In epic hack, Signal developer turns the tables on forensics firm Cellebrite

reader comments 20 with 17 posters participating Share this story For years, Israeli digital forensics firm Cellebrite has helped governments and police around the world break into confiscated mobile phones, mostly by exploiting vulnerabilities that went overlooked by device manufacturers. Now, Moxie Marlinspike—the brainchild behind the Signal messaging app—has turned the tables. On Wednesday, Marlinspike […]

Micromobility’s next big business is software, not vehicles

The days of the shared, dockless micromobility model are numbered. That’s essentially the conclusion reached by Puneeth Meruva, an associate at Trucks Venture Capital who recently authored a detailed research brief on micromobility. Meruva is of the opinion that the standard for permit-capped, dockless scooter-sharing is not sustainable — the overhead is too costly, the […]

This is your brain on Zoom

We all know these constant video calls are doing something to our brains. How else could we get tired and frazzled from sitting around in our own home all day? Well, now Microsoft has done a little brain science and found out that yeah, constant video calls do increase your stress and brain noise. Tell […]

This spit test promises to tell couples their risk of passing on common diseases

The same techniques geneticists use to predict these diseases can be also be used to predict characteristics like intelligence or weight in adulthood. For now, Orchid is focused on providing disease risk reports to parents, but Genomic Prediction of New Jersey already screens embryos for “intellectual disability.” Gabriel Lázaro-Muñoz, a bioethicist and lawyer at Baylor College […]

Per Diem raises $2.26M to help local businesses build subscription programs

It might be time for neighborhood restaurants and coffee shops to start thinking about a subscription business — at least according to a new Y Combinator-backed startup called Per Diem. The company is announcing today that it has raised $2.3 million in seed funding led by Two Sigma Ventures. As co-founder CEO Tomer Molovinsky put […]

They hacked McDonald’s ice cream machines—and started a cold war

Enlarge / The lure of frozen deliciousness that led to uncovering insane techno craziness. NurPhoto | Getty Images reader comments 2 with 2 posters participating Share this story Of all the mysteries and injustices of the McDonald’s ice cream machine, the one that Jeremy O’Sullivan insists you understand first is its secret passcode. Press the cone […]

Dear Sophie: How can I get my startup off the ground and visit the US?

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: How can I get […]

SpaceX says OneWeb spread false story of “near-miss” satellite collision

Enlarge / A stack of 60 Starlink satellites launched in 2019. reader comments 24 with 23 posters participating Share this story SpaceX has accused satellite-broadband rival OneWeb of spreading a false story claiming that the companies’ satellites nearly crashed into each other. In reality, “[t]he probability of collision never exceeded the threshold for a [collision-avoidance] […]

Senate antitrust hearing on app stores gives Apple critics a big soapbox

The latest hearing to target big tech will drill down on competition in Apple’s App Store and Google Play. The hearing, set for Wednesday at 2:30PM ET, will feature testimony from the two big app store gatekeepers, and three companies that have banded together to critique the immense power that Apple and Google command in […]

Google launches the next developer preview of Android 12

Right on schedule, Google today launched the third developer preview of Android 12, the latest version of its mobile operating system. According to Google’s roadmap, this will be the last developer preview before Android 12 goes into beta, which is typically also when you’ll likely see the first over-the-air updates for nondevelopers who want to […]