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Tech News Today for July 20, 2017

Tech News for Thursday July 20, 2017

International law enforcement have just made it harder for you to buy your fake IDs online. The US Department of Justice announced the takedown of AlphaBay and Hansa, two dark web marketplaces selling mostly fake IDs and illegal drugs like heroin and fentanyl. The marketplaces were also a popular place for buying hacking tools, guns, and toxic chemicals. AlphaBay is said to have been 10 times larger than Silk Road and Hansa, which is smaller, but was the first place AlphaBay sellers and buyers went after AlphaBay mysteriously shut down last month. Read more at businessinsider.com

Microsoft released another strong quarterly earnings report, especially in the Cloud. The company also updated its support lifecycle policy in terms of hardware support, saying they will not update some older CPUs, specifically certain older Atom-based Windows devices. The statement comes after some grumbling online of current Windows 10 users who've been unable to update to the Creators Edition. The Redmond company does say that they will continue to offers these customers secuity updates. If you have a PC with one of the effect CPUs, you can install Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, but nothing newer than that. Read more at pcworld.com.

Elon Musk's tweets have everyone in a tizzy today. The Tesla CEO says he got ""verbal approval"" for his underground hyperloop from NY to Philadephia to Baltimore and DC in 29 minutes. The tweet was met with skepticism about what exactly "verbal approval" meant. Ben Sarle, deputy press secretary for the New York's mayor office, told Business Insider that noone in City Hall or any of our city agencies had heard from Musk or any representative from Musk's Boring Company. Later Musk followed up with, "Still a lot of work needed to receive formal approval, but am optimistic that will occur rapidly" and then "If you want this to happen fast, please let your local & federal elected representatives know. Makes a big difference if they hear from you." Read more at npr.org.

YouTube TV has launched in 10 new cities, including Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Charlotte, and Dallas-Fort Worth and Washington, D.C. They also added new networks since they first launched in April including AMC, BBC World News, BBC America, IFC, WE tv, Sundance Channel, Olympic Channel, Telemundo and Universo. For $35 a month you can get live streaming channels from nearly 50 networks, unlimited DVR, six accounts per househould, and lots of non-skippable advertising. Read more at variety.com.

Megan Morrone and guest host Owen JJ Stone are joined today by Selena Larson of CNN to discuss a class for cybercriminals on how to steal credit card information that was discovered by security firm Digital Shadows. Tech News Today streams live weekdays at 4PM Pacific, 7PM Eastern at twit.tv/live. You can subscribe to the show and get it on-demand at twit.tv/tnt.

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