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The ride-hailing company Uber broke Pennsylvania law when it failed to notify potential victims, including thousands of drivers, for a year after it discovered hackers had stolen their personal information, said the state attorney general, who sued the company Monday.

The lawsuit, filed in Philadelphia, said hackers stole the names and driver’s licence numbers of at least 13,500 Pennsylvania Uber drivers. It accused Uber of violating a state law requiring it to notify victims of a data breach within a “reasonable” time frame.

“Instead of notifying impacted consumers of the breach within a reasonable amount of time, Uber hid the incident for over a year – and actually paid the hackers to delete the data and stay quiet,” state Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement. “That’s just outrageous corporate misconduct, and I’m suing to hold them accountable and recover for Pennsylvanians.”

Shapiro’s office did not have details about riders who were affected, but asked Pennsylvanians who believes they may have been harmed by the Uber hack to file a complaint with the office.

Uber revealed in November that hackers in 2016 had stolen the names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers of 57 million riders around the world. The thieves also nabbed the driver’s license numbers of 600,000 Uber drivers in the US The breach did not include any credit card information or Social Security information, Uber said.

When it revealed the hack, Uber said there was no evidence the stolen data had been misused. It acknowledged paying the hackers $100,000 (roughly Rs. 65 lakhs) to destroy the stolen information.

Washington state and Chicago have sued Uber, and attorneys general in other states have said they were investigating Uber’s data breach.

Uber said it is cooperating with Pennsylvania investigators.

“I’ve been up front about the fact that Uber expects to be held accountable; our only ask is that Uber be treated fairly and that any penalty reasonably fit the facts,” Uber said in statement from its chief legal officer, Tony West.

The lawsuit seeks civil penalties into the millions of dollars, including $1,000 for each violation of consumer protection laws and $3,000 for each violation involving a victim who is 60 or older.

It is the first time Pennsylvania has sued under a 12-year-old state law that makes failing to notify potential victims of a breach of personal information punishable under consumer protection laws.

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Restaurant review new-comer The Infatuation announced Monday a deal to buy veteran Zagat from Google for an undisclosed amount.

Since Google bought Zagat a little more than six years ago for a reported $151 million (roughly Rs. 981 crores), the long-established service for evaluating dining experiences has seen appetites turn to Internet age services such as Yelp.

“Zagat has helped us provide useful and relevant dining results for users across our various products,” Google vice president of product Jen Fitzpatrick said in a joint statement.

“The Infatuation is an innovative company that will be a terrific home for the Zagat brand.”

The Infatuation planned to cook the Zagat brand into its website and mobile application as part of a stated mission to become an influential global restaurant discovery platform.

“Iconic brands don’t become available very often, and Zagat is about as iconic as it gets,” Infatuation co-founder and chief executive Chris Stang said.

Zagat will remain a separate platform, working in tandem with The Information, according to the company.

Zagat was founded in 1979 by Tim and Nina Zagat, serving restaurant ratings in printing guides and online. The team of reviewers grew, as did the types of industries covered in guides.

The Infatuation launched in 2009, particularly targeting smartphone-generation restaurant seekers, and boasts reaching more than three million people monthly in an array of cities around world.

“Tim and I are very excited for Zagat’s next chapter with The Infatuation,” Nina Zagat said.

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Netflix has renewed Black Mirror for a fifth season. The announcement was made via a cryptic teaser on the show’s official Twitter account, with 12 screens – or black mirrors, as you prefer – showcasing clips from the previous four seasons, then changing to the Black Mirror buffering symbol, and ending with the tagline: “Be Right Back.”

That tagline is a reference to the season 2 premiere episode of the same name, starring Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter) and Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi). And showing all the different episodes next to each other further emphasises the one-universe theory of Black Mirror, which was heavily reinforced in the final episode of season 4, “Black Museum”, starring Letitia Wright (Black Panther) and Douglas Hodge (The Night Manager).

There’s no information beyond that, on how many episodes there’ll be in the new season, and when Black Mirror season 5 will release. But given a March 2018 renewal, it’s unlikely you’ll catch any more dystopian Black Mirror settings before the end of the year.

The latest season of Black Mirror – season 4 – released in the final days of December, and explored topics such as a virtual reality game, extreme helicopter parenting, a unique dating app, privacy and surveillance, and the aforementioned compendium episode “Black Museum”. The season was a bit hit-and-miss overall, with certain episodes that felt overlong, and the show getting more violent.

Black Mirror originally began on Channel 4 in the UK, releasing six episodes in two seasons and a Christmas special from 2011 to 2014. Netflix made a deal with creator and writer Charlie Brooker in 2015, which led to 12 new episodes across two more seasons.

