Gift Guide: The best security and privacy tech to keep your friends safe

Libertarian on lockdown? Privacy minded or paranoid? Security is more front of mind today than ever befroe. If it’s not a company vacuuming up your data or nation states trying to hack your email, it’s your own “opsec” that needs a refresh. For this holiday season, we have over a dozen gift ideas — from practical gadgets that will make it harder for spies to listen in, and data-saving tips that will keep your information safe — without breaking the bank. Passphrase dice Coming up with passwords that are easy to remember is difficult. The better way is to use a longer and more memorable passphrase instead. It’s as easy… Read More

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Facebook just launched a standalone video app called Lasso and it’s basically the exact same thing as TikTok (FB)

On Friday, Facebook released a direct competitor to TikTok, called Lasso. Lasso is a social video app that caps posts to 15-seconds and lets creators add their favorite songs to play in the background. The features and design of Lasso are almost identical to TikTok. Facebook’s new, standalone app is a direct target at the growing user base of TikTok, which in September was the most downloaded social app in the US. Facebook has cloned another popular social app. And it’s called Lasso. The world’s largest social network is essentially re-creating its own version of TikTok, the 15-second video app that’s become increasingly popular in the US. In September, TikTok… Read More

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California’s devastating wildfires are part of an alarming trend — here’s why they’ve gotten so much worse

Three wildfires are burning in California. The Camp Fire, located north of the San Francisco Bay Area, has already claimed at least five lives. 2018 was already a record-breaking year for California wildfires: the largest blaze in state history burned nearly 460,000 acres over the summer. These destructive fires are part of an alarming trend: 12 of California’s 15 biggest wildfires ever have occurred since the year 2000. As the planet continues to warm, this pattern is likely to get worse. The Camp Fire in northern California has spread so fast that five people were killed in their cars as flames overtook the vehicles. The blaze destroyed the entire town… Read More

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Prima Games to cease publishing its strategy guides after 28 years

Reports today revealed that Prima Games, the company behind those strategy guides you see at every game store, was shutting down after almost three decades. It’s the end of an era, truly. Prima game guides have been around since 1990. Originally famous for its massive print guides (I think I could have used the Skyrim guide to play Whac-a-mole), Prima had since branched out into digital guides and strategy guides. But apparently that wasn’t enough to keep it afloat. According to an internal memo by Ian Hudson, CEO of parent imprint Dorling Kindersley: During a year-long extensive review, many new ways… This story continues at The Next Web …read more… Read More

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Amazon and Microsoft are fighting for a $10 billion Pentagon contract — and HQ2 in Virginia could be Jeff Bezos’ boss move (AMZN, MSFT)

Crystal City, Virginia, is a likely contender for Amazon to build its second headquarters HQ2, and the fact that it’s near Washington, D.C. is “well timed” as Amazon competes for a massive $10 billion cloud contract with the Pentagon, analysts say. Still, both Amazon and Microsoft investors should be paying attention, as Microsoft also has a strong chance in winning the contract. There’s an estimated $20 billion in cloud spending up for grabs from the government, and whoever wins the contract will also likely become the biggest player in the cloud business. “I don’t think the timing of Amazon moving its headquarters near D.C. is coincidental,” an analyst told Business… Read More

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