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Cybercriminals are targeting employees who browse the Web or check their email from point-of-sale (PoS) computers, a risky but unfortunately common practice.

Researchers from security firm FireEye recently came across a spam campaign that used rogue email messages masquerading as job inquiries.

The emails had fake resumes attached that were actually Word documents with an embedded malicious macro. If allowed to run, the macro installed a program that downloaded additional malware from a remote server.

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An anonymous reader writes: The European Union recently published plans to ban 31 pesticides containing chemicals linked to testicular cancer and male infertility. Those potential regulations have now been dropped after a U.S. business delegation said they would adversely affect trade negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. "Just weeks before the regulations were dropped there had been a barrage of lobbying from big European firms such as Dupont, Bayer and BASF over EDCs. The chemical industry association Cefic warned that the endocrines issue 'could become an issue that impairs the forthcoming EU-US trade negotiations.'"
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The pilot episode of CBS' upcoming show Supergirl has appeared on torrent sites 6 months before its planned release, TorrentFreak reported Friday.

The series, starring Glee's Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El a.k.a Supergirl, is scheduled to arrive in November. But the pilot episode is available right now on torrent sites, and in full HD resolution no less.

The 46-minute pilot, first released on torrents by pirate groups Dimension and LOL, seems to contain no visible digital watermarks. Pirated pre-releases are often watermarked, since they usually come from copies of videos sent by the studios for screening purposes. The pilot appeared ten days after the first trailer for the series was released.

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LAST WEEK was the most exciting seven days in technology since 2015 began. That is, of course, because we celebrated the first INQUIRER Tech Hero Awards, showcasing the best in business IT with companies including VMware, MicroFocus and Raspberry Pi, which scooped the award for the Product of the Year. 

INQUIRER Tech Hero Awards 2015 logo

Not that it matters, but some other stuff happened last week too. Microsoft, for example, made a U-turn on remarks that pirates will be able to bag themselves a free copy of Windows 10, which it appears developers aren't too interested in.

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Amazon this week confirmed that it will start paying taxes in individual European countries, rather than running nearly all of its sales revenue through Luxembourg. The decision, reported by The Wall Street Journal, comes amid ongoing investigations into the tax practices of Amazon, Apple, and other multinationals in Europe. An Amazon spokesman told the Journal that the policy change went into effect on May 1st, and that the company will begin reporting revenue in the UK, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The Guardian reported on Amazon's UK tax change last week.

Move could pressure others to follow suit

Until now, Amazon has funneled nearly all of its European sales revenue through Luxembourg, under a low-tax agreement. European regulators opened an investigation into the tax arrangement last year, and in January announced that the deal may give Amazon an illegal advantage over its competitors. Earlier this month, Europe's antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager announced that investigators would not announce a decision by the June deadline they'd previously announced, citing a lack of data. The probe also covers tax arrangements that Apple and Starbucks have agreed to in Ireland and the Netherlands, respectively.

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It’s hard to believe that it was only years ago that director Duncan Jones was freaking out in Comic-Con’s Hall H about the fact that he was adapting one of his favorite videogames. Now, he’s in the homestretch on Warcraft; there are only, like, 50 more visual effects shots to go.

Sound like a lot? When Jones started working with Industrial Light and Magic on the film, they needed to do well over 1,000. “It’s been an incredibly ambitious thing,” Jones says. “I think we’ve delivered something pretty special.”

He’d better. Not only is World of Warcraft, the MMORPG he’s adapting, a huge game with a massive fanbase he needs to please, but he also has to also deliver a movie that non-gamers will pay money for. As history has shown, that’s not something that’s necessarily easy. (See: Prince of Persia, Doom, Postal, Bloodrayne, Wing Commander … should we keep going?)

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Chinese e-commerce site and Alibaba rival JD.com is putting its money into fresh fruit and vegetables after it led a $70 million Series C round in FruitDay, a company that sells fresh produce across China.

The investment in six-year-old FruitDay, which claims to be China’s largest online produce firm, also included participation from previous backers Susquehanna International Group (SIG) and ClearVue.

FruitDay imports over 80 percent of its produce from overseas, and it claimed to be on course to hit 10 million customers before the end of the year — up fourfold from last year.

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If you want Google’s revamped Photos app to be a complete surprise, look away now: Android Police has got some authentic-looking screenshots showing off the new software as well as some details about how it works. We’re expecting Google to launch the new product at some point during Google I/O later this week.

