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TwitterMore iOS users could find themselves seeing fewer stars and more hearts on Twitter.

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Some Android users since June have seen a small, but significant tweak to Twitter: more hearts and fewer stars. Now it's iOS users' turn.

The social network has begun rolling out an experimental feature to some iOS users that largely swaps out stars for hearts when users "favorite" or save tweets. However different users are seeing different things. For example, some report seeing hearts only in the Notifications area, while others are seeing the symbols pop up in their feeds, too.

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De-Mystifying the Dark Corners of Windows: The Registry, DLLs, and More Explained

If your Windows chops extend in any capacity beyond novice, you’ve no doubt encountered the ever-cryptic Windows Registry, DLL files, User Account Control, and other tools with seemingly dark and mysterious powers. Here, we’ll explain some of Windows’ most confusing features, so you know exactly what’s happening when you go to edit them.

Blast from the past is a weekly feature at Lifehacker in which we revive old, but still relevant, posts for your reading and hacking pleasure. In honor of the Windows 10 launch, we’re revisiting one of our favorite Windows explainers.

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Here's a Time Lapse View of the Drought Collected From Satellites

It’s been a common refrain in the Midwest this year: If only we could pipe all this rain to the West. But a new NASA visualization shows just how drastic the difference has been.

Last year, NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched a project called Global Precipitation Management that uses 12 satellites to create a precipitation map that spans the entire globe—according to NASA, that’s a first, and it allows scientists the vital data they need in studying global weather patterns. The system uses both microwave measurement and radar to figure out exactly how storm systems move across the globe—and even how these systems look in three dimensions, like this incredible 3D view of a typhoon.

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Marissa Mayer opened up the Yahoo warchest once again, and this time it was to buy the "leading social shopping site," Polyvore. Yahoo's purchasing the whole kit and caboodle from the sounds of it too with Mayer writing on her Tumblr page that it's acquiring not just the service, but the team that built it as well. She says the purchase will work to bolster Yahoo's digital content growth and that current CEO Jess Lee (apparently a Polyvore community member prior to joining the company proper) will report directly to her. And if you're a current Polyvore enthusiast yourself, it doesn't sound like too much should change aside from where current employees report for work -- we'll let you know if those turn out to be offices for ants.

[Image credit: Pink Cow Photography/Flickr]

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After months of anticipation, Windows 10 finally arrived this week, and our Computing Editor Matt Smith (also a self-proclaimed abacus expert) has been hands on from the beginning. Matt fills listeners in on the ins and outs of the new OS, and whether or not it would be enough to convince an Apple user to make the switch.

Have you heard of Luminor? It’s a paint-like substance that responds to electrical current, and a team of car customizers recently envisioned a creative new use for it: Slap it on a Lexus, strap up a driver with a wireless heart monitor, and all of the sudden you’ve got paint that changes colors and patterns based on your heartbeat. Will we see more automotive uses for it, or is this a one-time gimmick?

Amazon has been advocating the use of drone deliveries for quite some time, and now the company is taking it to another level. In meetings with NASA, Amazon has concocted a proposal for regulating drone versus human airspace. Oh, and Samsung is developing a selfie drone. And you thought selfie sticks were intrusive!

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We know at least one story about walking on water, and we've even seen a Chinese robot with this superpower, but now a team of engineers from Harvard and Korea's Seoul National University (SNU) has made the next leap and figured out how to build tiny robots that can also jump where most others sink.

By mimicking the mechanics of a familiar insect -- the water strider -- the team was able to create a small robot that can not only stride across the surface of water, but actually leap upward from it in much the same way as the actual bug.

Will our robot overlords be smaller than we thought? Seoul National University

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Apple and BMW have in fact held talks about a potential Apple Car, but the German automaker has been reluctant to reach an agreement, as it is afraid it could just become a supplier to the world's largest company.

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Further details on Apple's alleged talks with BMW were revealed on Friday by Reuters. The news organization reaffirmed that Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook visited BMW's headquarters last year, and toured its Leipzig factory to see how it manufactures the i3 series.Apple's apparent interest in building a passenger car has earned reluctance in return from BMW, as the company is said to be taking a cautious approach.Executives from Apple were said to be particularly impressed by the fact that BMW "abandoned traditional approaches to car making" in developing the i3. Apple's top brass apparently indicated they were interested in taking a similar fresh approach to the automobile.Though nothing concrete came out of the meeting, a source told Reuters that negotiations between the two iconic companies could resume at some point in the future.German publication Manager Magazin was first to report on Apple's talks with BMW last week. It claimed that BMW's i3 commuter car would have served as the basis of an Apple-built vehicle.AppleInsider uncovered evidence that Apple was indeed conducting car-related research
The Titan team is alleged to involve
several hundred workers, and Apple has been accused of illegally poaching high-ranking executives from A123, a battery maker whose technology has been applied in high-performance electric vehicles.
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It looks like we might actually get that rumored Channing Tatum Ghostbusters movie.