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Google has now started rolling out the March Android security update for compatible Pixel and Nexus models. The new update is designed for devices, including Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P. It resolves a total of 37 issues as well as includes improvements specifically for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL models. Alongside its availability in the form of an over-the-air (OTA) rollout, Google has released factory images and OTA zip files of the latest Android update.

You can check the availability of the March Android security update on your eligible Pixel or Nexus device by going to Settings > System updates. Alternatively, there are OTA zip files that can be installed on devices with an unlocked bootloader. OTA zip files can also be sideloaded on top of the existing software version. This mainly helps to retain user data. However, if you’re a pro, you can pick the updated factory images. You are recommended to back up your data before installing the update via a factory image.

As per the Android Security Bulletin for the month of March, there are 16 issues resolved in the March security update patch level dated 2018-03-01, while the 2018-03-05 patch level addresses 21 issues. Vulnerabilities range from high to critical, and the most severe is related to the media framework that could allow a remote attacker to executive arbitrary code through a “crafted file”. Importantly, Google notes that there are no reports of any active customer exploitation or abuse of the newly reported issues.

In addition to the general security enhancements, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have received improved screen wake performance with fingerprint unlock as well as improved crash reporting. Moreover, the Pixel 2 XL has improved audio performance when recording videos.

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Huawei’s Honor brand is all set to announce its latest mid-range smartphone – Honor 7C – at a launch event in China. The company posted the official invite for the event that will be held on March 12. The invite reveals that the latest budget phone from Honor, a toned down version of Honor 7X, will feature a dual camera setup, face recognition technology with image beautification, dual SIM support, and a 5.99-inch display. The phone was also spotted on certification website TENAA, late last month.

A report by GizChina has outed the official invite for the Honor 7C launch in Beijing next week. It is claimed that the upcoming smartphone will be priced comparatively to the recently launched Xiaomi Redmi 5, which suggests an expected pricing of around $249.99 (roughly Rs. 16,300). The report states that the smartphone will feature a metal body with a three-stage antenna design. While the invite mentions just a few hints about the phone, a recent TENAA spotting listed most of the Honor 7C’s specifications.

The smartphone is expected to sport a 5.99-inch HD+ (720×1440 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, a 1.8GHz octa-core processor, 3GB/ 4GB of RAM, a dual camera rear shooter (20-megapixel + 13-megapixel), and a front camera with an 8-megapixel sensor. Additionally, the phone is also said to have a 2900mAh battery, and run Android Oreo out-of-the-box.

Connectivity options on the Honor 7C are suggested to include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.1, and GPS. Dimensions of the upcoming phone have been listed as 158.3×76.7×7.8mm and weight will be 164 grams. Further, we can expect the Honor 7C to be available in Black, Gold, and Blue colour options.

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Volkswagen’s sports car maker Porsche could develop a flying passenger vehicle to compete with rivals in a possible market for urban air taxis and ride-sharing services, Porsche sales chief Detlev von Platen told a German magazine.

“That would really make sense. If I drive from (the Porsche plant in) Zuffenhausen to Stuttgart airport, I need at least half an hour, if I’m lucky. Flying would take only three and a half minutes,” Automobilwoche quoted von Platen as saying.

Porsche would join a raft of companies working on designs for flying cars in anticipation of a shift in the transport market away from conventional cars to self-driving vehicles shared via ride-hailing apps.

Volkswagen’s auto designer Italdesign and Airbus at last year’s Geneva auto show presented a two-seater flying car, called Pop.Up, designed to avoid gridlock on city roads.

The magazine said that under Porsche’s plans, passengers would be able to have some control over the flying vehicle themselves but would not need a pilot licence because many of the car’s functions would be automated.

Potential competitors to a flying vehicle made by Porsche would be German start-ups Volocopter, backed by Daimler, Lilium Jet and eVolo, as well as US-based Terrafugia and California-based Joby Aviation.

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Google has been sued by a former YouTube employee for allegedly pressuring recruiters to only look for female and Latina applicants and that the video-sharing platform had last year stopped hiring White and Asian males for technical positions.

The lawsuit claims that the tech giant would only hire people from historically under-represented groups for technical positions.

“YouTube last year stopped hiring White and Asian males for technical positions because they didn’t help the world’s largest video site achieve its goals for improving diversity, according to a civil lawsuit filed by a former employee,” The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

Arne Wilberg, a white male, who spent nine years working at Google, had filed a civil lawsuit against Google in January.

Wilberg claimed that Google implemented “clear and irrefutable policies” meant to exclude white and Asian men in an attempt to increase the company’s overall diversity.

He also claimed that the tech giant retaliated against him for opposing these policies, eventually firing him in November 2017, according to The Verge.

