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Image caption Junk mail messages bearing the Locky ransomware were spammed out in their millions via the Necurs botnetOne of the biggest networks of spam-sending computers in the world has gone quiet, puzzling experts, internet security firms have said.But the amount of malicious traffic emerging from Necurs has now dwindled to almost nothing.It is not clear what has caused the slowdown and whether traffic will return to previously high levels.One of the first signs of the disruption was seen earlier this month when email messages spreading the Dridex banking trojan and Locky ransomware caught by security firms dried up.Typically, millions of messages bearing these malicious programs are sent out every week, Proofpoint said in a blogpost."Data from a variety of sources show that Necurs bots are actively looking for a new command and control C system, but we have no evidence that the Necurs botmaster has been able to retake control of the botnet."
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Very few details are known about how the ad system will work, but in the latest episode of our weekly video show, Marketing Land Live, we talked about how this could open the door for Apple to launch paid search on other properties Apple Maps, Spotlight search, etc.We also discussed Snapchat s claim about the benefits of including sound in online videos — a contrarian approach to Facebook, which tells publishers that their videos should be viewable with no sound.Pinterest also made news with its move into tying Promoted Pins to offline shopping behavior.This episode runs about 47 minutes and features Marketing Land s Ginny Marvin, Tim Peterson, Greg Sterling and myself.If you d prefer an audio version of our weekly show, it s now available as a podcast on both iTunes and Google Play Podcasts.After leaving traditional media in the mid-1990s, he began developing and marketing websites and continued to provide consulting services for more than 15 years.
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Didi Chuxing, Uber s main rival in China, has received a $600 million investment from state-owned China Life Insurance, one of Asia s biggest insurance companies.The fresh cash influx constitutes an equity investment of $300 million and a long-term debt investment of $305 million.Didi Chuxing came to be in early 2015 after a merger between local rivals Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache, two companies that had been backed by Tencent and Alibaba, respectively.As with Uber, it offers a range of services through its smartphone app, including taxis, premium cars, and carpooling.Today s funding news comes exactly a month after Apple announced a $1 billion investment in the Beijing-based company, as Apple CEO Tim Cook went on a major charm offensive across the region.It also comes at a time when Uber continues to ramp up its own arsenal of funding, recently nabbing $3.5 billion from Saudi Arabia s Public Investment Fund.With 300 million users across China, Didi Chuxing is thought to be leading Uber by a considerable distance in the country, though Uber s CEO recently revealed that Uber, which is a clear market leader in many countries, is using its profits from elsewhere to support sustainable spending in China.While Uber has sufficient financial clout and big-name backers to take a serious stab at the Chinese market, Didi has home-grown status and an army of existing backers, which include Tencent, Alibaba, China Investment Corporation, and China Merchants Bank, among others, putting it in a strong position to continue its dominance.
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Ubisoft showed off its Star Trek Bridge Command game for virtual reality headset today at a press event.Yves Guillemot, chief executive of Ubisoft, said at a press event that Ubisoft is bullish on VR.The French game publisher, which made its announcement at an event ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo E3 , is one of the few major game publishers to enthusiastically embrace VR.The Star Trek game will ship on the PlayStation VR, the HTC Vive, and the Oculus Rift headsets.Ubisoft showed Star Wars Bridge Command working on the Rift with the hand controllers, which haven t shipped yet.Besides the Star Trek game, Ubisoft is also shipping Eagle Flight and Trackmania Turbo on VR this fall.David Votypka, creative director of Ubisoft s Red Storm studio, said the game has one to four players, where each player takes on a key role on a starship.You can be the captain, the engineering chief who will be on the bridge and not in the engine room , the tactical chief, and the helm operator.The four co-op players can be on different machines in different living rooms.The ship is a new one dubbed the USS Aegis.Engineering can control power and repairs.
