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Ubuntu 18.04: Unity is gone, GNOME is back—and Ubuntu has never been better

Canonical recently released Ubuntu 18.04, the company's latest iteration of its popular Linux distribution, nicknamed Bionic Beaver. Ubuntu 18.04 is a Long Term Support (LTS) release and will receive updates and support from Canonical until April 2023. But more notably...Unity is gone. GNOME is back. And Ubuntu has never been better.The demise of the company's Unity desktop, which Canonical...

Change Your Twitter Password Right Now

On Thursday, Twitter chief technology officer Parag Agrawal disclosed in a blog post that the company had inadvertently recorded user passwords, in plaintext, in an internal system. This is not how things are supposed to go! And while Twitter has fixed the bug, and doesn't think any of the exposed passwords were accessed in any way, you should still change your Twitter password right now to make...

Gmail.com gets its biggest upgrade since 2011 with today’s redesign launch

Today, Google is making the biggest changes to Gmail since 2011. The huge redesign that leaked earlier this month is finally going live, and all the features in that leak have been confirmed by Google. Gmail is getting a new design that seems to align with our theorized "Material Design 2" design principles. A pane on the right side shows in-line interfaces for Google Calendar, Google Keep, and...

How a gang of crooks hijacked your web browser

If you’ve had a “forced-redirect” ad hijack your web browsing today and wanted to curse out some of the cretins responsible by name, you can now do so. And the name is as tacky as you might expect: Zirconium.The identification comes in a report by the ad-security firm Confiant that unpacks how this group of con artists staged a massive ad-fraud campaign last year that included creating 28...

U.S. Investigating AT&T and Verizon Over Wireless Collusion Claim

The Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into potential coordination by AT&T, Verizon and a telecommunications standards organization to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers, according to six people with knowledge of the inquiry.In February, the Justice Department issued demands to AT&T, Verizon and the G.S.M.A., a mobile industry standards-setting...

Chrome 66 rolling out on Mac, Windows, Linux w/ media autoplay restrictions, password export

Chrome 66 is rolling out today on Mac, Windows, and Linux with a number of user-facing features and policy changes that have been in development for the past several months. This includes new media autoplay behavior, blocking third-party software, and other security changes.In January with version 64, Chrome allowed users to mute audio on a site-by-site basis in order to make the playback...