandi plans to launch two low-priced EVs in the US by the end of 2020, headlined by the tiny K27 (shown above). …

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