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IAB says online advertising grew to $88B last year — more spending than TV

Online advertising reached $88 billion last year, a 21 percent increase from 2016 and a new high, according to the latest IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report. The report is prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the Interactive Advertising Bureau, a trade organization of online advertisers and p...

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For ScopeAR, the market is finally catching up with the technology

ScopeAR, a graduate of the Y Combinator Summer 2015 class, came to the augmented reality game very early, launching in 2011 when there was very little hardware and most people didn’t understand the technology. But it has managed to hang around long enough for the market and the hardware to fin...

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Free stock trading app Robinhood rockets to a $5.6B valuation with new funding round

Robinhood started off as a dead-simple stock trading application that had no transaction fees — but since it’s continued to grow, and especially as it starts to dive into cryptocurrency, investors are getting pretty excited about its prospects and are pouring a ton of new funding in...

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Tech devices that make for great last-minute gifts for anyone

Makula Dunbar Contributor Makula Dunbar is a writer with Wirecutter. Editor’s note: This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter’s independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions th...

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Hacker Kevin Mitnick shows how to bypass 2FA

A new exploit allows hackers to spoof two-factor authentication requests by sending a user to a fake login page and then stealing the username, password, and session cookie. KnowBe4 Chief Hacking Officer Kevin Mitnick showed the hack in a public video. By convincing a victim to visit a typo-squatti...

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Packets over LAN are all it takes to trigger serious Rowhammer bit flips

Enlarge / Researchers used a 10Gbps network card like this one in a Rowhammer attack that needed only packets sent over a LAN to work. (credit: Mellanox) For the first time, researchers have exploited the Rowhammer memory-chip weakness using nothing more than network packets sent over a local are...

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Nintendo’s $20 charging stand fixes one of the Switch’s biggest problems

Enlarge / Imagine if the default Switch dock looked something like this? One of the few sour notes in our initial review of the Nintendo Switch last year was for the "surprisingly flimsy" kickstand. Not only does the thin, plastic, flip-down strip on the system's rear feel poised to snap off at...

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Net neutrality to die on June 11, as Ajit Pai blasts “special interests”

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai speaks to the media after the vote to repeal net neutrality rules on December 14, 2017. (credit: Getty Images | Alex Wong ) The repeal of net neutrality rules will finally take effect on June 11, six months after the Federal Communications Commission voted to elimi...

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How one man’s death led to the extinction of a butterfly population

Enlarge / An Edith’s checkerspot butterfly. (credit: Walter Siegmund) Humans, and the invasive species we bring with us, are frequently viewed as destroyers of ecosystems. But we alter them just as often, inadvertently picking winners and losers from among the species as we transform their...

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The new—and likely final—version of SpaceX’s workhorse rocket may fly today

Enlarge / The Block 5 rocket on the way to the launch pad. (credit: Elon Musk/Instagram) A Falcon 9 rocket has gone vertical on Thursday morning at Launch Complex 39A in Florida, and SpaceX is on track for the liftoff of a brand new version of its workhorse booster. The launch of the Bangabandhu...


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