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Resource id #60External Link: Federal Judge Rules Embedded Tweets May Infringe Copyright
If you thought the U.S. legal concept of copyright had caught up with the Internet, you’d be wrong. District Court Judge Katherine B. Forrest has ruled that you could infringe copyright by embedding someone else’s tweet on a Web page. The case in question involves a photo of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady that the photographer, Justin Goldman, posted to a Snapchat Story. Others then tweeted the photograph, and those tweets were embedded by various publications, who Goldman is suing. The problem is that in-line linking is one of the core capabilities of the Internet, and if the logic surrounding this ruling were extended more broadly, it would have a chilling effect on common Internet behavior. (Too bad no one listened to Ted Nelson in the pre-Web days, since his Xanadu hypertext system understood the importance of maintaining — and paying for, with micropayments — ownership of embedded content.)

 

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Bad Apple #2: Alphabetize Settings in iOS
Navigating the Settings app in iOS has become ever more difficult over the years — did you know there are over 1200 options in it? — but in this installment of Bad Apple, we have a simple suggestion that could make most trips to the top level of the Settings less frustrating: alphabetization!

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 19 February 2018
Notable software releases this week include GraphicConverter 10.5.5, Default Folder X 5.2.2, and Alfred 3.6.

 

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ExtraBITS for 19 February 2018
In our only ExtraBIT this week, we get a peek inside iFixit’s dash to do a tear-down on the iPhone X when it was first released in Australia.

 

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Apple Updates Its Operating Systems to Address Telugu Bug
Apple has updated all of its operating systems — macOS 10.13 High Sierra, iOS 11, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11 — to fix yet another text-crashing bug. Here’s how to get the updates, and our advice on when you should install them.

 

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External Link: Watch iFixit Race to Tear Apart the iPhone X
Every year, a team from iFixit races to Australia to get one of the first of the latest iPhones in order to tear it apart and document what they find. Motherboard joined the company on this year’s quest to get inside the iPhone X — it’s a fascinating look behind the scenes. iFixit is a boon to the Apple community since they do more than anyone to promote DIY device repair.

 

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Facebook Shows Why SMS Isn’t Ideal for Two-Factor Authentication
Facebook is sending its two-factor authentication users text messages they don’t want. This situation provides yet another reason why you should use a dedicated app for generating two-factor authentication codes instead of SMS.

 

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GraphicConverter 10.5.5
Maintenance update for the graphic conversion and editing utility. ($39.95 new, free update, 181 MB)

 

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Default Folder X 5.2.2
Reduces the time it takes for controls to first appear next to a file dialog in macOS 10.13 High Sierra. ($34.95 new, free update, 7.1 MB)

 

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Alfred 3.6
Improves support for Google Chrome and ensures bookmark search behavior is more consistent. (£17 new, free update, 2.7 MB)

 

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The HomePod May Damage Your Wooden Furniture
When you’re thinking about where you’re going to locate your sleek new HomePod, think twice about putting it on a wooden surface. The HomePod’s vibration-dampening silicone base can react with oiled wood surfaces, leaving unsightly rings. Learn how to avoid the problem or clean it up if your table has already been marked.

 

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YouTube TV Is a Fresh and Clean Alternative to Cable
Interested in ditching cable or satellite in favor of an Internet TV service? We’ve looked at DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue in the past, and Josh Centers now dives into Google’s YouTube TV service, which recently released a native Apple TV app, and comes away impressed.

 

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Beware “Protect” In Facebook’s iOS App
Facebook has added a Protect item to a screen in its iOS app that lists Facebook services. Tapping Protect takes you to an App Store page for a VPN called Onavo Protect that is owned by Facebook and “collects your mobile data traffic.” Worse, 12.5 million iOS users may already be using Onavo Protect.

 

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 12 February 2018
Notable software releases this week include Carbon Copy Cloner 5.0.8, MarsEdit 4.0.7, VLC Media Player 3.0, BBEdit 12.1, ChronoSync 4.8.4, and DEVONagent 3.10.