In March, we started to hear that Sony was planning on expanding on the franchise beyond the currently in production Ghostbusters reboot directed by Paul Feig with a second movie maybe starring Channing Tatum and maybe starring Chris Pratt. At the time it was being referred to as the “male” Ghostbusters movie because the Feig movie stars four women: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. That all-female team’s film didn’t go into production until June, so everyone had lost track of that rumored Ghostbusters movie that maybe had Joe and Anthony Russo (directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier) on as producers.

Chris Pratt went on to further cement his super stardom with Jurassic World, the third highest grossing movie of all time and told GQ: “No one has ever even spoken to me about [Ghostbusters]. Never. I’ve even seen Channing a couple times. As far as I know, that’s complete bulls–t.”

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Computer scientists have devised an attack on the Tor privacy network that in certain cases allows them to deanonymize hidden service websites with 88 percent accuracy.

Such hidden services allow people to host websites without end users or anyone else knowing the true IP address of the service. The deanonymization requires the adversary to control the Tor entry point for the computer hosting the hidden service. It also requires the attacker to have previously collected unique network characteristics that can serve as a fingerprint for that particular service. Tor officials say the requirements reduce the effectiveness of the attack. Still, the new research underscores the limits to anonymity on Tor, which journalists, activists, and criminals alike rely on to evade online surveillance and monitoring.

"Our goal is to show that it is possible for a local passive adversary to deanonymize users with hidden service activities without the need to perform end-to-end traffic analysis," the researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Qatar Computing Research Institute wrote in a research paper. "We assume that the attacker is able to monitor the traffic between the user and the Tor network. The attacker’s goal is to identify that a user is either operating or connected to a hidden service. In addition, the attacker then aims to identify the hidden service associated with the user."

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Eriq Gardner, over at the Hollywood Reporter was the first of a few sites to post the story of how actor James Woods is ridiculously suing a trollish Twitter user for $10 million, arguing that a single tweet from this guy, Abe List, who had all of 2,000ish followers, somehow hurt Woods' reputation. This is not just hard to believe, but it seems to be dipping into flat out SLAPP territory. The full filing is worth reading, and suggests that maybe, just maybe, Woods needs a hobby (and slightly thicker skin). At issue is the Twitter user who goes by the name "Abe List." Whoever that is appears to be a slightly annoying/trollish Twitter user, who particularly delighted in annoying conservatives on Twitter. A few weeks ago, Woods made a bizarre and slightly nonsensical tweet involving Caitlyn Jenner and Planned Parenthood (don't ask), and Abe List shot back with:
"@RealJamesWoods @benshapiro cocaine addict James Woods still sniffing and spouting."

-- Abe List (@abelist) July 15, 2015

There are a few other historical tweets from Abe List mocking Woods, including one from December calling him a "clown-boy." Clown-boy is clearly not defamatory. The question here is if "cocaine addict" is defamatory. It is a statement of fact, and if it's not actually true, it could potentially be defamatory, but that's hardly the end of the story. As a very public person, Woods would have to show that whoever is behind "Abe List" published the claim "with actual malice." And "hey, I don't like James Woods and think he's a clown boy with stupid views" is hardly "actual malice." It would mean that Abe List either knew it was false and tweeted it anyway, or had "reckless disregard for the truth." That seems unlikely to hold up.

Furthermore, it's fairly clear that, given the context -- both Twitter and Abe List's usual tweets that the tweet that so concerns Woods is, at best, hyperbolic mocking on the internet, which wouldn't be defamation either.

