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Google team will bring Smart Replies to more chat apps

Reply should have some intelligent features as well, such as a “sorry I can’t talk” driving mode and a vacation responder to stop coworkers from bugging you when you’re off the clock. It should also punch through silent mode if there’s an urgent message demanding your attention. The effort is very early — Area 120 …

Google Maps may let you share your battery life

Appropriately, the Maps code also alludes to sharing your mass transit trips with others, including the exact time you arrive at a given stop. There would also be shortcuts for favorite stations, potentially to influence Maps’ directions. It could be a while before you see these updates in an app you can use, assuming they …

Government websites fall prey to cryptocurrency mining hijack

The mining only took place for several hours on February 11th before Texthelp disabled the plugin to investigate. Government sites like the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office also took pages down in response. As with most of these injections, your system wasn’t facing a security risk — you would have just noticed your system bogging down …

Exile sues Facebook in hunt for Cambodian leader's paid 'likes'

A study of Hun’s page suggests something is off. He only launched his Facebook page in 2016, but it quickly ballooned to 9 million “likes” (it’s the third most active page worldwide), about 80 percent of which come from accounts in foreign countries like India, Mexico and the Philippines. Hun has claimed that it’s just …

Olympics officials confirm cyberattack during opening ceremony

It’s tempting to point the finger at Russia. The country has been banned from the Winter Olympics over its doping program, and security researchers had found hints that Russia-based hackers might disrupt the games as retribution. Russia has already tried to head off accusations by claiming that the Western press will conduct “pseudo-investigations” without evidence, …

Equifax breach may have exposed more data than first thought

The breach compromised about 145.5 million people, although their level of exposure varied wildly. About 10.9 million Americans’ driver’s licenses were embroiled in the hack, and just a small fraction of the exposed UK licenses (just under 700,000) had enough info to jeopardize the victims’ privacy. Equifax stressed to CNN that the initial list of …

Italian cryptocurrency exchange BitGrail loses $170 million

BitGrail announced on its website that it lost $170 million to fraudulent transactions and that it has already reported them to authorities. It has suspended all withdrawals and deposits “in order to conduct further verifications.” However, unlike Coincheck, which promised to give users their money back, BitGrail founder Francesco “The Bomber” Firano announced on Twitter …