Twitter bug potentially exposed DMs to unauthorized developers for over a year

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Not good.
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Well this isn’t good. 

Late Friday morning, Twitter notified a select group of users that some of their private messages might not have been exactly, well, private. The warning, issued to at least one Mashable reporter in the form of a popup within the mobile app, says the issue has been ongoing since May of last year. 

That’s right, this bug may have been exposing some of your direct messages for 16 months. 

“On Monday, September 10, we identified a bug that may have sent one or more of your Direct Messages or protected Tweets (if your account was protected at the time) to Twitter developers who were not authorized to received them,” read the message. “The issue has persisted since May 2017, but we resolved it immediately upon discovering it.”

Obviously, a bug that might have sent your DMs to developers — developers, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed, who do not work at Twitter — is no laughing matter, but there is some good news. 

According to the spokesperson, we don’t necessarily need to worry that some dude somewhere is reading the DMs you sent to your significant other. Instead, it appears that the only direct messages potentially affected were those you sent directly to companies. 

“This only involved conversations or DMs you would have had with companies or things that would have been powered by third parties,” the spokesperson explained over the phone. “It’s highly unlikely that this happened at all,” she added, noting that the company issued the warning out of a “complete abundance of caution.”

A Twitter blog post further clarified that “[any] party that may have received unintended information was a developer registered through our developer program.” 

“Less than 1 percent of users were potentially affected,” the spokesperson confirmed. 

Still, though, it’s possible you discussed private details — like travel plans or health information — over a DM with a company. Companies do offer customer support this way, after all. 

While any bug potentially exposing direct messages is terrible, this sounds like it could have been a lot worse. Regardless, it’s not exactly reassuring that your private messages can suddenly become not so private.

Maybe next time you need to message someone privately, do it right. Use Signal

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Joaquin Phoenix looks downright chilling in Joker makeup

why so serious my dude
why so serious my dude
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There are roughy 73874239 Joker movies in development, but director Todd Phillips’ upcoming project has the edge – an actual Joker. A new video on Phillips Instagram reveals star Joaquin Phoenix in full joker makeup and, well…we have chills. 

A previous headshot of Phoenix from the film called him Arthur – which fans quickly connected to Arthur Fleck, The Killing Joke‘s Joker. In the new video, we see solemn, unsmiling Arthur give in to the Joker’s signature sneer. He offers a little smirk at the end before getting serious again, which can’t bode well for his enemies.

Given that Phillips film isn’t due for another year, Phoenix’s look could still change. But it’s a memorable announcement (set to The Guess Who’s “Laughing“) to preview the tone and look of this movie.

The Joker standalone is set to hit theaters Oct. 4, 2019.

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PayPal makes it harder to buy shady supplements from Infowars

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Would you buy “Brain Force Plus” from this guy?
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PayPal confirmed Friday that it was dropping support for all Infowars websites, where conspiracy theorist Alex Jones makes serious cash selling shady health supplements.

“Our values are the foundation for the decision,” a PayPal spokesperson told Mashable in a statement.  “We undertook an extensive review of the Infowars sites, and found instances that promoted hate or discriminatory intolerance against certain communities and religions, which run counter to our core value of inclusion.”

Jones might have become famous for his angry, hate-filled rants, as well as pushing disgusting conspiracy theories like the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax, but he made lots of money selling supplements such as “Brain Force Plus” and “Alpha Power” online. 

In 2017, New York Magazine estimated that Jones made $15 to $25 million on supplements over two years. Even if that’s off, Jones himself bragged about making $18 million off his store in 2012 through 2013. Let’s just say they’re not worth the exorbitant prices. 

Twenty-five percent off Ultimate Krill Oil, how can you resist?

Twenty-five percent off Ultimate Krill Oil, how can you resist?

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While Twitter and Facebook banning Alex Jones reduces his reach, a ban from PayPal really hits him where it hurts: his wallet. 

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Best 4K TV deals this weekend: Save on Sony, Samsung, LG, and more

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Save big on 4K TVs of various shapes and sizes, like this one from Sony.
Save big on 4K TVs of various shapes and sizes, like this one from Sony.
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Now that the weekend is here, it’s probably a good time to think about upgrading your old TV for a shiny and new 4K smart TV. We’ve gathered the best deals on 4K TVs from Amazon, Walmart, Target, and the Samsung Store. No matter the size of your living room, we pretty sure there’s a 4K TV on sale that you’ll love.

