Facebook and Twitter have secret Harry Potter Easter eggs to celebrate 20 years of the Sorcerer’s Stone

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Today is the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone depending on where you are in the world). To celebrate, Facebook has hidden a Potter-related Easter egg on the site, and Twitter is getting in on the action as well. As Harry Potter is all about magic, it should come as little surprise that in order to unlock the Easter egg, you need to use the right magic words. Here’s what you need to do… If you type the name Harry Potter in a post, or the name… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft confirms that Windows 10 source code has leaked online

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Microsoft has confirmed reports that some Windows 10 source code has leaked. The Register claims that 32TB of internal builds as well as large sections of source code were uploaded to betaarchive.com. While the scale of the leak is not yet known, Microsoft says that the files in question are “a portion of the source code […] used by OEMs and partners.” The files leaked on Beta Archive are part of Microsoft’s Shared Source Kit, and it’s not clear that the leak is quite as big a deal as first thought — or as some reports are making out. Nevertheless,… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Thanks to Word macros, Windows 10 S isn’t as secure as Microsoft would have you believe

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With Windows 10 S Microsoft has made the bold claim that this locked down version of its operating system is immune to all known ransomware. This may well be true, but that’s certainly not to say that Windows 10 S is completely secure. Lock up your Surface Laptop! An investigation carried out by ZDNet found that Windows 10 S — despite only supporting the installation of apps from the Windows Store — is vulnerable to that old security nightmare: Word macros. The problem comes about because the macros have full access to the Windows API, opening up a potential attack… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Russian hackers stole and sold passwords belonging to British politicians

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An investigation by the Times has found that passwords belonging to British officials have been traded by Russian hackers. The passwords and email addresses of tens of thousands of politicians, senior police officers and diplomats were sold or swapped following an attack on LinkedIn in 2012. As well as LinkedIn, some information seems to have been garnered from MySpace. The credentials for politicians, including education secretary Justine Greening and business secretary Greg Clark, were initially put on the market for sale or trade, but were later made available free of charge. The National Cyber Security Centre has issued security advice… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google will now hide personal medical records from search results

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Google has updated its search policies without any sort of fanfare. The search engine now “may remove” — in addition to existing categories of information — “confidential, personal medical records of private people” from search results. That such information was not already obscured from search results may well come as something of a surprise to many people. The change — first reported by Bloomberg — has been confirmed by Google, although the company has not issued any form of announcement about it. While Google likes to be seen to have a largely hands-off approach to search results, there are circumstances… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft Whiteboard app leaks — download Windows 10’s newest inking tool

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Last month Microsoft gave us a glimpse of its upcoming Whiteboard app — now the app has leaked online. This means that we have the opportunity to not only see what Microsoft has in store for inking in Windows 10, but we can also get hands on with it. The tool is part of Microsoft’s recent education focus, and it gives students and tutors the chance to collaborate on an interactive whiteboard. Features include automatic shape completion (draw a square freehand, and it will be converted into a geometric square), equation support, and angle calculation. The leaked version is marked… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Facebook launches Online Civil Courage Initiative to fight extremism in the UK

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Facebook today launches its latest attempt to tackle online extremism in the UK with its new Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI). It is part of an education drive which finds the social network trying to inform charities and local organizations how to fight hate speech and extremism online. The OCCI is being launched with involvement from a number of partners, including the Jo Cox Foundation and Imams Online, and it has a UK focus. Facebook users are encouraged to head over to the OCCI pages to share ideas using the hashtag #civilcourage. Facebook is just one of numerous technology companies… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Facebook’s new mission statement: ‘give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together’

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Mark Zuckerberg has announced a new mission statement for Facebook. The social network is no longer interested in making the world “more open and connected,” now it wants to “give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.” The change of direction will set Facebook’s course for the next decade, and it was revealed at the Facebook Communities Summit. At the summit Facebook also revealed a new batch of tools for group admins to help drive the sense of community and make groups easier to manage. In typical Zuckerberg style, the new mission statement is described… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Virgin Media warns Super Hub 2 owners to change their passwords due to hacking risk

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Virgin Media is urging hundreds of thousands of customers with its Super Hub 2 router to change their passwords after a Which? investigation uncovered a way for hackers to gain access to the device. If the password for the router is not changed from its default there is a risk from hacking, but Virgin Media said the risk is small. Nevertheless, as a precautionary measure a password change is the advice for more than 800,000 users. In its defence, the company points out that the problem is not specific to just the Super Hub 2, saying other routers of the… …Continue reading on BetaNews

eBay will now price match a number of online retailers

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Part of the joy of shopping online is being able to easily compare prices at a number of retailers so you get the best price. If you prefer to get all of your goods from the same place, eBay has a new deal that you’ll love — price matching. The offer covers items in the eBay Deals section, and price matching is carried out against Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Walmart.com, HomeDepot.com, Target.com, Sears.com, Wayfair.com and Jet.com. But if you want to take advantage of the offer, you’ll have to take careful note of the terms and conditions. We’ve already mentioned that price… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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