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YouTube is shutting down its TV-friendly web interface

Sponsored Links Jon Fingas/Engadget If you tend to watch YouTube using the Leanback interface on a home theater PC, you might have to scrounge for an alternative. YouTube is warning visitors to the Leanback web portal that this version “will be going away soon.” This won’t preclude you from watching YouTube, of course, but you’ll …

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Firefox will encrypt web domain name requests by default

Sponsored Links Avishek Das/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Mozilla’s Firefox privacy protections will soon include one of the most basic tasks for any web browser: fielding the domain name requests that help you visit websites. The developer will make DNS over encrypted HTTPS the default for the US starting in late September, locking down more …

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Cryptocurrency Domains Have Become Hot Property

<header class=”article__header”> </header> <strong>Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain technology have become mainstream terms and are now featured in most dictionaries. Crypto-related terms have a lot of value when they are tethered to a web domain, and these days digital currency domains are prime real estate, with some selling for up to seven figures.</strong> Also read: How …

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UK government starts accepting Apple Pay and Google Pay

Sponsored Links Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images It’s now that much quicker for Brits to pay for official services online — if you use the right services. The UK government now supports Apple Pay and Google Pay for a handful of online services as part of a trial. Right now, it’s primarily useful for travel. You can …

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Chrome exploit uses a fake address bar for phishing attacks

Sponsored Links AP Photo/Mark Lennihan Cyberattackers don’t need to find obscure technical flaws to launch phishing attacks — they might just need a screen capture and some clever web coding. Developer James Fisher has found a relatively simple exploit in Chrome for mobile that takes advantage of how the app displays the address bar. When …

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Action Launcher revamp comes with ad-supported searches

Sponsored Links Chris Lacy/Action Launcher Action Launcher has received a tune-up for the spring, but its biggest change may be how it makes money. Version 40 of the Android launcher has introduced an Action Search feature that looks across apps, contacts, settings and the web, but also displays ads whenever you hunt for something that …

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Internet Explorer security flaw allows hackers to steal files

Associated Press Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has a longstanding reputation for poor security, but it’s now bad enough that you could be attacked jut by having it on your PC. Security researcher John Page has revealed an unpatched exploit in the web browser’s handling of MHT files (IE’s web archive format) that hackers can use to …

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Google Assistant offers livelier search results on Android

Google The next time you ask Google Assistant a question, you’ll be more likely to get something beyond a flurry of web links. Google is rolling out an update to Assistant on Android that provides more detailed (not to mention more vivid) info cards when you ask certain questions. Search for local events and you’ll …

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Facebook sues two Ukranians over data-stealing browser add-ons

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images Facebook is all too aware of how developers can make off with private data, and it’s willing to go to court to fight that behavior. The Verge has learned that the social network sued two Ukranian men, Andrey Gorbachov and Gleb Sluchevsky, for allegedly swiping private user data through …

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Google Podcasts is finally sifting through individual episodes

Terrence O’Brien/Engadget Google Podcasts is still a fairly basic app in spite of meaningful upgrades, but that might change before long. Product Manager Zack Reneau-Wedeen has announced that Podcasts will start showing search results for individual episodes, not just whole shows — you can start playing a favorite episode right away. While it’s only available …

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