For TVs 40 inches and up, Samsung’s Flat 49-inch 4K UHD 8 Series Smart TV is on sale for just $697.99, while a 43-inch Smart UHD Bright Pro TV by Philips is priced at $329.99. Meanwhile, Sony’s 49-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV is discounted to $748.00.

If you’re looking for something bigger, Sony’s 55-inch 4k Ultra HD Smart LED TV is going for $598.00, while Samsung’s Flat 65-inch 4K UHD 8 Series Smart TV is on sale for $1,297.99. In addition, LG has a 65-inch 4K UHD HDR Smart OLED TV priced at $2,499.99.

Samsung’s newest 75-inch Class Q9FN QLED Smart 4K UHD TV is on sale for $4,999.99. This is an eye-popping $1,000 off its list price. VIZIO also has a 75-inch Class E-Series 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart LED TV on sale, which is priced at $1,398.00.

If you live in a massive home, then you deserve a massive 4K TV, like LG’s 86-inch Class 4K HDR Smart LED UHD TV w/AI ThinQ, which is on sale for $1,000 off.

Here are the best deals on 4K TVs from across the internet for this weekend:

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Polestar unveils first production EV with aim to overtake Tesla

Polestar debuted its first production EV and previewed its electric car line in New York with the CEO squarely taking aim at Tesla.

The Volvo subsidiary pulled the cover off its Polestar 1, which it positioned less as a hybrid and more as a fully electric (gas optional) car to attract fence sitters to EVs.

The $155,000 auto—that will hit streets in 2019—has 3 electrical motors powered by twin 34kWh battery packs and a turbo and supercharged gas V4 up front (more details here).

All electric range is up to 100 miles—which the company claims gives the Polestar 1 the longest all electric range of any production hybrid.

Polestar drivetrain

The Polestar 1 brings 600 horsepower and 738 ft-lbs of torque. It is the first in a series, with an all electric Polestar 2 to debut in 2019 and a Polestar 3 SUV after that.

“Polestar 2 will be a direct competitor to the Tesla Model 3…” CEO Thomas Ingenlath said on the launch stage.

He told TechCrunch the company will focus more on creating converts to EVs than pulling away Tesla’s existing market share.

Thomas Ingenlath, chief executive officer, Polestar

One advantage Ingenlath described was using Polestar 1 as a gateway car for getting laggards to go all electric. “There are many people out there who still think a car has to have a combustion engine,” he said. “Polestar 1 is an extremely good vehicle to get people across that line and once they drive it…understand what an amazing experience an electric car is.”

Polestar converts shouldn’t get too attached to that gasoline/voltage combo, however.

Polestar 1 will be the company’s first and last electric and gas vehicle, according to Ingenlath. “The future is electric. We will not do a hybrid car again,” he told TechCrunch.

At their New York Polestar 1 debut, the company devoted about as much time to the Polestar sales and service experience as the actual car. It will be multi-channel—from app to physical—leveraging parts of Volvo’s dealer network for certain things and staying completely separate for others. For one, Polestar will not have dealers or use Volvo dealers to showcase their cars, according to Ingenlath.

The buyer experience will start on the company’s app, then move into what it refers to as a network of “Polestar Spaces” across the U.S., Europe, and China where buyers can view and test cars. Purchased cars can be delivered to one’s home and service coordinated by app and home pickup—though Polestar will use Volvo dealers (not their spaces) on the service end.

“We will become a company that produces around a 100,000 cars a year and this will definitely scale-up,” said Ingenlath. “We’ll never become a Volvo, but we certainly need a certain scale to come in to a profitable range.”

The company oversubscribed orders for the Polestar 1 with 200 cars coming to North American buyers.

While Polestar’s HQ is in Gothenburg, Sweden, it will manufacture cars at a plant in Chengdu China.

The company’s EV debut comes as Tesla’s $49,000 to $64,000 Model 3 earned the NHTSA’s top safety rating and Audi introduced it $74,800 all electric e-tron SUV (covered here at TechCrunch)

In the U.S. market Tesla still dominates plugin sales by make and model and its Model 3 is expected to boost that lead, according to EV Volumes.

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