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Verizon stealthily launched a startup offering $40-per-month unlimited data, messaging and minutes – TechCrunch

Earlier this year, Verizon quietly launched a new startup called Visible, offering unlimited data, minutes, and messaging services for the low, low price of $40. To subscribe for the service, users simply download the Visible app (currently available only on iOS) and register. Right now, subscriptions are invitation only and would-be subscribers have to get an […]

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RIP Klout – TechCrunch

Remember Klout? The influencer market service that purportedly let social media influencers get free stuff is finally closing its doors this month. Perhaps, like me, you’re surprised that Klout is still running in 2018, but time is nearly up. The closure will happen May 25 — you have until then to see what topics you’re apparently an […]

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Researchers show Siri and Alexa can be exploited with ‘silent’ commands hidden in songs – TechCrunch

Researchers at UC Berkeley have shown they can embed stealthy commands for popular voice assistants inside songs that can prompt platforms like Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant to carry out actions without humans getting wise. The research, reported earlier by The New York Times, is a more actionable evolution of something security researchers have been […]

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Medium’s latest pivot leaves some independent media in the lurch – TechCrunch

Medium has abruptly pulled a feature that allowed publishers to operate paywalls on its platform, leaving some independent media scrambling for alternative options to maintain a crucial source of revenue. The company this week shuttered a two-year program that let media run paid subscription services on its site. Nieman Lab reports that Medium contacted its 21 remaining […]