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Tech News Roundup 05/16/18

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Here is today’s tech news roundup for May 16th, 2018

Member of ‘The Dark Overlord’ Hacking Group Possibly Arrested

Serbian authorities may have captured a member of “The Dark Overlord,” a notorious hacking gang that extorted hospitals, schools, and even Netflix. On Wednesday, a possible member of the group was arrested in a raid conducted in conjunction with the FBI.The suspect, whose initials are “S.S.,” was arrested in Belgrade, and investigators seized digital equipment from the person’s apartment.

Yanny or Laurel? What the sonic trick says about your ears (and speakers)

Have you heard it yet? Have you made sense of it yet? Are your ears working properly? How about your brain? Is it Yanny or Laurel? Don’t know what we’re talking about? Listen to the clip below and see what you hear: What do you hear?!

Hacker Breaches Securus, the Company That Helps Cops Track Phones Across the US

Image: Shutterstock / Remix: Jason Koebler A hacker has broken into the servers of Securus, a company that allows law enforcement to easily track nearly any phone across the country, and which a US Senator has exhorted federal authorities to investigate.

Microsoft Plans Low-Cost Tablet Line to Rival iPad

Microsoft Corp. is planning to release a line of lower-cost Surface tablets as soon as the second half of 2018, seeking a hit in a market for cheaper devices that Apple Inc. dominates with the iPad, according to people familiar with the matter.

Zuckerberg agrees to face EU Parliament over Facebook data use

Mark Zuckerberg will appear before the EU Parliament in person to answer questions about Facebook’s use of data. The hearing will “hopefully” take place as early as next week, according to Antonio Tajani, the president of the European Parliament. EU politicians are set to grill Facebook’s chief executive regarding the improper use of 87 million users’ data by Cambridge Analytica.

Chinese Ride-Sharing Giant Removes Creepy Passenger Attractiveness Ratings After Woman’s Murder

China’s ride-sharing behemoth Didi is trying to make its platform safer for users after a 21-year-old woman was allegedly murdered by one of its drivers. For starters, its carpooling service, Hitch, will no longer let drivers and passengers rate and tag the appearances of one another.

Amazon cuts Whole Foods prices for Prime members in new grocery…

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc () and Whole Foods Market are making a surgical strike in the already brutal grocery price war. On Wednesday, Whole Foods debuted a much-anticipated loyalty program that offers special discounts to Prime customers, including 10 percent off hundreds of sale items and rotating weekly specials such as $10 per pound off wild-caught halibut steaks.

Senate votes to overturn Ajit Pai’s net neutrality repeal

The US Senate today voted to reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules, with all members of the Democratic caucus and three Republicans voting in favor of net neutrality. The Senate approved a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would simply undo the FCC’s December 2017 vote to deregulate the broadband industry.

Apple Exploring North Carolina, Northern Virginia for New Campus

For the last several months, Apple has been exploring locations for a new campus focusing on technical support, and according to new reports, sites in North Carolina and Northern Virginia are under consideration. The Washington Post says Apple has explored opening a campus for 20,000 employees in Northern Virginia, an area Amazon is also considering for its new campus.

Twitter delays shutdown of legacy APIs as it launches a replacement

Twitter is giving developers more time to adjust to its API platform overhaul, which has affected some apps’ ability to continue operating in the same fashion. The company clarified this morning, along with news of the general availability of its Account Activity API, that it will be delaying the shutdown of some of its legacy APIs.

Black Women Animate is trying to change the media industry for black women

When Taylor K. Shaw learned how few women of color were represented in animation, she decided to do something about it. Shaw created a company called Black Women Animate in order to create a space for black girls in the field.

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