As you would expect from Google, search plays a prominent role in the new apps: Your photos get automatically tagged with their contents, so you can run a quick search for “dog” or “beach” and get back all the matching images without having to label them all yourself. Like the current app integrated into Google+, the new one lets you back up photos at a reduced size (which doesn’t count against your space quota) or at their original resolutions (which does).

Related: Google continues to shift away from Google+, Photos going solo

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If you've ever thought that "what was your first pet's name?" is a lousy way to keep intruders from resetting your password, you now have some evidence to back up your suspicions. Google has published research showing that security questions aren't that secure at all. In many cases, your answers are straightforward enough that attackers stand a decent chance of getting them right in 10 guesses or less. And you probably don't want to use bogus answers to throw people off the scent, either. Many of those who try this strategy use common words and make it easier for someone to get in.

So what's the alternative, then? Google doesn't think that multiple security questions would help, since that increases the chances that you'll forget at least one answer and lock yourself out. Instead, websites are better off using SMS-based reset codes, alternate email addresses and other methods that someone can't crack with a good guess. Thankfully, big sites like Google already do this -- the big challenge is getting your favorite store or social network to follow suit.

[Image credit: AP Photo/Virginia Mayo]

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BlackBerry plans to lay off an unspecified number of staff in its devices unit, as it attempts to make that business profitable, while expanding in other areas.

The smartphone company in Waterloo, Ontario, said in a statement over the weekend that it had decided to consolidate its device software, hardware and applications business, “impacting a number of employees around the world.”

The company said that as it moves into the next stage of its turnaround, it aims to reallocate resources in ways that will “best enable us to capitalize on growth opportunities while driving toward sustainable profitability across all facets of our business.”

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ford-my-energi-lifestyle.jpgFord has been promoting its MyEnergi Lifestyle program at CES Asia in Shanghai this week. CNET

Ford has announced a massive push in its sustainability agenda with the launch of the MyEnergi Lifestyle pilot program for China, aiming to increase take-up of renewable energy sources and efficient vehicles while reducing power bills by as much as 60 percent for Chinese families.

The automotive company has joined forces with Chinese-owned appliance manufacturer Haier -- as well as local solar power company Trina Solar and electric vehicle charging company Delta Electronics -- to roll out the initiative in Beijing and Shanghai. While the MyEnergi program has been in pilot stages in the United States since 2013, the move marks a major shift into the mainstream for Ford's energy-efficiency program.

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I just learned that the fines for illegal activity paid by banks since the economic collapse have totaled more than a quarter trillion dollars which is more than the entire economy of Greece. And that number is from 2014, before the $13 billion from Citi and the recent $5 billion for the banks involved in the price-fixing scandal.

Coincidence?

One of the traders for those banks, who was part of a collusion group that called itself (I'm not making this up), "The Cabal", said, in an email to the group, "If you're not cheating, you're not trying." That's $5 billion in fines for activity that made them hundreds of billions of dollars and bonuses.

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A female gorilla has died at Melbourne Zoo after a young male gorilla attacked her in an "unprecedented" show of aggression.

The 33-year-old female, named Julia, was the victim of the assault from 13-year-old Silverback male, Otana, on Friday. Staff monitoring the male noticed he had been showing an unexpected level of aggression towards Julia, before she retreated to a cave for the evening.

On Saturday, Julia was transferred to the vet for an examination, but her condition could not be stabilised. Head vet Michael Lynch told Seven News Julia had significant muscle damage caused by biting and hitting.

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There was a lot of funding news this week, including sports, digital commerce, payments, health, office chat and yet another multibillion dollar-valuation for a startup. Here’s what went down:

