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Amazon, Xiaomi, Sony, and Samsung quickly defeated in Pwn2Own hacking competition (Update: more companies get pwned)

The first day of the Pwn2Own hacking contest held in Tokyo has concluded, and a dual-member team of white-hat hackers by the name of Fluoroacetate cleaned up the house. After successfully hacking past numerous devices from multiple manufacturers, such as Samsung and Xiaomi, the team collected a bounty of $145,000 and secured a commanding lead in the contest after accruing 15 Master of Pwn points.

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Google announces App Defense Alliance, brings three security companies on board to fight bad apps

Google has always maintained that its own Play Store security mechanisms were strong enough to keep your devices safe from malware and other bad actors, but this was proven wrong again and again and again. Thus it makes sense that the company has announced the App Defense Alliance, a partnership with ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium that aims to stop bad apps before they can reach anyone's Android devices.

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Pick up an Arlo Pro 2 dual-camera system with Audio Doorbell for $250 ($200 off)

Arlo's wireless security systems have emerged as one of the more popular choices on the market, but their high price may have prevented many customers from giving them serious consideration. Starting today, Best Buy is offering a massive discount on the Arlo Pro 2 two-pack with Audio Doorbell, all for only $250, $200 less than usual.

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TikTok is being investigated by the U.S. government over security and censorship concerns

TikTok has surged in popularity over the past year, becoming not just a place for music mashups, but also short memes in the spirit of Vine. However, the rise of TikTok has also piqued the interest of federal officials, who are worried that the China-owned social media network could be storing user data improperly or censoring content.

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Chrome confirmation buttons not working on Android 10? Disable overlays from other apps

If you've found yourself unable to tap on Chrome permission popups on Android 10, like when websites ask to use your location, you're not alone. As it turns out, system overlays like Facebook Messenger's chat heads or Pokémon Go stats apps are the culprit. Android 10 blocks tapping Chrome popups for security reasons when an app is drawing over the screen because there's always the possibility that some malware is showing fake dialogs on top of the ones actually displayed.

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(Update: Now $303 and $419) Arlo Pro 2 bundles with two and three cameras are down to $316 and $440, respectively (35% off)

Arlo wireless cameras are known for their reliability, but their relatively high cost can be a roadblock. Thankfully, both two and three-camera bundles are marked down to $316 and $440, respectively, which is about 35% off their MSRP.

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Today only: Get a 7-piece home security system from SimpliSafe for $150 ($120 off)

If you're looking into equipping your house with smart home security hardware but you shied away from the costs so far, this deal could be for you. Woot offers the current-gen 7-piece security system from SimpliSafe for only $150 today, which is almost half as much as the usual asking price. It consists of a base station, a keypad, three entry sensors, two motion sensors, two window stickers, and a yard sign with a stake.

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[Update: Fix out] Samsung will begin patching fingerprint scanner security flaw within 24 hours

Samsung really talked up the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S10 when it launched. It was supposed to be faster and more secure than other methods. We knew the first part wasn't true soon after launch, but we only found out how easy it was to fool the sensor a few days ago. Cheap screen protectors could allow any fingerprint to unlock the S10 and Note 10 phones, but Samsung promised a quick update. Samsung has now pushed notifications to phones promising the OTA will start in about 24 hours.

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Ring's new Plug-in, Battery, and Solar Stick Up Cams are available for purchase on Amazon

When launching "all-new" devices, most companies usually introduce additional features compared to the previous version. However, when Ring unveiled the "all-new" Stick Up cams, the most significant innovation that came with them was their price drop, as the new models are 30% cheaper while offering virtually the same features. If you're interested in getting one, the plug-in, battery, and solar-powered cameras are now selling on Amazon.

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[Update: Rogue third-party SDK removed] Snaptube caught with ad click fraud scheme and unwanted subscription signups

There are a plethora of Android apps that allow you to download videos and music files from popular websites such as YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and more. Since doing that isn't exactly legal or sanctioned by Google, these applications live completely outside the Play Store, which means they lack any substantial malware protection. Some apps take advantage of this, and popular third-party downloader Snaptube turns out to be one of those. Security platform Secure-D has found evidence of fraudulent advertisement clicks in the background and unwanted, automatically created subscriptions which the owner of the phone has to pay for.

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