Uber reportedly paid a 20-year-old man to keep silent about security breach

From The Verge: A 20-year-old man was responsible for the massive data breach at Uber last year, and the company paid him to destroy the data through its bug bounty program, reports Reuters. In November, Uber revealed it suffered from a cyberattack in October 2016 that exposed the private data of 57 million drivers and customers, which it then covered up. Uber allegedly paid hackers a $100,000 ransom to delete the data and not disclose what had happened to the media and public. The company didn’t say how the hacker was paid, or who he was.

'Always Connected' Windows 10 Arm PCs Arriving from HP, Asus

From eWeek: The wait is nearly over for PCs that are powered by Qualcomm's Arm-based Snapdragon mobile processors and can run full versions of Windows 10.

Amazon Prime Video comes to Apple TV, finally

From The Verge: It's here at last: the Amazon Prime Video app is now available for the Apple TV. The app arrives six months after Apple CEO Tim Cook said it would arrive “later this year” and with just days to spare in 2017. The iOS app was just updated to 5.0 as well, adding iPhone X support and universal search. The tvOS version is available to download on Apple TV 3rd generation devices or later. (If don’t see it, try searching for “Amazon Prime Video” on your Apple TV).

Microsoft, ESET Work With Law Enforcement to Disrupt Gamarue Botnet

From eWeek: Microsoft and security firm ESET announced on Dec. 4 that the companies have been cooperating with international law enforcement agencies for more than a year to disrupt a sprawling botnet, known as Gamarue.

Facebook just made VR better -- by adding Microsoft Windows

From CNET: With a new beta update available today, Facebook is intentionally letting you break the immersion of its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset so you can do a heck of a lot more in VR. You'll have your full Windows 10 desktop, spread across as many virtual monitors as your graphics card can support.

That means you can do multitasking -- a lot of multitasking -- even while you continue to play games in VR.

Google Blocks YouTube on Amazon’s Echo Show and Fire TV

From ExtremeTech: The cold war between Google and Amazon appears to be heating up today. After a series of disagreements over how Amazon is accessing YouTube content, Google has pulled the plug on YouTube access for Amazon’s Echo Show and Fire TV devices. Google says YouTube won’t come back until Amazon is willing to work together and ensure consumers have access to both companies’ products.

Intel’s 2018 Roadmap Shows New High-End Cascade Lake-X Debuting Next Year

From ExtremeTech: Intel’s new Cascade Lake-X family is rumored to be based on Intel’s 14nm++ architecture, which would offer a modest improvement to speeds or thermals. We wouldn’t expect these gains to be significant in all cases — while the chips can undoubtedly clock up a bit from where they are, it’s far more difficult to increase the all-core boost clock on an 18-core CPU than on a quad-core or six-core chip. This chart also implies that Kaby Lake-X is going away after Cascade Lake, which honestly isn’t surprising.

Lyft gets an investment — from an Uber investor

From Recode: A large Uber shareholder has made an investment in chief U.S. rival Lyft, part of the latest twist in the entangled web of ride-sharing deals.

Lyft said on Tuesday that Fidelity, the giant mutual fund, would participate in an expanded financing round that now values the company at $11.5 billion. The round, led by Alphabet affiliate CapitalG, was previously only expected to collect $1 billion; it now stands to raise $1.5 billion.

NCIX Files for Bankruptcy After Restructuring Attempts

From AnandTech: NCIX filed for bankruptcy last Friday after closing down its last walk-in retail store. The exact reasons why the company had run out of money are not disclosed officially, but chatter indicates that NCIX spent too much on retail stores and too little on improving the efficiency of its online business.

AMD quietly downgraded some Radeon RX 560 graphics cards

From PC Gamer: Customers who buy a Radeon RX 560 graphics card may get a bit less than they bargained for. That's because some cards are now shipping with fewer compute units and stream processors than originally advertised when AMD launched the Radeon RX 560 in April.


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