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Apple's latest computers are being targeted by a new type of malware — and 30,000 machines are already infected

Apple's latest computers are being targeted by a new type of malware — and 30,000 machines are already infected

The word "Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Something is loading.Loading...In November 2020, Apple that were powered by the company's first-ever in-house silicon: The Apple M1 chip.By early 2021, it looks like Apple's line of new computers has already been breached by a malicious set of software nicknamed "Silver Sparrow." Just shy of 30,000 of Apple's new computers have already been infected, , primarily in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, and Germany.The infected machines range from the Mac...

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Microsoft to reportedly allow its 150,000 employees to work from home permanently, the latest tech giant to do so

Microsoft to reportedly allow its 150,000 employees to work from home permanently, the latest tech giant to do so

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Even when stay-at-home measures for the coronavirus pandemic are lifted, Microsoft employees won't be required to come back to the office.According to , Microsoft employees will be allowed to work from home for less than half of their work week. Pending manager approval, some employees will be allowed to work from home full time.Given the nature of Microsoft's business as a software and hardware creator, some employees with roles that require a physical...

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Russian state hackers reportedly tried hacking into a Biden campaign firm

Russian state hackers reportedly tried hacking into a Biden campaign firm

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Russian state-backed hackers are suspected of a series of attempted hacks on Joe Biden presidential campaign's communications firm, .The firm, Washington-based SKDKnickerbocker, was alerted by Microsoft that hackers working with the Russian government attempted to breach its security, the report said. One source told Reuters that the hackers were unsuccessful and unable to breach the firm. It was unclear if the target of the attack was the Biden campaign or...

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Apple refuses to allow major gaming apps from Microsoft, Google, and Facebook onto the App Store, and the fight just went public

Apple refuses to allow major gaming apps from Microsoft, Google, and Facebook onto the App Store, and the fight just went public

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.The only way to publish apps onto the iPhone and iPad is through Apple's App Store.And if Apple decides an app you've submitted for publishing violates its publishing requirements, your app won't be available on the Apple App Store. Such is the case with a trio of apps from some of tech's heaviest hitters: Microsoft, Facebook, and Google all have major gaming apps that Apple refuses to publish. Microsoft's Game Pass, Google's Stadia, and Facebook's Gaming...

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When Microsoft's ambitious 'Netflix of gaming' service launches in September, it won't arrive on Apple devices – here's why

When Microsoft's ambitious 'Netflix of gaming' service launches in September, it won't arrive on Apple devices – here's why

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.This September, Microsoft plans to launch a major coup in the video game business: The world's first game streaming service with a built-in library, Netflix-style.For $15 a month, you'll be able to stream over 100 games to smartphones and tablets — but it won't be available on Apple's ubiquitous iPhone and iPad.The reason, an Apple spokesperson said on Thursday, is because Apple isn't able to review each game that's available through Game Pass."The App Store...

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Bill Gates points to social media as the reason coronavirus conspiracy theories spread so rapidly: 'Incorrect things that are very titillating can spread very rapidly compared to the truth'

Bill Gates points to social media as the reason coronavirus conspiracy theories spread so rapidly: 'Incorrect things that are very titillating can spread very rapidly compared to the truth'

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Billionaire Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Bill Gates has advocated for pandemic preparedness for years, and famously  that warned of the potentially staggering death toll a worldwide pandemic could create. As the coronavirus pandemic has spread around the world, Gates has pledged $250 million to fight the disease and create a vaccine, and he's emerged as a leader in the worldwide pandemic response.Beyond dealing with the spread of the disease...

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Trump says he personally urged Elon Musk to build Tesla's new $1 billion factory in Texas

Trump says he personally urged Elon Musk to build Tesla's new $1 billion factory in Texas

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification. On an investor call Wednesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced Tesla's second major car production facility in the US would be built in .On Thursday night, President Trump took credit for the move ."I was with Elon Musk," Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity. "I said, 'Elon, build a factory in Texas.' He just announced today they're building one of the biggest plants in the world — auto plants for Tesla. And it is going to be in Texas."Trump said as much...

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Democratic and Republican parties warn staff not to use TikTok over security concerns

Democratic and Republican parties warn staff not to use TikTok over security concerns

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Both major US political parties have warned their staff members not to use , the wildly popular social app that's owned and operated by the Chinese company ByteDance, .Representatives for both the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee cited security concerns with TikTok as the reason, as critics have suggested the app could be used as a data-collection tool for the Chinese government. "The RNC has advised employees and...

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4 times that major tech companies, from Apple to Google and Amazon, tried and failed to break into video games

4 times that major tech companies, from Apple to Google and Amazon, tried and failed to break into video games

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Remember Apple's Game Center? How about the video game controller Amazon designed, produced, and sold? You're forgiven, of course, if you've forgotten both: They're long-abandoned gaming projects from two companies that, frankly, have a lot of other stuff going on.And they're just two of several major, multimillion-dollar flops from tech companies trying – and failing – to break into the video game business.Apple's Game Center, which launched in 2010, was...

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Facial-recognition software fails to correctly identify people '96% of the time,' Detroit police chief says

Facial-recognition software fails to correctly identify people '96% of the time,' Detroit police chief says

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Facial-recognition software used by police to identify people is wildly inaccurate, according to Detroit Police Chief James Craig."If we were just to use the technology by itself, to identify someone, I would say 96% of the time it would misidentify," Craig said in a public meeting on Monday, ."If we would use the software only, we would not solve the case 95 to 97% of the time. That's if we relied totally on the software, which would be against our current...

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Facebook has done nothing with a Trump post that threatens shooting Minneapolis protesters even as Twitter hides it for 'glorifying violence'

Facebook has done nothing with a Trump post that threatens shooting Minneapolis protesters even as Twitter hides it for 'glorifying violence'

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.On May 25, a 46-year-old black man named George Floyd was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis. A was widely circulated, which captures Floyd pleading for his life before becoming unresponsive. "Please, please, please, I can't breathe," he says in the video. "Don't kill me."Floyd died later that evening in medical care.His death has sparked protests across the United States, particularly in Minneapolis where Floyd died. Those protests have become...

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YouTube has been auto-deleting comments about China's government-sponsored hacker army, but says it is 'an error in our enforcement systems'

YouTube has been auto-deleting comments about China's government-sponsored hacker army, but says it is 'an error in our enforcement systems'

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.YouTube has been deleting comments that contain two phrases that are directly tied to criticism of the Chinese government.Using the phrases "共匪" ("Communist Bandit") or "五毛" ("50 Cent Party") triggers comments to be automatically deleted, regardless of the words around them, in under 30 seconds. The former is a term that goes back decades, while that's used pejoratively to refer to people who are paid by the Chinese government to spread propaganda online.If...

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