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Exxon, under pressure from investors, prosecutors, commits to methane reduction
Exxon, under pressure from investors, prosecutors, commits to methane reduction

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, and feds have walked away from regulation.

CCleaner backdoor infecting millions delivered mystery payload to 40 PCs
CCleaner backdoor infecting millions delivered mystery payload to 40 PCs

Samsung, Asus, Fujitsu, Sony, and Intel among those infected.

Never mind the Elon—the forecast isn’t that spooky for AI in business
Never mind the Elon—the forecast isn’t that spooky for AI in business

Don't fear the machines—AI tech isn't nearly ready to think for itself.

Jared Kushner conducted White House business with personal e-mail
Jared Kushner conducted White House business with personal e-mail

Kushner lawyer says it was "fewer than a hundred e-mails."

Justice Department goes nuclear on Google in search warrant fight
Justice Department goes nuclear on Google in search warrant fight

Google’s conduct is a “willful and contemptuous disregard of various court orders.”

In spectacular fail, Adobe security team posts private PGP key on blog
In spectacular fail, Adobe security team posts private PGP key on blog

Since deleted, post gave public and private key for Adobe incident response team.

Solar panel maker wins trade commission finding, tariff decision to go to Trump
Solar panel maker wins trade commission finding, tariff decision to go to Trump

The Suniva case has created a rift in the solar industry.

FCC chief Ajit Pai wants Apple to stop disabling FM radio chips in iPhones [Updated]
FCC chief Ajit Pai wants Apple to stop disabling FM radio chips in iPhones [Updated]

Pai cites public safety concerns; Apple says new iPhones have no FM chip at all.

AT&T’s wireless home Internet, with 160GB cap, is now in 18 states
AT&T’s wireless home Internet, with 160GB cap, is now in 18 states

AT&T got nearly $3 billion federal subsidy to connect 1.1 million rural customers.

New Equifax CEO offers “sincere and total apology” to consumers
New Equifax CEO offers “sincere and total apology” to consumers

Embattled company vows to give consumers more control over their credit data.

Internet Explorer bug leaks whatever you type in the address bar
Internet Explorer bug leaks whatever you type in the address bar

All your private addresses and search queries are belong to us.

Judge spanks Mugshots.com hard for charging for photo removal
Judge spanks Mugshots.com hard for charging for photo removal

Lawsuit claims one arrestee was told it would cost $15k to have profile removed.

Cox starts charging data cap overage fees in California
Cox starts charging data cap overage fees in California

A new group of Cox customers gets a 1TB data cap and $10 overage fees.

Lyft and Ford will team up for self-driving car network
Lyft and Ford will team up for self-driving car network

Lyft has the network that OEMs like Ford need to enable their mobility plans.

One Tinder user’s data request turned into 800 pages of probing info
One Tinder user’s data request turned into 800 pages of probing info

Yet another reminder that when a service is free, you are the product.

In a first, Android apps abuse serious “Dirty Cow” bug to backdoor phones
In a first, Android apps abuse serious “Dirty Cow” bug to backdoor phones

The critical Linux vulnerability is exploited on Android 1 year after coming to light.

FCC declares that USA’s wireless competition problem has been solved
FCC declares that USA’s wireless competition problem has been solved

Ajit Pai's FCC says mobile market is competitive, in change from Obama years.

Twitter explains why Trump can use site as venue for violence, hate
Twitter explains why Trump can use site as venue for violence, hate

Announcement comes as social media is under pressure to remove hate-based accounts.

As N. Korea threatens nuclear missile test, are US ballistic defenses ready?
As N. Korea threatens nuclear missile test, are US ballistic defenses ready?

If the US had to shoot down a North Korean missile, these are the systems that would do it.

Password-theft 0-day imperils users of High Sierra and earlier macOS versions
Password-theft 0-day imperils users of High Sierra and earlier macOS versions

Rogue apps can exfiltrate all plaintext passwords, no master password required.