And here's the real kicker in all of this: this was a random @reply tweet from a user with around 2000 followers (2,276 when I took a screenshot of his account, right before he took it down entirely). If you're not familiar with how @replies work, if you start a tweet with @username, the only people who will see it directly in their timelines are those who follow both users. That is, the only people who would have seen that tweet show up are people who happen to follow both @RealJamesWoods and @abelist. That venn diagram is likely to be tiny and well less than the 2,276 followers of @abelist. It's possible that if someone opened Woods' original tweet to see how others responded then some of them might have also seen the @abelist tweet -- but the likely number is tiny. And, of course, the only people who would have taken it seriously are idiots. It's pretty clearly just someone spouting off, as people are known to do on the internet.

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Greetings, mobile accomplishers! It’s been a big week for phones, so this week The Vergecast is a tech show. Dieter Bohn, Chris Ziegler, Dan Seifert, and Sam Sheffer are on hand to reflect on Motorola’s new phones, Microsoft’s new OS and mobile strategy, cars, and various Palm products. It’s a trip down memory lane into the future.

You may also notice that The Vergecast has its very own YouTube channel now! Subscribe, share, and Chromecast to your heart's content.

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ARM HAS ACQUIRED Sansa Security to bolster protection against cyber threats in its Internet of Things (IoT) offerings.

Sansa is an Israel-based company that provides hardware security intellectual property (IP) and software for system-on-chip components that end up in around 150 million devices every year.

The technology makes it easier for manufacturers to build secure products by offering a complete hardware subsystem that adds additional isolation of security operations from the main application processor.

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Want to dazzle your friends this weekend. Why not learn a new language and really turn their heads. My first immersion into learning a new language was when my high school counselor suggested I take French and Russian together. This was over 40 years ago and I took both languages only one year at the same time and I can only recall how to say hello and goodbye. But I speak great English!

Although learning a new language will undoubtedly take time and effort, there are benefits besides ease of international travel and the ability to order authentic foreign dishes. Studies show that studying a new language improves cognition, delays dementia, and improves memory and attention span. Knowing another language can also fundamentally alter how we see the world.

Today's infographic is to inform you of the effort it will take to learn a new language. Using the Foreign Service Institute, among other sources, this infographic divides some commonly learned languages into three categories...easy, medium, and hard...based on various factors. The estimated time to achieve proficiency in each category is also included at the top of the sections. This time-frame is tempered with a reminder that each learner is different.

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Last month, French data protection agency CNIL ordered Google to comply with the European "right to be forgotten" order by delisting certain search results not just on the European versions of Google's search engine, but on all versions. Google has now publicly rejected that demand. CNIL has promised a response, and it's likely the case will go before local courts. Google says, This is a troubling development that risks serious chilling effects on the web. While the right to be forgotten may now be the law in Europe, it is not the law globally. Moreover, there are innumerable examples around the world where content that is declared illegal under the laws of one country, would be deemed legal in others: Thailand criminalizes some speech that is critical of its King, Turkey criminalizes some speech that is critical of Ataturk, and Russia outlaws some speech that is deemed to be "gay propaganda." If the CNIL's proposed approach were to be embraced as the standard for Internet regulation, we would find ourselves in a race to the bottom. In the end, the Internet would only be as free as the world's least free place.
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Cities are happening places, every neighborhood a different personality, each street a new experience. And around every corner, a different atmospheric mixture of pollutants to clog your lungs, cloud your eyes, and congest your heart.

It’s no secret that cities have bad air, but until now it’s only been possible to describe how bad in ordinal terms: Los Angeles is bad, but not as bad as Bakersfield, but both are nowhere near as nasty as Beijing. Now Google has partnered with an environmental testing startup to measure air quality within a city. And not just block by block, but hour to hour, day to night.

On July 29, Google announced that three of its Street View cars had spent over a month driving through Denver, gathering data on nine different pollutants. Each car was equipped with a suite of environmental sensors built by Aclima, a San Francisco-based company. Now the project—which also involved partnering with the EPA, the Environmental Defense Fund, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab—is coming to San Francisco, and its creators hope it will lead to a global network of air quality sensors with open data that will let you plan your outdoor excursions (and inhalations) to avoid the most polluted locations and times of day.

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A hacker extracted customer log-in credentials from a server owned by Bitdefender that hosted the cloud-based management dashboards for its small and medium-size business clients.

The antivirus firm confirmed the security breach, but said in an emailed statement that the attack affected less than 1 percent of its SMB customers, whose passwords have since been reset. Consumer and enterprise customers were not affected, the company said.

The hacker, who uses the online alias DetoxRansome, first bragged about the breach on Twitter Saturday and later messaged Bitdefender threatening to release the company’s “customer base” unless he was paid US$15,000.

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