Weekly Roundup: Trump victory casts shadow of despair over tech industry

This week, the U.S. was shell shocked and in the tech world in dismay from Donald Trump’s victory as the new President of the United States. Silicon Valley lost its mind in a mess of tweet storms and public outcry. It was the perfect time for GoPro to announce it is recalling its Karma drone, and we escaped this harsh cruel reality with the launch of Google’s Daydream VR and the Nintendo NES Classic Edition.

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After the election, hackers target think tanks with phishing attacks

Security firm Volexity believes the emails come from the same Russians accused of hacking the DNC.

Now that the election is over, the Russian teams of hackers suspected of breaking into the Democratic Party’s systems have reportedly launched a new phishing attack on US political think tanks and non-government organizations. Incident response firm Volexity has compiled information on “The Dukes” (aka APT29 or Cozy Bear) that it believes are behind the attacks. This time around, they worked by posing as a Harvard professor, sending links to Microsoft Office Word or Excel documents that contained a macro used to install a malware downloader on that target’s computer. Once installed, it downloads a PNG file that has a backdoor embedded via steganography.

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New Zealand carriers will block the Galaxy Note 7

Samsung’s discontinued phone will be useless on local cellular networks starting November 18th.

If you think that Samsung’s constant software reminders to return the Galaxy Note 7 aren’t enough to make stubborn owners change their minds, you should book a trip to New Zealand. All of the country’s wireless carriers will block the discontinued smartphone on their networks as of November 18th. Essentially, they’re turning the Note 7 into a paperweight. You can use it on WiFi, but it won’t be very useful as, well, a phone. New Zealand is expected to rely on the same IMEI (hardware identifier) blocking that telecoms use to render stolen phones useless, so you’d have to jump through hoops to have any hope of restoring cellular functionality.

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With Trump’s win Silicon Valley investors start losing their damn minds

We’re only hours into what is a now Donald J. Trump’s ascendancy to the Presidency and already Silicon Valley’s investor class is losing its collective damn mind.

TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington had it just about right when he retweeted the Drudge Report.

A Trump win is antithetical to a Silicon Valley culture that prides itself on (rigthtly or wrongly) on meritocracy, openness, and rationality. Beyond that, many in the Valley have a problem with Trump’s blatant bigotry, misogyny, xenophobia, and homophobia.

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What does a President-elect Trump mean for Silicon Valley? Nothing very good.

What does a President-elect Trump mean for Silicon Valley? Nothing very good.

Donald J. Trump is now the President-elect of the United States after one of the most surreal and unlikely campaign victories in American history.

Stock markets are already reacting negatively to the reality of a President Trump and the dollar is also falling.

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Canada’s Immigration Site Keeps Crashing For Some Reason

As news agencies called more and more states for Donald Trump Tuesday evening, Canada’s informational website on immigration and citizenship began experiencing repeated outages, presumably due to a surge in traffic. Wonder why.

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Uber faces $5 million suit from San Francisco’s oldest cab company

Flywheel claims that since UberX came into effect, taxi business in the city has dropped by 65 percent.

Another party is suing Uber over the ride-hailing service’s business practices. This time it’s San Francisco’s Flywheel, the taxi company formerly known as DeSoto Cab, also known as SF’s oldest taxi company. To the tune of a $5 million-plus federal suit, Flywheel alleges that since UberX came to be in 2012, the city’s taxi industry has lost 65 percent of its riders and 30 percent of its rivers, according to SF Gate.

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Windows 10 gets more social with “My People,” a taskbar feature focused on sharing, communication

Microsoft’s next version of its Windows 10 operating system, the Creator’s Update announced this morning, is about to get a lot more social. The company demonstrated a new feature called “My People,” which puts your most important contacts directly in the bottom toolbar on your desktop, so you can more easily share with them, message them across a variety of communications apps, and even receive emoji pop-ups as a way to tell each other that you’re thinking about them.

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Dolby Atmos audio is coming to Xbox One S

Time to upgrade your audio setup to support it.

One of the gripes audiophiles have had with the Xbox One S is that despite the console’s Ultra HD Blu-ray drive, is its lack of support for next-en audio standards. That changes sometime in the future with a free update adding Dolby Atmos playback (via bitstream). It’s not nearly as dramatic as Sony adding 3D Blu-ray playback to the PlayStation 3 via an update in 2010, but for audio geeks this is pretty big news. And this is why buying a game console is a better idea than a standalone Blu-ray player: constant updates adding new features, rather than something static that may never be updated. Now to drop $1,500 on a soundbar to hear it.

 

Hackers exploited connected “smart” devices for massive cyberattack

U.S. investigators are still trying to figure out who was behind the cyber attack Friday that crippled some of the biggest sites on the internet, from Amazon to Twitter.

Adam Myers, who works for internet security company Crowdstrike, says someone is sending a message.

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