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Image Source: Zach Epstein, BGROnly two smartphones have ever managed to score an 88 following DxOMark s extensive testing.Depending on how you feel about DxOMark, that could certainly be construed as a big deal.The first phone to garner the impressive score was Samsung s Galaxy S7 edge, which packs what is without question one of the most impressive smartphone cameras the world has ever seen.Then in April, the HTC 10 managed to earn the same score of 88 following the site s customary battery of tests.It was recorded by YouTube user SuperSaf TV, and it offers a very good comparison between the two cameras.He used a Galaxy S7 edge and an HTC 10 to record the entire thing simultaneously, so everything you re looking at can be seen through both phones lenses at the same time.
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Google has launched a more powerful version of Nearby - an API that was first introduced a year ago. The idea is that your phone will automatically react to the environment. Let's say you're in a grocery store - then the store will automatically display an app that lets you scan items and check prices. When you are near the Google Cast device or an Android Wear Watch, you can get a notification that starts the installation procedure. To take part of Nearby you only need to turn on Bluetooth and location services and Nearby accept when you receive a notification. Nearby is submitted by updating the Google Play Services to all devices running Android 4.4 or later.
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We are launching with a comprehensive offer in a limited area and will take our time to hone and improve our service based on our learnings and feedback from our customers, said Ajay Kavan, vice president of Amazon Fresh.No additional charge is incurred for orders over 40 pounds, but under that threshold shoppers will pay about four pounds for delivery.Delivering groceries in the U.K. will test Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos philosophy of sacrificing profits to keep prices low and build customer loyalty.The competition has benefited shoppers, but made it difficult for the companies to make money.Amazon Fresh is hoping for better success than it has found so far in the U.S., where the service hasn t gained much traction, said Sucharita Mulpuru-Kodali, an analyst with Forrester Research who tracks the retail sector.According to the research firm Mintel, more than 10 percent of shoppers get all their groceries delivered to their homes rather than going to a store.The service has been available in select areas in the U.S., including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Philadelphia.Even as the popularity of grocery-delivery has grown in the U.K., the challenge has been making money.Most grocery-delivery companies in the U.K. charge less than five pounds per order, making it hard to turn a profit.
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The LG K8 V is a Verizon exclusive device.The smartphone has a 5-inch HD resolution screen claiming to be one of the largest in its class.That front camera has Gesture Shot feature that activates the camera when you make a fist giving you three seconds to pose for your selfie.Power comes from a removable 2125 mAh internal battery that should provide plenty of runtime and the ability to swap batteries when needed.The smartphone supports HD voice and has global roaming capability.Verizon Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Tab 2 owners recently received the update to Android Marshmallow.
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In an official statement, Tinder said:On a platform that has facilitated over 11 billion connections, we have the responsibility of constantly assessing our different user experiences.This is in stark contrast to other large dating networks, such as OkCupid, eHarmony or Match.com.Other popular choices, like Plenty of Fish POF have restrictions preventing users from contacting, or searching for, minors if they re above certain age — women 18 to 21 can only be contacted by men under 30.Of course that works the other way too.The move won t fix that, but it should eliminate some of the concern by legitimate users that they re talking to a minor instead of someone they presumed to be more age-appropriate.Read next: Confirmed: Google is taking less money from developers with subscription apps
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Made in Space is developing a concept to turn an asteroid into a self-propelling spacecraft.In his iconic science fiction novel Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke describes how humanity first mistakes a large inbound spacecraft for an asteroid and then interacts with the mysterious alien ship.So if you want to use the lunar regolith to build solar cells on the Moon or create concrete from Martian soil, they want to help.Several companies, including Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries, have talked about developing probes to travel to asteroids, surveying the asteroids for resources including water ice and precious metals, and bringing those materials back to the Earth-Moon system.The mass fraction for blasting material off the surface of the Earth, the amount of propellant compared to the total rocket mass, is about 90 to 95 percent.And you d need to have confidence in the guidance and navigation systems developed on the asteroid, lest it crash into Earth, Mars, or wherever it was bound.
