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Hackers are hiding malware in subtitle files | TechCrunch

An impressive new exploit gives hackers the ability to control your desktop through malware spread by fake movie subtitles. The exploit, which essentially dumps the malware onto your desktop and then notifies the attacker, affects users of video players like Popcorn Time and VLC.

Checkpoint found that malformed subtitle files can give hackers the ability to embed code into subtitle files popular with pirated movies and TV. Because these subtitles are usually trusted by video players and users alike they were an oft-overlooked vector for hack attacks.

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It’s not just Bitcoin anymore… | BBC News

The price of Bitcoin, a digital currency once located at the fringe of finance, has been rising to new records in recent months as digital assets move into the mainstream.

On Tuesday, it shot past $2,200 (£1,700), more than doubling from just two months ago. And a newer currency, Ethereum, has climbed even faster.

Industry members say uncertainty surrounding the value of global currencies, including the pound, is driving demand for alternative currencies.

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Yelp is having a truly brutal day | Mashable

“Yelp needs help” was the joke of finance Twitter Tuesday, as the company’s stock plummeted down by more than 28 percent in after-hours trading.

That’s an extreme dip and a bad look for a company that has been desperately attempting to climb back to its heights of 2014. Yelp’s stock was ripped to shreds after the company reported sales under analysts’ forecasts and also slashed its own revenue estimates for the year.

In other words, we didn’t do as well as people had expected, and the future isn’t looking great either.

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Why Western brands are taking a chance on the UK | Fast Casual

While dining out seems to have lost some of its appeal to US consumers, it’s becoming a more popular option for people in the United Kingdom.

“It is a solid fact that the demand for eating out among UK consumers are growing,” said Elif Polat, Research Analyst at Euromonitor International.

“Consumer foodservice grew by 3 percent in value terms in 2016, an important achievement for the industry considering the fact that UK is a quite mature market,” she said in an interview with FastCasual

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Cannes Film Festival: Netflix ‘Ojka’ Screening Sparks Debate | Fortune.com

Even an inexperienced movie director would have said the symbolism was too heavy-handed. When the screening of a Netflix-backed movie started on Thursday night at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, the aspect ratio was wrong, so large parts of the film couldn’t be seen.

The problem was quickly corrected, and the Festival said it was just a simple projection error. But that small mistake took on much greater significance because it involved Netflix.

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San Francisco Tries to Ban Delivery Robots Before They Flatten Someone’s Toes | WIRED

A LITTLE MORE than a month after a startup announced it was unleashing robots to deliver food to San Franciscans, a city lawmaker wants them curbed.

Marble’s robot is technically semi-autonomous, as a human operator monitors each robot in case it gets in any trouble. But that’s not good enough for San Francisco Supervisor Norman Yee, who just proposed legislation to ban delivery robots of all types, saying they’re a public safety hazard. While he isn’t aware of robots tangling with humans on the sidewalks of San Francisco yet, that’s not the point. “For me to wait for something to happen is silly,” Yee says, “because I think it’s going to happen.”

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Don’t touch the tap in eastern Kentucky’s Martin County | Business Insider

MAY 18, 2017 INEZ AND TOMAHAWK, KY.—T.J. Fannin, sitting on his porch as the sun sets, speaks fondly of the 27 years he spent working in nearby coal mines.

But despite the hard labor that fueled a coal boom and sent millions of dollars into Kentucky’s coffers, he says he and his neighbors lack a basic amenity: clean tap water.

“[O]n the TV you see someone go to the faucet and get a drink of water, and it just makes me mad cause, you know, we can’t do that,” says Mr. Fannin, who buys two or three 24-packs of bottled water a month for drinking and cooking. “There’s an odor to the water…. It’s just like stagnant water [that] comes out of the bottom of a pool.”

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How Time Warner Is Trying to Fend Off Netflix | Bloomberg

To fend off Netflix, Time Warner Inc. is taking a page from the streaming-video giant. And it’s turning to a 6-foot-8-inch former basketball player and war refugee to make it work.

Time Warner’s Turner division, home of CNN, TBS and TNT, is planning to tailor online delivery of its channels to individuals’ tastes, tracking preferences like Netflix does before suggesting what subscribers should watch. The company behind Time Warner’s effort is iStreamPlanet, in which it bought a majority stake two years ago for $148 million.

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This 150-foot-tall ‘vending machine’ will serve you a Ferrari | CNN Money

A 15-story tower of Ferraris and Lamborghinis in glass boxes has become a quirky landmark in Singapore. And it all started with a visit to Toys R Us.

Struggling with a lack of space at his sports car showroom, Gary Hong was inspired by a vertical display of Matchbox cars while shopping at the toy store with his son.

Hong, 45, has turned his vision into a 148-foot tower housing some of the world’s most expensive cars.

“We decided to build something a bit different to solve the problem,” Hong, general manager at Autobahn Motors, told CNNMoney.

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With version 2.0, Crate.io’s database tools put an emphasis on IoT | TechCrunch

Crate.io, the winner of our Disrupt Europe 2014 Battlefield, is launching version 2.0 of its CrateDB database today. The tool, which is available in both an open source and enterprise version, started out as a general-purpose but highly scalable SQL database. Over time, though, the team found that many of its customers were using the service for managing their machine data and, unsurprisingly, decided to focus its efforts on better supporting those clients

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