Wreaking havoc: Ashley Madison breach shows hackers’ shifting motives

Hackers claiming a moralistic purpose have a long tradition on the Internet, but they’re causing much more damage than ever before. The search giant unveils the name of its next update for smartphones and tablets. Some key features include a new mobile payments system and some tricks for the company’s digital assistant, Google Now. Silk Labs wants to weave its software and services into all the new networked devices coming to homes of the future. Behind it: a trio fresh from the ambitious Firefox OS smartphone project. The search giant’s newest device is a router Google hopes you’ll display proudly, and gives the company a beachhead for tech in your home too. Marcelo Claure talks up the carrier’s new iPhone Forever program and points to upcoming network test results that put Sprint on top in at least one major market. Sales of the Apple TV, which hasn’t had a significant update in three years, drop behind streaming-TV box players Roku, Google and — for the first time — Amazon. The Emerald City is brewing plenty of startups, thanks in part to tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon. But can it avoid a rift in the community? At its annual developer conference, the chipmaker lays out the future and asks the tech community to help make it reality. For Road Trip 2015, CNET looks at how one Southern city’s embrace of superfast Internet turned it into a magnet for tech entrepreneurs. After the rapper became an Apple employee following its $3.3 billion takeover of Beats, attention to his past violence has become the latest barb against the tech industry’s treatment of women.


CNET August 22, 2015
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Wreaking havoc: Ashley Madison breach shows hackers’ shifting motives

Hackers claiming a moralistic purpose have a long tradition on the Internet, but they’re causing much more damage than ever before.
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M is for Marshmallow: Google names its next Android update

The search giant unveils the name of its next update for smartphones and tablets. Some key features include a new mobile payments system and some tricks for the company’s digital assistant, Google Now.
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Startup aims to make home devices smart enough to anticipate what you need

Silk Labs wants to weave its software and services into all the new networked devices coming to homes of the future. Behind it: a trio fresh from the ambitious Firefox OS smartphone project.
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Google unveils OnHub, a Wi-Fi router for the smart-home era

The search giant’s newest device is a router Google hopes you’ll display proudly, and gives the company a beachhead for tech in your home too.
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Sprint CEO hints at plan to turn old iPhones into new customers

Marcelo Claure talks up the carrier’s new iPhone Forever program and points to upcoming network test results that put Sprint on top in at least one major market.
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Apple TV drops to fourth place behind Amazon’s Fire TV

Sales of the Apple TV, which hasn’t had a significant update in three years, drop behind streaming-TV box players Roku, Google and — for the first time — Amazon.
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Seattle wants the tech scene, but not the division that could come with it

The Emerald City is brewing plenty of startups, thanks in part to tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon. But can it avoid a rift in the community?
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To inspire software and hardware developers, Intel gets bold and very weird

At its annual developer conference, the chipmaker lays out the future and asks the tech community to help make it reality.
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How blazing Internet speeds helped Chattanooga shed its smokestack past

For Road Trip 2015, CNET looks at how one Southern city’s embrace of superfast Internet turned it into a magnet for tech entrepreneurs.
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Apple stands by Dre after apology for hurting women

After the rapper became an Apple employee following its $3.3 billion takeover of Beats, attention to his past violence has become the latest barb against the tech industry’s treatment of women.
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Chattanooga: From ‘dirtiest city’ to Internet haven (pictures)

More than 40 years ago, Chattanooga was declared the dirtiest city in America by the Environmental Protection Agency. The city cleaned up its air, revitalized its riverfront, and now has the largest and fastest broadband network in the US.

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Samsung’s big, curvy Galaxy S6 Edge+ (pictures)

The 5.7-inch Android handset stands out for its two curving sides and second, slide-out shortcuts menu.

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The 15 best Hollywood robots ever, ranked (pictures)

They’re the coolest characters without a pulse. Check out our list of Hollywood’s most impressive bots, from C-3PO to The Iron Giant. (This could contain spoilers for those who haven’t had the pleasure of seeing these fantastic movies and shows.)

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Saturn’s moon Dione seen in glorious Cassini images (pictures)

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft got up close and personal with Saturn’s fascinating moon Dione, revealing dramatic portraits of the icy alien satellite.

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‘Doctor Who’ science is more real than you think (pictures)

Time lords and sonic screwdrivers are pure fiction. Or are they? Turns out, we’re closer to the Doctor’s universe than you might think.

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