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Uber sued over alleged rapes as #MeToo web rally reveals more sex assault claims

Two unnamed women allegedly raped by Uber drivers sued the transit app biz today for sexual assault and unlawful business practices. The complaint, filed in a US district court in San Francisco, California, today seeks damages, stricter screening for drivers, insurance coverage for riders, and disclosure of the number of …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Nov 2017

Boffins: We can identify you by your typing, and we're gonna sell the tech to biz, govt – yay!

Concerned that browser cookies fall short when it comes to tracking mobile devices and their owners on the internet, computer-science boffins believe they can recognize phone-toters using only their keystrokes and accelerometer data. In a paper presented this week through ArXiv, "Sequential Keystroke Behavioral Biometrics for …
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Funnily enough, when Qualcomm's licensees stop sending in their royalty checks, profits start going south

Qualcomm beat Wall Street's expectations on Wednesday, reporting $5.9bn in revenues for its fiscal Q4, down five per cent year-on-year, and $22.4bn for the full year, also down five per cent. The chip designer's diluted earnings per share came to $0.92 for the quarter, higher than the $0.81 analysts had anticipated, according …

Virtually everyone in Malaysia pwned in telco, govt data hack spree

The personal data of millions of Malaysians has been swiped by hackers who raided government servers and databases at a dozen telcos in the southeast Asia nation. Information on 46.2 million cellphone accounts was slurped from Malaysians telecoms providers. To put that in context, the population of Malaysia is 31.2 million; …
John Leyden, 1 Nov 2017

One-third of mobile users receive patchy to no indoor coverage

Nearly one-third of mobile users suffer poor or no indoor reception at home, according to a survey by price comparison site uSwitch. One in every five mobile calls made at home are patchy – where the voice cuts in and out – while one in six are prone to cutting out suddenly. Not surprisingly, those living in rural areas …
Kat Hall, 1 Nov 2017

Sky mobe ad featuring beefcake Tom Hardy banned for being 'misleading'

A Sky ad featuring beefcake Tom Hardy has been banned by the UK Advertising Standards Authority for misleadingly suggesting punters could swap their old phone for the latest one every 12 months "free of charge". The voice-over of the ad, aired in April, stated: "Things can look tired a year on from when you bought them. Like …
Kat Hall, 25 Oct 2017
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Fancy fone folks filched fast file flinging, filing fumes: Now Essential accused of slurping wireless chip secrets

Android phone maker Essential, which needs stronger sales, also needs a legal defense. Keyssa, having developed a short-range high-speed wireless communication chip, on Monday sued the handset biz in US federal court in San Francisco, California, claiming theft of trade secrets after being snubbed as a vendor. The lawsuit …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Oct 2017

Google backs up Firebase with a second realtime NoSQL silo

Google's twin fetish manifested itself in its Firebase platform-as-a-service offering on Tuesday through the introduction of a second realtime NoSQL database. Firebase has been growing in popularity among mobile and web developers thanks in part to the Firebase Realtime Database, which provides a way to synchronize data across …

Mobile stock trading apps riddled with security holes

Mobile stock trading apps are riddled with security bugs. Stock trading apps have millions of users worldwide and process billions of pounds in traded shares but the security of the apps compares poorly with comparable mobile banking applications, security firm IOActive warns. Alejandro Hernandez, senior security consultant …
John Leyden, 26 Sep 2017

Crap cracked fat-attack Pact app chaps slapped in pact backtrack infract

Defunct mobile app company Pact broke its pact with customers to pay them promised cash incentives, US trade watchdog the FTC said on Thursday. Pact, which shut down in July, described itself as a 15-person San Francisco startup on its website. Few if any people remain. According to the FTC, the Khosla Ventures-funded startup …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Sep 2017

Chief digital officer and sales director leave O2 amid ongoing shake-up

Two senior top brass at UK telecoms outfit O2 have stepped down amid a period of major transition for the mobile operator. A spokesman confirmed that Ben Dowd, sales director, and David Plumb, chief digital officer, have left the business. "We would like to thank them for their hard work over the years with us at Telefónica …
Kat Hall, 21 Sep 2017

Uber Cali goes ballistic, calls online ads bogus: These million-dollar banners are something quite atrocious

Updated Uber has filed suit against one of its advertising partners, alleging it bilked the ride-sharing giant out of "tens of millions" of dollars. The suit [PDF], filed in the Northern California US District Court, claims that Fetch Media billed Uber for more than $82.5m in mobile ads that were either not run or were not properly …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Sep 2017

TalkTalk plans to bail on mobile in major shake-up for beleaguered biz

Beleaguered UK comms provider TalkTalk is set to go against the received "wisdom" of having multiple services to flog as it plans to pull out of the mobile market entirely. The move is a fairly significant change of tack given that not so long ago it had targeted four million mobile customers. TalkTalk now has just 913,000 SIM …
Kat Hall, 6 Sep 2017
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Google ARCore brings augmented reality to relatively small audience

Google on Tuesday released a preview of its augmented reality toolkit, although the company acknowledged that only a small portion of Android's installed base will be able to use the software. ARCore is Google's answer to ARKit, Apple's software development kit for creating augmented reality (AR) applications. It's also the …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Aug 2017

Apple iCloud Keychain easily slurped by cops, ElcomSoft claims

ElcomSoft, the Russia-based maker of forensic software, has managed to find a way for crime investigators to access the data stored in Apple's iCloud Keychain, if Apple ID account credentials are available. Apple's iCloud Keychain is a remote copy of the password vault that's optionally available to users of iOS and macOS …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Aug 2017
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Google's Android 8.0 Oreo has been served

Google on Monday released Android 8.0 Oreo, the latest update to the world's most widely used operating system, as measured by internet usage. First released as a developer preview in March, when the code was designated by the letter "O" instead of a trademarked confection, Google's mobile operating system hasn't piggybacked …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Aug 2017

No, the cops can't get a search warrant to just seize all devices in sight – US appeals court

It's a ruling sending shockwaves through the worlds of privacy, device security, and law enforcement in America. The US Circuit Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia on Friday overturned the conviction of a gang member because investigators obtained a search warrant for his devices without probable cause. In other …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Aug 2017
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Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

Analysis Netizens may choose to block unwanted content – such as intrusive and misbehaving ads – but some advertising companies do not to accept that choice. Instart Logic describes itself as a content delivery service and much of that content happens to be advertising. The California-based biz is determined to help its clients present …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Aug 2017

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