Office 365, Azure users are locked out after a global multi-factor authentication outage

Good morning! Except if you’re a hosted Microsoft customer who’s locked out of your account right now. Microsoft’s cloud-based multi-factor authentication services went down across the globe early Monday morning, preventing access to users who are required to sign in using a second layer of authentication to their account, such as a text message, a …

Instagram kills off fake followers, threatens accounts that keep using apps to get them

Instagram is fighting back against automated apps people use to leave spammy comments or follow then unfollow others in hopes of growing their audience. Today Instagram is removing inauthentic follows, Likes, and comments that violate its policies from people’s accounts who use these apps; sending them a warning to change their password to cut ties …

Bill Nye on Mars: We’re not going to live there or make it like Earth

CLOSE NASA just gave the go-ahead for the Lucy mission, which will be the first to check out the Trojan asteroids orbiting in tandem with Jupiter. Buzz60 “This whole idea of terraforming Mars, as respectful as I can be, are you guys high?” Bill Nye said in an interview with USA TODAY.(Photo: Frederick M. Brown, Getty …

TM responds to MCMC’s admonishment – Tech News | The Star Online

After being admonished by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for being the cause of many cellular and broadband complaints, Telekom Malaysia (TM) has issued a statement in its defence. MCMC stated that TM recorded the most number of complaints per customer, with a 43% increase in complaints from the 4,528 received in 2017. …

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Plastiq raises $27M at 2X+ value to let you pay for anything on credit

“I wasn’t asking to pay in Bitcoin!” Plastiq CEO and co-founder Eliot Buchanan recalls with a laugh. “I went to pay part of my tuition at Harvard and I was told that they didn’t (and never would) accept credit card. It was inconvenient and seemed odd. Credit cards had been around for 50 years.” That …

‘When will you build an electric car that is only half as sexy as a Tesla?’, German minister says to automakers

Germany’s Minister of Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier is apparently not satisfied with the electrification effort of German automakers. He reportedly asked the top brass of Germany’s auto industry ‘When will you build an electric car that is only half as sexy as a Tesla?’ According to several German publications (via Spiegel), Altmaier made the comment …

Finns Mock President Trump by Posting ‘Forest Raking’ Photos Online

Image: Twitter President Donald Trump stood near the charred remains of Paradise, California on Saturday (he called it “Pleasure”) and said that Finland doesn’t have problems with destructive wildfires because that country “rakes” the forest. No one, including the president of Finland, had any idea what Trump was talking about. But the comment did spark …

Apple Cut Orders on New iPhones Two Months after Launch, Says Report

Apple’s suppliers have for days been sounding warnings about iPhone demand. Now a new report has added fuel to the fire, potentially causing fresh stock market jitters. On Monday morning, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has in recent weeks “slashed” production orders for its latest iPhone models, causing havoc along its supply chain. …

Needing Growth, Uber Returns to Germany. This Time on Best Behavior.

DÜSSELDORF, Germany — Guido Goebel stopped driving for Uber three years ago when the company abandoned his hometown, the German city of Düsseldorf, after a battle with regulators. Several weeks ago, the ride-hailing service reached out to him again. Uber told Mr. Goebel that it was returning to Düsseldorf and offered him a bonus of …

Google report: Southeast Asia’s digital economy to triple to $240 billion by 2025

It may sit in the shade of China and India, but tech has real growth potential in Southeast Asia. Home to a cumulative 650 million people, the region’s digital economy is forecast to triple in size and reach $240 billion over the next seven years, according to Google’s third “e-Conomy SEA” report. The annual study, which …

Chinese EMUI 9 blocks 3rd-party launchers on Huawei and Honor devices

User customization is one of the key advantages of Android over iOS. Although most people don’t customize their devices beyond adding custom icon packs, wallpapers, widgets, or launchers, others go all out with custom fonts and system themes. Unfortunately, it looks like the latest Chinese versions of Huawei’s EMUI 9 software blocks users from setting third-party …

VOI Technology, the e-scooter startup from Sweden, raises $50M led by Balderton Capital

VOI Technology, an e-scooter startup headquartered in Sweden but with pan-European ambitions, has raised $50 million in Series A funding, confirming our earlier scoop. As I previously reported, London-based venture capital firm Balderton Capital has led the round, alongside LocalGlobe, Raine Ventures, and previous VOI backer Vostok New Ventures. A number of angel investors also …

‘I’ve seen a lot of tears’ — Electric scooter invasion generates safety concerns

Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Nov. 18, 2018 / 12:29 PM GMT By Brandi Vincent WASHINGTON — After electric scooters suddenly appeared on the streets of Los Angeles about a year ago, Dr. Lisa Dabby began receiving injured riders in …

Inside the Pricey War to Influence Your Instagram Feed

When Sahara Lotti started her lash extensions company, Lashify, in 2017, she didn’t know what she was getting herself into. It wasn’t making and selling fake lashes that stumped her—she was more than prepared for that—but rather the bizarre and shadowy industry that seemed to envelop her. The suggestions started early. Months before Lashify had …

Strange interstellar object ‘Oumuamua is tiny and very reflective

The research also found something unusual: it’s extremely reflective, potentially up to 10 times more than Solar System comets. Just what caused this isn’t certain, though. It could be that ‘Oumuamua lost a lot of its surface dirt and dust as it passed near the Sun, which (combined with gas from the object itself) left …