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All the Finnish police departments have the resources to device-exploration. Police are investigating the devices connected to very different types of crimes. It will be almost a crime against the sport, says Siurola. Help importers or foreign colleagues Early in the year the US Federal Bureau of Investigation took an information technology company Apple to court, because the company has agreed to help the police massacre of the author's phone unlocking. Eventually, the FBI withdrew the lawsuit because the main access to the contents of the phone anyway. Western brook, the police have turned to in difficult cases, including, inter alia, importers half of the equipment.
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View photosMoreRoland Krueger, President of Nissan's Infiniti luxury brand poses for pictures during the Global Automotive Forum in Chongqing, China June, 7, 2016.To match Interview NISSAN-INFINITI/CHINA REUTERS/Jake SpringCHONGQING, China Reuters - Infiniti, the luxury division of Japanese carmaker Nissan, is considering rolling out highway self-driving capabilities for most new models, its president said on Tuesday, potentially overtaking German rivals in a race to offer autonomous driving.Executives for Chinese and global automakers speaking at final day of the Global Automotive Forum in Chongqing urged the industry to pursue autonomous driving as an advance that will reduce congestion and traffic deaths.Autonomous driving on highways is considered the first step to a fully self-driving car.A similar effort in Hong Kong, where the brand is based, is supporting a start-up that produced an app to monitor open parking spaces, for example.Despite recording 34 percent sales growth in China last year, Infiniti remains a niche brand in China with sales of roughly 40,000 cars last year - roughly as many as BMW or Volkswagen's Audi sells in one month here.
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Drew Houston found success at a pretty young age.The 33-year-old billionaire founded Dropbox, the file-sharing and storage service, at age 24.In January 2014, after his company was valued at $10 billion, Houston joined Forbes' billionaire ranks, where he still holds a spot today.But in a recent interview with Adam Bryant of The New York Times, Houston said that he told students in his 2013 commencement speech at MIT, his alma mater, that if he had a cheat sheet he could give himself at 22, it would have three things on it: "a tennis ball, a circle, and the number 30,000."The most successful people and successful entrepreneurs I know are all obsessed with solving a problem that really matters to them," Houston explained."The circle, meanwhile, is about the idea that "you're the average of your five closest friends, so make sure to put yourself in an environment that pulls the best out of you."And lastly, the number 30,000 is about making the most of your life.He said: "When I was 24, I came across this website that says most people live for about 30,000 days."Read the full New York Times interview here.NOW WATCH: 5 signs you're going to be extraordinarily successfulLoading video...
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SparkLabs Global has invested in 13 fintech companies from the U.S., U.K. and Sweden, and we were the only follow-on fund for the inaugural cohort of the Barclays Accelerator program.Here is our full report; the following is a summary of what we ve learned so far.The third-party mobile payment market in China increased 69.7 percent in 2015, to $1.5 trillion by GMV, with Alipay Alibaba capturing 68.4 percent of the market, followed by Tenpay s Tencent 20.6 percent.With new technologies, such as artificial intelligence and better data analytics, coupled with changing consumer mindsets, such as the growth of mobile smartphones and millennials hating traditional banks, these industries are ripe for disruption.Also the growth of self-insured plans from large companies, such as Google, to many SMBs have dramatically increased the number of people under employer group ASO administrative services only for self-funded business to 115.6 million covered lives.Even with the recent hiccups within the peer-to-peer lending space Disclosure: Our fund invested in Payoff, a financial wellness company with loan product , I believe this is just a minor setback and these new players will continue to slowly erode traditional consumer and commercial lending.
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ColourboxApple will extend the iphone's production cycle, told the Nikkei Asian Review.currently, Apple will launch new models every two years, but according to the newspaper, the company intends to stretch the cycle for another year.this autumn, the iPhone will likely only minor updates including camera quality.bigger changes, inter alia, the design and the display is according to the newspaper known until next year.the Nikkei Asian Review according to the underlying is above all the fact that the smartphone functionality is becoming less and less development reserves.apple's iPhone sales fell in January-march for the first time ever.
