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2 Hours Ago   Saved emails, Geocities pages, an emulation of Windows 98. These are all parts of the deleted web — the web that can’t be easily accessed anymore.

Yesterday   German camera maker Leica is facing heat from Chinese censors and nationalistic internet users who are leaving angry comments after it launched an ad dramatizing the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

Yesterday   Amazon is now making its delivery drivers take selfies, it confirmed to The Verge, in a bid to reduce fraud. Using facial recognition, the company will verify drivers’ identities to make sure they are who they say they are.

2 Days Ago   Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 1, “Winterfell.” Strip Game of Thrones of the sex, violence, and supernatural horror, and what’s left? Chinese fans of the show are finding out, as they’re watching a version of the series that’s been censored by the government.

2 Days Ago   Amazon is shutting down its Chinese domestic e-commerce business, it told sellers on Thursday. By July 18th, Amazon.cn will no longer be open to third-party sellers, meaning it won’t compete with the massive e-commerce giants of China, including Alibaba and JD.com.

4 Days Ago   Spoilers ahead for “Winterfell,” episode 1 of Game of Thrones, season 8. The season 8 premiere of Game of Thrones is the beginning of the end for the show, which is wrapping up in May.

4 Days Ago   Parisian firefighters used DJI drones to track the progression of the Notre Dame fire and to find the best positions to aim fire hoses. By flying DJI Mavic Pro and Matrice M210 drones over the Notre Dame cathedral, firefighters were able to get essential data for taming the flames.

5 Days Ago   Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 1, “Winterfell.” As we near the end of Game of Thrones, there are still a few huge mysteries left unsolved.

5 Days Ago   Spoilers ahead for “Winterfell,” episode 1 of Game of Thrones, season 8. In Game of Thrones’ season 8 premiere, Arya Stark reunites with her crush, Gendry, who’s also a blacksmith, and asks him to make her a mysterious new weapon.

6 Days Ago   Spoilers ahead for “Winterfell,” episode 1 of Game of Thrones, season 8. In the premiere of Game of Thrones’ season 8, the audience finally got the payoff from a secret fans have wondered about for years, which was confirmed in season 7: Jon Snow isn’t illegitimate.

6 Days Ago   Spoilers ahead for “Winterfell,” episode 1 of Game of Thrones, season 8, and for season 7. Game of Thrones is back for its long-awaited eighth season.

8 Days Ago   Google added a new way to verify your logins this week: using your Android phone as a physical security key for two-factor authentication. You should be using two-factor authentication to log onto websites, so that even if someone has your password from a data breach, they won’t be able to get in. And now with the new feature, if you have an Android phone running 7 or higher, you also have a convenient security key.

8 Days Ago   Members of Congress are criticizing Apple for censoring its music to comply with the Chinese government. Apple Music’s China service recently removed several Hong Kong singers from its platform, as reported by the Hong Kong Free Press.

11 Days Ago   Google announced today that any phone running Android 7 or higher can now be used as a physical security key for two-factor authentication, giving you an even more secure way to log into Google apps than several other existing 2FA methods that Google provides right now.

11 Days Ago   Walmart is hiring robots to replace human tasks that humans didn’t “enjoy doing.” In a bid to save on labor costs, it’s betting on robots to clean floors, sort inventory, and replenish out-of-stock items in its stores, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

12 Days Ago   A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to two years in prison for selling unlicensed bitcoins. His crime was operating a bitcoin exchange without registering with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the US Department of Treasury.

12 Days Ago   New Zealand’s Privacy Commissioner John Edwards took to Twitter on Sunday night to criticize Facebook for recklessly operating its platform and for contributing to the broadcasting of events like the Christchurch shooting, which was live-streamed on the social media platform.

12 Days Ago   Another app has abused the iOS enterprise certificate in order to bypass Apple’s App Store rules, security researchers at Lookout announced on Monday. The app is called Assistenza SIM and it could steal a user’s contacts, videos, photos, and real-time location data, as reported by TechCrunch.

12 Days Ago   The Walking Dead’s ratings are lower than ever, and yet it looks like the series about the survivors of a zombie apocalypse will never die. AMC is back with an as-yet-untitled third Walking Dead series, and this time, it’s focused on two young women growing up with the undead.

15 Days Ago   Maybe the company known for its smart thermostats isn’t just a smart thermostat company. In newly leaked photos obtained by Dave Zatz of Zatz Not Funny, Ecobee appears to be working on its first indoor video camera.

15 Days Ago   TikTok wants to put together the next Asian boy band or girl group. The short-video app announced today that it’s starting the search for talented young dancers and singers in a new program called TikTok Spotlight.

16 Days Ago   Two Chinese engineering students in Oregon allegedly scammed Apple out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in iPhone replacements and are now facing criminal charges in federal court, as first reported by The Oregonian.

16 Days Ago   Google can now automatically suggest email subject lines for you through Gmail’s Smart Compose feature. The new ability arrived on Gmail today, moving us slightly closer to a future where we just use bots to replace our more mundane communications.

16 Days Ago   Microsoft employees have been sharing stories of sexual harassment and discrimination in an internal email chain that exceeds 90 pages, as first reported by Quartz. Many say that they had brought up initial complaints to HR, but no action was taken.

17 Days Ago   A trending and vastly expanding GitHub database where Chinese developers have been airing their workplace grievances may be at risk of censorship. A number of internet users in China are reporting seeing their access to the database cut off when using browsers offered by companies like Tencent, Alibaba, Xiaomi, and Qihoo 360, as first spotted by Abacus.

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