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Get 20% Off Skin Care Sitewide During Tula's Friends and Family Sale - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 11:10
This award-winning skin care brand is packed with probiotics to improve your skin with each use.

The Rings of Power Just Connected Nori's and Frodo's Journeys in a Fun Way - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 11:00
Blink and you might miss this subtle nod to the Peter Jackson films in Episode 5 of Rings of Power.

Australia Phones Cyber-Attack Exposes Personal Data

SlashDot - Fri, 2022-09-23 10:40
Australia's second-largest telecommunications company, Optus, has reported a cyber-attack. The breach exposed customers' names, dates of birth, phone numbers and email addresses. From a report: The company - which has more than ten million subscribers - says it has shut down the attack but not before other details such as driver's licences and passport numbers were hacked. Optus says payment data and account passwords were not compromised. The company said it would notify those at "heightened risk" but all customers should check their accounts. Chief executive Kelly Bayer Rosmarin apologised to its customers, on ABC TV. She said names, dates of birth and contact details had been accessed, "in some cases" the driving licence number, and in "a rare number of cases the passport and the mailing address" had also been exposed. The company had notified the Australian Federal Police after noticing "unusual activity." And investigators were trying "to understand who has been accessing the data and for what purpose."

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Huawei Mate XS 2 Review: A Creaseless Foldable, for Better or Worse - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 10:00
Huawei bets that single-screen foldable phones are the future.

France Sets Minimum Delivery Fee For Online Book Sales To Help Independent Stores Compete

SlashDot - Fri, 2022-09-23 10:00
France plans to impose a minimum delivery fee of 3 euros ($2.93) for online book orders of less than 35 euros to level the playing field for independent bookstores struggling to compete against e-commerce giants, the government said on Friday. From a report: A 2014 French law already prohibits free book deliveries, but Amazon and other vendors such as Fnac have circumvented this by charging a token 1 cent per delivery. Local book stores typically charge up to 7 euros for shipping a book. Legislation was passed in December 2021 to close the one-cent loophole through a minimum shipping fee, but the law could not take effect until the government had decided on the size of that fee. "This will adapt the book industry to the digital era by restoring an equilibrium between large e-commerce platforms, which offer virtually free delivery for books whatever the order size, and bookstores that cannot match these delivery prices," the culture and finance ministries said in a joint statement. They added that France will notify the European Commission of its plan and the minimum delivery fee will take effect six months after the EU grants approval.

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Take an Extra 20% Off Handbags, Jewelry and More at Kate Spade - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 09:54
Get newly discounted and returning favorites during this one-day sale.

Shovel Knight Dig Is a Nostalgic, Yet Energetic, Addition to Apple Arcade - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 09:18
Apple Arcade subscribers can check out the new game today.

T-Mobile Subscribers Now Get Free In-Flight Wi-Fi on United Airlines - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 09:00
T-Mobile now offers free in-flight Wi-Fi for Magenta Max customers for a fourth airline, on top of American, Alaska and Delta.

Polio in the US: Everything to Know About Vaccines and Boosters - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 09:00
The CDC confirmed vaccine-derived polio circulating in New York. Here's why that's not as scary as it sounds if you were vaccinated as a kid.

Current Refinance Rates on Sept. 23, 2022: Rates Trend Higher - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 09:00
Multiple key refinance rates climbed higher today. If you're in the market for a refi, now's a good time to assess your options.

Current Mortgage Rates for Sept. 23, 2022: Rates Tick Up - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 09:00
Today a handful of major mortgage rates inched up. See how the Fed's interest rate hikes could affect your home loan payments.

