Apple Makes OS X Lion and Mountain Lion Free To Download

Mac OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion can now be downloaded for free from Apple’s website. “Apple has kept OS X 10.7 Lion and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion available for customers who have machines limited to the older software, but until recently, Apple was charging $19.99 to get download codes for the updates,” notes MacRumors. “The $19.99 …

Carrier Caught Injecting ‘SMS AD’ Into Google Verification Code Message

An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Google: SMS is widely regarded as an insecure form of two-factor authentication, and another example of this has just emerged. A carrier looks to be injecting ads into the Google verification code used to sign in to services like Gmail. Action Launcher developer Chris Lacy today tweeted how his Google verification code — …

Oklo Has a Plan To Make Tiny Nuclear Reactors That Run Off Nuclear Waste

An anonymous reader shares a report: The face of nuclear energy is changing, and one of the companies working to redefine what nuclear energy looks like is Oklo. The 22-person Silicon Valley start-up has a plan to build mini-nuclear reactors, powered by the waste of conventional nuclear reactors and housed in aesthetically pleasing A-frame structures. “Microreactors are an exciting innovation …

Amazon Demands One More Thing From Some Vendors: A Piece of Their Company

Suppliers that want to land Amazon as a client for their goods and services can find that its business comes with a catch: the right for Amazon to buy big stakes in their companies at potentially steep discounts to market value. The Wall Street Journal: The technology-and-retail giant has struck at least a dozen deals with publicly traded companies in …

Robinhood’s Luster Stained Again With a Record $70 Million Fine

An anonymous reader shares a report: Robinhood Markets unleashed a revolution, marshaling throngs of new traders to financial markets in an upside-down year. But the free trading app’s breakneck growth hurt the same small-time investors it sought to empower. That’s the accusation leveled by Wall Street’s self-funded watchdog, which extracted almost $70 million from the brokerage in a record settlement …

Not just OLED: LG is about to release its first Mini LED TVs

Enlarge / A promotional image depicting one of LG’s new Mini LED TVs. (credit: LG) LG plans to introduce its first consumer Mini LED TVs sometime next month, according to a press release from the South Korean company. Mini LED is a new variant of LCD TV tech that offers better contrast ratios, among other improvements, than what has come …

Robinhood ordered to pay $70m penalty to US regulator

Enlarge A Wall Street regulator has ordered the retail trading platform Robinhood to pay more than $70m in penalties for causing what it described as “widespread and significant” harm to its customers. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (Finra) announced on Wednesday that it was fining Robinhood $57m and ordering it to pay $12.6m plus interest in restitution to its customers—the …

At Nearly 116 Degrees, Heat in Western Canada Shatters National Record

The heat is expected to continue for several days in some parts of British Columbia, according to weather warnings from the government. From a report: Vancouverites were frying eggs on pans placed on their terraces. One man checked into an air-conditioned five-star hotel, after the five fans aimed at his bed at home and the seventh cold shower failed to …

Tim Berners-Lee Sells Web Source Code NFT for $5.4 Million

The original source code for the world wide web has been sold as a non-fungible token, making $5.4m. From a report: NFTs are certificates of ownership for digital assets, which often do not have a physical representation. They do not necessarily include copyright control — and critics say they are get-rich-quick schemes that are bad for the environment. World-wide-web creator …