The lawsuit slapped on Google also targets 25 unnamed Google employees who allegedly enforced discriminatory hiring rules, quoting a number of emails and other documents.

The tech giant was sued last week by a woman software engineer alleging that it has a “bro-culture” that allowed her to be sexually harassed daily while the company did nothing to intervene.

Loretta Lee, who started working for Google in 2008 and was fired in 2016 for poor performance, filed the suit in February against Google for sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and wrongful termination in a California court.

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Done with its much-awaited launch of Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona last month, Samsung is now geared up to unveil a fresh line-up of QLED TVs.

The “first look” event is slated to take place at the American Stock Exchange in New York on Tuesday, Samsung said in a statement.

“Throughout the continuous evolution of its technology, Samsung always designs its products around the lifestyles of its customers. The new QLED TVs will do this in brand new ways for 2018,” the company said.

In an earlier blog in January, Samsung had mentioned the arrival of its digital assistant “Bixby” on QLED TVs.

“Samsung’s AI, Bixby, will be integrated into this year’s QLED TVs so that you can use your voice to control. With the click of a button, call on Bixby to help you find the content you love,” the blog read.

Samsung generally launches its new TV line-up at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January but this year, the South Korean giant unveiled a micro LED TV at the CES.

QLED stands for Quantum dot Light Emitting Diode and is the next step after organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TVs.

Samsung is the only manufacturer currently selling QLED TVs.

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Samsung on Sunday sent out invites to the media for the launch of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in India. As we reported earlier, the launch event will be held in New Delhi on Tuesday, March 6, and will witness the unveiling of the company’s next-gen flagship smartphones in the Indian market. The invites are the same as the one released by Samsung for the Galaxy Unpacked event where the phones were unveiled for the first time, ahead of Mobile World Congress 2018, late last month.

While Samsung will make an official announcement related to the price of the two smartphones at the event, as reported earlier, Gadgets 360 has learnt the price of the Galaxy S9 will start at Rs. 57,900, while the bigger Galaxy S9 will sport a starting price tag of Rs. 64,900. Only the 64GB and 256GB variants are expected to be sold in India. The 128GB might not make an appearance in the Indian market, as of now.

Samsung Galaxy S9 specifications, features
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ come with a few key differences that are the reason behind the major price difference. The smaller of the two, Galaxy S9 sports a 5.8-inch QHD+ Curved Super AMOLED 18.5:9 display while the Galaxy S9+ has the same display with a larger, 6.2-inch diagonal length. The Galaxy S9+ comes with a dual camera setup on the back; the Galaxy S9 does not. The Galaxy S9 has a 3000mAh battery, while the Galaxy S9+ comes with a 3500mAh battery. And, lastly, the Galaxy S9+ comes with 6GB of RAM compared to the 4GB in the Galaxy S9.

The phones also have a ton of similarities. Both come with the same design, same 8-megapixel autofocus front camera with f/1.7 aperture, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a microSD card. The phones also have some new features such as AR Emoji, super slow-mo video recording at 960FPS, and a variable aperture of f/1.5 – f/2.4.

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Online retailer Amazon has decided not to sell any of the new products from Google’s smart home division Nest, once its current stock runs out, the media reported.

Amazon, in a conference call late last year, told Nest that it would not be listing any of Nest’s new products, including smart thermostat and home security products, among others, on its website, the Business Insider reported.

After weeks of being unresponsive to Nest, Amazon informed the company that the directive “came from the top,” something Nest took to mean that it had been handed down by CEO Jeff Bezos.

However, there has been no direct confirmation on this, the report said.

As a result of Amazon’s decision, Nest decided to stop selling any of its products through Amazon, meaning the limited number of Nest devices listed on Amazon are expected to disappear from the site once current inventory is sold out.

The company has also determined to remove its current set of older products from Amazon because it wanted to be able to offer its full portfolio of devices, or nothing at all, the report said.

Amazon’s move marks the latest development in their rocky relationship over the future of the smart home.

The online retailer had steadfastly refused to sell some Google-branded products like the Google Home voice assistant speaker and the company’s Pixel smartphones.

In December 2017, the online retailer said it would restart sales of the Chromecast streaming device, but has not been done yet.

Last summer, Amazon launched a Prime Video app for Android, but it’s yet to add support for streaming its content with a Chromecast.

On its part, Google had removed YouTube from Amazon’s Fire TV streaming products and the Echo Show/Spot, claiming that Amazon has violated its terms of service with those implementations of the YouTube app.

Both Nest and Amazon have declined to comment, the report said.

Acquisition of Ring, a maker of smart home doorbell and in-home camera last month, has put Amazon in a much better position to integrate its products with Alexa, accelerating its ability to compete with Google’s own smart home ambitions, the report said.

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