Meta Sued For Skirting Apple Privacy Rules To Snoop On Users

SlashDot - Fri, 2022-09-23 09:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Meta was sued for allegedly building a secret work-around to safeguards that Apple launched last year to protect iPhone users from having their internet activity tracked. In a proposed class-action complaint filed Wednesday in San Francisco federal court, two Facebook users accused the company of skirting Apple's 2021 privacy rules and violating state and federal laws limiting the unauthorized collection of personal data. A similar complaint was filed in the same court last week. The suits are based on a report by data privacy researcher Felix Krause, who said that Meta's Facebook and Instagram apps for Apple's iOS inject JavaScript code onto websites visited by users. Krause said the code allowed the apps to track "anything you do on any website," including typing passwords. According to the suits, Meta's collection of user data from the Facebook app helps it circumvent rules instituted by Apple in 2021 requiring all third-party apps to obtain consent from users before tracking their activities, online or off. Meta has said it expected to miss out on $10 billion in ad revenue in 2022 because of Apple's changes. The Facebook app gets around Apple privacy rules by opening web links in an in-app browser, rather than the user's default browser, according to Wednesday's complaint. "This allows Meta to intercept, monitor and record its users' interactions and communications with third parties, providing data to Meta that it aggregates, analyzes, and uses to boost its advertising revenue," according to the suit. A Meta spokesperson said the allegations are "without merit" and the company will defend itself. "We have designed our in-app browser to respect users' privacy choices, including how data may be used for ads," the company said in an emailed statement.

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Save 25% on Nomad's Ultra Orange iPhone 14 Case and Apple Watch Band - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 08:18
Get some rugged Apple accessories to match your outdoorsy lifestyle.

Marvel's Captain America-Black Panther Game: A Behind-the-Scenes View - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 08:00
Gaming legend Amy Hennig and story consultant Marc Bernadin talk about their ambitious World War II-set action adventure and how it could revolutionize the gaming industry.

iPhone 14 Pro vs. Galaxy S22 Ultra: We Put Their Cameras to the Test - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 08:00
We take a look at how the iPhone 14 Pro's new camera compares to the Galaxy S22 Ultra's.

This Free Multiplayer Crossword Beams Down to You Daily From Cats in Space - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 08:00
Planet Crossword, from cosmically feline studio Hovercats, is a daily, free, collaborative word game you can solve on your own -- or in a group of thousands.

HP Pavilion Plus Laptop (14-inch) Review: Budget OLED Beauty - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 07:00
It's hard to believe the HP Pavilion Plus is under $800, yet well configured with an OLED display. Too bad about the battery life, though.

Best Headphones for Sleeping in 2022 - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 07:00
These specially designed headphones block out ambient noise and play your favorite sounds. Get ready to sleep better.

Water Found In Asteroid Dust May Offer Clues To Origins of Life On Earth

SlashDot - Fri, 2022-09-23 06:00
Specks of dust that a Japanese space probe retrieved from an asteroid about 186 million miles (300m kilometers) from Earth have revealed a surprising component: a drop of water. The discovery offers new support for the theory that life on Earth may have been seeded from outer space. The Guardian reports: The findings are in the latest research to be published from analysis of 5.4 grammes of stones and dust that the Hayabusa-2 probe gathered from the asteroid Ryugu. "This drop of water has great meaning," the lead scientist, Tomoki Nakamura of Tohoku University, told reporters before publication of the research in the journal Science on Friday. "Many researchers believe that water was brought [from outer space], but we actually discovered water in Ryugu, an asteroid near Earth, for the first time." Hayabusa-2 was launched in 2014 on its mission to Ryugu, and returned to Earth's orbit two years ago to drop off a capsule containing the sample. The precious cargo has already yielded several insights, including organic material that showed some of the building blocks of life on Earth, amino acids, may have been formed in space. The team's latest discovery was a drop of fluid in the Ryugu sample "which was carbonated water containing salt and organic matter," Nakamura said. That bolsters the theory that asteroids such as Ryugu, or its larger parent asteroid, could have "provided water, which contains salt and organic matter" in collisions with Earth, he said. "We have discovered evidence that this may have been directly linked to, for example, the origin of the oceans or organic matter on Earth." "The fact that water was discovered in the sample itself is surprising," given its fragility and the chances of it being destroyed in outer space, said Kensei Kobayashi, an astrobiology expert and professor emeritus at Yokohama National University. "It does suggest that the asteroid contained water, in the form of fluid and not just ice, and organic matter may have been generated in that water."

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