 

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ExtraBITS for 12 February 2018
In ExtraBITS this week, Apple is reportedly scaling back new iOS features to focus on stability, your smart home devices could reveal more about you than you realize, and a malicious cryptominer was accidentally distributed by MacUpdate.

 

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HomePod First Impressions: Let the (Apple) Music Play
We’ve had the HomePod for a weekend, and for the most part, it has been a success when it comes to music, thanks to excellent audio quality and Siri spinning Apple Music tracks with aplomb. Siri on the HomePod has been less useful as a fount of general knowledge, or perhaps we just don’t have the right questions.

 

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External Link: Will iOS 12 Be the iPhone’s Snow Leopard?
For years, Apple has stuck to a strict schedule of annual iOS releases that sport a sometimes dizzying array of new capabilities. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, whose sources have proven generally reliable, is reporting that Apple will be holding back some of the more ambitious features in iOS 12 to focus instead on polish and reliability. Under the new scheme, major features will be planned over a two-year period, with engineers having more leeway to delay features that need more work. That doesn’t mean iOS 12 will be devoid of new features. One of the most interesting, Gurman says, will enable developers to create apps that work on both macOS and iOS. That will likely have significant implications for Apple users.

 

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External Link: Your Smart Home Could Be Spying On You
Gizmodo’s Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu teamed up to learn the extent to which home automation devices report back to their manufacturers and leak personal information. Hill filled her house with smart devices, including an Amazon Echo, lights, coffee maker, TV, and even a bed. Then she had Surya monitor how much data was sent out by the devices. The results may shock you. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the worst offender was the Amazon Echo, which contacted Amazon’s servers every few minutes, even when the “Alexa” wake word and the microphone were turned off.

 

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External Link: Malicious Cryptominer Distributed by MacUpdate Hack
The MacUpdate site was hacked on 1 February 2018, and the attackers slipped malicious code into updates for Firefox, OnyX, and Deeper that would use CPU cycles on infected machines to mine cryptocurrency. Malwarebytes has instructions for removing the malware. Although MacUpdate removed the offending updates quickly, the moral of the story is that it’s always best to update an app from inside the app itself or via the developer’s Web site.

 

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Carbon Copy Cloner 5.0.8
Fixes a bug introduced in the previous version that led to errors when mounting a network volume. ($39.99 new, free update, 13.6 MB)

 

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MarsEdit 4.0.7
Maintenance update fixes bugs in the blog editor. ($49.95 new, free update, 14.6 MB)

 

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VLC Media Player 3.0
Major update for the open-source media player adds support for HDR and 360-degree video. (Free, 44.6 MB)

 

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BBEdit 12.1
Updates the long-standing text editor to 64-bit and now requires OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan or later. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.6 MB)

 

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ChronoSync 4.8.4
Improves APFS backups. ($49.99 new, free update, 48.7 MB)

 

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DEVONagent 3.10
Adds a Google Scholar (Case Law) plug-in. (Free/$4.95/$49.95, free updates)

 

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Internet Pioneer John Perry Barlow Dead at 70
John Perry Barlow — Internet pioneer, EFF co-founder, rancher, and Grateful Dead lyricist — has died. We look back on his contributions to the Internet.

 

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How to Watch the 2018 Winter Olympics on Your Apple Devices
The Olympics are upon us once again, so here’s how you can watch them on your Apple devices.

 

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Carbonite Raises Online Backup Prices
Were you thinking about taking advantage of the 50 percent discount CrashPlan for Home users get when switching to Carbonite? Although those discount prices remain the same for the first year, the regular price you’ll pay later for Carbonite service has increased by 12 to 20 percent.

 

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Rescue Blurry Photos with Live Photos in iOS 11
“Take Control of iOS 11” author Josh Centers shares a quick Live Photos tip that can rescue blurry photos of hyperactive subjects like kids and dogs.

 

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Farrago: A Fun and Useful Soundboard for the Mac
Farrago is Rogue Amoeba’s new soundboard tool for podcasts and live performances. It’s a neat little tool for enhancing recordings or events of any sort with predefined sound clips.

 

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