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We re in June, summer is around the corner and you re probably thinking of taking a well-deserved break.In 2014, this apparently caused unwelcome stress to 89 percent of families in the US.Luckily, the internet is at the center of travel preparations and Apple s there s an app for that couldn t ring truer when it comes to travel planning logistics and hassle.This week, we highlight five startups that will make life easier beginning the moment you decide to take a vacation.Choosing a destination: OwegooFirst things first, where to?Type in beach , for example, and get inspired by the relevant list of destinations.
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Huawei headquarters...Two years ago, Huawei was to premium smartphones what Datsun was to family cars in the late 1970s.Cheap and cheerful, and sometimes not all that cheerful.Two years ago you couldn t even get a 4G Huawei phone.But with the heavily promoted premium P9 now released, it's premium where it wants to be, says Richard Yu, Huawei s consumer chief.It isn t the best phone of the year – surely in the Android category the Galaxy S7s are the clear leader - and the P9 s Leica branding may be a gimmick.Huawei has a flop watch too, of course the design is much nicer than Apple s effort, but it does just as little .
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Unless you're an eager beaver with a spare $3,000 knocking about, you'll probably skip over the developer edition of Microsoft's HoloLens and wait for the consumer model.The good news is that when it does inevitably arrive, you'll be able to check your emails without taking off the headset.That's because Microsoft has just released a HoloLens version of its Outlook Mail and Calendar, which will also work on any other device running the Windows Holographic platform.While Microsoft has essentially lifted the same apps from the desktop and just plonked them on your face, there are some other neat things you can do with it - such as pinning your emails or calendar to a wall.That means you can move around the room and just glance over to the wall when you want an update - freeing up your screen to work on other tasks.At Computex 2016 Microsoft announced it was opening Windows Holographic to third parties, who will be able to build their own augmented reality and virtual reality device on the platform.
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The umbrella agreement covers transatlantic exchanges of personal information between law enforcers investigating serious crimes and terrorismU.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Dutch Minister for Security and Justice Ard van der Steur and European Commissioner for Justice Vĕra Jourová signed the so-called Umbrella Agreement on EU-U.S. sharing of personal data for law enforcement purposes in Amsterdam on June 2, 2016.No, it's not the embattled Privacy Shield, which the Commission hopes to conclude later this month, but the rather flimsier-sounding umbrella agreement or, more formally, the U.S.-EU agreement "on the protection of personal information relating to the prevention, investigation, detection, and prosecution of criminal offenses."It covers the exchange between EU and U.S. law enforcers, during the course of their investigations of personal data including names, addresses and criminal records.One benefit of the agreement for EU citizens caught up in such investigations is that they will benefit from the same rights to judicial redress as US citizens if a privacy breach occurs, thanks to the recently passed Judicial Redress Act.A stumbling block on the way to the agreement was U.S. senators' delay in approving the act after its approval by the House of Representatives.The agreement won't become part of international law until the European Parliament, noticeably critical of the Commission's data protection plans in recent weeks, has given its approval.
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Numerous user reports have indicated that unknown third parties are taking control of PCs and trying to steal money, through services like PayPal or eBay.Teamviewer has denied the allegations, but something s definitely going on.It s certainly possible — with the recent LinkedIn security breach, there s millions of email/password combos in the wild, and people are notorious for re-using logins across different sites and services.Therefore TeamViewer underscores the following aspects:Neither was TeamViewer hacked nor is there a security holeTeamViewer is safe to use and has proper security measures in placeOur evidence points to careless use as the cause of the reported issueA few easy steps will help prevent potential abuseSomething weird is going on, however: Teamviewer s site was down for a few hours this morning, a problem the service attributed to a DNS problem.Uninstall Teamviewer if you re particularly paranoid or, to be honest, if you re not expressly using it right now .Remote-access software has to trade on the strength of unbreakable security; just the faintest hint that there s a major security breach could kill the product.
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