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Netflix, Amazon, and Hollywood studios shut down maker of “free TV” box

Video industry victory — Per settlement, Dragon Box will pay $14.5M and close piracy-enabling services. Jon Brodkin - Jan 30, 2019 4:50 pm UTC The entertainment industry has scored a big victory over the maker of a "free TV" box that helped users watch pirated video. Dragon Media Inc., whose "Dragon Box" device connects to…

Facebook accurate employed a handful of its toughest privacy critics

Inside job — EFF's Nate Cardozo once said Facebook "depends on our collective confusion." Cyrus Farivar - Jan 30, 2019 1:05 pm UTC Enlarge / Electronic Frontier Foundation senior staff attorney Nate Cardozo speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal on May 9, 2016 in New York City.Noam Galai/Getty Images for…

Licensed expert sues Apple, claims FaceTime malicious program “allowed” recording of deposition

Listen up — Texas attorney: I didn't update my iPhone to enable "unsolicited eavesdropping." Cyrus Farivar - Jan 30, 2019 12:55 pm UTC Enlarge / A person uses an iPad for a FaceTime conversation, on January 29, 2019 in Rome. VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images A Houston attorney has sued Apple over the recently disclosed FaceTime bug,…

Fingers-on with the brand new Gmail for Android (and iOS)

DARK MODE WHEN? — We check out Gmail's new coat of paint and the new inbox density feature. Ron Amadeo - Jan 30, 2019 12:40 pm UTC The new Gmail. It's very white. Ron Amadeo The new navigation panel. So many new icons! Ron Amadeo One big new change is the location of the account…

The all-modern 2019 Mazda 3 punches some distance above its weight for beneath $30,000

zoom zoom — Mazda has completely redesigned its best-selling model, and the interior is a peach. Jonathan M. Gitlin - Jan 30, 2019 12:30 pm UTC This is the all-new Mazda 3, which uses the company's new Skyactiv-Vehicle architecture. Mazda And this is the all-new Mazda 3 sedan. Mazda The hatch is aimed at a…

blow their personal horns the severed heads of your enemies, the Iron Age manner

Some towns just put up a plaque — Iron Age Celts embalmed the severed heads of their enemies for public display. Kiona N. Smith - Jan 30, 2019 11:30 am UTC Archaeologists found microscopic traces of conifer resin and plant oils on bone fragments from skulls scattered just inside the walls of Le Cailar, a…

Apple says iPhones were down 15% last quarter, but the whole lot else turned into as soon as up 19%

Currency fluctuations contributed to an unusually poor quarter for the iPhone.

Elon Musk’s non-public jet appears to be like to operate frivolous flights, per Washington Post

For a CEO who claims to care about carbon emissions, Musk's flight habits are eyebrow-raising.