The digital payments startup Stripe is in the middle of raising an undisclosed amount of money as part of a round that will value the company at $5 billion. Less than a year ago, the company raised $70 million at $3.5 billion. The cloud software company MuleSoft scored $128 million in a round led by Salesforce Ventures, setting MuleSoft’s value at $1.5 billion. Obvious Ventures, the venture capital firm started by Twitter and Medium founder Ev Williams, raised $123 million for its first fund, according to an SEC filing earlier this week. The cloud software company Twilio is partnering with its backers, Bessemer Venture Partners, DFJ and Redpoint Ventures, to start a $50 million fund to invest in companies developing on Twilio’s platform. Payment processing company WePay raised $40 million in a funding round led by FTV Capital, with the Japanese digital commerce firm Rakuten and existing investors Highland Capital Partners, August Capital, Continental Investors and Ignition Partners also participating (Fortune). Switch, a Google Ventures-backed business communications company run by ex-Googlers, raised $35 million in a round led by the Singaporean VC Amasia, with existing investors Google Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz participating alongside newcomers SoftBank and Workbench Ventures (Forbes). The Canadian clean energy company General Fusion raised $27 million in a new investment round led by the Malaysian government’s sovereign wealth fund, Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Business in Vancouver). Samsara, a wireless sensor maker founded by two guys who sold their last company to Cisco for $1.2 billion, raised $25 million in Series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. Marc Andreessen is joining the Samsara board (Wall Street Journal). DIY content and commerce company Brit + Co. raised $23 million in funding, and an SEC filing reveals that Intel Capital VP Lisa Lambert has been named a new board member (Fortune). Berkshire Hathaway and GE invested $22.5 million in EVolution Networks, an Israeli company that makes energy management technology for businesses (Bloomberg). Fuze, a cloud-based conferencing software maker, raised $20 million in new funding and acquired the workplace collaboration service LiveMinutes for an undisclosed sum (Silicon Valley Business Journal). The health insurance shopping companion Stride Health raised $13 million in a new round led by Venrock, with participation from Fidelity Biosciences and NEA (MobiHealthNews). Viral content publisher The Mighty raised $2.5 million in an investment round led by Upfront Ventures (VentureBeat). Mitoo, a social network for amateur athletes, raised $1.5 million in funding led by Dave Morin’s Slow Ventures (VentureBeat).

 

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Drone Captures Incredible Footage of Ancient Nubian Pyramids

Another great thing you can do with drones—take stunning footage of ancient royal burial chambers. This National Geographic video offers an entirely new perspective on the Nubian pyramids that have stood the test of time in the Sudanese desert for over 3,000 years.

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When you’ve mastered the art of persuasion, it’s easy to get people to do what you want. This video goes over six of the science-backed shortcuts you can use to start influencing others.

Whether you want your voice to be more heard, or you’re just trying to get someone to like you a little more, persuasion is a skill that can be valuable in almost every aspect of life. The six principles—reciprocity, scarcity, authority, consistency, liking, and consensus—are all based on the research of Dr. Robert Cialdini and his book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. The video is a few years old, but the drawings and narration do a great job of explaining the basics. You may not be a master manipulator after watching it, but you will get a few great tips and have a better grasp of how persuasion really works.

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A Rare Glimpse Into the Eye of Typhoon Dolphin

To remote sensing scientists, peering directly into the eye of a tropical storm is like hitting a hole in one. That’s exactly what NASA’s CloudSat satellite did on May 16th, completing a stunning overpass of Typhoon Dolphin as the category 4 storm churned across the west Pacific.

Image: NASA Earth Observatory

CloudSat, which comprises part of NASA’s Earth-orbiting observatory, sends pulses of microwave energy through our planet’s atmosphere, some of which is reflected back to the spacecraft. Conceptually, CloudSat is similar to another tool we looked at last week, RapidScat, which NASA uses for mapping wind speed and direction. The strength of the signal CloudSat receives is related to the amount of ice or water in a cloud, while the time delay can be used to calculate the distance between the cloud and the Earth’s surface.

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Editor’s Note: Josh McFarland is the co-founder and former chief executive officer of TellApart. Stacey Ngo is a communications manager at Greylock Partners and is managing their greymatter series of interviews with portfolio company executives.

On the heels of its acquisition by Twitter, TellApart chief executive Josh McFarland tells Greylock Partners how he grew the company from $7M to $100M in revenue.

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Astronauts aboard the International Space Station don't need to flick on the TV to help them fall asleep at night. They can just look out the window. This weekend, Commander Terry Virts, who's been aboard the station since November, gave us Earthbound folk a look at just what we're missing. A video posted to his Twitter account shows the absolutely surreal view from aboard ISS as it hurtles around the Earth at roughly 17,000 mph. As the stars slip below the horizon, they meet the rapidly-moving lights from the surface. It's utterly stupendous.

No words to add to this night view. pic.twitter.com/mZUSv9RvVP

— Terry W. Virts (@AstroTerry) May 24, 2015

Commander Virts and his Expedition 43 crew welcomed astronauts Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko aboard ISS back in late March, when the two began their record-breaking, year-long trip in space.

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