As Cars Get Smarter, Massachusetts Votes on Their Future

October 31st, 2020
by The Feeder
Question 1 would amend the state's right-to-repair law and expand access to car data. But big automakers are pushing back.

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A Guide to Safely Holiday Road-Tripping Through a Pandemic

October 31st, 2020
by The Feeder
Any necessary travel this year takes an extra level of preparation. Here’s how to think it through.

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A Ton of Our Favorite Headphones Are on Sale This Weekend

October 31st, 2020
by The Feeder
From the exceptional Sony WH-1000XM4 to the attractive Master & Dynamic MW65, there are discounts on cans for all your needs right now.

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Judge: Trump Admin‘s TikTok ban would cause “irreparable harm” to creators

October 30th, 2020
by The Feeder
Visitors visit the booth of Douyin (TikTok) at the 2019 smart expo in Hangzhou, China, Oct. 18, 2019.

Enlarge / Visitors visit the booth of Douyin (TikTok) at the 2019 smart expo in Hangzhou, China, Oct. 18, 2019. (credit: Costfoto | Barcroft Media | Getty Images)

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has blocked a Trump administration order that would have banned TikTok from operating inside the United States as of November 12, finding that content creators who use the short-form video platform to make a living would suffer "irreparable harm" if the ban were to go through.

The "significant and unrecoverable economic loss caused by the shutdown of the TikTok platform" was grounds for granting an injunction, Judge Wendy Beetlestone of the US District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania wrote in a ruling (PDF) today.

President Donald Trump in August issued an executive order declaring TikTok (as well as another China-based app, WeChat) to be a national emergency. That order gave the Department of Commerce 45 days to put a list of banned actions into place. Commerce did so, prohibiting new TikTok downloads after September 20 and banning nearly every other TikTok feature after November 12.

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“Not just a virus that kills people”—WHO spotlights long-term COVID-19

October 30th, 2020
by The Feeder
A patient receives oxygen inside the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Covid-19 tent at the Ana Francisca Perez de Leon II hospital in Caracas, Venezuela, on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.

Enlarge / A patient receives oxygen inside the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Covid-19 tent at the Ana Francisca Perez de Leon II hospital in Caracas, Venezuela, on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg)

A significant number of people infected with the pandemic coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, are experiencing long-term symptoms and taking many weeks or months to fully recover, the World Health Organization emphasized in a press conference today.

“I have heard first hand from people who face mid- to long-term effects of COVID-19 infection,” WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “What’s really concerning is the vast spectrum of symptoms that fluctuate over time, often overlap, and can affect any system in the body.”

While there have long been reports of COVID-19 long-haulers, the WHO worked to raise awareness of the problem today. It’s still unclear what proportion of infected people go on to have mid- to long-term health problems, Tedros noted. But, it's clear that "this is not just a virus that kills people." And with more than 45 million cases globally—and counting—even a small percentage will mean a large number of people will have long-term disability.

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New Wroba Campaign Is Latest Sign of Growing Mobile Threats

October 30th, 2020
by The Feeder
After years of mostly targeting users in Japan, Korea, and other countries in the region, operators of the Trojan expanded their campaign to the US this week.

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A Holiday Season Covid Surge, Outbreaks in Swing States, and More

October 30th, 2020
by The Feeder
Catch up on the most important updates from this week.

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Is it too late for the US to execute a pandemic plan?

October 30th, 2020
by The Feeder
A woman in a face mask holds up a phone.

Enlarge / A woman in France displays a contact tracing app. (credit: DAMIEN MEYER / Getty Images)

There's a standard set of best practices for disease outbreaks that includes a process called contact tracing. Each time you identify someone infected, you figure out who they've been in proximity to during the time they were infectious. You then get the person infected to self-isolate, and also convince their contacts to do so, at least until they can be tested and found to be uninfected. Doing this successfully can bring the rate of infection down below the point where the outbreak is self-sustaining—even if not everybody's picked up through contact tracing, there won't be many who aren't, and anyone they infect eventually will be.

For the COVID-19 pandemic, infection rates in many countries were initially so high that contact tracing was impractical. But a suite of social interventions—social distance,  mask wearing, limiting time out of the home, washing hands, etc.—were used to bring rates back down to where contact tracing could be effective again.

This didn't happen in the US. There was no national effort to contact trace, each state set its own policy regarding social restrictions, and many states lifted their social interventions too soon, all of which have allowed several surges in infections.

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Google’s Project Zero discloses Windows 0day that’s been under active exploit

October 30th, 2020
by The Feeder
A stylized skull and crossbones made out of ones and zeroes.

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Google’s project zero says that hackers have been actively exploiting a Windows zeroday that isn’t likely to be patched until almost two weeks from now.

In keeping with long-standing policy, Google’s vulnerability research group gave Microsoft a seven-day deadline to fix the security flaw because it’s under active exploit. Normally, Project Zero discloses vulnerabilities after 90 days or when a patch becomes available, whichever comes first.

CVE-2020-117087, as the vulnerability is tracked, allows attackers to escalate system privileges. Attackers were combining an exploit for it with a separate one targeting a recently fixed flaw in Chrome. The former allowed the latter to escape a security sandbox so the latter could execute code on vulnerable machines.

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Getting started with Go fuzzing

October 30th, 2020
by The Feeder
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