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Company made to change name that could be used for website hacks

photovibes via Getty Images Companies have jokingly given themselves code-based names in the past (you can thank XKCD for that), but one of them was just forced to mend its ways. The Guardian reports that UK business registrar Companies House has forced a software consultant to change his company name after discovering that it could …

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Older Android phones won’t support many secure websites by September 2021

Lyu Liang/VCG via Getty Images You might have to upgrade your Android phone before long if you want to visit large portions of the secure web. According to Android Police, Certificate Authority Let’s Encrypt is warning that phones running Android versions before 7.1.1 Nougat won’t trust its root certificate starting in 2021, locking them out …

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Trump will lose his protection against Twitter bans when he leaves office

Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Twitter instituted its policy of refusing to ban politicians in response to President Trump, but the leader won’t enjoy that protection once he’s out of office. The social media giant has confirmed to Engadget and The Verge that Trump will lose “public interest” safeguard on his personal account once President-elect …

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This Chrome plugin brings Google’s old icons back to your tabs

Google If you’re not a fan of Google’s new icons, we have some good news. A new Chrome extension — spotted by Gizmodo, among others — lets you restore the tab icons for Gmail, Calendar, Meet and other Google services to their former glory. You can thank product designer Claudio Postinghel for the plugin. Google …

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Internet Archive adds fact checks to explain web page takedowns

Chinnapong via Getty Images Fact checking is increasingly a mainstay of the modern internet, and that now includes ‘dead’ web pages. The Internet Archive has started adding fact checks and context to Wayback Machine pages to explain just why they were removed. If a page was part of a disinformation campaign or pulled due to …

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Facebook is publicly testing dark mode in its mobile app

Facebook/Jane Manchun Wong, Twitter Facebook is finally testing a dark mode in its mobile app beyond a handful of users. The social network has teamed up with code sleuth Jane Manchun Wong to confirm that it’s publicly testing dark mode on Android and iOS. Just who’s getting the option isn’t clear, but MacRumors noted that …

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Google Meet starts rolling out custom backgrounds to web users

Google We knew custom backgrounds were coming to Google Meet, but now they’re finally here for everyone. Google has started rolling out the feature to the majority of its customers. At the moment, custom backgrounds are available on Chrome OS, as well as Windows and Mac — provided you access Meet through Chrome. To take …

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Alphabet’s Loon sets a new record for longest stratospheric flight

Alphabet Google parent Alphabet has revealed that one of its Loon balloons spent 312 days aloft, breaking its previous stratospheric flight record of 223 days, by a wide margin. It had quite a journey during that time, launching in Peurto Rico and heading to Peru, where it provided three months of test internet service. It …

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DoorDash teams up to open a restaurant in California

ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images DoorDash is no stranger to offering help to restaurants, but now it’s taking a direct stake in their success. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (via The Verge) that DoorDash is investing in Burma Bites, a spin-off restaurant of Oakland’s Burma Superstar that’s due to open October 28th. The team-up, a …

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Redbox’s Free Live TV comes to Xbox One consoles

jetcityimage via Getty Images Want a free TV option on your console for those moments between gaming sessions? You now have another major choice. Redbox’s Free Live TV has arrived on consoles for the first time with an app for Xbox One systems. As before, you don’t have to sign in —the only gotcha is …

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